Forecasting the Fisher Cats 2015 Infielders
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Christian Lopes 2nd
The 22 year-old Lopes is entering his 4th year of pro ball. He saw his line drive rate drop from 14.1% to 9.6% and his K%, BB%, ISO, BABIP, Ground ball percentage, and Outfield fly ball percentage all increase. In the field, Lopes committed 15 errors, 4.12 RF, and .966 FPCT. Lopes shows a good eye at the plate, doubles power, and good defence. Lopes had an amazing winter in Australia, hitting .371/.421/.581 with 6HR and 24 RBI. Lopes is still young enough to push his way in the realm of top prospect….again.
Emilio Guerrero SS
Guerrero will challenge Jorge Flores for AB’s in NH, but at which position is the real question. Guerrero played 76 games at short, 20 in CF, and 9 at the hot corner. Most of his time in CF came in the final month of the season. With the Blue Jays OF crop being thin, Guerrero could be converted to CF. Emilio needs to become more selective at the plate (25.2 K% and 5.0 BB%) at 22 years old he’ll need do soon.
Shane Opitz SS
Shane’s biggest issue hasn’t been the opposing teams pitchers, but his injures that have derailed his development. Opitz managed to play in 32 games and hit well in 29 games with the D-Jays. Shane has a good bat and can handle himself in the field. He will likely start the year in Dunedin but depending on where Guerrero plays, Opitz could start the year backing up Flores.
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