Forecasting 2015 Fisher Cats Bullpen
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The Manchester based Double-A team last finished above .500 in 2011, and only three times since the Blue Jays took over the team in 2004. In 2015, the New Hampshire (NH) Fisher Cats finished 22.0 games behind Portland Sea Dogs and tied for second last in the Eastern League with Reading Fightin Phils with a 66-76 record.
Last year’s bullpen had Gregory Infante closing out games and a cast of 27 year olds consisting of Randy Boone (Free Agent), Tyler Ybarra (Traded), Scott Gracey (Free Agent), Richard Bleier (Left via Free Agency), John Anderson, Blake McFarland, and Tony Davis (Left via Free Agency).
As you can see, many of last years bullpen arms won’t be returning. This might not be a bad thing either, what with Boone, Infante, and McFarland being the only arms to produce a WHIP below 1.20.
Alex Anthopoulos has done excellent work replacing the Fisher Cats departed arms with arms that have potential and experience. There will be some youth coming up from last year’s Dunedin team and veteran presence from free-agent signings. I won’t being going into too much depth with these guys because…well there is a lot of them.
Let’s get right to it.