Wednesday Winter Hot Stove – Edition 8
The winter hot stove is certainly going to begin heating up around the Atlantic League over the next month or so, especially once the calendar flips from 2013 to 2014. Typically, the league’s teams begin re-signing players from the previous year and welcoming new additions following the holiday season and New Year. The Ducks have yet to announce any player signings for their 15th Anniversary Season, but it’s a sure thing that President/General Manager Michael Pfaff, Manager Kevin Baez and the rest of the Ducks player personnel department are already beginning to plan the roster as they seek a three-peat.
The 2013 roster certainly saw several players put together outstanding seasons while others who had previously done well struggled somewhat. Each season sees a plethora of players come through the league for each team. Many have players that get signed by Major League or outside organizations. Each team goes through injuries where players’ seasons end early and replacements for the wounded are brought in. Some get released, some get traded and some stay the entire year and help the team to a championship. Ultimately, one of the toughest tasks for anyone in a player personnel department is to determine which of the players from the previous year are worthy of a spot on the 2014 season.
Let’s take a look at the Ducks playoff roster from 2013, each of whom the Ducks own the Atlantic League rights to:
Derek Blacksher* – RHP
Bobby Blevins* – RHP
John Brownell – RHP
Pete Budkevics – RHP
Nick DeBarr – RHP
Shaun Garceau* – RHP
Daniel Herrera – LHP
Jared Lansford – RHP
Josh Lansford – RHP
Leo Rosales – RHP
Josh Strawn* – RHP
Erick Threets – LHP
Bob Zimmermann – RHP
*Player acquired from outside league. First rights for 2014 reverted back to outside league.
In addition to these players, the Ducks also have exclusive league negotiating rights to these players since they were either signed from the Ducks by an outside organization or on the team’s inactive list at the end of the season:
Joash Brodin – IF (Diamondbacks)
Ben Broussard – IF (Royals)
Eric Niesen – LHP (Red Sox)
Danny Perales – OF (Mexican League/Angels)
Dontrelle Willis – LHP (Angels)
Anthony Armenio – C
Matt Fleishman – OF
Bill Murphy – LHP
Eddy Ramos – RHP
Ian Snell – RHP
Matt Way – LHP
James Houser – LHP
So, we want your opinion fans. Which of these players, if available, would you bring back? We already know that Ralph Henriquez was signed by the Pirates, Ray Navarrete has decided to retire and the five players signed last year all likely have the opportunity to stay with the team they were signed by in 2013. Let us know which players you think deserve a spot on the 2014 roster by leaving a comment on this story. It’s likely we will once again see some returners from last year’s championship squad along with some new faces when Opening Night arrives on Friday, April 25 in Somerset.
Posted on December 19, 2013, in Winter Hot Stove and tagged 15th Anniversary Season, 2014, Atlantic League, Kevin Baez, Long Island Ducks, Michael Pfaff, Player Personnel, Roster. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.