Thursday, July 19, 2012

AL North Preview

The Toronto Toros went 64-98 last season. The Toros have added 1B/DH Pete Williams and LF Frank Duncan to their offense to help megastar Rich White and DH Tim Logan. They have also added RP's Cody MeltonDaniel Porzio, and Midre Garces along with starter Andres Cela to help bolster a pitching staff that also features ace Ichiro Martin

Predicition: 3rd 81-81

The Minnesota Twinkies had a record of 73-89 last season. The main additions that they have made to this team are RP Pedro Gonzalez and 1B Terrence Cooper. The Twinkies have a very good offense led by 2B Luther Stanley, 1B Billy Corey, 3B Russell Harmon, and DH Gerry Allen. The pitching staff is led by starters Horace JefferiesThumper Clinton, and Hideki Zhang followed by a solid trio of RPs in Royce KinkadeLorenzo Guillen, and Keith Mullin.

Prediction: 1st 85-77

The three time defending division champs Cincinnati Knights finished last season at 87-75. Cincinnati has added Gold Glove SS Edgar Roque, CF Russell Leach, SP Malcolm Rowe and RP Tim Parker. The offense will center around C Koyie Williams and LF Dom Coscarart. The pitching staff will rely heavily on starter Ronnie Patrick and closer B.J. Norton and RPs Parker and Scott Bonds.

Prediction: 2nd 83-79

The Montreal Madness have had some struggles in the past few seasons and I don't look for that to change this season. They are under new ownership and the new owners have made two shrewd signings in FA. They signed 1B Clarence Levis and SP Ronnie Clark. They are led by great power hitter LF Carl Young, RF Miguel Eusebio, C Galahad Marshall, and DH Daisuke Lee to form a very solid offense. The pitching staff is very weak and will be led by Clark and Luke Rose to possibly make for a very long season.

Prediction: 4th 65-97

Top Pitcher will be Horace Jefferies
Top Hitter will be Billy Corey

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