California League rosters are out in advance of Thursday’s opening day.
My previews will run in Thursday’s paper, but here are some thoughts on the teams.
QUAKES: First baseman Austin Gallagher and third baseman Tony Delmonico are back. Gallagher was with the 66ers in 2008 and 2010 and Quakes in 2011, so even if he hasn’t been in one place long enough to be mayor, he could run for county board of supervisors. Delmonico was in the Cal League each of the last two seasons. The rotation will be stout: with four-fifths of the rotation rannked among the Dodgers’ top 12 prospects: No. 1 Zach Lee, No. 5 Chris Reed, No. 6 Garrett Gould and No. 12 Angel Sanchez. The top of the order will include speed: Casio Grider and Leon Landry combined for 59 steals for low Single-A Great Lakes last year. Logan Bawcom, who saves 13 games in 21 appearances for the Quakes last year, is back as the team’s closer
66ERS: The Sixers have a mix of prospects: including 1B C.J. Cron (No. 5), 2B Taylor Lindsey (No. 7), and also has pitchers in lefty Nick Lamonde (No. 10) and righty Fabio Martinez (No. 13). Two of the big bats in the middle of the lineup: outfielders Travis Witherspoon (No. 15) and Randal Grichuk (No. 17) shone for the SIxers in the final month of 2011 after promotions from low Single-A Cedar Rapids and are back.
MAVERICKS: The player local high school fans were looking for is Yucaipa HS product Taijuan Walker, Seattle’s No. 1 prospect as a right-handed starter. But by all accounts, it appears Walker is headed to Double-A Jackson instead.