Tonight, we begin our projections of the minor league 25-man rosters with a look at the short-season Tri-City Dust Devils.
You think projecting a major league line-up is easy? Try and guess a minor league one. Well, that’s exactly what we’re about to do. Starting with the San Diego Padres short-season A-ball team, the Tri-City Dust Devils.
This will be a normal 25-man roster. It will have twelve pitchers: five starting pitchers, one long man/spot starter, and six relief options.
The line-up will be a starting eight, with a five-man bench. The bench will have a backup catcher, one infielder, one utility player, and two outfielders.
We will start with the short-season Tri-City affiliate because starting with this team, every affiliate through the triple A-El Paso Chihuahuas franchise has a very good chance at contending for a post-season berth this year.
With this being a short-season team, it makes it the hardest to project. You have four teams rosters to choose from. Two rookie-level teams in Arizona, leftover options from this team last year, and the Full-Season Fort Wayne Tin Caps roster.
Having that many options to choose from and starting from the bottom up is hard, but at least it gives me a good base to start with. Especially when filling out the benches for each team.
Friar faithful here is my projected roster for the 2018 San Diego Padres short-season team, the Tri-City Dust Devils.
1) RH-Emmanuel Ramirez
2) RH-Ronald Bolanos
3) RH-Henry Henry
4) RH-Luis Patino
5) LH-Ramon Perez
Spot Starter/Long Man
Next up: Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Meet your 2018 Opening Day Tri-City Dust Devils. Please let me know what your comments, thoughts, and opinions on this roster are. What would you do differently, if anything?