Lugnuts Notes: 1996 Opening Day Roster

The Original Lugnuts

Here’s enough information to begin to assess the team assigned to Lansing. I imagine I’ll revise this page again, but this is the core information I expect it to carry. Important: Most of these players were members of short-season leagues last summer, and the pitchers were on strict pitch limits. Keep this in mind when you try to interpret the numbers.

Making predictions from the sketchy information I’m providing here is pretty silly, but it looks like a fairly decent team; some good hitters, some excellent pitchers. Better to actually watch the players, though, than to try to guess what the numbers mean. If the Royals could reliably make predictions about these guys from these numbers, the minors would be very different. What happens next is what matters now, and that’s why these players are wearing ditzy bolts on their caps.

Are any of them “prospects”? I dunno. All of them are physically capable of astonishing things. By that definition, all are prospects. Probably the best of them is at least three years from the majors, and three years is a long time when you’re twenty. Watch them play, and judge for yourself. I’ll have opinions by June, and I’m likely to tell them, but you’re not required to agree.

For now we just need some decent weather.

joel


Pitchers

##  Name                   Age   B/T  1995          IP ERA  Won Lost Saves  SO
34  Justin Adam             21   R/R  Spokane       49 5.29   3    4     1  35
24  Manuel Bernal           19   R/R  GCL           33 1.36   3    0     0  25
37  Brent Kaysner           21   L/R  Spokane       35 1.56   0    2     4  37
 4  Scott Key               19   R/R  GCL           28 2.57   1    2     2  34
 9  Louis Matos             17   R/R  ????? [he's real young, and Puerto Rican]
18  Blaine Mull             19   R/R  Springfield  125 4.88   4   10     0  71
26  Jason Ritter            21   R/R  GCL            4 0.00   0    0     1   2
                                      Spokane       34 3.21   3    1     0  29
                                      Springfield   12 12.34  1    0     0  12
29  Michael Robbins         22   L/L  Spokane       27 2.33   1    3     0  16
                                      Springfield   40 4.50   2    3     0  26
38  Craig Sanders           23   S/R  Spokane       46 1.94   3    1     3  32
14  Jose Santiago           21   R/R  Spokane       49 3.14   2    4     1  32
35  Todd Thorn              19   L/L  GCL           47 3.23   4    2     0  58
28  Modesto Villarreal      20   R/R  Spokane       81 2.90   8    2     0  57
33  Jeffrey Wallace         19   L/L  GCL           44 1.23   5    3     1  51

Catchers

##  Name                   Age   B/T  1995         Avg  HR RBI SB
17  Pat Hallmark            22   R/R  Spokane     .304   4  25  5
32  Juan Robles             24   R/R  GCL         .162   0   7  0
                                      Spokane     .000   0   0  0
25  Matt Treanor            20   R/R  Springfield .185   3  19  1

Infielders

##  Name                   Age   B/T  1995         Avg  HR RBI SB
27  Doug Blosser            19   L/R  GCL         .255   7  33  0
30  Jose Cepeda             21   R/R  GCL         .348   0  21  2
21  Gary Coffee             21   R/R  GCL         .328  11  45  2
22  Emiliano Escandon       21   S/R  Spokane     .318   1  12  1
13  Carlos Febles           19   R/R  GCL         .282   3  20 16
 7  Mark Melito             24   R/R  Spokane     .250   3  20  2

Outfielders

##  Name                   Age   B/T  1995         Avg  HR RBI SB
 6  Carlos Beltran          18   S/R  GCL         .278   0  23  5
11  Adam Finnieston         23   R/R  Spokane     .237   0   4  0
12  Mark Quinn              20   R/R  Spokane     .284   6  37  0
 8  Juan Rocha              22   R/R  Springfield .233  10  41  5
23  Brett Schafer           22   R/R  Spokane     .195   1  19 11

Field Staff

Manager: Brian Poldberg (#38)
Coaches: Mike Mason (#31) (pitching)
         Curtis Wilkerson (#19)
Trainer: Jeff Stevenson

Disabled List

Ritter and Schafer