‘09 Preseason Preview: Y-D Red Sox

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Y-D Red SoxY-D could be heavily impacted by Team USA's roster selections. If you see an asterisk next to a player's name below, that means that the player has been invited to play for Team USA. UCLA had a pair of star freshman pitchers that have both signed contracts to play on the Cape.  One of them is Gerrit Cole* (Cotuit) and the other is Y-D's Trevor Bauer*, who led the Bruins with 9 wins and was 2nd with 92 strikeouts. Also slated for the Y-D rotation is freshman Anthony Ranaudo* (LSU), who led the Tigers with 138 strikeouts in 102 innings, and Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast). Sale had 104 strikeouts in 89.1 innings, with a 2.72 ERA.

In the pen will be closer Kevin Rhoderick (Oregon State), who led the Beavers with 9 saves. Also competing for closing duties  is temp player Mike Belfiore (Boston College). Belfiore led the Eagles bullpen with 9 saves and a 2.05 ERA.

Update (6/11): Belfiore was drafted in the supplemental 1st round of the MLB draft. Chances are that we won't be seeing him in Y-D this summer.

Mickey Wiswall (BC) will power the Sox batting order along with Andy Wilkins (Arkansas).

The Sox may have one of the best hitting infields in the league. In the diamond, the Sox have C.C. aka Christian Colon* (Cal State Fullerton), who hit .347 with 78 hits for the Titans. Utility man Austin Wates (Virginia Tech) will look to carry his impressive sophomore season through the summer. Wates batted .397 and led the Hokies in stolen bases (16) and hits (77). Bringing the power the batting order is Andy Wilkins (Arkansas) and Mickey Wiswall (Boston College). Wilkins hit 15 homers with a .313 average. Wiswall had a similar line with 14 homers and a .320 average. Behind the plate, the Sox have snagged catcher Micah Gibbs* (LSU) who batted .291 for the Tigers.

In the outfield is sophomore Derek Ingui (Franklin Pierce), who apparently left the University of Tampa before his freshman baseball season last year to be in the spotlight at Franklin Pierce. It worked. Derek has been an everyday starter for two seasons, and this spring batted .356 and led the team with 47 RBIs.

Regarding field improvements, Y-D was awarded $150,000 in a Yawkey grant in March. I'd expect some improvements to be ready for the 2010 season.

*Team USA invitee