2017 Clinton LumberKings Opening Day Roster

Rotation

Brandon Miller, RHP
Ljay Newsome, RHP
Tim Viehoff, LHP
Nick Wells, LHP
Danny Garcia, LHP


Miller is a borderline Top-25 prospect, as is Wells. Viehoff I see as a future reliever but has a chance to be a good one. Garcia is a strike thrower with fringy stuff but pitchability that will play in the lower levels.


Bullpen

Jeffeson Medina, RHP
Matt Clancy, LHP
Kyle Wilcox, RHP
Michael Koval, RHP
Jack Anderson, RHP
Marvin Gorgas, RHP
Ronald Dominguez, RHP
Robert Dugger, RHP


Gorgas may be my favorite of this group based on upside, but Wilcoz throws the hardest — up to 98 — and simply needs to throw more strikes. Dugger has a chance to be the best performer and perhaps close for the LumberKings.


Catchers

Nick Thurman, L/R
Johan Quevedo, R/R


This is simply a catch-and-throw combo with little upside but Thurman has a solid approach at the plate and Quevedo can really throw.


Infielders

Kristian Brito, R/R
Johmbeyker Morales, R/R
Bryson Brigman, R/R
Rayder Ascanio, S/R
Luis Rengifo, S/R
Conner Hale, R/R


Brito is a 1B/DH only but has big, raw power. Brigman is one of the most overrated prospects in the system for me; can do some things, good approach, solid-average runner, quick feet, not a long-term shortstop, no power, but he’ll probably perform in the Midwest League.

Rengifo and Ascanio are legitimate middle infielders with some offensive mettle. Both need to get stronger. Ascanio is the better defender and could stick at shortstop.


Outfielders

Luis Liberato, L/L
Dimas Ojeda, L/L
Anthony Jimenez, R/R
Gareth Morgan, R/R


 

Liberato is a legitimate prospect, perhaps ultimately landing in the majors as OF3; average or better speed, arm, bat speed and plate skills and he’s getting better. Lack natural instincts so he”s not moving fast  but may not be long for Clinton if he hits early.

Ojeda performed well last year and has some quick twitch to his game, including in the hands and wrists. He may have been overlooked by yours truly in the Top 25, but can earn his way there by performing in Clinton.

Morgan is a bit of a surprise, but it’s nice to see him in full-season ball at 21, having never made it out of Peoria in three years.

Morgan has huge power, but everything else up to now has been graded off the charts raw and his long swing doesn’t help.


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