Meet Your 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes

April 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Albuquerque Isotopes, Javy Guerra | Leave a comment

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Via a helpfully tweeted photo from our friend Chris Jackson at Isotopes media day, we have our first look at the 2013 Albuquerque Isotopes.

C — Jesus Flores, Matt Wallach
1B — Scott Van Slyke
2B — Elian Herrera
SS — Dee Gordon
3B — Rusty Ryal / Brian Barden
IF — Osvaldo Martinez
LF — Matt Angle
CF — Tony Gwynn
RF — Alex Castellanos
OF — Nick Buss
UT — Alfredo Amezaga

SP — Matt Magill
SP — Stephen Fife
SP — Javy Guerra
SP — Blake Johnson
SP — Sean White

RP — Shawn Tolleson
RP — Chris Withrow
RP — Peter Moylan
RP — Josh Wall
RP — Steve Ames
RP — Red Patterson
RP — Angel Castro
RP — Geison Aguasviva

So, you’re probably noticing a few things here. Yes that is Javy Guerra in the starting rotation, but no, he’s not being converted. Via Dylan Hernandez, the Dodgers are just hoping to stretch him out to throw multiple innings, and as Chris would be all too happy to remind you, while the bullpen is stacked, the Isotopes had almost no options for the rotation behind Magill & Fife. Someone has to start, and that entire trio of Guerra / Johnson / White is sure to be in flux for the entire season. If and when Matt Palmer returns from knee surgery, he’ll likely slot in there. In the bullpen, Chris Withrow finally moves up after four years at Double-A.

You’ll probably also notice, as I did, that Jeremy Moore is not included, nor is Kevin Gregg. To be honest, I don’t have a great answer for either of those. Moore was impressive in the spring and I’d be surprised if he was simply released; it’s possible that he’s beginning at extended spring training to work himself into shape or to further rehab his hip. Gregg didn’t have an opt-out of his contract, so he’s still part of the organization. As you can see Peter Moylan is on the Isotopes roster and he was in a similar situation, so that’s a question to be answered.

The organizational depth chart has been updated for all five of the top minor league clubs, though some are still not official.

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