What it will be:
1. Catalanotto vs righties, Johnson vs lefties
What it should be, if I was in charge:
1. Rios - At this point in his career it's a good spot. He's a very good contact hitter and I like his basestealing potential. As soon as he fills out his frame, he should be able to produce more power and thus be moved to the #3, #5, or #6 slots.
2. Hudson - I hear a breakout year approaching. He improved rather significantly in his second full season from his first full season, and I think he'll continue that trend; .290/.365/.450 in 2005.
3. Koskie - Great on base potential. His career average of .373 would do wonders for V-Dubb, or even better, maybe the .393 he put up in 2003. Add the OBP with the good power he carries and Koskie is an ideal #3 hitter.
4. Wells - Our biggest power threat. I don't like him at #3 because he doesn't take nearly enough walks.
5. Hillenbrand - 20+ homers hopefully.
6. Gross - I know, he'll start the year in AAA. But if it were up to me Gabe would have everyday in LF locked up. He's already hit well at all levels in the minors. He belongs with the big club. I feel assured of that with each bomb he's smacking out of the park this spring.
7. Hinske - A good guy who loves playing for this team. Please god let him find his form. I'll also mention that I love the fact he'll be at 1st. His range can be outstanding, but his weak arm makes him more suitable for the corner where he doesn't need to use it.
8. Adams - Keep the pressure/expectations low. In time he will be the leadoff man.
9. Zaun - There mainly for his defense. No power, although he did get on base last year. Soon Quiroz will call the shots behind the plate.