Friday, March 21, 2014

New Blog on the Block

WDBB is pleased welcome the latest, and likely most informative, Bulls blog on the block, Hit Bull Win Blog.

It looks to be an “Official Affiliate” blog on the MLBlogs network, that usually carries the tagline, “Official Affiliate/Unofficial Opinion”. If it stays with us, it may become the only surviving “official” AAA blog in the International League. I haven’t run my traps this year, but all the previous ones that I’ve seen opened a season with a few entries and then died. There were a couple of Triple-A fan blogs last year, but I haven't checked on them yet. And I haven't seen if the Independent Weekly will be bringing back its Bulls coverage. The more the merrier.

Certainly they are out of the box with a terrific analysis of the Durham Bulls possible roster on opening day, including some speculation I haven’t seen before (e.g., Casili to the Biscuits), but which makes sense.

I’m hoping that the blog will address the severe lack of news when the Bulls go on the road. During road trips we are completely dependent on radio reports and we can't always listen to the games. Maybe this the new blog will fill the gap. In the meantime, we’ll put a link up on our home page and you can check it out.

In more roster news,  the Rays are cleaning out their locker room. Yesterday eight more went off the in-camp roster. Pitchers Steve Geltz, Adam Liberatore, Juan Sandoval, and Brad Boxberger; infielder Cole Figueroa, catcher Roman Ali Solis, and outfielders Jerry Sands and Justin Christian.

That puts 30 players who started spring training in major league camp now in the minors. The Bulls usually carry 25, so likely a few on this chart will start with the Biscuits or, possibly, exercise an opt-out clause and look for work elsewhere.

Only three of the non-roster invites from our earlier chart remain with the Rays: Infielders Jayson Nix and Ray Olmedo, and pitcher Mark Lowe.

2013 Team(s)
To Minor Camp
Enny Romero*23LHPBulls/Biscuits3/8/2014
Mike Montgomery*23RHPBulls3/8/2014
Alex Colome*25RHPRays3/8/2014
Matt Andriese†23RHPPadres AAA3/8/2014
Merrill Kelly†25RHPBulls/Biscuits3/8/2014
Victor Mateo†24RHPBiscuits3/8/2014
James Darnell†27OFPadres AAA3/8/2014
Luke Maile23CBowling Green (A)3/8/2014
Braulio Lara†25LHPBiscuits/Bulls3/11/2014
Santiago Garrido†23RHPRoyals AA3/11/2014
Sam Runion†25RHPRoyals AA3/11/2014
Curt Casali25CBiscuits3/11/2014
Jeff Beliveau*27LHPBulls3/13/2014
Nathan Karnes*26RHPNationals System3/13/2014
C.J. Riefenhauser*24LHPBulls/Biscuits3/13/2014
Kirby Yates*27RHPBulls3/13/2014
Vince Belnome*26InfBulls3/13/2014
Kevin Kiermaier*23OFRays/Bulls/Biscuits3/13/2014
Hak Ju Lee*23InfBulls3/13/2014
Mikie Mahtook†24OFBiscuits3/13/2014
Eddy Rodriguez28CPadres system3/18/2014
Jeremy Moore†26OFDodgers System3/18/2014
Brad Boxberger*26RHPPadres/Tuscon3/20/2014
Jerry Sands†26OFPittsburgh System3/20/2014
Roman Ali Solis†26CPirates System3/20/2014
Justin Christian†33OFCardinals AAA3/20/2014
Cole Figuroa†26InfBulls3/20/2014
Juan Sandoval†33RHPBulls/Biscuits3/20/2014
Adam Liberatore†27LHPBulls3/20/2014
Steve Geltz†23RHPBulls3/20/2014

* = Rays 40-man Roster
† = Invitation to Spring Training

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