The official Baysox opening day lineup will be available on Wednesday, but I am going to make a few guesses about the roster and highlight some interesting stories heading into the season.
Can Manager Gary Kendall, a Baltimore native and the Aberdeen manager from 2008 to 2010, take the Baysox back to the playoffs and bring the first Eastern League championship to Bowie? Will Kendall’s experience coaching likely Baysox Caleb Joseph, Greg Miclat, Robbie Widlansky, and Richard Zagone in Aberdeen help them have strong seasons?
Billy Rowell (Photo: BaysoxBlog)
Is Billy Rowell ready for the Eastern League? Will he get enough playing time to settle in and show why he was the first high school hitter selected in the 2006 draft?
Can Xavier Avery figure out left-handers and breaking pitches and translate his fantastic tools into a breakout season?
Can Joe Mahoney build on his .412 average in 17 at bats in Major League spring training and his strong stint in Bowie last year to become Derek Lee’s eventual replacement?
Is Chorye Spoone healthy enough to show the promise that made him the Orioles number eight prospect in 2008 (Baseball America) and make the jump from Bowie to Baltimore?
How will Greg Miclat respond to his possible move to second base? Was Miclat’s strong showing in Arizona Fall League an indication that he has figure out Double-A pitching?
Does Caleb Joseph still have the pop in his bat he showed in Frederick in 2009?
L.J. Hoes (Photo: BaysoxBlog)
When will L.J. Hoes join the Baysox? Will he recapture the balance at the plate and command of the strike zone he showed during the first half of 2010 and make his case to follow Brian Roberts at second base?
What questions are you waiting for the Baysox to answer in 2011?