Not suprisingly the third slot came down to Jake McGee and Wade Davis with Reid Brignac and Jeff Niemann trailing slightly behind in a dead heat for second runner-up. In the end the man with the electric heater won, here's your #3 Jake McGee.
I'm thinking today is Wade Davis' day to get off the waiting list...
- Evan Longoria
- David Price
- Jake McGee
Projected 08 Level: AA/AAA
Vero Beach (13 GS) - 78.1 IP 54 H 5 HR 88 K 21 BB 1.84 ERA
Montgomery (14 GS) - 80 IP 74 H 3 HR 81 K 30 BB 3.15 ERA
Another third of the Montgomery trio, Davis is more polished than McGee in terms of using his non-fastball pitches, although I'm not sure that any of his pitches can match the effectiveness of that McGee heater.
Projected 08 Level: AAA
Montgomery (527 AB) - .260/.328/.433/.761 17 HR 81 RBIs 55 BB 94 K
Although the Cajun God did struggle for most of the year, you wonder if perhaps some of it was Longoria withdrawal. Brignac maintains his hacky ways, but with a patient hitter like Longoria complementing his style you have to wonder if he grew too accustomed to the Batman / Robin approach.
Projected 08 Level: MLB
Durham (25 GS) - 131 IP 144 H 13 HR 123 K 46 BB 3.98 ERA
"Big Red" had his most healthy season to date and finished strong down the stretch, giving hope that come April Niemann will be taking the mound for Tampa every fifth day.
Wade Davis (19 votes)
Reid Brignac (7 votes)
Jeff Niemann (6 votes)
Other (Please Name in Comments) (2 votes)
34 total votes