• Fort Myers Miracle Projections

    The Fort Myers Miracle had a rough season in 2011, posting a disappointing 63-76 record under manager Jake Mauer. Some of the frustration was due to injuries and more was due to just plain lack of production. The Miracle will be back in 2012 with some familiar faces as they try to get back in the playoff hunt. They also will infuse some new talent that should make the summer very exciting for fans as the Miracle try to return to the playoffs in 2012 for the third time in the last five years. Here is my roster projection for the Ft. Myers Miracle. This is just a guess so let the discussion begin.

    C- Danny Rams- Bam Bam Rams comes back for a second season trying to build off of a decent rookie year with the Miracle where he had 27 extra base hits.

    1b- Michael Gonzalez- Gonzalez moves up to Fort Myers after belting 15 home runs and driving in 76 runs in Beloit in 2011.

    2b- Daniel Santana- The speedster moves up to Fort Myers after swiping 24 bases last year in Beloit.

    SS- Levi Michael- The Twins 2011 first round pick out of North Carolina makes his debut in th
    e Twins organization with the Miracle.

    3b- Jairo Perez- The power-hitting 3rd baseman moves up from Beloit where he had 36 extra base hits including 15 home runs for the Snappers in 2011.

    LF- Oswaldo Arcia- The phenom returns to the Miracle after combining for 40 extra base hits in three different levels in 2011.

    CF- Angel Morales- Morales returns to Fort Myers after a injury-plagued 2011 season that only allowed him to appear in 37 games.

    RF- Lance Ray- Ray moves up to Fort Myers where he tries to build on a 2011 season in which he hit 51 extra base hits including 16 home runs.


    DH - Nate Roberts- Roberts moves up to Fort Myers and tries to continue getting on base as he did in 2011 where he had a .443 OBP in 68 games

    Bench
    Anderson Hidalgo- Hidalgo returns to the Miracle coming off a season, in which he hit 29 extra base hits for the Miracle.

    Steve Liddle- Liddle returns for another year in Fort Myers after having 19 extra base hits in 2011.

    Josmil Pinto- Pinto returns to Fort Myers and will do some catching and some DHing.

    Reggie Williams- The crowd favorite, Williams returns to the Miracle for another season where he will play everywhere.

    Pitching

    Pat Dean- Dean returns to the Miracle for another season as he tries to build off his 2011 season.

    BJ Hermsen- Hermsen returns to Fort Myers coming off a very good 3.33 era, split between Beloit and Fort Myers.


    Adrian Salcedo- As one of the top prospects, Salcedo moves up to Fort Myers after going 6-6 with a very good 2.93 ERA last year with Beloit.


    Manuel Soliman- Soliman had a very successful 2011 in Beloit and moves up to Fort Myers trying to improve on his 7-11 record with a very good 3.97 ERA.


    Miguel Munoz- Munoz returns to Fort Myers hoping to stay healthy as he was limited to just 12 innings due to injuries.


    Bullpen
    Matt Hauser- The hard throwing Hauser returns to Fort Myers coming off a season in which he struck out 75 men in just over 63 innings.


    Clint Dempster- Dempster split 2011 between Beloit and Fort Myers and had 60 strikeouts in 68 innings.


    Jhon Garcia- Garcia returns to Fort Myers where in 2011 he had a solid 3.82 ERA for the Miracle.


    Edgar Ibarra - Ibarra returns to Fort Myers trying to rebound from his 5.16 ERA he composed in 2011 between starting and relieving.


    Caleb Thielbar- Thielbar signed in late August of last year (the first player the Twins have signed from the St. Paul Saints) will try to contribute to the Miracle bullpen.


    Jose Gonzalez- The diminuative Gonzalez moves up to Fort Myers coming off a 2.47 ERA including 13 saves in 2011 for the Snappers.


    Tony Davis- The hard throwing Davis comes back to Fort Myers after spending 2011 in New Britain and held his own, but because of the numbers I have him back in Fort Myers.


    The Miracle had a rough 2011. However, with that pitching staff, the guys that are coming back for a second season, and the infusion of talent from Beloit, there is no reason to think that the Miracle canít contend for another Florida State League title. The fans in Fort Myers are in for an exciting summer where they will see some exciting baseball once again.



    This article was originally published in blog: Fort Myers Miracle Projections started by travistwinstalk
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Sanibelchuck's Avatar
      Sanibelchuck -
      I think you need to check the roster of the Miracle. You will see that Dan Rohfling will be catching more than Rams.
    1. Sanibelchuck's Avatar
      Sanibelchuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sanibelchuck View Post
      I think you need to check the roster of the Miracle. You will see that Dan Rohfling will be catching more than Rams.
      C - Killian, Billy; Pinto, Josmil; Rohlfing, Dan
      1B - Gonzales, Michael; Rams, Danny
      2B - Leer, Andy; Williams, Reggie
      SS - Michael, Levi; Santana, Daniel
      3B - Hidalgo, Anderson; Perez, Jairo
      OF - Arcia, Oswaldo; Morales, Angel; Ray, Lance; Rodriguez, Ryde

      P - Bowen, Ricky; Davis, Tony; Dean, Pat; Garcia, Jhon; Hauseer, Matt; Hermsen, BJ; Ibarra, Edgar; Munoz, Miguel; Popham, Marty; Pugh, Bruce; Salcedo, Adrian; Soliman, Manuel; Thielbar, Caleb

      DL - Liddle, Steve; Stuifbergen, Tom; Watts, Dakota
    1. travistwinstalk's Avatar
      travistwinstalk -
      First this was just a projection and 2nd that is 30 plus guys so some guys will be released and moved down so the roster you have is not a complete roster. But I am sure I forgot some names, that is going to happen all the time when the make projections. I agree Rohlfing will get most of the catching with Danny Rams playing alot of first and maybe some outfield. Trust me Michael and Santana will be your middle infield on most days so it doesn't matter that they are listed both at shortstop. Should be interesting when all moves are said and done what the Miracle's roster actually looks like.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Hey Sanibel, I have the same roster as you do. As Travis said, there are like 31-32 names on it.

      above you wrote, "I think you need to check the roster of the Miracle."

      Where can one find that roster online?
    1. Sanibelchuck's Avatar
      Sanibelchuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Hey Sanibel, I have the same roster as you do. As Travis said, there are like 31-32 names on it.

      above you wrote, "I think you need to check the roster of the Miracle."

      Where can one find that roster online?
      This roster list (29 names + 3 names on DL )is from today's (3/31/2012) 2012 Spring Training work groups sheet that can be had in the Twins small office by the practice fields at Hammond Stadium. And yes there may be some moves made by Wednesday when the Miracle have their "Meet the Players and Coaches" picnic. I am a full-time Fort Myers resident. I do have season spring training training tickets to the Twins as well as season tickets to the Fort Myers Miracle.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Thanks Chuck... I knew it was available at the stadium... I just didn't know if it was online or not yet, or if there is something official.
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Thanks Chuck... I knew it was available at the stadium... I just didn't know if it was online or not yet, or if there is something official.
      Anyway u got Beloits roster as well?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtrinaldi View Post
      Anyway u got Beloits roster as well?
      Yup. Same format. It's the work groups, although as I understand it, players were informed today of where they're going...
    1. travistwinstalk's Avatar
      travistwinstalk -
      Not right now, but if I get ahold of it I will be sure to let you know.
    1. Sanibelchuck's Avatar
      Sanibelchuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtrinaldi View Post
      Anyway u got Beloits roster as well?
      C - Koch, Matt; Rodriguez, Jairo
      1B - Rhodes, Rory
      2B - Pettersen, AJ; Rosario, Eddie
      SS - Bryant, Adam; Grimes, Tyler
      3B - Sano, Miguel
      OF - Goncalves, Jhon; Lin, Wang-Wei; Ortiz, Daniel; Williams, JDP - Achter, AJ; Boer, Madison; Carter, Bart; Dempster, Clinton; Fuentes, Nelvin; Gruver, Steven; Nelson, Cole; O'Rouke, ryan; Shibuya, Tim; Summers, Matt; Tomshaw, Matt; Tonkin, Michael; Wheeler, Jason; Williams, Corey

      DL - Bargas, Paul; Roberts, Nate
    1. travistwinstalk's Avatar
      travistwinstalk -
      Thanks Sanibel
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      Lots of repeat pitchers....I am wondering if dempster may get cut
    1. travistwinstalk's Avatar
      travistwinstalk -
      keep in mind that Fort Myers has 30+ players so some guys likely will get sent down to Belot and likewise guys will either be released or sent to Extended so the workgroups are subject to change.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      That said, now that the Twins roster appears set, we could hear that minor league rosters announced as early as today. Those players are leaving Ft. Myers on Monday.
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