Here's a couple more things to keep your eye on in 2012:
*Starting pitching is all of a sudden a strength: The Grizzlies starting pitching was quite frankly, awful in 2011. Outside of Mark Brackman and the two starts from Aaron Shafer, the Grizzlies got nothing from their rotation. In 2012 the rotation is experienced and deep. There's a lot of talented arms who have put up solid #'s in professional baseball. The starting pitching has a good chance to be a strength in '12.
*Watch out for Jerod Yakubik. First off, I had the chance to meet Jerod today and he's as nice as can be. He's one of those guys that will be easy to root for. A former Pioneer League batting title winner, expect Yakubik to hit for a HIGH average. He won't hit many homers, maybe only two or three, but he gets the job done with the stick. He could be an outstanding two hitter. He also plays a solid first base.
Grizzlies 'Alumni' Update:
Former Grizzlies pitcher Mark Brackman tossed three scoreless innings today for the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League. Brackman has now worked six exhibition innings and has surrendered just one run. Brackman is joined on the Barnstormers pitching staff by former major leaguers John Halama, J.D. Durbin and Jeff Bennett. Check the Grizzlies facebook and twitter page for updates on Mark throughout the Barnstormers season.
To say I'm excited about the season is an understatement. More to follow in the coming weeks. Go Grizzlies!
-Voice of the Grizzlies, Adam Young