Monday, December 17, 2012

Grizzlies Make Roster Moves Leading Up to 2013 Season

Hello all!  The Grizzlies have made some roster moves lately as Manager Phil Warren continues to put together his 2013 Spring Training roster.  Warren has re-signed bullpen arms Phillip Reamy and Ja'Vaun West, while adding new arms in Dan Eaton and Wes Edwards.

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Reamy returns to Gateway after dominating out of the bullpen in 2012.  The right-hander from Centreville, VA was solid from start to finish in his first professional season.  Reamy, who throws high-80's/low-90's with a natural cut to his fastball could compete for the Grizzlies closer role in 2013.  After all, that's what he did in college when he became the all-time saves leader at Embry-Riddle University.  Reamy had an ERA just over 2 in 2012, but I think the Grizzlies can expect even more from Reamy next season.  He's one of those guys who turned the heads of many scouts who saw him pitch, so if Reamy gets off to a hot start next season, I wouldn't be surprised if he got some serious looks @ affiliated ball.

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West was also solid out of the bullpen for Gateway in 2012.  He appeared 17 times out of the the 'pen after starting 3 games to be begin his professional career.  It was clear that something wasn't clicking for him as a starter, but he turned his season around as a long/middle reliever.  He may get another shot to start in spring training..we'll see.  I do know this..West is extremely talented and has a confident, aggressive approach that you don't see to often in young pitchers.  He goes right after hitters.

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Eaton and Edwards are rookies who finished up their collegiate careers in 2012.  Eaton comes to Gateway based on a recommendation from Reamy (the two played together @ Embry-Riddle).  Eaton is a big lefty (6-5, 195) and at the moment is the only left-handed pitcher on the Grizzlies roster (they only had one last year..Logan Mahon..who since has been signed by the Orioles).  He won 7 games last season and had an ERA around 2.50.  He dominated @ the NAIA level.  Can he get hitters out at the pro level?  We'll see in May.

Edwards pitched @ Division II Winston-Salem State University and is also big (6-4, 205).  He pitched primarily out of the bullpen during his career @ WSS, but it looks like he could also start.  With that said, he's projected to be a 'pen guy.  From what I've read/been told is he hasn't quite reached his potential yet and has electric stuff (throws hard/good movement).  The Grizzlies are looking for rookies to step up and pitch like Reamy, West and other rookies did in 2012.

Stay tuned for more announcements/signings in the near future.  Go Grizzlies!

      -Voice of the Grizzlies, Adam Young

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