It’s been just over a month when we last posted to the site, back when Billy Hamilton earned a promotion to Triple-A Louisville. The post that preceded it was also collecting dust, greeting visitors since December 12 before our January dispatch came off the press. If you haven’t noticed, many developments have come to fruition since then, as new manager Delino DeShields named Dick Schofield as hitting coach, seven Wahoos earned non-roster invitations to the Reds’ big league camp, and Hamilton was awarded the distinction of eleventh-best prospect from MLB.com.
So with all that aside, let’s reset. February came and went, and finally the wait for baseball ended. Pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear on February 12, and games began ten days later. In just nine matches, we’ve already seen a lot of action from the Wahoos’ Class of 2012. With that, we’ll be relaunching “Blues in the Bigs” tomorrow to track how former Pensacola players fared against Cactus League opponents, including Donnie Joseph’s Kansas City Royals.
We’ll also direct you to Blog Red Machine as the dedicated staff of ten (ourselves included) produces our ultimate 2013 preview. I’ll be releasing the top NL Central prospects on March 8 and the best of the Reds’ system on March 29.
But we really can’t handle all Blue Wahoos news on a Cincinnati Reds blog. I also cover news from Louisville, Bakersfield, and Dayton on BRM which can give you a glimpse into Pensacola’s future. That doesn’t mean speculation won’t reside here, though. In mid-March, we’ll investigate the possibility of hometown hero Wes Mugarian playing in Pensacola within the 2013 season (hint: the odds are better than you’d think).
Until then, you can continue to keep up with us on Twitter as the season draws closer. We’ll leave you with three names to know, and provide an explanation here on Sunday:
Loek Van Mil