With less than three weeks until the draft, the four inaugural Super League teams have filled up most of their marquee spots.
The Crushers, Wasps and Clippers have named their four key players who will suit up on their teams this year while the Carp still have one spot to fill.
Each team is permitted to name four ‘marquee’ players before the September 26 draft at the Highway in Glenelg.
Now, the GMs turn their focus to picking from a talented pool of player who have registered to play in the new Wednesday competition featuring the best talent in South Australian Baseball.
Let’s review each of the teams, where they stand, and what they may need. Baseball Australia Hall-of-Famer and Adelaide Giants legend Andrew Scott had his expert take on each of the team’s rosters so far.
Have a look below.
Coach: Scott Gladstone
GM: Michael Dunn
What GM Michael Dunn is saying: My aim in picking marquee players was to have a solid spine with senior guys who can execute plays when needed under pressure. This is a pretty good 1-4 hitting line up without any draft players or import players. We will have some good power surrounded by some speed to score runs quickly in the shortened format of the Super League style. These are four very strong leaders who’s reputations are unquestionable in SA baseball.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: It’s a strong spine up the middle with a quality catcher. The double play combination up the middle is as good as it gets. They’ll need to look for some pitching in the draft to adapt to this year’s format. Their GM is their weak link in the competition.
Coach: Paul Mildren
GM: Chris Lawson
What GM Chris Lawson is saying: We have recruited great “people” whom will bring a fun and exciting brand of baseball to the field. In going after our marquee players we looked to cover as many positions as possible, with athletes that show flexibility in the field. Come draft day this will give us some room to pick the best available players, rather than selecting purely by a positional needs basis.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: This is as experienced and as powerful as a line-up as it comes in this competition. The additions of Terrell and Brammer are key as they can both pitch which will be very handy in this format. They’ll need to add some guys who can get on base, preferably guys who have speed, so the big boppers can drive them home.
Coach: Adrian Chenoweth
GM: Scott Pratt
What GM Scott Pratt is saying: We’ve got two of the most damaging hitters in the SABL which combined is guaranteed to provide some STING for the line-up for the Wasps. It’s important we can have guys that can generate runs with the long-ball but also be consistent hitters. We have [some of] the best in the competition.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: Getting two left-handed power hitters is massive for the Wasps and will cause some match-up nightmares. They have a solid C/P combination already sorted and guys that can play a few different positions. You’d think they need to add another pitcher to the line up as well as some speed on the bases.
Coach: Paul Green
GM: Mark Haylock
What GM Mark Haylock is saying: The Carp looks to develop young Bite prospects to the next level by giving them exposure and opportunity in this Super League. Curtis Mead (SS) and Mason Clavell (C) are two of the most exciting prospects in the State. Both will hold down key infield positions and hit strongly in this league. Wilson Lee (P) is a strong 2 way player who can feature on the hill, as a utility in the field and provide strong offence in the box. A hot commodity in this off season of district Club ball, Lee spends our off seasons playing in Europe.
Andrew Scott’s “Expert” Take: There’s a lot to like about this young team. They have some of the most versatile players in the state who can play multiple positions and will bring tremendous energy to the game. It will be a fun environment but I suspect the Wasps will need to add some experience to the roster to settle down the young, energetic heads that will be out on the diamond.
Before the draft occurs, Andrew Scott gives his first edition of the “POWER RANKINGS” based on these Marquee Players.
Scotty says: “The Clippers have so much experience, power and a couple guys that can pitch. That gives them the edge.”
What do you think of the teams?