The back of the bullpen is stabilized with All Star Jon Anstey entrenched as the closer. Provided he comes back strong from an off season knee injury, he will be expected to continue his dominance. The Doyle brothers are back to set him up and projects like lefthander Greg Zilkie and hard throwing righties Brad Engel and Ryan Swenson could also see some time out of the pen with continued development. Whoever doesn’t draw into the rotation will also help bolster the pen.
The infield defense was strong last season and should be even stronger this season. With the possible additions of Jackson and Russell the Milleteers will boast four guys with the potential to play high caliber defense at short and also hit at the top of the order. Throw in last season’s defensive specialist Adam Ducarme and the left side of the infield is in good shape. On the right side Steven Pahl and Murray Doyle both return to man first, while Brinkworth is back to man second.
Another point of strength for the Milleteers as they return both catchers from last year. Both Shane Gerein and Brad Engel are very capable defenders that can block well and throw well enough to keep the running game in check. It doesn’t hurt that they both provide some speed and have consistently hit over 0.300 in their tenures as Milleteers. Trevor Pahl and Karl Zimmer can also catch in a pinch.
The whole outfield also returns from last year and is anchored by All Star Kevin Doyle in center. Speedsters Adam Pahl and Greg Zilkie are back to man left, while slugger Ryan Swenson will try to stay healthy to man right.