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2005 EUGENE EMERALDS OUTLOOK.

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The Pitchers

Brent Carter: LHP, 6-3, 195. Age: 22. Drafted in the 16th round out of Alabama after setting the school record for strikeouts in a career with 307. As a senior, he was 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA in 25 games, including 10 starts. For his career, he appeared in 77 games with 38 starts and was 25-11 with a 3.67 ERA and seven complete games. He ranks second in school history with 335 2/3 innings pitched and is third in wins and starts. As a sophomore, he was 10-5 with a 3.30 ERA and 105 strikeouts.

Danny De La O: LHP, 5-10, 185. Age: 21. Went 3-6 with a 7.02 ERA for the Emeralds last season. Led the Emeralds in innings pitched (66 2/3 ) and strikeouts (55) in 18 appearances, including 10 starts. Struck out a career-high 10 in his final start on Sept. 3rd. Started the season in long-season A Fort Wayne and was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA in two starts. Drafted in the 30th round of the 2003 draft, he was 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 31 games at rookie-level Idaho Falls during his first professional season.

Stevie Delabar: RHP, 6-5, 220. Age: 21. Joined the Emeralds late last season and went 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts. Struck out 11 in 17 innings. Drafted in the 29th round out of Volunteer State (Tenn.) Junior College, he started his pro career at rookie-level Peoria last season and went 3-4 with a 4.37 ERA in 14 games in the Arizona League. Finished second on the Arizona League Padres with 39 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings pitched.

Alfredo Fernandez: RHP, 6-4, 205. Age: 20. Started a team-high 13 games last year for the Emeralds and was 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA. Got off to a good start as he was 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA in his first six starts, but did not win another game the rest of the season. He ranked third in the Northwest League with 62 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 45. Played his first two seasons in Idaho Falls, where he had a combined record of 0-8.

Adam Gold: RHP, 6-3, 205. Age: 21. Drafted in the 33rd round out of California, he was 7-6 with a 5.85 ERA as a junior this spring with the Bears. Struck out a team-high 71 batters in 87 2/3 innings pitched during 18 appearances. Went 6-7 with a 4.25 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings pitched as a sophomore, when he was named most improved player on the team. Had a 3.38 ERA in 15 games as a freshman.

Brandon Higelin: LHP, 6-0, 195. Age: 22. Was selected in the 28th round after his senior year at Cal State-Los Angeles. He earned all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors as he ranked 13th in the conference with a 4.18 ERA. He was fourth in strikeouts (69) and fifth in innings pitched (88 1/3 ). Went 5-6 in 16 games, including 14 starts.

Arnold Hughey: LHP, 6-3, 215. Age: 22. Drafted in the 13th round out of Auburn after an 8-4 senior season with the Tigers. In 17 starts, he threw 98 2/3 innings and had a team-high 80 strikeouts. He won his final five collegiate starts and ranks fifth in school history with 272 career strikeouts. A native of Venice, Fla., he was 6-4 with a 4.58 ERA as a junior. Was drafted by Philadelphia in the 40th round out of high school.

Neil Jamison: RHP, 6-3, 185. Age: 21. A first-team all-American at Long Beach State as a senior, when he did not allow an earned run in 29 2/3 innings pitched. Was 4-0 with 11 saves in 27 relief appearances and struck out 27 with five walks. Was drafted in the eighth round by the Mets last year but elected to return for his senior season. Earned second-team all-Big West honors as a junior, when he ranked eighth in the nation with 12 saves.

Ben Krosschell: RHP, 6-1, 165. Age: 19. A 16th-round selection last year out of Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado, he was fourth in the Arizona League with a 2.42 ERA at Peoria. Was 1-3 in 14 games, including 11 starts. Struck out a team-high 40 in 48 1/3 innings pitched. Earned his first career win by throwing five scoreless innings on July 11th.

Jon Link: RHP, 6-1, 175. Age: 21. Became the second player in Bluefield (Va.) College history to be drafted when he was selected in the 26th round. The junior was 7-5 with a 2.14 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 13 games. Was drafted out of high school in the 45th round by Montreal, but enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University and went 5-3 in two years before transferring to Bluefield.

John Madden: RHP, 6-4, 225. Age: 22. The eighth-round selection from Auburn led the Southeastern Conference with a 1.77 ERA out of the bullpen. The right-hander with a sidearm motion went 6-2 while appearing in a school-record 44 games. He struck out 58 and walked 19 in 86 1/3 innings pitched. The Kissimmee, Fla., native played two years at Seminole Community College before joining the Tigers as a junior, when he was 1-2 with a 5.53 ERA.

Phil Polanco: RHP, 6-0, 200. Age: 23. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Cal State-Northridge. Last played in 2003 when he appeared in four games for the Matadors and was 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA. Struck out three in 3 2/3 innings pitched.

William Ponce: RHP, 6-1, 190. Age: 20. Went 1-9 with a 5.97 ERA in 14 games last year for the Emeralds. Ranked second on the staff with 12 starts and 66 1/3 innings. Earned his lone win when he allowed three runs in seven innings against Yakima. Has a career record of 3-24 in three minor-league seasons. Went 1-4 with an 8.47 ERA at Idaho Falls in 2002, and 1-11 the next season.

Cesar Ramos: RHP, 6-2, 190. Age: 20. Selected with the 35th overall pick in the supplemental first round after going 10-7 with a 2.64 ERA in 18 starts at Long Beach State. Was a third-team all-American after allowing 105 hits in 126 innings pitched and had four complete games, including two shutouts. Helped the U.S. win the gold medal at the World Championships last summer. Was 12-4 with a 2.29 ERA and earned second-team all-American honors as a sophomore when he was the No. 2 starter on the staff behind national pitcher of the year Jered Weaver.

The Hitters

Brian Cavanaugh: OF, 6-1, 185. Age: 21. Drafted in the 21st round out of East Carolina, where he was a first-team all-Conference USA selection as a senior. He led the conference with a .382 batting average and hit seven home runs with 36 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Led the team in hits (79), total bases (120), triples (four), slugging percentage (.580) and on-base percentage (.444).

Drew Davidson: OF, 6-1, 185. Age: 22. Drafted in the 22nd round out of Ilinois. Was named Big 10 player of the year as a senior after he hit .322 with 14 home runs, 53 RBIs and a conference-best .639 slugging percentage. He led the team with 57 runs scored. As a junior, led the Illini with 12 home runs, 41 RBIs and 32 runs scored. Hit .324 as a sophomore and was a third-team all-conference selection as a freshman, when he hit .341 with 10 home runs. Was originally drafted by St. Louis in the 46th round out of Dowling High School in Iowa before attending Illinois.

Brandon Gottier: C, 5-11, 195. Age: 23. Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Padres after his senior season at University of the Pacific. Hit .307 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. Threw out 39.3 percent of opposing base runners and picked off five runners. He was an All-Big West Conference selection. The Bellingham, Wash., native played two seasons at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., before joining the Tigers.

Santiago Guerrero: OF, 6-0, 170. Age: 21. Has played four seasons of pro ball with the Dominican Summer League Padres. Batted .271 with one home run and 23 RBIs last season in 51 games. Stole 12 bases and scored 26 runs. His career totals include a .240 batting average, four home runs, 71 RBIs and 54 stolen bases in 230 games.

Daryl Jones: 1B, 6-3, 200. Age: 18. Selected in the fourth round of the 2004 draft out of Westchester High School in California. Batted .295 with one home run and 25 RBIs last year in 36 games at rookie-level Peoria. Ranked second on the team with 11 doubles. Got off to a hot start by batting .371 during his first 10 games.

Billy Killian: C, 6-1, 190. Age: 19. Selected in the third round of the 2004 draft out of Chippewa Hills High School in Michigan, where he was rated as the state's top prep prospect by Baseball America. Batted .230 with 13 RBIs in 40 games last year at Peoria. Was sent to AAA Portland for three games late in the season and had one hit in seven at-bats for the Beavers.

Billy Richardson: SS, 5-8, 180. Age: 22. Selected in the 14th round out of East Carolina. As a senior, he hit .308 with four home runs and 44 runs scored in 46 games. In a 14-0 win over Navy, he hit for the cycle and pitched one inning of relief. Stole eight bases in 12 attempts and drove in 29 runs. Had 11 doubles and three triples.

Jodam Rivera: SS/2B, 5-10, 180. Age: 18. A 24th-round draft pick in 2004 out of Academia Bautista in Puerto Rico, he played in three games last year for the Emeralds and had one hit in eight at-bats. Started the season at Peoria and batted .276 with 19 RBIs, five doubles and two triples in 48 games. Ranked second on the team with 51 hits and 185 at-bats and was third with 17 walks and 24 runs scored.

Mike Sansoe: OF, 6-0, 190. Age: 22. Drafted in the 18th round out of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. The center fielder earned second-team all-West Coast Conference honors as a senior, when he hit .352 with a team-best seven home runs. He had 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, 20 RBIs and six steals. The De La Salle High School graduate hit .222 as a junior and .273 as a sophomore with the Gaels.

John Slone: C, 6-2, 200. Age: 22. Selected in the 24th round after earning second-team all-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior. Batted .304 with six home runs and 39 RBIs while helping the RedHawks to the conference title. He ranks second in school history with 261 hits and 180 runs. Has a career batting average of .351. Drafted in the 15th round by Pittsburgh after his junior year but returned to college.

Casey Smith: 1B, 6-4, 235. Age: 21. Selected in the ninth round out of Erskine College in Due West, S.C. Batted .448 with 18 home runs, 28 doubles, and 83 RBIs as a junior. Had a slugging percentage of .844 and an on-base percentage of .522. Was named NCAA Division II player of the year after totaling 95 hits in 55 games.

Chad Steiner: 3B, 5-11, 190. Age: 21. A 20th-round selection out of Lamar Community College in Colorado, he signed with the University of Northern Colorado before signing with the Padres. He was a first-team all-region selection as a freshman, when he batted .380 with eight home runs, and he ranked 25th in the nation with 57 RBIs in 56 games.

Kelvin Vazquez: 2B/3B, 6-1, 170. Age: 21. Batted .272 last year at Peoria after being selected in the 26th round out of Indian Hills Junior College in Iowa. Had 49 hits in 49 games last season, including one home run, a team-high 12 doubles and four triples. Drove in 18 runs and tied for the team lead with 30 runs.
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Title Annotation:Sports; A PLAYER-BY-PLAYER LOOK AT THE SEASON TO COME
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jun 21, 2005
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