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Sharks See New Wave on the Horizon
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Sharks See New Wave on the Horizon
The Amity White Sharks have not truly rebuilt in a long, long time. The team's last multi year dive began in 2013 -- which feels like ancient history. Lately, however, they have started to look like they are heading in that direction again. Seeing their depth dwindle and several stars retire, the Sharks have now failed to capture their division for three straight seasons. Remarkably, that is the longest Polanski pennant drought since they emerged from their last rebuild in 2020. Though the team has been playing decently lately, it will be difficult to catch Honolulu this year for anyone in the Polanski, given their great start.

However, the fan base in Amity is excited about this teams future. The Sharks elected to keep their picks in the last two drafts, and wound up in a position to add what looks like some very good hitting prospects. This is a gear shift for a team that has always been noted for its ability to develop pitching, but thanks to those picks a picture of the team's next great offense has started to become more clear.

Certainly, for the next five to ten seasons, the lineup will continue to revolve around the Shark's current all timer, Home Run Baker. Holding down the hot corner, always a tough position to find offense in this league, he will continue to hit about as well as one can do in the Shark's pitcher friendly stadium. So far in his career he sports a .288/.323/.488 line, and though injuries have derailed his counting numbers so far, he's stolen an average of 38 bases per 155 games.

Likewise, the Sharks have started to see a little bit of what made 2B Alva Gungaram of one the team's highest picks in the last 30 years. Though he's hardly been the star many had hoped over his short history to date, the young second baseman is finally pulling his weight as a fielder, and he's leading the club this season with 12 homers.

But, really, its the kids on the farm that are creating the most excitement for things to come. Last year's 1st round pick Horace Cudworth showed great improvement in his first professional off season, gaining +14 CH and +11 PH. At 22 years old, and already with plus speed, its easy to see the 22 year old left fielder quickly becoming a viable ML hitter at the top of the lineup.

Although the Sharks did not win any awards for their three picks, this year's draft turned up two high upside infielders for the team that could really help round out the lineup. SS Mitch Goddard, just 20 years old, presents a five tool game that many are projecting for a solid major league career. Though any 20 year old prospect is risky, Goddard does enough things well that he should be at least be an above average SS. The one knock on him is that his contact will likely never be elite, but most scouts think a 70-75 CH is within his reach, which should make him plenty viable if he's able to get his power up near the 80s. His footwork is also quick and his arm very strong -- many think he will be a good fielder.

The team was reportedly very happy to see 1B Snooks Bosio fall to them in the 2nd round. Though he's never going to be a star, and nor will he win any beauty pageants, scouts think the big boned Bosio had the best pure power in the draft for a college age hitter. Despite his poor speed, he could very well be a 90s PH slugger with at least passable contact. That, from a mid #2, is nice to imagine.

Unlike in past rebuilds, the pitching has not been prioritized, but with relative youth showing some promise in Amity's rotation (Robbie He is 28, Blair Skipper is 26), perhaps this can be addressed later. The franchise would certainly like to avoid a full rebuild, so you can bet that, at some point, they will start to get creative.

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(This post was last modified: 04-09-2018 10:29 PM by Max.)
04-09-2018 10:25 PM
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RE: Sharks See New Wave on the Horizon
even if max claims he is in a rebuild, i still never ever count him out at making a serious run to take the polanski title. and once you punch your ticket to the playoffs, anything can happen.

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