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Roster Preview: Part I, The Batters

The first part of this two part series, we will preview the 2001 Santa Barbara Outlaws batters.  We’ll take a look at the projected starting lineup.

                  Designated Hitter: The original Outlaw… Mo Vaughn.  Drafted first overall by the Outlaws in the inaugural BRASSball draft six years ago, Mo signed a 4-year contract extension this past off-season.  Vaughn may be a little past his prime, but should continue to hit close to 40 homers and average above .300.  He won’t achieve the statistics like he did in his 1996 and 1999 AL MVP seasons, but he will provide steady leadership and a consistent bat in the middle of the Outlaw lineup for years to come.  Mo is the Outlaw’s fan favorite, and will draw many fans into Oceanfront Stadium as he looks to finish his career in an Outlaw’s uniform.

NAME

Year

BAVG

GM

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

HB

SH

DP

SB

CS

E

M.Vaughn

1995

.338

154

600

125

203

33

3

50

135

60

171

10

0

12

7

5

16

M.Vaughn

1996

.378

112

426

98

161

32

8

42

106

47

129

12

0

8

5

2

0

M.Vaughn

1997

.333

162

592

115

197

23

2

40

115

91

151

13

0

18

7

11

13

M.Vaughn

1998

.292

151

520

73

152

13

0

29

83

84

130

18

0

12

1

2

17

M.Vaughn

1999

.390

156

607

127

237

23

3

60

173

46

132

2

0

14

0

4

14

M.Vaughn

2000

.301

146

558

88

168

27

4

33

104

34

113

10

2

10

0

3

2

                Catcher: Javy Lopez will try to rebound after an injury plagued 2000 season.  After signing a $14M contract last year, Javy battled injury after injury and never really got on track.  Javy Lopez is the first legitimate catcher the Outlaws have had, and he’s a good one.  Although he missed half the season, he still hit .333 with 18 homeruns.  He is fully recovered now, and he is expected to have another all-star type season.

NAME

Year

BAVG

GM

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

HB

SH

DP

SB

CS

E

J.Lopez

2000

.333

115

222

41

74

15

1

18

38

23

37

2

32

5

0

1

2

                First Base: Garret Anderson had a career year in 2000 for the Outlaws.  He proved he is a legitimate threat by hitting .326 with 32 homeruns, and driving in 94 runs last year, and even bigger numbers are expected in 2001.  Garret will be making the switch from LF to 1B this season due to Mo Vaughn’s lingering injuries and inconsistent defense.  Garret will not win a gold glove, but he will be an upgrade from Big Mo.  And if his hitting continues to improve, anything he catches will be a bonus.

NAME

Year

BAVG

GM

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

HB

SH

DP

SB

CS

E

G.Anderson

1996

.352

67

199

39

70

8

1

17

48

19

42

0

3

1

7

0

1

G.Anderson

1997

.274

158

585

61

160

24

2

12

74

22

74

0

33

16

12

21

2

G.Anderson

1998

.294

155

629

58

185

29

1

5

57

26

64

4

8

12

10

5

8

G.Anderson

1999

.335

59

161

28

54

11

1

6

33

3

20

0

16

4

5

3

3

G.Anderson

2000

.326

155

610

102

199

43

1

32

94

31

75

0

18

13

3

10

3

            Second Base: Last year’s rookie sensation Warren Morris impressed the Outlaws during his 2 month stint in 2000, but two things will keep him in the minors this year.  Veteran Delino Deshields was acquired this off-season, and Morris could use one more year of seasoning in the minors anyway.  Delino could prove to be a huge pick-up for the Outlaws.  He is projected to leadoff and set the table for the Outlaw sluggers.  Based on his past, Deshields should get on base enough to score 100 runs, turn many singles into doubles, and steal at least 40 bases in 2001.  Delino has also been a proven clutch hitter during his career.

                Third Base: Robin Ventura was drafted away from the Bees during the draft to play 3B for the Outlaws.  Robin is recognized as a clubhouse leader and team player.   His presence in the Outlaw lineup will be instrumental in how far the Outlaws get this year.  He is coming off major surgery this off-season, which may cause him to struggle a bit this year.  Although his average may suffer, his power and knack for driving in runs should keep him in the lineup.   He’s a gamer and will produce even if hurt.

                  Short Stop: Aaron Boone returns as the starting shortstop in 2001.  He won the job last year when Alex Gonzalez got hurt.  Because of Boone’s improved play at short, the Outlaws were able to allow Gonzalez to sign with Brooklyn and recover some of his enormous salary.  Boone may not be as slick with the glove as Alex was, but his offense should keep Aaron in the lineup.  Mike Benjamin and Walt Weiss will back him up and provide defensive insurance.  Don’t be surprised if Geoff Blum, who could be ready for the big leagues by mid season, forces his bat into the picture, too.

NAME

Year

BAVG

GM

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

HB

SH

DP

SB

CS

E

A.Boone

2000

.299

141

441

72

132

24

6

13

58

27

55

10

18

4

37

18

18

                  Left Field: Outlaw fans will fall in love with Ellis Burks, who was signed this off-season.  Ellis will fill in for ex-Outlaw Greg Vaughn and will outperform him in every category.  Burks is a classic hitter.  He can hit for average and power, as well as drive in the big run in the clutch.  Burks’ first choice this off-season was to come to Santa Barbara, and his numbers in 2001 should prove how motivated he is to win.  As long as he can stay healthy, he will produce huge numbers.

                  Center Field: Last year’s AL MVP candidate Shawn Green took the money and ran.  Shawn left Santa Barbara for more money to play in Ocala, but why didn’t the Outlaws match the offer to keep their team MVP?  Simple.  Shawn has all the talent to put up big numbers, but lacked the drive and determination according to owner Brian Budzyn.  Enter Carl Everett.  Carl Everett is everything an Outlaw stands for… fire, determination, desire, and a hunger for victory.  He jumped at the opportunity to play in Santa Barbara when he became a free agent this past off-season, and should be the team leader in 2001.  Don’t be a bit surprised if he puts up bigger numbers than Shawn Green, and lights a fire under his teammates as well.  Carl Everett is truly an Outlaw.

                  Right Field: Raul Mondesi returns as the Outlaw RF in 2001.  His numbers have started to fade in the past few years (especially his average), but he always seems to turn in a 30-homer, 30-steal season.  If he struggles in 2001, expect Todd Hollandsworth to step right in and perform well.  In fact, Todd may end up with more playing time than expected if injuries occur to the other outfielders.

NAME

Year

BAVG

GM

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

HB

SH

DP

SB

CS

E

R.Mondesi

1995

.310

149

626

113

194

38

8

38

122

26

121

9

1

27

4

4

15

R.Mondesi

1996

.319

107

398

75

127

20

1

27

73

19

76

11

4

5

26

8

3

R.Mondesi

1997

.342

160

631

108

216

36

7

35

135

28

128

6

11

8

31

19

15

R.Mondesi

1998

.325

157

615

102

200

38

8

39

96

35

100

6

1

15

26

12

3

R.Mondesi

1999

.287

150

557

80

160

19

4

38

89

15

108

2

5

8

27

21

7

R.Mondesi

2000

.266

162

624

97

166

27

10

36

88

60

149

5

15

12

44

25

5