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2006 Minor League Starting Rotations

With the winter meetings and Rule 5 draft behind us, it may be a good time to take a look at next year's starting rotations at each full season team.  I have listed six candidates for the 5 spots on each team.  If a player has been promoted, his 2005 team will be listed.  I also have shown their age as of July 1, 2006 and ranking based on their 2005 performance per my formula.  

Obviously there will be a few surprises, trades or injuries, however, this should be a good early look at the most likely candidates to fill out each staff next spring.  All lefties are indicated with a (L).

Rochester Red Wings (AAA)

     Boof Bonser - 24/#16
     J.D. Durbin - 24/#33
     David Gassner(L) - 27/#43
     Henry Bonilla - 27/#54
     Levalle Speigner - 25/#30 (New Britain)
     Jim Abbott - 26/#52 (New Britain)

New Britain Rock Cats (AA)

     Errol Simonitsch(L) - 23/#14
     Glen Perkins(L) - 23/#13
     Nick Blackburn - 24/#6
     Adam Harben - 22/#7 (Ft.Myers)
     Justin Jones(L) - 21/#27 (Ft. Myers)
     Colby Miller - 24/#37 (DL)

Ft. Myers (Hi-A)

     Anthony Swarzak - 20/#9
     Jay Rainville - 20/#11
     Kyle Waldrop - 20/#28 (Beloit)
     Kevin Slowey - 22/#2 (Beloit)
     Matt Garza - 22/#22 (Beloit)
     Kyle Aselton(L) - 23/#25 (Beloit)

Beloit (Low-A)

     Eduardo Morlan - 20/#24
     Adam Hawes - 23/#8 (Elizabethton)
     Brian Duensing(L) - 23/#23 (Elizabethton)
     Ryan Mullins(L) - 22/#10 (Elizabethton)
     Yohan Pino - 22/#31 (Elizabethton)
     Kyle Edlich(L) - 20/#29 (GCL Twins)

Looking at the ages of these pitchers and their past  success, especially at New Britain and Ft. Myers, it is not unrealistic to expect several of these pitchers to become solid #1-#2 top of the rotation type starters.

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