The Dog Pound's #1 pitcher, Jason Murphy spent most of last season with an arm injury which greatly impacted their record. They also lost their #2 pitcher, Michael Philbin, to retirement and they will need to fill that void. With the #3 pick, Kirk Monbleau may be available. If they can land Kirk, he will fit in nicely behind Murphy in the rotation and add some hard hitting power for the Bullies offense. The only knock on Monbleau is that he won't be available for the franchise tag. Perhaps they can use the tag on their #5th pick, Mike King.
I have Mike King falling there because the man can hit the building on Rose Field. With pitching covered, all King will need to focus on is hitting dingers. He also provides some depth in the pitching rotation. If he can adapt to the 55mph speed change, the man will be tough to hit.
The Bullies franchised league favorite, Patrick 'Coop' Keating. He was finally able to get off the Weemen and looks to sow his royal oats in Brockton. Coop is a locker room guy with great leadership and has the potential to hit the long ball in any plate appearance. Look for Coop to have a breakout year playing for the Bullies.
Pitching: Murph/Monbleau 2016 has the potential to be the best pitching rotation in the league, and in this league, that's all you need. Not to mention they have some depth in Mike King, if he is needed.
Hitting: This lineup is pretty stacked. Expect the bats to be singing for the Bullies. Don't anticipate on the Bullies being shut out more than once this upcoming season.
Fielding: Monbleau/Murphy are both pretty decent fielders and Keating can play right field very well. This is the Bullies weakest point, but with that offense and pitching rotation, it's no surprise.
The Bullies may be the team to beat in the Bones division. Look for them to make an appearance in the championship series.
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Written by Nick O'Keefe
NEAWL Senior Staff