- Aug 26, 2011
In terms of your analysis of the players, I had been developing pretty much the same feelings about what may happen. A possible move of Woodworth to center field is predicated on the idea that UConn has better prospects in the infield (the two Fedko's and Will Lucas in particular) than they do in the outfield, so even though Woodworth played an excellent second base last season, there is probably more of a need for him in center field now. No question that Avery Point transfer Mike Chiovitti has been getting a big look in the outfield as well.That was easily the least entertaining of the four games this fall. Middle of the game turned into walk ball, partially due to mediocre pitching and partially due to mediocre umpiring.
Anyways here is my quick random thoughts after the fall series... both of our freshmen two-way players (Lucas and Schwartz) are impressive and will be interesting to see how they are utilized. Santos pitched in every game and looks the part of a back of the pen reliever with a heavy low 90s fast ball. Looks like Woody will be primarily playing in CF this year. Avery Point transfer looks the part of an everyday outfielder in RF and possibly has the second most imposing forearms on the team behind Maycock (. Patrick Winkle is every bit as good as advertised, solid at the plate and exceptional behind the plate. Gozzo is also very solid in both aspects. Phillips will be hard pressed to find time behind the plate, he may primarily be slotted at 3B and Designated Hitter. Dunlop has looked sharp running the fastball up to 94 with very good movement on breaking pitches. The team will be deeper than ever this year with many good hitters to fill a limited number of spots, I imagine the Designated Hitter spot will be a revolving door between Phillips, Langer, Boadnansky, Pallisco, Bonvincini and others possibly slotting in.
I was told he was shutdown for the fall exhibitions (if I remember correctly it was due to Lasik surgery).No where in these fall ball exhibition game reports did I see anything on Conor Moriarty. Like Prato, perhaps he is nursing an injury. At any rate, while Moriarty is very good defensively, he has not done much with the bat either in his time in Storrs or during the summer ball season. With the influx of young talented infielders such as the Fedko's and Will Lucas into the program, it is quite possible Moriarty is in danger of losing his starting status at 3B. Given his solid defensive skills, it would not surprise me to see him get playing time late in games as a defensive replacement. Not a big stretch there, as Moriarty has been used that way in the past.
Thanks for the info on Moriarty being shutdown for the fall.I was told he was shutdown for the fall exhibitions (if I remember correctly it was due to Lasik surgery).
I agree, defensively he is huge for us but has had spurts where he has struggled at the plate. I concur he may be a spot start here and there but probably mainly used as a defensive sub probably for one of the Fedkos at 2B or 3B.
On the contrary if Morriarty can consistently light a fire with his bat as we have seen in isolated times over his first two years he will be hard to move out of the lineup. Last year we possibly get swept at Cincy instead of taking the series 2-1 without his bat.
Regardless of wether Morriarty starts or sits I am very excited about the options we will have off the bench. We will have a good team 1 thru 9 no matter who we roll out there. And will have a plethora of capable options on the bench.
I can't wait until February to cut down to 35 and see this year's squad in action.