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Ian Clarkin with the RiverDogs in 2014 (Charleston RiverDogs)

Clarkin, Lail, Smith Likely Anchor 2015 Tampa Yankees Rotation

We took a look at who will be on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Trenton Thunder in 2015 earlier in the week and now it is time to see who could be donning the pinstripes for the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League next season.

Beginning with the rotation, there are a lot of options for the Yankees. With guys like Caleb Smith, Brady Lail, Chaz Hebert and Ian Clarkin are almost locks to return to George M. Steinbrenner Field in 2015. All three spent some time with the Tampa Yankees in 2014. There is no doubt they will field a talented pitching staff with guys like Rookie Davis, Luis Niebla, Gabe Encinas and Justin Kamplain who can battle it out for a rotation spot.

The Tampa bullpen is one that will find itself with a lot of arms who can go multiple innings. It would not be unreasonable to see Tampa use a piggy-back system for their rotation and allowing many pitchers to start and finish games. Guys like Stefan Lopez, Evan Rutckyj, Giovanny Gallegos, Phil Walby, Angel Rincon and Eric Ruth are all likely heading there to start the year.

Anchoring the Yankees infield in Tampa at first base will be Mike Ford. Ford had a breakout year in 2014 and looks to continue the success he had since he signed with the Yankees as a free agent. At second base 2014 draftee Ty McFarland could find himself skipping a level in 2015. McFarland showed determination to learn a new position with the Staten Island Yankees in 2014 and has a more advanced bat that makes it likely for him to skip Charleston. At shortstop don’t be surprised to see Tyler Wade there and expect to find Miguel Andujar manning the hot corner. Rounding out the infielders on the staff will likely be John Murphy, Jose Javier and maybe Abiatal Avelino if he does not return to Charleston to be a regular shortstop.

With many of the 2014 Tampa Yankees outfield likely heading to Trenton expect to see a couple of guys return like Danny Oh and Mark Payton and guys from Charleston like Michael O’Neill, Brandon Thomas, or Dustin Fowler.

Behind the plate you could find Isaias Tejeda, Kale Sumner or Jackson Valera.

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