Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Recap: The All-Region Reds Team

Today we take one final look at the fictional 25-man roster we've been assembling the past five days. And if you're reading this right now and have no clue what I'm referring to, let the following enlighten you:

The roster is comprised entirerly of current MLBers who hail from hometowns located in (or near) Reds country. The main goal in the creation of this squad was to only choose players who came from within the geographical reach of Cincinnati, but without crossing too much into the regions of other MLB franchises (sincere apologies to the Indians, Cardinals, Pirates, Orioles, or Braves if I did).

The following is the general criteria I used when assembling the roster:
**The player(s) must currently be active in the MLB ranks
**The player(s) must have either been born, raised, attended high school or attended a university in any of the following states: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, or Tennessee.
**The player(s) must demonstrate excellence at their respective position
**The player(s)' age and potential were also taken into consideration

If you would like to read any of the posts for the first time, or would just like to read a particular one again, here are the links to them:

Day Four: Infield
Day Five: Catchers

And with all that out of the way, here is the entire, 25-man, All-Region Reds Team roster:

Starting Lineup
C Chris Iannetta (University of North Carolina)
1B Kevin Youkilis (Cincinnati, OH)
2B Dan Uggla (Louisville, KY)
SS Clint Barmes (Vincennes, IN)
3B David Wright (Norfolk, VA)
LF Corey Hart (Bowling Green, KY)
CF Nick Swisher (Columbus, OH)
RF Justin Upton (Norfolk, VA)

C Drew Butera (Evansville, IN)
1B Todd Helton (Knoxville, TN)
OF Michael Cuddyer (Norfolk, VA)

Starting Rotation
SP Justin Verlander (Manakin Sabot, VA)
SP David Price (Murfreesboro, TN)
SP Mat Latos (Alexandria, VA)
SP Chad Billingsley (Defiance, OH)
SP Daniel Hudson (Lynchurg, VA)

RHP Jeff Samardzija (Merrilville, IN)
LHP Sean Marshall (Richmond, VA)
RHP Jon Rauch (Louisville, KY)
LHP Scott Downs (Louisville, KY)
RHP Tyler Clippard (Lexington, KY)
LHP Bill Bray (Virginia Beach, VA)
SU Drew Storen (Indianapolis, IN)
CL John Axford (University of Notre Dame)

Breakdown by state:


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