Meet your 1987 New York City Baseball Club

With the new year upon us it is time to take a look into the ’87 NYCBC. The 1986 season ended in disappointment as The Club came up short of making the playoffs finishing an even .500. With big the big injury to star Overall 5 gams into the season it put The Club into a hole to big to dig itself out of. Midway through the year they parted with 3rd baseman Shaun Crain and SP Andy Meehan to help build toward the future. The biggest disappointment came when long time NYC fan favorite, wins and strikeout leader Ignacio Gasca decided to opt out of the final year of his contract.

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“I really loved my time in New York City, the fans were amazing, they made every outing a great one. I made life long friends in the clubhouse and I will always be grateful to the organization, but in the end I felt like this was my last chance to get a nice big deal to help secure my family and my future.” said Gasca

Peoples will look to lead the way in the rotation going forward.

The New York City Baseball Club made quite a splash in the free agent market this year signing WBL SP star Elliot Carr to a front loaded 6yr 1.8 million dollar deal. Carr tore up the WBL last season going 18-7 in 34 starts, striking out 268 over 258.1 Innings. He posted a WAR of 10.3 and has lead the WBL in WAR the past 3 seasons. “Carr is very similar to Gasca, minus the slider. He filled a void as a LHP that Gasca left as well. We don’t expect him to be Gasca but he was the best option and we have faith him the young Aussie. We are currently planning on throwing him 2nd in the rotation behind Peoples.” Manager Greg Coates told us after Carr’s last spring training outing. Coming over with Carr is longtime teammate and fellow starting pitcher Lachlan Barker. Barker was having a tremendous season before being sidelined for the 2nd half because of a torn meniscus, he was 7-3 with a 1.90 ERA and 114 Ks in 16 starts. From the looks of spring training it seems that Barker will start the season 3rd in the rotation and on a relatively team friendly 65k/yr over the next 3 seasons.

The other big move The Club this offseason was the signing of CF Jim ‘Sandman’ Taylor. This was a big big win for NYC, CF was hands down the biggest hole in the lineup last year and to go out and make a splash like this and signing one of the best centerfielders in the game. Taylor posted slash line of .311/.378/.417 and will be batting in the 2 hole to start the season. Taylor comes over from the Detroit Motors where he dominated the OF with his stellar defense. “You’ve seen our outfield, we need guys who are fast and can cover and he can do both.” GM Borkowski told us. NYC also brought back former HoY C Alex Kennedy to help lead the team to hopefully another playoff series. Also rejoing the team is RP Sean Verkaik and SP/RP Tomas Sanders.

NYC closed up the offseason by bolstering their bullpen and acquiring CL Chris Rees from Smoky Mountain on the day before Opening Day. Reports say that the Rees trade initially started when the two clubs were discussing a possible blockbuster deal that would have sent Star Ryan Trenk to NYC. It ultimately broke down and as we know Trenk went to 86′ Championship Cup champs Pittsburgh. Rees will hopefully bring some much needed stability to the back end of the bullpen.

Here’s a look at what to expect the Roster to look like this season:

Starting Lineup
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2B Jon Overall
CF Jim Taylor
RF Robbie Clayton
1B Mike Hutchins
LF Jim Dickson
C Terry Mikes
SS Robbie Barzaga
3B Joe Donahue

Bench
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C Alex Kennedy
SS Anthony Downing
LF Toshiba Yamamoto
CF Brent McCormack
RF Jim Levitt

Starting Rotation
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Adam Peoples
Elliot Carr
Lachlan Barker
Grayson Vandenbergh

Bullpen
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CL Chris Rees
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SU TJ Anderson
SU Sean Verkaik
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MRJosh Hanna
MR Bill Cagle
MR David Matthew
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LR Eddie Vasquez
LR Tomas Sanders

There is a lot to look forward too as well this this years team, star pitching prospects Andrew Kosch and Geremia Ciappi both have a good shot at being up on the big league roster at some point this season. Kosch is the #2 SP prospect in the game and just got off a stint with the Lancaster Red Rose where he went 4-5 with and ERA of 3 and 87 k’s in 15 starts. Although, Kosch did struggle a little bit with injures while in the ABA dealing with blisters and some forearm soreness. He is expected to skip a few starts at the begging of the season to get some rest and help get ready for the season. Ciappi spend the season back in Europe, Amsterdam to be specific where he pitched for the Mohawks going 11-8 in 25 starts. He posted a ERA of 2.27 and struck out 202 people. Ciappi told us “I really enjoyed my time back in Europe my family was able to come see me pitch a little bit more, it was really nice.” Another player to look for to make an impact is third baseman Ray Thornton. Ray’s nickname is Shocker because thats what he’s been doing ever since he being drafted 2 years ago in the 10th round. The Left handed 3rd baseman is still trying to develop some power but there is still hope.

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