April 5, 2016 at 11:49 AM
The Greenville lineup doesn't quite have the strength of last season, when they sported one of the most talent-rich rosters in the minors. However, Luis Alexander Basabe and third baseman Michael Chavis, a holdover from last year's team, rank eighth and tenth, respectively, in the SoxProspects.com rankings. While both have had some trouble making consistent contact, they will inject some power for the Drive, with Basabe providing quality center-field defense to boot.
The Drive will fill out the rest of their lineup with a collection of intriguing players. Austin Rei, drafted in the third round a year ago, will serve as Greenville's starting catcher and power-hitting Josh Ockimey will start at first base. Luis Alejandro Basabe, Luis Alexander's twin brother, and defensive stalwart Jeremy Rivera, ranked 40th and 39th, respectively, will make up the middle infield for the Drive. Finally, toolsy outfielders Kyri Washington and Trenton Kemp should round out the starting lineup in Greenville.
On the mound, the Drive have a few interesting names. Roniel Raudes, who posted some eye-popping numbers in his professional debut season last year, and Austin Glorius, who burst onto the scene last year after signing as an undrafted free agent, will likely slot behind Espinoza in the Greenville rotation. Dioscar Romero and Jeffry Fernandez will likely round out the starting five while Matt Kent, Jake Cosart, Logan Boyd, and Bobby Poyner represent some of the bullpen corps.
The full Greenville roster follows:
Luis Alejandro Basabe
Chad De La Guerra
Luis Alexander Basabe
Photo Credit: Anderson Espinoza by Kelly O'Connor