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2012 Vancouver Canadians Season in Review

Everybody, around Christmas time, does year in review pieces along with their 2013 predictions.  I missed the boat on this one, which is especially egregious since I’ve been making noises all winter about how little content I am faced with covering a short season rookie ball team.  However, I do have an excuse or two.  One is that with the C’s being so under-covered as compared to other major sports team in this market, the sound bites just aren’t there to get to know the players on a more personal level.  It also doesn’t help that there is constant movement as players are promoted and demoted, injured, etc etc.

My second excuse is simply that my brain went to sleep for the past ten days.  Too be perfectly honest, I’m struggling to wake it up, but we must trooper on, and with the sun out today, I’m thinking about baseball.  So, without further ado, the 2012 season in review, I’ll endeavor to put up a predictions post in due time:

June:

– Opening the year with fewer genuine prospects than this blogger would have liked and around 12 returnees the C’s kick off the season with a veteran team (if that is even possible in the Northwest League)

– Backed by some excellent starting pitching the Canadians get off to a great start, going 8-2 in their first 10

– The first home run of the year is hit by none other than the Big Bopper Balbino Fuenmayor with Daniel Klein not far behind

– June 25th – One of the prospects (probably the only one to be honest) to start the season in Vancouver, and a Canadian to boot, Dalton Pompey leaves the game after one at bat.  Turns out he had a broken hamate bone in his wrist which was thought to end his season.  After plenty of hard work though, Pompey returned in August, putting in time both in Bluefield and Lansing where he’ll more than likely begin next season.  Dalton, we hardly knew ya.

A true sleeper prospect, will be very interested in Pompey's 2013

A true sleeper prospect, will be very interested in Pompey’s 2013

– The month ends with the only rain-out of June.  Not bad for Vancouver really.

July:

– July 4th – Carlos Ramirez and Jason Leblebijian were called up from Bluefield.  Both would see some serious playing time for the C’s until Jason was moved up again, to Lansing

– After a terrific June, the starters start to struggle somewhat.  Consequently the C’s play .500 ball in July

– July 23rd – The C’s finish 3rd in the Western Division for the first half, five and a half games behind the hated Everett Aquasox

– July 28th – The debut heard around the world, well, at least around the prospect internet community.  After being called up from Bluefield, Roberto Osuna is absolutely dominant in his first start for Vancouver, giving up one hit and striking out thirteen in five innings of work.  And oh ya, Marcus Stroman made his Vancouver debut in July as well, marking the beginning of a prospect influx to our fair city.

August:

– The C’s go 7 and 3 versus the Yakima Bears in August (and one day of September) in what is Yakima’s last season in the Northwest League.  Yakima, one of the seven charter members of the league, is being replaced in 2013 by the Hillsboro Hops, whose name is presumably a beer reference.  Since I quite like the suds, I’ve done a bit of research, and the newly built Hillsboro Stadium is two miles from the Vertigo Brewing Company which gets quite good reviews here.

– The prospects just keep on coming with Dwight Smith Jr, Art Charles, Christian Lopes, Santiago Nessy, D.J. Davis, and finally (!!), Dan Norris all making their C’s debuts.  After wondering where Dan Norris was in my first ever yourvancs post his inaugural start didn’t go all that well as he gave up eight earned over just over three innings.  Ugh, can only get better from here (I hope), although Vancouver fans won’t be the beneficiaries as most of the players listed above will start 2013 in full season ball.

Matt Newman gets hot at the exact right time, putting up an OPS of 1.026 over the final two weeks of August.   The C’s ride Newman’s stick and fantastic starting pitching towards the second half division title.

– Aug 20th – Marcus Stroman, drafted 22nd overall in 2012, is suspended fifty games for PED usage.  Although he was in New Hampshire at the time, the positive test was taken while Marcus was donning Vancouver red and white.  No local supplement shops have claimed responsibility.

Sept:

– Your Van Cs lock up their second straight Northwest League playoff appearance on the penultimate day of the season.

– Sept 3rd – the playoffs couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as six C’s hurlers combine to one hit the Everett Aquasox in game one of their West Division playoff.

Get it done Bos Man

Get it done Bos Man

Sept 8th – Despite five dominant innings from Roberto Osuna, who gives up a mere two hits while striking out nine over five innings, the ‘pen give up singles in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to lose game two of the Northwest League finals, boiling the entire season down to a winner take all game three.

– And that game three is a wild one as the C’s turn a 7-5 deficit into a 12-7 lead by putting up a seven spot in the eighth inning.  Boise are the architects of their own destruction with two walks, two errors, a hit batter, and a wild pitch contributing to the seven runs.

– Sept 30th – yours truly publishes his 2012 Vancouver Canadians top 10 prospect list of which none have been traded by Alex Anthopoulos as of yet.  Of course, pitchers and catchers don’t report for a couple of months yet, so still plenty of time to deal.

I hope all the readers of the blog (again, may just be my family) had a great Christmas and safe and happy New Year.  All the best for 2013.  We need to get #threepeatin2013 trending now.

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