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2013 Vancouver Canadians Predictions

We’re still a ways away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Dunedin, and even further away from the end of extended spring training and the announcement of the Canadians roster.  Despite that, we can still try and come up with some predictions for the 2013 season.  So, from the serious to the inane, presenting the first annual YourVanCs season predictions:

– Clayton McCullough, so enamored with his digs at UBC, returns for another season in Vancouver……wait, what??! this has been announced already?  Alright, one for one.

Welcome back Clayton, the umps will still be bad in 2013 (photo courtesy of battersbox.ca)

Welcome back Clayton, the umps will still be bad in 2013 (photo courtesy of battersbox.ca)

– A Canadian won’t be the opening day starter as Eric Brown was last year, but we will get some Canadian content, even, if lucky, some British Columbians gracing the C’s roster.  Justin Atkinson from Surrey may get the chance to fill one of the holes at third or second.  Langley native Brandon Kaye put up some reasonable peripheral numbers as a reliever over three stops in 2012, Vancouver may be his first stop in 2013.  And if a starter is what we need, Ladner’s own Tom Robson will probably see some time at the Nat in ’13.

– According to this link, the Canadians only had one game postponed due to rain in 2012.  Maybe it’s because it’s snowing as I write this but I’m going to predict 2013 sees more than one rain out.

– The Canadians intrepid play by play man Rob Fai reads the same reviews of the Vertigo Brewing Company in Hillsboro that I did and indulges during the first C’s road trip to the latest member of the Northwest League.

– 2012 draftee Anthony Alford decides to hang up his football cleats after a disappointing freshman campaign at the University of Southern Mississippi and subsequent on-campus arrest and scholarship release, to play baseball full-time.  After a hot start in Bluefield, Alford is promoted to Vancouver where he spends the remainder of 2013 (I’ll be honest, this prediction is more wishful thinking than anything)

– Speaking of prospects, similar to 2012, the C’s may not begin the season with a roster full of genuine upper tier talents but again, like last year, they’ll end with their fair share.  Guys like Tyler Gonzales, Chase DeJong, hopefully Matthew Smoral, and a 2013 draft pick or two will all see playing time at the Nat next year.

– Like last year, the YourVanCs editor in chief (myself) will complain about beer prices at the Nat.  And, also like last year, I won’t do anything about it except pay the piper.

– This one isn’t for the Canadians but for an alumnus.  After a stunning thirteen strike out debut with Vancouver last season, Roberto Osuna makes similar hay with Lansing, helping Blue Jays fans get over the trade of Noah Syndergaard, but also putting them on edge that Osuna is similarly dealt.

Another round tripper for the big man (photo courtesy of battersbox.ca)

Another round tripper for the big man (photo courtesy of battersbox.ca)

I hate to be negative (no, seriously) but with Art Charles passing him on the first base depth chart, the Big Bopper Balbino Fuenmayor sees time in Vancouver again, his third straight season with the C’s and seventh and possibly last in the Jays organization.

– And the easiest one of all??!  A three parter as the Vancouver Canadians repeat as minor league organization of the year, #threepeatin13 starts trending, and the C’s fans are treated to a third straight Northwest League title in September 2013.

There we have it, ten (makes the math easier when I tot up my results at the end of the season) bold and fearless predictions for the 2013 Vancouver Canadians season.  The opening of spring training cannot come soon enough for me, despite the imminent return of the Canucks.

 

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