The short-season Williamsport Crosscutters open their 2012 season at Bowman Field Monday at 7:05. Several top young talents, like outfielder Larry Greene, are expected to be in the lineup.
Greene, the power-hitting high school outfielder taken with the supplemental 39th pick in the 2011 draft, received a $1 million bonus from the Phils, over the commissioner's recommended $844K slot. The 6-2, 235-pound Georgian could be in first-year manager Andy Tracy's lineup alongside a couple of other notable talents, including high school shortstop Roman Quinn, whose speed was considered by many the best in the entire '11 draft. The 19-year-old set of draft picks signed for a combined $1.75 million just before last season's August signing deadline, a timetable that prevented them from seeing any action.
The Crosscutters also have a pair of touted shortstops in Tyler Greene, who played in 23 games with Lakewood earlier in the year, and Mitchell Walding, a former two-sport star with high upside. Time will tell which positions these players will actually fill, including Quinn, who could be a fit for center field.
Pitching-wise, keep your eye on older right-hander Steven Inch, a 6-4 talent from Edmonton, Canada, who pitched briefly in 2011 after missing all of 2010 with an injury. Right-hander Josh Warner, who started two games for Lakewood earlier this season, is on the mound tonight for the Crosscutters.