Air Force Projected Lineup for 2018
The Falcons can hit – – – – always. Will they hit this year? I suppose but pitching is always the issue for them. Three of those hitters were All-MWC and seniors so their absence will be felt.
C – Rob Dau (JR) – .236 and 5
1B – Nic Ready (JR) – .340 and 11. Second team All-MWC
2B – Ryan Robb (SR) – .254
SS – Tyler Zabojnik (SR) – .366 and 8
3B – ?
OF – Drew Wiss (SO) – .357
OF – Ashton Easley (SO) – .269 and 1
OF – Daniel Jones (JR) – .369 and 7 in only 65 AB’s (!!)
DH – Christian Gambale (FR) – 12 home runs as a senior
SP – Matt Hargreaves (JR) – 4-5 and 6.75 and 12 starts
SP – Ethan Nichols (JR) – 5-3 and 7.86 and 11 starts
SP – Nick Biancalana (SR) – 5-3 and 9.00 and 9 starts
RP – Ryan Holloway (SR) – 3-2 and 3.83 with 4 saves
Pitching has the experience and a closer with the only ERA under 4.00 on the staff. The ERA’s are ghastly but to be expected from Air Force. You gotta go to a three game home series in Colorado Springs to see what I mean. Kinda like the Rockies. They have the altitude as well as wind and I do mean wind. As I said at the top, they lost a lot of hitters, four of the top five to be exact. Replacing them will be a chore. Nic Ready is the best of the bunch and he can play both first and third. Zabojnik and Wiss are two potent bats that return. Who will be at first or third if Ready plays one or the other is a big question and DH can be anyone and I suspect a newbie.