GreenJackets early season thoughts

The Augusta GreenJackets are off to a slow start, but with the bar set so high, can this year's team match the past couple of seasons?

OK, admit it, we've been spoiled the last couple of years by the success of the Augusta GreenJackets. Give all the credit in the world to the San Francisco Giants who've stock piled a decent amount of young talent that'll soon be making their way to a major league stadium near you. So what about the 2009 version?

Well for starters, the amount of top prospects in the organization is down. With the likes of Madison Bumgarner and Angel Villalona having moved on, the Giants have very few top 20 prospects in Augusta. Charlie Culberson and Ehire Adrianza are two young faces on one of those top prospect lists, but that's about it. Buster Posey, the Giants top pick in last year's draft started the year in high Class A San Jose and likely will never see Augusta.

Remember, usually at this level, the players on the team are all new. That's pretty much the case this year. While it's still only May and the South Atlantic League splits the season in half, don't expect a dominating team like we've seen in the past. These are kids in their first full year of pro ball and for many, they're learning a brand new position, thus the amount of mistakes in the early going.

Go out to the park, enjoy the night, take the kids, but don't expect this team to match the success the Jackets have had in the past. Also remember, they don't play the game on paper so time will tell.

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