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Making the Team Meter: Week 2

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Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and the Making the Team Meter has now been twice copied, at Amazin' Avenue and at Twins Territory. We kick off week two of full squad workouts with another edition of the original (ha!) MTM. The games start on Thursday, so there will be much more to examine and include. The next MTM will probably be next Monday, and from there it will be a twice weekly occurrence.

Player, Position Chance Notes
Kelly Johnson, 2B
His defense is continu ing to impress Bobby Cox. We'll start to see it for real later this week when games start.
Gregor Blanco, OF
--
Apparently there was some extra praise for Blanco from the skipper. Until we see him in games, his chances are still even, but he apparently has Eddie Perez on his side.
T.J. Bohn, OF
They say this guy looks more like a surfer than a baseball player. Hum.
Pete Orr, INF
Pete is not yet facing the fact that he will likely be the odd man out in the infield. Despite the support from Cox, unless there's in injury he'll be optioned to the minors.
Brayan Pena, C
Once thought to be a sure bet to backup McCann this season, but comments from Cox about non-roster invitee Corky Miller means Pena might have some competition.
Tony Pena, SS
He is technically in competition with Orr and Aybar, but he's third on that list.
Martin Prado, INF
All the early press is about Kelly Johnson, so Prado's got an uphill battle.
Yunel Escobar, SS
Cox believes that Escobar probably needs more seasoning in the minor leagues, but he's working out all over the infield so that increases his value. He still probably starts the season at Richmond.
Brent Lillibridge, SS
--
While we never know how to take praise from Cox, since he hands it out so freely, he did say that Lil' Brent "looks like a major league player right now."
Corky Miller, C
--
Because of some early camp comments from Cox, Corky could jump into the backup catcher mix.
Carlos Mendez, 1B
Listed as a first baseman, but he's really just another journeyman catcher.
Doug Clark, OF
Long way down on the depth chart.
Willie Harris, OF
Richmond's utility guy.
Kyle Davies, RHP
We sometimes forget that Davies had surgery last year for a torn groin muscle. His stats last year may not be indicative of his true ability as he may have been pitching timidly after the injury. Average against in 2006: April - .214; May - .421 (the groin starts hurting); September - .423 (after injury).
Anthony Lerew, RHP
The early buzz was that he's made strides since last year.
Lance Cormier, RHP
Everyone's talking about Davies, but that doesn't mean Cormier won't make the team.
Manny Acosta, RHP
No buzz about him yet.
Jose Ascanio, RHP
Also no buzz.
Blaine Boyer, RHP
--
He is apparently completely healthy after recovering from arm problems last year and throwing good this spring.
Joey Devine, RHP
--
I would have thought that we would have heard more about Joey.
Jonathan Johnson, RHP
No buzz.
Peter Moylan, RHP
--
Apparently he has a pretty good sense of humor.
Chad Paronto, RHP
I'm eager to see how he does this spring.
Phil Stockman, RHP
He felt no discomfort during his first bullpen session on Thursday.
Tyler Yates, RHP
Another surfer.
Kevin Barry, RHP
Can he work his way back onto the 40-man roster, or even the 25-man roster.
Buddy Carlyle, RHP
These non-roster pitchers have a lot of people to climb over to make the roster.
Steve Colyer, RHP
A lot to overcome.
Matt Harrison, RHP
--
You keep hearing great things about this kid, put they're probably just building him up for next season.

Key:
-- = Chance of making the team is even.
= Chance of making the team is going down.
= Chance of making the team is going up.