The best of Bradenton | Herald names Marauders All-Time Team, 2010-2013

April 3, 2014 

With the Bradenton Marauders set to approach their five-anniversary as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ high Single-A affiliate, what better time to put together the first All-Marauders Team.

Here are the rules:

• The selections were based on what a player did in a Marauders uniform. What he has done or will do in the big leagues had no bearing.

• Selections were based on single-season rather than career performances.

• Major leaguers on rehab assignments were not eligible.

So here’s the team.

Let the debate begin.

C -- ERIC FRYER, 2010: He may not have been as popular as Tony Sanchez, but Fryer hit .300, slugged .474, stole 10 bases and threw out 37 percent of runners trying to steal during his one summer in Bradenton. In 2011, Fryer became the first Marauder to crack the Pirates' roster.

Where is he now?: Fryer signed with the Minnesota Twins and appeared in six games for them last year. He hit .273 with the Twins this spring.

1B -- ALEX DICKERSON, 2012: Dickerson became the first Marauder to earn Florida State League Player of the Year honors, hitting .295 with 90 RBIs, 31 doubles and 13 home runs in 129 games. He also swiped 12 bases.

Where is he now?: Dickerson earned Eastern League Rookie of the Year honors with the Double-A Altoona Curve last season before being dealt to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jaff Decker.

2B -- JAREK CUNNINGHAM, 2011: Though a concussion limited him to just 80 games, Cunningham slugged his way into the league's home-run derby after hitting 15 home runs with 51 RBIs and a .516 slugging percentage.

Where is he now?: Cunningham hit 19 home runs and batted .216 last season with Double-A Altoona.

SS -- ALEN HANSON, 2013: Though he had his problems defensively, Hanson hit .281 with 24 steals, 23 doubles, eight triples and 48 RBIs in 92 games with Bradenton before being promoted to Double-A.

Where is he now?: Considered one of the Pirates' top prospects, Hanson will begin this season in Altoona, where he hit .255 in 35 games last year.

3B -- ELEVYS GONZALEZ, 2011: Gonzalez had a breakthrough year with the Marauders, leading the team in RBIs (83), hits (146) and doubles (36) while batting .322.

Where is he now?: Gonzalez is with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and finished last year with Triple-A Albuquerque.

OF -- QUINCY LATIMORE, 2010: He hit the first home run in team history and didn't stop there, driving in 100 runs and finishing with 19 homers. Latimore also had six assists while playing leftfield.

Where is he now?: Traded to Cleveland in exchange for Jeanmar Gomez prior to last year, Latimore returned to the Pirates when he signed a minor-league free agent this past offseason.

OF -- ROBBIE GROSSMAN, 2011: Grossman's second season in Bradenton was tremendous. He became the first minor-leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to draw at least 100 walks (104) and score 100 runs (127) in the same season. Grossman was on base plenty (a .418 clip) and stole 24 bases while hitting 13 home runs with 56 RBIs.

Where is he now?: Grossman was part of the package shipped to Houston in 2012 in a trade for pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Grossman made his big-league debut last year, hitting .268 with four home runs, 21 RBIs and six steals in 63 games.

P -- NATHAN ADCOCK, 2010: He won a single-season franchise best 11 games while posting a 3.38 ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio of almost 3 (2.97). Adcock was picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft and became the first Marauder to make a major-league roster.

Where is he now?: Adcock spent the spring with the Texas Rangers.

P -- KYLE MCPHERSON, 2011: The tall righty came within two outs of throwing a no-hitter and was 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts. McPherson's greatest weapon, however, was his control: He struck out 60 and walked just six in 71 2/3 innings and posted a WHIP below 1 (0.949).

Where is he now?: McPherson is still in the Pirates organization and working his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July.

P -- BRYAN MORRIS, 2010: His time here was very brief, but with good reason. Morris, who started the team's inaugural game, went 3-0 with a barely-visible 0.60 ERA in 44 2/3 innings spread out over eight starts. It's easy to see why Morris was the first Marauder to earn a promotion to Double-A Altoona.

Where is he now?: Morris has found his niche as a reliever and appeared in 55 games with a 3.46 ERA last year with the Pirates. He recently made the Pirates' Opening Day roster for the first time.

RP -- DUKE WELKER, 2011: Welker made 36 relief appearances and posted a 2.25 ERA while notching six saves and finishing 22 games.

Where is he now?: Welker made his Pirates debut last year, appearing in two games, and begins this year in Triple-A Indianapolis.

RP -- DIEGO MORENO, 2010: Moreno was stellar in 2010, when he struck out 57 in 38 1/3 innings and had a 1.17 ERA and a 4-1 record in 28 relief appearances.

Where is he now?: Moreno was one of the players sent to the New York Yankees in the A.J. Burnett deal in 2012, and he finished last year with the Yankees' Double-A team in Trenton.

CL -- NOAH KROL, 2010: The side-armer had 92 saves in his five-year career, but none more than the 34 he posted with Bradenton. Krol, who was 5-6, was durable, appearing in 63 games and finishing 61.

Where is he now?: Krol hasn't pitched professionally since 2011, when he collected 24 saves with the Curve.

MGR -- P.J. FORBES, 2010: The first manager in team history, Forbes deftly maneuvered around a slew of injuries to guide the Marauders to a 76-62 record and a playoff berth.

Where is he now?: After managing the Curve for two seasons, Forbes joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 and led their Arizona Rookie League team to the championship game. He begins this season managing L.A.'s Single-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga.

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