The 2014 season ended the way a lot of people probably expected it to: Corey Knisley took the crown, with a dominant pitching game and a few clutch home runs (2 of his 3 Championship wins via walkoff home run). It was a picture that had been painted all season long, and while any championship win is exciting, it was hardly an upset.
The 2014 Postseason did hold it's share of surprises, though. The postseason excitement could arguably have started before the regular season even came to a close. Kyle Knisley fought to maintain first in the NL over Paul Kollar the entire second half of the season. Tony Francik finished the year on fire, earning his spot in the AL playoffs in the last game of the season, snatching the spot from Joe Baker, who's absence after winning the Home Run Derby undoubtedly cost him the playoffs.
With so much going on when it all came to a close, it raises the question: How will it start in 2015??
We decided to let our players answer that question, asking them "who do you think will be awesome in 2015, and why?"
Here are the answers:
Corey Knisley - "I think that Paul Kollar is going to do great. He was the most improved player over 2014, and is the best defensive player in the club."
Tony Francik - "I think Paul Kollar is going to do awesome. He's really dedicated, and I think he's going to fly under the radar and sucker punch you at the end."
Brendan Henson - "I think Tommy Wheeling is going to have a great season. He improved a lot behind the plate last year, and I think he's really going to put it all together."
Kyle Knisley - "I think Tony Francik is really going to break out in 2015. He looked great last season, and was really just starting to improve a lot. I think after the heartbreak he had in the Wild Card Game last year, he's going to be back with a chip on his shoulder..."
John Wagner - I'm most excited to see Paul Kollar play this year. That kid brought it hard last season, and I'm excited to see what he brings to the field this year!"
Joe Baker - "I'm excited to see Jeremy Freese. He was on fire at one point last year, and if he can do it again, he'll be a factor."
Ty Smith - "I'm excited to see how Corey Knisley does this year. I want to see how he is going to return after being injured over the offseason, and how that will play into things. As the hitting gets better, I want to see how Corey will handle everything."
Paul Kollar - "I can't wait to see how Tyler McCann works out. It's exciting to see a new face on the field, especially when we really needed some fresh guys on the roster."
Tommy Wheeling - "Paul Kollar. Paul showed so much drive that second half of last season. I think he is going to be a tough competitor this year."
Paul Kollar seems to be a popular subject in the eyes of his peers, but only time will tell!