Surmise: Furillo will play the majority of games in right for the next two years.
"Left field: we're satisfied with Gino Cimoli. He has been the most consistent man we've had out there in a long time. He has all the requirements: arm, can run, good outfielder and hit around .300 most of the way.
"If he tails off, we can slip Demeter in there from time to time. It sounds as if Demeter is the key, doesn't it? He is. Now, we come to the big thing, the thing that will be our strength for years:
"Pitching: on paper, it looks great. With fellows like Stan Williams coming up, and Bill Harris, Rene Valdes, those kind; if we get two more from the new crop, we'll have maybe the strongest staff in the league for the next 10 years."
Surmise: One more will be sufficient. Stan Williams looks like that one. He's very big, very fast. Fanned over 200 at St. Paul this year. If Williams arrives next season, as expected, Brook starters will include: Sandy Koufax, 22; Don Drysdale, 21; Danny McDevitt, 25; Johnny Podres, 25; Williams, 21. But the bullpen is in danger. Unless Labine and Bessent regain form, rehabilitation of the pen is required, with emphasis on a lefty or two.
"Our farms will come up with the necessary replacements," Bavasi promises, "and where they don't, we'll use the surplus in other positions to trade for what we need. We're not going downhill. Not by a long shot. Fresco and our scouts have done a great job of lining up prospects."
Then why have the Dodger farm clubs finished so low in their leagues this year? Of the three higher-classification clubs, only St. Paul made the playoffs—and they just did. Half the lower-classification farms finished in the second division.
"I'd rather," said Bavasi, "you let Fresco answer that for you."
ACROSS THE BOARD
Fresco Thompson's office in the downtown Brooklyn building is a large room, with blackboards covering the walls, and varicolored chalked names of hundreds of ballplayers covering the boards.