Rainiers Roster Set

The Tacoma Rainiers opening day roster is set. Let’s take a look:

Starting Rotation

  1. Luke French
  2. Blake Beavan
  3. Chris Seddon
  4. Chaz Roe
  5. TBA

The Rainiers fifth starter will not be added until game five. He’s not even in Tacoma right now –  the boss doesn’t want to say who it is until he actually joins the team in Sacramento. 

This looks like a solid rotation to start the season – both French and Seddon had terrific seasons in the PCL last year.

Bullpen

  • Denny Bautista
  • Dan Cortes
  • Manny Delcarmen
  • Cesar Jimenez
  • Justin Miller
  • Edward Paredes
  • Royce Ring
  • Chris Smith

The bullpen will be a big strength for the Rainiers. Seven of the eight have MLB experience, and other than Cortes, we’re talking about a lot of MLB experience. This bullpen is so strong that Scott Patterson didn’t make the cut – the big righty, who was an unsung hero of the Rainiers championship last year, will start the season at Class-AA Jackson.

Not on the pitching staff: Yusmeiro Petit, who apparently is going to begin the season in extended spring training.

Catchers

  • Josh Bard
  • Chris Gimenez

No surprises here. Bard has nearly eight years of major league experience and will be a terrific influence on the Rainiers pitching staff.

Infielders

  • 1B – Matt Tuiasosopo
  • 2B – Dustin Ackley
  • SS – Sean Kazmar
  • 3B – Alex Liddi
  • Utility – Leury Bonilla
  • Utility – Jetsy Extrano

The utility infielders are the surprise here. When Luis Rodriguez made the Mariners roster and Josh Wilson was released, it left an opening. Bonilla has been a jack-of-all-trades utility man throughout the Mariners minor leagues.

In case you are wondering, Jetsy Extrano is a real person. No, I do not yet know how to pronounce that. If he doesn’t run really, really fast it will be a major disappointment.

Outfielders

  • Mike Carp
  • Greg Halman
  • Carlos Peguero
  • Mike Wilson

Nice outfield. Lots of homers that will come with lots of strikeouts. Halman is the only true center fielder – Wilson will patrol center when Halman needs a break.

Links:

  • Here is the final version of the news story on the Rainiers ownership transfer, and here is a shorter version from the Seattle Times.
  • The Mariners lost to Texas in the series opener, 6-4, but Erik Bedard pitched for the first time since 2009. Jack Wilson turned a unique and rather stunning double play – here is the video.
  • For our younger readers here at Mike… Off-Mic we like to provide life lessons, such as this one: there are certain things in this world that never stop being funny no matter how old you are, as former Rainiers reliever Mark Lowe shows here.
  • Tonight Michael Pineda makes his major league debut (5:00 pm on Root Sports). Yesterday he was John Sickles’ Prospect of the Day. Today Pineda’s debut was previewed by Greg Johns, and Lookout Landing weighed in with a poll.
  • Jason Churchill has an item on lower-level Mariners pitching prospects Forest Snow and Stephen Pryor. One correction to his story: Snow is the opening day starter for Clinton, not High Desert. At least that’s what he says on his twitter (@fesnow). I’m expecting a full report from him on Flavor Flav’s ceremonial first pitch.

The Pacific Coast League opens on Thursday, so let’s round ’em up:

  • No team in the PCL is more loaded with young talent than Omaha. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are the top prospects – here’s a feature on Hosmer.
  • Popular ex-Rainiers first baseman Bryan LaHair is on the Iowa Cubs opening day roster.
  • The Reno Aces have reported.
  • Fresno’s opening day roster is set – Tacoma plays Fresno in the second series of the opening road trip. If we were there today instead, we would have an opportunity to try to steal the World Series Trophy.
  • Uh-oh! The Tucson Padres uniforms have not arrived yet.
  • Our dreaded rival the Salt Lake Bees are prepping for opening day. Starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood is the big prospect on the Bees roster to open the season.
  • Gotta link to a feature on catcher Corky Miller, who spent about 72 hours with the Rainiers in 2006.
  • This is amazing: the only video board in the PCL even close to the size of the Cheney Stadium board was the one at now-defunct Rosenblatt Stadium. Incredibly, they are disassembling the video board and moving it to a high school football field. High school!

The Rainiers season opener is Thursday. Tomorrow I’ll post the 2011 broadcast plans.

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11 Responses to Rainiers Roster Set

  1. @THEKID_ says:

    Don’t like seeing Tui not make the big club, but his time will come.

    In Spring Training he was to focus on 1B & LF. You see many/any starts in the OF for Tui in Tacoma?

    I remember Bonilla here (Appleton) for the Rattlers all over the field. And did I read he did end up playing all nine positions in one game (maybe in AA?)?

    When talking about all the talent the Storm Chasers are going to have, don’t forget to include Lorenzo “Sugar” Cain. Very disappointed to see the Brewers part with him. Can’t imagine he won’t be patrolling CF for the Royals prior to the All Star break.

    • Mike Curto says:

      I was surprised Cain didn’t make the Royals opening day roster, but they went with Dyson instead. Also, Omaha’s starting rotation is loaded, too – glad we don’t play them until August! (Actually I like watching the prospects on opposing teams, too – I wish we had more than four games against them).

  2. Michael says:

    hey mike
    will we see Scott patterson some time this season????? I am wondering as bought two of his minor league cards on ebay and was hoping to have him signed them…

    • Mike Curto says:

      I figure we’ll see Patterson as soon as there is an injury. Tacoma has eight relievers already and seven is the more common number, so it might take two injuries (or call-ups, or whatever – you know what I mean).

  3. Martin says:

    Will we see Scott Patterson this season?? At a loss as to why he has decent numbers but not any love from the big club. My understanding is he was a fan favorite at Portland – but just can’t seem to get any recognition as a major league player anywhere. Seems to get the job done. What gives. Any insight?

    • Michael says:

      Hey Martin
      I think from my opinion that team not willing to give him a chance is because fact, they don’t think he has major league talent as relief pitcher as more of a career minor league talent guy… Thought I think he is good guy to have around as seen like last yr and looking foward to seeing him in tacoma rainer uniform this season when and if he comes back up. Thought I follow winter ball and he had good season down their..

      • Martin says:

        Thanks for the the reply. Seems for many players you need a little luck too – right place right time to prove you can be “the guy” (or one of them). Appreciate the insight. Fun player to follow – he has been up and down and here and there but never given up. Seems like a true fan of the game. Good luck to the team and you as well for a successful season.

      • Martin says:

        Sorry michael about the last part of my post. Misread who the reply was coming from. Much luck to the team – hope you get your cards signed!

  4. Martin says:

    http://www.theportlandbeavers.com/?p=436

    For a fans view of Patterson.

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  6. Michael says:

    I am hoping to get his autograph if and when he comes throught good post you got martin…

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