This morning the 2015 Tacoma Rainiers checked out of Mariners spring training camp in Peoria, Arizona, and hopped on a Southwest flight to El Paso, Texas. They will have a workout at the ballpark in El Paso on Wednesday, and on Thursday night we’ll start the 2015 season.
Here is the initial Rainiers roster for 2015:
Starting Pitchers (not in rotation order; asterisk = lefthander)
- Roenis Elias*
- Jordan Pries
- Mike Kickham*
- Sam Gaviglio
- Mike Montgomery*
- Logan Bawcom
- Justin Germano
- Mayckol Guaipe
- Dominic Leone
- Mark Lowe
- Lucas Luetge*
- Joe Saunders*
- Forrest Snow
- John Baker
- John Hicks
- Leury Bonilla
- Ketel Marte
- Jesus Montero
- Shawn O’Malley
- Carlos Rivero
- Jabari Blash
- Franklin Gutierrez
- James Jones
- Patrick Kivlehan
- Stefen Romero
Thirteen pitchers to start which is a good idea because the first eight games of the season will be played in very high-scoring environments (El Paso & Albuquerque), and also the starters aren’t ready to fire 100 pitches per outing just yet.
There are four players listed on the Tacoma disabled list:
- Ji-Man Choi – broke his fibula early in spring training and is probably out for the year.
- Anthony Fernandez – starting pitcher had ‘Tommy John’ surgery on May 22; could return sometime in 2015.
- Danny Hultzen – the Mariners want to keep him in a controlled environment in extended spring training before unleashing him later in the season. Hultzen missed all of 2014 with major shoulder surgery.
- Brian Moran – left-handed reliever is still recovering from 2014 ‘Tommy John’ surgery last April 15; should be ready sometime this season.
What about top prospects D.J. Peterson and Alex Jackson? Peterson is opening the season at Double-A Jackson, although if he gets off to a good start we could see him in Tacoma sooner rather than later – his bat will dictate the timeline. The 19-year-old Jackson is going to Low-A Clinton, where he will be one of the younger players in the Midwest League.
All right, we’re set and ready. I can’t wait for Thursday!
- Here are some Mariners farm system rosters: Double-A Jackson, High-A Bakersfield, and Low-A Clinton.
- The Mariners won on opening day in a game which was highly successful on many fronts. Pick your game story: Seattle Times or The News Tribune.
- Felix Hernandez showed that his spring training struggles were irrelevant, Larry Stone writes. The Angels were impressed with Felix. John Boyle up in Everett filed this column on Felix.
- The Angels had a chance to tie it in the eighth inning, when Mike Trout was up with two on and two outs. Carson Smith disposed of him quickly.
- Seth Smith had a great Mariners debut, John McGrath writes.
- Jerry Brewer writes that Seattle is a baseball town awakening from hibernation.
- Tidbits? You say you want Mariners tidbits? Well please welcome back Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook.
- We have opening day photo galleries! One from The News Tribune, and another from the Seattle Times.
- A massive installment of Baseball America’s minor league transactions includes a long list of Mariners releases, plus the addition of an interesting reliever at Double-A Jackson.
- More PCL rosters are trickling in: the Salt Lake Bees have a pair of good Triple-A veterans in Roger Kieschnick and Andy Marte.
- Salt Lake has added a baseball humidor to Smith’s Ballpark. There are now five PCL teams with humidors: Salt Lake, Albuquerque, Reno, Colorado Springs, and El Paso.
- From the thank-goodness-they’re-in-the-other-conference department, the Memphis opening day roster looks really good on paper.
- Former Rainiers Carter Capps and Cole Gillespie are joined by Washington State Cougar Adam Conley on the New Orleans Zephyrs opening day roster.
- The Iowa Cubs roster has all of the hyped prospects.
On Wednesday I’m spending the entire day flying to El Paso, so our next blog update will be late Thursday morning. We’ll have broadcast details & a pitching rotation in advance of the season opener. Here we go…