Opening Day Roster Set

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*

Relief Pitchers

  • Logan Bawcom
  • Justin Germano
  • Mayckol Guaipe
  • Dominic Leone
  • Mark Lowe
  • Lucas Luetge*
  • Joe Saunders*
  • Forrest Snow

Catchers

  • John Baker
  • John Hicks

Infielders

  • Leury Bonilla
  • Ketel Marte
  • Jesus Montero
  • Shawn O’Malley
  • Carlos Rivero

Outfielders

  • 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!

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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…

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