Rainiers Roster Set

We have a roster!

The team arrived in town on Sunday afternoon and we are now able to tell you that the Rainiers Opening Day roster looks like this:

Pitchers (13): Jonathan Aro, Casey Coleman, Justin De Fratus, Paul Fry, Mayckol Guaipe, Steve Johnson, Cody Martin, Blake Parker, James Paxton, Donn Roach, David Rollins, Adrian Sampson, Joe Wieland.

I believe the starters are Paxton, Wieland, Sampson, Roach, and Martin. I will confirm this and have a rotation for you as soon as I can.

Catchers (2): Mike Zunino, Steven Lerud.

The Mariners third catcher in spring training – Rob Brantly – was placed on waivers over the weekend and is in a ten-day holding pattern.

Infielders (6): Mike Baxter, Ed Lucas, Efren Navarro, Shawn O’Malley, Tyler Smith, Chris Taylor.

Lots of flexibility here. All can play multiple positions, with Baxter, Navarro, and O’Malley each able to play outfield as well.

Outfielders (4): Dario Pizzano, Boog Powell, Daniel Robertson, Stefen Romero.

Robertson and Romero are coming off of real strong spring training performances.

Notable Omissions: Jordan Pries, Sam Gaviglio, Steve Baron, D.J. Peterson and Leon Landry are all at Double-A Jackson. Top pitching prospect Edwin Diaz is there too, as well as speedy outfielder Guillermo Heredia. Pitchers Forrest Snow and Brad Mills are both staying in extended spring training – Mills had an injury during camp. I’ll get more info on Snow’s situation soon – he may just be waiting for a spot to open up in Tacoma.

The Mariners start at 1:00 – it’s an ESPN game. Below is a whole lot of reading material. Go M’s!


We’ll be back with a Rainiers opening series preview on Wednesday.

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4 Responses to Rainiers Roster Set

  1. Hawkins DuBois says:

    Has Baxter converted to playing first base full time? I thought he had been almost exclusively an outfielder in the majors.

  2. Ron says:

    What a horrible write up on the Sky Sox, people will come to minor league baseball when it is promoted well. The failure of the team to draw isn’t because there is a MLB team in Denver, it is because the team didn’t do enough to support baseball in town.

    As far as Tacoma goes the writer mentions the Rainiers as if they are a near failure as well. They don’t even take into account the fact that Cheney Stadium seats less than the top half of the league averages. Even if the Rainiers sold out every game they would be still be bottom half. The reason the Rainiers don’t have a high average is simply that the first half of the season has a lot of bad weather, not because fans are more likely to go to Mariners games.

    If putting a triple A team near an MLB team is bad business why did the River Cats lead the league in attendance. Don’t blame the Rockies for lack of fans in Colorado Springs, blame the team for not promoting baseball.

    • Mike Curto says:

      I agree that the comparison to Tacoma was kind of dumb – we’re doing just fine here, thanks. I think it just comes down to San Antonio being a much larger market than CSP. Both Sacramento and San Antonio have been considered possible MLB expansion cities in the past. Anyway, we’ll see how it goes – SA hasn’t put a shovel in the ground yet.

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