The Final Countdown to Baseball

Yes, I know baseball has been going on for a month and the M’s have played two regular season games, but the real season is almost here. If you come around Pringles Park these days, preparation for the first home opener since 2005 is reaching a fever pitch. The interstate project is almost completed  and today the interstate sign was added. If you have not seen it, check it out HERE. The only project yet to get started is the new HD Video Board to be installed the first of May. As a native West Tennessean it is nice to see the ballpark as alive as when it opened in 1998.

Going off reports from spring training and information you receive, the Generals roster is close to being completed. Camp will break this weekend with players flying to their respective affiliate on Monday. The Jackson players will fly into Nashville on Monday and will hop on a bus to West Tennessee for the season.

All indications continue to point towards Jackson having “The Big 3″ of James Paxton, Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker. Rosters are very delicate and one injury could re-shape an entire team. As it stands on March 30, here is a pretty good idea of what the roster might look like. I preface this by saying again. I am not in Arizona, but only gauging on reports from recent spring games.

Pitchers:

  • Danny Hultzen

    Taijuan Walker (Greg Johns, MLB.com)

  • Taijuan Walker
  • James Paxton
  • Andrew Carraway
  • Yoervis Medina
  • Brandon Maurer
  • Steven Hensley
  • Bobby LaFromboise
  • Brian Moran
  • Moises Hernandez
  • Carter Capps
  • Stephen Pryor

Infielders:

  • Nick Franklin
  • Eric Campbell
  • Leury Bonilla
  • Gabriel Noriega
  • Francisco Martinez
  • Rich Poythress

Outfielders:

Andrew Carraway (Southern League All-Star for Jackson in 2011)

  • Denny Almonte
  • Joe Dunigan
  • Johermyn Chavez
  • Chih-Hsien Chiang
  • Daniel Carroll

Catchers:

  • Jesus Sucre
  • Brandon Bantz
  • Trevor Coleman

A couple of names not on that list are Jake Shaffer and Scott Savastano. Shaffer was released by the Mariners this week according to the latest Baseball America LIST and Savastano has been playing well for the Tacoma spring team. Amazing a guy that was almost cut last spring could start the year in Triple-A. Probably two of the three catchers will head to Jackson. For Shaffer, I have never met a nicer person. He is one of the best when it comes to leadership. I hope he lands on his feet and I am sure he will.

It will be interesting to see what the rotation will be if indeed Paxton, Hultzen and Walker are in it. It would appear that Brandon Maurer, Andrew Carraway and Yoervis Medina will compete for two spots. Honestly, they will all get an opportunity when promotions are made.

The back end of the bullpen is easy to see. Stephen Pryor will have a strong hold on the closer role and it will be fun to watch Steven Hensley develop into his new relief role. I think it is a great move for him. Pryor also gives a nice local flavor to the team having gone to college at Tennesee Tech. Pryor had a 1.19 ERA and 6 saves in 17 games in Jackson last season.

For the latest news and notes from minor league camp check out the Mariners official blog HERE.

The Jackson Generals roster will be announced by the Mariners on Monday and the opener is on Thursday against the Birmingham Barons.

-CH-

1 Comment

Looking foward to your broadcasts Chris.

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