For the first time in years, there are more than a few familiar faces on the Wilmington Blue Rocks Opening Day roster. Eleven to be exact. However, there are just three pitchers back in a Blue Rocks uniform.
Here is the complete roster:
Catchers: Zane Evans and Cam Gallagher. Evans is a bit of a surprise, considering he started the three Double-A spring games I attended.
Infielders: Frank Schwindel, Kenny Diekroeger, Jack Lopez, Ramon Torres, Robert Pehl, and Mauricio Ramos.
Outfielders: Bubba Starling, Daniel Rockett, Dominique Taylor, and Logan Moon.
For fans, the name Benino Pruneda may sound familiar. He closed out the second of back-to-back no-hitters for Lynchburg last season against the Blue Rocks.
Two of the new Blue Rocks, Nick Green and Eric Skoglund, both were drafted in 2014 and pitched for Idaho Falls. Green came out of Utah in the 10th round, while Skoglund came out of Central Florida in the third round.
Logan Moon was drafted in the sixth round out of Missouri Southern in 2014, but played in Burlington. Estarlin Cordero was a teammate of Moon’s in Burlington (it was just his second season in pro ball since signing out of the Dominican Republic). Robert Pehl was drafted out of Washington in the 11th round last June.
The pitching staff has five left-handers (Cordero, Green, Reed, Rico, and Skoglund). Offensively, everyone is right-handed, except for the switch-hitting Torres.
The Blue Rocks once again open their season on the road in Myrtle Beach (Thursday). They return for their home opener on April 16th.