As I type this, we’re about 32 hours away from the first pitch of the Sounds’ 2013 season. The roster was announced a few days ago, in case you missed it, and now we’ve got the pitching probables for the opening series against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins)…
Thursday, 7:05: RH Tyler Thornburg vs. RH Tom Koehler
Friday, 7:05: RH Hiram Burgos vs. LH Brad Hand
Saturday, 6:35: RH Johnny Hellweg vs. RH Jacob Turner
Sunday, 2:05: LH Zach Kroenke vs. RH Mitch Talbot
Breaking down the Sounds roster, here are a few interesting tidbits…
- The Sounds have nine players among their parent club Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 30 prospects (as rated by Baseball America): pitcher Tyler Thornburg (#2), first baseman Hunter Morris (#4), pitcher Johnny Hellweg (#6), second baseman Scooter Gennett (#8), starter Hiram Burgos (#14), reliever Jesus Sanchez (#21), outfielder Caleb Gindl (#27), reliever Kyle Heckathorn (#29) and outfielder Josh Prince (#30).
- There are nine players on this year’s Opening Day roster who suited up for the Sounds at some point in 2012: starters Hiram Burgos and Tyler Thornburg; relievers Donovan Hand, Jesus Sanchez, and Rob Wooten; catcher Dayton Buller; infielders Sean Halton and Hainley Statia; and outfielder Caleb Gindl
- Two players are back with the Sounds after playing for them prior to last year: pitcher Frankie De La Cruz (scheduled to start Monday against Oklahoma City), who pitched for the Sounds in ’11 and faced them as an Iowa Cub in ’12, and catcher Anderson De La Rosa, who appeared in 12 games for the Sounds in ’10
- There are six players making their Triple-A debuts as Sounds: starter Johnny Hellweg, relievers Kyle Heckathorn and Michael Olmsted, infielders Scooter Gennett and Hunter Morris, and outfielder Josh Prince
- There are seven players with major league experience (though Thornburg and Lalli are the only ones who played in the majors last season): Frankie De La Cruz, Zach Kroenke, Tyler Thornburg, Jim Hoey, Chris Jakubauskas, Blake Lalli and Blake Davis.
- There are eight players who are on the Brewers’ 40-man roster (reminder: in order to play in a major league game, a player must be on that club’s 40-man roster, which played a key role in the Brewers’ decision to go with Khris Davis over Blake Lalli for the team’s final roster spot out of spring training): Hiram Burgos, Johnny Hellweg, Michael Olmsted, Jesus Sanchez, Tyler Thornburg, Scooter Gennett, Caleb Gindl and Josh Prince.
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