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TIDES ANNOUNCE OPENING DAY ROSTER Ron Johnson set to lead Tides for 6th consecutive season The Norfolk Tides and their parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, have announced the Tides Opening Day roster for the 2017 season. The roster features 13 pitchers and 12 position players, and the team will once again be managed by Ron Johnson. Joining Johnson are Pitching Coach Mike Griffin, Hitting Coach Sean Berry, Field Coach José Hernández, Athletic Trainer Mark Shiresand Strength and Conditioning Coach Trevor Howell. Norfolk’s pitching staff will consist of starters Mike Wright (slated to take the mound in tonight’s opener at Charlotte), Jayson Aquino, Alec Asher, Chris Lee and Gabriel Ynoa. Norfolk’s relievers include Richard Bleir, Parker Bridwell, Stefan Crichton, Joe Gunkel, Richard Rodriguez, Zach Stewart, Logan Verrett and Jimmy Yacabonis. The Tides Opening Day roster features six infielders: Robert Andino, Alex Castellanos, Johnny Giavotella, Paul Janish, Chris Johnson and David Washington. Manning the outfield for Norfolk will be Pedro Álvarez, Michael Choice, Chris Dickerson and Logan Schafer. The Tides will open the season with two catchers: Francisco Peña and Chance Sisco. Three players will open the season on Norfolk’s Disabled List: pitcher Nate Adcock, catcher Joel Polanco and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. Infielder Jesús Montero will open the season on Norfolk’s Restricted List. The Tides open their 2017 campaign tonight at Charlotte, with first pitch from BB&T Ballpark slated for 7:05 pm. The game can be heard live on ESPN Radio 94.1 and watched live on MiLB.tv. The Tides open the home portion of their schedule on Monday, April 10 with a 6:35 pm game against the Gwinnett Braves. The first 10,000 fans on Monday will receive a 2017 magnet schedule courtesy of John’s Tax Service.
Baysox Announce Opening Day Roster BOWIE, Md. - The Bowie Baysox announce today the 2017 Opening Day Roster. The roster features 10 players who were drafted by the Orioles since 2014 and only three players new to the Orioles organization. Some of the top prospects in the Orioles organization will also begin the year in Bowie. Tanner Scott, Garrett Cleavinger, Jesus Liranzo and Cedric Mullins are all among MLB.com’s Top 20 Orioles prospects. The starting rotation is expected to include RHP Brandon Barker, LHP John Means, RHP David Hess, LHP Tanner Scott and RHP Matthew Grimes. Each of them finished the 2016 season as part of the Baysox pitching staff with only Scott moving from the bullpen into the rotation for 2017. This year’s Opening Night roster features 14 players who played with the Baysox in 2016, including two members of the Orioles 40-man roster in Jason Garcia and Jesus Liranzo. INF Garabez Rosa, who is the Baysox career leader in games played and hits also returns for a fifth season in Bowie after being named an Eastern League All-Star last season. A total of six players on the Baysox 2017 roster will be making their Double-A debuts after making the leap from the lower levels of the Orioles organization: LHP Garrett Cleavinger, RHP Lucas Long, RHP Ryan Meisinger, INF Erick Salcedo, OF Cedric Mullins and OF DJ Stewart. The only newcomers to the organization are LHP Jed Bradley who briefly appeared with the Atlanta Braves in 2016, RHP Jefri Hernandez who was a Rule V pick (AAA Phase) from the Reds organization and Sean Coyle who was signed as a Minor League free agent after beginning his career with Boston. The 2017 Bowie Baysox season is presented by Money One Federal Credit Union. The Baysox 2017 home opener will be Thursday, April 13 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m. Don’t miss out as the team prepares to celebrate its 25th Season. Single game tickets are now available at www.baysox.com. ###