It’s a Sweet 16 in Visalia …

There are a total of 16 former Osprey who will likely open the 2012 season on the Visalia Rawhide (Class A Advanced) roster. Oddly enough, nine of the 16 players played in Missoula when former hitting coach – and current Rawhide skipper – Jason Hardtke was in the Garden City.

And that number of former Osprey could grow … because there are some rumblings that 2011 Osprey pitcher Archie Bradley could also be skipping South Bend. Which may be the reason that the official announcements for any of the rosters have yet to happen. Once that is firmed up, all of the D-backs affiliates should be given the clearance to announce the rosters.

According to a post today at, here are the former Osprey who are on the Visalia roster:

Pitchers: Mike Belfiore (2009), Andrew Chafin (2011), Blake Cooper (2010), Bradin Hagens (2010), David Holmberg (2010), Anthony Meo (2011), Diogenes Rosario (2009), Patrick Schuster (2009-10), Eric Smith (2009).

Catchers: RayWilly Gomez (2009), Jae Yun Kim (2009-10).

Infielders: Jon Griffin (2011), Eric Groff (2010-11), Chris Owings (2009).

Outfielders: Bobby Borchering (2009), Keon Broxton (2009).

As those of you who know, rosters are a fluid thing this time of the year, so this could change in the next day or two. Keep checking back for updates, and as we find out more information, we’ll pass it along to you.

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