April 2012

More to the story … former Osprey abound

Just about all of these are now confirmed … the list of former Osprey out of the D-backs organization, but still playing baseball. This is the minor-league list … those players on 25-man Major League rosters will be announced in a press release on Friday, and on here.

John Hester (2006) – Norfolk (Baltimore)
Wilkin Castillo (2004)  – Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Hector Ambriz (2006) – Columbus (Cleveland)
Danny Perales (2005) – Las Vegas (Toronto)
Jerry Gil (2000) – Las Vegas (Toronto)
Esmerling Vasquez (2004) – Rochester (Minnesota)
Pedro Ciriaco (2005) – Pawtaucket (Boston)
Jarrod Parker (2007) – Sacramento (Oakland)
Bryan Augenstein (2007) – Durham (Tampa Bay)

Ryan Robowski (2009) – Erie (Detroit)
Adam Worthington (2009) – Reading (Philadelphia) – on DL

Class A Advanced
Kevin Eichhorn (2008-10) – Lakeland (Detroit)

Class A
Scottie Allen (2009) – Charleston (NY Yankees)

Two names we’re still working on are Clay Zavada (2006), who was in camp with the Cincinnati Reds, and Evan Scribner (2007), who was in camp with the Oakland A’s. With the addition to the list of Augenstein, we’re at 13 that we have found so far. Still waiting on a couple of rosters to update … and, of course, we’ll keep track as much as possible.

Update on Mobile, D-backs and Reno announce!

Here’s the latest additions (officially) to the list of former Osprey playing full-season minor league baseball in 2012.

The Reno Aces will have four former Osprey on the active roster, and one on the 7-day Disabled List. Rusty Ryal (2005) is overcoming a pulled groin muscle, so he will be starting the season on the DL. Pitchers Tom Layne (2007) and Daniel Stange (2006), along with infielders Jake Elmore (2008) and Taylor Harbin (2007) are all part of the Aces’ 25-man active roster.

Mobile has seven former Osprey on its roster – the best we can tell, anyway … they open tomorrow night, so hopefully, they will have something online by then. Also have an e-mail in to their radio play-by-play man, but have not heard anything back yet. So, until the official list comes out … it consists of pitchers Yonata Ortega and Bryan Henry (both 2007 Osprey), catcher Rossmel Perez (2008), infielder David Nick (2009), infielder-outfielder Kyle Greene (2008), and outfielders Adam Eaton (2010) and Ollie Linton (2008). Linton, at last report, is likely to open the season on the DL.

Including the DL players, that brings the total list of assigned former Osprey to 47. That does not include former Osprey outside of the D-backs’ system, however. More on that later, hopefully still before the clock strikes midnight MT on Wednesday.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also announced their 25-man Opening Day roster on Wednesday. It includes a pair of former Osprey – first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (2009) and relief pitcher Bryan Shaw (2008) – who make their first MLB Opening Day roster.  Also on the squad is first baseman Lyle Overbay (1999), outfielder Gerardo Parra (2006) and catcher Miguel Montero (2002-03).

Waiting game …

The rosters for both Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno have been delayed a bit, thanks to the fact that the parent club, the Arizona Diamondbacks, have not finalized their roster, which should happen by Thursday. Since the D-backs don’t open until Friday, they have until Thursday at 5 p.m. to make their roster official.

We’ll have more on other players placed in the minors later this evening …

Unofficially add a few more …

You can add a few more to the list of players who have been confirmed to be on long-season rosters.

While the official roster for the Triple-A Reno Aces won’t be etched in stone until Thursday, we have confirmed that at least five former Osprey will be on the 25-man roster. They are infielders Taylor Harbin (2007), Jake Elmore (2008) and Rusty Ryal (2005), and pitchers Tom Layne (2007) and Daniel Stange (2006). That makes 40 confirmed placements of former Osprey in the Arizona Diamondbacks system alone to full-season Opening Day rosters.

We will have more coming soon, as teams finalize rosters in time for the upcoming season, which starts for most minor-league teams on Thursday.

NOTE: That would be 40 confirmed players assigned. More to come tomorrow evening.

Nineteen former Osprey on South Bend Roster

You can just call the South Bend franchise of 2012 the Missoula Osprey Eastern Edition.

A total of 19 former Missoula Osprey players will make up the 25-man Opening Day Roster for the South Bend SilverHawks. Of the 19, 10 are pitchers, two are catchers, four infielders and all three outfielders on the roster have played in Missoula.

The pitching contingent is led by 2011 Osprey Archie Bradley, Jesse Darrah, Matt Sample, DJ Johnson, Taylor Siemens, Seth Simmons and Keith Hessler, Jeff Shields and JR Bradley from the 2010 Osprey, and 2009 Osprey reliever Kable Hogben.

Catchers Roidany Aguila (2009-11) and Fidel Pena (2010-11) will join infielders Matt Helm (2009-10), Ryan Court (2011) and Josh Parr (2011). Also listed as an infielder – “The Mayor”, Bobby Stone (2008-10), who has recovered from an arm injury that cut short his season in 2011. Stone could see time at both first base and in the outfield.

The three outfielders have also patrolled the grass at Ogren Park Allegiance Field. Ender Inciarte played in center field during the Northern Division playoff series season in 2009, while both Tom Belza and Chris Ellison played in the outfield for the Osprey in 2011.

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 FutureBacks.com, 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.

Roster Announcement Day, Part 1

by Ben Catley

I tweeted this earlier today – Roster-announce day … one of my favorite days of pre-season activities. We’ll find out where all former Osprey will start their ’12 run.

It is indeed that day. Which means more than one blog entry … in fact, there’s already one set of announcements we have to share, but I figured the news of the day would be good to handle first.

So, with that said, let’s get to what else is making news on the Monday before Opening Day … (more…)

Affiliate roster announcements

It’s looking like official roster announcements for all of the long-season affiliates for the Arizona Diamondbacks will take place on Monday. There are some names we already know about – like Jake Elmore (2008) at Triple-A Reno, Charles Brewer (2009), Adam Eaton (2010), David Nick (2009) and Derek Eitel (2010) – via his father’s Facebook – at Double-A Mobile, Andrew Chafin (2011), Anthony Meo (2011), Chris Owings (2009), Bobby Borchering (2009), Keon Broxton (2009) and Eric Smith (2009) at Class A Advanced Visalia, and in Class A South Bend, among others will be 2011 Osprey pitcher Archie Bradley.

In addition, we have learned that former Osprey reliever Ryan Robowski (2009) will apparently start the season at Double-A Erie in the Detroit Tigers’ system. This will be made certain, hopefully, by tomorrow. Robo is still listed on the Seawolves roster, however he was not mentioned in the story on the Erie team website on their Opening Day roster.

It’s also the day where Major League rosters may begin to get formalized as well, and as we find out, we will be posting any former Osprey who make it to an Opening Day MLB roster. The deadline for the rosters is 3 p.m. MT on Wednesday.

Most full-season minor-league teams open on Thursday. Most of those players have broken camp already and are on their way to their 2012 starting points. As rosters are announced, we’ll post what we can.

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