We are so close to actual baseball being played in Jackson! Tomorrow night, the Generals open up the 2016 season against the Montgomery Biscuits. We have an actual roster of baseball players to discuss!
The roster features three of Seattle’s top ten prospects according to Baseball America: RHP Edwin Diaz (No. 2), OF Tyler O’Neill (No. 4) and INF D.J. Peterson (No. 10). Diaz is only just 22, and he is slated to make his fourth-consecutive Opening Night start. The lanky righty has already started openers for Pulaski, Clinton and Bakersfield.
O’Neill has monstrous power. David and I have already decided the flexing emoji is based on his arms. He seriously looks like Popeye after a whole bunch of spinach. He hit a California League-best 32 home runs last year, which was tied for the second-most among all minor league players in 2015. It’ll be interesting to see how his power plays in the pitcher-friendly Southern League.
This team has a lot of speed as well. Ian Miller, Tim Lopes and Leon Landry combined to swipe 100 bags last year. Cuban defector Guillermo Heredia can cover a lot of ground in the outfield if the scouting reports on him are true. This team has three more than capable center fielders in Miller, Landry and Heredia. That will help, considering The Ballpark at Jackson is big like Safeco.
Another interesting note is how little turnover there is this year. Fourteen of the 25 players on Jackson’s initial roster have been with the Generals before and 18 have played at the Double-A level or above before. Baseball America wrote an interesting piece on the message Seattle sent to its prospects with their Opening Day assignments.
Anyways, that’s enough writing. David and I recorded the first episode of the Generally Speaking Podcast earlier this week. We previewed the roster and took a look at what fans can expect in 2016. Take a listen!
Opening Night is tomorrow! Stay tuned, as we are getting set to unveil a special logo celebrating the 10th year of affiliation with the Mariners.
See you then!