Recapping 2013 Media Day

— It was cold.

— While still not an official roster, as the team currently has 26 players and one will need to be removed before the start of the season on Thursday in Portland, the Thunder did release a numerical roster at media day. It is as follows:

Pitchers

28 Jeremy Bleich
38 Dan Burawa
35 Caleb Cotham
32 Aaron Dott
19 Shaeffer Hall
39 Tommy Kahnle
56 Zach Nuding
3 Kelvin Perez
36 Branden Pinder
52 Francisco Rondon
25 Graham Stoneburner
55 Matt Tracy
45 Nik Turley

Catchers

8 Kyle Higashioka
15 J.R. Murphy

Infielders

7 Reegie Corona
22 Walter Ibarra
13 Kevin Mahoney
24 Jose Pirela
40 Kyle Roller
26 Rob Segedin

Outfielders

21 Tyler Austin
17 Shane Brown
20 Ramon Flores
11 Slade Heathcott
34 Neil Medchill

— Were it up to me, and this is all pending any potential moves in Scranton, I’d think Shane Brown gets “hurt.” At this time of year, you need extra pitching, and with an outfield of Heathcott, Flores and Austin that’s going to play every day, there isn’t much need for extra depth there.

— It was announced that Nik Turley will be the team’s Opening Day starter. The rest of the rotation is still TBD, but given that Matt Tracy threw two simulated innings today, he’s likely to take the ball as the team’s #4 on Sunday.

— It was really cold.

— This was my first look at the upgrades made to Arm & Hammer Park (we’re told that it’s a trademarked name that belongs in all caps, but I’m just not doing that, sorry) and the most notable addition that fans will be able to enjoy is the new right field video board. According to a fact sheet handed out prior to the media festivities, it is the second-widest video screen in all of minor league baseball (21′ x 68′) and is a whopping 1,428 square feet. Pitch speed WILL be available for viewing on the board, as will instant replays. New speakers have also been installed throughout the seating area.

— The manual scoreboard in right field has been eliminated.

— As far as changes you won’t see (well, unless you see the pictures I snuck on my Twitter feed at @mashmore98, but shhh) the clubhouse area has been completely overhauled. 12 new lockers were added in the home clubhouse with the elimination of the clubhouse manager’s office. The old umpire’s room is now the manager’s office, which is a much larger setup than Tony Franklin once had. His old office is now the second coach/staff locker room. The weight room is now a player’s lounge, which is something they’ve never had here before. The old merchandise storage room is now the weight room, which is bigger than the old setup. And the third locker room now houses the umpires and laundry facilities.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

One Response to “Recapping 2013 Media Day”

  1. mbn007 Says:

    The OF looks full of potential, but that infield is nothing to write home about. Unless you believe in Pirela. Some exciting pitchers there. Now we should get to see if Turley and Tracy are for real.

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