As best as I can determine, here is the Opening Day roster for the Mud Hens:
Pitchers: RHPs Al Alburquerque, Jose Ortega, Chris Oxspring, Thad Weber, Robbie Weinhardt and Brendan Wise; LHPs Duane Below, Charlie Furbush, Ramon Garcia, Fu-Te Ni, Andrew Oliver and Adam Wilk.
There won't be many teams in professional ball at any level that have six lefthanders like the Mud Hens probably will.
The rotation could lean hard to the left. Southpaws Oliver and Furbush are pretty sure bets for the rotation, while the other options include two lefties -- Below and Wilk -- and two righties -- Oxspring and Weber. Even if both right-handers are chosen, there will be three southpaws in the rotation.
The closer's role in the bullpen also is an interesting decision: I think the best options are Alburquerque, Oxspring -- assuming he's not in the rotation -- Weinhardt and Wise. Looking forward to hearing the decision-making process.
Catchers: Omir Santos and Max St-Pierre.
I would speculate that the toe injury that Santos suffered in spring training -- and the fact that Opening Day is a week away -- is the reason the roster has not been announced. This is the pairing I expected before spring training began; if Santos is hurt, I would guess that John Murrian would take his place.
Infielders: Argenis Diaz, Cale Iorg, Scott Sizemore, Ryan Strieby, Scott Thorman and Danny Worth.
The only difference between power-hitting first basemen Strieby and Thorman is that Strieby hits right-hander and Thorman bats left-handed. Sizemore and Iorg are expected to see most of the action at second base and shortstop, respectively, but expect Worth and Diaz to see some time at both positions as well. Third base will be a puzzle: the only players here who will NOT see action there for sure are Iorg and Strieby.
Outfielders: Andy Dirks, Timo Perez, Clete Thomas and Clay Timpner.
Dirks and Thomas were among the last cuts in Tigers' training camp, so expect them to see plenty of action for the Hens. Perez is a veteran hitter with experience at this level, while Timpner is an inexperienced player for this level.
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