Sorry for the long delay between entries, but the preparations for the upcoming season interceded with the blogging. Now that the season is pretty much upon us, you can expect updates to appear with much more frequency (promise!). Plus, other than the media guide being finished, some new signage on the scorebaord, and a fresh coat of paint, there wasn’t too much to report… until now. The 2009 Isotopes Opening Day roster has been revealed and it’s safe to say that the ‘Topes’ first year as Triple-A partner of the Dodgers is going to be extremely entertaining. Manager Tim Wallach will also have the luxury of putting out what should be one of the most potent lineups in the Pacific Coast League. While things could still change between now and when Albuquerque meets Omaha at The Lab on April 9, this is the Isotopes’ possible rotation (in no particular order):
LHP Shawn Estes
RHP Charlie Haeger (a knuckleballer)
LHP Eric Milton
RHP Miguel Pinango
LHP Eric Stults
Out of the bullpen, the ‘Topes will throw:
RHP Giancardo Alvarado
RHP Henry Bonilla
RHP Nick DeBarr
RHP Dwayne Pollok
RHP Tanyon Sturtze
RHP Jeff Weaver
LHP Stephen Randolph
LHP Erick Threets
While the likes of Estes, Milton, Weaver, and Sturtze provide a ton of mega-watt former Major League experience, Stults was in heated competition with James McDonald for the Dodgers’ fifth starting slot until as recently as Saturday and Pinango is one of the organization’s bright young stars.
Behind the plate, the Isotopes will have:
On the infield, Albuquerque fans will see:
Juan Castro (who also played for the Dukes in 1995-97)
Valentino Pascucci (the Italian Bazooka returns!!)
Finally, the ‘Topes will have one of the deepest outfields in the PCL with:
It’s safe to say this offense is going to be able put some runs on the board!
On Tuesday, the Isotopes will hold their annual Media Day, which will be followed by a team workout under the lights on Wednesday night. Finally, Thursday will feature one of the most memorable Opening Day celebrations in team history, with special guest Tommy Lasorda scheduled to be on hand to help ring in a new era of ‘Topes baseball!