March 29, 2013 - International League (IL) - Toledo Mud Hens
TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo Mud Hens open their 2013 campaign, Thursday, April 4, in Louisville. The team's opening nine-day homestand kicks off on Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m. against the Louisville Bats.
This team will have a great mix of prospects, veterans, and many familiar faces. Manager Phil Nevin is at the helm; this is his third season in Toledo. He guided the Mud Hens to a 60-84 record in 2012. Rounding out the field staff are Hitting Coach Leon "Bull" Durham (13th season), Pitching Coach A.J. Sager (sixth season), Athletic Trainer Matt Rankin (13th season), and Strength Coach Kyle Bergman (third season).
Let's take a closer look at the roster:
- OF Nick Castellanos is the Tigers' top prospect according to Baseball America after hitting .405 with Lakeland last season.
- Duane Below returns to Toledo for his third season at the Triple-A level. The left-handed pitcher grew up in nearby Britton, MI. He earned his first major league win on April 7, 2012 versus Boston.
- The Mud Hens youngest player is Nick Castellanos (21) and the oldest is John Lindsey (36).
- Toledo has players from four different countries- Canada, Dominican Republic, United States, and Venezuela.
- Fifteen players on the Opening Day roster have played for the Mud Hens prior to this season.
2013 Toledo Mud Hens
Jose Alvarez (LHP)
Duane Below (LHP)
Casey Crosby (LHP)
Kenny Faulk (LHP)
Shawn Hill (RHP)
Matt Hoffman (LHP)
Luis Marte (RHP)
Pat Misch (LHP)
Jose Ortega (RHP)
Luke Putkonen (RHP)
Bruce Rondon (RHP)
Jesse Todd (RHP)
Robert Waite (RHP)
The 2013 Toledo Mud Hens home opener is Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m. against the Louisville Bats. Gates open at 3 p.m. Opening Day Bash and Standing Room Only tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at Fifth Third Field box office, by phone at 419-725-HENS, or online at www.mudhens.com.