Beavers Announce Opening Day Roster
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Beavers today released their 2010 Opening Day roster in advance of Thursday's season opener against Sacramento at PGE Park.
Portland's active roster - a mix of San Diego Padres prospects and major league talent - is made up of 12 pitchers, three catchers, six infielders and three outfielders.
The makeup of this year's Opening Day active roster:
THE SKIPPER: Terry Kennedy begins his first season at the helm of the Beavers after guiding the Padres' Class AA San Antonio affiliate to a 70-70 mark and Texas League playoff berth in 2009. The 53-year-old skipper marks his fourth overall season as a Pacific Coast League manager, having previously directed Iowa for the 1998-99 seasons and Las Vegas in 2004. Kennedy earned PCL Manager of the Year accolades in 1998 after leading the I-Cubs to a league-best 85 wins that season. In nine seasons as a minor league manager, Kennedy owns a 525-466 career mark. As a player, Kennedy played 14 seasons in the major leagues with St. Louis (1978-80), San Diego (1981-86), Baltimore (1987-88) and San Francisco (1989-91). In 1,491 big league games, the four-time all-star catcher hit .264 with 244 doubles, 113 home runs and 628 RBIs.
SEASONED STAFF: Kennedy brings with him from San Antonio a pair of coaches who combine for more than 45 years of professional coaching experience in pitching coach Steve Webber and hitting coach Orv Franchuk. Additionally, Webber won the 1990 College World Series title in 16 seasons as the head coach of the University of Georgia and Franchuk has coached for the Canadian National Team multiple times on the international stage. The staff is joined by trainer Wade Yamasaki and strength and conditioning coach Mike Henriques.
WELCOME BACK: In all, 13 of the players on the active roster have previous experience with the Beavers. Five of those players - Cesar Carrillo (2006-07, 2009), Josh Geer (2007-09), Wade LeBlanc (2008-09), Mike Baxter (2007, 2009), and Craig Stansberry (2007-09) - have played multiple seasons with Portland. Infielder Josh Barfield led the 2005 Beavers in hits and right-hander Ernesto Frieri made a spot start with the club in 2007, while Greg Burke, Will Inman, Luis Perdomo, Adam Russell, Ryan Webb and Sean Kazmar all marked their first season with the Beavers in 2009.
BEEN HERE BEFORE: Of those players with previous Portland experience, five were on the team's 2009 Opening Day roster, including Burke, Geer, LeBlanc, Kazmar and Stansberry. Stansberry joins the Beavers Opening Day roster for the fourth year in a row, while Geer and LeBlanc mark their third consecutive Opening Day with Portland.
INTRODUCTIONS, PLEASE: Eleven players mark their first tour of duty with the Beavers in 2010. Pitchers Radhames Liz, Scott Munter and Mark Worrell, and position players Eric Munson, Dusty Ryan, Chris Stewart, Craig Cooper, Lance Zawadzki, Aaron Cunningham, Chris Denorfia and Luis Durango are all new to the team.
BARFIELD BACK: Infielder Josh Barfield returns to the Beavers this season after a four-year absence. The second-generation ballplayer batted .310 with 25 doubles, 15 home runs and 72 RBIs for Portland in 2005 and ranked second in the PCL with a team-high 160 hits. The now 29-year-old went on to a stellar rookie season with the Padres in 2006 when he ranked second among all major league rookies with 16 steals and was fifth in that group in both hits and doubles. Barfield was dealt to the Indians organization in November 2006 and has played parts of each of the last three seasons with Cleveland.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Infielder Craig Stansberry returns to Portland for his fourth consecutive Opening Day in 2010, and this year he has the opportunity to break a few modern franchise records. Stansberry, who ranked second on the 2009 Beavers in games, at-bats, hits, runs and walks, enters the 2010 season just 73 games, 277 at-bats, 85 hits, 66 runs and nine walks shy of breaking the career franchise marks (since 2001) in those categories.
CALIFORNIA CONNECTION: This year's club includes an all-Californian catching trio in the form of Eric Munson, Dusty Ryan and Chris Stewart. The three are the only three California natives on the roster.
FIRST 49th STATESMAN: Outfielder Aaron Cunningham becomes the first Alaskan-born player to grace the Beavers' roster since the team returned to the PCL in 2001. The Anchorage-born Cunningham came to the Padres from Oakland in the January 15 trade that sent third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to the Athletics and brought outfielder Scott Hairston to San Diego.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR: The 2010 Beavers have six players born in five countries outside the United States. Right-handed pitchers Radhames Liz and Luis Perdomo both hail from the Dominican Republic, while infielder Josh Barfield is Venezuelan-born. Outfielder Luis Durango becomes the second Panamanian-born Beaver (Roger Deago), while right-hander Ernesto Frieri became only the second Colombian-born player to play for Portland when he made his Triple-A debut in 2007 (Yamid Haad). Craig Stansberry, the only Beaver in club history born in Saudi Arabia, returns for the 2010 season. Furthermore, hitting coach Orv Franchuk was born in Amesbury, Alberta, Canada. In 10 seasons since the club's return, the Beavers roster has included players from 13 countries outside the United States. That international list includes: Aruba, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Venezuela.
GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING: A breakdown of birthplaces by state or country on this year's Opening Day roster; the list is comprised of 14 states in addition to five countries outside the United States: California - 3 (Munson, Ryan, Stewart) Dominican Republic - 2 (Liz, Perdomo) Florida - 2 (Webb, Worrell) New York - 2 (Baxter, Cooper) Alaska - 1 (Cunningham) Colombia - 1 (Frieri) Connecticut - 1 (Denorfia) Georgia - 1 (Kazmar) Illinois - 1 (Carrillo) Louisiana - 1 (LeBlanc) Massachusetts - 1 (Zawadzki) Nebraska - 1 (Munter) New Jersey - 1 (Burke) Ohio - 1 (Russell) Panama - 1 (Durango) Saudi Arabia - 1 (Stansberry) Texas - 1 (Geer) Venezuela - 1 (Barfield) Virginia - 1 (Inman)
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS: The Beavers may have one of the taller pitching staffs in recent memory. The club boasts three of the league's tallest pitchers in 6-foot-6 right-hander Scott Munter, 6-foot-6 right-hander Ryan Webb and 6-foot-8 right-hander Adam Russell. All 12 pitchers on the roster are at least six foot, and together they average over 6-foot-3 in height.
NEED FOR SPEED: The roster features the 2009 Padres minor league leader in stolen bases, outfielder Luis Durango. Durango swiped 44 bases in 61 attempts with San Antonio last season, and then stole two bases in nine games with the Padres in September. Baseball America rates the switch-hitting Durango as the fastest base runner in the organization.
DEFENSIVE PRESENCE: Catcher Chris Stewart carries an impressive defensive streak into the 2010 campaign. In each of the past two seasons, Stewart has led the International League in caught-stealing percentage, throwing out 46.4 percent of runners in 2009 and 41.3 percent in 2008 for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Stewart also led the Class AA Southern League in caught-stealing percentage in 2005 when he gunned down 51.8 percent of runners as a member of the White Sox' Birmingham affiliate.
NEW TO THE ORGANIZATION: Seven players on the roster will be making their Padres organizational debuts in a Beavers uniform. Right-hander Mark Worrell was acquired from St. Louis in 2008 but missed the 2009 season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery, while the Padres, through trades this past offseason, acquired catcher Dusty Ryan from Detroit and outfielder Aaron Cunningham from Oakland. Right-hander Scott Munter, catcher Chris Stewart and outfielder Chris Denorfia were all signed to minor league contracts by the Padres before the season and right-hander Radhames Liz was claimed off waivers from Baltimore.
LONE LEFTY: The Beavers' Opening Day pitching staff features just one left-handed pitcher, starter Wade LeBlanc. In comparison, the 2009 staff opened with four southpaws. Additionally, this year's club has just one position player who throws left-handed, infielder Craig Cooper.
TRIPLE-A TESTED: Twenty-two of the 24 players on the active roster have played at the Triple-A level or above. Only infielders Craig Cooper and Lance Zawadzki will be playing above the Class AA level for the first time in their careers.
MAJOR LEAGUE APPROVED: Twenty of the 24 players have major league experience, with 16 of those players spending at least a portion of the 2009 season in the majors.
YOUTH AND SKILL: Twenty-three players on the Opening Day roster were born in the 1980s, including six who are younger than 25, as of Opening Day.
FOR THE AGES: At 23 years of age, Will Inman is the youngest player on the active roster (2/6/1987), while Eric Munson, 32, is the oldest member on the club (10/3/1977).
ON THE MEND: Second baseman Matt Antonelli begins the year on Portland's disabled list for a second straight season. Antonelli, who is sidelined with a left wrist injury, missed the Beavers' first 32 games in 2009 with a right leg strain.
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