Hagerstown Suns Game Notes (April 4)
The Suns are opening the season on the road against the Greensboro Grasshoppers this evening at 7:00 p.m. at First National Bank Field. RHP Tomas Alastre (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for the Suns and RHP Steven Jennings (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the nod for the Grasshoppers.
PAT'S BACK: Skipper Patrick Anderson is returning for his sixth season in the Hub City. Anderson has a franchise record 363 wins under his belt and has guided the suns to two playoff berths in his five seasons at the helm. The Maryland-native led the Suns to the 2014 South Atlantic League Championship game in his first season with the team. Prior to his time with Hagerstown, Anderson led the Gulf Coast Nationals to the team's best winning percentage in team history and a league championship.
TOP TALENT: The Suns are sporting seven of MLB.com's top 30 prospects on their roster this season. Yasel Antuna is starting the season on the injured list, but Tim Cate, Tomas Alastre and Jake Irvin are manning the rotation for the Suns and backstop Israel Pineda, shortstop Jose Sanchez and outfielder Gage Canning will play the field for the Hub City in 2019.
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: There are seven players who have played at least one game donning a Suns uniform on the Opening Day roster. Alastre and Cate in the rotation both finished last season in Hagerstown, while Jackson Stoeckinger and Jhonatan German both logged innings for Hagerstown in 2018 and will be coming out of the pen this season. Nic Perkins played one game for Hagerstown last season before getting injured and spending the rest of the season in Auburn and will return to the Suns this year. Finally, Juan Pascal and Canning are returning in the field for Hagerstown. Both played in more than 10 games for Hagerstown last year.
LET'S SEE WHAT YOU GOT: While Hagerstown has a lot of experience on the roster, they also boast 11 members of the team who were picked by the Washington Nationals in last year's draft.
Cate: 2nd round
Irvin: 4th round
Canning: 5th round
Chandler Day: 7th round
Cody Wilson: 13th round
Aaron Fletcher: 14th round
Carson Teel: 16th round
Jacob Rhinesmith: 18th round
Ryan Tapani: 21st round
Kyle Marinconz: 24th round
Pablo O'Connor: 27th round
SHOWING OFF THE FAMILY: Two Suns players have relatives that have played Major League Baseball. Tapani's father, Kevin, played 13 seasons in the bigs from 1989-2001, for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs. In addition to that, Jamori Blash's brother, Jabari, played 24 games last year for the Los Angeles Angels. He also spent parts of two seasons with the San Diego
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