The season opens tonight for the Everett AquaSox, of the Short-Season-A Northwest League.
You can find their roster here, and I’ll add a few notes:
- Former Mariner and former broadcaster Dave Valle will manage. Valle actually got an interview for the MLB job before Lloyd McClendon was hired, despite no managerial experience, but he and the organization decided the Everett job would be a good fit. Feature story here.
- 17-year-old Luiz Gohara, who dazzled in rookie-level Pulaski last year, will not open the year on the Everett roster. I don’t know if that means he’ll join later, or if he’ll go back to Pulaski. The Everett roster often takes awhile to take shape.
- Another guy who did well on Pulaski’s championship team will be on the roster: LHP Leoncio Munoz. He got a shot a Low-A Clinton earlier, however, and fell flat.
- Two guys who were once highly touted, but haven’t really taken off, are there. Philips Castillo, who was ranked in the top 10 of many prospect lists just two years ago (including my first one), will try to get off the ground once more, and Kristian Brito, a big 1b who is supposed to be a power hitter, will also joint Everett. Even though they’ve been around awhile, they’ll still be among the youngest AquaSox.
- Minor league free agent Arby Fields got a 9-game cameo at Clinton, which was notable mostly for people going “why is there a guy named ‘Arby’ in the Clinton box score?”
- Then there are seven guys already signed from last week’s draft and assigned to Everett:
Pitchers: 5th round Dan Altavilla (Mercyhurst); 8th round Kody Kerski (Sacred Heart); 25th round Vinny Nittoli (Xavier).
Position Players: 10th round C Adam Martin (Western Carolina); 14th round SS Chris Mariscal (Fresno St.); 24th round 1b Sheehan Planas-Arteaga (Barry Univ.); and 26th round SS Taylor Smart (Tennessee).