Three of the four full-season affiliates start up today, with the Syracuse Chiefs visiting Buffalo this afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators hosting the Bowie Baysox tonight, and the Hagerstown Suns visiting the Rome Braves tonight.
|Team||Today’s Game||Pitching Matchup (’10/level stats)|
|Syracuse Chiefs||@ Buffalo, 3:05 p.m.||Yunesky Maya (1-1, 0.87) vs. Dillon Gee (13-8, 4.96)|
|Harrisburg Senators||vs. Bowie 7:05 p.m.||Brad Meyers (1-0, 1.47) vs. Chorye Spoone (7-6, 4.02)|
|Hagerstown Suns||@ Rome, 7:05 p.m.||Cameron Selik (1-0, 2.54) vs. TBD|
As we proceed through the first five or so games, pay attention to how these pitchers line up because it’s not necessarily that so and so is the team ace, it’s how Washington wants the starters to align when the promotions start, give or take a slot. Yunesky Maya and Ross Detwiler are the first two Chiefs starters while Brad Meyers and Ryan Tatusko are the first two Sens and Danny Rosenbaum and Trevor Holder are the first two P-Nats.
Cameron Selik gets the opening-night nod for the Hagerstown, making his first professional start after 15 relief appearances last summer in Vermont. No word yet on who the Suns’ #2 will be just yet.
As aforementioned, Rosenbaum will get the ball tomorrow night, weather permitting, as the Potomac Nationals mount their 2010 Mills Cup title defense against the Lynchburg Hillcats, a team that’s expected to be a force in the Northern Division with eight BA Top-30 prospects from the Atlanta organization (Myrtle Beach switched affiliation to Texas, thanks in no small part to having the same owner).
News & Notes starts back up tomorrow, so a shout-out in advance to our foreign correspondent, April Whitzman (a.k.a. @Alleycat17 on Twitter) who’ll be helping out for the second straight year.
While I hope folks come here first, I also want to help support the local media in each market with a few links…
- Robert Daski of the Potomac News focuses on the players making the jump from Low-A to Hi-A.
- Bob Parasaliti of the Hagerstown Herald-Mail tells us about Bryce Harper’s BP show on Tuesday night.
- Geoff Morrow of the Harrisburg Patriot-News breaks down the Senators roster, position by position.
- Lindsay Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard features 1B-OF-DH Michael Aubrey.