Fifteen watchlist players make up the 25-man roster, including you-know-who
The last of the full-season rosters has been announced (thanks again to our commenters for tipping me off).
It’s still another 10 days until the Suns’ home opener (and not uncoincidentally, single-game tickets don’t go on sale until that morning). If I’m able to go, we’ll have a “Last Night in Hagerstown” next weekend. But fret not, we’ve got some eyes out there if I can’t.
Without further ado…
Sam Palace (On disabled list)
Led by some Bryce Harper kid, there are 15 of our watchlist players — not as “loaded” as Potomac seems, but in a trend that started last year, younger and closer to the ideal age for the league.
Almost the entire Vermont rotation, the one that faded badly last August, made the jump. But joining them from the GCL are Matt Grace and Christopher Manno (can the minions get a holla? OK, sorry. That sounded more on the Cape than outta Compton) so who will start and who will relieve will be a much bigger question than in Potomac.
Who’s missing? Justin Bloxom, J.R. Higley, Dean Weaver and Evan Bronson are the most notable over-22 names that we might have expected back. Now the question is who’s hurt or who’s been released. As of this writing, at roughly 8:15 p.m., neither the Hagerstown roster nor the Auburn roster on MiLB.com has been updated, so like last week, we await the transactions news to find out the answers.
We’re now less than 72 hours from the “other” Opening Day