The final additions to the Missoula Osprey opening day roster were announced late yesterday, bringing the team to 26 assigned players. The players will be arriving today and tomorrow to be ready for opening day on Monday! Check out the additions and the entire team after the jump! (I've also added some links to a few of the previously announced players so you can get more information about them.)
- Matt Sample, pitcher (RHP). As a 28th round draft choice, Sample is actually the first player to ever be drafted from Rogers State. He's a 6-6, 230lb right handed pitcher with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid-90s this past season. He was actually a 49th round draft choice of the Texas Rangers following his freshman season at Crowder College (Mo.), but did not sign. He was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association all-region team as a sophomore. But in 2010 he received a medical redshift after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 2011 he tossed 23.2 innings, acquiring 2Ws, 4SVs with 31Ks and a 4.56 ERA.
- Seth Simmons, pitcher. A 40th round draft choice from East Carolina, Simmons is already a candidate to be the Osprey closer. He was a two-time nominee to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper-of-the-Year watch list.
Alex Capaul, pitcher (RHP)A 43rd round draft pick who played at Hawaii for four years. He was one of 6 pitchers out of Hawaii taken in the draft. Capaul in 2011 was 2-2 in 16 appearances/32 innings (2 starts). He had a 5.57 ERA with 27Ks and 9BBs. It is worth noting that in 4 years and 59 appearances, he didn't give up an earned run in 12 games and no walks in 28 games.
- Johan Jaime, pitcher (LHP). Claimed off waivers from Washington back in November, Johan is actually on the Diamondbacks 40-man roster. He missed all of 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April. Through over 5 seasons in the Nationals farm system, Jaime posted an 11-3 record with a 2.43 ERA, 82BBs and 160Ks. Jaime was signed in 2004 as a non-draft free agent.
Frank Santana, pitcher (RHP). Santana (21 years old) has been playing in the DSL for three years. In that time he has posted an 11-3 record with a 3.00 ERA (1.89 in 2009, 1.97 in 2010); 27BBs and 81Ks.
Matt Jensen, infielder (2B). As 31st round pick out of Cal Poly, Jensen is a sure gloved 2B making only 2 Es in 2011. He started 32 games and posted a .209 AVG in 2011 after returning from a dislocated knee during practice in 2010 and a broken clavical his freshman year (2009) he received through a collision with a base runner. He had a stellar freshman year with a .375 AVG and a 23 game hitting streak.
- Jeremia Gomez, who hit .259 with five home runs in 67 games in his latest stint with the summer league.
Robby Rowland, pitcher. Last year's 2nd round draft pick returns after starting 14 games for the Osprey last year. He racked up a 4-6 record with a 5.67 ERA. He will be the opening night starter, according to his Twitter.
- Enrique Burgos, pitcher. He pitched in Class A ball at Yakima last year, and started for the Osprey in 2009.
- Victor Lara, pitcher. The right handed reliever struggled last year in Missoula, running up an ERA of 8.02.
- Eric Groff, infielder. He was 2nd on the team in both homeruns and RBI's last year. Plus, he's the only Osprey ever to hit 3 homeruns in a single game. Groff received a late-season promotion to Triple-A Reno, and in 63 games in Missoula, hit .281 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs.
- Stephen Cardullo, infielder. The Florida State product played a limited roll in 20 games in Missoula last year.
Roidany Aguila, catcher. Returning for his 3rd season in Missoula. Only drove in 6 RBI and batted .234 last year. He joins a dubious list of players to have 3 seasons in Missoula [Gerardo Bustamante (2005-07), Donald Julio (2003-2005), Brett Reynolds (2006-07-08), Bobby Stone (2008-09),
Houston Summers (2005-07), Tetsuya Yamaguchi (2002-2004)].
- Fidel Pena, catcher/infielder. Played 2nd base and DH for the Osprey, while batting .272 last year. Will play there again, but also catch this season. "He has stepped up and has become a very good baseball player since recovering from his injury," said Arizona Diamondbacks Director of Player Development Mike Bell. "He will play catcher and some second and third defensively."
- Ty Linton, outfielder. Was a late signee after getting drafted in the 14th round last year. Only had one plate appearance with the Osprey, and drew a walk. Turned down a football scholarship to North Carolina to play baseball. "He is a great athlete with big time power," commented Bell.
- Tom Belza, infielder/outfielder. Can play any position but pitcher or catcher. Batted .212 for the Bears last year.
- Westley Moss, outfielder. He batted .244 in Yakima, and stole 21 bases in 67 games. Arizona Diamondbacks Director of Player Development Mike Bell calls him one of the fastest players in the organization.
- Jesse Darrah, pitcher, Fresno Pacific, 8th round pick. Earned a 7-1 record with a 2.44 ERA in college this year. Had 101 strikeouts in 88 2/3 innings.
- Joshua Parr, shortstop, Illinois, 12th round pick. Drafted for his solid glove and speed. Batted .302 for the Fighting Illini.
- Taylor Siemens, pitcher, California Baptist, 18th round pick. Was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after a 9-2 record and a 2.93 ERA.
- Ryan Court, third baseman, Illinois State, 23rd round pick. Batted .323 with 6 home runs and 35 RBI's for the Redbirds, and is a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
- Dexter Price, pitcher, South Carolina-Beaufort, 30th round pick. Previously played for Auburn. Was drafted in the 43rd round out of high school.
- Bryan Henry, catcher, Keystone College, 36th round pick. Batted .374 this season, helping the Giants advance to the NCAA Division III national semifinals.
- Chris Ellison, outfielder, Oklahoma, 39th round pick. Batted .321 in his college career, and stole 44 bases as a Sooner.