Just saw this information come across the wire and since it isn't yet up in da Pit, figured I would make an entry providing the latest on which of our draftees have signed and then a first glimpse of the 2012 Missoula Osprey!
The following is a copy of the latest Bird Droppings post from the official MLB Missoula Osprey Blog. Ben always does such a great job of writing these things up so why reinvent the wheel when it already rolls so good?
D-backs sign Trahan, 30 other picksRound No. Player Pos. School 1 26 Stryker Trahan C Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La. 2 90 Jose Munoz INF Los Altos HS, Hacienda Heights, Calif. 3 120 Jake Barrett RHP Arizona State University 4 153 Chuck Taylor OF Mansfield Timberview HS, Arlington, Texas 5 183 Ronnie Freeman C Kennesaw State University 6 213 Jacob Lamb INF University of Washington 9 303 Jeff Gibbs RHP University of Maine – Orono 10 333 Daniel Poma OF Hofstra University 11 363 Ben Eckels RHP Davis HS, Davis, Calif. 12 393 Alex Glenn OF Arizona Christian University 13 423 Phildrick Llewellyn C Trinity Christian Academy, Deltona, Fla. 14 453 Derrick Stultz RHP University of South Florida 15 483 Michael Forslund RHP Liberty University 17 543 Yogey Perez-Ramos OF Miami Dade CC 18 573 Kevin Medrano INF Missouri State University 19 603 R.J. Hively RHP University of Mississippi 20 633 Jacob House INF Texas A&M University 23 723 Mathew Dermody LHP The University of Iowa 24 753 Mark Ginther INF Oklahoma State University 25 783 Vincent Spilker RHP Lee University 26 813 Christopher Capper RHP Brigham Young University 29 903 Adam McConnell INF University of Richmond 30 933 Shelby Stevens RHP Oklahoma State University 31 963 Andrew Potter RHP Eastside HS, Lancaster, Calif. 32 993 Daniel Watts LHP Jacksonville State University 33 1023 Jonathan Pulley RHP Spartanburg Methodist College 34 1053 Jared Ray RHP University of Houston 35 1083 Robbie Buller RHP Houston Baptist University 36 1113 Andrew Barbosa LHP University of South Florida 37 1143 Breland Almadova OF University of Hawai'i 39 1203 Rafael Garcia C Gilroy HS, Gilroy, Calif.Round No. Player Pos. School 7 243 Andrew Velazquez INF Fordham Prep HS, Bronx, N.Y. 8 273 Evan Marzilli OF University of South Carolina 16 513 Landon Lassiter INF North Davidson HS, Lexington, NC 21 663 Rudy Flores INF Florida International University 22 693 Holden Helmink RHP Willis HS, Willis, Texas 27 843 Damion Smith OF Holy Names Catholic HS, Windsor, Ontario 28 873 Max Schrock INF Cardinal Gibbons HS, Raleigh, NC 38 1173 Cameron Gibson OF Grosse Pointe S. HS, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 40 1233 Zane Hemond RHP Montrose HS, Montrose, Col.
2012 Missoula Osprey!
Justin Bianco, Ty Linton and Dexter Price will all be returning to start the year off with the Missoula Osprey! Here's the official press release. I'd expect we should get frequent updates this week on the players coming to Missoula.
Justin Bianco, a third-round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, is among three returning players who will be on the 2012 Missoula Osprey roster, the club, in conjunction with the D-backs, announced today. Bianco will be returning to Missoula along with fellow outfielder Ty Linton and right-handed pitcher Dexter Price.
"It is exciting to start building our roster for this season. Having Ty Linton and Justin Bianco cornerstone our outfield is a great start," explained Osprey Executive Vice President Matt Ellis. "Both players are great individuals with a ton of baseball talent and skill. I expect both to have solid years for the Osprey this season.
"Dexter Price had periods of success with us last year and we expect him to be a solid addition to our pitching staff in 2012. Our fans will be excited by these returning players."
Bianco hit .206 in 54 games with the Osprey in 2011, with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 20 RBIs, as well as five stolen bases. Bianco also made just one error in the field, and was named the top defensive outfielder in the Pioneer League last season. He was one of the mainstays in the lineup that helped Missoula win the North Division First-Half title and its fifth playoff appearance as a franchise last season.
Linton, a 14th round pick in 2010, has seen limited playing time in his first two seasons in Missoula. After signing late in the 2010 season, Linton was limited to just one plate appearance, in which he drew a walk. An outfield collision cost Linton over a month of playing time in 2011, but he bounced back to hit .257 in 39 games with seven doubles, four triples, three home runs and 17 RBIs.
Price bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen early in the summer before becoming a mainstay in the starting staff by season's end. The right-hander out of Colorado Springs, Colo., a 30th round pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, posted a 3-2 mark with a 4.96 ERA, but was 2-2 with a respectable 4.10 ERA in the second half of the season. He is expected to be in the starting rotation this season.
The Osprey will be announcing more players on their roster as the week progresses. The team is expected to arrive late Friday to Missoula, and will have workouts on Saturday and Sunday before the club leaves for its season opener in Billings.
The Osprey will open the 2012 season on June 18 in Billings, and open the home schedule on June 22 against Great Falls. Tickets are available now at the MSO Hub Box Office, located at 140 North Higgins in Downtown Missoula, online at MissoulaOsprey.com and by phone (406) 543-3300.