Your 2013 Missoula Osprey!

Within the past hour @MissoulaOsprey have been Tweeting the names which form the 2013 Missoula Osprey team.

So far announced are 2012 draftees Stryker Trahan (1st round), Jose Munoz (2nd), Chuck Taylor (4th), & Danny Poma (10th).

2011 draftees include: Justin Bianco (3rd), John Leonard (9th) & Cody Gyer (14th); all returning from last year's Pioneer League Championship team!

From the Missoula Osprey press release:

Joining Trahan in the Osprey's catching corps is Jose Queliz, a 20-year old second-year pro who hit .250 with three home runs and 30 RBI in 46 games in the pitcher-friendly Dominican Summer League last year.

Outfielder Yorman Garcia comes to Missoula after two seasons in the DSL. Last year, the 19-year old batted .277, raising his average by 46 points from 2011 and earning a spot on the league's Mid-Season All-Star team.

New Osprey Anderson Bolivar, a switch-hitting infielder now in his fourth professional season, played error-free defense in 20 games in the Arizona League last year.

The O's announced five other pitchers today. Three have experience in the Arizona organization - Silvino Bracho, Carlos Hernandez and Andrew Potter. Two others, Blayne Weller and Bobby Hillier, join the D-backs chain after stints with independent teams.

Bracho, 20, was a star reliever in the DSL last year. The 19-year old right-hander finished 3-0 with a microscopic 0.32 ERA in 22 appearances, walking five and striking out 30 in 28 innings.

Hernandez, Bracho's teammate, worked exclusively as a starter in 2012. The righty went 7-3 with a 1.68 ERA, surrendering only 53 hits in 69 2/3 innings.

Potter, 19, went undefeated in the Arizona League a year ago. The right-hander finished 3-0 in 13 appearances, limiting opponents to a .248 average.

Weller was a 14th Round pick by Minnesota in 2008. He posted a 14-13 record and a 3.99 ERA in four seasons in the Twins' organization before playing for the independent Windy City Thunderbolts in 2012. The 23-year old began this season with Windy City before signing with the Diamondbacks on May 28th.

Hillier was a third baseman at NCAA Division III Thiel College and hit.423 as junior. However, his senior season end before it began when he was hit by a pitch in a pre-season scrimmage. He was suffered a broken hand that sidelined him for more than a month, and, in a bid to get back on the field, tried his luck as a pitcher. He impressed scouts by showing command of three pitches, including a 94-mile an hour fastball. He landed with the independent Normal Cornbelters in 2012. The Diamondbacks signed the 23-year old to a free-agent contract after a tryout this past February.

The team is expected to arrive on Monday to prepare for their first game which is at home on Thursday. On paper I'd have to say that this is probably the best Osprey team we've ever had and I am very excited to watch them play! Very impressed that the Diamondbacks would send six top ten draft picks to Missoula. And this doesn't even include any of this year's draftees which I am thinking we'll at least see a handful! They say we should have the rest of the roster posted within the next 24 hours. I'll post an update then.

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