RENO — Set to begin its defense of the Triple-A and Pacific Coast League championships in less than a week, the Reno Aces Baseball Club unveiled its 2013 Opening Day roster this week, highlighted by many key returners and several highly-ranked prospects.
The 2013 Aces will open the season with seven members of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster, including four starting pitchers: Chase Anderson, Charles Brewer, Randall Delgado and Tyler Skaggs. The rotation will be rounded out by Major League veteran Nelson Figueroa, who shined for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic earlier this year.
The other half of the battery features Tuffy Gosewisch, who is entering his first season in the D-backs organization, and Ed Easley, who enjoyed a brief stint with the Aces in 2010.
The infield unit includes Matt Davidson and Chris Owings, ranked the No. 5 and 7 prospects in the D-backs organization by Baseball America. The pair will be making their Triple-A debuts with the Aces. Tyler Bortnick, Taylor Harbin and Tyler Kuhn return to the Reno infield, and will be joined by newcomer Kila Ka’aihue.
Roaming the outfield will be Tony Campana, a member of the D-backs 40-man roster, who spent parts of the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He will be joined by returner Evan Frey, who finished 2012 with the Southern League Champion Mobile BayBears and Brad Snyder, a 2010 PCL postseason All-Star entering his first season in the D-backs organization. Utility player Mark Teahen, who has Major League experience and is also entering his first season with the D-backs, completes the outfield crew.
The Aces bullpen will feature four pitchers with Major League experience, including Eddie Bonine (a product of the University of Nevada), Warner Madrigal, Garrett Mock and returner Joe Paterson. Matt Gorgen, who was a part of Reno’s championship run last season, will be joined by Eury De La Rosa, Evan Marshall (ranked No. 14 prospect by Baseball America) and Bo Schultz to round out the bullpen.
Outfielder Keon Broxton, reliever Bryan Henry and catcher Chris McMurray, who were all a part of the Aces’ championship roster in 2012, will begin the season on Reno’s Disabled List.
The Aces begin the 2013 campaign on Thursday in Colorado Springs. Opening Night at Aces Ballpark on Friday, April 12, will feature a magnet schedule giveaway for 9,000 fans and Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KRNV News 4. Opening Weekend will also feature a replica Championship Ring giveaway for 2,000 fans on Saturday and a Championship Banner giveaway for 2,000 fans Sunday. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance for Opening Weekend at RenoAces.com, by calling (775) 334-7000 or visiting the Aces Ballpark Ticket Office.
Discounted full and partial season ticket packages also are available now. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit www.RenoAces.com, follow the club on Twitter (@aceball) or like the team on Facebook.