The Trenton Thunder (AA) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA) have released their preliminary rosters. Three will be cut from AAA and that will likely affect AA players as well.
Trenton Thunder Opening Day Roster:
Cory Arbiso, Wilkins Arias, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Steve Garrison, Shaeffer Hall, Fernando Hernandez, Craig Heyer, Kei Igawa, Tim Norton, Naoya Okamoto, Graham Stoneburner, Pat Venditte.
Austin Romine, Myron Leslie, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Yadil Mujica, Jose Pirela, Cody Johnson, Austin Krum, Ray Kruml, Melky Mesa, Jack Rye, Damon Sublett.
Notice the notables like Banuelos, Betances, Stoneburner, Romine, Joseph, Mesa, Sublett. Steve Garrison, who almost made the big league squad, will start the year in AA instead. Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous pitcher, finally gets to start the year in AA, but you can't be too certain with the future moves that are necessary.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Opening Day Roster:
Andrew Brackman, Buddy Carlyle, George Kontos, D.J. Mitchell, Hector Noesi, Lance Pendleton, David Phelps, Amauri Sanit, Josh Schmidt, Andrew Sisco, Adam Warren, Kevin Whelan, Eric Wordekemper.
Ryan Baker, Jose Gil, Jesus Montero, Doug Bernier, Brandon Laird, Luis Nunez, Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo, Jorge Vazquez, Daniel Brewer, Chris Dickerson, Greg Golson, Justin Maxwell, Jordan Parraz
Looks like David Phelps will be SWB's opening night starter.