Bradenton Marauders unveil 2014 roster

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 2, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Tuesday's unveiling of the Bradenton Marauders' 2014 roster came with a change in venue.

After conducting the event at Pirate City the past four years, team personnel decided to hit the boardwalk that spans McKechnie Field, which hosts the team's fifth home-opener Saturday night.

It also took place within walking distance of framed pictures of former Marauders who made the big leagues.

"That's the goal of all these players here," said Trevor Gooby, senior director of operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Marauders' parent club.

The Marauders are high Single-A team who compete in the Florida State League.

Three members of this year team are ranked among MLB.com's list of the Pirates top 20 prospects - pitcher Tyler Glasnow (No.3), outfielder Josh Bell (No.6) and catcher Jin De-Jhang (No.19).

Glasnow, ranked 27th in MLB.com's list of baseball's top 100 prospects, will begin this season on the disabled list after experience back soreness during spring training. He was a fifth-round pick by the Pirates in 2011 and has a 2.10 ERA and 208 strikeouts in 149 2/3 professional innings.

He went 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA last year with low Single-A West Virginia and was named the Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

After losing most of 2012 to a knee injury, Bell, ranked 74th overall by MLB.com, bounced back last season in West Virgina, batting .279 with 76 RBIs and 128 hits in 119 games to go along with 14 home runs and 37 doubles.

He was the Pirates' second-round pick in 2011.

Jhang was signed out of Taiwan in 2011 and made his American debut the next year with the Pirates' Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton. He spent all of last season with the Pirates' short-season New York-Penn League team in Jamestown, N.Y., and is a career .288 hitter in 96 games with the Pirates' organization.

"They're a good bunch of guys," said general manager A.J. Grant. "They're going to play hard for you."

Managing the Marauders is Bradenton resident Tom Prince, He served as the Pirates coordinator of instruction last season before spending six seasons piloting the GCL Pirates, a run that included the team's first league championship in 2012.

Prince also cauught for 17 seasons in the majors and was a Pirate from 1987-93.

McKechnie Field will host the Florida State League's All-Star game Saturday, June 14. It will be preceeded by the home run derby.

"You have 70 days to get to meet those guys," said Grant, referring to the number of Marauders home games. "These guys are going to fight and crawl to get to where they want to go."

PITCHERS, ACQUIRED

Orlando Castro, minor-league free agent, 2009

Jason Creasy, 8th-round pick, 2011

Ryan Hafner, 17th-round pick, 2010

Thomas Harlan, 13th-round pick, 2012

John Kuchno, 18th-round pick, 2012

Chad Kuhl, 9th-round pick, 2013

Pat Ludwig, 10th-round pick, 2012

Jhondaniel Medina, trade with the Baltimore Orioles, 2012

Robby Rowland, trade with Arizona Diamondbacks, 2012

Josh Smith, 25th-round pick, 2012

Bryton Trepagnier, 41st-round pick, 2010

Tyler Waldron, 5th-round pick, 2010

CATCHERS

Jin De Jhang, minor-league free agent, 2011

Jacob Stallings, 7th-round pick, 2012

INFIELDERS

D.J. Crumlich, 9th-round pick, 2012

Adam Frazier, 6th-round pick, 2012

Walker Gourley, 13th-round pick, 2009

Max Moroff, 16th-round pick, 2012

Jose Osuna, minor-league free agent, 2009

Ashley Ponce, minor-league free agent, 2008

Jordan Steranka, 21st-round pick, 2012

OUTFIELDERS

Josh Bell, 2nd-round pick, 2011

Raul Fortunato, minor-league free agent, 2009

Jeff Roy, 18th-round pick, 2013

Jonathan Schwind, 41st-round pick, 2011

FIELD STAFF

Tom Prince, manager

Justin Meccage, pitching coach

Kory DeHaan, hitting coach

Greg Picart, assistant coach

Dru Scott, athletic trainer

Furey Leyva, strength coach

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