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.
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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."
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
Jin De Jhang, minor-league free agent, 2011
Jacob Stallings, 7th-round pick, 2012
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
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
Tom Prince, manager
Justin Meccage, pitching coach
Kory DeHaan, hitting coach
Greg Picart, assistant coach
Dru Scott, athletic trainer
Furey Leyva, strength coach