All of the short-season clubs will open within the next week. It’s time to look at each roster and the players you need to keep an eye on. First up: the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Pitchers: Timothy Adleman, Justin Anderson, Jose Barajas, Scott Copeland, Jason Gurka, Brandon Holloway, T.R. Keating, Michael Mechaw, Justin Moore, Brian Parker, Bruno Sanchez, Tyler Sexton, Will Startup, Ashur Tolliver, David Walters
Outfielders: Jeremy Nowak, Joel Polanco, Kipp Schutz, Lance West
Jeremy Nowak (13), Joe Oliveira (15), Scott Copeland (21), Timothy Adleman (24), Austin Goolsby (26), Michael Rooney (30), Adam Gaylord (31), Sammy Starr (34), Joseph Donaldson (35)
Players to Watch
Ashur Tolliver – A 6′ 0″, 170 pound lefty, Tolliver’s fastball touches the mid 90’s. He was our 5th round draft pick in 2009 and should move quickly in a relief role, although he could get some time as a starter as well.
Mike Flacco – The brother of Ravens quarterback, Joe, Mike is a fan favorite. He had a solid debut with the Bluefield Orioles last season but needs to prove he can compete in the upper minors before he becomes a true prospect.
Tyler Kolodny – After getting sent to extended spring training for disciplinary issues, Kolodny will come back and play with the IronBirds, but not as a third baseman. The Orioles feel Kolodny is a better fit for a corner outfield spot or first base.
- Brenden Webb should start 2010 with the Bluefield Orioles but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s promoted to the Shorebirds quickly. Webb is an advanced hitter with excellent on-base skills, and I believe he is too advanced for the Appalachian League or GCL.
- Vito Frabizio told me his velocity was down in spring training and he’s been working hard to get it back. He could make a few starts with the IronBirds before heading up to the Shorebirds, where he was supposed to start at the beginning of the season.
Preliminary roster from MASN.