2014 Fresno Grizzlies Opening Day Roster


Pitchers

  • LHP Edwin Escobar
  • RHP Jason Berken
  • RHP Brett Bochy
  • RHP Erik Cordier
  • RHP Rafael Dolis
  • RHP Jake Dunning
  • RHP Heath Hembree
  • RHP Chris Heston
  • LHP Mike Kickham
  • RHP George Kontos
  • RHP Mitch Lively
  • RHP Adam Reifer
  • LHP Dan Runzler
  • RHP Mason Tobin
  • LHP Dontrelle Willis

Position Players

  • C Andrew Susac
  • C Tyler LaTorre
  • C Guillermo Quiroz
  • IF Mark Minicozzi
  • IF Adam Duvall
  • IF Chris Dominguez
  • IF Tony Abreu
  • IF Joe Panik
  • IF Juan Ciriaco
  • OF Gary Brown
  • OF Darren Ford
  • OF Roger Kieschnick*
  • OF Tyler Colvin

Just for kicks, here's what I predicted in February: Starting Rotation PredictionPosition Player PredictionBullpen Prediction.


This list is not complete yet. There are 29 men still on the major league roster. Two of them are going to the disabled list (Jeremy Affeldt and Marco Scutaro) and then that leaves two more to depart. My guess is it'll be JC Gutierrez and Tyler Colvin. Both will have to clear waivers and re-sign with San Francisco to play for Fresno in 2014.

Anyway, let's move on. Edwin Escobar will anchor Fresno's rotation, followed by Mike Kickham, Chris Heston, Mitch Lively, and Dontrelle Willis. Erik Cordier and Heath Hembree will be important bullpen pitchers to pay attention to early on, considering I thought they were both on the brink of making the 25-man, opening-day major league team. Both throw gas, but can be wild. Harnessing that wildness and throwing consistent strikes, along with, especially for Hembree, becoming confident in a secondary pitch, which for both pitchers, is a slider.

What should Grizzlies fans expect to see on April 3rd when the Giants Triple-A team opens the season in Las Vegas? I anticipate something like this: C Andrew Susac, 1B Mark Minicozzi, 2B Joe Panik, SS Juan Ciriaco, 3B Chris Dominguez, DH Adam Duvall, LF Darren Ford, CF Gary Brown, RF Roger Kieschnick. 

*UPDATE: Roger Kieschnick was designated for assignment on Saturday, and Tyler Colvin was assigned to the Fresno Grizzlies.

Emerging into a hitter friendly league like the PCL, Susac, Minicozzi and Duvall could have stellar statistical campaigns. It would not shock me of one or all of them hit 18 home runs or more. 

Below are as many videos as I have, or could find, of the players.