BOWIE – The Bowie Baysox began the 2017 season last week with a roster that had a mix of players drafted by the team along with some top prospects.
The Baysox will roster 10 players picked by the Baltimore Orioles since 2014, along with three new players. MLB.com rates Garrett Cleavinger, Tanner Scott, Jesus Liranzo and Cedric Mullins as some of the team’s top 20 prospects.
Mullins impressed with his play in spring training and Orioles Manager Buck Showalter mentioned that he likes the young outfielder’s ability.
The team said it expects the starting rotation to have Brandon Barker, John Means, David Hess, Matthew Grimes and Scott. All ended up with Bowie last season, with Scott pitching in the bullpen. This year he will join the rotation.
Fourteen players who played with the team last year will start the 2017 season with the club.
Also playing with the team will be infielder Garabez Rosa, who is well known to Baysox fans. He is the franchise’s leader in games played and hits, and was also an Eastern League All-Star last year. It will mark his fifth season in Bowie.
There are six players who will be competing in Bowie for the first time. They are pitchers Cleavinger, Lucas Long and Ryan Meisinger, outfielders Mullins and D.J. Stewart,and infielder Erick Salcedo.
Pitchers Jed Bradley and Jefri Hernandez and infielder Sean Coyle all are in their first year with the Baltimore organization. Bradley had a short stint in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves last year, while Coyle got signed as a minor league free agent.
The Baysox are trying to bounce back after a tough 2016 season that saw them fall from the heights of 2015, when the team won its first Eastern League title in franchise history. Regardless of the scores, it will be a year of celebration for Bowie, as it will be the team’s 25th season. The home opener at Prince George’s Stadium is set for April 13 against the Harrisburg Senators at 6:35 p.m.