SPOKANE, WA - The Texas Rangers have assigned 30 players to the Spokane Indians to begin the 2010 season. Thirteen players from the 2010 draft highlight the Indians roster, including Washington's own, infielder Kevin Rodland.
Joining Rodland is Michigan State University Shortstop Jonathan Roof. Roof, who was drafted in the eighth round, started 157 games at shortstop for the Spartans in his three year career. Last season, was statistically his best, hitting for a .313 average, with 42 runs batted in.
University of Louisville first baseman Andrew Clark who was drafted in the 13th round will also report to Spokane. After being named to the 2009 All-NCAA Regional Team, Clark made 2010 another stellar year with the Cardinals, hitting .370 with 13 home runs and 61 runs batted in. Clark was also the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament MVP and earned the Jack Kaiser award as the most Outstanding player in the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament.
University of Toledo Infielder Jared Hoying , the tenth round selection by the Rangers, will bring his hard hitting left handed bat to Avista Stadium. Hoying hit 34 home runs and had 137 runs batted in for the Rockets in his three season career. Baseball America picked Hoying as the 7th best prospect in the Great Lake Summer Collegiate League in 2009.
Hard throwing right handed pitcher Zach Osborne from the University of Louisiana - Lafayette, was selected in the ninth round and will be toeing the rubber for the Indians in 2010. Osborne recorded nine wins with a 2.37 earned run average for the Ragin' Cajun in 2010. He ranked as the top pitcher in the Sun Belt conference in 2010.
Seventeen year old prospect Jurickson Profar is going to make his pro debut in Spokane as well. Profar, who is from Willemstad, Curacao, signed with the Rangers as a free agent in 2009. Originally looked at as a pitcher by many teams, the Rangers moved him over to shortstop and kept him in their instructional league last season. Profar was ranked the 15th best International prospect by Baseball America.
Another young prospect reporting to Spokane is 18 year old Nicholas McBride . The strong armed right hander from Lewisville, NC, was drafted in the 5th round by the Rangers in 2009 and spent last season in the instructional leagues after signing on August 12, 2009. McBride originally committed to East Carolina University after going 9-0 his senior year of high school. He was named to the 2009 North Carolina All-State team, and was his conference's player of the year.
Fans will also see a few familiar faces that made their debut's last season for the Indians. Infielders Clark Murphy and Daniel Lima return to Spokane as well as pitchers Sam Brown and Ben Henry.
Tim Hulett Sr. returns for his fourth season as the Manager of the Indians. In 2009, he led the team to a second place finish in the Northwest League Eastern Division. Former Indian and MLB All-Star Justin Thompson also returns this season as the pitching coach. Josue Perez also returns to Spokane for his second season as the Indians hitting coach. New to the staff this season is former major leaguer Brian Hayett , who will serve as hitting coach in Spokane, the same capacity he held in 2009 with the Hickory Crawdads.