Columbus Clippers Announce Opening Day Roster

Clippers roster features some of the Indians organization's top prospects

By Columbus Clippers | April 2, 2017 10:12 AM ET

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Clippers have announced the 2017 Opening Day roster that will take the field against Louisville for Thursday's regular season opener. The Clippers, back-to-back-to-back IL West Division Champions, will return several players from last season's squad, along with many valuable additions.

Chris Tremie returns for his fifth season as the Clippers manager. Tremie enters his 12th season in the Indians organization, all as a manager. He guided Double-A Akron to the Eastern League Championship in 2012 before joining the Clippers in 2013. Pitching coach Steve Karsay and hitting coach Rouglas Odor are back in the dugout as well. New to the Clippers staff this season is bench coach Jerry Owens. Chad Wolfe returns as trainer and Scott Nealon joins the Clippers as strength coach. The 2017 roster is highlighted by many holdovers from the 2016 squad, along with several key additions:

COLUMBUS, OH - The Columbus Clippers have announced the 2017 Opening Day roster that will take the field against Louisville for Thursday's regular season opener. The Clippers, back-to-back-to-back IL West Division Champions, will return several players from last season's squad, along with many valuable additions.

Chris Tremie returns for his fifth season as the Clippers manager. Tremie enters his 12th season in the Indians organization, all as a manager. He guided Double-A Akron to the Eastern League Championship in 2012 before joining the Clippers in 2013. Pitching coach Steve Karsay and hitting coach Rouglas Odor are back in the dugout as well. New to the Clippers staff this season is bench coach Jerry Owens. Chad Wolfe returns as trainer and Scott Nealon joins the Clippers as strength coach. The 2017 roster is highlighted by many holdovers from the 2016 squad, along with several key additions:

  • Starting Pitcher Mike Clevinger will headline the rotation and look to continue his dominance of IL batters. Clevinger was a 4th round selection by the LA Angels in 2011. He was traded in 2014 in exchange for Vinnie Pestano. He made his Major League debut last season, splitting time between the Cleveland rotation and bullpen. Clevinger will be joined in the Clippers rotation by some familiar faces. LHPs Shawn Morimando and Ryan Merritt and RHP Adam Plutko, along with veteran free agent Chris Narveson round out the starters.
  • Outfielder Bradley Zimmer made his Triple-A debut last season and will once again man center filed for the Clippers. Zimmer will be joined in the outfield by Jordan Smith, and organization newcomers Richie Shaffer and Daniel Robertson
  • First Base/DH will be split between Nellie Rodriguez & Chris Colabello. Rodriguez hit 26 home runs for Double-A Akron last season. Colabello was the International League MVP & Rookie of the Year in 2013 as a member of the Rochester Red Wings. He joined the Indians organization after playing with Toronto the last two seasons. Most of their infield mates are recognizable names. 2B Ronny Rodriguez, SS Erik Gonzalez, 3B and Giovanny Urshela all return along with Eric Stamets and Yhoxian Medina.
  • Adam Moore was a huge part of the Clippers' 2015 and 2016 success, and he will man the catcher position again this year. Joining Moore is veteran Erik Kratz & returner Jeremy Lucas.
  • The relief corps is a mix of new and old faces. Back are righties Joe Cólon, Perci Garner, Louis Head, Jeff Johnson and Josh Martin as well as southpaws Kyle Crockett and Tyler Olson. Clippers fans will get their 1st look at Steve Delabar, Carlos Frias, and Nick Goody in a Columbus uniform.

The 2017 season begins on Thursday, April 6th at 7:05pm at Louisville. The first 5,000 families through the gates on Opening Night will receive a 2017 Clippers Schedule Magnet. The home opener is April 13th against Louisville at 6:35pm. For more information, log on to clippersbaseball.com or call (614)462-5250.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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