Dust Devils Announce Opening 2017 Roster

By Tri-City Dust Devils | June 12, 2017 2:39 PM ET

A Major League Baseball Top 100 prospect headlines the initial 2017 roster for the Tri-City Dust Devils. Adrian Morejon, ranked as the No. 91 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, is included on the roster that features a mix of talented young standouts and returning players.

A Major League Baseball Top 100 prospect headlines the initial 2017 roster for the Tri-City Dust Devils. Adrian Morejon, ranked as the No. 91 prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, is included on the roster that features a mix of talented young standouts and returning players.

Morejon, a 18-year-old southpaw from Cuba, is set to make his professional debut with the Dust Devils. Joining Morejon on the Dust Devils is infielder Luis Almanzar. A native of the Dominican Republic, Almanzar is a highly regarded shortstop that was ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's International Top 30 Prospects list in 2016. Both Morejon and Almanzar were signed by the San Diego Padres during the 2016 international signing period. Both are ranked by MLB.com in the as top 30 prospects for the Padres, with Morejon ranked as No. 3 and Almanzar as No. 18. 

There are fourteen former Tri-City players who will be back with the Dust Devils this summer. Returners include infielder Boomer White, who played in 61 games for the Dust Devils in 2016. White was selected in the 10th round of last year's MLB Draft out of Texas A&M, where he was named the 2016 SEC Player of the Year. Right-handed pitcher Emmanuel Ramirez will look to replicate his success on the mound from last year with the Dust Devils. Ramirez had a 4-1 record with a 2.62 ERA in his eight starts with Tri-City in 2016.

Also included on the roster is Austin Smith. The right-handed pitcher was the first player taken by the Padres in the 2016 MLB Draft when he was selected with the 51st overall pick two years ago.

The Dust Devils are expected to receive additional players from the 2017 MLB Draft, which begins tonight and runs through Wednesday of this week. The Padres have the 3rd overall pick and will have a total of three selections during today's portion of the draft. 

Ben Fritz is back for his second year as the manager of the Dust Devils. Fritz is joined on the staff by pitching coach Josh Spence, hitting coach Hunter Mense, and fielding coach Oscar Salazar.

Click here to see the initial 2017 roster.

The Dust Devils will open the season with a five-game series on the road against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes beginning June 15th. Tri-City will return to Gesa Stadium for the home opener on June 20th to play the Spokane Indians, which will be the start of a six-game homestand. There will be Opening Night Fireworks presented by CO-Energy after the first home game of the season on June 20th. Great seats are available by calling the Dust Devils' front office at (509) 544-8789 or by going to www.dustdevilsbaseball.com to purchase tickets.

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

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