KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 4, 2017) - The Florida Fire Frogs have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2017 Florida State League season. The Fire Frogs open their season against the Daytona Tortugas on Thursday, April 6 with first pitched scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The roster of 25 players includes 13 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and four outfielders.
The inaugural roster features eight of the Atlanta Braves' top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com. 19-year-old outfielder Ronald Acuna (8) tops the list for the Fire Frogs.
Left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara (11), right-handed pitcher Touki Toussaint (12), infielder Austin Riley (13), left-handed pitcher Ricardo Sanchez (20), catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson (24), left-handed pitcher Drew Harrington (26), and outfielder Braxton Davidson (29) round out the eight ranked prospects.
The roster includes 16 players from the Rome Braves' (ATL, A-) 2016 South Atlantic League championship team that defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws, 3-1. Those players feature Corbin Clouse, Josh Graham, Chase Johnson-Mullins, Taylor Lewis, Sanchez, Toussaint, Devan Watts and Jacob Webb on the mound, with Jonathan Morales, Wigberto Nevarez, Carlos Castro, Riley, Alejandro Salazar, Acuna, Ray-Patrick Didder and Tyler Nelsony in the field.
Didder led the South Atlantic League with 95 runs scored.
The average age of the Opening Day roster is 21.9-years-old, with the youngest being Sanchez (19) and the oldest being right-handed pitcher Andres Santiago (27). 14 players reside in the U.S., including two Florida representatives. Fire Frogs' left-handed pitcher Tyler Pike, was selected in the Compensation B round of the 2012 draft out of Winter Haven High School by the Seattle Mariners. Pike was acquired from the Mariners in a trade in 2016.
Seven other countries are represented on the Fire Frogs roster, including Brazil, Haiti, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Aruba.
Of the roster, 12 players were drafted by the Braves, including Davidson in the first round in 2014. Five members of the team were acquired through trades, and seven were signed as non-drafted free agents.
Thursday's season opener can be heard on the Florida Fire Frogs broadcasting network on the TuneIn radio app, with live coverage starting at 6:20 p.m. from Osceola County Stadium.
The first 1,000 fans will receive an Inaugural Season Opening Night Commemorative Ticket and a free t-shirt. The first 1,000 fans exiting the stadium will receive an inaugural season magnet schedule. The team will also hold a Celebration of the Braves. Stick around after the contest for Post-Game Fireworks! Thursdays are "Thirsty Thursdays" at the ballpark, where fans can enjoy 12 oz. beers and 12 oz. sodas for just $1 each (limit of two beers per purchase). For more information, call (321) 697-3156, or visit www.floridafirefrogs.com.
About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida Fire Frogs are the Advanced-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves and compete in the Florida State League. The Fire Frogs play their home games at Osceola County Stadium, located at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida. Thursday, April 6th is the start of the Fire Frogs
inaugural season at Osceola County Stadium, having previously played at Space Coast Stadium in Brevard County. Tickets for the first homestand are available now. For more information, please visit www.FloridaFireFrogs.com, and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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