San Bernardino, CA- The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, in conjunction with its parent-club the Los Angeles Angels, announced the 2018 Sixers' tentative roster for Opening Night on Thursday April 5th. First year manager Ryan Barba will have 11 players (in bold) on his roster with experience in the 66ers' uniform as the club opens its eighth season as the Angels California League affiliate.
On the mound the 66ers will feature LHP Adrian Almeida, LHP Nate Bertness, RHP Griffin Canning, RHP Ryan Clark , RHP Joe Gatto , RHP Kyle Halbohn, RHP Erik Manoah , RHP Daniel Procopio, RHP Connor Riley, RHP Zac Ryan, RHP Carlos Salazar, RHP Tyler Stevens and LHP Jose Suarez. The catching corps will consist of Jack Kruger and Julian Leon .
The 66ers roster features six infielders. Roberto Baldoquin , Richard Fecteau, Jahmai Jones , Luis Rengifo, Jared Walsh and Jordan Zimmerman will all patrol the dirt at San Manuel Stadium. In the outfield a quartet of players are slated for San Bernardino: Derek Jenkins , Jonah Todd, Ryan Vega and Kevin Williams.
The 66ers will return 80 percent of their final 2017 rotation with Bertness, Clark, Gatto and Manoah. Canning is a 2017 second round pick of the Angels; the UCLA product will be making his professional debut with the Sixers. Jones, who had a 25-game hitting streak with Inland Empire last season, returns to the club but will be transitioning to second base from the outfield.
"It's always exciting to get news of what players will open up with us after a winter of waiting," Inland Empire General Manager Joe Hudson said. "Obviously the roster will and should evolve over the course of the season but we are just thrilled to welcome these young men into our community."
Season seat memberships as well as group outings can currently be booked by calling the 66ers front office at 909-888-9922 or visiting 66ers.com. Individual game tickets including Opening Night, Thursday April 5th versus the San Jose Giants can be purchased in advance at 66ers.com.