The Birmingham Barons are proud to announce the official Opening Night roster prior to Birmingham’s departure to face the Jacksonville Suns Thursday, April 7th.
“It’s going to be an exciting team,” Barons manager Ryan Newman said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys coming up from Winston-Salem who had success at the end of last year, and guys that are back for another stint in Birmingham. It’s a great mix; we’ve got some good position players, we’ve got a real solid pitching staff, and if we’re able to go out there and do what we’re capable of it’s going to be fun.”
Carson Fulmer, the White Sox first-round draft selection in last year’s draft (no. 8 overall) joins the Barons after a successful Spring Training to begin his first full professional season. Fulmer, a 6’0” right-handed pitcher selected out of Vanderbilt University, becomes the first pitcher chosen in the first round by the White Sox to make a stop in Birmingham since Aaron Poreda (no. 25 overall in 2007) joined the Barons during the 2008 season. The 22-year-old from Lakeland, FL is the White Sox top prospect, per MLBPipeline.com.
Starting the first game in Jacksonville Thursday night is right-handed pitcher Tyler Danish, who entered the offseason ranked by Baseball America as the White Sox no. 9 prospect.
Also back to Birmingham is outfielder Courtney Hawkins, another first-round draft pick (no. 13 overall in 2012) who spent last season with the Barons. A bevy of the White Sox top prospects will occupy Birmingham’s 25-man roster, including center-fielder Adam Engel, who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as Chicago’s no. 4 prospect after an astounding 2015 campaign.
Winston-Salem Dash alumni Trey Michalczewski, Jordan Guerrero, and Brian Clark (Chicago’s no. 5, 6, and 12 prospects per MLB Pipeline) have graduated to the Barons after successful stints with the White Sox’ Class A affiliates.
Shortstop Eddy Alvarez, the Sox no. 26 prospect per MLB Pipeline, makes his AA debut when the Barons start the season. Considered a prospect despite being 26-years-old, Alvarez signed with the White Sox to resume his baseball career just four months after winning a silver medal in the 5000 meter relay at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
About the Birmingham Barons
The Birmingham Barons open the 2016 season Thursday, April 7 on the road against the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Barons open the home portion of their 2016 season at Regions Field on Tuesday, April 12 against the Tennessee Smokies, Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, with first pitch at 7:05p.m. For ticketing information, game schedules, promotional calendars, or additional information about Regions Field, call the Barons front office at (205) 988-3200.