Indianapolis Announces Opening Day Roster

The Indianapolis Indians announced their roster ahead of tonight’s season opener. Teams will now carry 33 players, with 28 players active for the game, along with a five-man taxi squad. This roster is going to change as more players join the team after big league roster cuts were made earlier today, so expect some changes soon. Here’s the list from the Indianapolis site. We will have a season preview for the team tomorrow morning.


LHP Cam Alldred
RHP Osvaldo Bido
RHP Cody Bolton
RHP Austin Brice (Development List)
RHP Brad Case
RHP Roansy Contreras
RHP Chase De Jong
RHP Yerry De Los Santos
RHP Matt Eckelman
RHP Jerad Eickhoff
RHP Eric Hanhold
LHP Joe Jacques (60-day IL)
LHP Nathan Kirby
LHP Trey McGough
RHP Adonis Medina
RHP Cristofer Melendez
RHP John O’Reilly
RHP Hunter Stratton
RHP Beau Sulser
LHP Cam Vieaux
LHP Blake Weiman

Position Players

C Jason Delay
C Grant Koch
C Jamie Ritchie (7-day IL)
INF Ji-Hwan Bae
INF Josh Bissonette
INF Rodolfo Castro
INF Brendt Citta
INF Oneil Cruz
INF Connor Kaiser
INF Mason Martin
UTL Hunter Owen
OF Cal Mitchell
OF Jared Oliva
OF Chris Sharpe (Development List)
OF Canaan Smith-Njigba
OF Travis Swaggerty


Our Prospect Watch will be up today and every day throughout the minor league season, so you can follow along with the action. Indianapolis is the only team in action until Friday when the other full-season teams join in. Until the short-season leagues start, Monday will be a complete off-day for the minors.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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