The P-Mariners' opening day roster features nine draft picks from this month's amateur draft, including P Kenn Kasparek (12th round), OF Jacob Shaffer (15th round), P Taylor Lewis (19th round), and IF Fred Bello (20th round). There are also players from a wide variety of countries, including Australia, South Africa, and the Netherlands. The team will be managed by Rob Mummau, who is in his seventh year in the Mariners organization, but his first as a manager. The 36-year-old Mummau played eight years in the Blue Jays organization before moving into scouting.
On the opposite coast, the Everett AquaSox are set to begin their season tonight in Spokane. Six of the M's top-20 picks in this year's draft are on the Everett roster, including P Brett Lorin (5th round), 3B Nate Tenbrink (7th), and P Bobby LaFromboise (8th). The rest of the roster is comprised of returning AquaSox and members of last season's Arizona League champion Peoria. Jose Moreno enters his first season as manager, after spending last season managing the team in Peoria. He helmed the Mariners' VSL team from 2001-2006. Doug Salinas, who started 15 games for the Sox last season, will get the start in the opener.