2007 Fort Wayne Wizards roster

The San Diego Padres announced the 2007 Opening Day roster of the Fort Wayne Wizards on Sunday. Featured in the group are starters Aaron Breit and Drew Miller, two pitchers ranked among MadFriars.com top 20, and outfielder Cedric Hunter - ranked third by MadFriars.com.

Ten players drafted by the Padres in last year's June Amateur Draft are heading to Fort Wayne and nine players who donned a Wizards uniform in 2006 are also part of the roster for the new season.

Pitchers (12):

RHP Aaron Breit
LHP Nathan Culp
LHP Brooks Dunn
RHP Ernesto Frieri
RHP Jon Kirby
LHP Orlando Lara
RHP Derek McDaid
RHP Drew Miller
RHP R.J. Rodriguez
RHP Andy Underwood
RHP Rolando Valdez
RHP Grant Varnell

Catchers (2):

Brian Hernandez
Matt Stocco

Infielders (6):

Rayner Contreras
Jeremy Hunt
Daryl Jones
Tom King
Jesus Lopez
Jodam Rivera

Outfielders (5):

Kyler Burke
Michael Campbell
Sam Carter
Javis Diaz
Cedric Hunter

Doug Dascenzo enters his second year as a manager in the Padres system and first with the Wizards. Dascenzo led Eugene to a 43-33 record and was named co-Manager of the Year.

The coaching staff consists of the pitching coach Wally Whitehurst and hitting coach Bob Skube. Whitehurst is in his fourth year as a pitching coach for the San Diego Padres minor leagues and Skube is in his first year, after spending the previous two year with the Texas Rangers organizations.

The first chance to see the Wizards will be in an exhibition game against Valparaiso University at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4. Fort Wayne opens the 2007 season on the road with a three-game series against the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays affiliate) at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The Wizards begin the home portion of the schedule at Memorial Stadium with a four-game series starting on Monday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. against the Great Lake Loons, the newest member of the Midwest League and an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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