Minor League Opening Day Preview

The time has arrived - it's Minor League Opening Day, and TigsTown wants to get you ready. Click inside to find out the Opening Day details, as well as the top players to watch via the TigsTown Top 50 for each club.

AAA Toledo Mud Hens
Official Site: MudHens.com
2006 Record: 76-66, Governor's Cup Champions
Manager: Larry Parrish (Interim: Mike Rojas)
Opening Day: Thursday, April 5th @ Louisville, 7:05pm
Home Opener: Friday, April 13th vs. Durham, 5:30pm
TigsTown Top 50 Prospects in Toledo:
#44 OF David Espinosa
#35 OF Ryan Raburn
#19 RHSP Virgil Vasquez
#10 RHSP Jordan Tata
#7 OF Brent Clevlen

AA Erie SeaWolves
Official Site: SeaWolves.com
2006 Record: 60-81, DNQ for Playoffs
Manager: Matt Walbeck
Opening Day: Thursday, April 5th vs. Altoona, 6:35pm
TigsTown Top 50 Prospects in Erie:
#39 RHSP Kyle Sleeth
#33 3B Kody Kirkland
#32 OF Clete Thomas
#28 OF Matt Joyce
#22 RHP Eulogio de la Cruz
#11 RHSP Dallas Trahern
#8 SS/2B Mike Hollimon
#4 1B Jeff Larish
#3 RHSP Jair Jurrjens

A+ Lakeland Flying Tigers
Official Site: LakelandFlyingTigers.com
2006 Record: 68-68, DNQ for Playoffs
Manager: Kevin Bradshaw
Opening Day: Thursday, April 5th vs. Tampa, 7:00pm
TigsTown Top 50 Prospects in Lakeland:
#49 RHRP Ricky Steik
#47 2B Will Rhymes
#42 RHSP Burke Badenhop
#31 RHP Eleazar Aponte
#21 3B/OF Wilkin Ramirez
#20 RHSP Sendy Vasquez
#17 LHSP Luke French
#16 3B Ronnie Bourquin
#2 LHSP Andrew Miller
#1 OF Cameron Maybin

A West Michigan Whitecaps
Official Site: Whitecaps-baseball.com
2006 Record: 89-48, Midwest League Champions
Manager: Tom Brookens
Opening Day: Thursday, April 5th @ Dayton, 7:00pm
Home Opener: Monday, April 9th vs. Lansing, 6:35pm
TigsTown Top 50 Prospects in West Michigan:
#46 RHP Angel Castro
#45 OF Deik Scram
#34 1B Ryan Strieby
#30 C James Skelton
#29 LHSP Chris Cody
#27 RHRP Brett Jensen
#18 RHSP Jonah Nickerson
#14 OF Brennan Boesch
#12 2B/SS Scott Sizemore
#9 OF Gorkys Hernandez


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