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Greenville Drive Unveil 2013 Roster

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The Greenville Drive will kick-off the 2013 season on Thursday, April 4th with an abundance of exciting young talent.  Carlos Febles returns for his second season as Manager of the Drive, and he, along with new Pitching Coach Paul Abbott and new Hitting Coach UL Washington will have several of the organization's top young prospects at their disposal as the Drive's Opening Day roster has just been announced. 

Highlighting the Drive roster will be 7 players who were selected in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, including three of the Red Sox' top five selections –left-handed pitcher Brian Johnson (1st round, 31st overall), right-handed pitcher Pat Light (supplemental round, 37th overall) and right-handed pitcher Austin Maddox (3rd round, 118th overall).  The Drive's Opening Day roster also includes nine players who saw action in Greenville during the 2012 season– pitchers Jason Garcia, Kyle Kraus, and Madison Younginer; catcher Jordan Weems; infielders Bryan Johns, Boss Moanaroa and Jose Vinicio; and outfielders Cody Koback and Drew Turocy. 

"The Red Sox are among the best in the game at scouting, drafting and developing major league talent as evidenced by the number of players on their current roster who were selected and developed via the draft and their minor league system," noted Drive General Manager Mike deMaine.  "Examples of players in this category include Drive alumni Jackie Bradley, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, and Will Middlebrooks, all of whom opened up the 2013 season on the Red Sox roster.  The 2013 Drive roster will feature some of the organization's brightest prospects and I know our fans will enjoy watching these players perform and will encourage their development by cheering them on."

 "The Boston Red Sox minor league system is recognized as one of the strongest player development systems in all of baseball and we are very proud to be an integral part of the Red Sox development system" added Co-Owner and Team President, Craig Brown.  "The 2013 edition of the Drive will feature some of Boston's top prospects who will jump start their careers in Greenville before reaching Fenway and helping the Red Sox contend for World Championships."

The Drive pitching staff will be comprised of nine right-handers –Jason Garcia, Justin Haley, Braden Kapteyn, Kyle Kraus, Pat Light, Austin Maddox, Frank Montas, JB Wendelken and Madison Younginer – and a trio of southpaws – Brian Johnson, Cody Kukuk, and Francisco Taveras.

Johnson, a product of the University of Florida, was Boston's second selection in last year's draft.  He is Boston's 15th best prospect according to Baseball America.  In three years with the Gators, Johnson posted a 22-12 record with a 3.85 ERA in 46 starts.  He made four starts with Lowell last season and didn't allow a run in 5 2/3 innings.

Light was Boston's third selection in last year's draft.  He enters the season ranked by Baseball America as the 21st best prospect in the system.  He finished with an 8-3 record and a 2.40 ERA as a junior at Monmouth University last season while striking out 102 batters.  Light made 12 starts in Lowell after signing with the Red Sox and posted a 2.37 ERA. 

Maddox, a teammate of Johnson's at Florida, was Boston's fifth selection in last year's draft.  In two seasons as the Gators' closer, Maddox compiled 17 saves and 78 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings to go along with a 1.86 ERA.  In four appearances between Lowell and the GCL Red Sox after signing, Maddox posted a 1.13 ERA in eight innings of work. 

Also highlighting the Greenville hurlers is former Mauldin High School standout, Madison Younginer.  Before being drafted, Younginer was named the 2009 Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year.  He returns to Greenville after making twelve starts and battling injuries in 2012. 

Assuming the catching duties will be Jayson Hernandez, Tim Roberson, and Jordan Weems. 

A third-round selection in the 2011 draft, Weems hit .201 in 86 games in Greenville last season.

The infield will feature Mookie Betts, David Chester, Bryan Johns, Mike Miller, Boss Moanaroa, Nick Moore, and Jose Vinicio.

Betts, a fifth-round pick out of high school in Nashville, Tennessee in 2011, batted .267 in 71 games with Lowell last summer while swiping 20 bases.

Patrolling the outfield will be Cody Koback and Drew Turocy, both of whom saw action with the Drive in 2012, as well as newcomers Kendrick Perkins and Aneury Tavarez.

Koback was the Drive's starting centerfielder on Opening Day in 2012, and appeared in 89 games with Greenville, batting .260 with four homers, 37 RBI, 37 runs, and 19 stolen bases.  Turocy played in 81 games with the Drive last season and posted a .282 average with 82 hits, two homers and 29 RBIs. 

"We have a great group of young, talented prospects that will comprise the Drive's roster this season," commented Drive Manager Carlos Febles.  "The offense will have a very balanced attack with power and speed, while the pitching staff features many hurlers with electric arms.  I'm excited for the start of the 2013 season, and the potential in this year's team."

Opening Day at Fluor Field at the West End is Thursday, April 4th, as the Drive host the Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees affiliate) at 7:05 PM.  Single-game tickets, ticket plans, luxury accommodations, and group outings, can be purchased by calling (864) 240-4500 or by visiting www.GreenvilleDrive.com.

2013 ROSTER BREAKDOWN

BY POSITION

Pitchers (12)

-          Left-handed Pitchers (3)

-          Right-handed Pitchers (9)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

 

HOW ACQUIRED

First-Year Player Draft (19)

International Free Agent (5)

Non-Drafted Free Agent (2)

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