HAMMOND, La. – Ten former Southeastern Louisiana baseball players are chasing the dream of playing professional baseball as the 2017 season begins.
Major League Baseball opened the season with staggered Opening Day ceremonies April 2-3. The Minor League Baseball season began April 6 for full season teams. Short-Season and Rookie leagues will get underway in the coming months.
After beginning the season on the disabled list, Wade Miley made his season debut Sunday for the Baltimore Orioles. He fought bouts of wildness, but surrendered just one hit in five shutout innings against the New York Yankees. Miley walked seven batters and struck out five.
Brock Hebert (Seattle Mariners) and Tate Scioneaux (Pittsburgh Pirates) begin the year at Double-A.
Hebert is 1-for-6 (.167) with a pair of walks and two RBIs for the Little Rock-based Arkansas Travelers.
In his first outing for the Altoona (Pa.) Curve, Scioneaux worked two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed one hit and struck out a pair of batters.
Ando Cutura (Minnesota Twins), Jameson Fisher (Chicago White Sox) and Kyle Keller (Miami Marlins) have been assigned to full season Single-A teams.
The No. 15-ranked prospect in the White Sox system according to www.MLBpipeline.com, Fisher is batting .286 (4-for-14) with one double, two RBIs and one stolen base for the Kannapolis (N.C.) Intimidators. With three walks, his on-base percentage sits at .444 heading into Monday’s game against the Rome Braves.
In his first outing for the Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers, Keller worked a pair of scoreless relief innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three batters.
Keller and Fisher are playing in the same league, the South Atlantic League, and their teams will match up against each other four times during the 2017 season. The teams will face each other May 25-28 in Greensboro, June 1-4 in Kannapolis, August 3-6 in Greensboro and August 10-13 in Kannapolis.
Andro Cutura begins the season on the 7-day disabled list with the Cedar Rapids (IA) Kernals.
Domenick Carlini (Minnesota Twins), Pat Cashman (Chicago White Sox), Kyle Cedotal (Colorado Rockies) and Jake Johnson (Cincinnati Reds) are in extended spring training awaiting their assignments for the 2017 season.
Player, Organization, Level, Current Team
Wade Miley, Baltimore Orioles, MLB, Baltimore Orioles
Brock Hebert, Seattle Mariners, AA, Arkansas Travelers
Tate Scioneaux, Pittsburgh Pirates, AA, Altoona Curve
Andro Cutura, Minnesota Twins, A, Cedar Rapids Kernals
Jameson Fisher, Chicago White Sox, A, Kannapolis Intimidators
Kyle Keller, Miami Marlins, A, Greensboro Grasshoppers
Domenick Carlini, Minnesota Twins, A, Extended Spring Training
Pat Cashman, Chicago White Sox, A, Extended Spring Training
Kyle Cedotal, Colorado Rockies, A, Extended Spring Training
Jake Johnson, Cincinnati Reds, A, Extended Spring Training