According to the league site: LHP Ricardo Morales, RHP Joel Morales, LHP Miguel Martinez, LHP Franklyn Gracesqui, RHP Luke Massetti, RHP Jason Norderum, RHP Kyle Aselton, RHP Adam Thomas, C Scott Thomas, IF Emmanuel Sena, 1B Cirilo Cruz, OF Cristian Guerrero, OF Carlos Sosa and OF Alex Pena all signed to be on with the travel club this year. Here’s a spotlight on what might be the most important additions for this season:
Gracesqui is the only player with MLB experience, appearing in 7 games with Florida back in 2004. He pitched in 11 games last season in the Atlantic League for York with a 2.84 ERA. In 2009 Gracesqui pitched in 20 games between Southern Maryland and Laredo (United League) combining for 19 innings allowing 1 earned run and striking out 27. The veteran lefty looks to be a good addition to the bullpen that is sure to see a good amount of work, as most Warrior pens do.
Another pitcher with Atlantic League experience is RHP Jason Norderum who pitched in a combined 83 games the past 2 seasons for Long Island after also pitching for Lancaster in 2007. Norderum previously pitched for 7 seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization.
A familiar name to Road Warriors followers should be lefty Miguel Martinez who appeared with the club in their previous form. Martinez will be a solid swing man who can be stretched out for a couple innings as well as make the occasional start.
A player that should gain a lot of attention is Cristian Guerrero, the cousin of MLB MVP Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is another guy with extensive affiliated experience with 9 seasons in the Milwaukee, Seattle, Anaheim and Washington organizations.Guerrero has Atlantic League experience after playing in 43 games for Camden in 2007, in which he hit .290 with 7 home runs and 23 RBIs. Last season he spent the entire year with Gary of the Northern League where he hit .297 with 19 HRs and 62 RBIs. If Guerrero is able to replicate those types of numbers to the road this season he will be a big part of the middle of the order.
In addition this year the '11 Road Warriors will be led by manager Roy Howell, a former MLB All Star. Howell played the majority of his games at third base for Texas, Toronto and Milwaukee over the course of his 11 year career. Serving as the Warriors pitching coach is Rafael Montalvo a minor league veteran and former Houston Astro. Montalvo is actually a former Atlantic Leaguer, having pitched for the Atlantic City Surf in 1999.