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PULASKI – In Minor League Baseball, players and coaches change with the calendar.
Gone is the bulk of the 2008 Pulaski Mariners team, a team that finished with a 40-27 record and won the Appalachian East Division. Gone is manager Rob Mummau, who is now working as a full-time scout for the Seattle Mariners. Gone are slugging first baseman Kris Sanchez (.336, 11 HR, 36 RBI), now with Class A Clinton; catcher Juan Fuentes (.337, 2, 40), now with Class A Everett; and slick-fielding third baseman Mario Martinez (.319, 5, 32), also with Clinton.
Such is life in the minors, where success leads to promotion, and where promotion leads to new faces.
The Mariners will be returning four players from last year’s squad, including catcher Tommy Johnson, infielder Fred Bello, left fielder Dwight Britton, and infielder Gabriel Noriega.
Pulaski will now be lead on the field by manager Jose Moreno. Moreno, a former player with the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, will begin his ninth season in the Mariners organization. He managed the Everett Aquasox during the 2008 season, and led the Peoria Mariners to a Arizona League Championship during the 2007 season.
Nasusel Cabrera, who served as Moreno’s pitching coach last season with Everett, will be Pulaski’s newest pitching coach. Cabrera is a former farmhand in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Former Cincinnati Reds player Rafael Santo Domingo will take over a hitting coach. He spent his 2008 season coaching the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Seattle has assigned some prized prospects to Pulaski again this season, beginning with outfielder Julio Morban. Morban signed with the Mariners last year as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. The lefty signed for $1.1 million, and has been lauded by scouts for his advanced feel for hitting.
Jahmidy De Jesus, who was also signed last season out of the Dominican Republic, is another Pulaski player who expects to turn some heads. De Jesus, who signed as a shortstop but expects to play third base, signed for $1 million and shows impressive power, according to scouts.
Pulaski also expects to have 10-15 players assigned to them that were taken from the 2009 Major League Draft.
Vinnie Catricala is one of those players, having already signed after being taken in the 10th round (293rd overall) of the 2009 Draft. Catricala finished his junior year at the University of Hawaii with a .349 average, 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. He finished tied for fourth all-time at with 20 career homers at Hawaii.
Catcher Brandon Bantz (893rd overall), pitcher Brandon Josselyn (743rd overall), outfielder Brandon Haveman (863rd overall), pitcher Eric Thomas (563rd overall), infielder Tim Morris (323rd overall), outfielder Greg Waddell (1163rd overall), infielder Hawkins Gebbers (983rd overall), and pitcher/outfielder Anthony Vasquez (533rd overall) round out the players taken in this year’s Draft that have signed and been assigned to Pulaski.
Pulaski will once again have an international flair, as the roster will host players from eight different nations, including the Netherlands, Brazil and Taiwan.
Right-hander Nolan Diaz is expected to take the mound tonight versus the Braves. Brandon Maurer, Jerome DeHaas and Yao Wen Chang are expected to round out the rotation.
Following the three-game set against Danville, Pulaski will take to the road to face Elizabethton, who swept the M’s in the Appalachian League Championship. Pulaski will then return to Calfee Park Monday, June 29, to start a home series versus Johnson City. All game times are set for 7 p.m.

Pulaski Mariners 2009 Roster
(Roster as of June 23)
PITCHERS
28 Brandon Maurer R/R 6-5 200 19
18 Jerome De Haas R/R 6-5 175 18
57 Nolan Diaz R/R 6-1 175 18
51 Jean Tome R/R 6-5 195 22
Yao Wen Chang R/R 6-2 202 18
Colin Buckborough R/R 6-5 183 20
Richard Ortiz L/L 6-2 185 21
Leonardo Rodriguez R/R 6-2 185 21
17 Brandon Josselyn L/R 6-3 200 22
22 Eric Thomas R/R 6-2 185 22
7 Anthony Vasquez L/L 6-0 190 22
CATCHERS
8 Brandon Bantz R/R 6-2 185 22
46 Tommy Johnson R/R 5-11 230 21
25 Enmanuel Familia R/R 6-2 190 22
INFIELDERS
2 Gabriel Noriega S/R 6-2 180 18
23 Cesar Fuentes R/R 6-2 170 22
Fred Bello R/R 5-11 175 21
12 Jhamidy De Jesus R/R 6-3 190 19
Vinnie Catricala R/R 6-2 220 20
34 Tim Morris L/L 6-3 220 20
Hawkins Gebbers R/R 6-2 210 22
OUTFIELDERS
3 Dwight Britton R/R 6-1 206 21
4 Julio Morban L/L 6-1 190 17
2 Jarrett Burgess R/R 6-2 180 18
1 Brandon Haveman L/R 5-9 165 23
55 Greg Waddell L/R 6-1 210 22

COACHING STAFF
6 Jose Moreno
40 Rafael Santo Domingo
77 Nasusel Cabrera
Kolby Harris, trainer
Kevin Fitzgerald, clubhouse manager

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks …

PULASKI – In Minor League Baseball, players and coaches change with the calendar.
Gone is the bulk of the 2008 Pulaski Mariners team, a team that finished with a 40-27 record and won the Appalachian East Division. Gone is manager Rob Mummau, who is now working as a full-time scout for the Seattle Mariners. Gone are slugging first baseman Kris Sanchez (.336, 11 HR, 36 RBI), now with Class A Clinton; catcher Juan Fuentes (.337, 2, 40), now with Class A Everett; and slick-fielding third baseman Mario Martinez (.319, 5, 32), also with Clinton.
Such is life in the minors, where success leads to promotion, and where promotion leads to new faces.
The Mariners will be returning four players from last year’s squad, including catcher Tommy Johnson, infielder Fred Bello, left fielder Dwight Britton, and infielder Gabriel Noriega.
Pulaski will now be lead on the field by manager Jose Moreno. Moreno, a former player with the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, will begin his ninth season in the Mariners organization. He managed the Everett Aquasox during the 2008 season, and led the Peoria Mariners to a Arizona League Championship during the 2007 season.
Nasusel Cabrera, who served as Moreno’s pitching coach last season with Everett, will be Pulaski’s newest pitching coach. Cabrera is a former farmhand in the Oakland Athletics organization.
Former Cincinnati Reds player Rafael Santo Domingo will take over a hitting coach. He spent his 2008 season coaching the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Seattle has assigned some prized prospects to Pulaski again this season, beginning with outfielder Julio Morban. Morban signed with the Mariners last year as a 16-year-old out of the Dominican Republic. The lefty signed for $1.1 million, and has been lauded by scouts for his advanced feel for hitting.
Jahmidy De Jesus, who was also signed last season out of the Dominican Republic, is another Pulaski player who expects to turn some heads. De Jesus, who signed as a shortstop but expects to play third base, signed for $1 million and shows impressive power, according to scouts.
Pulaski also expects to have 10-15 players assigned to them that were taken from the 2009 Major League Draft.
Vinnie Catricala is one of those players, having already signed after being taken in the 10th round (293rd overall) of the 2009 Draft. Catricala finished his junior year at the University of Hawaii with a .349 average, 13 home runs and 44 RBIs. He finished tied for fourth all-time at with 20 career homers at Hawaii.
Catcher Brandon Bantz (893rd overall), pitcher Brandon Josselyn (743rd overall), outfielder Brandon Haveman (863rd overall), pitcher Eric Thomas (563rd overall), infielder Tim Morris (323rd overall), outfielder Greg Waddell (1163rd overall), infielder Hawkins Gebbers (983rd overall), and pitcher/outfielder Anthony Vasquez (533rd overall) round out the players taken in this year’s Draft that have signed and been assigned to Pulaski.
Pulaski will once again have an international flair, as the roster will host players from eight different nations, including the Netherlands, Brazil and Taiwan.
Right-hander Nolan Diaz is expected to take the mound tonight versus the Braves. Brandon Maurer, Jerome DeHaas and Yao Wen Chang are expected to round out the rotation.
Following the three-game set against Danville, Pulaski will take to the road to face Elizabethton, who swept the M’s in the Appalachian League Championship. Pulaski will then return to Calfee Park Monday, June 29, to start a home series versus Johnson City. All game times are set for 7 p.m.

Pulaski Mariners 2009 Roster
(Roster as of June 23)
PITCHERS
28 Brandon Maurer R/R 6-5 200 19
18 Jerome De Haas R/R 6-5 175 18
57 Nolan Diaz R/R 6-1 175 18
51 Jean Tome R/R 6-5 195 22
Yao Wen Chang R/R 6-2 202 18
Colin Buckborough R/R 6-5 183 20
Richard Ortiz L/L 6-2 185 21
Leonardo Rodriguez R/R 6-2 185 21
17 Brandon Josselyn L/R 6-3 200 22
22 Eric Thomas R/R 6-2 185 22
7 Anthony Vasquez L/L 6-0 190 22
CATCHERS
8 Brandon Bantz R/R 6-2 185 22
46 Tommy Johnson R/R 5-11 230 21
25 Enmanuel Familia R/R 6-2 190 22
INFIELDERS
2 Gabriel Noriega S/R 6-2 180 18
23 Cesar Fuentes R/R 6-2 170 22
Fred Bello R/R 5-11 175 21
12 Jhamidy De Jesus R/R 6-3 190 19
Vinnie Catricala R/R 6-2 220 20
34 Tim Morris L/L 6-3 220 20
Hawkins Gebbers R/R 6-2 210 22
OUTFIELDERS
3 Dwight Britton R/R 6-1 206 21
4 Julio Morban L/L 6-1 190 17
2 Jarrett Burgess R/R 6-2 180 18
1 Brandon Haveman L/R 5-9 165 23
55 Greg Waddell L/R 6-1 210 22

COACHING STAFF
6 Jose Moreno
40 Rafael Santo Domingo
77 Nasusel Cabrera
Kolby Harris, trainer
Kevin Fitzgerald, clubhouse manager