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April 1, 2013
River Cats announce roster

The River Cats announced their opening day roster today and it's a loaded one.

The club starts out carrying A's first-round draft picks from every year from 2007-11. Those, in chronological order, are right-hander James Simmons, infielder Jemile Weeks, infielder Grant Green, outfielder Michael Choice and right-hander Sonny Gray.

Choice was a non-roster invitee to the A's big-league camp in spring training and had a torrid start with the bat. He finished 15-for-48 with a homer and nine RBIs before being sent down.

Outfielder Shane Peterson, also on the River Cats roster, had an even better spring before being reassigned. Peterson, who hit .389 in 39 games with the River Cats last year, batted .408 in the Cactus League and really opened eyes around the A's, according to manager Bob Melvin.

Green was the River Cats' Most Valuable Player last season. Also on the club are catcher David Freitas, a Wilton native who played at Elk Grove High School, and pitchers Pedro Figueroa, Mike Ekstrom and Hideki Okajima, all of whom were late cuts by the A's and who could be back with the big-league club at some point this season.

Here's the full roster:

Pitchers (14)
RH Travis Banwart
RH Bruce Billings
RH Jesse Chavez
RH Mike Ekstrom
LH Pedro Figueroa
RH Brian Gordon
RH Sonny Gray
RH Nate Long
LH Jordan Norberto
LH Hideki Okajima
RH Dan Otero
RH James Simmons
LH Justin Thomas
LH Andrew Werner

Catchers (2)
David Freitas
Luke Montz

Infielders (5)
Grant Green
Josh Horton
Scott Moore
Andy Parrino
Jemile Weeks

Outfielders (4)
Michael Choice
Conner Crumbliss
Shane Peterson
Michael Taylor

Disabled List (1)
RHP Andrew Carignan

The River Cats open the season at home Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Las Vegas. It will be the debut of new manager Steve Scarsone, who replaces Darren Bush, now the bullpen coach in Oakland. The River Cats won division titles in their two seasons under Bush.

-- Matt Kawahara

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Matt KawaharaMatt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee’s sports staff in fall 2011.
Email: mkawahara@sacbee.com.
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