The Vancouver Canadians 2017 Opening Day roster features nine returnees.

C's RecapThe 2017 Vancouver Canadians have made it to British Columbia. The players and coaches met with the local media for interviews at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday after getting their photos/videos taken for the team’s digital media properties (website, social media and video scoreboard) and its Game Day program. Team officials went through the process of confirming the players’ correct name spellings, heights, weights and uniform numbers before releasing the Opening Day roster.


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Manager Rich Miller (wearing #4) returns to Vancouver for the first time since its 2011 Northwest League championship season. He addressed the media before players were made available. He’ll be joined by pitching coach Jim Czajkowski (#48), hitting coach Dave Pano (#11) and position coach Jose Mayorga (#12) round out the coaching staff.

Four pitchers from the 2016 roster are back in Vancouver to start 2017. The stats beside their names list their numbers with the C’s only.

  • 18. Jared Carkuff, RHP – 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.1 IP, 2-1 K/BB
  • 19. Grayson Huffman, LHP – 2-2, 6.35 ERA, 28.1 IP, 25-16 K/BB
  • 22. Juliandry Higuera, LHP – 1-3, 3.92 ERA, 20.2 IP, 12-12 K/BB
  • 34. Dalton Rodriguez, RHP – 2-7, 6.18 ERA, 62.2 IP, 42-35 K/BB

Five position players also return from last year’s squad, two of them from Canada.

  •  1. Lance Jones, OF – .247/.356/.329, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 6 SB
  •  2. Mattingly Romanin, 3B – .229/.426/.343, 1 HR, 7 RBI (Burlington, Ontario)
  •  5. Deiferson Barreto, 2B -215/.259/.333, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 2 SB
  •  9. Owen Spiwak, C – 0/3, BB (Mississauga, Ontario)
  • 26. Bryan Lizardo, 3B – .220/.284/.333, 3 HR, 21 RBI

There is also one Canadian among the newcomers with the name of the squad they last played for.

  •  8. Orlando Pascual, RHP – Gulf Coast League
  • 15. William Ouellette, RHP – Dunedin
  • 16. Juan Nunez, RHP – Gulf Coast League
  • 20. Miguel Burgos, RHP – Bluefield
  • 21. Jose Espada, RHP – Bluefield
  • 23. Dany Jimenez, RHP – Gulf Coast League
  • 24. Chris Hall, RHP – Lansing
  • 25. Wilfri Aleton, LHP – Gulf Coast League
  • 27. Bobby Eveld, RHP – Gulf Coast League
  • 28. Kyle Weatherly, RHP – Bluefield
  • 33. Brayden Bouchey, RHP – Bluefield (White Rock, BC)
  • 27. Bobby Eveld, RHP – Gulf Coast League

And finally, the position players that are new to Vancouver.

  •  3. Kevin Vicuna, SS – Dunedin
  •  6. Chavez Young, OF – Gulf Coast League
  •  7. Matt Morgan, C – Bluefield
  • 10. Norberto Obeso, OF – Gulf Coast League
  • 13. Reggie Pruitt, OF – Bluefield
  • 17. Jesus Severino, SS – Bluefield
  • 35. Francisco Rodriguez, IF/OF – Gulf Coast League


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Opening Day is Wednesday night in Eugene against the Northwest League champion Emeralds for a five-game series. A starting rotation has not yet been announced but if experience is a factor, the Opening Day assignment could go to lefty Juliandry Higuera or righthander Dalton Rodriguez.

All of the games are set for 7:05 except for the fourth game which will start at 1:05 pm. You can hear all of the games on CanadiansBaseball.com.

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The home opener is set for Tuesday, June 20 against the NWL finalist Everett AquaSox to mark the start of a six-game homestand that will also see the Spokane Indians come to town. The first two games of each series are set for 7:05 pm with the finales starting at 1:05 p.m. Fans will get to see the new turf laid down on the field and I think it’s the best this field has ever looked. Kudos to the grounds crew!

On a final note, my thanks to director of communications/broadcaster Rob Fai for extending me an invitation for Media Day.


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