The Everett AquaSox announced their roster for the 2013 season on Tuesday, June 11th. Nine players are returning from the 2012 AquaSox, including three pitchers, two catchers, an infielder, and three outfielders.
Jamodrick McGruder, a ninth-round selection from Texas Tech University by the Mariners in the 2012 draft, headlines the group of returning AquaSox. McGruder played in 65 games last season, batting .237 with 39 walks and 20 RBI. McGruder demonstrated his speed on the basepaths, swiping a Northwest League-leading 30 stolen bases, and showed strong plate discipline, striking out just 37 times all season.
Also returning to Everett this season is left handed pitcher Steven Ewing, a 20th-round pick by Seattle in the 2012 draft out of the University of Miami. Ewing made 14 appearances in 2012 and went 4-2 with a 4.53 ERA in 59.2 innings. He struck out 42 batters while walking 33.
Other 2012 AquaSox returning to Everett include outfielders Alfredo Morales, James Zamarripa, and Michael Faulkner, catchers Carlton Tanabe and Christian Carmichael, and right handed pitchers Mark Bordonaro and Jose Valdivia.
The 2013 AquaSox roster is geographically diverse, with players signed internationally from Brazil, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Taiwan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
The 2013 AquaSox also feature local connections in pitchers Aaron Brooks and Luke Taylor. Brooks, a right handed pitcher taken by the Mariners in the 26th round of the 2012 draft out of Edmonds Community College, is from Mountlake Terrace. Taylor, also a right handed pitcher, was a ninth-round pick by Seattle in the 2010 draft out of Woodinville High School. Both players join Everett from the Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League.
Tyler Olson will make his professional debut in Everett this season after being selected in the 7th round (207th overall) by the Mariners. Olson, a left handed pitcher from Gonzaga University, was selected in the 17th round of the 2012 draft by the Oakland Athletics, but returned to Gonzaga for his senior season. In 2013, Olson was named the West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 9-4 with a 2.38 ERA for the Bulldogs.
Everett manager Rob Mummau returns for his second season after leading the AquaSox to a 46-30 record in 2012. Rich Dorman also returns as pitching coach. Rafael Santo Domingo joins the AquaSox as the hitting coach after serving as a coach for the Pulaski Mariners in 2012. Head athletic trainer Spyder Webb returns to the Mariners Northwest League affiliate for the 35th consecutive season. He has been with the AquaSox since 1995.
The AquaSox play an exhibition contest against the Everett Merchants on Wednesday, June 12th before opening the 2013 season on the road against the Spokane Indians on Friday, June 14th. The AquaSox play their home opener Monday, June 17th, kicking off an eight game homestand against the Tri-City Dust Devils and the Hillsboro Hops. Tickets are available by phone at 425-258-3673 or online at www.aquasox.com.