With its PCL slate set to begin Thursday, Omaha announced its initial roster for its 50th season.
Among the Storm Chasers scheduled to take the field when they open the season against Colorado Springs at Werner Park are Hunter Dozier and Frank Schwindel, Omaha’s past two players of the year.
They’re expected to be joined in the lineup by fellow slugger Ryan O’Hearn, who hit 18 home runs for the Chasers last season. Other infielders on the initial roster include Ramon Torres, who spent part of 2017 with the organization’s parent club in Kansas City, and former Nebraska standout Cody Asche.
Speedsters Billy Burns and Terrance Gore return to the outfield. And Jonathan Dziedzic leads a starting rotation that will also include Andres Machado, Scott Barlow, Heath Fillmyer and Trevor Oaks.
Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Lenik and Eric Stout are back in a bullpen that features prospect Josh Staumont.
The Chasers are set to meet with local media on Wednesday before opening at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday.
Initial Omaha roster
Pitchers: *Miguel Almonte, Scott Barlow, Mike Broadway, Jonathan Dziedzic, Heath Fillmyer, Kevin Lenik, Richard Lovelady, Andres Machado, Seth Maness, Kevin McCarthy, Trevor Oaks, Wily Peralta, Josh Staumont, Eric Stout. Catchers:Nick Dini, Parker Morin. Infielders: Humberto Arteaga, Cody Asche, Hunter Dozier, Jack Lopez, Ryan O’Hearn, Frank Schwindel, Ramon Torres. Outfielders: Billy Burns, Tyler Collins, Terrance Gore, *Logan Moon.
* — Opening the season on the disabled list.