KODAK — For the first time since 2019, the Tennessee Smokies will take the field on Tuesday night at home versus the Montgomery Biscuits.
After last year’s minor league season was canceled due to COVID-19, the Smokies have released their roster for this season which includes: 16 pitchers, five infielders, four outfielders and three catchers.
Left handed pitcher, Bryan Hudson, represents the highest drafted Smokie after he was picked out of high school in the third round of the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Right handed pitcher, Ethan Roberts, is the lone Tennessee native on the roster.
He played high school baseball at White County High School in Sparta before playing college baseball at Tennessee Tech, where he was a fourth round draft pick.
Rounding out the pitchers for the Smokies are: Javier Assad, Bailey Clark, Scott Effross, Juan Games, Ben Holmes, Ryan Lawlor, Luis Lugo, Dakota Mekkes, Manuel Rodriguez Cam Sanders, Wyatt Short, Matt Swarmer, Erich Uelmen and Dauris Valdez.
In the field, Tennessee will be led by the Chicago Cubs third best minor league prospect in Miguel Amaya behind the plate.
The expectation is that he could make it all the way up to the big leagues this season, but he will start the year in AA with the Smokies.
Tyler Payne and Erick Castillo are the two other catchers on the roster, while Christian Donahue, Levi Jordan, Christopher Morel, Jake Slaughter and Andy Weber are the team’s five infielders.
Morel plays third base, and he is the Cubs seventh best minor league prospect.
His expected call-up date to the big leagues is 2022.
Lastly, Zach Davis, Connor Myers, Vance Vizcaino and Jared Young will start out the season in the outfield for the Smokies.
Vizcaino started out his college baseball career at the University of Tennessee before he transferred to junior college and ended up at Stetson in Florida.
The Smokies will play at home at 7 p.m. versus Montgomery from Tuesday-Saturday this week with the final game of the six game series being Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Tennessee went 58-81 in 2019 which was last place in the Southern League’s north division and over 30 games behind first place Montgomery, who went 88-50.