Last year the Hoppers had names like Grant Dayton, Michael Brady, Christian Yelich, Isaac Galloway, Marcel Ozuna, Mark Canha, Noah Perio, Danny Black, Ryan Fisher, JT Realmuto and Jordan Conley and they won the 2011 South Atlantic League Championship…..
This year it will be Adam Conley on the mound, as the Hoppers face the Lexington Legends in the home-opener tonight(Thursday), at NewBridge Bank Park….Some feel this year’s team could be more talented than last season’s squad, with the pitching being the strong point….Conley, Jose Fernandez, Josh Hodges and Charlie Lowell are among the names on the pitching staff, that we have been hearing a lot about…..We had a staff here a few years back that included Chris Volstad, Sean West, Aaron Thompson and Ryan Tucker and we will have to see if this year’s staff can make as much noise and create as much stir around the park, as that group did…..
They are calling for Aaron Senne at first base, Austin Barnes at second, Terrence Dayleg at SS and Josh Adams at third….Dayleg was here parts of 2011….The outfield is comprised of former Hoppers James Wooster in LF, Brent Keys in CF and Rand Smith will share time with Ryan Rieger in right….
Wilfredo Gimenez, who gained valuable experience behind the plate as a backup to JT Realmuto in 2011, is back for fulltime duty in 2012……
Adam Conley vs. Lexington’s Michael Foltynewicz(RHP) tonight and it should be a great night to see the Greensboro Grasshoppers back in action…….