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Asheville Tourists Season Preview: The Pitchers

Continuing with the season preview of the Asheville Tourists, here are the 14 pitchers on the Tourists roster.

If you missed the first part in the series you can find it here: [Asheville Tourists Preview: The Hitters]

Starting Pitchers

Zach Jemiola– A familiar name to Tourists fans, Jemiola made 27 starts for the 2014 Tourists team. A ninth round pick in the 2012 draft, he throws a low to mid 90’s fastball with sink, and mixes in a slider and change. Jemiola started opening day in Rome and pitched very well.

Helmis Rodriguez – Rodriguez has been in the Rockies system for five years, signing out of Venezuela as a 16-year old. He had an ERA under two in 15 starts in Tri-City last year. Rodriguez pitches to contact and generates a lot of ground balls. The left hander started the second game in Rome and went six innings allowing just one unearned run

Ryan Castellani – A second round pick in the 2014 draft, he throws a low to mid 90’s heater and mixes in a two-seam fastball, curve and change. The Rockies have been aggressive with Castellani having him skip Grand Junction after signing which is unusual for an 18-year old. Castellani started the third game for the Tourists in Rome and went four innings allowing two earned runs.

Carlos Polanco – Polanco hails from the Dominican Republic. He struggled in Grand Junction in 2014, however taking a closer look at the numbers you see several good starts, but when he struggled he really struggled. Polanco took the ball on Sunday as the Tourists fourth starter.

Sam Howard – The Rockies third round pick in the 2014 draft, out of Georgia Southern University, the lefty features a low to mid 90’s fastball and mixes in a change, curve and cutter. Howard got the start on Monday in Hickory as the Tourists fifth starter.

Bullpen

Yoely Bello – Left handed reliever from the Dominican Republic, was very effective last season in Grand Junction.

Andrew Brown – A 23rd round draft pick in the 2012 draft, Brown has seen work with the Tourists each of the past two seasons.

Scott Firth – Selected in the 19th round in the 2013 draft out of Clemson, Firth collected 10 saves for Tri-city in 2014 before making a cameo appearance in Asheville late in the season.

James Lomangino – Selected by the Rockies in the 18th round of the 2014 draft from St Johns University, he pitched very well as a spot starter in Grand Junction last season.

Jerad McCrummen – A 23rd round pick in the 2013 draft from Texas Tech and he’s pitched extremely well out of the pen thus far in his minor league career. He’ll be a late inning option for the Tourists this year.

Josh Michalec – A 21st round draft pick in the 2014 draft out of Baylor, Michalic accumulated eight saves in 10 tries for the Dust Devils in 2014 and appears to have the closer role to start the season.

Logan Sawyer – A 29th round draft pick in the 2014 draft out of Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee, he appears to be the long man out of the pen or extra starter.

Blake Shouse – A third round pick in the 2013 draft, Shouse has been working primarily as a starting pitcher prior to this year, it looks as though he’ll be coming out of the pen this year, at least initially.

Jerry Vasto – Drafted in the 24th round by the Rockies out of Felican college, he and Bello are the two lefty relievers on the team.

Well this wraps up the pitching side of things, the Tourists should have another exciting year in 2015.

John Calvagno

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