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Tacoma Rainiers roster for 2018 has a familiar look to it

Right-handed pitcher  Max Povse is ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Mariners' system. He is on the season-opening roster for the Tacoma Rainiers.
Right-handed pitcher Max Povse is ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Mariners' system. He is on the season-opening roster for the Tacoma Rainiers. Associated Press

Who are these guys? Chances are you've probably heard of and seen many of the 2018 Tacoma Rainiers play before.

The Mariners' Triple-A affiliate released its roster today in advance of Thursday's season opener. Of the 24 players on the team, 19 have played in the majors before and seven played in Tacoma last year at some point.

Manager Pat Listach returns for a fourth season. He will be assisted by pitching coach Lance Painter and hitting coach Dave Berg — both who were in Tacoma last year.

The roster features three of the Mariners Top 25 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America: Right-handed pitcher Max Povse (No. 6), right-handed pitcher Rob Whalen (No. 15) and outfielder Ian Miller (No. 19) all spent time with the Rainiers in 2017.

The Rainiers host the Sacramento River Cats at Cheney Stadium at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday in the season opener.

A closer look at the roster:

2018 TACOMA RAINIERS

Coaching staff

Manager Pat Listach, pitching coach Lance Painter, hitting coach David Berg, athletic trainers Tom Newberg and Ben Clawson and performance coach Derek Mendoza.

Catchers

Garrett Kennedy (left/right): It’s the first time the 25-year-old is in Triple-A. He split his time almost equally between high Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (.264-4-14) and Double-A Tulsa (.195-5-16) in 2017.

Rainis Silva (right/right): In limited time, the 22-year-old played last year for the Elizbethton Twins in the Appalachian League (rookie), slashing .356/.446/.446 in 30 games.

Infielders

Gordon Beckham (right/right): A veteran of 964 games in the majors, Beckham batted .262 with nine homers and 45 RBI for the Rainiers last season.

Matt Hague (right/right): The 32-year-old native of Bellevue, who was a two-way standout at Kentwood High School and played three seasons at UW. Hague spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Rochester where he hit .297 with 64 runs and 65 RBI in 136 games.

Cesar Izturis Jr. (switch/right): You might remember his dad, Cesar Izturis, the infielder who played 13 years in the majors. This is his son, who is 18 years old. The younger Izturis hit .269 in 69 games in the Dominican Summer League last year.

Danny Muno (switch/right): Muno signed with the Mariners after playing in the Independent League last season. In 2017, he batted .273 with eight homers and 12 stolen bases in 293 at-bats for Tacoma.

Zach Vincej (right/right): Vincej was claimed off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason. The 26-year-old played last year with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, batting .270 with three homers and 38 RBI. His name is pronounced VINCE-ee.

Outfielders

John Andreoli (right/right): Signed in January to a minor-league contract, Andreoli has spent the previous three seasons with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate. In 2017, he batted .244 with 14 home runs and 26 steals (tied for the PCL lead) for Iowa.

Ian Miller (left/right): Fans got a glimpse of Miller last year (..268-0-6, 13 steals) after being promoted from Double-A. He had a combined 43 steals in 2017.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis (left/right): The 30-year-old has spent time in the majors with Mets, Angels and Brewers, accumulating 414 games over six seasons. He batted .244-4-33 for Colorado Springs in 2017 while getting 26 at-bats with Milwaukee (.115-1-1).

Cameron Perkins (right/right): A member of the Phillies organization in 2017, Perkins batted .288-7-27 for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also made his big-league debut with Philadelphia (.182-1-8).

Starting pitchers

Christian Bergman (right/right): The 29-year-old split time in Tacoma (9-4, 5.34 ERA in 86 innings) and the Mariners (4-5, 5.00 in 54 innings). He’s scheduled to pitch on Opening Night.

Max Povse (right/right): The big 24-year-old – Povse stands 6-8 and weigh 220 pounds – pitched at three levels last season, including three games for the Mariners. In nine games at Double-A, he was 3-2, 3.46 ERA and with the Rainiers, Povse went 1-4 in 13 games (five starts).

Rob Whalen (right/right): In his first season with the Mariners organization, Whalen went 0-7, 6.58 ERA in 53.1 innings for Tacoma and 0-1, 6.14 ERA in two games with the Mariners.

Relievers

Dario Alvarez (left/left): Claimed late in spring off waivers from the Cubs, Alvarez has big league experience (56 games) and was solid with the Rangers’ in 2017 (2-0, 2.76 ERA in 20 games).

Shawn Armstrong (right/right): In 21 games with the Indians last year, Armstrong went 1-0, 4.38 ERA. He split time with the Indians’ Triple-A team, logging 28 games. Acquired in a trade from Cleveland in December.

Chasen Bradford (right/right): Split time with the New York Mets (2-0, 3.74 ERA in 33.2 innings) and Triple-A Las Vegas (1-1, 4.04, 35.2).

Ryan Cook (right/right): A former All-Star with Oakland who has 217 career MLB appearances, Cook did not pitch in 2017 because of injury.

Erik Goeddel (right/right): Goeddel split his time with the Mets (0-1, 5.28, 29 innings) and Las Vegas (2-4, 6.67, 29.2) in 2017.

Ashton Goudeau (right/right): Pitched for the Kansas City Royals’ Double-A team in 2017, going 3-7 with a 5.37 ERA in 57 innings.

Pat Light (right/rigiht): Split time at Indianapolis (3-0, 3.76 ERA in 26.1 innings) and Tacoma (1-2, 5.34, 28.2) in 2017.

Mike Morin (right/right): Has made 183 appearances in the majors. In 2017 he was with the Royals (0-0, 7.94) and Angels (0-0, 6.91).

Josh Smith (right/right): He’s pitched in 67 games the last three years in the majors with the Reds and Athletics, going 2-1 with 4.89 ERA with Oakland in 2017.

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