The State College Spikes begin their season tonight. Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes' roster. Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers.
The Spikes have three catchers on their opening day roster: Derek Trent, Matthew Skirving, and Samuel Gonzalez. There's no obvious starter, although I'd expect Trent and Gonzalez to get the bulk of the playing time. Trent, who was drafted in the 31st round this year, was a college senior out of East Tennessee State University, and despite being an easy to sign college senior, is an actual prospect due to his hitting skills. He's a little old for the level, at 22, but he should get a chance to show what he can do, and if he's successful, will likely move up to West Virginia next year, maybe even earlier.
Gonzalez is an interesting prospect. The 22 year old catcher was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2009, and spent the last two years in the DSL. Last year he...
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