Daily Update 4/6/09 Opening Day!

Opening Day is here for Major League Baseball! A total of 19 Northwoods League alumni have made an opening day roster, although three of those players are currently on the disabled list. One player whose opening day fate wasn’t announced until yesterday afternoon was LHP Daniel Herrera (La Crosse, ’05) of the Reds who earned a spot on the 25-man active roster as a relief pitcher.

The 19 NWL alumni are listed below. Keep in mind that Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann (Eau Claire, ’06) will push the number to 20 when he’s called up prior to his first start on April 19th as the team’s 5th starter.

Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Max Scherzer (La Crosse, ’04) 15-Day DL
Baltimore Orioles LHP George Sherrill (Kenosha, ’97-98)
Cincinnati Reds LHP Daniel Herrera (La Crosse, ’05)
Colorado Rockies 2B Clint Barmes (Kenosha/Waterloo, ’98/99)
Colorado Rockies OF Ryan Spilborghs (Madison, ’01)
Detroit Tigers OF Curtis Granderson (Mankato, ’01)
Los Angeles Angels¬†3B Robb Quinlan (Dubuque/St. Cloud, ’96/98)
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Andre Ethier (Rochester, ’02)
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Juan Pierre (Manitowoc, ’96)
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Casey McGehee (St. Cloud, ’01)
Minnesota Twins LHP Pat Neshek (Wisconsin, ’00) 60-Day DL
Pittsburg Pirates C Jason Jaramillo (St. Cloud, ’02)
San Diego Padres C Nick Hundley (Alexandria, ’04)
Seattle Mariners RHP Chris Jakubauskas (St. Cloud, ’99)
Seattle Mariners RHP Mark Lowe (Wisconsin, ’02-03)
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Joe Nelson (Kenosha, ’95)
Tampa Bay Rays OF Ben Zobrist (Wisconsin, ’03)
Toronto Blue Jays RHP Casey Janssen (Wisconsin, ’01) 15-Day DL
Washington Nationals OF Josh Willingham (Austin, ’98-99)

Jaramillo and Jakubauskas will be making their Major League debut in their first appearance becoming the 51st and 52nd Northwoods League alumni to do so. Zimmermann will then become the 53rd.