GreenJackets announce opening day roster

Two returners, high-priced prospect highlight 2011 GreenJackets

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Another crop of San Francisco Giants prospects w ere scheduled to arrive in town  Monday night as the Augusta GreenJackets prepare for the 2011 minor league season.

The Single-A affiliate, of the reigning World Series champion Giants, will have two familiar faces on the roster, a few recent draft picks and one young prospect that came with a large price tag.

Rafael Rodriguez, who got a reported $2.55 million bonus when he signed with the Giants on his 16th birthday two years ago, will patrol the GreenJackets’ outfield as he plays a full-season schedule for the first time.

Josh Mazzola, who led the South Atlantic League with 96 RBI in 2009, will return to Augusta after sitting out nearly all of last season with an injured shoulder.

Infielder Ydwin Villegas will also spend a second season in Augusta.

Last year’s fourth-round pick, Seth Rosin, will start the season as one of 13 GreenJackets pitchers, along with right-hander Matthew Graham, a sixth-round pick in 2009.

After two seasons under the leadership of manager Dave Machemer, the GreenJackets will have a new leader this summer. Former hitting coach Lipso Nava will take over the rei ns in his first season as a manager.

The GreenJackets will open the  season in Greenville on Thursday night.

Lake Olmstead Stadium will see its first game  April 15 when the GreenJackets open an eight-game homestand

 2011 Augusta GreenJackets

Name Position Acquired

Andrew Bowlin RHP 23rd round, 2007

Edward Concepcion RHP NDFA, 2006

Jacob Dunnington RHP NDFA, 2009

Edwin Escobar LHP NDFA, 2008

Austin Fleet RHP 16th round, 2010

Matthew Graham RHP 6th round, 2009

Stephen Harrold RHP 12th round, 2010

Mario Rodriguez LHP NDFA, 2006

Taylor Rogers RHP 25th round, 2009

Seth Rosin RHP 4th round, 2010

Shawn Sanford RHP 13th round, 2009

Gaspar Santiago LHP 28th round, 2010

Justin Schumer RHP NDFA, 2010

Jeff Arnold C 26th round, 2010

Daniel Burkhart C 10th round, 2010

Raynor Campbell IF 14th round, 2010

Adam Duvall IF 11th round, 2010

Josh Mazzola IF NDFA, 2008

Ryan Scoma IF 36th round, 2009

Ydwin Villegas IF NDFA, 2008

Carlos Willoughby IF NDFA, 2007

Devin Harris OF 48th round, 2010

Chris Lofton OF 9th round, 2010

Rafael Rodriguez OF NDFA, 2008

Sundrendy Windster OF NDFA, 2007


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