Thursday, April 6, 2017

Meet the 2017 Corpus Christi Hooks

Corpus Christi has played host to Minor League Baseball since 2005, when the Round Rock Express, then a Double-A club, relocated to the Coastal Bend.


The Hooks call Whataburger Field, one of the most picturesque venues in all of Minor League Baseball, their home. In right-center field, the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge looms over the horizon. Of course, there is a Whataburger on-site.

Corpus plays in the Texas League South division with Frisco (Rangers), San Antonio (Padres), and Midland (A's). They will start the season in Little Rock, where they'll take on the Arkansas Travelers, now a Mariners affiliate, at 7:10. Trent Thornton is listed as the starter for game one.

Rodney Linares returns to the helm for a third season. Dave Borkowski is back as the pitching coach, while Joel Chimelis begins his second stint as the Hooks' hitting coach; he was the hitting coach in 2012 before spending the next four years with Quad Cities.

Garrett Stubbs is back with the Hooks to begin 2017. Unfortunately for J.D. Davis and Jon Singleton, the glut of corner infielders in Fresno has forced the two of them back to the Texas League. Ramon Laureano is looking to build on a breakout 2016 that saw him lead all of Minor League Baseball with a .428 on-base percentage and an organization-leading 43 stolen bases across two levels. He'll comprise one-third of an intriguing outfield along with Drew Ferguson and Alejandro Garcia, who can both roll themselves.

Jacob Dorris returns to Corpus Christi, this time as a professional. The Weatherford native played four years at Texas A&M—Corpus Christi before landing with the Astros. Cy Sneed, Rogelio Armenteros, and Trent Thornton headline what should be a solid rotation. 

A FEW HOOKS-RELATED TWITTER ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW

Team - @cchooks
Michael Coffin, radio play-by-play announcer, Director of Broadcasting - @CoffinMJC
Sam Levitt, radio color commentary, Hooks TV host, Communications Coordinator - @SammyLev
Gene Kasprzyk, radio color commentary - @Gehrig1B
George Vondracek, reporter, Corpus Christi Caller-Times - @Caller_GeorgeV
Rodney Linares, manager - @RondeyLinares 
Ian Steele, sports anchor, KIII-TV - @IanSteeleKIII

And now.... your 2017 Corpus Christi Hooks!

Oldest player on roster: Jack Mayfield (born September 30, 1990)
Youngest player on roster: Ramon Laureano (born July 15, 1994)

Brock Dykxhoorn is the largest man on the roster; he is listed at 6'8", 250. He just edges out Michael Freeman, who is 6'8", 235. On the other hand, Tony Nuñez, who checks in at 5'9", 165, is the smallest man on the squad. But... by now, you know that old adage about size not mattering.

Italics - player bats/throws left-handed
Asterisk - player is a switch-hitter

STAFF

Manager: Rodney Linares
Hitting Coach: Joel Chimelis
Pitching Coach: Dave Borkowski
Development Coach: Tommy Kawamura
Athletic Trainer: Grant Hufford
Strength & Conditioning: Dwayne Peterson

PITCHERS

Rogelio Armenteros - International free agent, 2014 (Cuba); Played at Corpus, Lancaster, and Quad Cities in 2016
Kevin Comer - Acquired from Blue Jays (along with six other players) for J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and David Carpenter, 2012; CC/Lancaster
Dean Deetz - 11th round, 2014 draft (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M); CC/Lancaster
Jacob Dorris - Undrafted free agent, 2015 (Texas A&M—Corpus Christi); CC/Lancaster/Quad Cities
Brock Dykxhoorn - 6th round, 2014 draft (Central Arizona College); Lancaster
Kent Emanuel - 3rd round, 2013 draft (North Carolina); Corpus
Michael Freeman - 7th round, 2015 draft (Oklahoma State); Corpus
Josh James - 34th round, 2014 draft (Western Oklahoma State); Lancaster
Eric Peterson - 37th round, 2014 draft (North Carolina State); CC/Lancaster
Kyle Smith - Acquired from Royals for Justin Maxwell, 2013; Corpus
Cy Sneed - Acquired from Brewers for Jonathan Villar, 2015; Corpus
Ryan Thompson - 23rd round, 2014 draft (Campbell); CC/Lancaster
Trent Thornton - 5th round, 2015 draft (North Carolina); CC/Lancaster

CATCHERS

Jamie Ritchie - 13th round, 2014 draft (Belmont); Lancaster
Garrett Stubbs - 8th round, 2015 draft (Southern California); CC/Lancaster
Trent Woodward* - 20th round, 2014 draft (Fresno State); CC/Lancaster

INFIELDERS

J.D. Davis - 3rd round, 2014 draft (Cal State Fullerton); Corpus
Mott Hyde - 26th round, 2014 draft (Georgia Tech); Corpus
Jack Mayfield - Undrafted free agent, 2013 (Oklahoma); Fresno/CC
Bryan Muñiz - 22nd round, 2014 draft (Southeastern [Florida]); Lancaster
Antonio Nuñez - 18th round, 2014 draft (Western Oklahoma State); CC/Lancaster/Quad Cities
Jon Singleton - Acquired from Phillies (along with Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid) for Hunter Pence, 2011; Fresno

OUTFIELDERS

Drew Ferguson - 19th round, 2015 draft (Belmont); CC/Lancaster
Alejandro Garcia - International free agent, 2015 (Cuba); Fresno/CC/Lancaster
Ramon Laureano - 16th round, 2014 draft (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M); CC/Lancaster

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