The Nashville Sounds, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Brewers, announced on Monday their tentative 2021 Opening Day roster.
Manager Rick Sweet, who led the Sounds to a 77-67 record in 2014, leads a staff that consists of pitching coach Jim Henderson, hitting coach Al LeBeouf, coach Ned Yost IV, athletic trainer Lanning Tucker and strength and conditioning coach Andrew Emmick, according to a press release.
The Opening Day roster is highlighted by four players on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Milwaukee prospects — catcher Mario Feliciano (No. 5), left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby (No. 7), outfielder Corey Ray (No. 24) and left-handed pitcher Clayton Andrews (No. 25) — and 10 players with Major League experience.Feliciano and Ray both recently made their Major League debuts with the Brewers.
Speedster Dee Strange-Gordon highlights the Major League veterans. The 33-year-old infielder is Major League Baseball’s active leader in stolen bases with 333.
Other players with Major League service time include pitchers R.J. Alvarez, Ray Black, Blaine Hardy, Hoby Milner and Chad Sobotka, infielder Zach Green and outfielder Dustin Peterson. Of the 10 players with Major League experience, only four have played for the Brewers: Black, Feliciano, Ray and Sobotka.
Alvarez is the lone player to have spent previous time with the Sounds. The Florida native pitched in 32 games with Nashville in 2015 and 2016.
Rounding out Nashville’s pitching staff are right-handers Luke Barker, Jesús Castillo, Bubba Derby, Thomas Jankins and Miguel Sánchez, and left-hander Quintin Torres-Costa.
Other position players include catcher Brent Diaz, infielders Luis Castro, Chad Spanberger and Jamie Westbrook, and outfielder Weston Wilson.
The Sounds open the season on Tuesday, May 4, when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, for a six-game series with the Mud Hens.