Tennessee Smokies Release 2013 Opening Day Roster

The Tennessee Smokies released their 2013 Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The Smokies open the season on Thursday, April 4 in Pensacola against the Blue Wahoos. Buddy Bailey will call the shots for the Smokies this season. Jeff Fassero (pitching coach), Desi Wilson (hitting coach) and Carlos Figueroa round out Bailey’s coaching staff.

The Smokies’ roster features several of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system including Arismendy Alcantara, Matt Szczur, Tony Zych, Alberto Cabrera, Trey McNutt, Eric Jokisch, Christian Villanueva and Rafael Lopez.

The Smokies’ Opening Day roster consists of 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and four outfielders. Double-A teams have an active roster limit of 24 players with a reserve roster limit of 37 players.

Double-A Tennessee Smokies 2013 Opening Day Roster


  • Alberto Cabrera, RHP
  • Trey McNutt, RHP
  • Frank Batista, RHP
  • Dallas Beeler, RHP
  • Marcus Hatley, RHP
  • Eric Jokisch, LHP
  • Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP
  • Kevin Rhoderick, RHP
  • Zac Rosscup, LHP
  • Brian Schlitter, RHP
  • Tony Zych, RHP
  • Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  • A.J. Morris, RHP


  • Rafael Lopez
  • Jair Fernandez


  • Arismendy Alcantara
  • Justin Bour
  • Christian Villanueva
  • Jonathan Mota
  • Elliot Soto
  • Anthony Giansanti


  • Jae-Hoon Ha
  • Rubi Silva
  • Matt Szczur
  • Johermyn Chavez

The other three full season minor league affiliates in the Cubs’ system released their tentative Opening Day rosters on Monday.

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