Blue Jays: Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats set 2023 roster

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The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, has announced their Opening Day roster for their matchup against the Portland Sea Dogs and features some names Blue Jays fans should get used to hearing more regularly in the coming years.

The Fisher Cats roster features five players in the Jays Top 30 Prospect pool, including two in the top 10. Those two aren't the only focus however, there's still a plethora of names to keep an eye on.

The highest-ranking pitcher appearing on the top 30 list is Sem Robberse, the team's number seven prospect. Robberse threw for a 5.47 ERA in limited action at AA last season but will have the opportunity to lower that number. Along with Robberse, number 23 overall prospect Adrian Hernandez starts the season in AA. Hernandez pitched from Rookie Ball all the way up to AAA last season and will aim to work his way up once again. Other hurlers the team will be featuring are Andrew Bash, Jimmy Burnette, Parker Caracci, Jol Concepcion, Nick Fraze, Adam Kloffenstein, Alejandro Melean, Sean Mellen, Gabriel Ponce, Luis Quinones, Jimmy Robbins, Paxton Schultz, and Troy Watson.

Notably missing from the team's pitchers is number one overall prospect Ricky Tiedemann, who is still rehabbing from an injury he sustained in Spring Training. Tiedemann will join once he recovers, but for the time being, has been left off the roster. Tiedemann appeared in four games at AA last season, pitching to an effective 2.45 ERA.

At the plate, New Hampshire's roster carries three top 30 prospects, one of whom is in the top 10. No. 4 prospect Orelvis Martinez impressed in Spring Training and will look to improve upon the 30 homers he smashed in AA last season. No. 19 ranked Leo Jimenez receives his first look at AA, and coming off his World Baseball Classic performance for Canada, 29-ranked Damiano Palmegiani will continue on his path to becoming another Canadian to play for the Blue Jays.

From around the diamond, the options behind the plate will be Zach Britton, Phil Clarke, and Kekai Rios. Luis de los Santos, Miguel Hiraldo, and PK Morris make up the remainder of the infield, and Steward Berroa, Zac Cook, Sebastian Espino, and Will Robertson will patrol the outfield.

New Hampshire has yet to announce their starter for opening night, but the team has plenty of strong options to choose from. The team opens their season against the Boston Red Sox' affiliate Portland Sea Dogs on April 11th.

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