04/25/2016 10:08 AM
The AirHogs staff will bring plenty of experience to the mound in 2016, specifically experience in the MiLB. Of the 13 pitchers signed so far, 8 finished last season with affiliated teams. Griffin Russell, Ryan Atwood, and Cody Hebner were all part of the Padres organization. Derek Callahan and Ethan Carnes each pitched in the Yankees system. Palmer Betts pitched for an affiliate of the Pirates, Carlos Misell for an affiliate of the Mariners, and David Napoli for an affiliate of the Nationals.
The team will also feature 3 pitchers who finished 2015 in the Frontier League: Tony Rizotti (formerly of the San Diego Padres system) earned an FL All-Star Game start as a member of the Rockford Aviators, and he will be joined by Rockford teammate David Russo. Alan Oaks was a member of the Frontier champion Traverse City Beach Bums.
The team will also include 2 hurlers who spent 2015 in the American Association: former Winnipeg Goldeye Mark Pope and AirHogs returner Sam Martin.