The Scrappers are gearing up for their 16th season in the Mahoning Valley, with a new set of faces ready to take the field and show what they can do.
“Well I’ll definitely bring some energy to the field,” Outfielder D’Vone McClure said. “I like to have a lot of fun. I just want to bring a bat and some defense. I’ll do anything I can to help the team.”
Many of the young Cleveland Indians’ prospects are looking forward to playing in front of large crowds at Eastwood Field.
“Alot of us are just really excited to be in front of a crowd, especially with the Scrappers pulling a couple thousand every night, it’s a great experience for us young guys,” Pitcher Kieran Lovegrove added.
Of all the new, young players, one name may stick out to Indians fans: Nick hamilton, a Kent State product, and the son of Indians Radio Announcer Tom Hamilton.
“I played here for the first couple weeks last year, just about till the end of June. And just really a great experience. Great host family, great atmosphere around here, I just think highly of this area, it just makes for a great atmosphere,” Hamilton said.
In Class-A, winning isn’t always the top priority. But the Scrappers still have plenty of goals to meet this season, with veteran Manager Ted Kubiak back for his fifth overall season with the team.
“You learn how to play the game professionally,” Kubiak said. “You know, play on an even keel. Not get too high, not get too low. It’s going to be very difficult for them, they’re going to find out. I mean, the guys that have already had a couple years, know that. But the new draftees coming out of college usually find, that wow, this is not the same.”
It’s been a quick turnaround for many of these players. They arrived in the valley on Tuesday, had a couple workouts and practices, and they hit the road for their season opener Friday night in Jamestown.
They’ll play the home opener Tuesday night at Eastwood Field at 7PM.