The latest sign that the Mud Hens' 2011 season is about to start arrived Monday when the team announced its official roster.
And there are some interesting faces that will begin the season in Toledo, including several highly regarded left-handed pitchers.
The Hens' starting rotation will include lefties Andy Oliver, one of the Tigers' top pitching prospects; Charlie Furbush, who rocketed through three levels last season; Duane Below, Detroit's minor league pitcher of the year in 2007; and Adam Wilk, who nearly made the Tigers' opening day roster this spring.
Three members of the Mud Hens' bullpen also begin the season on Detroit's 40-man roster: Alberto Alburquerque, Jose Ortega, and Robbie Weinhardt.
Ortega is one of four players who will begin the season on the disabled list. The others are pitchers Brooks Brown and Luis Marte as well as catcher Omir Santos.
With Santos on the DL, Max St-Pierre will share the catching duties with John Murrian.
Toledo's infield should be familiar to local fans as it returns Ryan Strieby at first base, Scott Sizemore at second, shortstop Cale Iorg, and Danny Worth, who should see action at several positions, including third base.
The outfield also will have several familiar faces, including Timo Perez, who played here in Toledo in 2007-08.
Also on the roster are outfielders Clete Thomas and Andy Dirks, both of whom played in Toledo last year.
MUD HENS ROSTER
Pitchers: B/T Ht. Wt. Age Residence
Al Alburquerque R/R 6-0 195 24 San Pedro de Macoris, D.R.
Duane Below L/L 6-2 205 25 Britton, Mich.
Charlie Furbush L/L 6-5 215 24 South Portland, Maine
Ramon Garcia L/L 6-2 165 26 Santo Domingo, D.R.
Fu-Te Ni L/L 6-0 176 28 Pingtung County, Taiwan
Andrew Oliver L/L 6-3 210 23 Vermilion, Ohio
Chris Oxspring L/R 6-0 190 33 Rouse Hill, Australia
Zach Simons R/L 6-3 200 25 Glens Ferry, Idaho
Thad Weber R/R 6-2 200 26 Friend, Neb.
Robbie Weinhardt R/R 6-2 205 25 Pearland, Texas
Adam Wilk L/L 6-2 181 23 Buena Park, Calif.
Brendan Wise L/R 6-2 190 25 Perth, Australia
Catchers: B/T Ht. Wt. Age Residence
John Murrian R/R 6-2 215 22 Goose Creek, S.C.
Max St-Pierre R/R 6-1 200 30 Albuquerque, N.M.
Infielders: B/T Ht. Wt. Age Residence
Argenis Diaz R/R 6-0 190 24 Guatire, Venezuela
Cale Iorg R/R 6-2 182 25 Knoxville, Tenn.
Scott Sizemore R/R 6-0 185 26 Chesapeake, Va.
Ryan Strieby R/R 6-6 240 25 Seattle, Wash.
Scott Thorman L/R 6-3 226 29 Cambridge, Ont.
Danny Worth R/R 6-1 185 25 Valencia, Calif.
Outfielder: B/T Ht. Wt. Age Residence
Andy Dirks L/L 6-0 195 25 Hutchinson, Kansas
Timo Perez L/L 5-9 180 35 San Cristobal, D.R.
Clete Thomas L/R 5-11 205 27 Tampa, Fla.
Clay Timpner L/L 6-4 215 27 Oviedo, Fla.