Games 2 & 3 vs. Altoona: Lineups and Notes
The Senators and Altoona Curve play a doubleheader tonight at FNB Field after Thursday’s game was postponed due to weather. Erick Fedde and Mark Blackmar start game one and two respectively for the Senators. Harrisburg dropped the season opener 5-3 Thursday night. The Senators finished 7-10 against the Curve last season, 6-3 at FNB field. The Senators open up the season with a four game series against Altoona, followed by a three game set versus the Hartford Yard Goats. Altoona edged Harrisburg by one game in the Eastern League Western Division standings in 2016 to earn the final playoff spot in the division.
TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHERS FOR HARRISBURG
Erick Fedde begins 2017 ranked as the #52 prospect in all of minor league baseball according to Baseball America. The first round selection in 2014 out of UNLV joined the Senators last season after back-to-back dominating starts for the P-Nats going a total of 13.2 innings and striking out 19 while allowing just 11 hits and no earned runs. Mark Blackmar gets the call in the nightcap for Harrisburg as the right-hander was just added to the roster on Thursday. Blackmar returns to the Senators where he went 4-5 with a 5.37 ERA in nine starts last year.
TODAY’S STARTING PITCHERS FOR ALTOONA
Brandon Waddell and Austin Coley start games one and two respectively for the Curve. Waddell a former 5th round selection of the 2015 MLB Draft, went 7-9 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games for Altoona last season. Coley, a former 8th round pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, is making his double-A debut. The right-hander spent all of 2016 with Bradenton and went 12-10 with a 4.65 ERA in 26 games.
17 of the 25 players on the Senators opening day roster spent some or all of the 2016 season in Harrisburg. Starting pitcher Gabriel Arias, relievers Jake Johansen, Jimmy Cordero and Braulio Lara, outfielders Yadiel Hernandez and Alec Keller, infielder Osvaldo Abreu, and catcher Raudy Read are the only players who have not previously played for the Senators. 17 of the 25 players on the roster have spent their entire careers with the Senators. The average age on the Senators is 25.3.