Rangers Assign GU's Bolinger, 28 Others to Spokane Indians - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Indians

Rangers Assign GU's Bolinger, 28 Others to Spokane Indians Roster

Gonzaga's Royce Bolinger was one of 29 players assigned by the Texas Rangers to play for the Spokane Indians this summer (Photo: SWX) Gonzaga's Royce Bolinger was one of 29 players assigned by the Texas Rangers to play for the Spokane Indians this summer (Photo: SWX)

by Spokane Indians

The Texas Rangers assigned 29 players to Spokane today for the start of the Northwest League season which opens Friday, June 15th at Avista Stadium. Highlighting the roster is Gonzaga University outfielder Royce Bolinger and four other players selected in the first 10 rounds of this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The Indians will receive a total of 11 players from the 2012 draft, including strikeout artist Alec Asher from Polk State College, University of Texas-Arlington outfielder Preston Beck, and slick fielding second baseman Cam Schiller from Oral Roberts University.

Additional 2012 draft picks reporting to Spokane include pitchers Joseph Burns, Coby Cowgill, Ryan Harvey, Cody Kendall, Josh McElwee, and infielders Gabriel Roa and Barrett Serrato.

Top international players assigned to the Indians this year include hard-hitting infielder Smerling Lantigua, speedy outfielder Christopher Garia, and hard-throwing pitchers Abel De Los Santos and Jose Valdespina.

Returning players from the Indians 2011 roster include Richard Alvarez, John Kukuruda, Carlos Melo, David Perez, Ryan Rua, Nick Urbanus, Nick Vickerson, and Hirotoshi Onaka.

"We are excited about this squad and look forward to competing for another Northwest League title," said manager Tim Hulett. "The players have a few days to practice and get acclimated to Spokane and then it's on to Opening Night."

Hulett returns for his sixth season as Indians manager, and will be assisted by hitting coach Oscar Bernard, pitching coach Ryan O'Malley, coach Vinny Lopez, trainer Sean Fields and strength and conditioning coach Ed Yong. Team workouts begin tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at Avista Stadium and are open to the public.

Fans will have their first chance to meet the 2012 Spokane Indians during the Player Welcome Party at the MAX on Tuesday, June 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the MAX Restaurant inside the Mirabeau Park Hotel (1100 N. Sullivan RD).

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • GonzagaGonzagaMore>>

  • Zags women’s soccer home match versus BYU on ESPNU

    Zags women’s soccer home match versus BYU on ESPNU

    Courtesy: Gonzaga AthleticsCourtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

    Gonzaga will host preseason No. 8 BYU from Luger Field in a meeting that will have first-year GU head coach Chris Watkins facing his former school.

    >>

    Gonzaga will host preseason No. 8 BYU from Luger Field in a meeting that will have first-year GU head coach Chris Watkins facing his former school.

    >>
  • Gonzaga women's soccer begins regular season Friday

    Gonzaga women's soccer begins regular season Friday

    Courtesy: Gonzaga AthleticsCourtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

    The Zags are unbeaten in their last five season-openers, dating back to the 3-1 win over South Dakota in 2012. GU beat Nevada in Hawaii in last season’s opener, 1-0.

    >>

    The Zags are unbeaten in their last five season-openers, dating back to the 3-1 win over South Dakota in 2012. GU beat Nevada in Hawaii in last season’s opener, 1-0.

    >>
  • Raptors sign Kyle Wiltjer to a 1-year deal

    Raptors sign Kyle Wiltjer to a 1-year deal

    Courtesy: Toronto RaptorsCourtesy: Toronto Raptors

    Wiltjer, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, appeared in 14 games for the Houston Rockets last season, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes of action. He also averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 35.9 minutes in 22 contests for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League.

    >>

    Wiltjer, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, appeared in 14 games for the Houston Rockets last season, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes of action. He also averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 35.9 minutes in 22 contests for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League.

    >>