2011 EUGENE EMERALDS OUTLOOK A PLAYER-BY-PLAYER PREVIEW OF THE SEASON.
Matt Andriese: 6-3, 210, RHP. Age: 21. Third-round pick out of California-Riverside, where he earned Big West Conference honorable mention after going 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA this spring.
Johnny Barbato: 6-1, 185, RHP. Age: 18. The youngster from Miami was drafted in the sixth round but got first-round money when he signed right before the August deadline instead of playing at the University of Florida.
Simon Berroa: 6-4, 164, RHP. Age: 23. Beginning his fifth season in pro ball after spending two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and two seasons in the rookie-level Arizona League. Went 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA in 2009 and then had a 1.50 ERA in only six innings last year.
Paul Bingham: 6-3, 205, RHP. Age: 23. Converted to pitcher after playing shortstop last season in Arizona and Eugene. Hit .306 in 20 games in Arizona League before being promoted to Eugene, where he hit .136 with 13 RBIs in 30 games.
Leonel Campos: 6-3, 185, RHP. Age: 23. Moves up this season from the Venezuelan Winter League.
Luis De La Cruz: 6-6, 195, RHP. Age: 22. Has 7-12 record in four minor-league seasons split between the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League. Went 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 25 innings last year in Arizona.
Jeremy Gigliotti: 6-1, 185, LHP. Age: 23. The lone lefty on the staff was drafted in the 19th round out of East Stroudsburg University after allowing eight earned runs and 35 hits in 69 innings for a 1.04 ERA.
Greg Gonzalez: 5-11, 190, RHP. Age: 22. Drafted in the 15th round out of Fresno State after earning Western Athletic Conference pitcher of the year honors. Led WAC with a 1.79 ERA, allowing 21 earned runs while striking out 124 in 105 1/3 innings.
Chris Haney: 5-11, 185, RHP. Age: 22. Drafted in the 20th round out of Dallas Baptist where he was 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA in 32 relief appearances.
Juan Herrera: 6-1, 181, RHP. Age: 19. Has 1-10 record in three minor-league seasons including two in the Dominican Summer League. Went 1-4 with 4.22 ERA in 11 games in the Arizona League last year.
Kevin Quackenbush: 6-3, 207, RHP. Age: 22. Drafted in the eighth round out of South Florida after earning second-team All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The closer had 12 saves and a 0.80 ERA while striking out 46 in 33 2/3 innings.
Colin Rea: 6-5, 225, RHP. Age: 20. Drafted in the 12th round out of Indiana State after leading the Sycamores with eight wins and 95 1/3 innings while compiling a 3.68 ERA as a junior.
Will Scott: 6-2, 185, RHP. Age: 20. Went 1-0 with a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings last year during his first pro season in the Arizona League.
Matthew Stites: 5-11, 170, RHP. Age: 21. Drafted in the 17th round out of Missouri after compiling a 3-6 record with a 3.72 ERA in 15 starts and 77 strikeouts in 92 innings.
Matthew Colantonio: 6-0, 200. Age: 22. Drafted in the 22nd round out of Brown after earning second-team, all-Ivy League honors with a team-leading .301 average, 12 doubles, and 31 runs scored.
Jhonaldo Pozo: 6-3, 195. Age: 22. Playing his fifth pro season and played in one game for Double A San Antonio and Triple A Tucson earlier this season. Batted .328 in 19 games last season in the Arizona League.
Jeremy Rodriguez: 5-8, 185. Age: 21. Drafted in the 16th round out of Cal State Bakersfield after hitting .328 with three homers and 30 RBIs.
Daniel Garce: 6-1, 170. Age: 22. Has a .242 batting average and 40 RBIs in four previous pro seasons split between the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League. Hit .323 with a homer in Arizona last year.
Zach Kometani: 6-0, 220. Age: 21. Drafted in the 21st round out of University of San Diego after earning all-West Coast Conference honors as a junior when he batted .355 with four home runs and 54 RBIs.
Jorge Minyeti: 5-10, 180. Age: 20. Beginning his fourth season as a pro and returning to Eugene where he hit .193 with six RBIs and two steals in 26 games last season.
Clint Moore: 5-11, 195. Age: 21. Set career records at Army with 35 home runs, 51 doubles, 184 RBIs and 174 runs scored after hitting 11 home runs as a senior before getting drafted in the 31st round.
Jace Peterson: 6-0, 200. Age: 21. Drafted in the compensation first round, No. 58 overall, out of McNeese State after batting .335 with eight doubles and 67 runs scored while stealing 30 bases.
Cory Spangenberg: 6-0, 185. Age: 20. The first-round pick selected No. 10 overall out of Indian River College received a $1.86 million bonus after batting .477, sixth-best among junior-college players, as a sophomore this spring.
Travis Whitmore: 6-1, 190. Age: 22. Drafted in the 35th round out of Pittsburgh, he hit .336 with four homers, 41 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Jose Dore: 6-1, 170. Age: 19. Batted .375 in four games in the Arizona League last year and started this season at long-season Class A Fort Wayne where he hit .199 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 50 games.
Kyle Gaedele: 6-3, 220. Age: 21. Became the highest-drafted player ever out of Valparaiso when he was taken in the sixth round after batting .326 with 17 homers in three years, including a .312 average with seven homers and 39 RBIs this year.
Mike Gallic: 6-2, 210. Age: 22. Drafted in the 18th round out of Marist College after batting .292 with six home runs, 43 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
Lee Orr: 6-3, 205. Age: 22. Teammate of Jace Peterson at McNeese State, he was drafted in the 13th round after batting .322 with eight home runs to finish his three-year career with 40 homers.
Mykal Stokes: 6-2, 190. Age: 21. Batted .230 in the Arizona League last year and played three games for both Single A Fort Wayne and Triple A Tucson earlier this season.
Donavan Tate: 6-3, 195. Age: 20. One of the top prospects in all of baseball after being selected third overall in the 2009 draft, he has been hampered by injuries. He missed the start of last season because of injury and batted .222 with two homers in 25 games in the Arizona League and started this season at Fort Wayne where he hit .316 in six games before being put on the disabled list for two months.
Tickets: Single-game tickets are $12 for a premium box seat in the first five rows and $9 for all other box seats. A senior box seat is $8, and bleacher seats are $6. Season tickets begin at $265. Parking is $3.
On the air: All 76 games can be heard on KUJZ-FM (95.3). Chris Fisher returns for his third season as play-by-play announcer.
Staff: Pat Murphy takes over as manager of the Emeralds after a long career coaching in college. Murphy spent 15 seasons as coach at Arizona State and led the Sun Devils to four College World Series appearances before he was fired in 2009 during an NCAA investigation into the program. Murphy previously coached at Notre Dame, Claremont-Mudd Scripps and Maryville College. He was a pitcher for Tri-Cities in the Northwest League in 1985 and concluded his playing career as the player-manager in Tri-Cities in 1986. Nelson Cruz begins his first season in the San Diego organization as Eugene's pitching coach. Cruz went 15-23 with a 5.04 ERA in 204 major-league games with the White Sox, Tigers, Astros and Rockies from 1997-2003. Chris Prieto joins the staff as hitting coach. Prieto was drafted by San Diego in 1993 and began his professional career in the Northwest League with Spokane that summer. He made it to the majors with Anaheim in 2005 before retiring from baseball after that season. Zach Jones is the athletic trainer.