03 April, 2006

MLB Debut Watch - Opening Day

Donutball intends to cover Major League debuts throughout the season. This is partly to help scout for next year's IRBL draft and partly to broaden our knowledge of MLB players. USA Today Baseball Weekly used to do this sort of thing back in the pre-internet days. So, the ideas not new, but heck who's original these days?

As of Opening Day, we reckon there are 21 players on the 30 MLB rosters with no MLB experience. Unsurprisingly, Florida leads the way with five players of which at least two will be starting position players and one is a starting pitcher. Houston has two starting pitchers and, interestingly, there's 6 hurlers listed as starters.

Over the course of the season, we'll try to keep up with the transaction wire and boxscores to track player debuts. Could be a train wreck in September, but we'll try to keep on top of things. Any help or comments welcomed.

Oh, here's that list. If you think there are any omissions or errors, let us know in the comments box.

Nick Markakis, LF (BAL)
Sendy Rleal, RP (BAL)
Angel Pagan, CF (CHC)
Sean Marshall, SP (CHC)
Boone Logan, RP (CWS)
Joel Zumaya, RP (DET)
Carlos Martinez, RP (FLA)
Dan Uggla, 2B (FLA)
Eric Reed, CF (FLA)
Reggie Abercrombie, CF (FLA)
Ricky Nolasco, SP (FLA)
Fernando Nieve, SP (HOU)
Taylor Buchholz, SP (HOU)
Willie Eyre, SP (MIN)
Brian Bannister, SP (NYM)
Josh Barfield, 2B (SD)
Kenji Johjima, C (SEA)
Jason Childers, RP (TB)
Ruddy Lugo, RP (TB)
Fabio Castro, RP (TEX)
Ian Kinsler, SS (TEX)

Kinsler has already started at second for Texas and is 1 for 2 with a walk going into the bottom of the ninth with the Rangers 7-2 down. Pagan entered the game in the 5th in a double switch.

Japanese import Kenji Johjima is, of course, due to start later tonight for Seattle. Johjima better do the business as his backup, Guillermo Quiroz has just 88 Major League at bats.


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