April 1, 2013
Five former Commodores open the 2013 major league baseball season on a big league roster.
American League Cy Young Award winner David Price is set to make the Opening Day start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday afternoon against Baltimore and former Dore and teammate Ryan Flaherty. Price begins his sixth season in the big leagues, all with Tampa Bay, after being the top pick in the 2007 draft. The lefty went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last season to win the Cy Young Award.
Flaherty opens his second season with Baltimore after earning a spot on the major league roster this spring. He was protected by Rule 5 Draft rules last season but the former Commodore worked his way onto the Orioles' Opening Day Roster with a solid spring, showing a tremendous amount of flexibility in being able to play all over the field. In his first season in The Show last year, Flaherty hit .216 with six homers and 19 RBI in 77 games.
Pedro Alvarez starts his fourth season in Pittsburgh with the Pirates. The slugger enjoyed his best year in the big leagues last summer belting a career-best 30 home runs and hitting .244 with 85 RBI in 149 games.
Mike Minor begins his fourth season with the Atlanta Braves and will open the season in the Braves' rotation. The lefty settled into the rotation last season going 11-10 in 30 starts with a 4.12 ERA over a career-high 179.1 innings.
Mike Baxter opens the season with the New York Mets for the second straight year. The outfielder missed a part of last season with an injury he suffered saving Johan Santana's no hitter against St. Louis. Despite the injury, Baxter played in 89 games for his hometown Mets hitting .253 with three round trippers and 26 RBI.