Aces host media day; players, coaches introduced

Published: Apr. 4, 2022 at 6:57 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Following one of the craziest off-seasons in recent memory Aceball is one day away.

The club will not start its season at home. They’ll be in Las Vegas.

Monday the media got a chance to talk with some of the players from this year’s team as well as first year manager Gil Velazquez.

“Some new faces, some different schedules, all type of different things going on. I think at the end of the day most of it is just excitement,” said Nick Heath, a returning outfielder.

Heath wasn’t the only one who was all smiles Monday. Major League Baseball’s three month-long lockout created some uncertainty. Now players are anxious to start the season.

Stuart Fairchild, who spent time in Reno last year, is ready to go. Others still need time to adjust after a shortened spring training.

“Some guys like having a longer time to build up and get ready for the season,” said Fairchild. “For other guys we’ll get ready to play some games, get fresh, and three weeks is enough for some guys.”

This year’s skipper, Gil Velazquez, will be in charge of finding a balance between skill development and putting a winning product on the field.

“Hopefully we get to call more than half these guys up to the big leagues. That’s our goal as staff members is to help these guys out,” he said.

There is always movement between levels in minor league baseball. Some pf the players on the Aces’ roster Monday will not be around at the end of the season. As the roster sits to start the season returning pitcher Josh Green likes the makeup.

“We got a lot of really, really good players here” Green said. “There are a lot of young arms and some position players that have ceilings like you couldn’t believe.”

The Diamondbacks’ top prospect, Alek Thomas, is with the Aces to start the season. He admits he doesn’t know how long that will last, however.

“(I’m) continuing to be myself and work on some of my (hitting) approach. Other than that just continue to be myself and my time will come.”

Tuesday’s season opener in Las Vegas starts at 7:05 p.m.

The Aces home opener is Tuesday April 12 at 1:05 p.m.

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