The Hickory Crawdads 2022 roster: Who’s on the team

The Texas Rangers announced the initial roster of players assigned to each of their minor-league affiliates. The list of players heading to Hickory to start the season is impressive and includes eight of the Rangers’ 30 top prospects including #8 RHP Owen White, #9 Evan Carter, # 10 Luisangel Acuna, #12 Aaron Zavala, # 14 Ricky Vanasco, #15 TK Roby #19 Trevor Hauver and #28 Thomas Saggese. Last year the Hickory Crawdads went 46-68. They should improve upon that record this season. Here is the Hickory Crawdads 2022 roster.

The 30 players include 16 pitchers, 3 catchers, 7 infielders, and 4 outfield fielders.

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Pitchers (16)

Juan Mejia | LHP

Born: Jan 9, 1999 | Height: 5’11 | Weight: 160 | Signed as FA


Triston Polley | LHP

Born: Dec 20, 1996 | Height: 6’0 | Weight: 190 | Draft: 16th Rd 2019


Josh Smith | LHP

Born: Feb 5, 1997 | Height: 6’5 | Weight: 205 | Draft: 25th Rd 2018


Ben Anderson | RHP

Born: May 2, 1998 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 200 | Draft: 13th Rd 2019


Marc Church | RHP

Born: Mar 30, 2001 | Height: 6’3 | Weight: 189 | Draft: 18th Rd 2019


Joe Corbett | RHP

Born: Oct 12, 1996 | Height: 6’5 | Weight: 220 | Draft: 10th Rd 2019


Mason Englert | RHP

Born: Nov 1, 1999 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 206 | Draft: 4th Rd 2018


Kevin Gowdy | RHP

Born: Nov 16, 1997 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 170 | acquired from the Phillies in the Hans Crouse/Ian Kennedy/Kyle Gibson July 30, 2021


Nick Krauth | RHP

Born: Sep 6, 1999 | Height: 6’3 | Weight: 170 | Rangers signed June 15, 2020


Jesus Linarez | RHP

Born: Jan 10, 1997 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 216 | Rangers signed Dec 28, 2020


Eudrys Manon | RHP

Born: Jan 16, 1998 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 160 | Rangers signed Feb 20, 2019


John Matthews | RHP

Born: Jan 21, 1998 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 190 | Draft: 8th Rd 2019


Spencer Mraz | RHP

Born: May 5, 1998 | Height: 6’10 | Weight: 245 | Draft: 33rd Rd 2019


TK Roby | RHP

Born: Sep 18, 2001 | Height: 6’1 | Weight: 185 | Draft: 3rd Rd 2020


Ricky Vanasco | RHP

Born: Oct 13, 1998 | Height: 6’3 | Weight: 180 | Draft: 15th Rd 2017


Owen White | RHP

Born: Aug 9, 1999 | Height: 6’3 | Weight: 199 | Draft: 2nd Rd 2018


The returning pitchers from 2021 are Anderson, Corbett, Gowdy, Linarez, Mejia, Mraz, Polley and Smith.

Catchers (3)

Randy Florentino | C

Born: Jul 5, 2000 | Height: 5’11 | Weight: 182 | Bats: L | Throws: R | Signed as international free agent by Rangers, July 3, 2017


Cody Freeman | C

Born: Jan 5, 2001 | Height: 5’10 | Weight: 180 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Draft: 4th Rd 2019


Scott Kapers | C

Born: Nov 27, 1996 | Height: 5’11 | Weight: 198 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Draft: 17th Rd 2018

Infielders (7)

Luisangel Acuña | SS

Born: Mar 12, 2002 | Height: 5’10 | Weight: 181 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Signed July 2, 2018


Christian Inoa | 2B

Born: Jul 4, 1999 | Height: 5’10 | Weight: 165 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Draft:


Keyber Rodriguez | SS

Born: Oct 24, 2000 | Height: 5’10 | Weight: 178 | Bats: R | Throws: R | signed July 2, 2017


Thomas Saggese | 2B

Born: Apr 10, 2002 | Height: 5’11 | Weight: 175 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Draft: 5th Rd 2020


Chris Seise | SS

Born: Jan 6, 1999 | Height: 6’2 | Weight: 196 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Draft: 1st Rd (29th) 2017


Frainyer Chavez | 3B

Born: May 24, 1999 | Height: 5’10 | Weight: 170 | Bats: B | Throws: R | Draft: 22nd Rd 2018


Jake Guenther | 1B

Born: May 16, 1997 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 230 | Bats: L | Throws: L | Draft: 7th Rd 2019

Outfielders (4)

Angel Aponte | OF

Born: Feb 3, 2000 | Height: 6’0 | Weight: 170 | Bats: R | Throws: R | Signed July 2, 2016


Evan Carter | CF

Born: Aug 29, 2002 | Height: 6’4 | Weight: 190 | Bats: L | Throws: R | Draft: 2nd Rd 2020


Trevor Hauver | OF

Born: Nov 20, 1998 | Height: 6’0 | Weight: 205 | Bats: L | Throws: R | Draft: Part of the Joey Gallo trade with Yankees July 29, 2021


Aaron Zavala | OF

Born: Jun 23, 2000 | Height: 6’0 | Weight: 193 | Bats: L | Throws: R | Draft: 2nd Rd 2021


Quite a haul of Top Prospects here on the Hickory Crawdads 2022 roster to start the season.

The Season opener is set for Friday April 8th against the Winston-Salem Dash (White Sox).