WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Wichita Wind Surge have announced their opening roster for Opening Day 2022, which includes seven of the Twins’ top 30 prospects according to MLB.com.
The Wind Surge roster consists of 29 players – 17 pitchers and 12 position players. 2021 Texas League Manager of the Year Ramon Borrego returns to the club’s helm after leading the club to a league-best record.
The Surge brings back 13 players from last year’s club. The club’s top prospect is returnee Austin Martin, No. 2 on the Twins’ Top 30 list according to MLB.com. The 23-year-old outfielder, acquired in a mid-season trade with Toronto, split the season between New Hampshire and Wichita. He hit .270 with five home runs and 35 RBIs in 93 games with the Surge. The other best hopes are Simeon Woods Richardson, acquired from Toronto in the same trade with Martin, Matt Canterino, Spencer Steer, Matt Wallner, Louie Varland. and Chris Vallimont.
The Surge will carry three receivers to start the season: Alex Isola, Dennis Ortega and Chris Williams.
The infield is highlighted by Spencer Steer, the Twins’ No. 11 prospect, along with Andrew Bechtold, Michael Helman and Edouard Julien.
Outfielders include Leobaldo Cabrera, Dashawn Keirsey, Cole Sturgeon and Twins No. 12 prospect Matt Wallner. Number two prospect Austin Martin will play center field and shortstop.
Of the seven top-30 prospects starting the season in Wichita, four are expected to take the hill for the Wind Surge. Matt Canterino #9, Chris Vallimont #22, Louie Varland #15 and Simeon Woods Richardson #8. The club also has Argenis Angulo, Steven Cruz, Zach Featherstone, Kody Funderburk, Ben Gross, Steven Klimek, Brandon Lawson, Bryan Sammons, Alex Scherff, Evan Sisk, Austin Schulfer and Tyler Viza.
The Wind Surge opens the 2022 season Friday, April 8 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Drillers at Riverfront Stadium. Group, season, mini-plan and individual tickets are available now at windsurge.com.