Nine Wood Ducks from the 2017 Co-Championship team rejoin the Woodies along with a flock of top-30 prospects headed to the Texas Rangers farm system.
Tuesday, the Wood Ducks announced the 2018 Down East Wood Ducks Opening Day roster. It features nine returners from the 2017 Carolina League Co-Champion team and 17 newcomers to Kinston.
2018 manager Spike Owen and hitting coach Kenny Hook bring 14 of their Hickory Crawdads from 2017 to the Advanced-A level this season. Stephen Mintz returns to Grainger Stadium as the pitching coach and Carlos Maldonado joins the staff as an assistant from Frisco.
The roster breakdown includes ten right-handed pitchers, four left-handed pitchers, five infielders, four outfielders, and three catchers. A roster is attached to this email.
The first chance to see the Wood Ducks at home is on Monday, April 2 in an exhibition game against the University of Mount Olive. Tickets are only $5 and there will be an autograph session after the game for fans to enjoy.
Opening Day is Thursday April 5 in Lynchburg while the home opener at Grainger Stadium is Thursday, April 12 against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Tickets are available here.
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