Aberdeen IronBirds announce 2021 roster

The new High-A affiliate of the Orioles, the Aberdeen IronBirds, have officially announced their roster for the 2021 minor league season.

After spending 19 seasons as the O’s Class-A Short Season affiliate, Aberdeen is now the High-A affiliate, taking the place of the long-time Single-A Frederick Keys.

The 2021 IronBirds roster consists of both talented pitching prospects and exciting young bats. The team will consist of five of the Orioles’ Top-30 prospects, those being pitchers Grayson Rodriguez, Drew Rom, and Garrett Stallings, infielder Adam Hall, and outfielder Kyle Stowers.

The O’s No. 2 overall prospect, Grayson Rodriguez, will be Aberdeen’s Opening Day starter, after having an incredible 2019 season with Delmarva. Gray Rod would pitch in the MLB Future’s Game that year and finished the season with a 10-4 record, 2.68 ERA, and 129 strikeouts.

Here is a full look at the IronBirds 2021 roster:

Pitchers:
Felix Bautista RHP
Kyle Brnovich RHP
Garrett Farmer RHP
Connor Gillispie RHP
Blaine Knight RHP
Dallas Litscher RHP
Easton Lucas LHP
Kevin Magee LHP
Clayton McGinness RHP
Morgan McSweeney RHP
Jonathan Pendergast RHP
Grayson Rodriguez RHP
Drew Rom LHP
Nick Roth RHP
Garrett Stallings RHP
Kade Strowd RHP
Ryan Wilson LHP

Catchers:
Christopher Burgess
Maverick Handley
Cody Roberts

Infielders:
Andrew Daschbach
AJ Graffanino
Adam Hall
Andrew Martinez
Joey Ortiz
Toby Welk

Outfielders:
Shayne Fontana
Kyle Stowers
Johnny Rizer
Zach Watson

Coaching Staff:
Kyle Moore – Manager
Tom Eller – Hitting Coach
Josh Conway – Pitching Coach
Tim DeJohn – Fundamentals Coach
Ryan Goll – Development Coach
Adam Sparks – Athletic Trainer

The Aberdeen IronBirds open up their season Tuesday, May 4, against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST.

What do you think of the 2021 IronBirds? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on the web and on Facebook and Twitter for all your IronBirds news and updates!

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