As the 2014 season kicks off, we are also set to kick off our coverage for the 2014 season. Today we take a look at the players who we have had the privilege to feature that have made their clubs 2014 opening day roster. Click on the players name below to be redirected to our original interview and story with each player.
The Mariners promoted Miller to the majors in the 2013 season and he did not disappoint. Miller appeared in 76 games for the Mariners and hit .265 on the season with 8 home runs and 36 RBI’s. Miller opened the 2014 season as the Mariners starting shortstop and drew praise from newly acquired second baseman Robinson Cano for his abilities in the field. Miller has gotten off to a hot start for the Mariners. In the opening series against the Angels Miller belted 2 home runs and hit .333 in the series.
The Mariners also promoted James Paxton near the end of the 2013 campaign. Paxton was impressive his four starts going 3-0 with an eye popping 1.50 ERA in 24 innings of work. Heading into the 2014 season Paxton was penciled in to make an impact in the Mariners rotation. In the Mariners opening series Paxton faced the Angels star-studded line up with ease. Over the course of seven innings, Paxton struck out nine while only allowing two hits to earn the win.
Baltimore dealt Hoes in a 2013 trade deadline deal for Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. Hoes appeared in a total of 47 games in the majors last season and posted an impressive .282 batting average while getting on base at a .332 clip. Hoes made the 2014 opening day roster and will see time all over the outfield for the Astros. Hoes made an impact on opening night, as he belted a home run in the Astros victory over the Yankees.
2014 marks Pacheco’s second opening day with the Colorado Rockies. Pacheco can play a number of positions for the Rockies and has established himself on the big league roster. Last season Pacheco hit .239 in 247 at bats while playing wherever the Rockies asked. Pacheco has gotten off to a good start in the Rockies opening series against the Marlins going three for four behind the dish in his lone start.
Collins turned heads during his spring training invitation in 2013, drawing praise from newly retired manager Jim Leyland for his work ethic. Near the end of camp he was sent to the AA level Erie Seawolves where he spent the entire 2013 season. With the Seawolves, Collins saw his power numbers spike to a career high 21 home runs but saw his average dip to .240. Collins once again impressed the Tigers during the spring of 2014 and earned a spot on the major league roster bypassing AAA Toledo entirely. On opening day, Collins scored the game winning run in the Tigers walk off win over the Royals. Although he did get a start in the series versus the Royals, Collins is still looking for that elusive first major league hit.
As the 2014 continues we will be keeping tabs on these players as they live the dream as a major leaguer. We also look forward to seeing more players called up that we have featured on the site. Stay tuned to more opening week coverage and new player interviews and features throughout the 2014 season.
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