An astounding 20 of 24 players on the Opening Day roster marks a familiar tone as the Carolina Mudcats announced their staring 24-man club on Monday night.
Only prospect infielder Netfali Soto, pitcher Mark Serrano, catcher Kevin Coddington and outfielder David Cook did not don a Mudcats uniform in 2010. Soto, Serrano and Coddington spent most of the season in A-ball, while Cook was outside the Cincinnati organization in Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock.
Eleven of the 12 active pitchers played for the Mudcats last summer, including RHP Daryl Thompson, who is the Mudcats' lone representative on the Reds' 40-man roster.
Slugger Mike Costanzo, blue-collar infielder Jake Kahaulelio and the budding Cuban outfield prospect Felix Perez highlight a veteran lineup for third-year manager David Bell.
The Mudcats will meet the media Tuesday afternoon from 2:30-4:00 PM at Five County Stadium.
The Mudcats open the 2011 regular season on Thursday night at 7:15 PM ET against the Mobile Baybears at Five County.
The complete Mudcats' roster is attached in an Excel document.