LaLacheur Park in Lowell has been warming up for the upcoming Spinners season by hosting some high school tournament action over the past week or so. But the New York-Penn League season is drawing near, so the rightful tenants are ready to take over.
This Friday the latest crop of Lowell Spinners (full roster here) will open the gates at LaLacheur to the public as they take on the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, in a free admission exhibition game starting at 5:00 p.m.
The Spinners will open the season with six selections from the 2012 MLB entry draft on the roster. Pitchers Mike Augliera (5th round), Justin Haley (6th), Kyle Kraus (7th) and Dylan Chavez (14th), will be joined by infielders Nathan Minnich (8th) and Mike Miller (9th).
Bruce Crabbe returns to the helm for the Spinners after coaching Salem last season. Also returning to Lowell are some familiar names, including Matt Gedman and 2011 Minors Moniker Madness Champion Seth Schwindenhammer.
The Nashua Silver Knights won the inaugural Futures League title last season and are owned by Drew Weber, who also owns the Spinners. This yearís squad features four players from both Northeastern and UMass-Lowell, three players from Bentley, two each from Southern New Hampshire and Bates, and a recent Lexington (Mass.) High School grad (Chris Shaw) bound for Boston College.
The gates will open at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, seating will be general admission and concessions will be available.
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