On Tuesday April 1, fans can meet the team during “Manatees Fan Fest” beginning at 6:00 pm. Players will be available for autographs and will also hold a practice session.
The Manatees will then kick-off the regular season on Thursday, April 3 when they host the defending Florida State League Champion Daytona Cubs at 6:35 pm.
Opening night is being sponsored by Parker Brothers Concepts. According to a team press release, “In lieu of paying for admission, the Manatees are asking for fans to please make a monetary donation to the Manatees Community Foundation on Opening Night.”
The 2014 Manatees squad boasts eight of the Milwaukee Brewers top 30 prospects, including outfielders Tyrone Taylor and Victor Roache, according to Baseball America.
A second-round draft pick in 2012, Taylor led Class-A Wisconsin last season in hits, runs scored, and doubles. Roache had 22 home runs, 74 RBIs, and 202 total bases last season with Wisconsin.
Returning Manatees include pitchers Jacob Barnes, Stephen Peterson, Chad Pierce, Tommy Toledo and catcher Cameron Garfield. They helped the Manatees to a 66-68 record, the club's best mark since 2009. In the first half the 2013 season, the 'Tees finished one-half game out of first place.