COLLEGE STATION, Texas: Five Aggies have been chosen for MLB Opening Day lineups as Major League Baseball’s 2021 mission begins Thursday. 

The Aggies set for MLB Opening Day programs incorporate A.J. Minter (Atlanta Braves), Brooks Raley (Houston Astros), Tyler Naquin (Cincinnati Reds), Ross Stripling (Toronto Blue Jays) and Michael Wacha (Tampa Bay Rays). Each of the five players has earlier MLB experience. 

With MLB begun to open the season, including 15 games Thursday, groups have chosen 26-player crews to break camp. A couple of Aggies are only a call away, with Ryan Hendrix (Cincinnati Reds) and Corbin Martin (Arizona Diamondbacks) on 40-man programs. 


A.J. MINTER, pitcher (Atlanta Braves) 

Minter’s vocation is looking strong so far with four seasons in the Braves’ warm-up area. A year ago, he was 1-1 with a 0.83 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. He additionally showed up in five games in the 2020 MLB Postseason, acquiring a success out of the warm-up area in a Wild Card Series game against the Reds. He struck out 10 of the 23 players he looked at in the 2020 postseason. Minter is 8-9 with 20 saves for his profession, a 3.68 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 127.1 innings. 

TYLER NAQUIN, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds) 

Naquin gets a difference in the Reds landscape, taking a corner to corner journey through Ohio after spending his initial five seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Last season, the Spring, Texas, local batted .218 with 15 runs, eight duplicates, 1 triple, four grand slams and 20 RBI in 40 games. Naquin is hitting .274 with 127 runs, 54 copies, six triples, 31 H.R. and 121 RBI in 325 games for his profession. 

Creeks RALEY, pitcher (Houston Astros) 

In his second season with the Astros, Raley shows up in a middle of the season exchange from the Reds in 2020. Last season, he contributed 21 games out of the warm-up area, incorporating 17 with Houston, posting a 0-1 record by one save, a 4.95 ERA also 27 strikeouts into 20.0 innings. He additionally showed up in six postseason games for the Astros. The Uvalde, Texas, item got back to play in America in the wake of throwing five seasons into the Korean Baseball Organization. He performed for the Lotte Giants from 2015-19, posting a 48-53 record, including a 4.73 ERA including 755 strikeouts into 910.2 innings. Preceding heading abroad, Raley contributed 14 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2012-13. 

ROSS STRIPLING, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) 

Fledgeling was likewise dependent upon the middle of the season exchange 2020. He’s back for another round with the Blue Jays. He contributed 12 games last season, including nine beginnings. He posted a 3-3 record with one save, a 5.84 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. He spent his initial four and a half years as a Swiss Army blade for the Los Angeles Dodgers with 59 beginnings and 84 help appearances. His professional marks incorporate a 23-27 record with three saves, a 3.77 ERA and 417 strikeouts in 436.1 innings. A year ago, Stripling was 4-4 with a 3.47 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 90.2 innings. He flaunts a 2018 MLB All-Star Game appearance. 

MICHAEL WACHA, pitcher (Tampa Bay Rays) 

Heading into his 10th MLB crusade, Wacha is in another area for the second back to back season. In the wake of pitching seven years with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wacha worked for the New York Mets in 2020, going 1-4 out of eight games. He is 60-43, including a 4.01 ERA also 796 strikeouts in 901.2 innings for his vocation. Wacha possesses a 2015 MLB All-Star Game appearance and a 2013 National League Championship Series MVP prize.

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