Rain postpones Pelicans’ Opening Night until Friday

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans were set to open their 15th season on the Grand Strand on Thursday night at Pelicans Ballpark, but the weather had other plans. Heavy rains forced the team to postpone Opening Day until Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Rain or shine, this year’s edition of the Pelicans appear ready to give local fans plenty to cheer about. The roster features six players listed in Baseball America’s list of Top 30 Rangers prospects and four former first-round draft picks.

Pitching appears to be the strength of the Pelicans this season, with Luke Jackson, Jon Edwards, Phil Klein, Nick McBride, Randol Rojas and Joe Van Meter among the returning pitchers who led last year’s Carolina League-leading staff. New to the Pelicans is Jerad Eickhoff, who won a team-best 13 games for the Crawdads.

Outfielders Jake Skole and Zach Cone were both taken in the first round of the 2011 first-year player draft, and fellow position players Rougned Odor (No. 11), Drew Robinson (No. 21), Luis Sardinas (No. 7) and Cone (No. 24) are joined by pitching prospects Jackson (No. 6) and Nick Martinez (No. 27).

Odor and Sardinas bring youth and speed to the Pelicans as both open the campaign at 19 years old. The speedy duo spent much of 2012 on the middle infield for the Crawdads with Sardinas stealing 32 bases and Odor swiping 19.

Robinson, Cone and Adams formed a formidable RBI trio last season in Hickory. Adams and Robinson each knocked in 67 runs while Cone drove in 64. The threesome combined for 39 home runs, giving the Pelicans some potential punch in the lineup this season.

Fans will get their first look at the new-look Pelicans on Friday against the Wilmington BlueRocks.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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