And Now... Your 2007 South Bend Silver Hawks!
Frank Curreri sets tee for Steve Mena
Senior Editor
Posted Apr 7, 2007

The 2007 South Bend Silver Hawks look to build upon a 2006 playoff run, and appear poised to do so with a number of exciting prospects and a handful of returning players. They begin 2007 with an 0-2 handicap, however, and a game postponed due to winter-like conditions.

Mark Haley returns for his third season as manager of the Silver Hawks.  Pitchers Chase Christianson and Ramon Sanchez will return to the mound at the Cove after brief stints there at the end of last season.  Frank Curreri, the recipient of the 2006 Paul DeGuch Community Service Award, and Richard Mercado return as catchers, and should help a young pitching staff adjust to a full professional season.  Infielder Steve Mena also returns to the Silver Hawks this year.  His versatility both on defense and in speaking both Spanish and English should benefit the team greatly.

Christianson, Brett Anderson, Jason Neighborgall, and Mark Romanczuk comprise the highest draft selections among Silver Hawks pitchers.  On offense, Matt Oxendine, Brad Miller, and Joey Side fit that category, with Gerardo Parra also a top prospect out of the Dominican Republic. 

This year's squad appears to have more pop on offense without sacrificing much in the other aspects of the game.  While there won't be nearly as much hype around the team with Justin Upton having been promoted to Hi-A, this Silver Hawks squadron should still win a lot of games and display several top Diamondbacks prospects.  

No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB
3 Brett Anderson SP L L 6-4 215 2/1/1988
32 Tony Barnette SP R R 6-2 190 11/9/1983
5 Justin Brashear C L R 6-3 200 1/19/1985
8 Shane Byrne OF B R 6-3 190 9/14/1983
34 Chase Christianson RP R R 6-5 220 12/11/1984
14 Frank Curreri C L R 6-4 215 12/4/1982
15 Shane Dove P L L 6-2 185 7/22/1984
22 Adam Howard P R R 6-4 200 8/16/1983
29 Donald Julio P  R  R 6-1 164 8/12/1983
11 Reid Mahon RP R R 6-3 215 6/1/1983
29 Shea McFeely SS R R 6-2 195 4/21/1984
30 Steve Mena 3B R R 6-4 209 1/24/1985
9 Richard Mercado C R R 6-0 220 5/23/1983
25 Brad Miller 1B R R 6-5 220 6/25/1983
7 Jason Neighborgall P R R 6-5 205 12/19/1983
13 Matt Oxendine SS  R  R 6-1 175 10/13/1983
31 Gerardo Parra RF L L 6-1 186 5/6/1987
20 Daniel Perales OF L L 5-11 165 3/18/1985
2 Jorge Perez RP R R 5-11 163 1/16/1986
17 Craig Pfautz P R L 6-3 190 9/13/1984
27 Mark Romanczuk SP L R 6-1 195 9/24/1983
19 Edward Romero P L L 5-11 180 11/7/1985
30 Ramon Sanchez P R R 6-3 193 6/6/1984
1 Yunesky Sanchez SS R R 6-3 205 5/3/1984
10 Joey Side CF R R 6-3 190  12/4/1983
23 Cesar Valdez P R R 6-1 175 3/17/1985
No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB

Current Roster with College and Birthplace info

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