And Now...Your 2007 Visalia Oaks!
Courtesy of Logo Shak
Senior Editor
Posted Apr 10, 2007

The Visalia Oaks replace the Lancaster JetHawks as the Hi-A affiliate for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The California league still favors hitters, but moving out of the bandbox in Lancaster should make it easier to evaluate Diamondbacks players at the Hi-A level.

The Oaks' roster closely resembles the roster of the playoff-bound 2006 South Bend Silver Hawks with a few notable exceptions.  Brandon Burgess remains in the California League after pacing it with 26 homers a year ago.  Top hitting prospect Cyle Hankerd looks to spend a full year at Hi-A after having made it his own in his fleeting stint there last season.  John Hester, after having trouble rising to the top of Stanford's catching depth chart, is flying through the Diaondbacks organization after a terrific professional debut.  Brooks Brown, Dallas Buck, Hector Ambriz, and Daniel Stange are among the pitchers drafted by the D'Backs last year that already find themselves at the Hi-A level.

But as it was in South Bend last season, all eyes in Visalia will be trained upon Justin Upton.  Most scouts anticipate better numbers out of the 18-year old last season.  Now a year older, Upton may again disappoint simply because his numbers will be dwarfed by others in a stacked Oaks lineup.  All in all, 13 of the players on the Oaks' opening day roster were ranked on the FutureBacks Top 50 Prospects list last November.

In addition to their 25-man roster, some guy named Randy Johnson showed up and pitched six solid innings on Sunday, April 8th.

No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB
23 Hector Ambriz SP L R 6-1 210 5/24/1984
33 Vince Bongiovanni RP R R 6-5 215 1/11/1983
34 Brooks Brown SP L R 6-3 205 6/20/1985
12 Derek Bruce SS R R 6-2 190 8/3/1982
20 Dallas Buck SP R R 6-2 195 11/11/1984
30 Brandon Burgess OF B R 6-4 225 2/24/1983
7 Bryan Byrne 1B L R 6-3 200 4/30/1984
2 Pedro Ciriaco SS R R 6-0 150 9/27/1985
13 Forrest Cory RP R L 6-3 205 10/13/1983
27 Anthony Cupps SP R R 6-3 200 5/31/1983
37 Ryan Doherty RP R R 7-1 255 2/2/1984
21 Cody Evans P R R 6-5 190 9/3/1983
22 Hipolito Guerrero RP L L 6-0 150 6/13/1983
5 Cyle Hankerd LF R R 6-3.5 180 1/24/1985
35 John Hester C R R 6-4 210 9/14/1983
19 Orlando Mercado C R R 5-10 215 3/13/1985
25 Jereme Milons OF R R 6-2 205 2/5/1983
40 Daniel Pohlman RP R R 6-1 215 1/1/1982
8 Rusty Ryal 3B R R 6-2 195 3/16/1983
26 Leyson Septimo RF L L 6-0 150 7/7/1985
17 Daniel Stange RP R R 6-3 185 12/22/1985
4 Greg Thomson CF L L 6-1 205 6/13/1984
31 Matt Torra SP R R 6-3 225 6/29/1984
9 Justin Upton CF R R 6-1 195 8/25/1987
15 Kyle Wright SP R R 6-3 170 4/27/1983
No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB

Current Roster with College and Birthplace info

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