April 4, 2008
Auburn, Ala. -
The 2008 minor league baseball season began on Thursday with 16 former Auburn baseball players on rosters throughout the country. Three former Tigers are playing in Triple-A and three are in Double-A to while six former Tigers began the season on MLB Rosters.
Tug Hulett (2002-04), Justin Christian (2001) and Steven Register (2002-04) all had their seasons start on Thursday with the opening of the Triple-A schedule. Hulett is playing for the Tacoma Rainiers in the Seattle Mariners' organization, Christian is with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees and Register is with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Colorado).
Assigned to Double-A teams to start this season is Levale Speigner (2000-03) with the Harrisburg Senators (Washington), Javon Moran (2001-03) with the Reading Phillies and Michael Nix (2004-05) with the Mississippi Braves.
|Tug Hulett||Triple-A Pacific Coast League||Tacoma Rainiers||Seattle|
|Justin Christian||Triple-A International League||Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees||New York (AL)|
|Steven Register||Triple-A Pacific Coast League||Colorado Springs Sky Sox||Colorado|
|Levale Speigner||Double-A Eastern League||Harrisburg Senators||Washington|
|Javon Moran||Double-A Eastern League||Reading Phillies||Philadelphia|
|Michael Nix||Double-A Southern League||Mississippi Braves||Atlanta|
|Josh Bell||Class A Short Season Northwest League||Tri-City Dust Devils||Colorado|
|Chris Dennis||Class A Advanced California League||Bakersfield Blaze||Texas|
|Russell Dixon||Class A South Atlantic League||Lexington Legends||Houston|
|Josh Donaldson||Class A Midwest League||Peoria Chiefs||Chicago (NL)|
|John Madden||Class A Advanced California League||Lake Elsinore Storm||San Diego|
|Josh Sullivan||Class A South Atlantic League||Asheville Tourists||Colorado|
|Bruce Edwards||Class A Short Season Northwest League||Salem-Keizer Volcanoes||San Francisco|
|Brett Butts||Class A Advanced Carolina League||Myrtle Beach Pelicans||Atlanta|
|Philip Stringer||Class A Short Season New York-Penn League||Tri-City Valley Cats||Houston|
|Josh Blake||Rookie Pioneer League||Missoula Osprey||Arizona|