Minor League Baseball Season Began on Thursday With 16 Former Tigers On Rosters


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.

PlayerLeagueTeamParent Club
Tug HulettTriple-A Pacific Coast LeagueTacoma RainiersSeattle
Justin ChristianTriple-A International LeagueScranton-Wilkes Barre YankeesNew York (AL)
Steven RegisterTriple-A Pacific Coast LeagueColorado Springs Sky SoxColorado
Levale SpeignerDouble-A Eastern LeagueHarrisburg SenatorsWashington
Javon MoranDouble-A Eastern LeagueReading PhilliesPhiladelphia
Michael NixDouble-A Southern LeagueMississippi BravesAtlanta
Josh BellClass A Short Season Northwest LeagueTri-City Dust DevilsColorado
Chris DennisClass A Advanced California LeagueBakersfield BlazeTexas
Russell DixonClass A South Atlantic LeagueLexington LegendsHouston
Josh DonaldsonClass A Midwest LeaguePeoria ChiefsChicago (NL)
John MaddenClass A Advanced California LeagueLake Elsinore StormSan Diego
Josh SullivanClass A South Atlantic LeagueAsheville TouristsColorado
Bruce EdwardsClass A Short Season Northwest LeagueSalem-Keizer VolcanoesSan Francisco
Brett ButtsClass A Advanced Carolina LeagueMyrtle Beach PelicansAtlanta
Philip StringerClass A Short Season New York-Penn LeagueTri-City Valley CatsHouston
Josh BlakeRookie Pioneer LeagueMissoula OspreyArizona