Tri-City Dust Devils

SPORTS: Dust Devils begin arriving today in Pasco

The defending National League champion Colorado Rockies have assigned 26 players from extended spring training to the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League.

The Dust Devils open the season June 17 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tri-Cities home opener is June 22 vs. Salem-Keizer in a rematch of the 2007 NWL championship series.

This group of players will be joined by several drafted by Colorado in last week’s First Year Player Draft. The following players are scheduled to report today to the rainy Tri-Cities.

Among the pitchers will be four former Dust Devils who begin the season in Tri-City on rehab stints. Josh Sullivan, Sean Jarrett, and Ethan Katz were members of the 2006 team, while Drew Coffey was a starter in 2007. Also returning to Tri-City are Austin Chambliss, Kenneth Durst, Andrew Groves, and Brandon Miller. Moving up a level from Casper (Wyo.) of the Pioneer League are Jonnathan Aristil, Parker Frazier, Juan Nicasio, David Parker, and Robert Paschal, while Michael Marbry joins the Dust Devils after spending the 2007 season in the South Atlantic League with Asheville, N.C.

Two catchers return to the Tri-Cities: Johnny Bowden and Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco was an infielder last season and has been converted to catcher. Another catcher, newcomer Jhaysson Agustin spent the 2007 season in Asheville.

The returning infielders are Radames Nazario and Derek Kinzler. Both spent part of the 2007 season in Pasco. They will be joined by Austin Rauch and Chris Vasami, both of whom moved up from Casper.

Josh Banda is the sole returning outfielder. Four others played in Casper in 2007: Brent Bowman, Chad Lembeck, Leonardo Reyes, and Scott Robinson.

Individual game tickets for Opening Night and the rest of the season are on sale now and can be ordered by phone, online at, at the stadium box office, and at all TicketsWest locations. Season tickets, mini-plans, and group tickets are also on sale at the box office, by phone, and online.