Fort Wayne Announces 2005 Roster
Vern Sterry

Posted Apr 1, 2005

The San Diego Padres, the parent club for the Midwest League's Fort Wayne Wizards, have announced the 2005 Opening Day roster for the Wizards.

Highlighting the team is the number one overall pick from the 2004 June draft, shortstop Matt Bush. Bush was the first high school shortstop taken as the number overall pick since the Seattle Mariners took Alex Rodriguez with the first pick in 1993.

Thirteen players on the 2005 opening day roster spent a portion of the season with Fort Wayne last year. Four of the players are top-10 picks by San Diego in the 2004 June draft.

Pitchers (12)
Name Age B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown 2004 Team/Round Pick
Ekstrom, Michael 21 R/R 6-0 193 Gresham, OR Eugene/Fort Wayne/12th
Ellis, Jonathan 22 R/R 6-0 190 Charleston, SC Eugene/6th
Girardeau, Clark 22 R/R 6-5 210 Mobile, AL Fort Wayne/Lake Elsinore/7th
Hamilton, Clayton 22 R/R 6-5 200 Beaver Falls, PA Eugene/17th
Jimenez, Fabian 18 L/L 6-3 170 Cartagena Bolivar, Columbia Peoria, AZ
Perez, Henry 22 R/R 6-3 210 Santo Domingo, DR Fort Wayne
Santo, Joel 20 R/R 6-3 180 San Cristobal, DR Eugene/Peoria, AZ
Steidlmayer, Luke 24 R/R 6-5 190 Colusa, CA Fort Wayne/Peoria, AZ/8th
Steik, Ricky 21 L/R 6-4 220 Buena Park, CA Peoria, AZ/Eugene/Portland/7th
Sterry, Vern 23 R/R 6-2 215 Rowland Heights, CA Eugene/Fort Wayne/8th
Trytten, Ryan 23 R/R 6-3 215 Agency, IA Lincoln (Independent)/
Varner, Matt 23 R/R 5-11 200 West Columbia, TX Eugene/Fort Wayne/11th
Catchers (3)
Name Age B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown 2004 Team/Round Pick
Lauderdale, Matt 23 R/R 5-10 200 Roswell, GA Lake Elsinore/Fort Wayne/9th
Lobaton, Jose 20 B/R 6-0 170 Acarigua, VZ Eugene
Morton, Colt 21 R/R 6-6 230 Wellington, FL Eugene/Fort Wayne/Mobile/3rd
Infielders (6)
Name Age B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown 2004 Team/Round Pick
Bush, Matt 19 R/R 5-11 170 San Diego, CA Eugene/Peoria, AZ/1st (1st Overall)
Ciofrone, Peter 21 L/R 5-10 205 Smithtown, NY Augusta (Red Sox)/Fort Wayne
Dale, Lachlan 21 R/R 6-3 190 Kalamunda, Australia Eugene
Dowdy, Brett 23 R/R 6-0 190 Bradenton, FL Vero Beach/Jacksonville (Dodgers)/9th
Figueroa, Baudilio 21 B/R 6-2 160 Puerto Plata, DR Peoria, AZ/Eugene/Fort Wayne
Kazmar, Sean 20 R/R 5-10 180 Las Vegas, NV Eugene/Fort Wayne/5th
Outfielders (4)
Name Age B/T Ht. Wt. Hometown 2004 Team/Round Pick
Kolkhorst, Chris 23 L/R 5-10 180 Houston, TX Peoria, AZ/Eugene/Fort Wayne/10th
Mora, Ruben 23 B/R 6-0 170 Sabanitas Colon, Panama Eugene/Fort Wayne
Ramirez, Yordany 20 R/R 6-1 160 Boca Chica, DR Eugene/Peoria, AZ
Vincent, Tom 23 L/R 6-3 215 McKellar, Australia Eugene/48th
Randy Ready (Manager)

Steve Webber (Pitching Coach)

Max Venable (Hitting Coach)
Paul Navarro (Trainer)
TBA (Strength)
Efrain Victorio (Clubhouse)
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