Tar Heels on Minor League Opening Day Rosters

Aaron Sabato to make Minor League debut Tuesday

After more than 600 days away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minor League Baseball returns to action Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, 17 former North Carolina players were listed on Opening Day rosters, including many who are entering their first full professional seasons. Among them is Aaron Sabato – who the Minnesota Twins took 27th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft – and Michael Busch – who Baseball America ranks as MLB’s No. 77 prospect.

Below is a list of their assignments.


  • Trevor Kelley, Gwinnett Stripers (Atlanta Braves)

  • Brian Miller, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Miami Marlins)

  • Brian Moran, Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays)

  • Logan Warmoth, Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays)

  • Adam Warren, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees)


  • Michael Busch, Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers)

  • Cooper Criswell, Rocket City Trash Pandas (Los Angeles Angels)

  • Brett Daniels, Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros)

  • Tyler Ramirez, Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics)


  • Hansen Butler, Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox)

  • Kyle Datres, Spokane Indians (Colorado Rockies)

  • Brandon Martorano, Eugene Emeralds (San Francisco Giants)

  • Cody Roberts, Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles)


  • Austin Bergner, Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers)

  • Dylan Harris, Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles)

  • Ashton McGee, Carolina Mudcats (Milwaukee Brewers)

  • Aaron Sabato, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Minnesota Twins)


  • Gianluca Dalatri, Gulf Coast League Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals)

Worth mentioning

  • Tim Federowicz signed a Minor League contract in the offseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with which he made his MLB debut in 2011. He’ll likely be assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers, who have yet to announce their roster.

  • Tyler Baum is currently rehabbing at the Oakland Athletics’ spring training facility in Arizona, according to Melissa Lockard of The Athletic. He’ll likely report to the High-A Lansing Lugnuts after rehabbing.

  • The Miami Marlins sent Mike Morin outright to the Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on Feb. 12, but he isn’t listed on the team’s Opening Day roster.

  • Rodney Hutchison (New York Yankees) and Ike Freeman (Cleveland Indians) are both awaiting assignment.