By Zach Helfand
The Baltimore Sun
6:15 PM EDT, June 19, 2012
Starting their 11th season in Aberdeen, the IronBirds open their home schedule Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m. at Ripken Stadium against the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate.
The Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate overhauled its coaching staff this season, with Gary Allenson, formerly the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, taking over. Former Orioles pitcher Alan Mills is Aberdeen's pitching coach and former Double-A Bowie manager Brad Komminsk is the batting coach.
The IronBirds opened the season on the road against the Renegades on Monday, losing 7-3.
The IronBirds' starting lineup in that game featured four 2012 draft picks: third baseman Torsten Boss (eighth round), shortstop Joel Hutter (10th round), catcher Sam Kimmel (18th round) and left fielder Will Howard (22nd round).
Three more 2012 draft picks make their professional debut with Aberdeen: Gene Escat (23rd round), Creede Simpson (25th round) and Anthony Vega (30th round).
Sander Beck, a Maryland product, joins the pitching staff as a nondrafted free agent, and Roderick Bernadina, the younger brother of Washington Nationals outfielder Roger Bernadina, started in center field in the opener. Bernadina played for the Gulf Coast League Orioles last season.
IronBirds home schedule
June 20-21 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
June 22-24 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
July 1-3 vs. Staten Island Yankees
July 11-13 vs. Auburn Doubledays
July 14-16 vs. Batavia Muckdogs
July 22-22 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
July 25-17 vs. Jamestown Jammers
July 28-30 vs. Vermont Lake Monsters
Aug. 7-9 vs. Tri-City Valley Cats
Aug. 10-12 vs. Connecticut Tigers
Aug. 21-23 vs. Lowell Spinners
Aug. 27-28 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones
Aug. 29-30 vs. Staten Island Yankees
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
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