Asher Wojciechowski, a rising star destined to join the Astros rotation.
Bobby Doran, who has spent most of the season in Double-A.
Jake Buchanan, who has split time between Double-A and Triple-A.
“We also have a whole new bullpen,” DeFranseco said. “It's about finding the right combination. In the bullpen we have (Jorge) De Leon coming back, a power arm, four righties and three lefties. We have a lot of options.”
The Isotopes will start former Southwestern pitcher Red Patterson, top 10 Dodgers prospect Matt Magill and three 30-somethings.
Jonathan Sanchez, 30, has made 137 Major League starts. Angel Castro is a 30-year-old minor league journeyman. Matt Palmer, 34, has spent most of his career in the minors but has 175 major league innings.
DeFranseco also will be limited with his lineup. The RedHawks currently have 11 position players. Three are catchers.
The revamped lineup is built around star center fielder George Springer; first baseman Jonathan Singleton, the Astros' top prospect; shortstop Jimmy Paredes, who has bounced between OKC and Houston; veteran outfielder Trevor Crowe and former OCU star Ruben Sosa.
“We don't have any depth,” DeFranseco said. “The guys know they'll be in the lineup every day. Hopefully we're good enough to make a run these last three weeks. We just need to play good baseball.”