Although the Orem Owlz return four starters from last season's team, the Los Angeles Angels affiliate will feature 18 new players to open the 2013 Pioneer League season as well as a new manager.
Meanwhile, the Ogden Raptors might draw more attention to who is watching from the stands than maybe the team, which is seeking to repeat as the league's Southern Division champions. The Raptors, rookie league affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, feature five players whose father completed their journey to the major leagues.
In any event, both teams open the season Thursday on the road. Orem travels to Idaho Falls and Ogden to Grand Junction. The Owlz and Raptors won't play each other until a July 4 meeting in Ogden.