The first formal and official workout for the 1992 Salt Lake Trappers, defending champions of the Pioneer League, won't be until Monday, but about nine pitchers were expected to go through some light throwing and running Thursday at Derks Field with new pitching coach Brian Peterson.
Among the pitchers are returnees John Gilligan (6-1), the Pioneer League's 1991 leader in earned-run average at 1.71; Jim Guidi (2-2, 3.65) and Chris Shultea (2-2, 3.64).Trapper general manager Dave Baggott said two new pitchers were in his office Wednesday and ready to work out today, too. They were Art Canestro, from Long Island and New York Tech, a '91 left-handed pitcher for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees of the Florida State League, where he was 0-0; and George Kerfut, of Croton, N.Y., Pace University and the 1991 Miami Miracle Class A team, where he had a 4-6 record.
The Trappers are holding tryout camps at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Thursday and Friday for free agents and players who went undrafted by major-league teams this week, and they will hold an invitation-only tryout camp Sunday morning at Derks for locals. University of Utah and BYU seniors have been invited to that camp.
Finally, most of the squad will get together with third-year manager Nick Belmonte Monday for the first formal workout. The Trapper season opens June 17 at Butte. The home opener is Saturday, June 20, against Idaho Falls.
The Trappers, who lose about 1,500 Derks Field seats (out of 10,000) to city condemnation because of aging, will make fun of their predicament in the opener, handing out some 500 mock construction helmets that say, "I survived Derks Field" on them.
The Pioneer League has expanded its season from 70 to 76 games, going through Sept. 5 with the two-team, best-of-five championship playoff to follow. The league configuration changed slightly when Pocatello moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, and the Northern Division. Helena drops into the Southern Division with the Trappers, Idaho Falls and Butte. Billings, Medicine Hat, Great Falls and Lethbridge are in the North.