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The 2010 New Hampshire Roster

I’ve put up the opening day roster for the Lansing Lugnuts (LoA), now it’s time for the New Hampshire Fishercats opening day roster. Here it is, loaded with talent and potential:

Pitchers:

Kyle Drabek (22 years old, #1 BA rank PHI), Zach Stewart (23 years old, #1 BA rank), Robert Bell (24 years old), Marty McLeary (35 years old), Adrian Martin (25 years old)

Daniel Farquhar (22 years old, #14 BA rank), Zach Dials (24 years old), Randy Boone (25 years old), Bubbie Buzachero (28 years ol), Tim Collins (20 years old, #19 BA rank), Trystan Magnuson (24 years old, #22 BA rank)

(D.L. Kenny Rodriguez, Vince Bongiovanni)

Catcher:

Brian Jeroloman (24 years old), Jonathan Jaspe (24 years old)

1B:

David Cooper (23 years old, #4 BA rank)

2B:

Calix Crabbe (27 years old), Jonathan Diaz (24 years old)

SS:

Manny Mayorson (27 years old), Luis Sanchez (22 years old)

3B:

Brad Emaus (24 years old, #25 BA rank), Al Quintana (27 years old)

LF:

Adam Calderone (26 years old)

CF:

Darin Mastroianni (24 years old)

RF:

Adam Loewen (25 years old), Eric Thames (23 years old, #18 BA rank) (D.L. Sean Shoffit)

DH:

Eric Thames (23 years old, #18 BA rank) and all others

There are some surprises with this roster in my opinion. Keeping Darin Mastroianni in AA doesn’t seem to make much sense, and the same holds true for Zach Stewart who proved he could handle AAA last season. In Stewart’s case I can understand the thought process as he is switching to starter and will need some time to adjust to the role. Darin didn’t dominate AA last season, but he did well enough in my opinion to warrant a trial period in AAA. The only reason I can see for it is that they have Jeremy Reed playing CF in AAA and don’t want to shift either player to a corner.

This lineup is very good overall and holds a ton of potential. I’m just throwing this out there as a possible opening day lineup:

  1. CF Darin Mastroianni
  2. 2B Calix Crabbe
  3. 1B David Cooper
  4. 3B Brad Emaus
  5. DH Eric Thames
  6. RF Adam Loewen
  7. LF Adam Calderone
  8. C Brian Jeroloman
  9. SS Manuel Mayorson

If David Cooper and Brad Emaus can turn in the seasons that were expected of them last season, the 2010 version of New Hampshire could be a very good one. Moises Sierra, Travis d’Arnaud, and Henderson Alvarez are all significant potential additions from HiA Dunedin that could also help this squad out as the year progresses. The bull pen is solid, the rotation is potent, and the lineup does have potential.

I also received the following information for those near enough to attend games. I’ve been lucky enough to make it to some of their games in the past, and this franchise does a great job throughout in creating the perfect atmosphere and one of the best experiences in the minor leagues. Here’s what I got about the opening:

“The 2010 Fisher Cats arrive from Spring Training on Monday, April 5, and play in a seven-inning free exhibition game against the Rivier Colege Raiders on Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00pm at Merchantsauto.com Stadium.  Also that night, Laura from Rock 101′s The Morning Buzz will be hosting a Red Sox/Yankees Rivalry Party in the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill.  On Wednesday, April 7, Season Ticket Holders and Kids Club Members will gather with the team at the annual Meet & Greet in the Samuel Adams Bar & Grill from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

The Fisher Cats play their season opener against the New Britain Rock Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, on Thursday night, April 8, at 6:05pm in New Britain, CT.  United Way Opening Day at Merchantsauto.com Stadium is Thursday, April 15, when the Fisher Cats host the Binghamton Mets, Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets, at 6:35pm.  For tickets and information, call (603) 641-2005 or visitwww.nhfishercats.com.”

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