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Tentative Batavia opening roster


Note: This preliminary roster has been superseded by Batavia’s actual opening roster, located here. Changes are noted on the final roster.

Following is the current working roster for the defending New York-Penn League Batavia Muckdogs. Manager Mark DeJohn’s charges open their 2009 regular season on Friday the 19th at home against Auburn.

14 13 of the 31 named are members of the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals draft class. The group includes several new signees such as fifth-rounder Ryan Jackson, eighth-round pick Jason Stidham and ninth-round selection Nick McCully.

Seven players are returning Muckdogs, including pitchers LaCurtis Mayes and Dan Richardson, catcher Luis De La Cruz, infielders Jairo Martinez and Xavier Scruggs with outfielders Edwin Gomez and Beau Riportella.

Be advised the roster will change as more draft picks come to terms and are assigned to the club. I will update the roster matrix once all three short-season clubs’ rosters are set (including Johnson City and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals).

# PITCHERS (15) B/T HT, WT BIRTHDATE AGE BORN PREV PLAYED Acquired
20 Blazek, Michael R/R 6-0, 180 3/16/1989 20 Las Vegas, NV Johnson City Draft ’07 – 35th round
45 Calhoun, Daniel L/L 6-2, 205 9/5/1986 22 Evansville, IN Murray St. Draft ’09 – 29th round
55 Edwards, Justin L/L 6-2, 188 12/3/1987 20 Guyton, GA Kennesaw St. Draft ’09 – 28th round
39 Folino, Jonathan L/R 6-4, 190 1/15/1987 22 Quincy, Mass University of Connecticut Draft ’09 – 27th round
23 Fornataro, Eric R/R 6-1, 195 1/2/1988 21 Richmond, VA Johnson City Draft ’08 – 6th round
40 Hooker, Deryk R/R 6-4, 185 6/21/1989 20 San Diego, CA Johnson City Draft ’07 – 7th round
32 Lavigne, Tyler R/R 6-0, 190 7/3/1988 20 Las Vegas, NV San Diego St. Draft ’09 – 50th round
7 Maertz, Santo R/R 6-1, 220 5/9/1986 23 Staten Island, NY Johnson City Draft ’08 – 44th round
21 Mayes, LaCurtis R/R 5-11,185 8/2/1988 20 Riverside, CA Batavia Muckdogs Draft ’06 – 23rd round
McCully, Nick R/R 5-10, 195 9/5/1988 20 Coastal Carolina Draft ’09 – 9th round
14 Richardson, Dan R/R 6-2, 195 3/21/1985 24 Christiana, DE Batavia Muckdogs Draft ’08 – 38th round
31 Schneider, Scott R/R 6-0, 175 6/7/1988 21 St. Mary’s Draft ’09 – 20th round
26 Siegrist, Kevin L/L 6-5, 190 7/20/1989 19 Wellington, FL GCL Cardinals Draft ’08 – 41st round
33 Squatrito, Josh R/R 6-1, 205 3/12/1987 22 Willow Street, PA Towson University Draft ’09 – 25th round
# CATCHERS (3) B/T HT, WT BIRTHDATE AGE BORN PREV PLAYED Acquired
9 Ahmady, Alan R/R 5-11, 195 12/14/1987 21 Fresno, CA Fresno St. Draft ’09 – 11th round
30 Castro, Ivan R/R 6-0, 185 11/17/1987 20 Santo Domingo, DR Johnson City Non-Drafted FA in 2005
11 Cawley, Jack R/R 6-3, 232 3/2/1986 22 Bronx, NY Johnson City Draft ’08 – 34th round
5 De La Cruz, Luis R/R 5-10, 164 5/6/1989 20 Santo Domingo, DR Batavia Muckdogs Undrafted F/A in 2006
# INFIELDERS (7) B/T HT, WT BIRTHDATE AGE BORN PREV PLAYED Acquired
4 Carpenter, Matt L/R 6-3, 200 11/26/1985 23 Sugar Land, TX TCU Draft ’09 – 13th round
6 Goodwin, Devin R/R 5-11, 185 10/2/1986 21 Russellville, AL Delta State Draft ’09 – 33rd round
Jackson, Ryan R/R 6-2, 175 5/10/1988 21 Miami Springs, FL University of Miami Draft ’09 – 5th round
44 Martinez, Jairo R/R 6-1, 180 5/27/1987 22 Santo Domingo, DR Batavia Muckdogs Non-Drafted F/A in 2005
15 Scruggs, Xavier R/R 6-1, 210 9/23/1987 21 Poway, CA Batavia Muckdogs Draft ’08 – 19th round
Stidham, Jason L/R 5-11, 170 2/26/1988 21 Florida State Draft ’09 – 8th round
Vasques, Niko R/R 6-0, 170 2/26/1989 20 Oxnard, CA Quad Cities Draft ’08 – 3rd round
# OUTFIELDERS (6) B/T HT, WT BIRTHDATE AGE BORN PREV PLAYED Acquired
Gomez, Edwin R/R 5-11, 170 3/10/1988 21 Santo Domingo, DR Batavia Muckdogs Non-Drafted F/A in 2005
Heisler, Adam L/R 5-11, 180 6/7/1988 21 Draft ’09 – 45th round
28 Ingram, D’Marcus R/R 5-9, 170 3/30/1988 21 Little Rock, AR GCL Cardinals Draft ’096 – 25th round
3 Riportella, Beau R/R 6-2, 200 8/20/1988 21 Exeter, CA Batavia Muckdogs Draft ’07 – 10th round
24 Rodriquez, Ryde S/R 6-3, 232 2/2/1988 20 Havanda, Cuba GCL Cardinals Non-Drafted F/A in 2007
25 Shepard, Devin R/R 6-3, 225 9/9/1987 21 Oxnard, CA GCL Cardinals Draft ’08 – 11th round

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