BINGHAMTON, NY – With first pitch of their silver season just hours away the Binghamton Mets are proud to announce their Opening Day roster. The B-Mets will welcome back 15 returning players from the 2014 and 2015 rosters. The club will introduce 13 players to the Southern Tier for the first time as B-Mets.
The B-Mets Opening Day roster is occupied by six players that were Mid-Season All-Stars in their respective leagues last year. Two players were Postseason All-Stars and one was a league MVP. Two players on the B-Mets roster enter 2015 with Major League experience. Six members of the 2016 B-Mets roster played in the elite Arizona Fall League last year.
Robert Gsellman will get the ball on Thursday night as the B-Mets’ Opening Day starter. The righty led all Mets farmhands with 13 wins last season between High-A and Double-A. The 2015 Organizational Pitcher of the Year was added to the Mets’ 40-man roster in November.
Tyler Pill, Rainy Lara and Mickey Jannis return to Binghamton for another season with the B-Mets. Kyle Regnault and Andrew Barbosa round out the B-Mets rotation in their first season in Binghamton.
Right-hander Akeel Morris opens the season in Binghamton after a sparkling 2015 season. He was a Mid-Season All-Star in the Florida State League, made his Major League debut with the Mets in June and closed the year with a 0.43 ERA in his final 14 games with the B-Mets. Beck Wheeler returns to the B-Mets bullpen after finishing last year in the Arizona Fall League.
David Roseboom, Mike Hepple, Kelly Secrest and Logan Taylor are set to make their Double-A debuts working out of the B-Mets bullpen. Luis Mateo returns to Binghamton after a one-game cameo with the club in 2013.
2014 Eastern League Postseason MVP Xorge Carrillo heads back to the B-Mets to serve as the field general behind the plate. He will be joined by 2015 Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star Colton Plaia and 2015 Texas League Mid-Season All-Star Raywilly Gomez.
2015 Florida State League MVP Dominic Smith highlights the B-Mets infield. The 20-year-old was the Sterling Award Winner for St. Lucie after leading the league in doubles and RBI. Fellow FSL Postseason All-Star Matt Oberste is set to make his Double-A debut and split time with Smith at first base.
LJ Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil and Niuman Romero are back in the Southern Tier for another season with the B-Mets. McNeil was named a Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star with St. Lucie last year. Veteran infielder Derrik Gibson will make his B-Mets debut and split time at shortstop with Romero.
The B-Mets welcome back three outfielders in Victor Cruzado, Jared King and Kyle Johnson. Johnson, an Eastern League All-Star in 2014, is back after spending time in Triple-A last season. Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol open the season with Binghamton ready for their Double-A debuts.
The Binghamton Mets open their 25th season on Thursday, April 7 at 6:35 PM at NYSEG Stadium against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Season tickets and mini packs are on sale now and may be purchased in person at NYSEG Stadium or by visiting www.bmets.com or calling (607) 723-METS.
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