The newly minted Stud Muffins Rumble Ponies are gearing up for a new season starting on April 6th. Their Double-A Level Roster was released today by Tyler Feldman. The roster is as shown:

RHP: Cory Burns, Casey Delgado, Mickey Jannis, Luis Mateo, Corey Oswalt, Tim Peterson, Tyler Pill, Scarlyn Reyes, Corey Taylor

LHP: Alberto Baldonado, P.J. Conlon, Ben Griset, Kyle Regnault, Kelly Secrest

Catcher: Tomas Nido, Colton Plaia

Infielders: Luis Guillorme, L.J. Mazzilli, Jiovanni Mier, Matt Oberste, J.C. Rodriguez, David Thompson, Kevin Taylor

Outfielders: Patrick Biondi, Kevin Kaczmarski, Champ Stuart

DL: Jeff McNeil


Nido is the top prospect here, a possible two-way catcher who took home the batting title in a tough pitcher’s league last season. In the infield, Guillorme has opened eyes as a shortstop, and showed more pop during the spring, so there may be a jump in the outfield. Thompson has a bit to prove as both a power hitter and a 3rd baseman. It’s disappointing to see Oberste back in Double-A, but it looks as though he gets the starting gig at first base this time. Mazzilli will likely get reps at 2nd, 3rd, and apparently the outfield. McNeil should come back soon. Taylor, Rodriguez, and Mier will do some backup work for these guys.

Kaczmarski figures to hit for some average out of right field. Champ will play center, but people have to watch out for strikeouts. Biondi will likely play all over the field. Question is: Why isn’t John Mora playing in Double-A? He should be here, not Hi-A.

The pitching isn’t very exciting. The rotation is Pill, Conlon, Oswalt, Delgado, Jannis. Chris Flexen underwent knee surgery, and he was a top prospect slated to go to Binghamton, but he should rejoin after rehabilitation in late April, Mid May. Conlon is a top prospect, and Oswalt is under the radar. Jannis is a knuckleballer.

The Mets have finally converted Reyes to relief, he’s a real flamethrower. Baldonado and Taylor are also relief arms to watch. Taylor is likely closer.

Overall, not really excited with this roster. The obvious gems are Nido, Guillorme, Conlon, Flexen, and Thompson, but St. Lucie should be able to send up some nice reinforcements mid year.

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