Baby Cakes unveil season-opening roster for 2018

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Metairie, LA – The New Orleans Baby Cakes, Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, have released the Opening Day roster for the 2018 season.

The pitching staff is headed Opening Day starter Adam Conley, who was the 2015 Pacific Coast League Left-Handed Pitcher of the Year with New Orleans. A pair of right-handers acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in an offseason trade, Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, rank third and 14th, respectively, in MLB Pipeline’s ranking of Miami’s top prospects.

Veteran right-handers Tyler Cloyd and Drew Rucinski are joined by 2015 draft pick Ben Meyer as options for the starting rotation. In the bullpen, left-handers James Buckelew and Alex Wimmers will complement righties Jumbo Diaz, Joe Gunkel, Chris Mazza, and the only reliever with previous experience with the ‘Cakes, Nick Wittgren.

Outfielders Magnerius Sierra and Braxton Lee, rated seventh and 17th, respectively, by MLB Pipeline, will begin the year with the Baby Cakes. Sierra was another piece of the Ozuna trade who set a Cardinals franchise record last year by opening his career on a nine-game hitting streak, while Lee took home the Double-A Southern League batting crown after coming to the Marlins in a midseason trade with Tampa Bay. Rafael Ortega and J.B. Shuck have each seen time in the majors in recent years, and Isaac Galloway returns to New Orleans for a third season after an injury-plagued 2017, but finished fourth in the PCL the year before with 31 stolen bases.

Infielders include Peter Mooney, who spent all of last season with the Baby Cakes and led the team in triples and walks. Cristhian Adames will join Mooney in the middle of the diamond after playing parts of the last four seasons with the Colorado Rockies, as does Cito Culver, a former first-round pick of the New York Yankees.

Veterans Eric Campbell and Scott Van Slyke figure to hold down the corner infield spots after combining to play 10 big league seasons with the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively, and Jonathan Rodriguez makes the jump to Triple-A after narrowly missing out on the Southern League batting title to Lee last year.

Sharif Othman, drafted by the Marlins in 2011, is set to see the first Triple-A experience of his career as the team’s primary catcher.

The Baby Cakes open the season on Thursday at 7 p.m. against the Nashville Sounds. The first 1,000 fans will receive a replica ‘Cakes jersey courtesy of Silver Slipper Casino. Opening Night ceremonies include a tribute to the franchise’s 25 years in New Orleans, a performance by the 610 Stompers and appearances by WWE Superstars, with a fireworks show following the final out. Tickets can be purchased online, at the stadium box office, or by calling the Baby Cakes at (504) 734-5155.


Managers & Coaches (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status
15 Robert Rodriguez Coach R R 5′ 10″ 180 12-17-1980 Active
Jeremy Powell Pitching Coach R R 6′ 5″ 240 06-18-1976 Active
Tommy Gregg Hitting Coach L L 6′ 1″ 190 07-29-1963 Active
22 Arnie Beyeler Manager R R 5′ 9″ 170 02-13-1964 Active
Pitchers (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
Sandy Alcantara P R R 6′ 4″ 170 09-07-1995 Active Yes
Sean Burnett P L L 5′ 11″ 185 09-17-1982 Active No
Tyler Cloyd P R R 6′ 3″ 210 05-16-1987 Active No
Adam Conley P L L 6′ 3″ 200 05-24-1990 Active Yes
Jumbo Diaz P R R 6′ 4″ 315 02-27-1984 Active No
Brian Ellington P R R 6′ 3″ 215 08-04-1990 Active No
Zac Gallen P R R 6′ 2″ 191 08-03-1995 Active No
Javy Guerra P R R 6′ 1″ 225 10-31-1985 Active No
Mike Kickham P L L 6′ 4″ 220 12-12-1988 Active No
Chris Mazza P R R 6′ 4″ 180 10-17-1989 Active No
James Needy P R R 6′ 6″ 230 03-30-1991 Active Yes
Ryan Newell P R R 6′ 2″ 215 06-18-1991 Restricted No
Drew Rucinski P R R 6′ 2″ 190 12-30-1988 Active No
Scott Squier P R L 6′ 5″ 185 09-17-1992 Restricted No
Alex Wimmers P L R 6′ 2″ 215 11-01-1988 Active No
Nick Wittgren P R R 6′ 2″ 210 05-29-1991 Active Yes
Catchers (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
B.J. Lopez C R R 5′ 9″ 185 09-29-1994 Active No
Sharif Othman C S R 5′ 11″ 190 03-23-1989 Active No
Infielders (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
Cristhian Adames SS S R 6′ 0″ 185 07-26-1991 Active No
Will Allen 1B R R 6′ 3″ 220 03-25-1992 Active No
Eric Campbell 1B R R 6′ 3″ 215 04-09-1987 Active No
Johnny Giavotella 2B R R 5′ 8″ 185 07-10-1987 Active No
12 Matt Juengel 1B R R 6′ 2″ 185 01-13-1990 Active No
7 Peter Mooney SS L R 5′ 6″ 155 08-19-1990 Active No
21 Cal Towey 1B L R 6′ 1″ 215 02-06-1990 Active No
Outfielders (click column headers to sort)
# Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB Status MLB 40-man
19 Chad Hinshaw RF R R 6′ 1″ 205 09-10-1990 Active No
Braxton Lee CF L R 5′ 10″ 185 08-23-1993 Active Yes
Rafael Ortega LF L R 5′ 11″ 160 05-15-1991 Active No
J.B. Shuck LF L L 5′ 11″ 195 06-18-1987 Active No
Magneuris Sierra RF L L 5′ 11″ 160 04-07-1996 Active Yes
Scott Van Slyke LF R R 6′ 4″ 215 07-24-1986 Active No
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