Baby Cakes unveil season-opening roster for 2018
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.
NEW ORLEANS BABY CAKES ROSTER
Managers & Coaches (click column headers to sort)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|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|
- < PREV Tulane to induct 2005 College World Series squad, six others into Athletic Hall of Fame
- NEXT > World No. 3 golfer Jon Rahm, LSU product Sam Burns among teams committed to 2018 Zurich Classic