The 2016 New York-Penn League season opens tomorrow and with that the Brooklyn Cyclones will host the 2015 McNamara Division Champion Staten Island Yankees so it is time to introduce you all to the Baby Bombers roster.
Players returning from the 2015 squad include shortstop Danienger Perez, corner infielder Drew Bridges, Josh Roeder, Kolton Mahoney, and Michael Schaub, In addition the are several names that will be familiar to Staten Island Yankees fans as they have played for the team in the past but spent last year with other teams. Those names include Claudio Custodio, Justin Kamplain, David Palladino and Luis Torrens.
Joining them this season will be Simon De La Rosa, Drew Finley, Adonis Rosa, Jonathan Padilla, Kane Sweeney, Eduardo Rivera, David Sosebee, and Kendall Coleman. All of which played for the Pulaski Yankees last season. Joining Staten Island from the Dominican Summer League Yankees is infielder Ricardo Ferreira and Freicer Perez. Also listed on the roster is infielder Chris Godinez who was signed as a free agent by the Yankees in March after spending last season in the Dodgers organization and Anyelo Gomez.
Five players from the 2016 First-Year-Player Draft will be with the Baby Bombers to start the season, they include Dalton Blaser, Keith Skinner, Brooks Kriske, Timmy Robinson and Mandy Alvarez.
Josh Roeder, 23, was a 21st round pick of the Yankees in the 2015 First-Year-Player Draft and made his professional debut with Staten Island last season when he went 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 19 games, throwing 28 2/3 innings and striking out 26.
Mahoney, 24, was one of the top starters for the Baby Bombers last season going 3-2 with a 2.29 in 12 games, 10 starts. He struck out 50 in 55 innings while walking just 11.
Michael Schaub was a 38th round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010 and after 3 years with them he was signed as a free agent by the Yankees in 2015. Last year he was one of the top relievers for Staten Island with a 3-1 record, 1.37 ERA in 20 games. He struck out 24 batters in 26 1/3 innings.
Claudio Custodio, 25, the former position player returns to the Staten Island Yankees, but now he is a pitcher. He previous was with Staten Island in 2012 as an infielder. In 2015 he moved to the mound in 2015 and since then owns a 4-2 record with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games, striking out 25 over 32 2/3 innings. Earlier this season he was with the Charleston RiverDogs where he was 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 8 strike outs over 10 innings.
Also returning to Staten Island is Justin Kamplain, 23, has been with the Yankees since being drafted in the 18th round of the 2014 draft. He made his professional debut that season with Staten Island and only allowed just 1 run over 21 innings before a late-season promotion to Charleston. Where in 22 2/3 innings he struck out 21 batters and earned a 2.78 ERA. Kamplain spent all of 2015 in Charleston where in 26 games, 25 starts, he was 5-14 with a 4.29 ERA and 119 strike outs over 136 1/3 innings. This season he appeared in 1 game for the Tampa Yankees, striking out 2 in 2 shutout innings of work.
Palladino, 23, was a 5th round pick out of Howard College in 2013 and he spent two seasons in Staten Island in 2013 and 2014. Last year he split the season between the Charleston RiverDogs, Gulf Coast Yankees and the Pulaski Yankees. This season he appeared in 6 games for the Charleston RiverDogs. Overall he owns a 16-17 record and a 4.68 ERA in 244 innings over 4 seasons in the minors.
De La Rosa, 23, had a brief stint with the Charleston RiverDogs to open up the 2016 season but after going 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA over 10 games he was re-assigned. Last season he was 6-2 with a 3.71 ERA for the Pulaski Yankees in 13 games, 7 starts.
Adonis Rosa, 21, was also on the Pulaski squad last season where in 11 starts he owned a7-2 record with a 3.93 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Padilla, 23, spent the 2015 season between the Dominican Summer League Yankees and the Pulaski Yankees. He owned a combined 5-1 record with a 2.08 ERA between the two rookie affiliates with 50 strikeouts over 52 innings.
Eduardo Rivera, 23, has been with the Yankees organization since 2011 and owns a career 3-17 record and a 5.14 ERA in 182 innings, striking out 191 batters in that time. He spent last season with the Pulaski Yankees where he was 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA in 15 games out of the bullpen, striking out 46 in 35 1/3 innings.
Drew Finley is the highest ranked pitching prospects on this year’s Staten Island Yankees. The 19-year old right-hander made his professional debut with the Pulaski Yankees where he owned a 0-1 record with a 3.94 ERA in 12 starts. He struck out 41 batters over 32 innings.
David Sosebee, 22, joins Staten Island after appearing in 8 games for the Charleston RiverDogs earlier this season. In that time, he threw 10 innings, struck out 7, and had a 3.60 ERA. Last year he was in the bullpen for the Pulaski Yankees where he was 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Joining Staten Island directly from the Dominican Summer League is Freicer Perez. Perez, 20, was 7-3 with a 3.23 ERA in 15 starts for the Dominican Summer League Yankees where he struck out 58 batters over 69 2/3 innings.
Anyelo Gomez, 23, spent the last two seasons partially with the Charleston RiverDogs, this season he appeared in 13 games, 5 starts, striking out 49 in 45 2/3 innings pitched with a 2.76 ERA. Last year he appeared in just 6 games where he was 0-2 with a 2.41 ERA between the RiverDogs, Tampa Yankees and the Gulf Coast Yankees.
Out of the 2016 draft the Yankees will be getting Brooks Kriske who was drafted in the sixth round. Kriske, 22, owned a career 4-5 record over 4 seasons with USC. Working mostly as a reliever throughout college he struck out 106 in 121 innings.
Trevor Lane, 22, will be joining the Yankees but is rehabbing what is believed to be a partially torn labrum down in Tampa. The former University of Illinois Chicago pitcher was drafted in the 10th round of this year’s draft where he was 8-5 with a 1.41 ERA in 26 games, 1 start, and 90 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings.
Torrens, 20, rejoins the Baby Bombers after sitting out a year due to shoulder surgery. Originally slated to start the year in Charleston he experiences a minor setback and is expected to be with Staten Island for a week or two before heading to the South Atlantic League. In 2014 he hit .270 with 13 doubles, 3 triples and 2 homeruns for the Baby Bombers with 18 RBIs. During the 2014 season he amassed a 21-game hitting streak and was NY-Penn League All-Star.
Skinner, 22, was the Yankees seventh round draft pick this year out of North Florida University where he hit .382 in 57 games. In four years playing college baseball he hit .352 with 34 doubles, 9 homeruns and 124 RBIs in 166 games.
Perez, 19, was part of the Yankees big international free agent hall in 2014. He made his professional debut last season, splitting the year between the Dominican Summer League Yankees, the Gulf Coast League Yankees and the Staten Island Yankees. Between the 3 he had a .246 ERA with 20 doubles, 5 triples and a homerun with 32 RBIs.
Bridges, 21, was a 20th round pick of the Yankees in 2013. Last season he hit .211 with the Staten Island Yankees and earlier this season he appeared in 8 games for the Charleston RiverDogs. With Charleston he hit .192 with a triple, homerun and 2 RBIs. Overall he owns a career .206 average, 24 doubles, 4 triples and 11 homeruns with 65 RBIs.
Kane Sweeney, 23, was the Yankees 29th round pick last year and made his professional debut with the Pulaski Yankees where he hit .320. He had 15 doubles, 2 triples and 6 homeruns while driving in 37 runs.
Kendal Coleman, 21, has been with the Yankees since being drafted in 2013. He started the season off with the Charleston RiverDogs where he hit just .202 with 1 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 homeruns. Last season he hit .236 for the Pulaski Yankees with 2 doubles, 7 triples and 5 homeruns.
Switch-hitter Ricardo Ferreira, 21, gets the promotion directly from the Dominican Summer League where he owns a .357 average over 80 games between 2 seasons in the Dominican. Over that time, he has 11 doubles, 9 triples and a homerun with 47 RBIs.
Chris Godinez, 23, is entering his first season in the Yankees organization. Last year in the Dodgers organization he hit .226 for the Ogden Raptors with 2 doubles, a triple and a homerun while driving in 11.
Eighth round draft pick Dalton Blaser, 22, spent last year with Cal State Fullerton where he hit .359 over 58 games with 14 doubles, 4 homeruns and 38 RBIs.
Timmy Robinson, 21, spent 4 seasons at USC where he hit .282 this past season with 18 doubles, 1 triple and 8 homeruns. Overall he owned a combined .266 batting average through all four seasons with the Trojans.
- Josh Roeder
- Kolton Mahoney
- Michael Schaub
- Claudio Custodio
- Justin Kamplain
- David Palladino
- Simon De La Rosa
- Drew Finley
- Adonis Rosa
- Jonathan Padilla
- Eduardo Rivera
- Brooks Kriske
- Freicer Perez
- David Sosebee
- Anyelo Gomez
- Keith Skinner
- Luis torrens
- Danienger Perez
- Drew Bridges
- Chris Godinez
- Mandy Alvarez
- Kane Sweeney
- Kendall Coleman
- Dalton Blaser
- Timmy Robinson
- Ricardo Ferreira