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Ian Clarkin in the Arizona Fall League in 2015 ( <a href="http://moosetography.zenfolio.com/">Ryan "Moose" Morris - Freelance Photographer</a>)

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Kaprielian, Clarkin Headline Tampa Yankees Staff

The 2016 minor league baseball season is only hours away and the Tampa Yankees are getting set to take the field at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Friday night after starting the season on the road against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Thursday.

Headlining the 2016 T-Yanks will be the 16th overall draft pick of the 2016 draft James Kaprielian who is one of just 2 players on the opening day roster who were with the Staten Island Yankees in 2015.  The other one is outfielder Zack Zehner.

Joining Kaprielian in the starting rotation to start the season will be Vicente Campos, Ian Clarkin, Chance Adams and Gabriel Encinas.  They will be followed by a bullpen that includes Joe Maher, Jonathan Holder, Dan Camarena, Jacob Lindgren, Jordan Foley, Matt Marsh, and Dillon McNamara.

In addition to Zehner, Michael O’Neill, Jake Skole and Mark Payton will patrol the outfield.  Santiago Nessy and Francisco Diaz will serve as catchers.

It will be the infield that holds the most talent for the T-Yanks featuring Miguel Andujar at third base, Jorge Mateo at shortstop, Abiatal Avelino at second and with the combination of Billy Fleming and Michael Ford playing first base.

While this is not an official roster it has been confirmed by various sources that these players will be starting their season in Tampa.  Several players such as Jose Mesa Jr. are expected to report to Tampa in a few weeks.

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