Tuesday, April 05, 2011
The 2011 Bisons will feature 19 players with major league experience, including 12 that played at the game's top level last season. That list includes nine players who spent time with the Mets in 2010.
The 2011 squad also features 18 players who spent time in Buffalo last season. Combined, the Herd will welcome back 618 hits, 70 home runs, 278RBI, 34 wins and 462 strikeouts thrown from last year's Bisons team.
Buffalo's Opening Day starter, RHP DILLON GEE, struck out a modern era single-season record 165 batters last season and LHP PAT MISCH post the third lowest ERA (3.23) in the International League in 2010. They will be joined in a star-studded starting rotation by Mets' Baseball America Top Prospect, 21-year old RHP JENRRY MEJIA, and former big leaguers, RHP BOOF BONSER and LHP CASEY FOSSUM.
The entire 2011 Bisons outfield are returnees. OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ (Baseball America #8 Prospect) has hit 20 home runs with the team over the past two years while OF JESUS FELICIANO has the second-highest average (.323) in the Bisons' modern era. OF KIRK NIEUWENHUIS (Baseball America #5 Prospect) hit 18 home runs between Double-A and the Bisons last season and OF JASON PRIDIE led the 2010 Herd with nine stolen bases.