Suns announce 2005 Opening Day roster

The Hagerstown Suns are excited to announce the Opening Day roster for the Suns 2005 season, the team's 25th Anniversary season and the team's first as a New York Mets affiliate.

The Suns open up the 2005 season tomorrow, as they take on the Hagerstown Community College Hawks in a seven-inning exhibition game beginning at 6:35pm. On Thursday, April 7th, the Suns open up the South Atlantic League season when they face the West Virginia Power at 6:35pm at Municipal Stadium.

The Suns roster is highlighted by a number of strong prospects in the New York Mets farm system. Ambiorix Concepcion, scheduled to be the team's starting right fielder, has drawn comparisons to Vladimir Guerrero. The 23 year old was a New York Penn League post-season All Star and won the league's Stedler Award that recognizes the player most likely to "go the furthest in professional baseball." Outfielder Dante Brinkley was also a New York Penn League post-season All Star. Matt Durkin, the Mets 2004 2nd round pick will make his professional baseball debut in a Suns uniform.

In a weird, unfortunate series of events, Jesus Flores was initially on the Suns roster. Flores, slated to be the Suns starting catcher, made the trip with the New York Mets parent club to play the Nationals in Washington DC on Sunday. During his first at-bat, Flores was hit by a pitch, took 1st base and later scored the game's tying run. X-rays after the game, however, revealed Flores had broken his thumb. The catcher is scheduled to depart Hagerstown tomorrow, before even suiting up in a Suns jersey.

The complete roster to begin the 2005 season is listed below. For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorship packages, contact the Suns at 301.791.6266 or at info@hagerstownsuns.com. The Suns are owned by Los Angeles based Mandalay Baseball Properties.

Pitchers  
Cova, Rafael  23 
Devaney, Michael  22 
Durkin, Matthew  22 
Eager, Blake  23 
Hernandez, Gabriel  19 
Landing, Jeff  21 
Mannix, Kevin  24 
Miramontes, Matt  23 
Muniz, Carlos  24 
Perez, Marcelo  24 
Rengel, Orlando  22 
Rondon, Celso  21 
Sanchez, Jose  21 
Smith, Chuck  23 
Worthington, Timothy  24 

Catchers
  
Arroyo, Rafael 22 
Hathaway, Aaron  22 
Piazza, Tony  24 

Infielders
  
Carp, Mike  18 
Davidson, Tyler  24 
Coultas, Ryan  23 
Batista, Wilson  24 
Triplett, Russ  24 
Psomas, Grant  22 

Outfielders
  
Brinkley, Dante  23 
Coles, Corey  23 
Concepcion, Ambiorix  23 
Gamero, Jesus  21 
Gomez, Carlos  19 
Watts, Derran  24 

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