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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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