2011 Opening Day!

It’s finally here! The Opening Day of 2011 Dust Devil baseball has arrived; Gesa Stadium is getting its final touch-ups and the front office is buzzing with activity. The first lineup of the Dust Devils 2011 campaign is out and here’s what it looks like:

  1. Jeffrey Squier #3 – SS
  2. Tyler Massey #5 – LF
  3. Leo Reyes #33 – CF
  4. Jared Simon #22 – RF
  5. Jordan Ribera #50 – DH
  6. Ryan Casteel #7 – C
  7. Blake McDade #24 – 1B
  8. Jayson Langfels #43 – 3B
  9. David Hernandez #6 – 2b

SP: Christian Bergman #21 – RHP

The opening lineup of 2011 features some familiar faces from 2010, such as outfielders Jared Simon and Leo Reyes, as well as infielders David Hernandez and Jayson Langfels. Of the group only Hernandez appeared in less than 40 games last season.

Joining those former Dust Devils in the starting lineup will be new additions from Casper Jeffrey Squier, Ryan Casteel and Blake McDade. The trio of former Ghosts all played significantly in 2010, combining to feature in 154 games last season. McDade led those three in batting average (.327) and runs batted in (40) while Squier hit the most home runs (6) and all three had on-base percentages over .300.

The lone 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft pick of the Colorado Rockies to start the season in the Dust Devils starting lineup is former Fresno State first baseman Jordan Ribera. Ribera led the nation in home runs in 2010 (27) and compiled an impressive power hitting resume in his four years of collegiate baseball. Batting fifth in his Gesa Stadium debut, behind relative veterans in Simon and Reyes, should give him the opportunity to showcase his talents.

A late addition to the Tri-City roster and lineup is left-fielder Tyler Massey. Massey was drafted in the 14th round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft and has been playing in the Rockies’ single-A affiliate, the Asheville Tourists, since 2009. He joins the Dust Devils this season after struggling to begin 2011 in Asheville, batting .200 in 20 games with 10 runs batted in.

Getting the start on the mound for the Dust Devils, in their first home season opener since 2005, is former Casper starter Christian Bergman. Bergman was drafted in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Rockies and went 1-4 with a 5.96 earned run average last season for Casper. Word is that he has been doing very well in extended spring training in Arizona and, pitching in notoriously pitcher-friendly Gesa Stadium, his numbers should improve.

Happy Opening Day! Go Dust Devils!

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