06/03/2007 1:48 PM
for immediate release: 3 June, 2007
Hyannis Mets 2007 Season Preview
Mets Look For Improvement With Balanced Attack
HYANNIS, Mass- After finishing the 2005 season with a dismal record of 7-36-1, the Hyannis Mets took a major step in the right direction last year by going 16-24-3, good for fourth place in the West Division.
Five players from last year’s roster return to Hyannis this summer and look to take the team to its first playoff experience since 2004.
Right-handed pitcher Matt Daly (Hawaii), infielder James Darnell (South Carolina), hard-hitting shortstop Ryan Flaherty (Vanderbilt), outfielder David Macias (Vanderbilt) and Austin Wood (Texas) a left-hander pitcher, are the returning veterans who look to lead the team to a winning record.
Daly leads Hawaii with an ERA of 3.38 and will look to continue that success with the Mets as well as continuing his offensive output he enjoyed last year leading the team with 25 runs scored.
Flaherty and Macias, teammates at No. 1 Vanderbilt, will help the Mets by continuing their success at the plate, as they have batting averages of .365 and .298 respectively for the Commodores. Flaherty, a sweet-swinging southpaw batter, was named one of the Top 30 Prospects in the Cape League last summer by Baseball America.
Another teammate at Vanderbilt, catcher Shea Robin, has had a hot bat for the Commodores as well as batting .303 this season and will look to carry that over to the Mets this summer.
Shane Peterson (Long Beach State) is a hard-hitting infielder and leads his team in both RBI’s (40) and batting average (.344). Joining him in the infield will be Kiko Vazquez (Central Florida), who also wields a powerful bat leading his team in home runs (9), RBI’s (57), and batting average (.364).
Other infielders for the Met are Patrick Long (Georgia Tech), Scott Elmendorf (Southern Illinois), Dan Brewer (Bradley), and Ryan Jackson (Miami).
Dale Cornstubble (Central Michigan) and Francis Larson (UC Irvine) will both be bidding for time behind the plate along with Robin. Rounding out the position players are Wilson Boyd (Clemson) and Chris Nelson (Long Beach State), who will both be patrolling the outfield.
Joining Wood and Daly will be a solid mix of lefties and righties to round out the pitching staff. Leading the left-handed pitchers will be the Miami ace Eric Erickson, who currently leads the Hurricanes with a 2.00 ERA. Other southpaws for the Mets include Carmine Giardini (Central Florida), and Ricardo Pecina (San Diego).
Jason Franzblau (Winthrop) and Jimmy Jolicouer (Cal State Northridge) head up the right-handed pitchers, as they rank number one at their schools in wins with eight and five respectively.
Rounding out the roster for the Mets are righties Andrew Doyle (Oklahoma), Hunter Harris (Texas), Austin Hudson (Central Florida), Tyler Stohr (North Florida), and Bryce Stowell (UC Irvine).
Hyannis hosts the defending champion Y-D Red Sox, at McKeon Park to start the season, Friday, June 15 at 5 p.m., as will all of their home games scheduled originally for 7 PM. The change comes after the announcement the new lights will not go up for one more season due to “continuing environmental concerns and rising installation costs” according to the team’s homepage.
With a solid pitching staff and the power offensively to back that staff up, the Mets should have a very successful season.
Kevin Wolfe, CCBL Intern ([email protected])