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RUMBLE PONIES GAME NOTES: Game #1 - Rumble Ponies (0-0) at Fisher Cats (0-0) - 6:35 PM

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BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
(0-0), -- GB
(New York Mets)

New Hampshire FISHER CATS
(0-0), -- GB
(Toronto Blue Jays)




Friday, April 7, 2017  6:35 PM
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium  Manchester, NH
RHP Tyler Pill (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (0-0, 0.00)
WNBF 1290 AM


NEW SEASON, NEW NAME :  2017 marks the first season of Rumble Ponies baseball in Binghamton. Decided by a fan vote, the Rumble Ponies edged out four other finalists. The name pays homage to the  “Carousel Capital of the World.” Binghamton was known as the ‘Mets’ from 1992 through 2016.

BINGHAMTON  STARTER: Rumble Ponies opening day starter, Tyler Pill, returns as the winningest pitcher in Binghamton history (25). The 26-year old right-hander begins his fifth campaign in the Southern Tier after posting  a 9-10 mark in 22 starts last season.  The Cal State-Fullerton graduate finished the 2016 season in Triple-A with Las Vegas. Pill has appeared in 54 career games for Binghamton.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: Fisher Cats right-hander Sean-Reid Foley gets the ball from Manager Gary Allenson on Opening Day. A second-round draft pick in 2014, Reid-Foley makes his Eastern League and Double-A debut in his 4th professional season. In 2016, he posted a 10-5 record with a 2.81 ERA in 21 starts for Dunedin (TOR: Low-A) and Lansing (TOR: High-A). The 21-year old held opposing hitters to a .190 batting average while fanning 130 batters in 115.1 innings.

EXPERIENCED ARMS The Rumble Ponies Opening Day roster features 13 players that appeared in at least one game with Binghamton in 2016. Seven pitchers are included in that list of returnees. Three members of Bighamton’s five-man rotation already have Double-A experience (Pill, Casey Delgado &Mickey Jannis).

TOMAS NIDO: Catcher Tomas Nido kicks of the 2017 season as the highest-rated Mets prospect on the roster (#10 according to Baseball America). Last year, the 22-year old nabbed the Florida State League batting title with St. Lucie, hitting .320 (adjusted to .313 for batting title calculations). Nido led the team in doubles, slugging percentage, and OPS. The Puerto Rican born backstop cut his strikeout rate in half. An 8th round draft pick of the Mets in 2012, Nido also threw out a career-best 42% of would-be base-stealers.

BIG LEAGUE TIME: Reliever Cory Burns is the only Rumble Pony on the Opening Day roster with Major League experience. The righty appeared in 27 Major League games across two seasons with the Padres (2012) and Rangers (2013). Burns pitched for the Fisher Cats in 2015.

BAT-CATCHER: Rumble Ponies infielder Luis Guillorme begins the 2017 season as the Mets #17 prospect (according to Baseball America). The 22-year old became  a viral sensation when, in a Mets spring training game on March 2, he caught an errant bat headed toward the dugout. In 2015, he was a Southern Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star & the Sand Gnats Most Valuable Player.

UP NEXT: The Rumble Ponies continue their season-opening rain-shortened series in Manchester on Saturday evening at 6:35 PM. LHP PJ Conlon is set to make his Double-A debut against RHP Conner Greene.

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