2018 Buffalo Bisons Preliminary Roster

 Prized catching prospect Danny Jansen will begin the season with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

Prized catching prospect Danny Jansen will begin the season with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Jay Blue

Blue Jays from Away

The Buffalo Bisons, who normally have a roster cobbled together with some minor league and major league veterans, are going younger and more home grown than I've ever seen it with their 2018 tentative Opening Day roster.

Starters

The starting rotation for the Buffalo Bisons was a little more in flux in spring than it might have been. Word is that we'll have Joe Biagini with Ryan Borucki, Deck McGuire, Taylor Guerrieri and Sam Gaviglio in the rotation.

Obviously, we were expecting Thomas Pannone to be in the rotation but he'll be on the restricted list to start the season after getting an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance enhancing drug.

Relievers

Out of the pen, we're going to see a very interesting group with a lot of big league experience. Al Alburquerque starts there (although he likely has an opt out) while Tim Mayza, Chris Rowley, Luis Santos, Chad Girodo, Matt Dermody, Sam Moll, and Carlos Ramirez all have big league experience.

Optimistically, I had expected to see Andrew Case (Saint John, N.B.) and Justin Shafer in Buffalo.

Rhiner Cruz and Jake Petricka start on the DL.

The most notable omission for the Bisons (and for all of the other teams) is Murphy Smith who doesn't seem to be listed on the roster.

Catchers

As expected, Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire are going to share the catching duties in Buffalo. I had thought that Patrick Cantwell might be on the roster to be a third catcher but it looks like there is an extra infielder roster spot that could possibly be used for these purposes.

Infielders

Rowdy Tellez returns to play first base while Tim Lopes is expected to play second and Danny Espinosa (who has an opt-out at the end of the month, Shi Davidi tells us) will play short. Jason Leblebijian will return to Buffalo along with Jon Berti.

Surprisingly, Richard Urena starts on the DL. As mentioned before, there is an extra infield spot marked "TBA" and it could go to someone like Emilio Guerrero who hasn't been mentioned on any roster yet.

Outfielders

Going into the season, we thought that the outfield would be the Bisons' strength but injuries to Anthony Alford and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga, Ont.) have diluted that strength somewhat. Still, Teoscar Hernandez, Dwight Smith Jr. and Roemon Fields are all on the roster with Ian Parmley listed as the club's fourth outfielder, as expected.

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Jay Blue

A lifelong Toronto Blue Jays fan, Jay Blue started blogging about the Jays when he was living in Berlin, Germany. He founded his own blog, Blue Jays from Away, to write about developments with his home town team, focusing on the Jays' minor league system. When he's not watching baseball, he is usually on the diamond umpiring or he's pursuing his research interests in the field of ethnomusicology.