Niagara Gazette — In the outfield, Gose is as good as they come. The 22-year old prospect could easily be opening the season in Toronto if not for the Blue Jays’ spending spree in the offseason. The acquisition of Melky Cabrera will keep Gose in the minors for a while longer, but Toronto’s loss is Buffalo’s gain.
Gose stole 70 bases in 2011 at New Hampshire and combined for 49 between Las Vegas and Toronto last season. He hit .286 for the 51s with 31 extra base hits (10 triples) and 43 RBI. Sierra was a member of the Dominican Republic team that won the World Baseball Classic in March. He hit .271 with 23 home runs and 78 RBI between Las Vegas and Toronto last season.
Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas will be the backstops for the Herd, both Buffalo veterans from the Mets’ years. Thole caught Johan Santana’s no-hitter last season and is known for his ability to manage a pitching staff.
Journeyman Justin Germano will get the ball today to open the season for the Bisons. He went 9-4 last year in Pawtucket and was the Red Sox’ opening day starter, ironically, against the Bisons in 2012.
Germano didn’t have a great spring training, but Brown said he is a veteran guy that mixes four pitches and knows how to throw strikes.
”All of our pitchers are going to be strike throwers, which puts pressure on our defense, which I like, because we are going to have a very solid defense,” Brown said. “But Justin is the type of guy that’s been through it before. I know he’s motivated to come to the park every day and his motivation is to get back to the big leagues.”
Claudio Vargas, David Bush, Todd Redmond and Ortiz complete the Bisons’ rotation. In the bullpen, Brad Lincoln, Alex Burnett and Alex Hinshaw highlight a group with plenty of big league experience.