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2012 Montgomery Biscuits roster announced

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Montgomery Biscuits are excited to reveal the 2012 Opening Day roster announced today by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The roster, made up of 13 pitchers and 12 position players, includes 15 members that have worn the butter and blue before. Ten players will be making their Biscuits debut Thursday when the Biscuits visit Pensacola.

The top-rated position player in the Rays system, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, highlights the Opening Day roster. Lee made his Biscuits debut last August after leading A+ Charlotte with a .318 average en route to FSL All-Star honors. He'll be joined in the infield by returners Henry Wrigley and Cole Figueroa. Wrigley leads the Biscuits over the last two seasons with 26 homers and 121 RBI, while Figueroa led the 2011 Biscuits in walks (55). Fellow infielder Tyler Bortnick, who swiped an organization-best 43 bases in 47 attempts for Charlotte last year, will make his Biscuits debut.

In the outfield, newly-signed Brad Coon will begin his 8th minor league season along with 2011 Biscuits Kyeong Kang and Isaias Velsquez. Kang was a big surprise for the Biscuits last year, breaking into the starting lineup early in the season and cranking a career-high 11 home runs. Velasquez was the hottest Biscuits hitter over the final month of the season, collecting 8 triples in less than half a season. Former Alabama star and Birmingham-native Emeel Salem rounds out the outfield, returning to the Biscuits after missing all of 2011. Salem hit .263 with 23 stolen bases in 2012 for Montgomery.

Craig Albernaz will be a catcher for the Biscuits for the sixth season. He'll share the duties with Mark Thomas, who is considered the Best Defensive Catcher in the Rays organization. It will be Thomas' first double-A stint.

The pitching staff is keyed by hot prospect Alex Colome, who showcased his power-pitching in nine starts with the Biscuits in 2011. Right-handed starters Joe Cruz, Jim Paduch, and Shane Dyer all return, while lefty-relievers Frank De Los Santos and Neil Schenk both come back for a second season with the Biscuits. Five pitchers will make their Biscuits debuts, including former Auburn hurler Scott Shuman.

Three returning pitchers will begin the season on the DL - Richard De Los Santos, Nick Barnese, and Zach Quate.

The Biscuits will open the 2012 season with 10 games on the road before opening the home schedule on Sunday, April 15th, at 5:35 against the Mobile BayBears. Tickets for the opening 15-game home-stand and any of the other 70 home games are available now by logging on to biscuitsbaseball.com, or visiting or calling the box office at 334-323-2255. 
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