for immediate release: 29 April, 2006
Hyannis Mets 2006 Season Preview
HYANNIS, Mass. -- The outlook in Hyannis is bright, literally. Fans this season can look forward to not only a renovated McKeon Park equipped with a new lighting system but also a roster filled with fresh talent. After a tough record-setting 2005 season (7-36-1), the Mets have regrouped. The team welcomes back four key returnees along with a stellar cast of new standouts who may be just what Hyannis needs to capture the CCBL Championship this season.
Two of the four players returning this season to the Mets are standouts: Texas Longhorns pitcher Adrian Alaniz, who totaled 19 2/3 innings last summer; and St. Joseph’s (Maine) ace Charlie Furbush, a temporary player at the start of last summer who wowed coaches and spectators alike, ending the season with a team-high 50 innings and 55 strikeouts in 12 appearances. The Mets pitching staff this year will be dominated by right-handed hurlers, with only two lefties (including Furbush). Anchoring the starting rotation and bullpen are left-handed Longhorn Austin Wood, Jake Arrieta (TCU), Aaron Brown (Houston), Josh Collmenter (Central Michigan), Andrew Cruse (South Carolina), Matt Daly (Hawaii), Ben Jeffers (Georgia), Ryan Reid (James Madison), and Adam Reifer (UC Riverside).
Also returning to the roster are outfielder Mark McGonigle (Houston) and catcher Brian Juhl, whose first season with the Mets was cut short by injury. During his time with the Mets, McGonigle batted .204 and stood out as a top defensive outfielder. Joining McGonigle and Juhl to round out the roster are infielders including NC State’s Ramon Corona and Matt Mangini, James Darnell ( South Carolina), Walter Diaz (Miami), Ryan Flaherty (Vanderbilt), Spence Nagy (Tallahassee CC). Catcher Alex Hale (Richmond) and outfielders Jordan Danks (Texas), Milan Dinga (West Point), David Macias (Vanderbilt), and Sean O’Brien (Virginia Tech) complete the squad in 2006.
Hyannis will be under the leadership of coach Greg King, head coach at Thomas College in Maine. This year will be King’s third season at the helm for Hyannis. In his debut managerial season for Hyannis, he led the Mets to a second-place spot in the Western Division. With such a talented team under his supervision this year, Hyannis looks to have an edge on the competition. The Mets begin their 31st Cape League season this summer at McKeon Park on Thursday, June 15th against the Y-D Red Sox.
The Hyannis Mets boasted 109 alumni in pro baseball in 2005, including 21 in the major leagues. They include Texas Rangers manager Buck Showalter, Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, right-handed hurlers Matt Morris of the San Francisco Giants and Kris Benson of the Baltimore Orioles, hard-hitting Pat Burrell of the Philadelphia Phillies, and slugging outfielders Jeromy Burnitz of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Eric Hinske of the Toronto Blue Jays.
By Courtney Reilly, CCBL Intern, firstname.lastname@example.org