Syracuse Announces Its 2011 Roster

The second of the four full-season affiliate roster has been released

With a H/T to frequent commenter Peric, it appears that the Syracuse Chiefs roster has been announced. Without further ado…

Collin Balester
Adam Carr
Matt Chico
Ross Detwiler
Lee Hyde
Cole Kimball
J.D. Martin
Yunesky Maya
Tom Milone
Garrett Mock
Craig Stammen
Josh Wilkie

Jesus Flores
Carlos Maldonado
Jhonatan Solano

Michael Aubrey
Brian Bixler
Seth Bynum
Chris Marrero
Chris McConnell
Alex Valdez

Roger Bernadina
Corey Brown
Jeff Frazier
Boomer Whiting

Some notably absent names… Shairon Martis, Atahualpa Severino, Alex Cintron, and Oliver Perez. We’re still waiting for sources from both within and without the organization to inform us on releases and, of course, the last two full-season rosters. But it’s possible that three of these four have been released.

Local beat writer Tom Leo is predicting a rotation of Detwiler, Martin, Maya, Milone and Mock, with Kimball as the closer out of the bullpen. That’s plausible, with perhaps Matt Chico taking the place of either Martin or Mock, should either get traded.

As referenced yesterday, this is not the Opening Day roster and the presence of three catchers as well as just four outfielders is a bit of a giveaway that more moves are coming. As folks have noted in the comments, these past two rosters are evidence that while the lower minors appear to be getting younger, the upper minors still aren’t. Of the bolded watchlist players, only Chris Marrero and Tom Milone are under the age of 25.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

32 thoughts on “Syracuse Announces Its 2011 Roster”


    Here’s the Syracuse roster on their website and the pitchers look much different from your list.

    Michael Allen P R R 6′ 3″ 220 05-27-1987 Active No
    Collin Balester P R R 6′ 5″ 200 06-06-1986 Active Yes
    Adam Carr P R R 6′ 2″ 220 04-01-1984 Active Yes
    Matt Chico P L L 5′ 11″ 220 06-10-1983 Active Yes
    Ross Detwiler P R L 6′ 5″ 185 03-06-1986 Active Yes
    Harvey Garcia P R R 6′ 2″ 220 03-16-1984 Active No
    Lee Hyde P R L 6′ 2″ 205 02-14-1985 Active Yes
    Cole Kimball P R R 6′ 3″ 225 08-01-1985 Active Yes
    Shairon Martis P R R 6′ 1″ 225 03-30-1987 Active Yes
    Yunesky Maya P R R 5′ 11″ 170 08-28-1981 Active Yes
    Garrett Mock P R R 6′ 4″ 230 04-25-1983 Active Yes
    Atahualpa Severino P L L 5′ 9″ 170 11-06-1984 Active Yes
    Craig Stammen P R R 6′ 3″ 200 03-09-1984 Active Yes
    Ron Villone P L L 6′ 3″ 245 01-16-1970 Active Yes
    13 Josh Wilkie

  2. For what its worth, I just spoke with former Nat/ P-Nat A.J. Morris and he has had season ending shoulder surgery. Could explain why he was moved to the bullpen last year.

    1. Man, that’s sad. He was starting to look decent by the end of last year. I guess that makes the return on that trade look better, but you really want to see our guys do well wherever they land.

    2. Thanks, Toast, that’s a big wow. The word last fall was that Morris was completely healed andhe was lights out in the FIL.
      Wish him luck, but a lot of these guys have shoulder issues and are never heard from again.

  3. Glad to see Boomer Whiting still there….glad he wasn’t sent back down after his AAA/4-A success. I don’t know what plans the Nats have for him, but if he puts up good number again – does he still stay put or become trade fodder?

  4. I’m surprised Tanner Roark and Rafael Martin aren’t on either Harrisburg or Syracuse’s rosters. Short of an injury I don’t know about, I can’t imagine either guy starting in Potomac.

  5. @Max – I can see Roark (24 this past Oct.) but not Martin (27 next month).

    @Joneric – Nada. I’ve got an auto-check going on the BA site but it’s looking more and more like they’re going to not do a Transactions post this week.

    @TBRFan – At this point, you root for Boomer to get called up some point when the Nats need a body for a string of doubleheaders so he gets his name in agate a la Archibald Graham. Shame the Herb Washington thing never caught on, right?

  6. There is one answer to the OBP and grit FAIL at the top of the DC lineup. It’s name: BOOMER WHITING! Wilkamania is in eclipse by BOOMER BALL!

    1. I liked him a ton when in Hagerstown, watched him in Potomac, and root for him always. Grit really is a good word to use when talking about him. Archie Graham….was always fascinated with his story after the whole Field of Dreams movie. 🙂 Boomer gets a call up, i’m going to the game!

  7. I’m counting 6 starters on that list: Detwiler, Maya, Milone, Martin, Chico, and Mock. Any chance that one of them is on the DL or a middle reliever? Or should someone be a bit nervous?

    1. @Souldrummer,

      According to Tom Leo, (see my post under Harrisburg 2011 roster where I quote him),
      these are the five starters: Milone, Mock, Maya, Martin and Detwiler.

      Chico is in the bullpen along with Stammen. Not sure what happened to Martis? Sue seems to suspect he might have been traded. They would also be available for spot starts etc.

      Basically 2 left handers and 3 right handers.

      1. Pretty interesting to see that Martin is still hanging around. I guess he’s the “veteran stabilizer” and may have more value in a trade should he pitch well? Mock will continue to tantalize and torment. He could be this year’s Aaron Thompson or he could be the system’s comeback pitcher of the year.

  8. A handfull of reactions/suprises; 1) Severino is still on the Nationals 40-man roster, so I’m suprised he’s missing from the Syracuse roster, 2) the initial list is a man over the limit, just like Harrisburg was (AAA & AA carry 24-man active rosters), and 3) the pitching list not appearing on either roster is growing (O.Perez, Roark, M.Allen, H.Garcia, R.Martin, Severino, Spradlin, & Zinicola).

    My reaction is that Rizzo has some things on the burner (possible trades), and that some from this list will get moved to another Orginization, while one or two others catch an extended Spring Training assignment.

  9. Not good for smilin’ Jack Spradlin: From BA:

    Released: RHP Michael Allen, RHP Shane Erb, RHP Robinson Fabian, RHP Justin Phillabaum, LHP Clayton Dill, LHP Austin Garrett, LHP Nick Serino, LHP Jack Spradlin, 1B Ronnie Labrie, 3B Jack Walker

    1. Sue touched on this earlier this week, but I’d love some input from some of the people who know some of these players. A lot of them are names that sound familiar but without the in depth knowledge.

    1. Rooney was not among the folks listed as released in the BA transactions update, which was from March 23-29. The “So Long, Boys” post has been updated to include them (almost all are pitchers). Given the number of catchers that the Nats have been signing, it’s good bet that Rooney has indeed retired.

        1. Ah, the rare use of definition #2 of minion (“one highly favored : idol”). 🙂

  10. Thanks for the H/T, I hope Sue can somehow get to the bottom of all the moves by tomorrow which should be a travel day in preparation for the season start on the 7th.

  11. The thinking here is that Severino might have been placed on waivers to free up that 40-man slot. I was thinking that they would have done this earlier. My impression from the single time they brought Severino up Riggleman refused to use him. Have to figure he has a better chance with another organization?

      1. Didn’t say precisely where he is (I assume Harrisburg) but we do now know that Ryan Tatusko got #40 as requested … he found the jersey in his locker waiting for him.

    1. Kobernus over Sanchez in the middle of the diamond. Potomac’s roster will be fascinating, and that’s without Harper. The entire outfield is prospects. Hague and Kobernus are prospects. Rosenbaum’s a prospect. The rotation feels underwhelming to me, but there will be enough action on the diamond to satisfy every night.

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