Johnny Barbato has only made one start since 2014. (Cheryl Pursell)

[RailRiders Preview] Barbato Gets First Start

After two consecutive rainouts, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will get their chance to finally open their 2017 season against the Buffalo Bisons with Johnny Barbato making his first start of the season.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Tyler Wade – SS
  2. Clint Frazier – LF
  3. Dustin Fowler – CF
  4. Kyle Higashioka – C
  5. Rob Refsnyder – 2B
  6. Mason Williams – RF
  7. Donovan Solano – 3B
  8. Ji-Man Choi – 1B
  9. Mark Payton – DH
  10. Johnny Barbato RHP


  • The last time Johnny Barbato made a professional start was on July 2, 2016, against Buffalo and before that his last start was September 2, 2013, for the Lake Elsinore Storm against the High Desert Mavericks. That season he was 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA as a start in seven games.
  • Tyler Wade will get his first taste of the minor’s highest level after impressing everyone in Spring Training.

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