While the Staten Island Yankees had their season opener washed out due to the torrential rain and damaging winds affecting the area they did have some news.
Third baseman Nelson Gomez will begin the 2017 season serving a five-game suspension that carried over from last season when he was tossed out of the game on August 30, 2016. The young infielder was tossed in the top of the ninth inning of that game by home plate umpire Cody Hall after striking out looking and arguing with the umpire.
Gomez will return from his suspension on Sunday, June 25 when the Staten Island Yankees player the Aberdeen Ironbirds at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George. Thought he is suspended he is working out with the team taking batting practice and infield as usual. During batting practice on Monday, he hit several balls to the warning track without much effort, demonstrating the power potential stated in his scouting report.
The Yankees also made some additions to the roster just before Opening Day. Jhony Brito, Daniel Alvarez and Jeff Degano joined the team after staying behind in Tampa to get their pitching in. They were listed on the un-official player list but did not travel north with the rest of the team on Saturday.
Outfielder Dalton Blaser has returned to the Baby Bombers after hitting .311/.392/.556 over 16 games for the Charleston RiverDogs. Last season with Staten Island he hit .223/.316/.287 over 55 games. Catcher/First Baseman Jason Lopez also joined the team. Lopez, 19, was signed by the Yankees as part of that big 2014 International Free Agent class. Last season he hit just .192/.267/.346 over 11 games in the Gulf Coast League. He did play in six games for the DSL Yankees this season and had two hits over 20 at-bats.