Taylor Widener has primarily been a reliever in his career in college and professional baseball. (Robert M. Pimpsner)

[Tampa Yankees Preview] Widener Makes First Start of the Season

Though Jordan Montgomery and Chad Green pitched well on opening day, limiting Lakeland to just one earned run, the Tampa Yankees could not muster up the offense to back them up.  Tonight they look to right the ship behind right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener.

Starting Lineup:

  1. Jorge Mateo – SS
  2. Kyle Holder – 3B
  3. Trey Amburgey – LF
  4. Matt Snyder – DH
  5. Tito Polo – CF
  6. Nick Solak – 2B
  7. Mandy Alvarez – 1B
  8. Sharif Othman – C
  9. Jhalan Jackson – RF
  10. Taylor Widener – RHP


  • Talor Widener only has two professional starts under his belt, one in Staten Island and one in Charleston last season.  In college, he did start 14 games in three seasons at South Carolina but has primarily been a reliever.  In the Coastal Plains League in 2015, he did make six starts for the Lexington County BlowFish where he was 1-2 with a 2.53 ERA and struck out 43 in 32 innings pitched.
  • Jhalan Jackson makes his first start of the 2017 season, the right-fielder has plus raw power and hit 11 home runs, 28 doubles and 4 triples for the Charleston RiverDogs in 103 games in 2016.
  • Kyle Holder is making his second start at third base, he looked good at the position.

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