No. 25 Cameron McGuire
Impressive specimen at 6-3, 235, and can handle the pitchers well after three seasons in the minors. In 444 career at-bats, has slugged 13 homers with a .248 average. In 2007, he cracked 11 round-trippers with 48 RBI for two teams.
17 Osiel Flores
Familiar to Valley fans for his career at McAllen High and UTPA, he’s a clutch hitter with great skills behind the plate. Drafted by the Indians, he had 26 games in the affillated minors before joining Fort Worth in 2008, when he launched eight home runs for the Cats in 188 at-bats. Hit over .300 both seasons in college with the Broncs.
23 Carlos Hereaud
A youngster at 23, versatile infielder was selected by the Milwauke Brewers in the ninth round in 2005 out of Missouri City, Texas. Last year in the Arizona League he hit .256 with 23 RBI and 11 steals, and has been one of the team’s leading strokers thus far in 2009.
20 Eunique Johnson
Veteran at age 28, he’s from Compton Calif., and attended Howard University, where he hit .370 with 40 home runs in four seasons. Has played in independent ball for Orange County, Winnipeg, and Montgomery among others, and was an All-Star in 2002-03.
11 Angel Reyes
Rangy 6-foot-3 shortstop can pick it with ease and has a pretty, looping left-handed swing. A native of the Dominican Republic, he was in spring training with the Houston Astros in 2009. Was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2002 and played in their organization through 2007.
5 Bryon Smith
Stocky infielder can play first or second, and was a heavy hitter for Texas Tech, with nine homers and 52 RBI in 2001 and 8/36 the next season. Has been in independent ball since 2002, with three seasons at Fort Worth and two at Coastal Bend before joining the Roadrunners. Has knocked 10 homers in each of the past 10 seasons, with a career-high 60 RBI in 2008.
2 Eric Gonzalez
Mr. Edinburg Baseball, has been with the club since 2001, compiling a .276 lifetime average with 46 home runs. A hustling vet who is a huge positive influence in the clubhouse, “Gonzo” has 76 career steals and last year drove in a career-best 57 runs. Originally from La Feria, he was an outstanding high school football player for the Lions.
27 Robert Matlock
He hit a healthy .295 after coming over from Alexandria last year, and is a lefty with good patience at the plate. From Jackson, Tenn., he started with Schaumberg (Ill.) in the Northern League, hitting .299 in 33 games in 2007, and.289 the next season. Has more walks than strikeouts in his career.
13 Amado German
The elder statesman of the outfield at age 31, he’s a switch-hitter with some pop who plays an excellent outfield. Started his career back in 2000 and advanced to AA ball for three years. In 2031 lifetime at-bats, had .263 average coming into 2009 with 30 homers and 80 stolen bases. In three seasons with the Coyotes, he hit 16 homers and had 32 steals.
4 Nick Aranda
Speedy flycatcher has stolen 55 bases in three seasons with Edinburg, including 35 in 2007. McAllen native is a .257 lifetime hitter heading into 2009, with 73 runs scored and a penchant for the dramatic catch in the outfield. He’s only been caught stealing 10 times.
9 Vincent Blue
Smooth left-handed hitting outfielder is from Houston and was drafted back in 2001 by the Tigers. In 2,130 lifetime chances, he has hit .262 with 134 stolen bases and 96 extra-base hits. Batted .297 with 40 steals in 2005 and has scored 280 runs in his career.
18 Aaron Guerra
Edinburg High and UTPA ex is a crowd favorite and a crafty righty pitcher who doesn’t throw hard but knows how to pitch. He joined the Coyotes in 2006 and had a 1.67 ERA in 21 appearances. In 2007, he went 9-3 with a 3.68 ERA and followed that up with nine more wins in 12 decisions last season. Has amassed 220 Ks and only 62 walks in three campaigns.
14 Kelly Casares
Imposing righty closer attended UTPA and began his pro career in 2006, with seven saves and a 0.68 ERA in 22 games with the Coyotes. Pitched for Sioux City in 2007 and 2008, striking out 76 batters in 81 innings of work. Started the 2009 season with Fort Worth and came to the Roadrunners late this spring.
6 Ricardo Serrano
This solidly built righthander is from Baldwin Park, Calif., and attended Mt. San Antonio Junior College before coming to the Valley. The youngest member of the squad at age 22.
22 Ray Silva
An exciting and productive pitcher at UTPA, he made it into the St. Louis Cardinals organization after college, and at 6-3, 240, is a load to handle for opposing hitters. He grew up in California and was also a great hitter in high school. Won two times for Johnson City in the Appalachian League in 2007 before injuring an arm.
16 Bryan Martin
A 240-pound lefty from Texas City, the 26-year-old appeared in 11 games for the first Roadrunners, back in 2005, and has thrown 128 innings in the minors, with a 5-8 record and 5.01 ERA. Had a 2.14 ERA with Coastal Bend in 2007 and a 3.35 mark for Fort Worth last year.
29 Miguel Martinez
At 26, he’s already a 7-year veteran who began in the Rookie League in 2002, tossing in the Seattle Mariners’ organization for five seasons. Primarily a reliever in the minors, the Puerto Rico native has transitioned into a starting role these days. Was 7-5 for the Coyotes last year with 70 Ks. Has pitched in 187 games lifetime and had five saves in 2004.
7 Eric Montoya
Veteran lefthander is one of the deans of the staff at age 31; he’s won 64 games lifetime with a 3.75 ERA. Has won at least 10 games four times, including 10 each of the past two years with the Coyotes. Three-time All-Star has compiled 447 strikeouts in 758 innings in a career dating back to 2000. From Corpus, pitched for UT-San Antonio in college.
10 Austin Bridges
This 23-year-old attended Fossil Ridge HS in Fort Worth and went on to become a steady left-hander for UT-Arlington. Set a state record in high school by picking off six batters in one game.
15 Bryan Heaston
New Mexico native is a hard-throwing right-handed swingman who is in his fourth season in town. Six-three righty began in 2002 at Richmond in the Frontier League and has hurled 461 innings all told, with 24 wins, 10 saves and a 4.94 ERA. Won seven times for Coastal Bend in 2006 and has 337 lifetime Ks.
12 Tim Haines
Another of the former UTPA guys on the roster, he holds the program record with 16 saves from 2005-06. Drafted by the pros and ended up with Coastal Bend in 2007, where he won five times and struck out 85 batters in 82 innings. Last year Haines was 5-6 with a 4.93 ERA, with 69 Ks in 94 frames.
30 Pedro Flores
Former all-star with the original Roadrunners, this lefty from Los Angeles has pitched in 296 games in 13 seasons, with four years of 10-plus wins. He was 14-6 last year for Fort Worth and in 1,435 career innings, has notched 1,211 strikeouts, with a 3.65 ERA. Won two league titles with the Roadrunners.