Blue Jays Organizational Rosters: Buffalo Bisons

Revisiting our opening day roster predictions and comparing with the current roster

Here’s what my opening day roster predictions were for the Bisons (with notes on where I went wrong and where the player actually ended up):

C Juan Graterol

1B Rowdy Tellez

2B Christian Lopes

3B Jon Berti                 x DL

SS Gregorio Petit

LF Dwight Smith Jr

CF Dalton Pompey            x DL

RF Darrell Ceciliani

DH Mike Ohlman

Bench

C Rafael Lopez              x AA

INF Jon Diaz                  x AA

INF Jake Elmore

OF Jose Tabata               x DL

Starters

SP Casey Lawrence             x MAJ

SP Jarrett Grube

SP T.J House

SP Matt Buschmann             x ? (unknown status)

SP Lucas Harrell              x DL

Relievers

RP Aaron Loup              x MAJ

RP Ryan Tepera               x MAJ

RP Danny Barnes

RP Matt Dermody

RP Lionel Campos

RP Chad Girodo

RP Dominic Leone             x MAJ

That adds up to a 14/24 score (24, see below). There were four injuries at this level and four at the major league level that couldn’t be accounted for at the time of prediction.

I went with Lopez instead of Monsalve because Raffy was older and had more experience. I picked Latos instead of Loup for the Jays’ ‘pen and Buschmann over Oberholtzer for Buffalo’s rotation.

Here’s who was actually on the opening day roster for the Buffalo Bisons (and, for my mistakes, where I thought those players would appear):

C Juan Graterol

1B Rowdy Tellez

2B Christian Lopes

3B Jason Leblebijian           AA

SS Gregorio Petit

LF Dwight Smith Jr

CF Chris Coghlan

RF Darrell Ceciliani

DH Mike Ohlman

Bench

INF Jake Elmore

OF  Ian Parmley                        AA

Rotation

SP Brett Oberholtzer               Release

SP Jarrett Grube

SP T.J House

SP Mike Bolsinger                   Waivers

SP Mat Latos                             MAJ

Relievers

RP Jeff Beliveau               AA

RP Chris Smith                 AA

RP Danny Barnes

RP Matt Dermody

RP Lionel Campos

RP Chad Girodo

RP John Stilson                AA

RP Wil Browning            AA

DL: OF Dalton Pompey, SP Lucas Harrell, OF Jose Tabata, INF Jon Berti, SP Taylor Cole, RP Blake McFarland,  C Alex Monsalve.

I believed Mike Bolsinger would be waived, and he was, but he passed through waivers in time to be on the Bisons’ opening day roster due to two rainouts.

The Bisons had to play a man short due to the unexpected call up of Casey Lawrence and the injury to Alex Monsalve. Luke Maile had been claimed by the Jays but was not yet with the Bisons. Buffalo went with an eight man bullpen and a two man bench.

Luke Maile has since been added to the roster. I expect the Bisons will go back to a seven man bullpen with Ty Kelly joining the Bisons.

After two rainouts pushing the season opener back, the Bisons have gotten off to a great start. They are a perfect 4-0 so far.

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