The Las Vegas 51s led the Pacific Coast League in hitting last year with a .290 average, but under first-year manager Dan Rohn this season, pitching could be the team’s strength.
Left-hander Brett Cecil went 7-4 with a 5.30 ERA in 18 games (17 starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays last season and was one of the team’s final cuts this year. Joining him in the 51s’ rotation could be left-hander Brad Mills and right-handers Robert Ray and Ray Gonzalez. Mills and Ray both pitched for Las Vegas in 2009 but were sidelined by injuries for much of the season. Gonzalez pitched for Double-A New Hampshire last year.
The bullpen also should be solid, led by right-hander Josh Roenicke, acquired from Cincinnati last year, and southpaws Jesse Carlson and David Purcey. All three have the potential to reach the big leagues this year.
Catcher J.P. Arencibia returns to Las Vegas as one of the Blue Jays’ top prospects, along with first baseman Brett Wallace, who was acquired from Oakland as part of the four-team trade that sent Toronto ace Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
The season starts April 8, and tickets can be purchased at Cashman Field or ticketmaster.com.