By Brandon J. Koch
The Buffalo Bisons are coming off a 65-76 record in 2017, missing the playoffs.
As the 2018 sets to begin Friday, the roster is setting up to become younger with prospects all throughout the Buffalo lineup.
Catcher Danny Jansen: The 6th ranked prospect by MLB.com, Jansen played 21 games with the herd in 2017, hitting 3 homers and 10 RBIs with a .328 batting average.
Catcher Reese McGuire: It will be interesting to see how this plays out with two top catcher prospects in Buffalo. Jansen seems like the head man behind the plate. Will McGuire play DH? Or will he be eased in? McGuire mostly played in AA New Hampshire last season, hitting .278 with 6 HRs and 20 RBIs.
Shortstop Richard Urena: The 22-year old will start the season on the 7-day disabled list. Urena spent his 2017 season in New Hampshire, then 21 games with the BlueJays. He is a defensive shortstop first, while developing as a hitter.
First-baseman Rowdy Tellez: It was a tale of ups and downs for Tellez in his rookie season with Buffalo. After hitting .206 pre all star break, Tellez finished the final month of the 2017 season with a .311 batting average in August. The question is can he be a more confident hitter and hit more baseballs out of Coca-Cola Field.
Up next is a look at pitching.