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Legends Announce Roster; 2009 Top Pick Mier To Start Season In Lexington

April 4, 2010 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Lexington Legends

The Lexington Legends' season-opening roster is set. It includes the Houston Astros' top draft pick in 2009, shortstop Jiovanni Mier, and five players who saw action with the Legends last season. The Houston Astros, parent club of the Legends, confirmed player assignments for their affiliates Saturday (April 3).

Mier, from Pomona, Cal., played at the Astros' rookie Appalachian League affiliate in Greeneville, Tenn. after signing with Houston in June of 2009 as the 21st overall pick in the amateur draft. He batted .276 in 51 games with seven home runs and 32 runs batted in, and is considered an outstanding defensive shortstop.

Pitchers David Duncan, Arcenio Leon and Jose Trinidad, infielder Kody Hinze and infielder-outfielder Andy Simunic, all of whom played at least part of 2009 with the Legends, will be back to start the 2010 season, the team's 10th in Lexington. In addition, catcher Jonathan Fixler, who was with the Legends in 2008, is on the 2010 roster.

Legends General Manager Andy Shea, a former Boston College player, welcomed the 2010 Legends, with an extra nod to a BC alum, pitcher J.B. MacDonald.

"Having Boston College representation in the front office is nice, but having BC guys on the field is a tremendous feeling for me," said Shea. "In terms of experience, background, and athleticism this is a great group of guys. All around, our 10th anniversary season is going to be exciting."

Manager Rodney Linares, coaches Stubby Clapp and Rick Aponte and the players will be introduced at the Legends annual media luncheon Tuesday, April 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Maker's Mark Club at Applebee's Park. Fans may reserve tickets ($22 in advance, $27 at door) by contacting Keith Elkins at kelkins@lexingtonlegends.com or 859 422-7859.

The Legends open the season April 8 in Charleston, S.C. After an eight-game road trip to Charleston and Kannapolis, N.C., the Legends will open their home season Friday, April 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the Greenville Drive. For ticket information, call 859 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.

The Legends' 2010 season is sponsored by Forcht Bank. Opening night is sponsored by Stephen Lawrence, Ltd. and Apres Vous.

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