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Fireflies Roster Move and Game Notes - May 15 at Augusta (Game 39)

May 15, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

ease note the following New York Mets minor league transactions:

- OF Yoel Romero transferred to Brooklyn from Columbia

-INF Hansel Moreno transferred to Columbia from St. Lucie

Columbia Fireflies (13-25) @ Augusta GreenJackets (19-18)

RHP Colin Holderman (2-0, 1.74) vs. RHP Blake Rivera (1-1, 4.32)

Wed., May 15, 2019 - SRP Park (North Augusta, SC) - First Pitch 7:05 p.m. - Game 39

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LAST TIME OUT: Columbia dropped the series opener to Augusta, 3-2. All three of Augusta's runs came via the longball. Fireflies starter Willy Tavares matched a season-high in innings pitched (6.1) for Columbia starters this season. Wagner Lagrange also set a new team-high in doubles for 2019, ripping a pair of two-baggers in the one-run loss.

DON'T LET HIM GET HOT: Columbia third baseman Mark Vientos smacked three hits in the Fireflies' 3-2 loss on Tuesday night. The 4th-rated prospect in the Mets system has been making consistent solid contact as of late, and could be a huge difference maker if his bat heats up.

ACE IN THE HOLE?: Fireflies starter Colin Holderman has excelled in his two starts this season, allowing just two runs in 10.1 innings pitched. He gets the ball in the middle game tonight in Augusta.

STAYING SHARP: Fireflies utility man Brian Sharp played a vital role in a double-header sweep on Monday. After delivering a walk-off single with the bases loaded in game one, the Missouri native mashed a go-ahead, three-run homer to put the Fireflies ahead for good in game two. Combined, he went 3-7 on the day with a home run, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored.

FOLLOW THE LAW: Keith Law, senior baseball writer at ESPN, ranked Columbia's roster as the 7th-most "Loaded Roster" in all of Minor League Baseball. Law recognized the fact Columbia's roster includes the Mets' third, fourth and fifth-rated prospects (infielders Ronny Mauricio, Mark Vientos and Shervyen Newton, respectively), New York's past two second-round draft choices (RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, Vientos) and the system's ninth-rated prospect, left-hander Thomas Szapucki (drafted in the fifth round in 2015). The roster also features 26th (Baseball America) and 27th-rated prospects Chris Viall and Christian James. The prospect rankings are according to unless otherwise noted.

NEW STAFF: Fireflies second-year manager Pedro Lopez notwithstanding, Columbia has an entirely different coaching staff in 2019. Former big leaguer and Mets pitcher Royce Ring assumes the role as pitching coach and former Eastern League champion Luis Rivera is the new hitting coach. One-time Mets farmhand (and former player for Lopez in Binghamton in 2014) Gilbert Gomez is the team's first-ever bench coach. Daichi Arima (athletic trainer), Sam Nickelsen (strength and conditioning coach), Nicole Collins (assistant athletic trainer) and Dave Williams (mental skills coach) complete the Fireflies coaching staff in 2019.

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