And Now... Your 2007 Mobile BayBears
Mobile BayBears (Logo Shak)
Senior Editor
Posted Apr 14, 2007

The Mobile BayBears are the second of the Diamondbacks' new minor league affiliates. They return many players from last September's Smokies roster, but none will be so closely watched and scrutinized as top prospect Carlos Gonzalez.

Carlos Gonzalez had no trouble in Double-A as a 20-year old last season, so there's eager anticipation as to what he can do there this year.  He is joined by other hot position player prospects, such as Emilio Bonifacio, Chris Rahl, Mark Reynolds, and Cesar Nicolas.  Additionally, Matt Elliott is widely considered the best relief pitcher in the system.

But perhaps the biggest name on the roster is manager Brett Butler.  Butler was a fan favorite during his playing days, and the type of player that you rooted for secretly even when he was on a rival team.  He served as manager of the Hi-A Lancaster JetHawks last year, which really tied his hands as far as playing the small ball style of baseball that he advocates.

He'll be able to emphasize fundamentals more in the pitching-heavy Southern League.  Butler teaches Christian values and instills a meticulous work ethic in all of his players, many of whom had the pleasure of playing under him last year.  This is exactly the kind of manager that you want to coach young players on the right way to play the game of baseball.

No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB
8 Phil Avlas C R R 5-11 183 12/17/1982
20 Jarred Ball CF B R 6-0 185 4/18/1983
9 Emilio Bonifacio 2B B R 5-10 180 4/23/1985
36 Javier Brito 2B R R 6-3 210 3/25/1983
32 Jon Castellanos P R R 6-0 214 9/17/1981
38 Osbek Castillo SP R R 6-3 195 1/29/1981
11 Wilkin Castillo C B R 6-0 195 4/23/1985
16 Matt Elliott RP R R 6-0 175 4/6/1984
28 Josh Ford C R R 6-2 235 1/17/1983
29 Dustin Glant P R R 6-2 200 7/20/1981
21 Carlos Gonzalez RF L L 6-1 180 10/17/1985
23 Clint Goocher SP L L 6-2 195 6/15/1982
17 Matt Green SP R R 6-5 195 1/5/1982
24 Chris Kinsey P R R 6-3 230 10/18/1982
7 Ronnie Merrill SS B R 6-1 185 11/13/1978
40 Cesar Nicolas 1B R R 6-4 230 4/17/1982
18 Chris Rahl CF R R 6-0 185 12/5/1983
12 Mark Reynolds 3B R R 6-1 200 8/3/1983
26 Mark Rosen RP L L 5-11 210 6/30/1984
30 A. J. Shappi SP R R 6-2 195 10/16/1982
31 Esmerling Vasquez SP R R 6-1 154 11/7/1983
34 Matt Wilkinson RP L R 6-3 205 10/25/1977
33 Abe Woody RP R R 5-10 195 11/9/1982
15 Jon Zeringue LF R R 6-2 215 3/29/1983
No Name Pos Bat Thw Ht Wt DOB

Current Roster with College and Birthplace Information

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