By the Numbers: Breaking Down the 2016 Bulls Opening Day Roster
In case you missed it, we announced our 2016 Opening Day roster today. This season’s Bulls look to be a solid squad, based on talent and numbers. Here are a few of the biggest numbers.
3 — The number of Bulls who grew up or attended college in North Carolina. Kyle Roller is from Rockingham and attended East Carolina University, Richie Shaffer grew up in Charlotte, and Jaime Schultz attended High Point University.
6 — The number of Bulls who played for a different Triple-A team last season. Kyle Roller played for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Eddie Gamboa was with Norfolk, Tyler Sturdevant played with Columbus, Adam Wilk played for Salt Lake, Carlos Corporan was with Round Rock, and Jaff Decker played for Indianapolis.
7 — The number of Bulls who will make their Triple-A debut this season. Ryan Garton, Austin Pruitt, Mark Sappington, Jaime Schultz, Patrick Leonard, Daniel Robertson and Dayron Varona have all never appeared at a level higher than Double-A.
8 — The number of Bulls on the Tampa Bay Rays’ 40-man roster. Spring Training standouts Mikie Mahtook and Taylor Motter, along with top prospect Blake Snell lead a group that also includes Richie Shaffer, Luke Maile, Nick Franklin, Matt Andriese and Andrew Bellatti. That is 32 percent of the Bulls’ Opening Day roster and 20 percent of the 40-man roster.
11 — The number of Bulls who played with Durham in 2015. Mahtook, Snell, Motter, Shaffer, Franklin, Maile, Cameron Seitzer, Marinez, Floro, Bellatti and Andriese all return to the Bull City. That is 44 percent of the Bulls 2016 Opening Day roster.
11 (again) — Also the number of Bulls who are “homegrown,” or have spent their entire MiLB career in the Tampa Bay organization. Bellatti, Floro, Maile, Mahtook, Motter, Snell, Ryan Garton, Jaime Schultz, Seitzer, Shaffer and Dayron Varona have all never donned a jersey for a non-Rays affiliate.
12 — The number of Bulls with Major League service time. Recently acquired catcher Carlos Corporan leads the group with 4 seasons and 19 days of time in the majors. Corporan made a major league Opening Day roster each of the last three seasons. Other Bulls with MLB service time are Adam Wilk, Mikie Mahtook, Luke Maile, Richie Shaffer, Kyle McPherson, Jhan Marinez, Eddie Gamboa, Nick Franklin, Jaff Decker, Matt Andriese and Andrew Bellatti.
22 — The age of Daniel Robertson, the youngest player on the Bulls Opening Day roster. He will be exactly 22 years and 16 days old on Opening Day.
26 — Median age of the roster.
32 — The age of Carlos Corporan, the oldest player on the Bulls Opening Day roster. He will be exactly 32 years and 87 days old on Opening Day.