The Auburn Doubledays version 2.0 got off on the right foot Saturday night with a 5-3 win over the Williamsport Crosscutters.
Austin Davidson, Bryan Langlois, Clay Williamson, Dale Carey and Chris Riopedre made their pro debuts, and combined for four hits, three runs and two RBI. Alec Keller, who was also added to the roster Saturday, will make his Auburn debut Sunday playing centerfield and leading off.
In years past, many of the draft picks arrive in Auburn before the New York-Penn League season starts. More moves are likely on the way as the Washington Nationals sign their 2014 selections.
"It's been an unusual first part of the season -- the draft, the dates and the guys not getting here for mini-camp," Auburn manager Gary Cathcart said Saturday night. "All of a sudden we have seven new guys and five were in tonight, a couple more will be in tomorrow night."
Many of the new members of the Doubledays met in Florida and traveled to Auburn together. Davidson called it a good bonding experience.
"It was good that we could all come out and play our first game together," Davidson said Saturday night. "We met in Florida and traveled here."
I'll have a story about Davidson and Langlois, who were teammates at Pepperdine University, in the next few days.
- Drew Vettleson went through pregame workouts with the Doubledays, but will return to Double-A Harrisburg tonight.
Vettleson went 7-for-22 (.318) eight games for Auburn, and collected a double, a triple and two RBI. After making some adjustments in batting practice, the outfielder went 4-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base Friday.
- The next stop on Brett Mooneyham's rehab stint will take place in Hagerstown. The 6-5 left-hander, along with reliever David Napoli, were called up to the Suns Sunday.
Mooneyham made two relief appearances for the Doubledays. He struck out three, and allowed four hits, four walks and three earned runs over four innings.
Napoli made one appearance with Auburn, where he struck out two in a hitless inning. Earlier this season, the Tulane product tossed one hitless inning in Hagerstown.
Anderson Martinez is set to make his second start for the Doubledays after having Tommy John surgery last year.
In his first appearance, the right-hander lasted 4 1/3 innings, and allowed four hits, a walk and three earned runs against Batavia.
Deibi Yrizzari, who followed up a disappointing debut with two perfect innings against Mahoning Valley Tuesday, is expected to come on in relief.
Auburn will be up against Mahoning Valley's Julian Merryweather, who threw two hitless innings of relief against the Doubledays Tuesday.
Merryweather will almost certainly pitch against Auburn's Matthew Page, who is batting cleanup. The two were teammates for eight years. That includes four years in high school, as well as two years at Skyline College and two years Oklahoma Baptist University.
1. Alec Keller - CF
2. Osvaldo Abreu - SS
3. Jose Marmolejos - 1B
4. Matt Page - RF
5. Cody Gunter - DH
6. Austin Davidson - 3B
7. Clay Williamson - LF
8. Bryan Mejia - 2B
9. Austin Chubb - C
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
1. Greg Allen - CF
2. Steven Patterson - 2B
3. Francisco Mejia - DH
4. Jorge Martinez - LF
5. Taylor Murphy - RF
6. Martin Cervenka - C
7. Yonathan Mendoza - 3B
8. Juan De La Cruz - 1B
9. Drake Roberts - SS