A few familiar faces will be back at Kindrick Legion Field this summer.
As of now, the Helena Brewers' Opening Day roster contains six players from last year’s team.
They are pitchers Rodrigo Benoit, Juan Diaz and Karsen Lindell, and catcher Yoel Vasquez, infielder Franly Mallen and outfielder Yerald Martinez.
Back on the diamond for the Brewers this season, Benoit went 0-3 last year with a 7.23 ERA. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound righty played three seasons in the Dominican Summer League prior to his stint in Helena. He comes from Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Diaz had a short amount of work last season in Helena as he split time between Montana and Arizona. He pitched 11 2/3 innings here to put up a 3.09 ERA. The 6-foot, 180-pound pitcher is a right-hander from La Vega, Dominican Republic.
Lindell of West Linn, Oregon, returns for his second season with the club. In 2016, the 6-3, 190-pound pitcher had a 1-4 record with an 8.89 ERA as he battled through nagging injuries. This season he looks to stay healthy and make an impact on the diamond.
Vasquez, from La Guaira, Venezuela, split duties between Helena and Arizona last season, appearing in 10 games in the Queen City and three down south. He had four hits in 33 at-bats last season. He is 6-1 and 180 pounds.
Mallen played second base for 2016’s club, appearing in 50 games. He hit .279 with a slugging percentage of .327. Mallen, of Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic, is 6-1, 171. Mallen also appeared in a Helena Brewers uniform one other time, playing in three games in Helena during the 2015 season.
Martinez played right field for the Brewers last season. He hit .198 and had a slugging percentage of .385. The product of Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic, spent two season in the Dominican Summer Leagues before joining the Brewers organization in 2015, when he played in Arizona. His 10 home runs were second best last year.
The Brewers’ roster is not finalized, and a few of the MLB draft picks were expected to complete physicals this weekend and be available for Monday’s season opener against the Great Falls Voyagers.