Richmond follows Roller to Charlotte

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The scoreboard at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte shows Kyle Roller's season stats before his third at-bat Sunday evening while with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The scoreboard at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte shows Kyle Roller’s season stats before his third at-bat Sunday evening while with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Dad knew son was ‘something special’ early on

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Richmond County native Kyle Holler celebrates a home run, his 10th since being promoted to Triple A, in the top of the sixth inning.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Richmond County native Kyle Roller (23) celebrates a home run, his 10th since being promoted to Triple A, in the top of the sixth inning.

CHARLOTTE — A complete report coming soon, but Richmond County can be proud of the way its Raiders fans have followed Rockingham native Kyle Roller through the years at East Carolina University and then in the New York Yankees farm system.

Friends and family in the stands included his parents, father Kenny Roller and wife Sandy, along with his mother, Lisa Campbell and husband Ricky. In addition, former Raiders baseball coach Trent Mongero, among others, greeted the prospect before the game.

On Sunday evening, Roller and his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders finished up a four-game series against the host Charlotte Knights.

Roller helped his team snap a losing streak in a big way, hitting his 10th home run of the season in Triple A — 19th overall — and second of the series. The RailRiders lead Charlotte 15-3 in the top of the eight inning.

Roller is 2-for-3 tonight with a homer, a single and a walk. He flied out deep to left field in his first at-bat.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Scranton/Wilkes-Barre first baseman/DH Kyler Roller takes a pre-game photo with former Richmond Raiders baseball coach Trent Mongero Sunday at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre first baseman/DH Kyler Roller takes a pre-game photo with former Richmond Raiders baseball coach Trent Mongero Sunday at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte.

Roller, 26, stands at 6-1 and weights 250 pounds. He started the season with Double A Trenton in the Eastern League. In 21 games, the first baseman/DH hit .385 with nine home runs and 23 RBI. He managed a .456 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .808, making it easy for Yankees officials to move up the power hitter to Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coming into Sunday’s game against Charlotte, Roller managed a .271 batting average with nine home runs and 28 RBIs.

Roller was selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University. He was a two-year starter for the Pirates and earned 2010 preseason All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 draft but did not sign.

 

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