February 2013

Meet Alex Mejia

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

So far you have met Patrick WisdomSteve BeanCarson Kelly and Tim Cooney. Today meet an infielder the Cardinals drafted in the fourth round in 2012: Alex Mejia. As you’ll read, Mejia was injured last July and I couldn’t find a status update on him heading into spring training. Hopefully he is healing well and on schedule to be in Peoria sometime this summer.

INF Alex Mejia Ht: 6’1    Wt: 200    Bats: R   Throws: R  DOB: 1/18/91

Residence: Sylmar, CA

Acquired: Drafted in 4th round (150th overall) in 2012 

School: University of Arizona

 Professional

  • 2012: Made his pro debut for Batavia on July 6 and was 0-for-3
  • Played in 23 games in the New York-Penn League and hit .250 with one homer, five doubles and seven RBI
  • Hit his first pro home run on July 18 at Jamestown
  • Drove in two runs on July 15 at Aberdeen for his first multi-RBI game
  • Hit safely in four straight games three different times
  • Hit .268 against RHP
  • Batted in the leadoff spot in all 22 of his starts
  • Committed just three errors at shortstop in 22 games
  • Tore his ACL running the bases and did not play after July 31

 College

  • 2012: Won the College World Series with the Wildcats
  • Named the Pac-12 Player of the Year hitting .357 in 65 starts with three homers, 12 doubles, six triple, 54 runs scored and 54 RBI
  • Struck out just 22 times in 272 at-bats with 14 walks and eight steals
  • Hit .407 in six post-season games with three extra-base hits, six RBI and five runs scored
  • Had two hits and a RBI in the two-game sweep of South Carolina in the CWS Finals
  • Also named the 2012 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a Louisville Slugger All-American
  • Highest Wildcat drafted in 2012
  • Cardinals selected Arizona ace Kurt Heyer two rounds later.
  • 2011: Started all 60 games and was named All-Pac-10 first team after hitting .335 to finish eighth in the league batting race
  • Named to the College Station Regional All-Tournament Team with four hits and three RBI
  • 2010: Hit .319 in 57 games with one homer, 13 doubles, 36 RBI and 32 runs scored as a freshman
  • Hit first college homer against New Mexico on March 24
  • Drove in four against New Mexico March 24 and also against Baylor on June 4

High School 

  • Played at El Camino Real High School in Sylmar, CA
  • Named second team All-City as a senior hitting .368 with 17 runs scored, 17 RBI, six doubles and one home run
  • Father Carlo was an All-American third baseman at Pepperdine in 1975
  • Sisters Bianca and Krystal played softball at Long Island University and Bianca played professionally for the Tennessee Diamonds
  • Cousin of Milwaukee Brewer pitcher Marco Estrada
  • Among the alums of El Camino Real HS are actors Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Christopher Knight The Brady Bunch) and America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), MLB players Randy Wolf, Conor Jackson, Ryan Lavarnway and NFL player Jamal Anderson

Professional Career Highs

Hits: 3, three times, last July 27 vs. Brooklyn
Runs: 2, twice, last on July 29 vs. Staten Island
Home Runs: 1, July 23 at Princeton
RBI: 2, July 15 at Aberdeen
2b: 1, many times
3b: none
bb: 1, many times
K: 2, July 19 at Auburn
sb: 1, July 27 vs. Brooklyn
Hit Streak: 4, last July 26-29

Check back on Friday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

Meet LHP Tim Cooney

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

So far you have met Patrick Wisdom, Steve Bean and Carson Kelly. Today meet the first left-handed pitcher the Cardinals drafted in 2012: Tim Cooney.

LHP – Tim Cooney      Height: 6’3     Weight: 195     Bats: L    Throws: L
DOB:
12/19/90

Twitter: @T_Coons

Drafted: 3rd round in 2012 (117th overall) out of Wake Forest

Residence: Collegeville, PA

School: Wake Forest University

Professional

  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #19 prospect in the New-York Penn League, and the top ranked left-handed pitcher
  • Made 13 appearances and 11 starts for Batavia going 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA
  • Struck out 43 and walked just eight over 55 2/3 innings
  • Made his pro debut on June 23 with five innings of one-run ball against Jamestown
  • Earned first win as a reliever on June 29 with 4 1/3 innings against Jamestown
  • Started final nine outings and went at least five innings in six starts
  • Threw a career-high six innings without allowing a run on August 18 against Mahoning Valley
  • Also threw six innings on August 30 in a win at Williamsport
  • Went 2-1 with a 2.72 ERA in nine outings before the All-Star break
  • Earliest drafted LHP by Cardinals sine Brad Furnish in 2006.

College

  • Tied for eighth on the WF list with 278 innings and 235 strikeouts
  • Started 42 games with two complete games and a 4.01 ERA with a 17-16 career record
  • 2012: Went 6-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 starts with one complete game
  • Struck out 90 in 99 innings with 38 walks in his final collegiate season
  • Went 4-4 in ACC play in 10 starts.
  • Twice named ACC Pitcher of the Week in 2012 (Feb 27 & Apr 18)
  • Threw a complete game at Boston College on April 27 but lost 1-0
  • Struck out a season-high 11 at New Mexico State on February 17
  • 2011: Went 7-3 as a sophomore with a 3.01 ERA while being named Second Team All-ACC
  • Struck out 91 in 14 starts while walking just 18 batters. The 91 K are tied for 10th on WF single-season list
  • First All-ACC selection for WF since 2007
  • Struck out a career-high 14 against Radford on March 6
  • Recorded first WF shutout of Florida State on the road since 1967 with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings on March 26
  • Threw a complete game with seven strikeouts at Clemson on April 23
  • Went 6-1 in ACC games with a 2.61 ERA to finish sixth in the ACC in league ERA, second in innings, fifth in wins and seventh in strikeouts
  • Pitched in the Cape Cod League going 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA while striking out 48 in 48 1/3 innings.
  • 2010: Started 13 games and went 4-6 with a 5.49 ERA as a freshman
  • Finished the season in the top 10 for most starts, strikeouts and innings for a freshman in Wake Forest history
  • Beat Dayton in his college debut on February 20 with two runs allowed over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six
  • Beat Virginia Tech with eight shutout innings on March 27 while striking out two
  • Lost at Duke on April 23 despite setting a new career high with 8 2/3 innings.

Post-game Wake Forest Interview

High School 

  • Played high school ball at Malvern Prep in Malvern, PA the same school that produced former MLB catcher Ben Davis and current Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy
  • Went 25-6 in high school and Malvern won the 2009 State Championship
  • Malvern was 40-3 in 2008 and ranked nationally
  • Was twice named All Inter-Ac and Philadelphia Daily News All-City
  • Three times named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-SE Penn Team
  • Named the 2007 Inter-AC League MVP
  • Was on the Malvern swim team as a senior.

Professional Career Highs

Innings: 6.0, twice, last August 3 at Williamsport
Strikeouts: 8, August 11 v. Williamsport
Hits: 7, July 23 at State College
Runs: 5, August 24 v. Williamsport
Walks: 1, many times
Low-Hit: 2, many times
Win Streak: 2 – June 29 – August 29
Loss Streak: 2, August 5-24
Current: Lost 1
Quality Starts: 2

Check back on Thursday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

Meet Carson Kelly

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

Yesterday you met catcher Steve Bean and on Sunday we profiled fellow Supplemental pick Patrick Wisdom, today meet 2012 2nd round draft pick Carson Kelly. Kelly, like Wisdom plays third base and they are unlikely to be in Peoria at the same time but if healthy, one should be here in 2013.

3B Carson Kelly Ht: 6’2 Wt: 200 Bats: Right Throws: Right

DOB: 7/14/94 (No player born in 1994 has ever played for the Chiefs. Only one born in 1993 has.)

Twitter: @carskelly

Residence: Portland, Oregon

Acquired: Drafted in 2nd Round (86th overall) in 2012

School: Westview High School

Prospecting: Ranked #9 in Cardinals organization by Baseball American before the 2013 season and ranked #10 by Baseball Prospectus

 Professional

  • Made his pro debut on June 19 for the Johnson City Cardinals and was 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Batted .225 with nine homers (most of any Cardinals 2012 draftee), 10 doubles, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored in 56 games in the Appalachian League
  • After four hitless games to start his career, Kelly was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI on June 24
  • Hit his first pro homer on July 7 and homered again the next day
  • Hit safely in nine straight games from June 29 to July 9
  • Collected three hits on June 30 against Burlington
  • Drove in three runs on July 14 against Kingston
  • Collected two RBI in back-to-back games on August 16 and 17
  • Hit .313 against lefties
  • Hit .279 in July with seven homers, five doubles and 13 RBI in 22 games
  • Hit .298 with runners in scoring position and was 2-for-5 with three RBI when the bases were loaded.

High School

  • Played at Westview High School in Portland, Oregon which also produced former Indians first round pick Trevor Crowe
  • Played third base, shortstop and pitched in high school
  • Named Gatorade’s Oregon Player of the Year after both his junior and senior seasons
  • As a senior in 2012 he hit .398 with five home runs and 26 RBI while slugging .747 with a .514 OBP
  • He was also 6-3 with a 1.09 ERA while striking out 80 batters in 58 innings with just seven walks
  • Named the 2012 Brian T. Meehan Oregon Baseball Player of the Year
  • Hit 14 homers with 48 RBI in 32 games as a junior while also going 9-1 with a 1.72 ERA
  • In 2010 as a sophomore he hit .458 with three homers, seven doubles, two triples and 31 RBI
  • He helped USA Baseball’s 18U National Team to a Gold Medal at the 2011 Pan American Games while going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 21 innings
  • Played in the 2011 Area Code Games and 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase
  • Ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect from the Pacific Northwest before the draft
  • Signed a National Letter of Intent in November 2011 to play baseball at the University of Oregon
  • Was the first Oregon high school player to be drafted in the first three rounds since 1998

Check back on Wednesday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

Meet Steve Bean

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

Yesterday you met Supplemental pick Patrick Wisdom, today meet Steve Bean, also taken in the 2012 Supplemental round, seven picks after Wisdom. Bean is young, and could be just the second player born in 1993 to wear the Chiefs uniform (2012 OF Yasiel Balaguert was born 1/9/93).

Catcher – Steve Bean.  Ht: 6’2 Wt: 180 DOB: 9/15/93 Bats:L Throws: R

Twitter: @SteveBean_ (There’s an underscore after the n)

Residence: Rockwall, TX

Acquired: Drafted in 1st supplemental round (59th overall) in 2012 

School: Rockwall (TX) High School

Professional

  • Named the #11 prospect in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America after the 2012 season
  • Made his pro debut on June 19 for the Johnson City Cardinals in the Appalachian League and drove in a run with a 1-for-3 night
  • Hit his first pro home run on July 23 at Princeton while driving in three
  • Played in 24 games in Johnson City batting .125 with a home run and four doubles while driving in five
  • Threw out 12-of-25 would be base stealers in Appy League
  • Sent down to the GCL Cardinals on July 28
  • Finished the season batting .320 with seven RBI and four doubles in 15 games for the GCL Cardinals
  • Collected three hits on August 23 at the GCL Nationals
  • Hit safely in six straight games from August 4-13
  • Went 6-for-15 (.400) against LHP in the GCL
  • Overall threw out 16-of-43 base stealers in his first pro season.

High School

  • Drafted the day before high school graduation
  • Hit .438 at Rockwall High School with four home runs, nine doubles and a team-high 32 RBI in 2012
  • Was the only Dallas/Fort Worth-area high school player drafted in the first day in 2012
  • Named to the 2011 All-District 10-4A First Team
  • Unanimous pick as District 10-4A Defensive MVP in 2011
  • Signed to play college baseball at the University of Texas who also lost first rounder Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) and supplemental pick Tyler Gonzales (Blue Jays) who was taken a pick after Bean.

Miscellaneous Notes: Played for the Houston Banditos in the 2010 WWBA World Championships…Participated in the 2011 Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby…Coach at the Big  League Sports Academy

Check back on Tuesday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

Meet Patrick Wisdom

As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.

Today I’m starting off at the top with a look at 2012 supplemental first round pick Patrick Wisdom (First rounders Michael Wacha and James Ramsey skipped over the MWL last season while first rounder Stephen Piscotty put up great numbers in 55 games in Quad Cities and is unlikely to repeat the MWL).

3B Patrick Wisdom Ht: 6’2 Wt: 210 Bats: R Throws: R
DOB:
August 27, 1991

Twitter: @PatrickWisdom5

Drafted: 1st supplemental round 2012 (52nd overall) out of St. Mary’s College

Residence: Murrieta, California

School: St. Mary’s College, Murrieta Valley High School

Professional

  • Played in 65 games for Short-Season A Batavia in the New York-Penn League in 2012
  • Hit .282 with six homers, 16 doubles, five triples, 32 RBI, 40 runs scored and 31 walks for a .373 on-base percentage
  • Committed just five errors at third base while leading the league in fielding percentage at .969
  • Named a NY-Penn League All-Star
  • Made his pro debut with Batavia on June 18 going 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored
  • His first pro hit was a double on June 27 and he had two hits in four straight games June 30 to July 3
  • Hit first pro homer on July 5 vs. Connecticut…
  • Homered twice and drove in four on July 16 at Aberdeeen
  • Hit in 14-straight games from July 19 to August 2 with five multi-hit games to raise average from .247 to .299
  • Named by Baseball America as the #6 prospect in the NY-Penn League after the 2012 season
  • Ranked by Baseball America as having the Best Infield Arm in the Cardinals system heading into the 2013 season

College: Played three seasons at St. Marys where he ranks in the top 10 in the Gaels career list in HR (3rd), doubles (6th) and RBI (10)… For his St. Mary’s career batted .303 with 29 homers, 39 doubles, 109 RBI and 109 runs scored in 159 games…Walked 80 times for a career .391 on-base percentage…Played summer bal in 2011l for the Peninsula Oilers in the Alaska Baseball League winning a ABL Championship while leading the league with seven home runs…Batted .296 with a .503 slugging percentage…

  • 2012: Named Pre-season All-West Coast Conference
  • Started all 53 St. Mary’s games hitting .262 with 22 extra-base hits and led the Gaels with 37 walks
  • Hit nine homers to rank third in the WCC and finished seventh in conference with 39 runs scored
  • 2011: As a sophomore he hit .351 with 25 extra base hits and 46 RBI
  • Scored 33 runs and had a .416 on-base percentage with 23 walks
  • Finished the season with a 12-game hit streak
  • Hit .340 against lefties and .417 with RISP.
  • 2010: Hit 12 homers and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team
  • Batted .290 with 39 RBI, 11 doubles and 37 runs scored
  • Played third base and shortstop
  • Had 14 multi-hit games
  • Drove in six runs with a grand slam against #22 Stanford
  • Homered in three straight games against Gonzaga

High School: Played third base at Murrieta Valley High School…Played just 13 games as a senior because of a football knee injury…Hit .667 in the 2009 Palomino Pony World Series in San Jose, CA…Named to the Toyota Academic Team with a 3.5 GPA in high school

Miscellaneous Notes: Grew up as a Cardinals fan rooting for Mark McGwire…Played with Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig’s cousin and Allen is from the same area of California (Temecula Chaparral HS)…Tennis Grand Slam Champion Lindsay Davenport and PGA golfer Rickie Fowler both graduated from Murrieta Valley HS.

Check back on Monday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

Contests, Voting and Links

Hard to believe that Peoria Chiefs baseball is six weeks away! 44 days to be exact and the countdown is on. In case you missed it we have been very busy in our Social Media endeavors. For those of you on Facebook, make sure to like our page and once there click on the promotions tab (not available on a smartphone apparently) and enter our Opening Day Experience. One lucky fan will win a Suite to our Home Opener for 12 fans along with a first pitch plus Chiefs gear and four tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals game!

Also on Facebook right now we have a poll to decide which Hot Dogs will be served at our new concession stand. And not just any hot dogs, Franx, Hot Dogs with the Worx! We have already selected the traditional Chicago Dog, but now need fans help in choosing three more. Vote once a day for your top three choices.

And if that’s not enough we are letting YOU design one of the specialty Franx. That’s right if you have an idea for a Specialty Topped Franx that you would love to see offered at the Peoria Chiefs? We’re looking for our fans creations of a ‘perfect hot dog’! Facebook (either post to our wall or private message), tweet, or email us at kendran@chiefsnet.com a description of your dog along with a picture or video to be entered into our contest. Top 3 will be entered into voting, and we will add one to our menu for the season! Get as creative as you’d like with your Specialty Topped Franx! Submissions must be made by the 26th of February.

Finally, our website is scheduled for a remake on Thursday of this week. All Midwest League sites will change over to the new MLBAM Style this week with a lot of new features and upgrades. If you want a sneak peak at the style, check out the Springfield Cardinals page as the Texas League changed over last week.

Catching up with some links:

Three young pitchers are competing for a spot in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation as Spring Training opens in Jupter, Florida.

Meanwhile the Cardinals bullpen appears set in late-inning situations with ex-Chief Jason Motte as the anchor.

Adron Chambers, the star of January’s Caravan stop in Peoria, is working on his base running and bunting.

Russ Canzler has had a busy offseason touring the AL East but has hopefully found a home with the Orioles. Canzler hit .270 with 7 homers and 54 RBI in Peoria in 2007.

Out of a job in Chicago, Tony Campana was traded by the Cubs to Arizona on Monday for two 17-year old pitchers who threw in the Dominican Summer League in 2012. Campana played in just 18 games for the Chiefs in 2009 before earning a promotion. In those 18 games he hit .283 and stole 11 bases with 14 runs scored.

The Quad Cities River Bandits have a new GM. Henry Craw was named GM late last week and holds the distinction of being the first African-American General Manager in Midwest League history and the only current African-American GM in all of MiLB. Congrats to Mr. Craw and I look forward to meeting him in April.

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