November 2013

Former Chiefs MLB Award History

With the MLB Awards announced this week let’s take a look back at former Chiefs who have earned votes from BBWAA in Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards. There were six this year (Chris Archer, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi, Yadier Molina, Josh Donaldson and Coco Crisp). The full list is below. Bolded lines indicate award winners.

Year Player Award Finish Notes
1986 Wally Joyner AL ROY 2nd Winner – Jose Canseco
1986 Wally Joyner AL MVP 8th
1987 Wally Joyner AL MVP 13th
1987 Devon White AL ROY 5th
1988 Mark Grace NL ROY 2nd Winner – Chris Sabo
1989 Jerome Walton NL ROY 1st First post-season award for Ex-Chief
1989 Dwight Smith NL ROY 2nd Finished behind Cubs teammate Walton
1989 Greg Maddux NL Cy Young 3rd First votes in Cy Young Race
1989 Mark Grace NL MVP 14th
1990 Mike Harkey NL ROY 5th
1990 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 14th
1991 Devon White AL MVP 16th
1991 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 19th
1992 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st First Cy Young in Chiefs history
1992 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
1992 Mark Grace NL MVP 16th
1993 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Back To Back Winner
1993 Greg Maddux NL MVP 13th
1993 Mark Grace NL MVP 16th
1993 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 8th
1994 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Third Straight win
1994 Greg Maddux NL MVP 5th
1994 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 16th
1995 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Fourth Straight Win
1995 Greg Maddux NL MVP 3rd Highest finish of career – Winner: Barry Larkin. Dante Bichette 2nd
1995 Mark Grace NL MVP 13th
1995 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 11th
1996 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 6th
1996 Greg Maddux NL CY 5th
1997 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 13th
1997 Greg Maddux NL CY 2nd Winner – Pedro Martinez
1997 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
1998 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 18th
1998 Greg Maddux NL CY 4th 7th straight season in top 5
1999 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 5th Highest finish – Winner: Ivan Rodriguez
2000 Greg Maddux NL CY 3rd
2000 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
2000 Rick Ankiel NL ROY 2nd Winner – Rafael Furcal
2001 Albert Pujols NL ROY 1st 1st ROY win since 1989 (Walton)
2001 Albert Pujols NL MVP 4th Winner – Barry Bonds
2001 Bud Smith NL ROY T 4th Behind Pujols, Oswalt & Rollins. Tied w/Dunn
2001 Jim Tracy NL Manager of Year 2nd First Ex-Chiefs Manager to get votes. Lost out to Larry Bowa
2001 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 14th
2002 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Barry Bonds
2002 Jim Tracy NL MOY 4th
2003 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Barry Bonds
2004 Albert Pujols NL MVP 3rd Winner – Barry Bonds
2004 Jim Tracy NL MOY 4th
2005 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st First MVP won by a former Chief
2006 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Ryan Howard
2006 Joe Girardi NL MOY 1st Played for Chiefs
2007 Albert Pujols NL MVP 9th
2007 Placido Polanco AL MVP 17th
2008 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st Second career win
2008 Joe Maddon AL MOY 1st First Ex-Chiefs Manager to win MOY
2009 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st Back to back wins, 3rd of career
2009 Yadier Molina NL MVP 23rd
2009 Placido Polanco AL MVP 25th
2009 Jim Tracy NL MOY 1st Back to Back years with ex Chiefs Manager as MOY
2009 Joe Girardi AL MOY 3rd
2009 Danny Haren NL CY 5th
2010 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Joey Votto
2010 Joe Maddon AL MOY 3rd
2010 Joe Girardi AL MOY 6th
2010 Brad Mills NL MOY 6th
2011 Albert Pujols NL MVP 5th 11th straight top 10 finish
2011 Yadier Molina NL MVP 21st
2011 Joe Maddon AL MOY 1st Second Career win
2011 Joe Girardi AL MOY 5th
2011 Danny Haren AL CY 7th First ex-Chief with CY votes in AL & NL
2011 Darwin Barney NL ROY 7th
2012 Albert Pujols AL MVP 17th Second to get MVP votes in AL & NL (Palmeiro)
2012 Yadier Molina NL MVP 4th Winner – Buster Posey
2012 Joe Maddon AL MOY 4th
2012 Joe Girardi AL MOY 5th
2013 Chris Archer AL ROY 3rd First AL ROY votes since 1987 (White)
2013 Joe Girardi AL MOY 4th
2013 Joe Maddon AL MOY 5th
2013 Yadier Molina NL MVP 3rd Winner – Andrew McCutchen
2013 Josh Donaldson AL MVP 4th Winner – Miguel Cabrera
2013 Coco Crisp AL MVP 17th

Former Chiefs as MiLB Free Agents

MLB declared 550 Minor League players as Free Agents today and Matt Eddy from Baseball America has put together the full list team by team. If you don’t want to sort through it all, I already did and here are some names that jumped out, relating to the Chiefs.

Arizona – Michael Brenly – Brenly hit .265 for the Chiefs in the 2009 playoff season with four homers, 18 doubles and 36 RBI. The catcher appeared in eight games for AAA-Reno this season collecting two hits in 17 at-bats.

Baltimore – Stu Pomeranz – The RHP was 12-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 17 starts for the Chiefs in 2004 and made a playoff start. He made his MLB debut with the Orioles in 2012 but missed all of 2013 with an injury. For his MiLB career, Pomeranz is 29-28 with a 4.17 ERA in 134 games with 70 starts and 21 saves.

Chicago Cubs –  Jeff Antigua pitched for the Chiefs in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was 4-0 with a 3.62 ERA in 2009, 4-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 21 games in 2010, 1-2 in 10 games in 2011 and 2-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 14 games in 2012. Antigua is among the Chiefs career leaders in wins (11), Games (52), starts (28) and has allowed more home runs (23) than any pitcher in team history. He split 2013 between Cubs affiliates in Kane County, Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa.

Kyler Burke is the only player in Chiefs history, and possibly the Midwest League, to be named to the MWL All-Star Team as a position player (2009) and pitcher (2012). With the Chiefs in 2009 he hit .303 with 15 HR, 43 doubles, 89 RBI and 14 steals while scoring 93 runs. The doubles are a single-season team record while the RBI and runs scored are top 10. The Cubs turned Burke into a pitcher in 2011 and he was 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 15 g/10gs for the Chiefs in 2012 with one save and 52 strikeouts in 74 innings. He finished 2012 in Daytona and spent 2013 in Daytona where he pitched in a no-hitter and finished  6-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 13 games.

Rafael Dolis pitched for the Chiefs in 2007 going 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts before a May injury ended his season. Dolis made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 2011 and bounced back and forth to the minors in 2012 before being injured for most of 2013. He made his final 2013 appearance against the Chiefs in Kane County September 2nd,

Nate Samson hit .246 in 61 games in 2007 for the Chiefs and .293 in 128 games in 2008. The former Ryne Sandberg Award winner totaled 88 runs in a Chiefs uniform along with 23 doubles, three triples, three homers, 61 RBI and 16 steals.. Samson hit .257 in 30 games this season with Double-A Tennessee after being re-signed by the Cubs out of an independent league.

Ty Wright played in 19 games for the Chiefs in 2007 hitting .284 with two homers, one double, five RBI and five steals. Wright split the 2013 season between Tennessee and Iowa hitting .269 with nine homers, 55 RBI and 22 doubles. He has 60 career home runs with 13 coming in Triple-A and 29 in Double-A.

Colorado – Sean Gallagher had one of the best seasons for a starting pitcher in Chiefs history in 2005. He went 14-5 with a 2.71 ERA in 26 starts with 139 strikeouts in 146 innings. Along the way Gallagher set a new franchise record with 42.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run which started his campaign. Gallagher was also the starting pitcher in the 2005 MWL All-Star Game held in Peoria. In 2013 Gallagher was 4-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 starts for Double-A Tulsa and 2-3 with a 5.77 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. In 114 innings he struck out 79. Gallagher last pitched in the Majors in 2010 and has spent time with the A’s, Padres, Reds and Pirates systems since being traded by the Cubs in 2008.

LA Angels – Lou Montanez switched from SS to OF to play for the Chiefs in 2005 in a return to the Midwest League. He was named to the MLB Futures Team for the 2005 All-Star Break and the MWL All-Star Game held in Peoria. With the Chiefs he hit .305 with 12 homers, 28 doubles and 48 RBI in 82 games before a July promotion to Double-A. Montanez has played in the Majors with the Cubs and Orioles while also spending time in the Cardinals and Phillies MiLB systems. Montanez played in Double-A with Arkansas in 2013 hitting .284 with three homers and five doubles in 22 games. He is currently playing in his native Puerto Rico. 

Miami – Jose Ceda was 2-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 games and six starts for the Chiefs in 2007. He threw in the first no-hitter in Dozer Park history in August of that season against Beloit. Ceda made it to the Majors with the Marlins in 2010 and 2011 but has been hurt the last two seasons totaling just four innings since 2011,

Jay Jackson pitched six times for the Chiefs in 2008 going 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA while striking out 37 times in 24 innings. He has reached Triple-A since 2009 and was released by the Cubs and signed by the Marlins for 2013. This season he pitched 14 times in Double-A and seven times in Triple-A. Jackson is currently pitching in the Mexican Winter League.

Pittsburgh – Russ Canzler hit .270 for the Chiefs in 2007 with seven home runs, 24 doubles, 54 RBI, 12 steals and 60 runs scored. He debuted in the Majors with Tampa Bay in 2011 and played with Cleveland in 2012. Canzler was part of the Yankees, Orioles and Pirates organizations in 2013 hitting .252 with 12 homers, 16 doubles and 62 RBI in 125 games.

St. Louis – Zach Russell pitched for the Chiefs 11 times in 2013 allowing just one run over 11 innings for a 0.82 ERA. He was 0-0 with five saves and 17 strikeouts over 11 innings before a promotion to Double-A Springfield in July. With Double-A he was 0-2 with an 8.16 ERA in 10 games.

Jay Voss finished the 2013 with the Chiefs after an injury in Palm Beach. He went 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six MWL outings while striking out 11 and walking five over 12 innings. The left-hander pitched in Double-A for both the Tigers (2009) and Marlins (2010-12) organizations.

Toronto – Mike McCoy played for the Chiefs in 2003 and 2004 with 186 games, seven homers, 24 doubles, eight triples, 33 steals and 63 RBI. He hit .252 in 2003 and .216 in 2004. McCoy reached Triple-A with the Cardinals in 2007 before signing with Baltimore. He made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2009 and played in 46 games for the Blue Jays in 2010, 80 in 2011 and 32 in 2012 with three home runs and 13 MLB doubles. McCoy hit .245 with four homers, 15 doubles, 50 runs scored, 29 steals and 22 RBI in 108 games for Triple-A Buffalo in 2013. McCoy has played at the Triple-A or MLB level since 2007 with the Cardinals, Rockies, Orioles and Blue Jays. Overall he has played in 1142 MiLB games and 170 MLB games.

Update on Former Chiefs in Fall/Winter Leagues

All stats through Sunday, November 3.


Jacob Wilson (2013) has appeared in eight games so far for the 11-10 Salt River Rafters going 9-for-29 (.310) with one home run and 10 RBI. He hit a 3-run Home Run last Thursday and drove in four runs. If you get MLB Network, Salt River will be on Tuesday at 8pm Central against Mesa. Which brings us to…

Over on the Mesa Solar Sox, former Chiefs outfielder Jorge Soler (2012) is batting .281 (16-for-57) with a home run, four doubles and 10 RBI. He had a single and a walk in Saturday’s AFL Rising Stars All-Star Game.  Wes Darvill (2012) has played in eight games batting .222 (6-for-27) with a home run, double and five RBI.  Dallas Beeler (2011) is 3-0 in four starts with a 3.86 ERA and six strikeouts in 14 innings. Matt Loosen (2011) has pitched five times out of the bullpen going 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.


The Aguilas Cibaenas feature two former Chiefs – Frank Batista (2010) and James Leverton (2010). Batista has pitched once and threw 1.1 innings with no runs, no hits and one strikeout. Leverton has also thrown four times going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and one strikeout in two innings.

The Estrellas de Oriente have six former Chiefs. Junior Lake (2009) has played in two games since joining the team and is 3-for-8 with a RBI. Mario Mercedes is 2-for-8 in four games. Nelson Perez (2009-10) who was released by the Cubs this year and played in the Mexican League, is 9-for-29 (.310) with two home runs, two doubles and four RBI. Pitcher Luis Liria (2010-12) has pitched twice as a reliever with a 16.20 ERA in 1.2 innings. Marcos Mateo (2010) is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in seven games with three saves and five strikeouts in 8.1 innings. Jose Pina (2007-09) is 0-1 as a starter with a 60.75 ERA allowing nine runs on six hits and four walks in 1.1 innings.

Tigres del Licey feature two former Chiefs. Arismendy Alcantara (2011) is 4-for-24 (.167) in seven games with a double and a walk. Pitcher Chris Narveson (2001-02) who is now a MLB Free Agent is 1-0 with an 3.24 ERA in two starts with three earned runs and 11 hits allowed over 8.1 innings.

Toros del Este also have three former Chiefs. Jim Adduci just joined the team and is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with a double and two RBI in five games. Jeff Antigua (2009-12) is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in four games allowing three runs on five hits and five strikeouts over 4.0 innings. Adalberto Mendez (2005) is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in four games and one start with seven strikeouts over 4.0 innings.


Bravos de Margarita –  Breyvic Valera (2013) is picking up where he left off in Peoria this year hitting .333 in 19 games (20-for-60) with 12 runs, two doubles, two triples and six RBI. He also has seven walks and two stolen bases.  Silfredo Garcia (2013) is 0-0 with an 9.00 ERA in 10 relief outings with two saves. He has seven strikeouts and three walks in 8.1 innings. Frank Del Valle (2011) is 0-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four games and one start with five strikeouts over 5.2 innings

Ildemaro Vargas (2013)is playing for Caribes de Anzoategui and is 0-for-13 in eight games.  Vargas is joined by 2005 Chiefs pitcher Jon Hunton who is 1-1 with a 12.15 ERA in 10 games. Hunton has two saves and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Yoanner Negrin (2011) is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts for Leones del Caracas. He has 20 strikeouts in 26.1 innings of work.

Eliezer Alfonzo (2000) is 13-for-48 (.271) for Navegantes del Magallanes. He is joined by Robinson Chirinos (2006) who is 4-for-16 (.250) with a double and three RBI. Erik Hamren (2009) is 0-0 with 1.35 ERA in eight games. Hamren has a save and two strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

Eduardo Figueroa (2011) is on the Tiburones de La Guaira where he is 1-1 with a 27.00 ERA in two outings with four runs allowed in 1.1 innings. Alex Cabrera (1994) is batting .408 (29-for-71) with two HR, seven doubles and 16 RBI in 19 games.

It has been seven years since Jesus Yepez wore the Chiefs jersey or played in a MiLB game and the current MLB free agent is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 games for Aguilas del Zulia.


Jesse Estrada (2005-06) has pitched twice for Naranjeros de Hermosillo with 1.2 shutout innings and one hit allowed while striking out two.

Ryan Buchter (2009) is pitching for Tomateros de Culiacan and is 0-0 with a 1.35 ERA in seven outings. He has two saves and 15 strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Marcus Hatley (2009-11) is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA in nine outings. He has four saves and 14 strikeouts over 8.2 innings.

Jay Jackson (2008) is pitching for Venados de Mazatlan. Jackson is 2-0 with five saves and a 0.00 ERA in nine outings. He has struck out 14 and walked two in 11.2 innings.

Marco Carrillo (2006-07) is 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts for Yaquis de Obregon . He has 13 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched.


Ryan Searle (2010) is playing for his hometown Brisbane Bandits but has not yet pitched in their first four games. Wayne Lundgren (2004) is listed on the Sydney Blue Sox roster but also has not pitched in the first four games.

Puerto Rico

Rubi Silva (2011) is on Leones de Ponce and in two games is 2-for-8 (.250) with two runs, one RBI and a walk. He is joined by Jonathan Mota (2006-10) who is 2-for-6 (.333) in two games with one run, one RBI and two walks.

No other former Chiefs have appeared in a PRWB game but each team has played either one or two games.


Blake Lalli (2008-10) signed a Minor League deal with Arizona after being released by Milwaukee in October. Justin Berg (2005 & 2012) re-signed with Colorado. James Leverton, mentioned above, re-signed with Miami.