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.

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