How the Chiefs Fared Against Top 100 Prospects in 2013
Last night on MLB Network, MLB Pipeline and MLB.com released their top 100 Prospects for 2014. In today’s first blog post I took a look at the four former Chiefs on the list. This afternoon lets take a look at the 15 of the top 100 players who faced the Chiefs in Midwest League action in 2013.
#100 Pierce Johnson RHP Kane County (Cubs): Johnson faced the Chiefs in Peoria on May 24 in an 8-1 KC win. The former first round pick out of Missouri State held the Chiefs to one run on six hits over 6.2 innings. The righty struck out eight, walked two and hit one while earning the win. He gave up one extra-base hit, a double to Ildemaro Vargas
#94 Taylor Guerreri RHP Bowling Green (Rays) Guerrier faced the Chiefs in Kentucky on April 29 in a 4-3 11-inning Hot Rods win. The 201 first round pick from Columbia, SC allowed two runs on five hits over five innings while striking out five and walking one. He allowed a solo home run to Jacob Wilson in the fourth inning and a RBI double to Alex Mejia in the fifth inning.
#93 Roberto Osuna RHP (Blue Jays) The Chiefs did not face Osuna in their three-game series at Lansing
#90 JO Berrios RHP (Twins) Despite facing the Kernels 20 times in 2013, the Chiefs never say Berrios
#88 DJ Peterson 3B (Mariners) In an August 10-12 series in Iowa, Peterson batting .500 (6-12) against the Chiefs with two runs scored and one RBI. He went 3-for-4 in the August 10 game. Peterson missed the late August series in Peoria after suffering a season ending injury when he was hit in the face by a fastball.
#79 Braden Shipley RHP (Diamondbacks) Shipley joined South Bend in August so he did not face the Chiefs.
#64 Julio Urias LHP (Dodgers) When Urias faced the Chiefs on July 15 he was just 16 years old. The Mexican native allowed one run on two hits over two innings before reaching his pitch count. Urias struck out two and the Chiefs scored in the top of the first as Jordan Walton doubled home Charlie Tilson
#52 Lance McCullers Jr RHP (Astros) Of all the pitchers on this list, the Chiefs saw McCullers the most. The 41st overall pick of the 2012 draft started against the Chiefs three times going 1-0 with a no-decision. On May 11 in Davenport he allowed one run on four hits over five innings with three walks and six strikeouts. McCullers gave up a RBI single to Jacob Wilson and a double to Charlie Tilson but took a no-decision as Quad Cities rallied for a 3-2 win. In June 28 in Peoria, McCullers allowed two runs on four hits over four innings with two walks and three strikeouts. The Chiefs scored both runs in the fourth on RBI from Jesus Montero & Jeremy Schaffer who also had a double. The Chiefs won 4-2 but McCullers again took a no-decision. He earned the win on August 1 as part of a four-game River Bandits sweep in Iowa. CJ McElroy drove in two runs and Charlie Tilson had a triple but Quad Cities rallied for a 5-3 win. McCullers allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits over six innings. 2
#43 Max Fried LHP (Padres) In the Chiefs three-game sweep of the TinCaps, they did not face Fried.
#34 Corey Seager SS (Dodgers) The younger brother of Seattle infielder Kyle, Corey was 3-for-8 in three games against the Chiefs in July. He had two doubles in the July 15 game and drew four walks in the series with two runs scored.
#19 Robert Stephenson RHP (Reds) The Chiefs handed Stephenson his final Midwest League loss on April 26 in Dayton. Jacob Wilson homered in the first inning and Stephenson left down 2-0 after 5.2 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. The Chiefs won 3-0 and Stephenson went 5-0 before a late July promotion.
#18 Albert Almora OF (Cubs) The Cubs 2012 first-round draft pick made his Midwest League and 2013 debut in Peoria on May 22 going 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI. The next night in an extra-inning game he was 4-for-7 with two doubles and a RBI. Overall in six games, all in Peoria, Almora hit .423 (11-for-26) against the Chiefs with three doubles, two RBI, three walks and three strikeouts. He missed the final season of the season with a leg injury.
#17 Mark Appel RHP (Astros) The #1 overall pick of the 2013 draft faced the Chiefs in Davenport on July 31 in a no-decision. With the two teams separated by one game in the race for first place, Appel limited the Chiefs to one run on six hits over 4.2 innings before hitting his pitching limit. He struck out three and hit one batter while allowing a double and single to Trevor Martin. Appel left with the bases loaded but took a no-decision as the Bandits escaped and rallied to win 4-3 on a walk-off double.
#8 Carlos Correa SS (Astros) The third Quad Cities played on this list, Correa faced the Chiefs more than any other player on this list in 2013. The #1 overall pick from the 2012 draft, who hit .320 overall last season. was held to a .278 average (15-for-54). He scored seven runs against the Chiefs and drove in three with four doubles, seven walks and a stolen base. Correa struck out 14 times against Peoria pitching and had three multi-hit games.
#1 Byron Buxton OF (Twins) The 2013 Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year is also the MLB.com #1 Prospect in all of Minor League Baseball. The Chiefs faced Buxton six times in 2013, three games in each city. He hit .308 (8-for-26) with a triple, two runs scored, two RBI, three steals, four walks and six strikeouts. Buxton had three 2-hit games against the Chiefs before a July promotion.
Ten of the players above were in the MWL Prospect Card set submitted in mid-May. Their cards are in this slideshow: