February 2014

Big Game Poll Question

With the largest outdoor screen in Central Illinois and based of the success of our Suite-Level gathering from the St. Louis Cardinals big game in October and three nights of Valentine’s Day dinners, we are looking into hosting a party for the Big Game in college hoops on Monday, April 7. We want your honest feedback as we put together and plan this outing. Which of these options best describes your thoughts on joining us at Dozer Park on Monday, April 7, one night before the Chiefs 2014 Home Opener? (The game starts at 8pm, doors would open at 7pm with the food from 7:30pm – 9pm)

News & Notes on Former/Future Chiefs

Patrick Wisdom hit a walk off home run today (Wednesday) in the intrasquad scrimmage with coaches pitching. The Cardinals are taking a day off Thursday with their Grapefruit League opener on Friday against Miami. Congrats to Tyrell Jenkins who announced on twitter that he threw a bullpen for the first time post-surgery and also to Kurt Heyer who was promoted to big league camp on Sunday.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jason Motte likely won’t be ready for Opening Day. The Chiefs will honor Motte, a 2003 Peoria catcher, on July 26 as the first 1000 fans get a bobblehead.

Here’s a fantastic article by Jenifer Langosch on Carson Kelly and his education both on and off the field as he transitions to catcher.

Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus ranked the Cardinals #6 among all organizations and listed the 2014 Peoria Chiefs as the team to watch in the organization! In case you missed it two weeks ago, Jason Parks talked Cardinals and Chiefs prospects with us here on the blog.

Ozzie Smith wants to make Opening Day a national holiday! Ozzie will be at Dozer Park for IPMR night on June 14 and the first 1,000 fans on June 13 get Hall of Fame Ozzie Smith bobbleheads!

If you haven’t seen it yet get a tour and early preview of the new Ballpark Village from Cardinals.com with President Bill DeWitt III and Dan McLaughlin


Catching Up With Patrick Wisdom

Patrick Wisdom played third and first base for the Chiefs in 2013 until an early August promotion to Palm Beach. In 104 Midwest League games, Wisdom hit .231 with 13 home runs, 20 doubles, 62 RBI and 54 runs scored. The home runs and RBI were second on the Chiefs behind Jacob Wilson. He finished the season with 25 games in Palm Beach hitting .250 with two more home runs, four doubles, 11 RBI and eight runs scored.

On Friday, after working out in Jupiter, FL, Wisdom took some time to talk to us about his offseason and 2014 Spring Training.

Highlights of Wisdom for the 2013 season

An interview we did with Patrick in May at Dozer Park

And finally a slideshow of Wisdom photos.

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Catching Up With Jacob Wilson

Jacob Wilson played in 97 games for the Peoria Chiefs last season batting .264 with a team-high 15 home runs and 72 RBI. He collected 24 doubles, scored 63 runs, drew 40 walks and stole six bases before an early August promotion to Palm Beach. Wilson was named to the MWL All-Star team though a concussion suffered on a hit by pitch prevented him from traveling to Dayton for the game. Wilson finished the season in Palm Beach with three more home runs and 10 RBI in 32 games and then represented the Cardinals in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. In 13 games in the AFL he hit .304 with a home run, two doubles and 13 RBI.

Here is an interview from Thursday as Jacob was en route to Spring Training. We did lose one answer with Jacob talking about working out with the University of Memphis baseball team but the reception for just that one answer cut out too much. I was able to fix the next two answers but not that one.

Relive some of Jacob’s best moments with the Peoria Chiefs in 2013:

2013 Chiefs photo slideshow

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Catching Up With Charlie Tilson

After missing 2012 with a shoulder injury, Charlie Tilson had a break-out season for the Peoria Chiefs in 2013. The former 2nd round pick hit .303 in 100 games with four home runs, eight doubles, six triples, 15 steals, 49 runs scored and 30 RBI. He earned a late season promotion to Palm Beach and collected 10 hits in nine games. A native of the Chicago area (New Trier High School), Tilson is headed to spring training this week for STEP Camp. He joined us on Tuesday for a chat about his off-season and a preview of 2014.

Tilson hit two home runs against Wisconsin on August 15, here is the first:

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My thanks to Charlie Tilson for his time and later this week we are hoping to catch up with a few of his 2013 Chiefs teammates.

Weekend News & Notes for Former Chiefs

With Spring Training underway now, news is fast and furious. I’ve rounded up some of the best stories and nuggets on former Chiefs from around MLB this week as camps opened. Hope everyone had a great President’s Day and you are staying warmer and less buried in snow than we are in Peoria!

From the Cardinals, Jenifer Langosch tells us that the Cardinals are being proactive with catchers in regards to plays at the plate. Also former Chief Jason Motte is showing progress as he comes back from surgery.

In an early camp blog entry from Jenifer I was intrigued by the note towards the bottom and how it will affect the Chiefs. “Mozeliak said that the Cardinals plan to implement more defensive shifting in the Minors this season as a way to prepare their players for such situations in the Majors. The Cardinals expect to be more proactive in shifting.”

On the Cubs side, 2012 Chiefs SS Javier Baez is getting a ton of attention down in Arizona from both ESPN and Cubs.com. Former first round picks and 2009 Chiefs Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are still fighting to make the Cubs roster. Welington Castillo is finally healthy behind the plate while Darwin Barney was one of the first players to show up in Mesa.

Out in New York it has been a typically crazy off-season for the Yankees. Robinson Cano is in Seattle, Masahiro Tanaka has been added from Japan, the Alex Rodriguez saga is (maybe?!) over and Derek Jeter announced this will be his last season. Well former Chiefs C and Peoria area native Joe Girardi talks about a team in transition and former Chiefs SS Brendan Ryan knows he will be booed when replacing a legend. 

And in Philadelphia, former Chiefs Manager Ryne Sandberg has put his own spin on his first Spring Training as a MLB Manager.

Planning on talking to some 2013 Chiefs players as they arrive in Jupiter, FL this week so keep an eye on the blog for those interviews plus news and notes as they happen! Thanks for reading, NB.

Chiefs Chat With Jason Parks – Baseball Prospectus

We’ve spent this week talking about Cardinals prospects, former Chiefs and future Chiefs with a variety of St. Louis and National sources. Today we finish the series with Jason Parks from Baseball Prospectus. Give Jason a follow on Twitter @ProfessorParks where he is full of #want and #rig for Baseball Prospects throughout Minor League Baseball. If you are a BP subscriber (and you should be, I am and it is great content) you can check out Jason’s Top 10 lists and also find the Fringe Average Podcast with the great Mike Ferrin on your iTunes or Android marketplace.

Here is our interview today with Jason Parks

My thanks to Jason, Jim Callis, John from CardinalsFarm, Eric from Future Redbirds and Joe from VEB for participating in these interviews this week and sharing their vast knowledge of Cardinals prospects and former Chiefs with you, the fans.

Chiefs Chat with STLCupOfJoe

Our prospects chat this week continues with Joe who founded STLCupOfJoe.com and is now an editor and a writer at Viva El Birdos. Make sure you also follow Joe on Twitter. Today on VEB Joe has an interview with Oscar Mercado and Eric, who we talked to yesterday has a profile on Vaughn Bryan.

My thanks to Joe for his time and his great insights. Make sure you follow him on twitter and check out the great work they do at VEB. And come back to the blog over the weekend for one final Prospect Chat!

Chiefs Chat with Future Redbirds

Our weeklong series of “podcasts” and chats about Cardinals prospects, former Chiefs and future Chiefs continues today with Eric Johnson, Managing Editor of Future Redbirds and a contributing writer to Viva El Birdos. Find and follow Eric on twitter for all the latest from Future Redbirds including this piece on Charlie Tilson and another on Zach Petrick.

Here is the near half hour chat between myself and Eric from Wednesday afternoon touching on a variety of topics as they pertain to the 2013 and 2014 (and beyond) Peoria Chiefs. Enjoy!

My thanks to Eric for his time, check out all the great work they do at Future Redbirds and Viva El Birdos, Cardinals fans are blessed to have such a great blogging community covering the MLB and MiLB teams!

Tomorrow we will have a blog post chatting with Joe from STLCupOfJoe & Viva El Birdos and over the weekend be on the lookout for another national prospect expert. If you missed our first two segments you can listen to my chats with Jim Callis and Cardinals Farm.

Chiefs Chat with Cardinals Farm

This week we are going to give you a different perspective on both the past and future Chiefs. In a series of interviews with experts from around baseball from MLB.com, Cardinals blogs and other prospects sites we hope to bring you a comprehensive look at the Chiefs through the eyes of others.

Today we start part 1 of 3 interviews/chats with St. Louis Cardinals bloggers. Later in the week we will chat with Viva El Birdos and STLCup of Joe. Today the chat is with John from Cardinals Farm who you can find on twitter at @CardinalsFarm. Check out their current prospects rankings and make sure you follow Cardinals Farm during the season.

Here is our 25 minute Chat from today about the Cardinals prospects, the 2013 Chiefs roster and a look at many many players who could play in Peoria in 2014 and beyond.

If you missed it, you can catch up on Tuesday’s interview with Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com. Coming up Thursday we will have Eric from Viva El Birdos, Friday will be Joe from STLCupOfJoe and then we will have a special surprise guest for the weekend! Thanks for reading, following and listening.