February 2014

Chiefs Chat with Jim Callis

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.

To start with, today I chatted with Jim Callis of MLBPipeline.com and MLB.com. If you don’t already, give Jim a follow on twitter where he talks prospects and baseball all the time. The Pipeline rankings for the Cardinals comes out on March 4 and Jim is ranking the prospects for the website. We chatted for a little over 20 minutes and I got Jim’s perspective on four former Chiefs ranked on the MLBPipeline.com Top 100, his thoughts on the three Cardinals in the top 100 and then we talked 2013 and 2014 Peoria Chiefs players.

Give it a listen and enjoy Jim’s fantastic perspective

My thanks to Jim for his time on Tuesday. Wednesday I will chat with John from CardinalsFarm and Eric from Viva El Birdos while a chat with Joe from STLCupOfJoe is scheduled for Thursday and hopefully two others coming up as well. I hope you enjoy these outside insights and we will get back to profiling possible future Chiefs next week!

News & Notes, Catching Up With Former Chiefs

Happy Players and Catchers Report Week!! Last week was a big week for Prospects lists and signings around baseball. This week we will have some special guests on the Blog in Audio Interviews looking at former and future Chiefs on those prospect lists with opinions and insight from around the industry. For today here is a list of things you may have missed over the last week or so that involve former Chiefs at the MLB and MiLB level.

  • Darwin Barney was the Chiefs shortstop for the last two months of the 2007 season hitting .273 with two homers, nine doubles and 21 RBI in 44 games. The 2012 National League Gold Glove Award winner signed a one-year deal with the Cubs last week to avoid arbitration
  • Jeff Samardzija made two starts with the Chiefs in 2006 including a home start in early August before heading back to Notre Dame for football season. Over the weekend he avoided arbitration and signed a one-year deal with the Cubs for 2014.
  • Coco Crisp was a teammate of Albert Pujols in Peoria in 2000 and last week signed a two-year extension with the Oakland A’s keeping him in the Bay Area through at least 2016. Crisp hit .276 with seven steals, nine doubles and 14 runs scored in 27 games in Peoria in 2000.
  • Oakland loves signing and acquiring former Chiefs and they added another one last week when 2005 Chiefs OF Sam Fuld signed a minor league deal with the team that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Fuld hit .300 with the Chiefs in 2005 with five home runs, 32 doubles, six triples, 82 runs scored and 18 stolen bases. Fuld joins Crisp, Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson on the A’s. Over the last five seasons Oakland has also featured former Chiefs Jerry Blevins, Eric Patterson and Sean Gallagher. Plus Danny Haren from 2005-2007.

On the Minor League side, a number of former Chiefs have changed teams this off-season. All are Minor League deals unless noted.

  • 2014 Chiefs RHP Zach Russell has signed with the Texas Rangers
  • LHP Kyler Burke (2008-09, 2012) is now with the Philadelphia Phillies. Wonder if his 2008 Chiefs manager Ryne Sandberg put in a good word there?
  • RHP Rafael Dolis (2007) has signed with the San Francisco Giants. Dolis last pitched in September when he faced the Chiefs while on a rehab assignment from the Cubs with Kane County.
  • 1B Russ Canzler (2007) is now a New York Yankee
  • C Michael Brenly (2008) moves from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Boston Red Sox while INF Mike McCoy (2003-04) has also signed with Boston.
  • 2008 RHP Jay Jackson goes from the Miami Marlins to the Pittsburgh Pirates after having a fantastic Winter League season in Mexico. Former MLB pitcher Josh Kinney has also signed with Pittsburgh. As part of his deal, the former Chiefs pitcher gets an invite to Spring Training.
  • Blake Lalli (2008-10) leaves Milwaukee for the Arizona Diamondbacks with an invitation to Spring Training
  • Matt Pagnozzi (2004) played with the Houston Astros last season and will now be with the Milwaukee Brewers. Pagnozzi also earned an invite to Spring Training.
  • After an injury plagued 2013 season and a solid Winter League campaign in Venezuela, 2001-02 Chiefs RHP Chris Narveson has signed in Japan. Narveson got a one-year deal worth just under one million dollars.
  • OF turned C Yusuf Carter spent the last three seasons in Independent Leagues on the East Coast. That hard work paid off as Carter announced on his Facebook page that he has signed with the Toronto Blue Jays. Carter announced his deal one day before his 29th birthday. He hit 22 home runs for the Chiefs, 12 in 2006 and 10 in 2007 while driving in 95 total runs. Carter last played affiliated baseball in 2010 at Double-A with Oakland.
  • Eric Patterson, the Chiefs 2005 team MVP, has signed a deal with the Chicago White Sox. Patterson had one of the best seasons in Chiefs history in 2005 batting a league-leading .333 with 13 home runs, 71 RBI, 26 doubles, 11 triples, 90 runs scored and 40 stolen bases in 110 games.
  • The Cubs last week released 2011-12 Chiefs OF Taiwan Easterling and 2012 Chiefs LHP Sheldon McDonald.
  • Among the former Chiefs who are still Minor League Free Agents heading into spring training are: 2014 LHP Jay Voss, 2005 RHP Sean Gallagher, 2007 RHP Jose Ceda, 2007-08 INF Nate Samson, 2009 RHP Erik Hamren, 2000 C Eli Alfonzo, 2004 RHP Kyle McClellan, 2004 RHP Stu Pomeranz, 2005 OF Luis Montanez and 2007 OF Ty Wright.

Chiefs Chatter #9 – Meet LHP Ian McKinney

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 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 spring training on the way 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 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven RamosMike MayersKenneth Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz.

Today we introduce you to the Cardinals 5th round pick in 2013 – LHP Ian McKinney. 

Ian McKinney, LHP, Ht: 5’11 Wt: 185
DOB 11/18/94 Resides: Orlando, FL
Twitter: @Ianmckinney24
Acquired: Drafted in the 5th round (155th pick) in the 2013 draft out of Boone High School
Throws: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball

 Preseason/Offseason:

  • Ranked by Baseball America as the 6th best Minor League Left-Handed starting pitcher in the Cardinals organization
  • Named The Cardinal Nation GCL Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2013
  • Ranked by The Cardinal Nation as the organizations #25 prospect

2013:

  • Made 10 appearances and five starts for the GCL Cardinals Rookie ball team going 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA
  • Struck out 24 and walked 12 in 30 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .217 average
  • Made his pro debut on July 6 against the Marlins with one run allowed on two hits over two innings
  • Did not allow another earned run until his final outing on August 24, a span of 26 innings
  • Made his first pro start on July 31 at Nationals with three shutout innings and two strikeouts
  • Threw four shutout innings with just one hit allowed on August 6
  • Made his third straight start against the Nationals on August 13 with one unearned run allowed on two hits
  • Established career highs on August 13 in innings (5) and strikeouts (8)
  • Struck out five over five shutout innings with just two hits allowed on August 19 in his first career win against the Mets
  • Allowed two runs on a career-high six hits over four innings in his final start of the season on August 24
  • Held lefties to a .043 batting average (1-for-24) with seven strikeouts and one walk
  • Opponents were 0-for-5 with the bases loaded and hit just .067 (1-for-15) with runners in scoring position and two outs.

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Misc:

  • Pitched at Boone High School in Florida
  • Went 7-1 with a 1.08 ERA as a senior in 2013
  • Struck out 75 batters in 64 1/3 innings
  • Hit over .300 with two home runs and 20 RBI
  • Helped Boone to the Class 8A, District 4 Championship
  • Finished his HS career with 21 wins, the most by a lefty in school history
  • Third overall on school’s all-time wins list
  • Signed to pitch at the University of Central Florida before signing with the Cardinals
  • Named to the Orlando Sentinel 2013 All-Central Florida Baseball Team and All-Metro
  • Named a 2013 Rawlings 2nd Team All-American and Florida All-Region 1st Team
  • Played in the World Bat Championships and Perfect Game USA Showcases
  • Played in the Area Code Games
  • In 2012 named to the Perfect Game Underclass 1st Team
  • Indians pitcher Cody Allen played at Boone as did former Major Leaguers Ron Karkovice, Paul Wilson, Mike Maroth and Joe Oliver
  • Boxer Antonio Tarver is a Boone alum

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 5.0, last, August 19 at Mets
Strikeouts: 8, August 13 vs. Nationals
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 2, August 13 vs. Nationals
Runs Allowed: 2, last, August 24 at Mets
Earned Runs Allowed: 2, August 24 at Mets
Hits Allowed: 6, August 24 at Mets
Walks: 3, August 13 vs. Nationals
Win Streak: 1, August 19 – current
Current Streak: Won 1

Audio & Video

Brian Walton of The Cardinal Nation talked to Ian at Instructs in September.

McKinney in action:

There are also more videos on McKinney’s Perfect Game page.

Chiefs Chatter #8 – Meet 2B Mason Katz

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 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 spring training on the way 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 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven RamosMike Mayers and Kenneth Peoples-Walls.

Today we introduce you to 4th round pick in 2013 and former LSU star, Mason Katz.

Mason Katz, 2B Ht: 5’10 Wt: 188 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DOB: 8/23/89 Resides: Harahan, LA
Twitter: @MasonKatz58
Acquired: Drafted in 4th round in 2013 out of Louisiana State University   

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #4 prospect at 2nd base behind Kolten Wong, Jacob Wilson and Breyvic Valera
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the best pure hitter and 2nd best power hitter in the Cardinals 2013 draft class
  • Ranked by CardinalsFarm as the #33 prospect in the system
  • Ranked by Brian Walton of TheCardinalNation.com as the #40 prospect
  • Participated in the Cardinals Fall Instructional League in Jupiter, FL including some time at first base.

 2013:

  • Hit .249 in 56 games for the State College Spikes with two homers, 13 doubles, 27 runs scored and 23 RBI
  • Hit .279 against lefties and was 4-for-7 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded
  • Made his pro debut as a pinch-hitter on June 25 against Jamestown and singled
  • Drove in first run on July 1 at Williamsport
  • Hit first professional home run on July 15 at Hudson Valley and went deep again four days later against Lowell
  • Drove in a run in three straight games July 6-9
  • Had three straight 2-hit games July 18-20
  • Collected two doubles on July 31, August 4 and August 6
  • Had first 3-hit game on August 8 with two doubles and a RBI
  • Had two 5-game hitting streaks in August going 5-for-15 August 16-20 and 6-for-21 with five RBI August 22-27
  • Drove in three runs on August 25 against Auburn
  • Went 10-for-23 (.435) in six playoff games for State College with two homers, nine RBI, one double and three runs scored
  • Led the NYPL playoffs in batting average, hits, home runs, RBI and total bases
  • Drove in five runs in the first-round playoff series win over Jamestown including three RBI in game one
  • Homered in the fifth inning of game one of the NYPL Finals against Tri-City to tie the game
  • Hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning in game three to draw State College within 4-3 of Tri-City but State College could not get another run and lost the game and series
  • Katz drove in all three Spikes runs in game three while going 3-for-4

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College:

  • Named first-team All-American in 2013
  • Ranked 9th on LSU career list with 52 doubles and 10th with 180 RBI
  • Played in 206 games at LSU batting .341 with 33 home runs
  • Graduated with a degree in Sports Administration
  • Named to the 2013 and 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2013 SEC Community Service Team
  • Started 60 games at first base and eight at second in 2013 batting .370 with 16 home runs, 14 doubles, 70 RBI and 53 runs
  • Led SEC in RBI, Home Runs and with a .642 slugging percentage
  • Finished second in total bases (156), third in OBP (.464), fourth in batting average and fourth in hits (90)
  • Hit .469 in SEC games with eight home runs
  • Homered in the College World Series going 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Tigers two games
  • Named to NCAA Baton Rouge All-Tournament Team batting .400 with a home run and four RBI
  • Named National and SEC Player of the Week twice during the season on March 18 and April 1
  • Homered twice on March 15 at Mississippi State including a 10th inning game winner..
  • Became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since 1998 when he went deep seven times in five games March 9-16
  • Drive in a career-high six runs February 22 against SE Louisiana
  • Played first base and the outfield in 2012 batting .320 with 13 home runs, 15 doubles, 65 runs scored and 52 RBI
  • Led SEC in runs and finished top 10 in HR (3) and RBI (6)
  • Finished fourth in the SEC with a .552 slugging and total bases with 133..Hit .368 with RISP
  • Hit two home runs in NCAA Super Regional  Game 1 against Stony Brook, both in extra innings, the second a walk-off
  • Hit his first LSU grand slam on April 28 against Georgia in the 8th inning for a 6-4 lead
  • Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week March 5, 2012 after hitting .684 (13-for-19) in five games with three homers, eight RBI, eight extra base hits and a 1.421 slugging percentage
  • Reached base in 17 straight plate appearances going 10-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, nine runs and seven walks falling one PA short of the NCAA record set in 2002
  • Finished second in the NCAA Home Run Derby in Omaha
  • Played right field and first base as a sophomore in 2011 batting .337 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 53 RBI and 40 runs scored
  • Hit .343 in the SEC and finished top 10 in doubles (5th) and RBI (8th)
  • Hit .318 as a freshman in 23 games with five RBI and 11 runs scored while playing left field in the post-season
  • Went 6-for-16 in the 2010 SEC Tournament and  4-for-8 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional including three this and a double against UC Irvine.

HS/Personal:

  • Named 1st team All-State in Louisiana Class 5A in 2008 and 2009
  • Hit .410 with seven home runs in 2009
  • Helped Jesuit High School to a second place state finish in 5A in 2008 hitting .410 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI
  • Jesuit won the State Championship in 2007 with Katz as a sophomore.

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 3, August 8 at Staten Island
Runs: 2, last, August 9 at Brooklyn
Home Runs: 1, many times, last July 19 vs. Lowell
RBI: 3, August 25 vs. Auburn
Doubles: 2, last, August 8 at Staten Island
Triples: 1, August 9 at Brooklyn
Walks: 1, Many Times
Strikeouts: 3, last August 14 vs. Mahoning Valley
Stolen Bases: 2, July vs. Batavia
Hit Streak: 5, August 22-27

Video of Katz
Cox Sports TV piece April 2012
College World Series Home Run

LSU Profile

Chiefs Chatter #7 – Get to Know Kenneth Peoples-Walls

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 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 spring training on the way 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 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven Ramos and Mike Mayers.

Today we introduce you to outfield prospect Kenneth Peoples-Walls

Kenneth Peoples-Walls, OF  Ht: 6’1 Wt: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DOB:
8/16/93, Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @Kenny_Persons
Acquired: Drafted in 4th Round (140th overall) in 2011 out of Westchester High School

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Participated in the Cardinals Fall Instructional League
  • Began the switch from shortstop to outfield
  • Reporting to Spring Training early as part of Cardinals Minor League STEP camp
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #18 Cardinals prospect and the organization’s #5 outfield prospect
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #17 prospect in the Appalachian Rookie League
  • Ranked by TheCardinalNation.com as the Cardinals #33 prospect

2013:

  • Played in 59 games for Johnson City in the Rookie Level Appalachian League batting .300 with seven home runs, 11 doubles, four triples, 35 RBI, 41 runs scored and nine stolen bases as a shortstop
  • Led the APPY in total bases and finished second in hits, runs scored and at-bats
  • Finished 10th in the league in batting average
  • Finished 10th among all qualified Cardinals minor leaguers in batting average
  • Started the season going 8-for-14 over three games with three doubles, five runs scored, two RBI and a walk
  • Had four straight 3-hit games July 7-11 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI
  • Hit his first career grand slam on August 11 in game one of a DH against Bluefield and then tripled and drove in two in game two
  • Was hitting .287 with four games left but three straight 2-hit games put him at .299 with one game left
  • Went 1-for-3 with a double on the final day of the season to bat .300
  • Hit .324 against righties with six home runs and .327 in home games
  • Hit .385 in nine games in June
  • Clubbed four homers and five doubles in July
  • Drove in 16 runs in August
  • Hit third or sixth in the lineup for most of the season playing for 2014 Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel
  • Hit .270 with runners in scoring position
  • Was 4-for-8 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded…
  • Named an Appalachian League All-Star
  • Named the July Topps’ Player of the Month in the APPY League
  • Finished the season with State College to observe the NYPL playoffs but was not on the Spikes active roster in the post-season

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2012:

  • Played in 43 games for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Cardinals batting .260 with two homers, four doubles, 21 RBI and 19 runs scored
  • Stole four bases, collected three triples and was hit by six pitches
  • Collected three hits on July 2 against the Nationals
  • Had two hits in three straight games July 20-24
  • Drove in a career-high four runs on July 21 against the Nationals
  • Hit first pro home run on August 4 against the Marlins and homered again the next game against the Astros
  • Had his first career four-hit game on August 13 against the Astros with three RBI
  • Hit .425 against lefties with 10 RBI in just 40 at-bats
  • Hit .358 in August with eight RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games
  • Hit .286 with runners in scoring position.

2011:

  • Played in 28 games for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Cardinals as a 17-year old
  • Hit .239 with one double, seven RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases
  • Made his pro debut on July 8
  • Collected first pro hit on July 9 against the Mets
  • Had an eight-game hitting streak from August 12-23
  • Drive in two runs in three straight games August 12-15
  • Hit .263 against lefties and .286 in home games
  • Hit .429 in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

High School:

  • At Westchester High School in the Los Angeles area, he hit .404 in his final season with a .500 OBP
  • Drove in 23 runs in 89 at-bats with 26 runs scored, five homers, 14 stolen bases and eight doubles
  • As a junior in 2010 batted .462 with 35 RBI and 34 runs scored in 91 at-bats
  • Crushed five homers, with 11 doubles and two triples as a junior as the Comets won their second consecutive City Section Division II title
  • One of three Westchester players drafted in 2011 along with Dodgers 10th rounder Jamaal Moore (LHP) and Mets 13th rounder Robert Gsellman (RHP)
  • Among the long list of famous alums from Westchester HS are: Former Cardinals OF Brian Barton, former Twins infielder Roy Smalley, Angels bench coach Rob Picciolo former NFL star Ken Norton Jr., NBA players Trevor Ariza and Amir Johnson, the late actor Phil Hartman and actress Regina King

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 4, August 13, 2012 at Astros
Runs: 2, last, August 30 vs. Burlington
Home Runs: 1, last August 23 at Burlington
RBI: 4,last, August 11 vs. Bluefield Game 1
Doubles: 1, many times, last August 30 vs. Burlington
Triples: 1, many times, last August 11 vs. Bluefield Game 2
Walks: 2, last, July 4 vs. Kingston
Strikeouts: 4, August 26 at Danville
Stolen Bases: 2, August 11, 2012 at Marlins
Hit Streak: 8, August 12-23, 2011

Video clip of a Peoples-Walls home run

And here is an article and audio interview with Brian Walton from TheCardinalsNation.com

Chiefs Chatter #6 – Get to Know Mike Mayers

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 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 spring training on the way 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 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar Mercado and Steven Ramos

Today catch up with Mike Mayers who pitched with the Chiefs last August. Start with an interview from Tuesday with Mike who is working out in Oxford, Mississippi (Apologies for the first part of his first answer getting cut off)

Mike Mayers, RHP  Ht: 6’5 Wt: 185 Bats: Right
DOB:
12/06/91 Resides: Grove City, OH
Twitter: @Mike_Mayers28
Acquired: Selected in the 3rd round of the 2013 June Free-Agent Draft
Throws: Fastball, Change, Slider

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Will report to Spring Training early as part of the Cardinals STEP camp
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the Cardinals #7 Right-Handed Starting Pitcher

2013:

  • Made five starts in a Chiefs uniform to end the season going 0-3 with a 3.70 ERA
  • Struck out 14 batters and walked five in 24 1/3 Midwest League innings
  • Made his Chiefs debut on August 4 with one run allowed on five hits over 4 2/3 innings against Burlington
  • Threw six shutout innings on August 10 at Clinton and left with a 1-0 lead but took a no-decision as the Chiefs lost
  • Allowed three earned runs in each of his final three starts, all home losses
  • Struck out five against Burlington on August 23 over six innings
  • Appeared in five games for the GCL Cardinals going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts
  • Struck out 13 and walked six in 12 innings pitched
  • Picked up his first win against the GCL Mets on July 2, pitching two innings and surrendering a run in his pro debut
  • Pitched seven scoreless innings between July 4 and July 23
  • Opponents went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and two outs
  • Pitched three innings in his final start on July 29, giving up one run on two hits and one walk while fanning four

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College:

  • Pitched three years for Ole Miss
  • In 2013 he went 5-6 with a 2.83 ERA as a junior
  • Struck out 73 and walked 37 in 92 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .227 average
  • Threw seven innings of scoreless relief against No. 13 Mississippi State to earn SEC  pitcher of the week honors..
  • In the summer of 2012 he struck out 42 batters and walked just seven for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League where he was ranked the #17 prospect
  • In 2012 he posted a 6-3 record with a 3.50 ERA in 92.2 innings of work
  • Picked up the win against No. 8 Texas A&M to advance to the finals of the Texas A&M Regional and then pitched against TCU out of the bullpen in the Regional Championship game
  • Beat No.1 Kentucky on April 7
  • Shut out CWS semifinalist Arkansas twice, including once in an elimination game at the SEC Tournament
  • Held opponents to a .222 batting average
  • In 2011 Mayers made 20 appearances with 19 of them coming out of the bullpen
  • He posted a 1-0 record with a 5.10 ERA while recording a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio
  • First Rebel drafted by the Cardinals since Scott Bittle in the fourth round in 2009
  • Current Cardinals hurler Lance Lynn was drafted out of Ole Miss in the supplemental first round in 2008.

Misc:

  • Born December 6, 1991 in Grove City, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus
  • Lettered in each of his three years at Grove City High School and earned an All-Ohio selection in 2009
  • Was a two-time All District selection (2009, 2010) and three-time All-League
  • Posted an 18-6 record with two saves accompanied by a 2.10 ERA with 151 strikeouts..
  • Mayers also hit .338 for his career with 21 RBI
  • Played in the 2010 All-Ohio Mizuno Game
  • Was a multi-sport athlete and lettered three years in basketball and two years in football
  • Rated No. 188 out of Baseball America’s top 500 prospects in the 2013 draft
  • Notable alumni from Grove City High School include 90’s NFL player Derrick Alexander

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 6.0, last, August 23 vs. Burlington
Strikeouts: 5, August 23 vs. Burlington
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 4, August 10 at Clinton
Runs Allowed: 3, last, August 29 vs. Clinton
Earned Runs Allowed: 3, last, August 29 vs. Clinton
Hits Allowed: 7, 3, August 29 vs. Clinton
Walks: 2, last August 17 vs. Cedar Rapids
Win Streak: 1, July 2
Current Streak: Lost 3

Video of Mayers in the Cape Cod League with the Bourne Braves

Chiefs Chatter #5 Get To Know OF Steven Ramos

As February (and then Spring Training) approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 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 spring training on the way 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 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, meet: Alex ReyesCarson Kelly (who played for us last year), Rob Kaminsky and Oscar Mercado.

Steven Ramos OF Ht: 6’0 WT: 160 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DOB: 7/04/90, Tracy, CA
Twitter: @s_ramos9
Acquired: Drafted in 22nd Round (57th overall) in 2010 out of Ohlone CC (CA)

Here’s an interview I did with Steven Monday afternoon to catch up on his offseason workouts and look forward to 2014.

Career: Has never committed more than three errors in a Minor League season and overall has has 30 outfield assists and nine errors.

 2013:

  • Appeared in four games for the Chiefs April 29-May 2
  • Played in 67 games for the State College Spikes batting .341 with 17 extra-base hits, 24 RBI, 40 runs scored, 22 stolen bases and a .380 OBP
  • Led the New York-Penn League in batting average and hits while finishing third in stolen bases and fifth in OBP
  • Overall season average of .327 led all qualified Cardinals minor leaguers with Mike O’Neill (Springfield/Memphis) coming in second at .314
  • Also led Cardinals minor leaguers in stolen bases
  • With the Chiefs had a hit on May 2 in a game that finished in a tie because of rain
  • Drove in a run May 1 in the Chiefs 13-10 win over Lake County
  • With State College hit .343 against RHP and .337 vs. LHP
  • Hit .364 at home…Hit .379 in July and .364 in August
  • Batted first or second in the lineup in 44 of 66 games
  • Hit .400 with runners in scoring position
  • Named a NYPL All-Star
  • Collected five hits and scored five runs in the Spikes six playoff games
  • Had a double, triple and four walks in the post-season.

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2012:

  • Hit .247 with 33 runs scored, 12 doubles, three triples, and 12 stolen bases in Batavia with 16 RBI
  • Had 15 multi-hit games with the Muckdogs in 2012 to go along with two three-hit games
  • Stole three of his total 12 bases on the season in one day, July 30
  • Had nine outfield assists for Batavia

Pre 2012:

  • Hit .274 and also had 45 runs scored for Johnson City in 2011
  • Drove in 25 runs and stole 19 bases
  • Stole a career high four bases in one game on July 3
  • Had four hits and two runs scored July 9 at Pulaski
  • Had a 12-game hit streak from July 3-16 with eight multi-hit games
  • Had eight outfield assists
  • Played with the GCL Cardinals and Johnson City in 2010 batting .253 in 48 total games with one homer, 15 stolen bases and 26 runs scored
  • Hit his first professional home run for the GCL Cardinals on August 28, 2010 against the Astros as part of a 3-for-3 day
  • Made his pro debut for Johnson City on June 23, 2010
  • Had a nine-game hit streak from July 19-30, 2010
  • Had four hits, two doubles and three RBI on July 26, 2010 

College:

  • Attended Ohlone CC (Fremont, CA) for two seasons and was originally committed to play at Cal-State Fullerton before signing with the Cardinals
  • Helped lead Ohlone CC to the California Junior College state championship as a shortstop
  • In two seasons, he hit .380 while stealing over 70 bases
  • Set a new Ohlone school record for hits
  • Named a California Community Colleges Athletic Association All-American in 2010…

Misc:

  • Born July 4, 1990 in Tracy, CA
  • Named the Record’s Baseball  Player of the Year in 2008 after batting .489 with five homers, 27 RBI, six triples, 36 runs scored and 45 hits
  • The hits and runs were both Tracy High School season records
  • As a junior he hit .327 with 13 RBI
  • Baseball idol is Roberto Clemente
  • 90’s music star MC Hammer currently lives in Tracy as does former 49ers LB Keena Turner
  • Colts Pro Bowl long-snapper Matt Overton graduated from Tracy High School in 2003.

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 4, last July 18 vs. Lowell
Runs: 3, last, August 19, 2012 at Auburn
Home Runs: 1, last, August 6 at Staten Island
RBI: 3, July 26, 2010 vs. GCL Nationals
Doubles:  2, last June 28, 2012 vs. Jamestown
Triples:  1, many times, last July 31 vs. Tri City
Walks: 3, July 19, 2010 vs. GCL Astros
Strikeouts: 4, last, August 12, 2011 at Elizabethton
Stolen Bases: 4, July 3, 2011 vs. Kingston
Hit Streak: 12, July 3-16, 2011

Check out some video of Ramos from his Tracy High School days

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