March 2014

Former Chiefs at Spring Training Stats Update

A few more players made their Spring Training debuts since last Monday so we are now at 84 former Chiefs who have appeared in a 2014 Grapefruit League or Cactus League game. Here are the stats through Sunday’s games with less than a week to go in full MLB Spring Training!

Yrs in Peo G AB H RBI R Notes
Yadier Molina 2002 STL 14 37 11 3 4 2-2b/3b/4 walks
Patrick Wisdom 2013 STL 7 12 2 1 1 HR/double
Casey Rasmus 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
CJ McElroy 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Breyvic Valera 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Carson Kelly 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
Tony Campana 2009 Ari 16 37 8 6 4 4 walks/5 SB
Blake Lalli 2006-08 Ari 8 9 1 0 0
Ryan Flaherty 2009 Bal 16 42 13 6 6 2-HR/5 2b/4 walks
Mike McCoy 2003-04 Bos 18 22 2 0 2 SB/Walk
Darwin Barney 2007 ChC 14 38 10 3 6 HR/3-2b/6 walks
Arismendy Alcantara 2011 ChC 11 15 3 1 3 3 walks
Jorge Soler 2012 ChC 9 9 2 1 0 3b/2 walks
Javier Baez 2012 ChC 14 42 13 5 7 5 HR/3 2bs/sb
Brett Jackson 2009 ChC 15 24 5 8 2 HR/2b/3b/4 walks
Josh Vitters 2009 ChC 13 18 2 0 2 5 walks
Logan Watkins 2010 ChC 10 15 3 1 1
Jonathon Mota 2006-10 ChC 4 3 1 2 1 HR
Chadd Krist 2012 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
Oliver Zapata 2012 ChC 1 2 0 0 0
John Andreoli 2011 ChC 2 1 0 0 0 walk
Yasiel Balaguert 2012 ChC 1 1 1 0 1
Anthony Giansanti 2010-12 ChC 4 2 1 0 1
Zeke DeVoss 2012 ChC 4 3 1 0 0
Junior Lake 2009 ChC 13 40 10 9 1 3 HR/2-2b/2 walks/sb
Matt Szczur 2010-11 ChC 8 14 1 0 2 SB/Walk
Wes Darvill 2012 ChC 4 4 1 0 3
Welington Castillo 2007 ChC 9 24 6 0 0 double/2 walks
Luis Flores 2008-10 ChC 5 6 0 0 0
Rubi Silva 2011 ChC 3 4 0 0 1
Marco Hernandez 2012 ChC 1 1 1 1 1
Rafael Lopez 2012 ChC 10 11 2 0 1 walk
Dustin Geiger 2011-12 ChC 4 1 0 0 1 walk
DJ LeMahieu 2009 Col 16 38 12 0 7 3-2b/4 walks/3sb
Marwin Gonzalez 2008 Hou 21 43 17 6 5 7 doubles
Albert Pujols 2000 LAA 15 43 14 7 8 HR/5 2b/3b/4 walks
Justin Bour 2010 Mia 3 2 0 0 0
Matt Pagnozzi 2004 Mil 9 8 4 2 0 walk
Brendan Ryan 2004 NYY 4 8 2 0 1 walk
Russ Canzler 2007 NYY 11 20 3 1 0 walk
Sam Fuld 2005 Oak 18 50 15 4 14 HR/3-3b/2b/7 walks/sb
Coco Crisp 2000 Oak 13 35 12 5 10 4 2b/12 walks/sb
Josh Donaldson 2008 Oak 16 41 10 9 8 3 HR/2b/5 walks
Daric Barton 2004 Oak 13 27 8 5 5 4-2b/9 walks
Josh Harrison 2008-09 Pit 15 30 10 2 5 HR/2-2b/3b/walk
Jose Molina 1994 TB 10 21 6 1 5 2b/2bb
Hak-Ju Lee 2010 TB 9 13 5 3 2 2b/walk
Brandon Guyer 2008 TB 18 37 11 1 4 3-2b/3 walks
Jim Adduci 2007 Tex 23 44 15 6 7 HR/3-2b/3b/walk/2sb
Robinson Chirinos 2006 Tex 14 23 10 5 3 HR/3-2b/3 walks
.274 473 927 254 104 135 22
50 hitters avg G AB H RBI R HR
G IP ER K BB Notes
Zach Petrick 2013 STL 4 7.67 5 7 3
Kurt Heyer 2013 STL 2 2 0 2 1
Sam Tuivailala 2013 STL 1 1 0 2 0
Dixon Llorens 2013 STL 1 0.33 1 0 3
Marcos Mateo 2008 Ari/CHC 6 5.33 2 6 1 W, L Sv
Ryan Buchter 2009 Atl 10 8.67 5 12 6
Mitch Atkins 2006 Atl 1 1 0 0 1
Jeff Samardzija 2006 ChC 5 18 11 17 7 5 Starts, Loss
Blake Parker 2007-08 ChC 7 7 7 4 6
Eric Jokisch 2011 ChC 2 6 0 5 2 Start
Jeff Lorick 2010-11 ChC 2 1.67 0 1 0 Save
Marcus Hatley 2009-11 ChC 6 4.67 2 3 4 Win/2-Loss/Hold
Alberto Cabrera 2008-09 ChC 8 9 1 6 3 3 saves/2 Holds
Ryan Searle 2010 ChC 1 0.33 1 0 2
Zac Rosscup 2012 ChC 4 3.67 4 2 2 W/L
Frank Batista 2010 ChC 5 3.67 3 4 1 W/BS
Casey Coleman 2008 ChC 2 1.67 1 0 1
Dallas Beeler 2011 ChC 4 10.67 6 3 4
Frank Del Valle 2011 ChC 1 0.67 0 1 0
Yoanner Negrin 2011 ChC 4 2 0 1 1
Hunter Cervenka 2012 ChC 2 0.67 0 1 0
James Russell 2007 ChC 4 3 1 1 2 Win
Yao-Lin Wang 2012 ChC 1 1.33 2 1 1 Loss
Donnie Veal 2006 CWS 8 7 1 6 2 Hold
Al Albuquerque 2008 Det 7 7 1 12 3
Darin Downs 2005 Hou 6 9.33 7 2 4 Loss, Start, Hold
Danny Haren 2002 LAD 3 10 2 4 2 3 starts
James Leverton 2010 Mia 3 3 1 2 0 Save
Jay Jackson 2008 Pit 7 10 3 5 3 Win, 2 starts, BS
Josh Kinney 2001 Pit 6 6 2 5 2 Hold, Save
Rafael Dolis 2007 SF 2 2 0 2 1 Hold
Chris Archer 2009 TB 3 10 1 9 1 3 starts
Jeff Beliveau 2009-10 TB 3 2.67 1 1 1
Jerry Blevins 2005 Was 6 7 1 6 3
3.72 137 174 72 133 73 6-7, 7 saves
34 pitchers ERA G IP ER K BB W-L-S
84 players
610
total app

Former Chiefs in Spring – Updated Stats

Well our list kept growing over the weekend, thanks in large part to the Cubs two Split-Squad days with their annual trip to Las Vegas. Former Chiefs Wes Darvill, Jonathon Mota, Chadd Krist, Zeke DeVoss, Marco Hernandez, Jeff Lorick and John Andreoli all made their spring debuts this weekend. The overall tally is now at 80 former Chiefs who have gotten onto the field for a MLB Spring Training game in either the Cactus or Grapefruit leagues in March. Here are the overall stats for those 80 players:

Yrs in Peo   G AB H RBI R Notes
Yadier Molina 2002 STL 10 26 8 1 2 2b/2walks
Patrick Wisdom 2013 STL 7 12 2 1 1 HR/double
Casey Rasmus 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
CJ McElroy 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Breyvic Valera 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Carson Kelly 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
Tony Campana 2009 Ari 16 37 8 6 4 3 SB/4 walks
Blake Lalli 2006-08 Ari 8 9 1 0 0
Ryan Flaherty 2009 Bal 12 31 9 4 5 HR/3 2b/4 walks
Mike McCoy 2003-04 Bos 13 15 2 1 1 SB/Walk
Darwin Barney 2007 ChC 10 26 8 2 1 HR/2-2b/2 walks
Arismendy Alcantara 2011 ChC 11 15 3 1 3 3 walks
Jorge Soler 2012 ChC 9 9 2 1 0 3b/2 walks
Javier Baez 2012 ChC 11 29 8 3 5 3HR/2 2bs
Brett Jackson 2009 ChC 13 17 4 7 2 HR/4 walks
Josh Vitters 2009 ChC 11 15 2 0 2 4 walks
Logan Watkins 2010 ChC 9 13 2 1 1
Jonathon Mota 2006-10 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
Chadd Krist 2012 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
John Andreoli 2011 ChC 2 2 0 0 0
Anthony Giansanti 2010-12 ChC 2 2 0 0 0
Zeke DeVoss 2012 ChC 2 2 1 0 0
Junior Lake 2009 ChC 9 25 4 2 1 walk
Matt Szczur 2010-11 ChC 8 14 1 0 2 SB/Walk
Wes Darvill 2012 ChC 1 1 1 0 1
Welington Castillo 2007 ChC 6 15 3 0 0 double/2 walks
Luis Flores 2008-10 ChC 4 5 0 0 0
Rubi Silva 2011 ChC 3 4 0 0 1
Marco Hernandez 2012 ChC 1 1 1 1 1
Rafael Lopez 2012 ChC 8 5 0 0 0 walk
Dustin Geiger 2011-12 ChC 3 1 0 0 1 walk
DJ LeMahieu 2009 Col 12 28 8 2 2 2b/4 walks
Marwin Gonzalez 2008 Hou 14 28 13 6 5 5 doubles
Albert Pujols 2000 LAA 12 31 8 4 2 2-2b/4 walks
Justin Bour 2010 Mia 2 1 0 0 0
Matt Pagnozzi 2004 Mil 8 7 3 2 0 walk
Brendan Ryan 2004 NYY 4 8 2 0 1 walk
Russ Canzler 2007 NYY 9 19 3 0 0 walk
Sam Fuld 2005 Oak 13 39 11 2 10 HR/2-3b/2b/2 walks
Coco Crisp 2000 Oak 9 23 6 3 8 3 2b/6 walks/sb
Josh Donaldson 2008 Oak 13 30 6 7 7 2 HR/2b/6 walks
Daric Barton 2004 Oak 9 13 5 2 3 2 2b/7 walks
Josh Harrison 2008-09 Pit 13 22 8 1 5 HR/2-2b/3b/walk
Jose Molina 1994 TB 8 16 4 1 4 2b/2bb
Hak-Ju Lee 2010 TB 8 12 5 2 2 2b/walk
Brandon Guyer 2008 TB 12 24 8 3 2 3-2b/walk
Jim Adduci 2007 Tex 16 29 12 3 5 2-2b
Robinson Chirinos 2006 Tex 10 19 9 4 2 HR/2-2b/2 walks
.263 369 688 181 73 92 8
48 hitters   avg G AB H RBI R HR
G IP ER K BB Notes
Zach Petrick 2013 STL 4 7.67 5 7 3
Kurt Heyer 2013 STL 2 2 0 2 1
Sam Tuivailala 2013 STL 1 1 0 2 0
Dixon Llorens 2013 STL 1 0.33 1 0 3
Marcos Mateo 2008 Ari/CHC 5 5 2 5 1 W, L Sv
Ryan Buchter 2009 Atl 7 7 4 9 5
Mitch Atkins 2006 Atl 1 1 0 0 1
Jeff Samardzija 2006 ChC 4 12.67 9 8 5 4 starts
Blake Parker 2007-08 ChC 3 2.33 4 1 2
Eric Jokisch 2011 ChC 2 6 0 5 2 Start
Jeff Lorick 2010-11 ChC 1 1 0 1 0 Save
Marcus Hatley 2009-11 ChC 5 4 1 3 2 Win/Loss/Hold
Alberto Cabrera 2008-09 ChC 5 5 1 3 2 3 saves
Ryan Searle 2010 ChC 1 0.33 1 0 2
Zac Rosscup 2012 ChC 2 2 1 0 0 Win
Frank Batista 2010 ChC 4 2.67 3 2 1 W/BS
Casey Coleman 2008 ChC 2 1.67 1 0 1
Dallas Beeler 2011 ChC 3 7 3 0 3
Yoanner Negrin 2011 ChC 3 1.67 0 1 0
Hunter Cervenka 2012 ChC 2 0.67 0 1 0
James Russell 2007 ChC 2 2 1 1 0
Donnie Veal 2006 CWS 5 4.33 1 3 2 Hold
Al Albuquerque 2008 Det 6 6 1 10 3
Darin Downs 2005 Hou 4 5.33 3 1 3 Hold
Danny Haren 2002 LAD 3 10 2 4 2 3 starts
James Leverton 2010 Mia 3 3 1 2 0 Save
Jay Jackson 2008 Pit 4 6 1 2 1 2 starts
Josh Kinney 2001 Pit 6 6 2 5 2 Hold, Save
Rafael Dolis 2007 SF 2 2 0 2 1 Hold
Chris Archer 2009 TB 3 10 1 8 2 3 starts
Jeff Beliveau 2009-10 TB 3 2.67 1 1 1
Jerry Blevins 2005 Was 5 6 1 6 4
3.42 104 134.3 51 95 55 4-2, 7 Sv
32 pitchers   ERA G IP ER K BB W-L-S
80 players                
      473          
      total app

This Week’s Links on Former Chiefs

Minor League Spring Training games for the Cardinals start on Thursday and a few former Chiefs were among the first wave of players sent back to Minor League camp this week. Meanwhile, good news from Tuesday on Jason Motte’s return to the mound as he attempts to get back to 100%.

Josh Donaldson heating up for Oakland and leading the offense this week but on the downside, Daric Barton has an ailing hamstring.

Chris Archer was pretty good in his recent outing against the Yankees -

In Cubs news, Jeff Samardzija is trying to ignore trade talk and focus on pitching while his battery mate Welington Castillo is maturing as a player. Former top prospect Brett Jackson is finally having fun again.

In 2008 Jay Jackson was a Chiefs pitcher, now on his third organization, he is turning heads in Pirates camp where Josh Kinney is also living the dream

Danny Haren wasn’t announced as a Dodgers starter for their weekend series in Australia but will be ready if the organization changes the plan.  - 

Brendan Ryan isn’t concerned about his recent back injury.

Spring Training Stats – Former Chiefs Updated

Plenty of games and action over the weekend in both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues and we are now up to 70 former Chiefs who have played in a MLB Spring Training game! Here is a rundown including stats from nine guys who were in Peoria just last summer.

Yrs in Peo G AB H RBI R Notes
Yadier Molina 2002 STL 5 14 6 0 1
Patrick Wisdom 2013 STL 7 12 2 1 1 HR/double
Casey Rasmus 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
CJ McElroy 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Breyvic Valera 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Carson Kelly 2013 STL 2 2 0 0 0
Tony Campana 2009 Ari 9 23 5 2 3 2 SB/Walk
Blake Lalli 2006-08 Ari 7 8 1 0 0
Ryan Flaherty 2009 Bal 7 20 7 2 5 HR/2 2b/3 walks
Mike McCoy 2003-04 Bos 7 6 1 0 1 walk
Darwin Barney 2007 ChC 6 17 4 2 1 HR/Double/walk
Arismendy Alcantara 2011 ChC 7 9 0 0 2 2 walks
Jorge Soler 2012 ChC 7 7 1 1 0 3b/walk
Javier Baez 2012 ChC 6 18 6 2 4 2HR/2 2bs
Brett Jackson 2009 ChC 7 7 1 2 1 2 walks
Josh Vitters 2009 ChC 6 7 2 0 1 2 walks
Logan Watkins 2010 ChC 7 10 2 1 1
Anthony Giansanti 2010-12 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
Junior Lake 2009 ChC 5 12 2 2 0 walk
Matt Szczur 2010-11 ChC 5 6 1 0 2 sb
Welington Castillo 2007 ChC 4 10 2 0 0 double/2 walks
Luis Flores 2008-10 ChC 3 4 0 0 0
Rubi Silva 2011 ChC 1 1 0 0 1
Rafael Lopez 2012 ChC 3 2 0 0 0
Dustin Geiger 2011-12 ChC 2 1 0 0 0
DJ LeMahieu 2009 Col 7 15 3 0 2 2 walks
Marwin Gonzalez 2008 Hou 9 20 7 4 2 4 doubles
Albert Pujols 2000 LAA 7 19 3 1 0 2 walks
Justin Bour 2010 Mia 1 1 0 0 0
Matt Pagnozzi 2004 Mil 7 7 3 2 0
Brendan Ryan 2004 NYY 4 8 2 0 1 walk
Russ Canzler 2007 NYY 7 14 3 0 0 walk
Sam Fuld 2005 Oak 9 23 7 2 7 HR/3b/2b/bb
Coco Crisp 2000 Oak 6 13 1 0 2 6 walks
Josh Donaldson 2008 Oak 8 18 3 2 4 HR/4 walks
Daric Barton 2004 Oak 7 9 4 1 2 2 2b/4 walks
Josh Harrison 2008-09 Pit 8 14 6 1 3 HR/2b/3b/walk
Jose Molina 1994 TB 5 9 2 1 2 2b/2bb
Hak-Ju Lee 2010 TB 5 7 4 1 2 2b/walk
Brandon Guyer 2008 TB 5 12 3 2 0 double
Jim Adduci 2007 Tex 10 18 6 1 2
Robinson Chirinos 2006 Tex 7 13 5 3 1 2b/walk
  Totals  .249 230 421 105 36 54 8
41 hitters  avg G AB H RBI R HR
G IP ER K BB Notes
Zach Petrick 2013 STL 2 4 2 2 1
Kurt Heyer 2013 STL 2 2 0 2 1
Sam Tuivailala 2013 STL 1 1 0 2 0
Dixon Llorens 2013 STL 1 0.1 1 0 3
Marcos Mateo 2008 Ari 4 4 1 3 1 L, SV
Ryan Buchter 2009 Atl 4 4 4 4 4
Mitch Atkins 2006 Atl 1 1 0 0 1
Jeff Samardzija 2006 ChC 2 5 3 2 2 2 Starts
Blake Parker 2007-08 ChC 3 2.1 4 1 2
Eric Jokisch 2011 ChC 2 6 0 5 2 Start 0-1 plate
Marcus Hatley 2009-11 ChC 3 3 0 3 1 Win
Alberto Cabrera 2008-09 ChC 2 2 0 0 1 Save
Ryan Searle 2010 ChC 1 0.1 1 0 2
Zac Rosscup 2012 ChC 2 2 1 0 0 Win
Frank Batista 2010 ChC 3 2.1 3 1 1 Win
Casey Coleman 2008 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
Dallas Beeler 2011 ChC 2 4 2 0 2
Yoanner Negrin 2011 ChC 2 1.1 0 1 0
Donnie Veal 2006 CWS 4 4 0 2 1 Hold
Al Albuquerque 2008 Det 4 4 0 7 3
Darin Downs 2005 Hou 3 4 2 1 3 Hold
Danny Haren 2002 LAD 2 6 1 3 1 2 starts
James Leverton 2010 Mia 2 2 1 2 0 Save
Jay Jackson 2008 Pit 3 4 0 1 1 Start
Josh Kinney 2001 Pit 4 4 2 4 1 Hold
Rafael Dolis 2007 SF 2 2 0 2 1 Hold
Chris Archer 2009 TB 2 5.1 0 2 1 2 Starts
Jeff Beliveau 2009-10 TB 3 2.2 1 1 1
Jerry Blevins 2005 Was 3 3.2 0 2 3
 2.99 70 87.1 29 53 40 3-1, 3sv
29 pitchers  Totals  ERA G IP ER K BB W-L-S

A Tribute to Former Chief Rick Ankiel

With the news yesterday that Rick Ankiel is retiring, it is time to honor one of the Chiefs players from the 25th Anniversary team named in 2007. In 1998 (As an 18 year old!!), Ankiel made his pro debut as Peoria’s opening day starter at Kane County. He made seven starts going 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks in 35 innings before a May promotion to High-A Prince William. Two seasons later he was finishing 2nd to Rafael Furcal in the NL Rookie of the Year voting and starting the Cardinals first playoff game. And while 1998 would not be Rick’s last interaction in Peoria, those seven starts were brilliant, here are the highlights:

  • Opening Day starter April 10, 1998 at Kane County. 8-3 Chiefs Win. 5ip, 5h, 0r, 2bb, 6k WIN
  • May 1 vs. Quad Cities: 7-1 Chiefs win:  6ip, 0h, 0r, 2bb, 7k WIN. 2:08 gametime
  • May 6 at Fort Wayne 4-3 Chiefs loss: 6.2ip, 0h, 0r, 1bb, 10k. Retired first 11 with 4k.
  • May 11 at Lansing, 7-1 Chiefs win: 7ip, 2h, 1r, 5bb, 4k, WIN. Single by Lansing’s Juan Brito in 3rd ended Ankiel’s hitless streak at 17.2 innings. Chiefs ended a 7-game losing streak.
  • May 17 vs. West Michigan, Chiefs lose in 10 innings. 5.2ip, 8h, 3r, ND. Ankiel promoted the next day

When I was a young Peoria Chiefs intern in 2002 one of the very first press releases I wrote was about the Cardinals assigning Rick Ankiel to the Chiefs on a 30-day rehab stint as he attempted to recover from a left elbow strain. As an intern that summer working with the media, you can imagine how popular Rick was with the local media members so he and I chatted quite a bit. He was always very gracious with his time, working with the other Chiefs players (who were on their way to a MWL Championship) including Yadier Molina, Danny Haren, Chris Duncan and Tyler Johnson. Ankiel never did appear in a Chiefs game during his month in Peoria in 2002. He warmed up a few times in the bullpen but never entered a game. He left to attend Darryl Kile’s funeral in mid-June and was then shut down with the elbow strain causing him to miss the entire 2002 season.

In 2005 Rick came back to Peoria, this time as a cleanup hitter and outfielder for the Swing of the Quad Cities. That was the first year the Cubs were affiliated in Peoria and the Cardinals were in Quad Cities. Ankiel was again very popular with the Peoria fans and media and once again gracious with his time. I interviewed him on the Chiefs radio broadcast and after he clubbed a grand slam off the Groundscrew shed he asked for a copy of the DVD so he could see his swing. In fact he hit three of his 11 MWL home runs against the Chiefs, two in Peoria, and had a six-RBI game on June 19 including the grand slam.

The stats are crazy when you remember that Ankiel was a 2nd round pick as a pitcher: 76 home runs, 251 RBI, 101 doubles, .240 average, 31 outfield assists. This was after he won 13 games with a 3.90 ERA in 41 starts while striking out 269 in 242 innings. Imagine if you will Shelby Miller never pitching again but going down to rookie ball and working his way back up all the way to St. Louis as a power-hitting outfielder! Or a player like Yasiel Puig never playing the field again after 2015 but returning to the Majors in 2019 as a #3 starter on the Dodgers. This just doesn’t happen. But Ankiel did it. I call him the most underrated athlete of our generation. Just watch these homers and throws and remember THIS IS A PITCHER!

Never again are we likely to see the same player turn in a season with 30 starts on the mound going 11-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 194 strikeouts and then seven years later batting .264 with 25 home runs, 21 doubles and 71 RBI, Enjoy the retirement Rick, happy fishing, and we hope to see you back in Peoria sometime soon!

Videos of Ankiel

Rick homered in 2007 in his debut as an outfielder

Extra inning home run in NL playoffs in 2010

A great throw for Washington

Two throws in the same game for the Cardinals to get the Rockies. (this one won’t embed but click the link for the video) http://www.kewego.com/video/iLyROoaf2gQM.html

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Peoria Chiefs slideshow of Rick Ankiel from 1998 and 2002 plus a couple baseball cards.

Chiefs Chatter #10 – Meet LHP Jimmy Reed

With Spring Training under way it is time to get back to introducing 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 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-WallsMason Katz and Ian McKinney.

Today we introduce you to the Cardinals 2013 sixth round draft pick, LHP Jimmy Reed.

Jimmy Reed, LHP Height: 5’11 Weightt: 165
Twitter: @Jimmy_Reed 
DOB:
12/18/90Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Acquired: Drafted in the 6th round in 2013
School: University of Maryland
Throws: Fastball, Changeup, Curveball, Cutter

 2013:

  • Went 3-2 with two saves and a 2.05 ERA in 12 games and nine starts for the State College Spikes
  • Made two starts in the playoffs for State College, getting the ball in game two against Jamestown in round one and in the deciding game three of the NYPL Championship series against Tri-City
  • Struck out nine and walked two over 8 1/3 playoff innings
  • Struck out five over three innings in a no-decision in the first round against Jamestown
  • Allowed two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings in Game 3 of the Championship series while striking out four in the 4-3 loss to Tri-City
  • Struck out 40 and walked 12 in 52 2/3 innings
  • Posted a 0.98 ERA in six home outings
  • Made his pro debut on June 19 with two shutout innings against Williamsport
  • Earned a save on June 26 with three shutout innings against Mahoning Valley
  • Earned his first win on July 3 with four shutout relief innings and five strikeouts at Williamsport
  • Struck out a career-high six over four innings and earned a save against Lowell on July 17
  • Moved into the starting rotation for the rest of the season and in seven starts between July 24 and August 30 he went at least four innings each time and allowed two earned runs or less six times
  • Beat Tri-City July 30 with five innings of work and one run allowed
  • Threw a career high six innings in a win against Batavia August 18 with two hits allowed and no runs
  • Again threw six shutout innings with two hits allowed in a no-decision August 24 against Auburn
  • Held righties to a .239 average on the season
  • Did not allow a hit with the bases loaded.

College:

  • Was Maryland’s highest drafted pitcher since Toronto selected Brett Cecil in the first round in 2007
  • In 2013 posted a 2.33 ERA with a 6-4 record while striking out 74 batters over 88 2/3 innings
  • Struck out 22 over his last two outings as a senior and won back-to-back ACC Pitcher of the Week Awards, the first Terp to ever accomplish that feat
  • Threw two complete games and had one shutout
  • Saved eight games in 2012 as a junior, the second most in school history
  • Pitched 20 times in 2012 with six starts and a 2.70 ERA, ranked ninth in ACC
  • Struck out 52, walked 16 and held opponents to a .226 average in 60 innings
  • Did not allow a hit in seven of first 13 appearances and did not allow a run in any of his first 12 outings
  • Drafted in the 21st round by the New York Yankees after his junior year at Maryland but elected to return to school for his senior season
  • Played in the Cape Cod League in 2012 pitching eight times for the Orleans (MA) Firebirds
  • Made a team-leading 22 appearances in 2011 as a sophomore going 2-1 with a 4.86 ERA while striking out 33
  • Struck out 15 in 15 outings as a freshman in 2010.

High School/Misc:

  • Played four seasons at St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C
  • Named second-team All-WCAC in 2008 and 2009
  • All-Metro honorable mention in 2009
  • Named to top-25 12 and under team in the nation as a youth player
  • Chose Maryland over George Mason and UNC Charlotte
  • Lists his all-time favorite baseball player as Chipper Jones
  • Astros outfielder L.J. Hoes also played at St. John’s  which is the second oldest (1851) Catholic Christian Brother’s school in the US and the oldest Army JROTC school
  • Kevin Plank, founder/owner of Under Armour and Hollywood producer/writer/director Shane Salerno (Armageddon, Hawaii Five-0, Avatar 4) are alums of St. John’s.

Career Highs
Innings Pitched: 6.0, last August 24 vs. Auburn
Strikeouts: 6, July 17 vs. Lowell
Low-Hit Game (Min 5ip): 2, last, August 24 vs. Auburn
Runs Allowed: 5, August 11 at Brooklyn
Earned Runs Allowed: 5, August 11 at Brooklyn
Hits Allowed: 8, August 30 vs. Jamestown
Walks: 3, last, August 18 vs. Batavia
Win Streak: 1, August 18 – current
Current Streak: Won 1

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Former Chiefs Spring Training Stats

With Spring Training games under way, 54 former Chiefs have seen action for 21 MLB clubs (What are you waiting for Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minnesota, NY Mets, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle & Toronto?!)

Clearly more guys will get into games as the weeks progress and I’ll update these stats, but through the first weekend, here are all the former Chiefs who have played in a MLB Spring Training game:

Yrs in Peo G AB H RBI R Notes
Yadier Molina 2002 STL 2 6 3 0 0
Patrick Wisdom 2013 STL 2 4 1 1 1 Home Run
Carson Kelly 2013 STL 1 1 0 0 0
Tony Campana 2009 Ari 3 8 1 1 0
Blake Lalli 2006-08 Ari 1 2 1 0 0
Ryan Flaherty 2009 Bal 1 3 0 0 0
Mike McCoy 2003-04 Bos 2 2 0 0 0
Darwin Barney 2007 ChC 2 5 3 2 1 HR/Double
Arismendy Alcantara 2011 ChC 1 2 0 0 0
Jorge Soler 2012 ChC 2 3 0 0 0
Javier Baez 2012 ChC 2 6 2 1 1 double
Brett Jackson 2009 ChC 2 1 0 0 0 walk
Josh Vitters 2009 ChC 2 1 0 0 0
Logan Watkins 2010 ChC 2 2 0 0 0
Junior Lake 2009 ChC 1 2 0 0 0
Matt Szczur 2010-11 ChC 1 2 0 0 0
Welington Castillo 2007 ChC 2 4 1 0 0 double/Walk
Luis Flores 2008-10 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
DJ LeMahieu 2009 Col 2 4 0 0 0
Marwin Gonzalez 2008 Hou 3 6 1 1 0 double
Albert Pujols 2000 LAA 2 5 0 0 0 walk
Justin Bour 2010 Mia 1 1 0 0 0
Matt Pagnozzi 2004 Mil 3 3 1 1 0
Brendan Ryan 2004 NYY 3 6 1 0 0
Russ Canzler 2007 NYY 2 5 1 0 0
Sam Fuld 2005 Oak 4 9 3 0 3 triple, walk
Coco Crisp 2000 Oak 2 4 0 0 1 3 walks
Josh Donaldson 2008 Oak 3 6 1 0 2 walk
Daric Barton 2004 Oak 3 5 2 0 1 double
Josh Harrison 2008-09 Pit 2 4 2 1 1 Home Run
Jose Molina 1994 TB 2 2 0 0 0 walk
Hak-Ju Lee 2010 TB 2 2 1 0 1
Brandon Guyer 2008 TB 2 4 0 0 0
Jim Adduci 2007 Tex 4 6 1 0 0
Robinson Chirinos 2006 Tex 2 4 1 0 0
G IP ER K BB Notes
Zach Petrick 2013 STL 1 2 0 1 1
Ryan Buchter 2009 Atl 1 1 2 0 0
Mitch Atkins 2006 Atl 1 1 0 0 1
JeffSamardzija 2006 ChC 1 2 0 2 1 Start
BlakeParker 2007-08 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
AlbertoCabrera 2008-09 ChC 1 1 0 0 0
Frank Batista 2010 ChC 1 1 2 0 1
Dallas Beeler 2011 ChC 1 2 1 0 0
Yoanner Negrin 2011 ChC 1 1 0 1 0
Donnie Veal 2006 CWS 1 1 0 0 0
Al Albuquerque 2008 Det 2 2 0 3 1
Darin Downs 2005 Hou 1 1 0 0 1 Hold
Danny Haren 2002 LAD 1 1 1 0 1 Start
James Leverton 2010 mia 1 1 1 2 0
Jay Jackson 2008 Pit 2 3 0 1 1
Josh Kinney 2001 Pit 1 1 0 1 1
Rafael Dolis 2007 SF 1 1 0 0 0 Hold
Jeff Beliveau 2009-10 TB 1 0 0.1 0 0
Jerry Blevins 2005 Was 1 1 0 1 1

Former Chiefs News & Notes – Weekend Edition

Well the games are here! Spring Training games at least and the Cardinals have been on TV all weekend which is great to watch. Heading into Sunday’s games, 48 former Chiefs have represented 19 different MLB teams in spring training games. I’ll have a full update with stats here on Monday!

Make sure you check out our Individual Tickets which went on Sale Saturday! You can check out our Promo schedule and make your plans to join us at Dozer Park all summer long!

Let’s take advantage of the weekend can catch up on some news and notes regarding former Chiefs around Spring Training camps.

Patrick Wisdom (2013) got a lot of attention over the weekend first for his working relationship (MLB.com version) with California neighbor Allen Craig (Stltoday.com version). Then Wisdom got attention for this mammoth HR in the 9th inning of the Cardinals 1st spring game.

Staying with the Cardinals, have a look at Viva El Birdos roundtable on prospects and the Blog Community at United Cardinal Bloggers covers a variety of topics in the preseason.

Elsewhere…Longtime friend of the Chiefs and the Vonachen family, Harry Caray would have turned 100 this weekend. MLB.com put together a tribute with four of Harry’s calls.

Down in Tampa, Joe Maddon (1984 Manager) talks about the Rays consistency and Chris Archer (2009) prepares for the season with his first bullpen session.

A number of former Chiefs are going through MLB spring training at the brand new Cubs Park in Mesa. Among those is Junior Lake (2009) who made his MLB debut last summer and is still learning the outfield.

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