Season Updates for Former Chiefs in the Major Leagues
Before we get into the former Chiefs in the Majors, here are today’s Game Notes. Also an update on the rotation, the Chiefs will start Silfredo Garcia, Blake McKnight and Rob Kaminsky in that order this weekend at Clinton (Thurs-Sat). Sunday is a league wide offday for Mothers Day. We will starter Alex Reyes and Arturo Reyes Monday in Cedar Rapids for the 5:05 DH. The last two games in CR will be started by tonight’s starter Jimmy Reed & Silfredo Garcia. If we are fortunate enough to get through the next week without any rain, 1st round pick Rob Kaminsky’s 3rd start of the season will be his home debut on Friday, May 16 against Wisconsin.
With the 2014 season now in full swing, we take a look at how our former Chiefs are faring in the majors so far.
Yadier Molina (St. Louis – C):
Yadi has picked up right where he left off from his fantastic 2013 season with the Cardinals. Molina is currently batting .320 with two homers and 17 RBI. He is also slugging .484, which is the second best of his career (.501 in 2012). Molina is currently leading the Cardinals with a .827 OPS.
Molina had a clutch hit for the Cardinals in the top of the ninth leading to a victory over the rival Cubs to avoid the sweep.
Ryan Flaherty (Baltimore – 3B):
Flaherty is currently in his third season with the Orioles and is batting .211 with six RBI in 22 games played so far. Of his 15 hits, Flaherty has four doubles. Flaherty had only two doubles in his rookie season back in 2012 in 77 games played. Good to see a little pop to the 27 year-old’s bat starts to settle in as he matures in the majors.
Darwin Barney (Cubs – 2B):
Barney is currently batting .115 with a homer and four RBI for the Cubs so far in 2014. Barney has seen his playing time take a significant dip this season due to the offseason acquisition of Emilio Bonifacio.
Welington Castillo (Cubs – C):
Castillo has gotten off to a hot start for the Cubs in regards to his power. Castillo already has cranked out four homers and 13 RBI in just 92 at-bats in his fifth season with the ballclub. Castillo is currently fourth on the team in regards to batting average, hitting .261.
Junior Lake (Cubs – LF):
Lake is in his second season with the Cubs and is batting .241 with three homers and seven RBI. Lake has yet to be caught stealing so far this season as he has successfully stolen four bases.
DJ LeMahieu (Colorado – 2B):
LeMahieu is in his third season with the Rockies after starting out with the Cubs for his rookie season back in 2011. LeMahieu is batting .273 with ten RBI on the year and has the pleasure of being on the team that is currently ranked first in batting average, runs, OBP, and OPS. Oh yeah, and he gets to turn double plays with the red-hot MVP front-runner Troy Tulowitsky.
Marwin Gonzalez (Houston – 3B):
Gonzalez has gotten off to a hot start for Houston as their utility player, batting .281 with a homer and an RBI.Gonzales is listed on the depth chart for Houston as being able to play second base and shortstop in addition to his listed position at third base.
Albert Pujols (Angels – 1B):
Of course the huge highlight so far for the 2014 season for Pujols was joining the 500 club. Pujols hit number 499 and then 500 in the same game against the Washington Nationals. After a significantly “down” year for Pujols in 2013, he has gotten off to an incredible start. He is batting .302 with ten homers and 26 RBI. Pujols is ranked second in the AL for homers and fourth for RBI. He is ranked first on the team in both of those categories, batting average, and OPS.
Here is number 500:
Sam Fuld (Minnesota – CF):
Fuld has moved around quite a bit over his career. Starting his major league career with the Cubs in 2007, playing three seasons in Tampa starting in 2011, and started the 2014 season with Oakland before being claimed off waivers by his current club, the Minnesota Twins. Fuld is batting .234 with a homer and an RBI so far this season.
Brendan Ryan (Yankees – SS):
The former Cardinal has spent the entirety of 2014 so far on the disabled list for the New York Yankees. This was due to a pinched nerve in his back that he suffered in Spring Training. Ryan recorded 25 at-bats of rehab assignments and hit .320 with two RBI and four runs scored. Ryan was activated from the DL on May 6.
Daric Barton (Oakland – 1B):
Barton is currently hitting .137 with four RBI in 2014 for the first place Athletics. The Athletics got out to an incredible start and have a two-game lead over both Texas and Seattle.
Coco Crisp (Oakland – CF):
Crisp is in his fifth season with his fourth team of his major league career, the Oakland Athletics. The leadoff hitter is batting .255 with three homers and 11 RBI so far this season; Crisp’s OBP is at a career-high .351.
Josh Donaldson (Oakland – 3B):
Donaldson is currently ranked second among all former Chiefs in the majors with seven homeruns; he is batting .268 and has driven in 23 RBI. Donaldson is coming off a fantastic 2013 season with the Athletics, in which he batted .301 with 24 homers and 93 RBI. He seems to be on the right pace towards another productive season.
Josh Harrison (Pittsburgh – 3B):
Harrison is starting to see more playing time in the Pirate lineup, batting leadoff and hitting .275 with a homer and three RBI. Harrison is currently has career-highs in batting average, OBP, OPS, and slugging percentage. Harrison has also legged out two triples so far this year, tied for another career-high.
Brandon Guyer (Tampa Bay – CF):
Guyer is in his third season with the Rays and is still struggling to see significant playing time at all. He is batting .200 with two RBI in only 30 at-bats.
Jose Molina (Tampa Bay – C):
Molina serves as the backup catcher for the Rays in his 15th season in the majors. He is batting .128 in 39 at-bats so far this season. Molina backs up the Rays starting catcher Hanigan.
Jim Adduci (Texas – RF):
Adduci got off to a hot start for the Rangers, batting .462 with three RBI before getting injured and place on the disabled list. Adduci suffered a broken finger on his left hand when sliding into second base headfirst.
Robinson Chirinos (Texas – C):
Chirinos is enjoying the most playing time of his career in his second season with the Rangers. Chirinos is batting .238 with two homers and eight RBI, all of which are career highs.
Jason Motte (St. Louis – P):
Motte has been on the DL for the entirety of the 2014 season to this date. He still remains on the DL, however he has begun rehab assignments with the Springfield Cardinals. H has made two appearances with them so far and has tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
James Russell (Cubs – P):
Russell has made 12 appearances out of the Cubs bullpen thus far. He has given up three runs on five hits, struck out seven, walked six in only a total of six and two thirds innings; Russell has a 4.05 ERA
Jeff Samardzija (Cubs – P):
One of the more bizarre stories of the year is how Samardzija has only given up nine earned runs, yet has failed to record a win. Samardzija is currently 0-3 with a 1.62 ERA, recording 38 strikeouts, and 15 walks in 50 innings pitched. He just isn’t getting any offense to back him up. Samardzija has a career record of 29-38 with a 3.98 ERA as he is currently in his 7th season with the Cubs.
Here is Samardzija after pitching nine innings giving up no earned runs and only three hits in the Cubs 3-1 loss to the rival White Sox:
Al Alburquerque (Tigers – P):
Alburquerque has made 15 appearances for the Tigers this season. He has a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA, 14 strikeouts, and three walks in 12 innings of work. This is Alburquerque’s fourth season with the club.
Dan Haren (Dodgers – P):
Haren is now in the first season with his seventh different team in his major league career. Haren has been fantastic so far with a 4-0 record and a 2.84 ERA. The most earned runs Haren has given up in a start has been three against his former team Arizona.
Here is Haren pitching a gem against the Phillies last week:
Chris Archer (Tampa Bay – P):
Archer is in his third major league year season with the Rays and has a 2-1 record with a 4.91 ERA so far this season. Archer is coming off a solid season in 2013 that landed him a significantly large contract extension.
Jerry Blevins (Washington – P):
Blevins is in his first season with the Washington Nationals after a seven-year stint with the Oakland Athletics. Blevins is currently 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA, recording 19 strikeouts, and six walks in 15 innings of relief.