Well we MAY play two tonight in Cedar Rapids. Right now it is raining and the tarp is on the field. The last I heard in the press box was that we are looking at a 7:30 or 8pm start time with a plan to still play two games. An original Kernels plan to just play one 9-inning game today and play the DH on Tuesday was scrubbed after batting practice. While you wait for baseball, check out this profile on Chiefs catcher Carson Kelly from today’s Peoria Journal Star, by our beat writer Dave Eminian. Speaking of BP, the Chiefs had theirs interrupted by rain and this was the photo I took before heading upstairs from the field:
If we do play tonight, here are the Game Notes and the lineup:
We had a Roster Move today as well with Kyle Barraclough promoted to Palm Beach and LHP Steve Sabatino joining the bullpen from Extended Spring. I’ll have updates on Twitter as we wait on this rain delay and hopefully play two today!
It is our last day in Clinton, checking out of the hotel in about 30 minutes. Last night was a 5-3 loss for the Chiefs, catch the game recap from Dave Eminian of the Peoria Journal Star.
Today we get our 2nd look at 2013 first round draft pick Rob Kaminsky as he faces the LumberKings. Rob threw in Cedar Rapids last Sunday, just a few hours after arriving in Iowa, and allowed one earned runs over four innings in a 2-0 loss. Here are today’s Game Notes and I’ll have the lineup on twitter after we get to the stadium.
Speaking of the stadium, Ashford University Field was built in 1937 as Riverwalk Stadium. The field you’ll see in the slideshow plus a two-lane road is all that separates the ballpark from the Mississippi River. The ballpark was renovated in 2005 as Alliant Energy Field with a couple party areas, concession stand, new home clubhouse and new outfield fence.
On the road again as we are now in Clinton, Iowa where fortunately we are in a new hotel. No more Super 8 with no food options around it and now we are at newer and nicer Oak Tree Inn with a Super Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and plenty of food options in Applebee’s, Pizza Hut, Maid-Rite, Chinese Buffet, Subway, Burger King and a couple gas stations for plenty of food options. There’s also a movie theater next door but with three night-games this week that likely won’t be a factor for the guys or staff this week. But still, location of a hotel can be fantastic on a road trip and this is a nice improvement.
The rooms have a microwave and fridge (at least mine does) so when Mike Petrarca (Athletic Trainer) and Lance Thomason (Strength Coach) took off to Wal-Mart right after we arrived to get all the clubhouse food I tagged along to get a couple dinners and lunches to store in the fridge. Mike and Lance always make Wal-Mart runs and they attacked the aisles with precision to completely fill the cart with nutritious food, lunch meat, mile, bread, yogurt, protein bars, fruit, etc for the guys to eat in the clubhouse the next three days here in Clinton. They do this every road trip and have it down to a science.
The team is getting ready for BP today here at Ashland University Field and the temperature is in the 70s though we do have a 60% chance of rain this evening. Here are today’s Game Notes with Silfredo Garcia on the mound against Clinton RH Lars Huijer. The Chiefs full lineup is here:
Tonight’s game starts at 6:30 here in Clinton, a place where the Chiefs struggled in 2013, losing three games on walk-off hits. Follow on twitter on listen online (also on the MiLB Apps, Tune-In Radio or the Chiefs App).
Here are the YouTube highlights from last night’s game, a 5-3 loss to Beloit.
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.
The Chiefs added Cardinals 2013 first rounder Rob Kaminsky to the roster Sunday and he will get the start in Cedar Rapids today at 2:05 p.m. Here are Sunday’s Game Notes including Kaminsky’s pitcher page and full lineup:
The Chiefs go for the series win today as Kelly, McElroy and Herrera get day’s off. The Chiefs have son three straight series since being swept in Fort Wayne. Win or lose this is already a winning roadtrip for the Chiefs but 5-2 sounds a whole lot better than 4-3.
Kaminsky is the Chiefs first 1st round pick since Javy Baez was at shortstop in 2012. He is the 25th 1st rounder out of the regular June drafts in Chiefs history. The list below also includes the now defunct January draft and June supplemental draft plus the Supplemental First rounders in the current format.
|1983||Angels||Byron Kemmerling||15||June Supp|
|1985||Cubs||Ron Ewart||4||June Supp|
|1999||Cards||Nick Stocks||36||Supp. Rd Pick|
|1999||Cards||Chris Duncan||46||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2006||Padres||Kyler Burke||35||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2007||Cubs||Josh Donaldson||48||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2008||Cubs||Ryan Flaherty||41||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2010||Cards||Tyrell Jenkins||50||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2012||Cards||Patrick Wisdom||52||Supp. Rd Pick|
|2012||Cards||Steve Bean||59||Supp. Rd Pick|
Kaminsky’s addition gives the Chiefs three 19-year olds and three top 10 Cardinals prospects with Carson Kelly and Alex Reyes. Kaminsky is the youngest of the trio, four days younger than Reyes.
The Chiefs will start Alex Reyes on Monday against Beloit with Arturo Reyes going on Tuesday and Jimmy Reed on Wednesday. Departing Chiefs RHP Nick Petree leaves with a 2-0 record, a 1.29 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 21 innings. He is my guest on the pregame show today at 1:50 at http://www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive and on the Chiefs, MiLB and Tune-In Radio Apps. Congrats to Nick and welcome to Rob!
After winning the series yesterday in Beloit in a wild 14-10 game, the longest game of the season, we made it into Cedar Rapids about 8pm. The Kernels and Kane County were playing a double header as we dropped off laundry at Perfect Game Field before heading to dinner and the hotel. Hope you saw the profile of Steve Bean last night on Peoria’s NBC affiliate, WEEK-TV 25. If not here it is, a great piece from Lee Hall.
The Chiefs swept Cedar Rapids last week at Dozer Park but all three games were close with the Chiefs winning 5-3, 4-1 and 2-0. All three games were well-pitched with the Chiefs getting clutch RBI from Jake Stone (double in the 5-3 win) and Steve Bean (RBI FC in 2-0 win). The series matches up this way on the mound:
We saw Slegers (5.2ip, 5h, 3r, 3bb, 5k, ND) in the 5-3 win April 21 at home. Carson Kelly had a triple against Slegers and the other four hits were singles. We also faced Eades (5.2ip, 6h, 3r, 2er, 2bb, 5k, Loss) in the 4-1 win as Nick Petree outpitched him April 22. Eades was a teammate of Mason Katz at LSU the last three seasons.
Here are today’s Game Notes. The recap from yesterday was too long to include the opposing starter paragraph, so here is the bio on Kernels starter Felix Jorge so we will face tonight.
Opposing Starter: RHP Felix Jorge makes his sixth appearance of the season and fifth start tonight for Cedar Rapids. Jorge got his second win of the 2014 season in his last start against Clinton on April 26. Jorge gave up two runs on five hits in six innings pitched, striking out five, and walking one. Last year, Jorge made 12 starts for the Elizabethan Twins, in which he went 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA, recorded 72 strikeouts, and 18 walks in 61 innings pitched. In 2012, Jorge made 12 appearances, seven starts, for the GCL Twins. Jorge went 0-3 with a 2.34 ERA, 37 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 34 2/3 innings. Jorge was signed as an international free agent in 2011. In 2011, Jorge made nine appearances for the DSL Twins, recording a record of 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA. Jorge made two starts against Johnson City in 2013. Total, Jorge went 0-1, giving up eight runs, five earned, struck out seven, and walked two in 12 innings of work. Current Chiefs Faced: Kenny Peoples-Walls (0-6), Steve Bean (2-6, 2 r).
Pregame show starts at 6:15 tonight from the most spacious Press Box in the MWL. I’ll have a lineup about 3:15 on twitter. Thanks for reading and listening!
Up bright and early with some coffee and breakfast, we are ready for an 11:00 am series finale here in Beloit where it is currently 39 degrees and windy. However they just took the tarp off the field which is a good sign. Here are today’s GameNotes and here is the Wednesday lineup to the right.
The Chiefs finished April at 15-9, the best opening month since the 2003 team went 16-9. Here are the winning April’s by year in franchise history
10-6 – 1983
11-6 – 1984
10-9 – 1985
10-6 – 1986
18-6 – 1989
11-9 – 1996
15-8 – 1997
13-7 – 1999
18-6 – 2002
16-9 – 2003
11-9 – 2004
12-11 – 2006
12-9 – 2007
11-8 – 2009
14-8 – 2010
12-10 – 2011
13-8 – 2013
15-9 – 2014
So as you can see the Chiefs have 18 winning April’s, two at .500 and 12 losing April’s. The Chiefs finished April batting .257 (5th – MWL), with a 4.09 ERA (10th) and a .970 fielding percentage (5th). The Chiefs had the 2nd best batting average with runners in scoring position at .296 and the pitching with RISP was 5th best holding opponents to a .237 average. That high RISP average gave the Chiefs the 2nd lowest left on base tally at 160.
The Chiefs have Ronald Castillo 3rd in RBI (18) and 10th in average (.325). Cesar Valera would be 7th in average at .328 but he doesn’t have enough PA to qualify. Nick Petree is 2nd in ERA (1.29). Mason Katz is 5th in RBI (17) while Carson Kelly leads the league with 3 SF and is also 3rd in most PA per strikeout at 14.00. Juan Herrera is 4th in PA/K at 12.67.
Here are some photos from around Pohlman Field. The Chiefs return June 4-6.