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Behind the Numbers of Juan Herrera’s Promotion

Juan Herrera was promoted to Palm Beach following Wednesday’s game, in which he crushed his second home run of the season in front of St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak was in attendance for the Chiefs 7-4 win over Beloit. Below are the highlights from the game with Herrera’s bomb starting them off:

Herrera was acquired in the deal that sent Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians back in 2013. Herrera started out playing for the Indians in the Dominican Summer League where he batted .297 with a homer and 20 RBI in 2011. The following year, Herrera batted .283 with 15 RBI for the Arizona Summer League Indians.

Herrera started out with Mahoning Valley (Cleveland’s Short-A affiliate) and batted .275 with a homer and 11 RBI in 39 games before being traded. Herrera played four games with the State College Spikes before being moved up to Peoria for the remainder of the 2013 season. Herrera batted .271 with four doubles and three RBI in 23 games with the Chiefs that year.

Herrera was named the starting short stop for the Chiefs this year and has proven to be one of the top prospects in the entire organization. Mlb.com currently has Herrera ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the system and the No. 1 infielder.

This season, Herrera batted .274 with a pair of home runs and 56 RBI, which is good for best on the team; he is 10 RBI ahead of Carson Kelly. In 101 games with the Chiefs, Herrera had 104 hits, 22 doubles, and three triples. He had 24 multi-hit games, three of those were three-hit games and one was a four-hit performance, which was good for a career-best. Herrera’s 27 stolen bases were second-best on the team behind CJ McElroy Jr’s 38. Herrera was a Midwest League All Star.

Herrera had a clutch, walk-off hit against the Burlington Bees at home on May 28. The highlights from the victory are shown below:

Herrera has been an intricate part of this 2014 Peoria Chiefs team and he will certainly be missed as we are now in the thick of the race for a wildcard spot. However, we wish Juan the best of luck with Palm Beach and their quest for a playoff spot!

 

 

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

St. Louis won another wild one in ten innings, this time against the Reds. The Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Justin Masterson gave up four runs, including a three-run homer off the bat of Jay Bruce. The Cardinals came back and had a 5-4 lead headed into the ninth thanks to a clutch RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski. Trevor Rosenthal blew his fifth save of the year after giving up a RBI double to Bruce and the game was knotted at five. Jhonny Peralta had the clutch hit in the bottom of the tenth:

 

The Memphis Redbirds extended their winning streak to nine games after beating El Paso 7-4. Ed Easley fueled the Redbirds by drilling his eighth homer of the year, two doubles, and four RBI. Marco Gonzales improved to 3-1 in a Memphis uniform after allowing two runs off eight hits, walking none, and striking out three over six innings of work. Kevin Siegrist tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance since being optioned to Memphis.

Both Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals suffered a loss on Monday. Johnson City fell to Bristol 6-3 and the GCL Cards took a 4-3 loss to the GCL Mets. Jack Flaherty allowed one run over five innings and received a no decision for the GCL Cards.

Former Chief James Russell tossed two scoreless innings of relief for Atlanta in their win over the Pirates. Former Chief Albert Pujols was one for three with a RBI single as the Angels topped the Red Sox. Former Chief Javier Baez absolutely crushed his fifth home run of the year into the upper deck at Citi Field in the Cubs’ 4-1 win over the Mets.

Sunday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club narrowly escaped with a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres. Matt Carpenter launched his seventh home run of the season and drove in three runs to help propel the Cardinals offense. Trevor Rosenthal came in to close out the ninth with a three-run lead. Rosenthal managed only one out and had walked the bases loaded before Seth Maness relieved him. After a two-run single by San Diego’s Abraham Almonte, Matt Adams made an incredible diving stop at first and Maness got a fly out to end the game. Adam Wainwright won his 15th game of the year. Check out the Game Recap.

Memphis won their eighth straight game after taking care of El Paso 7-5. Randal Grichuk drilled his 23rd homer for Memphis. It was his 24th overall, which is good for best in the entire Cardinals organization. Tim Cooney won his 12th game of the season, which is most in the Pacific Coast League. Xavier Scruggs was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Read about it here.

Springfield won their fourth consecutive series after beating Midland 5-1. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Charlie Tilson each had a RBI single. Jonathan Cornelius improved to 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA on the year. Below is Stanley’s homer:

Palm Beach suffered a tough 7-6 loss to Fort Myers in 11 innings. Former Chiefs Bruce Caldwell, Mason Katz, and David Washington each had a RBI. Washington hit a RBI double to start the scoring off in the second inning. Former Chief Corey Baker suffered his second loss of the year after allowing three runs off five hits over three and and third innings of work.

State College swept Auburn in their double-header. Former Chief Brett Wiley had a fantastic day. He was a combined 4-8 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI. Former Chief Brandon Lee picked up the win in game one and former Chief Josh Lucas secured the win in game two. Former Chief Robelys Reyes hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in game two. Read about the games here.

Johnson City split their double-header with Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Bristol. Bristol crushed them in game one 14-6 as Steven Farinaro was charged with his fourth loss of the year. In game two, Casey Turgeon spanked his fourth home run of the season and Johnson City won 8-2.

Former Chief Darwin Barney was two for three with a RBI double in the Dodgers loss to Milwaukee. Former Chief Josh Harrison had a pair of hits and a run scored.

Four Former Chiefs homer in the Majors on Tuesday

It was a huge day for former Chiefs in the majors. They combined to record 15 hits, two doubles, five homers, and eight RBI on Tuesday.

A pair of former Chiefs launched homers for the Cubs in their extra-inning victory over the Rockies.

Welington Castillo drilled a solo shot in the sixth inning to put the Cubs on the board and jump-start the comeback. Castillo finished the night going one for three with a run scored, a homer, a pair of RBI, and two walks. Castillo is batting .236 with eight homers and 32 RBI on the season.

Javier Baez made his MLB debut batting second in the Cubs lineup last night. He struggled to start the game, going hitless in his first five at-bats with three strikeouts. However, his sixth at-bat was the only one that mattered last night:

 

Albert Pujols, who has the most homers for former Chiefs in the majors, added another one on Tuesday. Pujols deposited his 21st home run of the season over the left field wall to knot the game at four in the eighth inning against the Dodgers. It was his 513th career home run, passing Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for sole possession of 21st place on the all-time home run list.  Pujols is batting .277 with 21 homers and 70 RBI thus far in 2014. Below is the game-tying homer:

 

Robsinon Chirinos belted two homers in Texas’ 16-0 rout of the White Sox. He hit a solo shot in the second to make it 3-0 and added another solo shot in the fifth to make it 9-0. Chirinos finished the day going three for five with three runs scored, two homers, and three RBI. Chirinos is batting .240 with 11 homers and 31 RBI on the season for Texas.

 

 

 

Rowan Wick looks to jump-start the Chiefs offense

Rowan Wick has steadily become one of the most talked about prospects in the Cardinals organization. The buzz started when Wick made State College history in his 2014 debut. Wick blasted two homers and five RBI, becoming the first player to hit two homers in their State College debut and only the eighth player for State College to hit two home runs in a game.

Wick didn’t slow down from there and engraved his name in the record books just four days later. Wick launched another two homers in State College’s 6-3 win over Williamsport on June 16. Wick become the only player for State College to have two multi-homerun games in a season. This feat was accomplished just four games into the season.

Wick would solidify himself as one of the greatest power hitters to play for State College on the night of July 2. Wick drilled a three-run homer over the right field wall, his 11th of the year. This blast made Wick the record holder for home runs in a season, breaking former Chief David Washington’s record of 10. Wick accomplished this feat in only 19 games. Wick was also named the Cardinals Player of the Month in June.

Wick was finally promoted to Peoria on July 23 after batting .378 with 14 homers and 38 RBI. In his first game with the Chiefs, Wick collected his first hit as a Chief and, wouldn’t you know it, it was a three-run home run, which cleared Legends Landing in right field. Below is the homer:

Wick showed that he could provide runs without having to belt one out of the stadium in his very next game with the Chiefs. He ripped a clean RBI single into right field, which plated the speedster Vaughn Bryan.

So now that the awe from his absolute bomb at Dozer Park on July 23 is starting to wear off, let’s take a look at what Wick means to this lineup moving forward. Wick is most likely going to be slotted in the 3-6 range of the lineup, which has him batting either in front of or behind the likes of Justin Ringo, Carson Kelly, Ronald Castillo, Steve Bean and sometimes Luis Perez.

In Wick’s debut with the Chiefs, the 3-4-5-6 hitters were Kelly, Ringo, Castillo, and Wick. They combined to go 5-17 with four runs scored and Wick’s homer and three RBI. In last night’s game, it was Ringo, Castillo, Wick, and Bean combining to go only 2-14 with another RBI by Wick.

Having Wick in the middle of the Chiefs lineup will lead to a much needed boost to the offense. In only two games, Wick already has produced four RBI. There were also numerous times during those two games where there were runners in scoring position, but Wick was left in the on-deck circle and the Chiefs were unable to produce runs.

Imagine slotting Wick in the three hole. Yes, it may be premature as it is only his third game with the Chiefs, but having Wick batting directly behind Bryan and CJ McElroy is a deadly combination. Bryan and McElroy both have incredible speed on the base paths and high on-base percentages. Having Wick step into the batters box with Bryan and McElroy on base is just asking for some Peoria Chiefs runs.

Wick being added to our roster couldn’t have come at a better time as we are chasing a playoff spot, something we have not obtained since 2009. Wick’s power could possibly be the necessary addition we need to end that drought.

Rowan Wick shows off his smooth swing in a Chiefs uniform

Rowan Wick shows off his smooth swing in a Chiefs uniform

Tuesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Cardinals won the second game of their four game series with Pittsburgh in exciting fashion for the second night in a row. Kolten Wong started off the scoring with a two-run double in the second. Pittsburgh would come back and lead the Cardinals 4-2 after an Andrew McCutchen two-run homer in the fifth. Matt Holliday wasted no time and hit a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game at four. They would remain tied until Wong drilled a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, his third homer of the season. Below is the line-drive shot:

John Gast had a perfect game going through five and two thirds innings for Memphis, but after two rain delays he would come out of the game. Angel Castro took over for Memphis and blew the game as they would go on to lose to Nashville 4-2. Stephen Piscotty was two for four with two RBI. He is batting .306 with six homers and 51 RBI on the year. Read about it in the Game Story.

State College rolled Auburn 10-2 behind Rowan Wick’s 12th home run of the season and former Chief Robeyls Reyes’ three-run shot. This was Wick’s first homer in four games, the longest drought of the season thus far. Reyes finished the game going two for five batting leadoff for the Spikes. Check out the Game Recap.

Johnson City lost their series with Elizabethton after losing 9-3 Tuesday night. The GCL Cards have now lost two in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, after being shutout by the GCL Mets 7-0 in a game shortened by rain.

Former Chief of the Day Sam Fuld had a perfect night at the plate for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners. Fuld was three for three with a solo home run, his second of the year. Former Chiefs Coco Crisp and Marwin Gonzalez also tacked on a RBI on Tuesday while former Chief Brandon Guyer delivered a three-hit performance for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

Adam Wainwright tossed another gem for St. Louis on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tossed seven shutout innings allowing seven hits, three walks, and struck out five, but received a no decision. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Matt Adams launched a walk-off homer, his 10th of the year, to beat the Pirates 2-0 and move to only four games back of first in the NL Central. Below is the walk-off blast:

Memphis had a walk-off of their own as Luis Mateo drove home the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to cap the 2-1 comeback for Memphis over division-leading Nashville. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed only one run off off six hits, walked none, and struck out six in seven innings of work. Check out the Game Story.

Springfield was locked in a pitcher’s duel with San Antonio that went into extras. Mike O’Neill delivered the game-winning RBI double in the 11th to propel Springfield to a 3-2 victory. Former Chief Mike Mayers allowed two runs off five hits, walked none, and struck out five in seven innings of work. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom both produced a RBI. Here is the Recap.

State College notched a narrow 3-2 victory over Auburn. Nick Thompson drilled a three-run home run in the seventh, his second homer of the year. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for four with a double. Check out the Game Recap.

Johnson City got blown out 15-7 by the Twins affiliate Elizabethton. Casey Turgeon was three for four while crossing the play three times. Read about it in the Game Story.

The GCL Cardinals finally lost after a fantastic seven-game win streak. Catcher Joshua Lopez was one for four with a double and two RBI on the day.

Former Chief Marwin Gonzalez legged a three-run triple in Houston’s blow out win over Texas on a one for four night with two runs scored.

Saturday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday. After winning three straight, the Cards blew a one-run lead in the ninth and lost the middle game of their three-game series with the Marlins. Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to extend the Cards lead 5-1, but the Marlins scored five unanswered runs to topple the Cards at Busch Stadium. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for five with a RBI. Check out the Highlights.

Memphis won their second game in a row behind Boone Whiting’s first win of the season. Whiting allowed only one run off five hits, walked two, and fanned seven batters in five innings of work. Randal Grichuk launched his 14th home run of the season as Memphis beat New Orleans 6-3. Below is Grichuk’s homer:

Springfield struggled to find runs yet again, but Kyle Hald led them to victory with a great pitching performance. Hald allowed only one run off seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in seven innings of work as he improved to 7-2 on the year. Former Chief David Popkins was two for three on the night. Read about the win in the Game Story.

Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins tossed a gem for Palm Beach, in which he allowed an unearned run off five hits over seven innings pitched to lead Palm Beach to a 4-1 win over Bradenton. Former Chief Gerwuins Velazco was one for three with a two-run double. Here is the Game Recap.

State College narrowly escaped Jamestown in the late innings for a 3-2 win. Rowan Wick scored the game-winning run in the eighth, crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for two with a RBI double. Read about the narrow win in the Game Story.

Juan Perez got his first start of the year for Johnson City and notched his third win of the season as they beat Princeton 3-1. Blake Drake hit his first professional home run, a two run shot. Check out the Recap.

The GCL Cards improved to 12-2 on the year after beating the GCL Nationals in a shoot-out 12-8. 2014 first round draft choice Luke Weaver made his professional debut and tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Jack Flaherty also made his debut as he allowed two runs off two hits and struck out two in an inning of work.

Former Chief Albert Pujols had another monster game against Houston as the Angels cranked out three homers in a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Astros 11-5. Pujols was three for five with a homer, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. With his 19th homer, Pujols tied Mel Ott for 23rd on the all-time home run list. Below is Pujols’ 19th home run of the year:

 

Former Chief Robinson Chirinos launched his eighth home run of the season on a two for four night with three RBI as the Rangers beat the Mets 5-3.

Former Chief Chris Archer pitched into the ninth inning as he improved to 5-5 on the year with the Rays 7-2 win over the Tigers. Archer allowed two runs off six hits, walked four, and struck out four. Here are the highlights from Archer’s solid outing.

 

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The St. Louis Cardinals barely edged the Marlins on Friday 3-2. They were cruising until the ninth up 3-0 before Trevor Rosenthal had trouble closing the Marlins out. After allowing two runs, Rosenthal got a game-ending double play to secure their third win in a row. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for two with a RBI double and bumped his average back up to .292. Check out the highlights.

Memphis got a 3-2 victory as well thanks to a great pitching performance from Tim Cooney. He allowed two runs off six hits, walked one, and struck out five over eight innings of work as he garnered his eighth win of the year. Stephen Piscotty was three for four with two RBI. Here is the Game Story.

Corpus Christi blanked Springfield on Friday 8-0. Cody Stanley had the only multi-hit night going two for four. Springfield, as a whole, only managed four hits against Corpus Christi’s pitching. Former Chief Kurt Heyer suffered the loss after allowing three runs off five hits over five and two thirds innings. Here is the Recap.

Former Chief Corey Baker was fantastic in his first start, but ended up with a no decision as Palm Beach blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and ended up losing 7-4. Baker tossed five shutout innings allowing only two hits, walking none, and striking out three. Former Chief Mason Katz launched his second homer for Palm Beach, his 16th overall. Check out the Game Story.

State College won a shoot-out on Friday 11-9 over Jamestown. Jake Stone launched a grand slam, his second homer in as many games and his third of the year. Stone would finish the game going two for four with 5 RBI. Read about it in the Game Recap.

Johnson City blanked Princeton 7-0 behind Ian McKinney’s incredible start. McKninney tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and fanning 10 batters. McKinney is currently 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and only two walks over 18 innings of work.

The GCL Cardinals rolled the GCL Nationals 7-1 as they improved to 11-2 on the season. Elier Rodriguez was perfect at the plate going three for three with a double and a run scored.

Former Chief Albert Pujols had a huge part in the Angels’ 7-6 walk-off win over Houston. Pujols was three for four with his 18th home run of the season, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Sunday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers blanked the Cardinals on Sunday 6-0. Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings while fanning 13 Cardinal batters as he garnered his ninth win of the year. Former Chief Yadier Molina legged a double on a one for three night. Former Chief Jason Motte tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. Here is the Game Story.

Springfield was no match for San Antonio as they fell 7-2. Starlin Rodriguez was the only offense for Springfield as he went one for four with two RBI. Former Chief Kurt Heyer dropped his fifth game of the year after allowing five runs in six and two thirds innings despite only walking one and striking out seven batters.

Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins was fantastic in his start, tossing six shutout innings to propel Palm Beach to a 5-2 victory. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell, who has hit only two homers on the season to this day, matched his season total with two long-balls while producing three RBI in this one. Former Chief Charlie Tilson continues to be on a hot streak; he launched his fifth homer of the year.

Will Anderson tossed a gem for State College in their 5-0 shutout of Williamsport. Anderson tossed seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits and fanning 10 batters, which is a State College single-game record, while on his way to his first win of the year. Rowan Wick was two for four with a double and two RBI , but unfortunately no homers as he looks to break the State College season record. Former Chief Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Read about the win in the Game Recap.

Johnson City resumed their suspended game from Saturday and spanked Kingsport 12-6 thanks to Oscar Mercado’s incredible hitting performance. Mercado went four for six with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, and two stolen bases. Check out the Recap.

Former Chief Ryan Flaherty made a pinch hit appearance in the ninth inning of Baltimore’s matchup with Tampa Bay and launched a three-run homer, unfortunately the Orioles lost 12-7. Former Chief Robinson Chirinos was perfect at the plate going three for three with his seventh homer of the year in the Rangers 3-2 loss.

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