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April 10 Pregame Notes

On the field game one didn’t go exactly as planned as the Chiefs fell to Quad Cities 7-3 Thursday night.

Here are the video highlights from last night

Our local media was all over the Opening Day game. Beat writer Dave Eminian filed a great story on two fantastic season ticket holders, Bob & Joan Gunderson. Meanwhile Dave Reynolds had the game recap for the Journal Star. WMBD TV-31 was at the game and WEEK TV-25 had coverage as well. If you are interested in the opposing view, the Dispatch Argus from the Quad Cities had a beat writer at Dozer Park last night.

Two great places I stop by every day to catch up on former Chiefs are TheCardinalNation.com and CardinalsFarm.com. Again this year they are doing a Cardinals Minor League report and the links in the previous sentence take you to today’s reports.

The beauty of baseball is there’s always another game and for the Chiefs, game two comes at 7:00 p.m. tonight against the River Bandits. LHP Austin Gomber will take the mound against QC lefty Bryan Radziewski. Below are notes on Gomber’s 2014 season.

  • 2014: Went 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts for State College…Struck out 36 and walked 18 in 47 innings…Pitched once in the NYPL playoffs allowing two earned runs over two innings in a Game 2 Finals loss to Tri-City…Made pro debut June 22 with two shutout innings…Threw five innings on August 8 at Lowell in a no-decision…Earned first pro win August 27 with seven shutout innings and a career-high seven strikeouts against Williamsport…Also beat Williamsport September 1 with another seven shutout inning performance and four strikeouts…Held NYPL batters to a .200 average with runners in scoring position

Here are today’s GameNotes. And also Joe Kruzel’s Lineup:

 

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On twitter we will post in-game updates at@PeoChiefsGame and other fun stuff on our regular @PeoriaChiefs account. Post-game look for video highlights on both of those accounts and they will also post to our YouTube page and website.

In game you can listen to the broadcast in a variety of ways, all listed on our ListenLive page which includes links to download apps, or listen on a regular computer, both a PC and a Mac.

 

Opening Day Baseball, Game Notes & Lineup

Here we are, finally to opening day and looking forward to a fantastic 2015 season with the Peoria Chiefs…If the weather cooperates. The tarp has gone on and off the field all day and there is a chance of showers throughout the evening.

If we play, we get our first look at RHP Jack Flaherty, drafted by the Cardinals in the first round last June. Flaherty is the 26th 1st rounder out of the regular June draft in Chiefs history. This marks the second year in a row the Chiefs have received a Cardinals first round pick after having Rob Kaminsky last season. When including s the now defunct January draft and June supplemental draft plus the Supplemental First rounders in the current format, the tally is 38. Including the supplemental picks, the Chiefs have had a first rounder in each of the last five seasons and a first round pick from every year dating back to 2006 has come through Peoria.

 When he takes the mound tonight, Flaherty will become the fifth youngest Opening Day Starter in Chiefs history. Rick Ankiel beat Kane County on Opening Day 1998 at the age of 18 years, 265 days. Hall of Famer Greg Maddux beat Springfield in 1985 at the age of 18 years, 363 days, with 12 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. Amaury Telemaco was 19 years, 79 days when he lost on Opening Day 1993 and Ryan Acosta was 19 years, 152 days when he took a no-decision in 2008. Flaherty takes the mound tonight at the age of 19 years, 176 days.

Here’s a look at the lineup backing Flaherty tonight with a great graphic by our designer Allison Rhoades

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Also here are today’s GameNotes. And as always there are many ways to follow along in-game both via social media and with audio. On twitter we will post in-game updates at @PeoChiefsGame and other fun stuff on our regular @PeoriaChiefs account. Post-game look for video highlights on both of those accounts and they will also post to our YouTube page and website.

In game you can listen to the broadcast in a variety of ways, all listed on our ListenLive page which includes links to download apps, or listen on a regular computer, both a PC and a Mac.

Thanks for reading and please interact with us all season, looking forward to a fun 2015!!

Interview with Manager Joe Kruzel

Over the last two weeks we talked to a bunch of 2014 Chiefs players as they prepared for Spring Training. Today we talk to Manager Joe Kruzel. Kruzel returns for the 2015 season after leading the Chiefs to their most wins (72) in 2014 since the 2009 team made the playoffs as second half division champions. The 2014 Chiefs went 37-32 in the first half and 35-35 in the second half. In both halves the Chiefs were in a playoff spot until the final week and ultimately missed the post-season by one game in each half.

Thanks to Joe for the interview this morning. Below you’ll find some video interviews and photos from the 2014 season:

A pregame interview with Kruzel from June

Kruzel leads the Chiefs in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Here’s a photo gallery of Joe from 2014 season:

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Interview with Alex Reyes

The 2014 Chiefs player interviews continue today with RHP Alex Reyes. In case you missed any of the earlier posts, catch interviews with Rob Kaminsky, Carson KellyMason Katz Chris Perry and Jimmy Reed. Hoping to add to this list over the next week. Let me know in the comments who else you want to hear from!

A highly ranked prospect, Alex Reyes pitched for the Chiefs throughout 2014 going 7-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 21 starts. He finished the season with 137 strikeouts, the most by a Chiefs pitcher since Sean Gallagher struck out 139 in 2005, the 2nd most since 1996 and the 15th most in team history. He held MWL batters to a .207 average and in the month of August Reyes posted a 1.80 ERA in four starts while striking out 38 and walking just six batters in 25 innings.

Here is today’s interview with Alex as he prepares for Spring Training

Reyes beat Cedar Rapids on June 26:

A complete game win over Kane County on June 11

Pre-game interview from July

 

Reyes in photos from 2014

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Interview with Chris Perry

The 2014 Chiefs player interviews continue today with RHP Chris Perry. In case you missed any of the earlier posts, catch interviews with Rob Kaminsky, Carson KellyMason Katz and Jimmy Reed. Hoping to add to this list over the next week. Let me know in the comments who else you want to hear from!

Perry turned in one of the best seasons for any reliever in the Chiefs 32 year history. In 28 games he went 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA covering 49 innings of work. Perry saved three games, earned five holds and finished off eight contests. He struck out 80 batters while walking just 15 over his 49 innings. The numbers lead to a 0.90 WHIP, a 14.7 K/9IP ratio and a .165 opponents average against.

Here is the interview of Perry from this week:

More on Perry’s 2014 season with Peoria

At the time of his promotion on July 6, Perry ranked 2nd in the league in reliever K/9IP, 4th in reliever opponents average against and fourth in relievers WHIP.

If you sort the 32 year Chiefs history by pitchers who threw at least 49 innings (Perry’s total) you’ll get 302 names. There are 70 who like Perry, pitched only in relief. Of those 302, Perry is #1 in strikeouts per 9 innings and his 14.7 number beats the previous high by one full strikeout. Ben Julianel posted a 13.7 number in 2003 over 51 2/3 innings.

Perry’s 0.90 WHIP ranks fourth among relievers behind Jared Blasdell 0.75 in 2002, Alex Maestri 0.87 in 2007 and Brian Reed 0.89 in 1995. Of those three Maestri made four starts in 48 games and totaled 83 2/3 innings while Reed pitched 60 times for 61 innings and Blasdell threw 65 2/3 innings in 53 appearances.

Perry’s .165 average against is also fourth behind Brandon DeJaynes .151 in 2003, Blasdell at .155 in 2002 and Heath Slocumb .162 in 1989. 

Perry’s 80 strikeouts are tied for 8th among all Chiefs pitchers with zero starts. The other pitcher with 80, Keith Glauber, needed 64 innings in 1996 to rack up 80 strikeouts. How dominant are Perry’s K numbers? Well put it this way, Michael Sodders holds the Chiefs single season strikeout record at 177 in 1989. His K/9 IP ratio is 7.7, or nearly half of what Perry posted in 2014.

Perry closes out Kane County by striking out the side in the 9th (Starts at 2:40)

The on-field pregame interview with Perry from May 20

Photo Gallery of Chris Perry

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Interview with Jimmy Reed

The 2014 Chiefs player interviews continue today with LHP Jimmy Reed. In case you missed any of the earlier posts, catch interviews with Rob Kaminsky, Carson Kelly and Mason Katz. Chris Perry will be up next!

Reed, a 2013 6th round pick out of Maryland, made 13 starts for the Chiefs between Opening Day and June 20. The lefty posted a 3-3 record and a 3.88 ERA while striking out 62 batters and walking just 18 in 72 innings of work. In his final eight starts in the MWL he allowed three ER or less in all eight and posted an ERA of 2.05 in June. With Palm Beach, Reed was 6-2 with a 3.58 ERA in nine starts and he struck out 35 and walked just seven in 55 1/3 FSL innings. He also went to Double-A Springfield for two starts, beating Tulsa July 28 and losing to Arkansas August 3. Overall for 2014 he was 10-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 24 starts with 103k/28bb in 138 1/3 innings.

Here is the interview with Jimmy Reed

Reed struck out 7 against Kane County on June 12, here’s video of three of those strikeouts

Jimmy Reed Photo Gallery from 2014

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An Interview with Mason Katz

Today our interview series continues as I chat with 2014 Chiefs infielder Mason Katz. If you missed the first two parts of the series take a listen to interviews with Rob Kaminsky and Carson Kelly. Up next this week are Jimmy Reed, Chris Perry and Alex Reyes.

Katz played in 75 games for the Chiefs in 2014 and led the team in home runs with 14. He had a team-high 43 RBI and 26 extra-base hits at the time of his July 1 promotion to Palm Beach. Katz hit .212 with 29 walks and a .432 slugging percentage in Peoria while starting 49 games at second base and 27 at first base. As you’ll hear in the interview, there is a new position in the works for Mason in 2015. A fourth round pick out of LSU in 2013, Kats hit six homers and drove in 28 more runs in Palm Beach. In 49 games in the Florida State League he batted .276 and slugged .442.

Here is my phone interview with Mason Katz: 

Mason Katz walk-off home run against Clinton June 15:

The double play Mason references in the interview

Katz hit HR 13 and 14 on June 29

Diving Catch at first

Pregame Interview from May

2014 Photo Gallery

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An Interview with Carson Kelly

In case you missed it, LHP Rob Kaminsky was first up in our series of 2014 Chiefs interviews and today we chat with 3B-turned-C Carson Kelly. Later this week Mason Katz, Jimmy Reed, Alex Reyes and others will join in on the fun.

In 2013 Carson Kelly played third base for the Chiefs as an 18-year-old for the first half of the season before helping State College to the NYPL Finals in the second half. He transitioned to catcher in the 2013 off-season and was one of only two players to get behind the plate for the Chiefs in 2014. He led the MWL in double plays as a catcher (10) and was fifth in throwing out base-stealers at 33.1 percent. At the plate Carson hit .248 in 98 games with 17 doubles, six homers, four triples, 49 RBI and 41 runs scored. He walked 37 times with only 54 strikeouts and finished the season with an on-base percentage of .324 and a slugging percentage of .366. This off-season he has been ranked as the Cardinals #10 prospect by both Baseball Prospectus and Top Prospect Alert and he finished 2014 as MLBPipeline.com’s #11 Cardinals prospect. Here is the interview with Carson, followed by 2014 video highlights and a photo gallery.

Audio:

August 5 on field pregame interview

Walk off single on May 17

August 5 Home Run

Photos from the 2014 season

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Interview With Rob Kaminsky

Today we are joined on the blog by 2014 Chiefs standout, LHP Rob Kaminsky. Rob was recently invited to the Cardinals STEP program before spring training and has consistently been ranked in the top 5 Cardinals prospects in multiple national publications and was ranked #87 on the ESPN.com top 100 while just missing the MLBPipeline top 100. He was recently featured on MiLB.com as well. My thanks to Rob for his time today and next week I’ll be chatting with 2014 Chiefs Alex Reyes, Jimmy Reed, Mason Katz, Chris Perry, Carson Kelly and others so keep an eye on the blog for those interviews!

Kaminsky was great for the Chiefs in 2014 going 8-2 with a 1.88 ERA in 18 starts. He covered 100 2/3 innings and struck out 79 while walking 39 for a WHIP of 1.01 and an opponents average against of .194. Kaminsky never lost in Peoria going 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA in nine home starts. In 55 1/3 innings at Dozer Park he allowed 48 base runners and struck out 46. Kaminsky ranks top five on the Chiefs career list for ERA, WHIP and opponents average for all pitchers with at least 100 innings.

Highlights as Kaminsky shuts out Quad Cities over seven innings on June 30

7th strikeout on August 21 vs. Wisconsin

June 25 pre-game show interview on the field at Dozer Park

2014 Photo Gallery of Kaminsky with the Chiefs

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Talking Prospects with Jim Callis

Again this off-season I was fortunate to chat with Jim Callis from MLBPipeline.com and a senior write with MLB.com. Make sure you follow Jim on twitter for all the latest prospect news and notes! For roughly 20 minutes on Wednesday Jim and I chatted about the Cardinals prospects, former Chiefs and even hit on a few potential 2015 Chiefs. After the interview you’ll find an article from Thursday on Alex Reyes and some video of Jim and Jonathan Mayo chatting about Reyes and Marco Gonzales. My thanks to Jim for his time and I hope you enjoy our chat!

 

If the video won’t play off the embed, here is the link.

And here is Jim’s article on Reyes. Be sure to check out where he ranks on the Cardinals list when it is released in March!

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