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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 top 100 while just missing the MLBPipeline top 100. He was recently featured on 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 and a senior write with 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!

Former Chiefs as MiLB Free Agents

Yesterday we took a look at where Chiefs from the last few seasons ranked on National and Cardinals prospects lists. Today we’ll take a look at MiLB Free Agents who have come through Peoria in their careers and where they have landed heading into 2015. To compose this list over the off-season I have used Baseball America’s transactions page and free agent tracker along with MiLB Transactions and Twitter updates.

Player Yr in Peoria Old Team New Team Notes
Jim Adduci 2007 Texas Lotte Giants Korea. MLB 2013-14
Mitch Atkins 2006 Atlanta Unsigned. MLB 2009-11
Austin Bibens-Dirkx 2009 Toronto Resigned
Ryan Buchter 2009 Atlanta LA Dodgers Made MLB debut in 2014
Alberto Cabrera 2008-09 Chi Cubs Detroit Pitched in MLB 2012-13
Tony Campana 2009 Arizona/LA Angels Chi White Sox MLB 2012-14
Russ Canzler 2007 Philadelphia Resigned MLB 2011-12
Yusuf Carter 2006-07 Toronto Unsigned.
Rafael Dolis 2006 SF Giants Detroit MLB 2011-13
Eduardo Figueroa 2009 Chi Cubs Unsigned
Erik Hamren 2009 Texas Unsigned. MLB 2011
Marcus Hatley 2009-11 Chi Cubs St. Louis AAA-Iowa in 2014
Jay Jackson 2008 Pit & Milwaukee San Diego Playing for Mexico in Caribbean Series.
Josh Kinney 2001 Pittsburgh Unsigned. MLB 2006-12
Blake Lalli 2006-08 Arizona Resigned MLB 2012-13
James Leverton 2010 Miami Resigned Injured in 2014
Marcos Mateo 2008 Chi Cubs San Diego MLB 2010-11. MVP of Dominican Winter League
Mike McCoy 2003-04 Boston Unsigned. MLB 2009-12
Jesus Montero 2013 St. Louis Unsigned
Jonathon Mota 2006-10 Chi Cubs Unsigned
Matt Pagnozzi 2004 Milwaukee Arizona MLB 2009-14
Dae-Eun Rhee 2008 Chi Cubs Chiba Lotte Marines Japan
Jose Rosario 2012 Chi Cubs Resigned
Marquez Smith 2007-08 Cincinnati Unsigned. Playing for Mexico in Caribbean Series
Nick Struck 2010 LA Dodgers Unsigned
Donnie Veal 2006 Chi White Sox Atlanta MLB 2009-14
Ildemaro Vargas 2013 St. Louis Resigned Palm Beach/Springfield in 2014
Josh Vitters 2007-08 Chi Cubs Unsigned
Yao-Lin Wang 2012 Chi Cubs Unsigned

Also of note, the Atlanta Braves signed 2013 Chiefs LHP Dail Villanueva in January. Villanueva has not pitched in the minors since being released by the Cardinals in 2013 while he was on the Chiefs roster.

Another former Chiefs pitcher, Robert Hernandez (2008-10), has resurfaced. The Yankees signed 26-year-old Robert Hernandez as an outfielder after he hit .264/.350/.358 in 20 games for Zulia in his native Venezuela this winter. The outfielder bit is key because he worked as a pitcher in the Cubs system from 2006 through 2009, making it as far as low Class A Peoria as a starter, but he hasn’t played affiliated ball in any of the past five seasons

Other former Chiefs to switch teams this off-season on the MiLB side: Tyrell Jenkins (2013) traded to Atlanta, Brett Jackson (2009) to SF Giants in Rule V MiLB phase, Andrew McKirahan (2012) to Marlins in Rule V MLB Phase, Nate Samson (2007-08) to Dodgers in Rule V MiLB phase, Luis Flores (2008-10) to Astros in Rule V MiLB Phase. Plus of course the MLB trades of Josh Donaldson (2008) from Oakland to Toronto and Jeff Samardzija (2006) from Oakland to the White Sox.

Former Chiefs on Prospect Lists

Alex Reyes finds himself ranked top 4 in the Cardinals system. Photo by Dennis Sievers

Alex Reyes finds himself ranked top 4 in the Cardinals system. Photo by Dennis Sievers

With the Super Bowl over, most publications have released their top 100 MiLB prospect lists and organizational top 10 lists. Plus with Spring Training starting soon, a lot of teams are signing MiLB free agents. Today, let’s take a look at how former Chiefs are ranked nationally and in the Cardinals system, Later this week we will catch up on MiLB Free Agency.. Over the next few weeks we’ll start to preview the 2015 season by talking to Prospect experts from around the country and diving into potential 2015 Chiefs player profiles as well so keep an eye on the blog for some fun interviews.


Nationally, Alex Reyes (77) and Rob Kaminsky (87) made Keith Law’s top 100 over at Former Chiefs OF Jorge Soler was ranked #14 for the Cubs and RHP Tyrell Jenkins, now with the Braves was ranked #82. Of these four only Soler (22) was ranked on the MLB Top 100 released on the MLB Network Friday Night. Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America have yet to release their overall top 100.


Player MLB (top 20) BP(top 10) BA(top 10) TPA (top 20)
Alex Reyes (2014) 4 3 2 2
Rob Kaminsky (2014) 2 5 5 5
Charlie Tilson (2013) 7 6 9 9
Sam Tuivailala (2013) 13 8 8 13
Carson Kelly (2013-14) 11 10 NR 10
Juan Herrera (2013-14) 9 NR NR 15
Rowan Wick (2014) 16 NR NR 17
Breyvic Valera (2013) 19 NR NR 19
Patrick Wisdom (2013) 12 NR NR NR
Zach Petrick (2013) 14 NR NR NR
Nick Petree (2013) 17 NR NR NR
Jacob Wilson (2013) 18 NR NR NR
Chris Perry (2013-14) 20 NR NR NR
Lefty Rob Kaminsky is getting national attention after his great 2014 Chiefs season. Photo by Dennis Sievers

Lefty Rob Kaminsky is getting national attention after his great 2014 Chiefs season. Photo by Dennis Sievers

MLB Pipeline ranks the top 20 prospects for each team, Baseball prospectus (Subscription needed) ranks the top 10, Baseball America (Subscription needed to read player profiles) ranks the top 10 and Top Prospect Alert ranks the top 20.

In addition to these national sites, Cardinals blogs have updated their rankings as well. The Cardinal Nation has a great top 40 list put together by Brian Walton with four former Chiefs in the Top 10. John Nagel has a former Chiefs P #1 overall in his top 50 at Cardinals Farm!

Future Chiefs are also ranked. P Jack Flaherty is top 6 in all four national lists, with a 4 ranking at BP and TPA. INF Oscar Mercado is #15 in MLB and #20 with TPA. OF Magneuris Sierra is #10 at BA and #14 at TPA. SS Edmundo Sosa is #16 TPA and P Austin Gomber is #18 TPA. Sierra and Sosa also get a “On the Rise” tag at BP as does 2B Malik Collymore.


News, Notes & Weekend Links

This has been a busy week in ex-Chiefs news so coming off the blog post from Monday that including a trade mid-post, here is another post full of former Chiefs news and links.

The Tyrell Jenkins trade to Atlanta, 2013/14 Chiefs RHP Chris Perry replaces Jenkins in Cardinals MLB Pipeline prospect rankings. In these rankings, 13 of the 20 are former Chiefs and seven are from 2014: Rob Kaminsky 2, Alex Reyes 4, Juan Herrera 9, Carson Kelly 11, Rowan Wick 16, Nick Petree 17 and Perry 20. The 2013 Chiefs are: Charlie Tilson 7, Patrick Wisdom 12, Sam Tuivailala 13, Zach Petrick 14, Jacob Wilson 18, and Breyvic Valera 19. Future Chiefs include Jack Flaherty 5 and Oscar Mercado 15.

Speaking of prospects, the great crew at Cardinals Farm is counting down from 50 to 1 and are closing in on the top 10. Check out their list.

It has now been two seasons since we were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs and with the promotions to the Majors last summer there are only two former Chiefs left on the Cubs top 20 Pipeline rankings: Jorge Soler 4 and Bijan Rademacher 20.

On the Cubs side the answer ended up being none of these players added but John from Cubs Den (he does great work, follow them Cubs fans!) broke down the Rule V eligible Cubs players including 30 former Chiefs!

Josh Harrison played for the Chiefs in 2008/2009 and was a 2014 NL All-Star (Paul Gierhart/

Josh Harrison played for the Chiefs in 2008/2009 and was a 2014 NL All-Star (Paul Gierhart/

Josh Harrison (2008/09) won the MLB Players Association Heart & Hustle Award this week, capping off a breakout 2014 season for Harrison.

Will 2002 Chiefs ace Dan Haren retire? It seems to be a possibility if he is traded outside of Los Angeles.

St. Louis reporter Rob Rains wrote a very interesting piece on how the tragic death of Oscar Taveras will impact the Cardinals system and how they will use it as an organization to educate young players. Chiefs 2014 RHP Alex Reyes is quoted extensively in the article as are Cardinals coaches and executives.

The Cardinals finished up their 40 man roster as well this week and here are the former Chiefs unprotected in the Winter Meetings Rule V draft: Corey Baker, Ronald Castillo, Ronnierd Garcia, Silfredo Garcia, Juan Herrera, Josh Lucas, Nick Martini, Rafael Medina, Luis Perez, Luis Perdomo, Jhonny Polanco, Robelys Reyes, Robert Stock, Gerwuins Velazco, Breyvic Valera, Cesar Valear, David Washington.

Also looks like the Rays DFA’d Jose Molina per the Rays beat writer
on twitter.

Catching Up With Former Chiefs News

Tyrell Jenkins pitched for the Chiefs in 2013 and was named a MWL All-Star but missed the game with an injury

Tyrell Jenkins pitched for the Chiefs in 2013 and was named a MWL All-Star but missed the game with an injury

Editor’s Note: This blog was mid construction when the news broke (Post-Dispatch article) that former Chiefs RHP Tyrell Jenkins and RHP Shelby Miller were traded by the Cardinals to the Atlanta Braves for OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden. All the Jenkins news and links below are pre-trade.

The Hot Stove League may not really heat up until the Winter Meetings (December 7-11 in San Diego) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t news in November. And this weekend there were both rumors and hard news that involved former Chiefs (and future Chiefs).

First of all in the hard news department, the Arizona Fall League ended on Saturday and the Peoria Javelinas squad that featured the eight Cardinals (six former Chiefs) lost in the Championship game to Salt River. Brian Walton from The Cardinal Nation spent some time in Arizona this fall and recapped how all eight Cardinals prospects fared in a free article. Also Jenifer Langosch recapped their play in her Monday blog entry.

Both Jenifer and Derrick Goold of  the St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiled Jenkins recently. First is the piece and second is the Goold Post-Dispatch piece.

Also from the AFL – Jim Callis, the prospect guru from rated the Best performances in the Fall League for every team and mentioned 3 former Chiefs:

Best Performance:
 Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins’ comeback from shoulder surgery has been slow, but he started to show some encouraging signs with a 2.22 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 24 1/3 AFL innings. More important, he ran his lively fastball up to 96 mph and showed flashes of a plus slider.

Best Prospect: Right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala, who was drafted as an infielder, was one of the hardest throwers in the league. With a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and reaches triple digits, he topped the AFL with five saves and had a 1.42 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 14 innings.

Best Performance:
 A taxi-squad member activated only twice a week, outfielder Bijan Rademacher batted .350/.404/.525, with four steals in 11 games. Though he threw in the low-90s as a lefty in junior college, Chicago made him a full-time outfielder because he has a feel for hitting and average power potential and speed. released their Cardinals 2014 Organization All-Stars and three 2014 Chiefs are on the team along with a couple 2013 Chiefs. Plus you’ll find potential 2015 Chiefs in Edmundo Sosa, Oscar Mercado and Danny Diekreoger.

Although they ended up not getting a deal done as Russell Martin signed with Toronto on Monday, it appears the Cubs are looking for a veteran starting catcher which would relegate former Chiefs player Welington Castillo to backup duty or make him expendable.

Marcus Hatley pitched for the Chiefs in 2009-11.

Marcus Hatley pitched for the Chiefs in 2009-11.

Finally on the Minor League side, former Chiefs RHP Marcus Hatley (2009-11) signed with the Cardinals and will likely be on the Memphis roster in 2015 after a couple seasons with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Chiefs RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx resigned with Toronto on a MiLB deal, Donnie Veal (White Sox in 2014) signed at MiLB deal with the Atlanta Braves with a MLB Spring Training invite, Matt Pagnozzi (Milwaukee in 2014) signed with Arizona and Jose Rosario (Cubs), Alberto Cabrera (Cubs) and Russ Canzler (Phillies) all resigned with their former teams. Of the players listed above, Veal and Pagnozzi played in the Majors in 2014 and both Cabrera and Canzler have played in the Majors during their careers. You’ll see below a few other former Chiefs with MLB experience but all of these players Minor League Free Agents.




Here are the other former Chiefs now available as MiLB Free Agents:

Blake Lalli (Az)
Mitch Atkins (Atl)
Ryan Buchter (Atl)
Mike McCoy (Bos)
Eduardo Figueroa (ChC)
Marcos Mateo (ChC)
Dae-Eun Rhee (ChC)
Jonathan Mota (ChC)
Josh Vitters (ChC)
Marquez Smith (Cin)
Tony Campana (LAA)
James Leverton (Mia)
Josh Kinney (Pit)
Jesus Montero (Stl)
Ildemaro Vargas (Stl)
Erik Hamren (Tex)
Yusuf Carter (Tor)

Former Chiefs in MLB Award History

With the MLB Awards announced this week let’s take a look back at former Chiefs who have earned votes from BBWAA in Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year awards. (Updated) With Joe Girardi receiving a vote in Manager of the Year, and in the MVP balloting, Albert Pujols, Josh Harrison and Josh Donaldson got top 20 votes.  The full list is below. Bolded lines indicate award winners.

Year Player Award Finish Notes
1986 Wally Joyner AL ROY 2nd Winner – Jose Canseco
1986 Wally Joyner AL MVP 8th
1987 Wally Joyner AL MVP 13th
1987 Devon White AL ROY 5th
1988 Mark Grace NL ROY 2nd Winner – Chris Sabo
1989 Jerome Walton NL ROY 1st First post-season award for Ex-Chief
1989 Dwight Smith NL ROY 2nd Finished behind Cubs teammate Walton
1989 Greg Maddux NL Cy Young 3rd First votes in Cy Young Race
1989 Mark Grace NL MVP 14th
1990 Mike Harkey NL ROY 5th
1990 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 14th
1991 Devon White AL MVP 16th
1991 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 19th
1992 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st First Cy Young in Chiefs history
1992 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
1992 Mark Grace NL MVP 16th
1993 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Back To Back Winner
1993 Greg Maddux NL MVP 13th
1993 Mark Grace NL MVP 16th
1993 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 8th
1994 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Third Straight win
1994 Greg Maddux NL MVP 5th
1994 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 16th
1995 Greg Maddux NL CY 1st Fourth Straight Win
1995 Greg Maddux NL MVP 3rd Highest finish of career – Winner: Barry Larkin. Dante Bichette 2nd
1995 Mark Grace NL MVP 13th
1995 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 11th
1996 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 6th
1996 Greg Maddux NL CY 5th
1997 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 13th
1997 Greg Maddux NL CY 2nd Winner – Pedro Martinez
1997 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
1998 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 18th
1998 Greg Maddux NL CY 4th 7th straight season in top 5
1999 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 5th Highest finish – Winner: Ivan Rodriguez
2000 Greg Maddux NL CY 3rd
2000 Greg Maddux NL MVP 12th
2000 Rick Ankiel NL ROY 2nd Winner – Rafael Furcal
2001 Albert Pujols NL ROY 1st 1st ROY win since 1989 (Walton)
2001 Albert Pujols NL MVP 4th Winner – Barry Bonds
2001 Bud Smith NL ROY T 4th Behind Pujols, Oswalt & Rollins. Tied w/Dunn
2001 Jim Tracy NL Manager of Year 2nd First Ex-Chiefs Manager to get votes. Lost out to Larry Bowa
2001 Rafael Palmeiro AL MVP 14th
2002 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Barry Bonds
2002 Jim Tracy NL MOY 4th
2003 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Barry Bonds
2004 Albert Pujols NL MVP 3rd Winner – Barry Bonds
2004 Jim Tracy NL MOY 4th
2005 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st First MVP won by a former Chief
2006 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Ryan Howard
2006 Joe Girardi NL MOY 1st Played for Chiefs
2007 Albert Pujols NL MVP 9th
2007 Placido Polanco AL MVP 17th
2008 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st Second career win
2008 Joe Maddon AL MOY 1st First Ex-Chiefs Manager to win MOY
2009 Albert Pujols NL MVP 1st Back to back wins, 3rd of career
2009 Yadier Molina NL MVP 23rd
2009 Placido Polanco AL MVP 25th
2009 Jim Tracy NL MOY 1st Back to Back years with ex Chiefs Manager as MOY
2009 Joe Girardi AL MOY 3rd
2009 Danny Haren NL CY 5th
2010 Albert Pujols NL MVP 2nd Winner – Joey Votto
2010 Joe Maddon AL MOY 3rd
2010 Joe Girardi AL MOY 6th
2010 Brad Mills NL MOY 6th
2011 Albert Pujols NL MVP 5th 11th straight top 10 finish
2011 Yadier Molina NL MVP 21st
2011 Joe Maddon AL MOY 1st Second Career win
2011 Joe Girardi AL MOY 5th
2011 Danny Haren AL CY 7th First ex-Chief with CY votes in AL & NL
2011 Darwin Barney NL ROY 7th
2012 Albert Pujols AL MVP 17th Second to get MVP votes in AL & NL (Palmeiro)
2012 Yadier Molina NL MVP 4th Winner – Buster Posey
2012 Joe Maddon AL MOY 4th
2012 Joe Girardi AL MOY 5th
2013 Chris Archer AL ROY 3rd First AL ROY votes since 1987 (White)
2013 Joe Girardi AL MOY 4th
2013 Joe Maddon AL MOY 5th
2013 Yadier Molina NL MVP 3rd Winner – Andrew McCutchen
2013 Josh Donaldson AL MVP 4th Winner – Miguel Cabrera
2013 Coco Crisp AL MVP 17th
2014 Joe Girardi AL MOY 6th
2014 Josh Harrison NL MVP 9th
2014 Josh Donaldson AL MVP 8th
2014 Albert Pujols AL MVP 17th

Molina, LeMahieu Win Gold Gloves

Yadier Molina as Chiefs Catcher in 2002

Yadier Molina as Chiefs Catcher in 2002

Last night two former Chiefs, Yadier Molina and DJ LeMahieu won 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in the National League! Molina has now won seven straight NL Gold Gloves at catcher and LeMahieu won his first career Gold Glove. Only two catchers have ever won more Gold Gloves than Molina – Ivan Rodriguez with 13 and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench with 10. Bench won all 10 in a row and Rodriguez’s longest streak was also 10. The two new additions in 2014 mean that former Chiefs have won 46 MLB Gold Gloves and since Devon White won the first in 1988, a former Chiefs player has won a Gold Glove ever year except 2003 (Mike Hampton over Greg Maddux).

GG  Player  Pos  Years Won
18 Greg Maddux P 1990-2002 & 2004-08
7 Devon White OF 1988-89 & 1991-95
7 Yadier Molina C 2008-14
4 Mark Grace 1B 1992-93 & 1995-96
3 Rafael Palmeiro 1B 1997-99
3 Placido Polanco 2B/3B 2007, 2009 & 2011
2 Albert Pujols 1B 2006 & 2010
1 Darwin Barney 2B 2012
1 DJ LeMahieu 2B 2014
DJ LeMahieu played SS and 2B for the Chiefs in July and August 2009

DJ LeMahieu played SS and 2B for the Chiefs in July and August 2009

  • Polanco is 1 of 2 players (Darin Erstad) to win a Gold Glove at multiple positions
  • Molina’s current run of 7 straight is the most in the NL since Johnny Bench won 10 in a row from 1968-1977. The overall catcher record for consecutive wins is 10 by Bench and matched by Ivan Rodriguez from 1992-2001
  • No player has ever won more Gold Gloves than Maddux at 18
  • Since 1988 at least one Gold Glove has been won by an ex-Chiefs player in every season except for 2003 when Mike Hampton beat out Maddux
  • Two former Chiefs won Gold Gloves this season. The record is three done three times: 1992, 1993 & 1995 (Maddux/White/Grace)

Former Chiefs in Wild Card Games

The MLB Playoffs get rolling tonight with the Oakland A’s visiting the Kansas City Royals in the AL Wild Card game on TBS. Tomorrow night the Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants on ESPN. There are former Chiefs to watch in both games as we wait for the St. Louis Cardinals-LA Dodgers series to get started on Friday night in California.

The AsLineupA’s and Royals have already set their lineups for tonight’s 7pm game (right) and Chiefs fans will recognize some familiar names. In fact the top three batters in Bob Melvin’s lineup played in Peoria on their way to the Major Leagues. Coco Crisp was with the Chiefs at the end of the 2000 season, Sam Fuld spent all of 2005 in center field at Dozer Park and Josh Donaldson was the Chiefs catcher in 2008 before the Cubs traded him to Oakland. Tonight they all return to the post-season and are in Oakland’s starting lineup. The other two Chiefs connections for this game, Jeff Samardzija (2006) with Oakland and Casey Coleman (2008) with the Royals, are not on the Wild Card game active rosters. It is safe to assume that if Oakland wins tonight, Samardzija will get the ball against the LA Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS. If that happens we will be guaranteed a Chiefs vs. Chiefs matchup when he faces Albert Pujols (2000).

In the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday, expected former Chiefs infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison (2005) to be leading off and playing third base for the Pirates. He is the only former Chiefs player on either the Pirates or Giants though Pittsburgh pitching coach Ray Searage had the same role in Peoria in 1995 and 1996.

We will get more into former Chiefs on the other playoff team rosters when rosters are set Thursday and Friday for the ALDS and NLDS. The number could hit double digits for former Chiefs playing in the 2014 MLB post-season and may reach as high as 15 if Tony Campana (Angels), Jason Motte (Cardinals) and Samardzija appear in games.

The most former Chiefs to appear in an single post-season is 14, set in 2006, and 10 different players appeared in post-season games last year. The number has reached double digits six times and with the post-season starting tonight, 2014 could very well be the seventh!

Chiefs Around MLB

Another strong weekend for former Chiefs in the Majors including a Walkoff Home Run, Playoff Clinching, a MLB first HR and a MLB first RBI. Overall 36 players appeared in games Friday – Sunday with 12 playing in the Friday Dodgers-Cubs game at Wrigley Field (11 on Cubs and Darwin Barney on the Dodgers). The Cardinals joined the Dodgers, Angels, Nationals and Orioles in the playoffs yesterday so the amount of ex-Chiefs headed for October baseball continues to grow. Of the teams still vying for playoff spots there are Chiefs on Detroit, Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Speaking of Oakland, lets start there with a big Sunday for Josh Donaldson (2008). With Oakland fading in the playoff race and battling into extras against the lowly Phillies, Donaldson collected three hits and finished the game in style:

Down in Miami, Justin Bour (2010) started all three games against Washington and went 4-for-11 with three RBI and on Friday night he launched his first MLB Home Run!

Speaking of firsts, the Cubs Rafael Lopez (2012) picked up his first hit and first RBI as a Major Leaguer on Friday against the best pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw:

And the first MLB triple for Jorge Soler (2012) produced a run as well

Albert Pujols (2000) has the Angels in the playoffs and continues to climb up the career MLB lists. Pujols_AlbertWith this Saturday home run he has 519, two behind Frank Thomas, Willie McCovey and Ted Williams for 20th on the All-Time list. He also has 101 RBI for the season and 1599 for his career with 1095 extra-base hits.

Alcantara_BackTwo more home runs came from the Cubs-Dodgers series with Arismendy Alcantara (2011) and Welington Castillo (2007) going deep (Castillo’s is only available as a link)

And on the mound Chris Archer (2009) set a new career-high with 10 wins as he beat the White Sox on Saturday with 6 1/3 shutout innings and just two hits allowed.

Of other players of note over the weekend, Yadier Molina (2002) had two doubles and four hits against the Reds while Jason Motte (2003) picked up his first win since 2012 on Saturday! Josh Harrison (2008-09) had four more hits and enters the last week of the season leading the NL in batting average .3184 to .3183 over Justin Morneau. Harrison would be just the 2nd former Chiefs player to win a MLB batting title after Pujols did so in 2003.


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