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Former Chiefs in Spring Training: Week 4 Update

The St. Louis Cardinals saw minimal action in Spring Training this week with a rain out on Monday and an off day on Tuesday. However, former Chiefs outfielder Charlie Tilson scored the game-winning run in a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

The Chicago Cubs went winless in the fourth week of Spring Training, but former Chiefs outfielder Matt Szczur has continued to play at an elite level. Szczur went two for five this week with a triple and is now batting .355. In his first at-bat of Spring Training, former Chiefs outfielder Pin-Chieh Chen recorded a double.

Elsewhere around the league, former Chiefs have been tearing up Spring Training, especially Albert Pujols. Pujols clubbed another two homers this week, including a mammoth shot off of fellow former Chief Jason Motte:

Former Chiefs infielder Marquez Smith, now with the Cincinnati Reds, arguably had the game of his career on Thursday. Six days after his 30th birthday, Smith was two for two with a double, a homer, and four RBI.

The homer was Smith’s first ever in his Spring Training career:

Josh Donaldson continued his red-hot Spring Training by belting out his third homer. Donaldson is now batting .333 with six RBI.

Chris Archer - 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer – 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Former Chiefs hurler Chris Archer tossed his second straight start without yielding an earned run. Archer is 1-2 with an impressive 1.93 ERA in Spring Training and has reportedly been named the Rays’ Opening Day starter for the upcoming season. Archer is the first Opening Day starter for the Rays not named James Shields or David Price since 2007.

Opening Day is only nine days away so make sure to check out our update of former Chiefs in the final week, and our overall recap, of the 2015 Spring Training.

Former Chiefs in Spring Training: Week 3 Update

Week three of Spring Training is behind us and Opening Day is less than two weeks away. Some veteran former Chiefs are fine-tuning their skills for the regular season, while other, younger, former Chiefs are working harder then ever to achieve that coveted Opening Day roster spot.

Batting in 2013 (Dennis Sievers/Sievers Photgraphy)

Wilson Batting in 2013 (Dennis Sievers/Sievers Photgraphy)

The St. Louis Cardinals are 9-7 thus far in Spring Training and are currently tied for third in the Grapefruit League. Former Chiefs 2B Jacob Wilson’s bat has yet to slow down. The 24-year-old enters his fourth season with the organization and is definitely proving his worth. The workhorse has yet to sit out a game and is batting .323 with a homer and four RBI. Former Chiefs catcher Yadier Molina has found his stroke and has boosted his average to an impressive .308.

On the hill for the Cardinals, Zach Petrick has logged the most innings for former Chiefs, compiling an 0-1 record with a 4.91 ERA, three walks, and five punch outs over seven and a third innings of work.

Another week down, same story for former Chiefs batters sporting Cubs uniforms; they are tearing up Spring Training. Welington Castillo, Junior Lake, Jorge Soler, and Matt Szczur are playing outstanding. Castillo is batting .375 with a pair of homers and seven RBI. Lake is batting a solid .310 with five RBI. Soler is batting .353 with two homers and five RBI. Szczur rounds out the red-hot former Chiefs with a .346 average to go along with three homers and four RBI.

Below is Szczur’s third homer:

Elsewhere around the league, former Chiefs SS Darwin Barney has been sporting an impressive Spring Training. Barney, in his first full season with the Dodgers, is batting .321 with a homer and four RBI. That home run, was only Barney’s fourth in eight years of Spring Training. Former Chiefs infielder Albert Pujols has regained power to his bat over the past week, cranking out his first two homers of Spring Training.

An absolute bomb off the Dodgers for his first:

Followed up by a blast off the reigning World Series MVP for his second:

On the hill, 33-year-old veteran, and former Chiefs RHP, Dan Haren impressed in his latest start against the Braves. He allowed one run off four hits, walked two, and fanned four in five innings of work. He is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and only two walks over 14 innings of work thus far.

Below is the aforementioned performance against Atlanta:

Lastly, former Chiefs catcher Josh Donaldson has finally found the sweet spot of his bat. After a slumping first week, he started to raise his average in the second week, and has now taken off into a red-hot hitting streak during the third week. Donaldson is now batting .355 with two homers and five RBI.

His latest homer, a go-ahead blast against the Phillies:

We are in the home stretch of Spring Training and a ton of former Chiefs are heating up as we approach April 5. Lucky for us, that night features a showdown between two rivals who are each loaded with former Chiefs talent. The Cubs and Cardinals will square off at Wrigley Field to commence the 2015 season.

Former Chiefs in Spring Training: Week 2 Update

With week two of Spring Training nearing its end, certain things are becoming clear about former Chiefs. Jacob Wilson can hit, Tyrell Jenkins can make the pros look dumb at the plate, and Sam Tuivailala’s fastball has not slowed one bit.

This GIF  from Thursday night demonstrates Jenkins’ ability as he fools Carlos Beltran.

The St. Louis Cardinals are now 5-3 in Spring Training. Wilson has been hitting everything thus far, batting .438 with a homer and two RBI. Wilson has played in every Spring Training game. Former Chief Yadier Molina has played in half those games and is batting .222 with an RBI.ReyesPitch2

On the mound, former Chief Alex Reyes saw his first action in yesterday’s 8-2 win over Baltimore. Reyes tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Former Chief Zach Petrick has yet to allow a hit in four innings of relief. Former Chief Mike Mayers improved to 1-0 after tossing two scoreless innings of relief in a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Numerous former Chiefs have gotten off to a red-hot start at the plate for the Chicago Cubs. Jorge Soler has already cranked out two homers. Javier Baez, Welington Castillo, and Matt Szczur have also each blasted out one.

We got to witness something special in Tuesday’s game against the Indians that really demonstrated the lethalness of Baez and Soler in the same lineup:

On the hill for the Cubs, former Chief Zac Rosscup has yet to yield a baserunner while fanning four batters over three innings of work. Former Chief Jason Motte, now in an unfamiliar Cubs uniform, has allowed two runs off four hits, walked none, and struck out two in an inning and two-thirds of work.

Elsewhere around the league, former Chief Ryan Buchter has compiled a 2-0 record with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his first start, now sporting the south side of Chicago’s team uniform, former Chief Jeff Samardzija surrendered two runs off three hits, walked one, and struck out one as he notched a win over his former team from last season, the Oakland Athletics.

Albert hitting for the Chiefs in 2000

Albert hitting for the Chiefs in 2000

Former Chiefs Marwin Gonzalez and DJ LeMahieu have each gone deep once in these first two weeks of Spring Training. Albert Pujols is batting an incredible .471, but they have, surprisingly, all been singles. Josh Donaldson seems to be getting back into rhythm, batting .286 with a homer and three RBI for the Blue Jays.

Back-to-back-to-back homers for the Cubs young prospects, Pujols not yet recording an extra-base hit, and Samardzija besting his former team wraps up an exciting week two update of your favorite former Chiefs in Spring Training

Former Chiefs in Spring Training: Week 1 Update

Spring Training is under way for the 2015 baseball season and, with it, comes a lot of differences. Some notable former Chiefs have switched uniforms, while other former Chiefs are just trying to make a major league squad. Lets update you on the action of the opening week of Spring Training.

The St. Louis Cardinals opened up their Spring Training with an impressive 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday. Former Chiefs Yadier Molina and Jacob Wilson both went 0-2 at the plate; Wilson had two strikeouts. As for on the mound, former Chief Mike Mayers saw an inning of action in the eighth and gave up the only run of the game off two hits, walked one, and fanned two.

The Chicago Cubs started off one of their most hyped-up seasons in the past decade with an 8-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday; they blew a 5-0 lead. Later in the day, The Cubs Split Squad team tied the Athletics 2-2.  An absolute load of former Chiefs got playing time on Thursday. Javier Baez, Junior Lake, and Matt Szczur all went 0-2 at the plate. Arismendy Alcantara notched an RBI with a sacrifice fly. Welington Castillo, Wes Darvill, Bijan Rademacher, and Jorge Soler each collected one hit. Pitcher Hunter Cervenka was saddled with the loss to the Giants after giving up five runs off four hits, and walking two in only a third of an inning pitched. Austin Kirk had to come in and retire the next two batters to end the inning.

Some former Chiefs, elsewhere around the league, that have gotten off to a hot start at the plate include Colorado Rockies’ second baseman DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu was perfect at the plate going two for two in the Rockies opening game loss to the Diamondbacks. Houston Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez cranked out a home run to help propel them to a victory over the Phillies. Robinson Chirinos started off his Spring Training with a two for three day with a RBI, but the Rangers fell to the Royals 5-4.

On the hill, former Chief Al Alburquerque is looking forward to a productive 2015 season with the Detroit Tigers. Albuquerque tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout in the Tigers 5-4 win over the Orioles on Wednesday. Pairing up with Albuquerque in Detroit is former Chief Rafael Dolis. Dolis spent the entirety of his career in the Cubs system before spending 2014 with the Giants, playing for Triple-A Fresno. Now, Dolis is playing for a spot on the Tigers active roster and has been off to a good start. Dolis has tossed two scoreless innings, allowing only one baserunner thus far.

Former Chiefs Josh Donaldson and Dan Haren started this Spring Training with a completely new team. Donaldson, who will now play home games in a different country, was hitless with a walk in the Blue Jays 8-7 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday. Haren, now with the Marlins, gave up two runs off three hits, struck out one, and was charged with the loss in their matchup with the Cardinals on Thursday.

That wraps it up for the first couple days of an exciting Spring Training. We will be sure to keep you posted weekly on all of your favorite former Peoria Chiefs in Spring Training

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.

PROSPECT RANKINGS

Nationally, Alex Reyes (77) and Rob Kaminsky (87) made Keith Law’s top 100 over at ESPN.com. 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.

ORGANIZATIONAL RANKINGS

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/MiLB.com)

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

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 StlCardinals.com piece and second is the Goold Post-Dispatch piece.

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

CARDINALS
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.

CUBS
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.

MiLB.com 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)
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