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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.

Behind the Numbers of Chris Perry’s Promotion

(Dennis Sievers/Peoria Chiefs)

(Dennis Sievers/Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs will have to negotiate the second half of the Midwest League season without their most consistent reliever as All-Star Chris Perry was promoted to Palm Beach after Tuesday’s game.  It is going to be “next man up” in the bullpen but will likely take a team effort to replace what Perry meant to the Chiefs through 87 games this season.

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.

So where do all those numbers rank among the Midwest League leaders and in Chiefs history? Glad you asked.

As for the Midwest League, Perry leaves the Chiefs ranking 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.

(Dennis Sievers)

(Dennis Sievers)

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.

Good luck in Palm Beach Chris!

 

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.

Former Chiefs in MLB All-Star Game

With the Sunday night announcements of the 2014 MLB All-Star Teams, the Chiefs will have four former players on rosters for the first time ever. This ASG will also be the first time former Chiefs have started on both teams (Josh Donaldson & Yadier Molina). Below is a table listing all the former Chiefs who were named to MLB All-Star Games and their results from the game.

YEAR PLAYER TEAM Game Result Notes
1986 WALLY JOYNER  ANGELS 0-1 STARTING 1B
1988 RAFAEL PALMEIRO CUBS 0-0, BB
1988 GREG MADDUX CUBS DNP
1989 DEVON WHITE ANGELS 0-1
1991 RAFAEL PALMEIRO RANGERS 0-0, BB
1992 GREG MADDUX CUBS 1.1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1HRA
1993 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-3 STARTING DH
1993 DEVON WHITE BLUE JAYS  1-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB
1994 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 3IP, 3H, 1R, 2K STARTING P
1995 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-0
1995 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
1995 HEATH SLOCUMB PHILLIES 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K WIN
1996 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
1997 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-1
1997 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1HR STARTING P
1998 RAFAEL PALMEIRO ORIOLES  2-2, R, RBI
1998 DEVON WHITE DIAMONDBACKS  3-3, 3B, R
1998 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 2IP, 3H, 1BB, 1K STARTING P
1999 RAFAEL PALMEIRO RANGERS  1-2, RBI STARTING DH
2000 JOE GIRARDI CUBS DNP
2000 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
2001 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-0 BB
2003 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  1-3, RBI STARTING LF
2004 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI STARTING 1B
2004 JACK WILSON PIRATES 0-2
2005 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  1-2 STARTING DH
2006 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-3, K STARTING 1B
2007 PLACIDO POLANCO TIGERS 0-1 STARTING 2B
2007 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS DNP
2007 DANNY HAREN A’S 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 2K STARTING P
2008 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  2-3 STARTING DH
2008 DANNY HAREN DIAMONDBACKS 2IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K HOLD
2009 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-3 STARTING 1B
2009 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS 1-2, R, RBI STARTING C
2009 DANNY HAREN DIAMONDBACKS 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0K
2010 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-2, K STARTING 1B
2010 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS  1-1 STARTING C
2011 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS  1-1
2011 PLACIDO POLANCO  PHILLIES DNP
2012 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS DNP
2013 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS 0-2 STARTING C
2014 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS STARTING C
2014 JOSH DONALDSON A’S STARTING 3B
2014 JOSH HARRISON PIRATES
2014 JEFF SAMARDZIJA CUBS/A’S

Donaldson is the 9th different Chiefs player to be named a starter. Albert Pujols leads the way with 7 starts while 2014 will be the 4th for Yadier Molina. Greg Maddux made three starts while Placido Polanco, Danny Haren, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Wally Joyner had one start each.

Pujols leads the way with 6 hits in 19 AB while Devon White has 4 hits and both Palmeiro and Molina have 3 each. Maddux threw 8.1 inning while Haren has 5 IP.

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.

Saturday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

It wash’t pretty for the Cardinals in L.A. as the Dodgers blew them out 9-1. The Cardinals could only manage four hits on the night while Lance Lynn could not contain the loaded Dodger lineup. On a bright note, Nick Greenwood pitched very well in relief of Lynn. He tossed four scoreless innings giving up only three hits and striking out one. Here is the Game Recap.

Former Chief Nick Petree was fantastic for Palm Beach in his start. He tossed five shutout innings giving up only two hits, walking one, and striking out six. However, Petree would receive a no decision after the bullpen blew two different leads allowing a two-run bottom of the ninth as Palm Beach fell 3-2. Former Chief Alex Mejia was the only offense as he went two for four with a double and two RBI.

State College would lose to Williamsport 8-4, but the big news was Rowan Wick’s homer in the sixth inning. Wick has now tied the State College record for home runs in a season with 10; we are only 16 games into the New York-Penn League season. Wick has been extremely fun to watch as he powers State College to a current tie for first place in the Pinckney Division. Check out the Game Story.

The GCL Cardinals suffered their second loss of the year after losing to the GCL Mets 7-2. Malik Collymore drilled his first homer of the year along with a triple and two RBI in the loss.

Former Chief DJ LeMahieu was two for four with a two-run single in the Rockies 7-4 loss to the Brewers. Former Chief Albert Pujols sparked the red-hot Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Royals by going two for five with 2 RBI.

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club got a crucial 3-1 win over the Dodgers to remain only five and a half games back of first in the NL Central. The bullpen pitched exceptionally well, as Seth Maness picked up the win after tossing two and a third shutout innings with two punch-outs. Former Chief Yadier Molina launched his seventh homer of the season in the fourth to knot the game at one. Here is the long ball:

Memphis blew a three-run lead in the eighth and went on to lose to Round Rock 9-8. Joe Kelly made his first rehab start for Memphis, allowing two runs off two hits in two innings pitched. Former Chief Joe Donofrio came in and recorded a strikeout in the eighth inning. Stephen Piscotty launched his fifth homer of the season along with three RBI on the night. Below is the homer:

Springfield cruised to a 6-2 victory over Corpus Christi as Jonathan Cornelius picked up his seventh win of the year. Mike O’Neill was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle while producing his 20th RBI of the year. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom each had two-hit nights. Here is the Game Story.

Palm Beach had their three-game win streak snapped after losing to Charlotte 10-5. Former Chief Nick Martini was three for four with a double and a RBI while former Chief Kyle Barraclough was the only Palm Beach pitcher to not allow a run. He tossed two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Read about it in the recap.

State College got their tenth win of the season after beating Williamsport 5-2. Former Chief Robelys Reyes went three for five while crossing the plate twice. Jhohan Acevedo was perfect at the plate going three for three. Former Chief Josh Lucas picked up his third save of the year. Here is the Game Recap.

The GCL Cardinals had an amazing comeback victory to beat the GCL Mets. They scored seven unanswered runs in the eighth inning to win the game 7-3. Ricardo Bautista blasted a grand slam to cap the comeback; it was his first professional home run.

Former Chief Brandon Guyer had a huge game at the plate for Tampa Bay in their 5-2 win over Baltimore. Guyer was three for three with three doubles and a RBI. Former Chief Josh Donaldson legged a RBI triple to add to his three total RBI in Oakland’s win over Miami. Former Chief Josh Harrison was two for three including a walk-off double in the 11th inning in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Mets. Below is the walk-off winner:

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