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.
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.
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
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
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|
|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|
|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.
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 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.
|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|
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.
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 (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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
|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|
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).
|18||Greg Maddux||P||1990-2002 & 2004-08|
|7||Devon White||OF||1988-89 & 1991-95|
|4||Mark Grace||1B||1992-93 & 1995-96|
|3||Placido Polanco||2B/3B||2007, 2009 & 2011|
|2||Albert Pujols||1B||2006 & 2010|
- 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)
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 A’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!
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. With 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.
Two 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.