Former Chiefs Weekly Update

This is our latest blog installment, which entails a weekly update highlighting former Chiefs in both the majors and the minors, whom have put together a noteworthy week in baseball.

MLB

Yadier Molina (2002) – Molina has definitely found his stroke as he has bumped his average all the way up to .290 this season. In the past week, Molina batted .391 with a run scored, a double, and looks to continue swinging a hot bat as the Cardinals head to New York for a series with the NL East leading Mets.

Albert Pujols (2000) – Pujols batted .238 with two runs scored, two doubles, a homer, and two RBI this past week. That homer was Pujols’ sixth of the season, but more importantly, it was his 526th of his career. Pujols is now only eight homers away from tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all time homerun list.

Chris Archer - 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer – 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer (2009) – Archer went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts this past week. He walked only two batters and fanned 12 over 13 innings of work. Archer is 4-4 with a 2.47 ERA on the season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Triple-A

Donnie Veal (2006) – Veal made three appearances this past week for Gwinnett (Braves) and did not allow a baserunner in either. Veal has yet to yield an earned run so far this season over 12 1/3 innings pitched.

Javier Baez (2012) – Baez batted .400 with a homer and seven RBI this past week and has raised his average to .299 on the season. Baez is heating up and making a good case to make his 2015 season debut with the Cubs soon.

Rubi Silva (2011) – Baez’s teammate batted .400 with four runs scored, a homer, and four RBI this past week for Iowa. Silva is batting .258 in his first season at the Triple-A level.

Alberto Cabrera (2008-09) – In three appearances this past week, Cabrera did not yield a baserunner, collected two saves, and struck out four. Cabrera is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, six walks, and 20 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings for Toledo (Detroit).

Marcos Mateo (2008) – Mateo allowed no runs off two hits, walked one, and struck out four over four and a third innings pitched this week. Mateo is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA, five walks, and 24 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings for El Paso (Padres).

Marcus Hatley (2008-11) – In his first season in the Cardinals organization, Hatley is impressing. Hatley allowed no runs off three hits, walked two, and struck out four over six and two thirds innings of relief this past week and has an ERA of 1.64 on the year for Memphis.

Brett Jackson (2009) – Jackson has been tearing it up this week batting .400 with a pair of homers and four RBI for Sacramento (Giants). Jackson has raised his average to .303 on the season.

Double-A

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

Tyrell Jenkins (2013) – Jenkins made two starts this week and went 1-0 after allowing one run off 10 hits, walked five, and struck out seven over 14 innings of work for Mississippi (Braves). Jenkins was involved in the trade that brought Jason Hayward to St. Louis.

Michael Jensen (2012) – Jensen tossed three scoreless appearances this week and struck out four. Jensen is 1-1 with an astounding 0.48 ERA, seven walks, and 19 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings of work this season for Tennessee (Cubs).

Chris Thomas (2014) – Thomas allowed no runs off one hit, walked three, and struck out five over four and two thirds innings of work this week for Springfield (Cardinals).

Advanced-A

Pin-Chieh Chen (2012) – Chen batted a red-hot .421 with his second homer of the season and four RBI this past week for Myrtle Beach (Cubs). Chen is batting .284 with 16 RBI on the season.

Josh Lucas (2014) – Lucas made three scoreless relief appearances this past week. Lucas allowed five hits, no walks, and fanned three batters. Lucas is now 2-1 with a team-best 0.41 ERA for Palm Beach (Cardinals).

Alex Reyes (2014) – One of the Cardinals hottest pitching prospects put together another solid two starts this week. Reyes allowed a combined three runs off two hits, walked six, and struck out 17 over only nine innings of work in his two starts for Palm Beach.

Former Chief of the Week

Josh Harrison (2008-09) – Harrison has been on fire this week, batting .480 with seven runs scored, three doubles, a pair of homers, and four RBI for the Pirates. After an extremely slow start to the season, Harrison seems to be on his way to returning to All-Star form.

Here is Harrison’s homer on Friday against the Cubs and former Chiefs pitcher Jason Motte:

Here is Harrison’s three-run blast from Tuesday:

Chiefs Fall to Beloit in Series Finale

The Chiefs couldn’t complete the comeback two days in a row as they lost to Beloit 8-5 in the final game of the three-game set. Alex DeLeon was two for four with a double and a RBI. Check out the Game Recap.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Chiefs Stun Beloit in Comeback Fashion

The Peoria Chiefs were down 6-1 at one point during the game; Collin Radack, and company, had other plans. Radack drilled a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Chiefs to an 8-6 victory Saturday night. Read all about it in the recap.

Check out the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Check out what Radack had to say after the game:

Chiefs shutout Beloit 6-0 on Friday

In case you missed it last night, the Peoria Chiefs waited out an hour and a half rain delay to shutdown the Beloit Snappers 6-0 in the opening game of an eight-game homestand.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Dylan Corbet caught up with Danny Diekroeger after the game to get his thoughts on the game:

Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian took an in-depth look at one of the hottest bats in the Chiefs lineup this season, Collin Radack.

April 10 Pregame Notes

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

Here are the video highlights from last night

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Opening Day Baseball, Game Notes & Lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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