What a great weekend in the Majors for former Chiefs players. With the weekend callup of Brett Jackson by Arizona and the addition last week of Sam Tuivailala in St. Louis there have now been 44 former Chiefs players on MLB rosters in 2014! Ten of those players made their MLB debuts: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, Justin Bour, Ryan Buchter, Eric Jokisch, Rafael Lopez, Jorge Soler, Matt Szczur and Tuivailala.
It was a great weekend for former Chiefs in the Majors. From the young rookies to the strong veterans, nearly every series in the Majors was impacted by an Ex-Chiefs player. Here are some of the highlights with video (some embedded, and others as links depending on MLB’s permissions) and articles from team websites and beat reporters going in reverse order.
So many highlights from Sunday but we have to start with a Triple Play. Josh Harrison (2008-09) started the 5-4-3 around the horn TP for the Pirates. Ironically the ball was hit by another former Chiefs OF Matt Szczur (2010-11) but more on him later:
In addition to starting the first triple play in PNC Park history, Josh also went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the game. He leads the NL with a .317 batting average.
The main story from the Phillies-Marlins game was the implosion of Philly closer Jonathan Papelbon and his ejection. But that meltdown was keyed by former Chiefs first baseman Justin Bour (2011) who tied the game with a pinch-hit single. The appearance was the first ever in the Majors as a pinch-hitter for Bour and led to the Marlins 4-run 9th inning to beat Papelbon and the Phils.
In Toronto, Tampa Bay earned the win as Chris Archer (2009) delivered nine strikeouts over seven innings, Brandon Guyer (2008) collected three hits and two doubles and Jeff Beliveau (2009-10) earned his first career save.
Out in Seattle, Sam Fuld (2005) and Coco Crisp (2000) helped the A’s beat the Mariners. Crisp had two hits, a double and scored a run. Fuld had a RBI single and as the second batter of the game, went deep!
Yadier Molina (2002) had three hits, a double and scored a run as the Cardinals swept the Rockies.
Brett Jackson (2009) picked up his first MLB At-bat of the 2014 season as a 4th inning pinch-hitter for Arizona. And Robinson Chirinos (2005) went 3-for-5 with two RBI then talked to the Rangers TV network after Texas swept Atlanta:
Back to the Cubs/Pirates game, Matt Szczur capped a great weekend in Pittsburgh by robbing the reigning NL MVP with this fantastic diving catch:
Matt also went 1-for-3, Eric Jokisch (2011) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two and Javy Baez (2012) stole a base.
On Saturday there were six former Chiefs in the Cubs -Pirates game at Matt Szczur hit his first MLB home run!
As you can see at the end of the clip, they had some trouble getting the ball for Matt but eventually did.
Earlier in the game Javy Baez also went deep
but again it was Josh Harrison who stole the show and got the Pirates even as they went on to win the game.
Not many players hit homers off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez in Seattle. but on Saturday Josh Donaldson (2008) sure did:
On Friday night there were NINE former Chiefs who played in the Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh. Baez, Welington Castillo (2007), Arismendy Alcantara (2011), Logan Watkins (2010), Blake Parker (2006/2008), Rafael Lopez (2012), Szczur and Zac Rosscup (2012) with the Cubs and Harrison with Pittsburgh. Jorge Soler (2012) was gone from the Cubs for the weekend on paternity leave.
Harrison was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Baez crushed another baseball:
To cap off this post lets go back to how we started, with defense. Nice catch in Toronto Friday night by Guyer for the Rays!
We didn’t get to know Jorge Soler all that well in 2012, as the then 20-year-old, joined the Peoria Chiefs on August 10 and played in just 20 games. However he made quite the impact on those who saw him play with a .338 average, three homers, five doubles and 15 RBI in those 20 games. He also stole four bases and drew six walks to just six strikeouts. Injured off and on over the two years since, Soler made his MLB debut last night (162nd former Chief in the Majors) for the Cubs, exactly two years after playing in his 14th Midwest League game. In his first at-bat, he did this:
We saw the power with the Chiefs and while they all came on the road, fortunately all three of his Peoria home runs are on YouTube. The first is from my account and includes my Chiefs Radio Network call. The other two are fan videos from Wisconsin and Kane County (Go to 1:45, ball clears the LF deck and lands in the trees):
As for Chiefs in MLB history, Soler is the 7th former Chiefs player to homer in his first at game:
- Hector Villanueva: June 1, 1990 off Ken Dayley at Busch Stadium in his 2nd AB after pinch hitting.
- Alex Cabrera: June 26, 2000 off Yorkis Perez (Hou) in Arizona as a pinch hitter in first MLB At-Bat.
- Keith McDonald: July 4, 2000 off Andy Larkin (Cin) at Busch Stadium as a pinch hitter in first MLB At-Bat
- Eliezer Alfonzo: June 3, 2006 off Orlando Hernandez at Shea Stadium in his 3rd at-bat
- Brandon Guyer: May 6, 2011 off Zach Britton at Camden Yards in 1st at-bat
- Javier Baez: August 5 off Boone Logan at Coors Field in 6th at-bat (12th inning game winner)
- Jorge Soler: August 27 off Mat Latos in Cincinnati in 1st at-bat
Two other Chiefs have homered in their first MLB at-bats but not in their first game*. Both are pitchers:
- Gene Stechschulte: April 17, 2001 off Armando Reynoso (Ari) at Busch Stadium as a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning of a 17-4 Cardinals loss. The homer was in his 26th MLB appearance in his 2nd MLB season. He didn’t even pitch in the game, just batted for Mike James with St. Louis down 15-1.
- Mark Worrell: June 5, 2008 off Tim Redding at Nationals Park. Homered in his 2nd MLB game as a reliever, a 2-run homer in the 6th inning of a 10-9, 10-inning loss. Another former Chief, Joe Mather his his 1st MLB home run in the 10th inning of this game as well.
*Thanks to both Dave Eminian and Kevin Capie of the Peoria Journal Star for providing Associated Press information on the above lists.
Juan Herrera was promoted to Palm Beach following Wednesday’s game, in which he crushed his second home run of the season in front of St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak was in attendance for the Chiefs 7-4 win over Beloit. Below are the highlights from the game with Herrera’s bomb starting them off:
Herrera was acquired in the deal that sent Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians back in 2013. Herrera started out playing for the Indians in the Dominican Summer League where he batted .297 with a homer and 20 RBI in 2011. The following year, Herrera batted .283 with 15 RBI for the Arizona Summer League Indians.
Herrera started out with Mahoning Valley (Cleveland’s Short-A affiliate) and batted .275 with a homer and 11 RBI in 39 games before being traded. Herrera played four games with the State College Spikes before being moved up to Peoria for the remainder of the 2013 season. Herrera batted .271 with four doubles and three RBI in 23 games with the Chiefs that year.
Herrera was named the starting short stop for the Chiefs this year and has proven to be one of the top prospects in the entire organization. Mlb.com currently has Herrera ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the system and the No. 1 infielder.
This season, Herrera batted .274 with a pair of home runs and 56 RBI, which is good for best on the team; he is 10 RBI ahead of Carson Kelly. In 101 games with the Chiefs, Herrera had 104 hits, 22 doubles, and three triples. He had 24 multi-hit games, three of those were three-hit games and one was a four-hit performance, which was good for a career-best. Herrera’s 27 stolen bases were second-best on the team behind CJ McElroy Jr’s 38. Herrera was a Midwest League All Star.
Herrera had a clutch, walk-off hit against the Burlington Bees at home on May 28. The highlights from the victory are shown below:
Herrera has been an intricate part of this 2014 Peoria Chiefs team and he will certainly be missed as we are now in the thick of the race for a wildcard spot. However, we wish Juan the best of luck with Palm Beach and their quest for a playoff spot!
St. Louis won another wild one in ten innings, this time against the Reds. The Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Justin Masterson gave up four runs, including a three-run homer off the bat of Jay Bruce. The Cardinals came back and had a 5-4 lead headed into the ninth thanks to a clutch RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski. Trevor Rosenthal blew his fifth save of the year after giving up a RBI double to Bruce and the game was knotted at five. Jhonny Peralta had the clutch hit in the bottom of the tenth:
The Memphis Redbirds extended their winning streak to nine games after beating El Paso 7-4. Ed Easley fueled the Redbirds by drilling his eighth homer of the year, two doubles, and four RBI. Marco Gonzales improved to 3-1 in a Memphis uniform after allowing two runs off eight hits, walking none, and striking out three over six innings of work. Kevin Siegrist tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance since being optioned to Memphis.
Both Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals suffered a loss on Monday. Johnson City fell to Bristol 6-3 and the GCL Cards took a 4-3 loss to the GCL Mets. Jack Flaherty allowed one run over five innings and received a no decision for the GCL Cards.
Former Chief James Russell tossed two scoreless innings of relief for Atlanta in their win over the Pirates. Former Chief Albert Pujols was one for three with a RBI single as the Angels topped the Red Sox. Former Chief Javier Baez absolutely crushed his fifth home run of the year into the upper deck at Citi Field in the Cubs’ 4-1 win over the Mets.
The parent club narrowly escaped with a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres. Matt Carpenter launched his seventh home run of the season and drove in three runs to help propel the Cardinals offense. Trevor Rosenthal came in to close out the ninth with a three-run lead. Rosenthal managed only one out and had walked the bases loaded before Seth Maness relieved him. After a two-run single by San Diego’s Abraham Almonte, Matt Adams made an incredible diving stop at first and Maness got a fly out to end the game. Adam Wainwright won his 15th game of the year. Check out the Game Recap.
Memphis won their eighth straight game after taking care of El Paso 7-5. Randal Grichuk drilled his 23rd homer for Memphis. It was his 24th overall, which is good for best in the entire Cardinals organization. Tim Cooney won his 12th game of the season, which is most in the Pacific Coast League. Xavier Scruggs was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Read about it here.
Springfield won their fourth consecutive series after beating Midland 5-1. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Charlie Tilson each had a RBI single. Jonathan Cornelius improved to 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA on the year. Below is Stanley’s homer:
Palm Beach suffered a tough 7-6 loss to Fort Myers in 11 innings. Former Chiefs Bruce Caldwell, Mason Katz, and David Washington each had a RBI. Washington hit a RBI double to start the scoring off in the second inning. Former Chief Corey Baker suffered his second loss of the year after allowing three runs off five hits over three and and third innings of work.
State College swept Auburn in their double-header. Former Chief Brett Wiley had a fantastic day. He was a combined 4-8 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI. Former Chief Brandon Lee picked up the win in game one and former Chief Josh Lucas secured the win in game two. Former Chief Robelys Reyes hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in game two. Read about the games here.
Johnson City split their double-header with Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Bristol. Bristol crushed them in game one 14-6 as Steven Farinaro was charged with his fourth loss of the year. In game two, Casey Turgeon spanked his fourth home run of the season and Johnson City won 8-2.
Former Chief Darwin Barney was two for three with a RBI double in the Dodgers loss to Milwaukee. Former Chief Josh Harrison had a pair of hits and a run scored.
It was a huge day for former Chiefs in the majors. They combined to record 15 hits, two doubles, five homers, and eight RBI on Tuesday.
A pair of former Chiefs launched homers for the Cubs in their extra-inning victory over the Rockies.
Welington Castillo drilled a solo shot in the sixth inning to put the Cubs on the board and jump-start the comeback. Castillo finished the night going one for three with a run scored, a homer, a pair of RBI, and two walks. Castillo is batting .236 with eight homers and 32 RBI on the season.
Javier Baez made his MLB debut batting second in the Cubs lineup last night. He struggled to start the game, going hitless in his first five at-bats with three strikeouts. However, his sixth at-bat was the only one that mattered last night:
Albert Pujols, who has the most homers for former Chiefs in the majors, added another one on Tuesday. Pujols deposited his 21st home run of the season over the left field wall to knot the game at four in the eighth inning against the Dodgers. It was his 513th career home run, passing Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for sole possession of 21st place on the all-time home run list. Pujols is batting .277 with 21 homers and 70 RBI thus far in 2014. Below is the game-tying homer:
Robsinon Chirinos belted two homers in Texas’ 16-0 rout of the White Sox. He hit a solo shot in the second to make it 3-0 and added another solo shot in the fifth to make it 9-0. Chirinos finished the day going three for five with three runs scored, two homers, and three RBI. Chirinos is batting .240 with 11 homers and 31 RBI on the season for Texas.
As Greg Maddux goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, here’s a look back at two posts from January (when he was elected) combined into one post as we honor the first former Peoria Chiefs player ever elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, here is a tribute to Greg Maddux by the numbers and with pictures. Congrats Greg!
Start with our 2010 Jersey Retirement ceremony in Peoria:
A look at Maddux by the numbers:
1 – Hits allowed by Maddux against Cedar Rapids on May 14 at home in a rain-shortened six inning game.
2 – Round in which Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in 1984 out of Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV
4 – National League Cy Young Awards won by Maddux and NL ERA titles won.
8 – National League All-Star Selections.
10 – Maddux ranks in the Top 10 on the Chiefs single season list for Wins, Innings Pitched, Starts and Complete Games
12 – Number Maddux wore with the Chiefs in 1985
13 – Wins for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs. He was 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts. Maddux finished fourth in the Midwest League in wins and starts, fifth in innings pitched and 13th in ERA.
18 – Maddux’s age on Opening Day 1985 when he started against Springfield in a 4-1 Peoria home win with a franchise debut record 12 strikeouts over 8 innings of work. The #18 also represents the number of Gold Gloves Maddux won, more than any player to ever play in the Majors.
21 – At-bats for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs (pre-DH). He hit .238 with a double and a RBI.
27 – Starts for Maddux with the Chiefs in 1985
31 – Number he wore in the Major Leagues, retired in Peoria, Chicago and Atlanta.
35 – MLB playoff appearances for Maddux
72 1/3 – NL record in 2001 for Maddux without issuing a walk
95 – Wins for Maddux as a Cub before signing a free agent deal in Atlanta in the winter of 1992.
97.2 – Percent of Hall of Fame ballots with Maddux’s name listed. Tom Seaver (98.8) in 1992 holds the all-time record.
300 – Win #300 came on August 7, 2004 against the San Francisco Giants
355 – Career wins, 8th all-time. One more than Roger Clemens and the most in MLB history since Warren Spahn retired in 1965 with 363.
546 – Career putouts. Most ever for a pitcher in MLB history.
740 – Career starts, 4th all-time.
999 – Career walks. Maddux is one of two pitchers (Fergie Jenkins) with more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks issued.
1986 – Maddux debuted with the Cubs the season after he pitched in Peoria. His MLB debut came in the 17th inning of a September 2 game against Houston when he pinch ran for future Chiefs manager Jody Davis.
1988 – Maddux’s breakout season for the Cubs going 18-8
1992 – The first of four Cy Young Award seasons and the first 20 win season for Maddux.
1995 – The 1995 season was magical for Maddux and the Braves as he won his fourth straight Cy Young Award with one of the best pitching seasons in the last 40 years and the Braves won their first World Series in Atlanta. In 28 starts in 1995, Maddux issued just 23 walks and posted a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA.
2004 – Return to Chicago with a 16-11 season and a 4.02 ERA
2008 – Maddux’s final season. Split between San Diego and Los Angeles, Maddux made his final appearance in Chicago in game one of the NLDS with an inning of work against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He then threw twice in the NLCS against the Phillies, which his final outing in game 5.
2010 – Maddux has his number 31 retired in Peoria on June 11.
3000 – Strikeout #3000 came against the Giants on July 26, 2005
3371 – Career strikeouts, 10th all-time.
Here’s a clip of Maddux pitching from 1985 on WTVP with Ed Hammond on the call:
Looking through my various spreadsheets I was able to get the result of 24 of Greg Maddux’s 1985 Chiefs starts. I didn’t have full box score lines on all of them but an hour with Microfilm at the Peoria Public Library allowed me to get all 27 results and box scores from the Peoria Journal Star archives. So here is the Greg Maddux Game by Game lines from 1985. Also includes an exhibition game in which Maddux pitched for AAA-Iowa against the Cubs, the Midwest League All-Star Game and a post-season start.
Date Result Opponent Line
April 12 W 4-1 vs. Springfield 8ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 12k. Team record K in debut
April 17 L 3-2 at Appleton 6ip, 3h, 3r, 2er, 2bb, 3k, E. Lost on UER.
April 22 W 8-1 vs. Beloit 7ip, 5h, 0er, 4bb, 9k. Win (2-1)
April 28 ND W 6-5 at Springfield 7ip, 7h, 5r, 1bb, 7k. Chiefs win in 9th
May 3 W 3-2 at Springfield CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 2bb, 2k. Double at plate
May 8 W 8-3 vs. Burlington 6.1ip, 6h, 2er, 4k. Win (4-1)
May 14 W 2-1 vs. Cedar Rapids CG 6ip, 1h, 1r, 2bb, 3k. Rain shortened
May 20 L 7-3 at Madison 5.2ip, 10h, 7r, 4er
May 25 W 6-2 vs. Madison CG 9ip, 8h, 2r, 2bb, 6k Win (6-2)
May 30* L 5-1 vs. Chicago 3ip, 3r. First 2 IP Sho. Ron Cey 2r 2b.
June 4 L 3-1 at Quad Cities 7ip, 6h, 3r, 2er, 6k. Dante Bichette 2-3 2b
June 9 W 9-7 at Quad Cities 8.2ip, 9h, 7r, 6er, 5bb, 7k
June 14 L 4-1 at Beloit 7ip, 9h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 6k
June 20 W 9-4 vs. Wisconsin 6.1ip, 10h, 4r, 1bb, 2k
June 25 W 11-6 at Springfield 6.1ip, 9h, 6r, 5er, 1bb, 3k. 3-4, rbi
June 30 W 4-1 vs. Cedar Rapids CG 9ip, 5h, 1r, 0bb, 8k
July 5 W 12-2 at Waterloo CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 3bb, 6k
July 8** ND L 4-2 Midwest League 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 0k
July 13 ND W 5-4 vs. Madison 5ip, 7h, 4r, 3bb, 3k
July 18 ND L 4-2 (12) at Madison 8.1ip, 7h, 2r, 1er, 0bb, 2k
July 23 L 8-7 vs. Quad Cities 4.1ip, 7h, 6r, 3bb, 2k. QC scored 6 in 4th
July 28 W 6-2 at Burlington 6.1ip, 5h, 2r, 2bb, 4k
Aug 2 L 1-0 vs. Clinton 8ip, 7h, 1r, 2bb, 3k
Aug 7 L 4-1 vs. Wausau 6ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 3bb, 6k. Mickey Mantle in att
Aug 13 G2 ND L 3-2 at Wausau 5.2ip, 6h, 2r, 1er, 4bb, 1k
Aug 18 W 8-3 at Clinton 5.2ip, 6h, 1r, 2bb, 6k Win (13-7) last win
Aug 23 L 5-4 at Burlington 6.1ip, 7h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 1k
Aug 28 ND W 9-8 vs. Quad Cities 5ip, 9h, 5er, 4k. Chiefs clinch Division title
Sept 2 L 4-1 vs. Quad Cities CG 9ip, 3h, 4r, 0er, 2bb, 5k
Sept 7*** L 5-3 vs. Kenosha 4.1ip, 8h, 5r, 1k. Game 2 MWL Finals
*exhibition game between the Iowa Cubs & Chicago Cubs in Des Moines, IA
**Midwest League All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids, IA
***Midwest League Finals Game 2 vs. Kenosha
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.
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.
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.
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!