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Tuesday Lineup & Starting Pitchers

Almost a copy of opening night with Rohan and Jones switched defensively and in lineup slot. Lee is back after a night off.

1. Hak-Ju Lee SS
2. Logan Watkins 2B
3. Matt Cerda 3B
4. Greg Rohan LF
5. Justin Bour 1B
6. Jovan Rosa C
7. Richard Jones DH
8. Alvaro Ramirez RF
9. Jose Valdez CF
SP Rob Whitenack RHP

Likely see Beliveau or Quezada out of the pen tonight. Grife and Latham can both go if the Chiefs are leading late. Hopefully some offense breaking out tonight but a tough hurler in Beloit opening day starter Liam Hendriks.

Here is what I have on Whitenack and Hendriks.

Hendriks: RH Liam Hendriks takes the mound tonight for Beloit in his second start of the season. He threwfive shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven on Thursday in a no-decision at Cedar Rapids. Last season he joined Beloit on July 8 and went 3-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 MWL starts. In three Rookie Ball outings with Elizabethton he was 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA last season. The Perth, Australia native signed with the Twins in Feb 2007 and missed all of 2008 with a nerve injury in his right arm. The 21 year-old attended Sacred Heart College in Australia and pitched for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He pitched twice, both against Mexico, and allowed two runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings. The Chiefs beat Hendriks 7-2 at Pohlman Field on August 6, 2009 with four runs on eight hits over six innings. He allowed a home run to Junior Lake and the only current Chiefs player to face Hendriks is Jovan Rosa who was 0-for-3 in that contest.

Whitenack:

Last Time Out: Whitenack allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in his
first start of the season on Thursday at Clinton. He struck out three and did
not issue a walk while picking up his first career win.

Open It Up: Whitenack
earned the Chiefs opening day start with a great spring training.

White-Knuckler: Whitenack features a knuckle-curve making him the first Chiefs hurler
in at least eight years to throw any type of knuckle ball.

Trend-Setter: Whitenack
was the first player in SUNY-Old Westbury history to be drafted and the first
of 19 Division III players drafted last June
.

Background: A
21-year-old native of North Massapequa, NY, Whitenack graduated from
Plainedge High School and had his number 10 retired by SUNY-Old Westbury. As
a junior last season for Old Westbury he was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA while being
named the ECAC Pitcher of the Year.

VS. Beloit: Whitenack
has never faced the Snapper
s

VS. Twins: Whitenack
has never faced a Minnesota affiliate
.

Strong Starter: Whitenack allowed just two earned runs in the first inning of his 12
starts last season in Boise and only five more in the second innings. His ERA
jumped from 2.25 to 7.30 in the third inning and then 9.35 in the fourth
innings of games.

Opening Day Pitching Matchup

A pair of collegiate, 8th round draftees from the Northeast will duel
on Opening Day as the Peoria Chiefs travel to Iowa and face the Clinton
LumberKings in the opener of a three-game series. RH Rob Whitenack will
start for the Chiefs against LH Jimmy Gillheeney for the LumberKings.

Whitenack, 21, was drafted by the Cubs in the 8th round last June out
of SUNY-Old Westbury as the first Division III player selected. A
two-time Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year, Whitenack was 0-4 last
season for Boise in 12 starts and 15 total outings.

Whitenack_Interview.jpgGillheeney is a native of Rhode Island and was an 8th round pick last June by the Mariners out of North Carolina State. He spent the 2009 season with Rookie-A Pulaski going 0-3 with a 4.84 ERA in six games and four starts. Before heading to NC State, Gillheeney was a high school teammate of Chiefs lefty Jeff Belliveau at Hendricken High in Warsaw, RI, the alma mater of Rocco Baldelli.

Next Two Bios: Robert Whitenack and Nick Struck

Whitenack
began his professional career with the Boise Hawks last June after being
drafted in the eighth round out of SUNY- Old Westbury. He struck out 33 batters
over 54 1/3 innings and allowed just one homer while featuring a knuckle-curve.
Whitenack appeared in 15 games and started 12 including a stretch from June 28
to August 26 where he started exclusively. The right-hander struck
out a
career-high four batters July 14 against Vancouver and matched that total two
more times. On three occasions last season Whitenack went five innings and left
with a lead but the Hawks couldn’t hold on to get him a win. He tossed a
career-best six innings on August 21 against Yakima while allowing one run on
three hits. Whitenack was the fi
rst
baseball player ever drafted from SUNY Old Westbury and is the school’s
single-season strikeout leader with 79 in 67.1 innings. As a junior last season
for Old Westbury he was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA while being named the ECAC Pitcher
of the Year. He was the first of 19 Division-III players drafted in 2009 after
leading his Panthers to a 27-13 record last season. Whitenack tossed a
14-strikeout n
o-hitter in 2008 against Polytechnic Institute of NYU and was a
two time Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year. A 21-year-old native of North
Massapequa, NY, Whitenack graduated from Plainedge High School and had his
number 10 retired by SUNY-Old Westbury


Struck
was drafted by the Cubs in the 39th round of the 2009 draft out of
Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR. He was 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA at Mt.
Hood as a freshman in 2009 earning NWAACC first-team honors and leading the
school to a 26-4 overall record. The former Clackamas High School star turned down
a scholarship offer to pitch at the University of Hawaii in order to sign with
the Cubs in August. Struck was the 2008 Oregon 6A Player of the Year while
leading Clackamas to its first state title in any sport in 2009 while also
playing shortstop on days when he didn’t pitch. He was 12-1 with a 1.08 ERA as
a senior at CHS while striking out 119 and walking 11 in 84 1/3 innings. Struck
also led the team in hitting (.455), RBI (45) and extra-base hits (21). Struck
pitched for the Portland Lobos in the West Coast League last summer going 5-1
with a 1.10 ERA while also hitting .400 as a second baseman for the league
champions.

               

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