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Interview with Chris Perry

The 2014 Chiefs player interviews continue today with RHP Chris Perry. In case you missed any of the earlier posts, catch interviews with Rob Kaminsky, Carson KellyMason Katz and Jimmy Reed. Hoping to add to this list over the next week. Let me know in the comments who else you want to hear from!

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.

Here is the interview of Perry from this week:

More on Perry’s 2014 season with Peoria

At the time of his promotion on July 6, Perry ranked 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.

Perry closes out Kane County by striking out the side in the 9th (Starts at 2:40)

The on-field pregame interview with Perry from May 20

Photo Gallery of Chris Perry

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An Interview with Mason Katz

Today our interview series continues as I chat with 2014 Chiefs infielder Mason Katz. If you missed the first two parts of the series take a listen to interviews with Rob Kaminsky and Carson Kelly. Up next this week are Jimmy Reed, Chris Perry and Alex Reyes.

Katz played in 75 games for the Chiefs in 2014 and led the team in home runs with 14. He had a team-high 43 RBI and 26 extra-base hits at the time of his July 1 promotion to Palm Beach. Katz hit .212 with 29 walks and a .432 slugging percentage in Peoria while starting 49 games at second base and 27 at first base. As you’ll hear in the interview, there is a new position in the works for Mason in 2015. A fourth round pick out of LSU in 2013, Kats hit six homers and drove in 28 more runs in Palm Beach. In 49 games in the Florida State League he batted .276 and slugged .442.

Here is my phone interview with Mason Katz: 

Mason Katz walk-off home run against Clinton June 15:

The double play Mason references in the interview

Katz hit HR 13 and 14 on June 29

Diving Catch at first

Pregame Interview from May

2014 Photo Gallery

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Chiefs Playoff Race Update…Monday Edition

There are six teams in the 2nd half playoff race for two spots. Here is a schedule matrix for what each team has left:

a 12 a 14-16 a 17-20 a 21-23 a 24-27 a 28-30 a 31-s2 H R
Burlington v. Bel v. KC at QC at Peo v. QC at Bel v. Wis 11 10
Clinton v. Peo v. QC at KC v. Wis at Bel at Peo v. CR 10 11
Kane County v. CR at Bur v. Cli v Bel at Wis at CR v. Peo 11 10
Peoria at Cli at Wis v. CR v. BUR at CR v. CLI at KC 10 11
Quad Cities v. Wis at Cli v. Bur v. CR at Bur at Wis v. Bel 11 10
Wisconsin at QC v. Peo at Bel at Cli v. KC v. QC at Bur 10 11

And here are the standings heading into Monday’s game.

W L Pct GB  Wild Card Games Left
Quad Cities 30 18 0.625  —  — 21
Peoria 25 24 0.510 5.5  — 21
Clinton 23 26 0.469 7.5 2 21
Wisconsin 21 28 0.428 9.5 4 21
Burlington 19 30 0.387 11.5 6 21
Kane County 17 31 0.354 13.0 7.5 21

Quad Cities and Kane County had a game rained out that will NOT be made up. The Chiefs hold the tiebreaker over Quad Cities and Wisconsin while currently leading the season series against Burlington and Kane County but trailing against Clinton.

The Chiefs do have 8 games against Cedar Rapids, the best record in the West all season, but the other 13 games left are against teams behind Peoria in the standings. The Chiefs are 7-5 against Cedar Rapids in 2013, 2-1 at home and 5-4 in Iowa.

We all know the St. Louis Cardinals are in the National League playoff race and currently lead the Wild Card race by 7.5 games (+2 on Cincinnati for the top spot). But in case you haven’t looked at all Minor League Standings, check this out:

Memphis Redbirds – AAA Pacific Coast League – 2nd place, 1 game back
Springfield Cardinals – AA Texas League – In a 3-way tie for 1st place
Palm Beach Cardinals – A+ Florida State League – Tied for 1st place
State College Spikes – SS NY-Penn League – 2nd place, 2 games back, Lead Wild Card
Johnson City Cardinals – Rookie Ball Appalachian League – 3rd place
GCL Cardinals – Rookie Gulf Coast League – 2nd place

All of the Cardinals affiliates are in a top 3 spot, though Johnson City and GCL Cardinals have long shots to make the playoffs as they are both at least seven games back. It is very possible that come September, the Cardinals will have multiple MiLB teams in the post-season and could realistically have as many as five along with the parent club. It is going to be a fun three weeks following all these races!

Tonight is a big game for the Chiefs finishing the series in Clinton. Peoria has done well in 2013 in the rubber match of a 3-game series going 6-2 (3-2 on the road). Tune in online or through the smartphone Apps and TuneIn Radio as we go on the air at 6:45. As always you can follow on twitter as well. Have a great Monday!