In today’s Alumni Report we take a look at former Syracuse pitcher Ryan Glynn who is playing for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan.
Glynn currently ranks 4th in the Central League with a 2.25 ERA and has a record of 9-7. He has made 20 starts pitching 136 innings, walking 27 and striking out 36. Earlier this season Glynn won seven straight decisions including going 5-0 in Interleague Play and being named the Interleague MVP. For that honor he earned a bonus of two million yen, which according to this currency translator is equal to a little over $17,000 dollars.
Glynn is in his second year in Japan. Last season he went 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles.
The right-hander from Virgina Military Institute spent part of both the 2004 and 2005 seasons in Syracuse. He was signed as a Minor League free agent in 2004 after being released by the Richmond Braves. That season he went on to go 7-2 with a 3.40 ERA for Syracuse. He re-signed with Syracuse in 2005 and was 2-4 with a 6.27 ERA before being traded to the Oakland Athletics for cash.
Other former Syracuse players currently on rosters in Japan include Tom Davey (’99), Geremi Gonzalez (’07), Michael Nakamura (’04) and Kevin Witt (’98-’00).
In this week’s Alumni Report we take a look at Former Syracuse catcher Kevin Cash.
Cash had his contact purchased by the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after Doug Mirabelli was placed on the DL. He was immediately placed in the lineup on Sunday and also started last night, catching knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He will continue to be Wakefield’s personal catcher until Mirabelli returns.
In 59 games for Pawtucket this season Cash hit just .159 but did hit 7 HR and drive home 25 runs. He was the back-up in Pawtucket to George Kottaras, whom the Red Sox chose to keep in Pawtucket playing on a regular basis. Also helping Cash was he is the better defensive catcher and often caught Pawtucket’s two knuckleballers Charlie Zink and John Barnes.
He was originally signed by the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free-agent out of Florida State where he was an infielder. While playing in the Cape Cod League in 1999 both catchers on Cash’s team were injured and he voluntered to play the position. In his first inning catching he threw out two baserunners and it just so happened that Blue Jays scout Tim Wilken was in attendance.
He was the first of many former infielders the Jays converted to catchers (Joe Lawrence, Curtis Thigpen, Robinzon Diaz). He has become a solid defensive catcher, in 2004 he threw out 42.4% of base stealers when the Major league average was 25.5%, but while concentrating on defense his offensive numbers have declined.
The 30-year old spent two seasons in Syracuse and was the SkyChiefs selection to the All-Star game in 2003. He hit .270 with 28 doubles, 8 HR and 37 RBI in 93 games that year and was promoted to Toronto on August 11th. He started 32 of the Jays final 44 games to finish the season.
In 2004 he was the Jays Opening Day catcher before going on the DL at the end of May. While on the DL Greg Zaun took over the everyday catching duties and when Cash returned he was the backup. After the 2004 season Cash was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for pitcher Chad Gaudin.
He spent the majority of the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Triple-A Durham. He appeared in 13 games for the Devil Rays in 2005 making 10 starts. He signed with the Red Sox as a Minor League free agent before the 2007 season.
In this week’s Alumni Report we take at former Syracuse outfielder Jayson Werth (’02-’03).
After recovering from a stint on the DL in July with an injured wrist, Werth is taking advantage of injuries to outfielders Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn. In 10 August games he is hitting .294 with a home run and 8 RBI.
The 6’5″ outfielder was signed by the Phillies to a one-year contract this off-season after spending the last two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was traded to the Dodgers during Spring Training of ’04 for reliever Jason Frasor. That season Werth hit .262 with 16 HR and 47 RBI in 89 games. He followed that up playing in 102 games in ’05 hitting .234 with 7 HR and 43 RBI before seeing his season ending wrist injury which sidelined him through the whole 2006 season as well.
A native of Springfield, Illinois Werth was originally selected out of Glenwood High School by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round, 22nd overall, of the 1997 draft as a catcher. He was traded to the Jays on December 11, 2000 for John Bale.
In 2002 for the SkyChiefs Werth hit .257 with 18 HR, 80 RBI and 24 SB in 127 games. He made his Major League debut for Toronto that season on September 1st against the Yankees and collected his first Major League hit off of David Wells.
In this week’s Alumni Report we take a look at former Syracuse players in the Triple-A Mexican League. The regular season ended on July 31st and the playoffs are currently underway.
(Year(s)) with Syracuse
Nerio Rodriguez (’99) tied with Jose Lima for the Mexican League lead with 13 wins and finished 4th in the league with 93 strikeouts and 146.1 innings pitched. He finished the regular season 13-3 with a 2.64 ERA in 22 starts.
Anton French (’04-’05) appeared in 14 games for the Potros hitting .175 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 5 SB.
42 year old Julian Yan (’93-’94) finished the regular season 2nd in the league with 30 HR, tied for 3rd with 55 extra base hits and fourth with 90 RBI. He hit .291 in 106 games with 25 doubles and just for good measure he stole 8 bases.
Willis Otanez (’00) finished 8th in the league with a .362 batting average while hitting 21 HR and driving home 89 in 100 games.
In this week’s Alumni Report we take a look at John Bale.
Bale pitched for the SkyChiefs during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. After three seasons pitching in Japan, Bale signed with the Kansas City Royals this season but was injured during Spring Training and has just started pitching for KC in the past few weeks.
Besides a rough outing last week against the Yankees in which he walked 6 batters, Bale has been effective out of the Royals bullpen. He enters play today having made 4 appearances spanning 6.1 innings and has given up just one run.
Following up on last week’s Alumni Report, former Chiefs outfielder Gabe Gross has appeared in 8 games for Triple-A Nashville and is hitting .300 (9-30) with 5 runs scored and 2 RBI.
With football training camps underway former Chiefs infielder Chris Weinke (’95-’96) finds himself unemployed after spending six seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Also currently unemployed is former Chiefs “Bat Boy For a Day” Brady Quinn who through 4 days of Cleveland Browns training camp remains a holdout. Quinn who is friends with IL President Randy Mobley’s son, Taylor, attend a Chiefs game in August of 1995.
As far as Syracuse alumni to report on this week, most of the news was bad news.
Gabe Gross (’03-’05) was optioned by the Brewers to Triple-A Nashville last Thursday. Gabe had appeared in 55 games this season and was hitting .202 with 4 HR and 9 RBI.
Gross was Traded by the Blue Jays along with Dave Bush and Zach Jackson for Lyle Overbay and spent all of the 2006 season in the bigs where he hit .274 with 9 HR and 38 RBI in 117 games.
For Gross it will mark his first time in the minors in nearly 2 years. Gabe’s last Minor League at-bat came for the SkyChiefs at Pawtucket on August 31, 2005.
Gabe is taking everything with a great attitude and looking forward to being a regular in the lineup.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to go down and get some at-bats,” said Gross, 27. “It’s been two years since I’ve been able to play every day, so that’s going to be nice. I’m looking forward to waking up every day knowing my name is going to be in the lineup.”
The outfield situation in Milwaukee is pretty crowded both now and in the future. Former Infielder Bill Hall is now the Brewers Center-fielder and is signed through 2010. With Hall currently on the DL, Tony Gwynn Jr. has played in center and is hitting .275 with 8 SB in 58 games. The Brewers could move Hall to left field next season to make room for Gwynn JR. 25-year old Corey Hart (.284-14-40 with 16 SB) has emerged as a solid option in Right field. The current left field platoon of Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench both have expiring contracts at the end of the season and with the emergence of young talent in the outfield will probably not be re-signed.
Gross will certainly be called back up in September if not sooner and will be in the mix as a reserve outfielder next season if Jenkins and Mench are not brought back. If Gross wants to be an everyday player in the Big Leagues, the time is now to showcase his talents for other teams.
“I have never been more confident in my ability to play every day,” Gross said. “I feel like if you put me in the lineup on the first of April and take me out the first of October, that my numbers won’t just be adequate, they’ll be very good. I have to convince somebody to give me that opportunity.”
In other alumni news, former SkyChiefs shortstop Cesar Izturis was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later. Izturis is reunited with Jim Tracy, who managed Cesar in Los Angeles.
Pittsburgh pitcher John Wasdin who was 1-1, 5.95 in 12 appearances (’03) was outrighted to Indianapolis.
Former SkyChiefs catcher Jason Phillips was released when the Jays called up Curtis Thigpen.
In today’s Alumni Report Inside the Chiefs takes a look at former Syracuse players currently on the rosters of teams in the Pacific Coast League.
(Year(s) in Syracuse), Statistics as of 7/16/07
ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES, FLORIDA MARLINS
FRESNO GRIZZLIES, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
IF Luis Figueroa (’06) is back in Triple-A after a cup of coffee with the Giants. “Figgy” is hitting .295 with 1 HR and 27 RBI in 72 games.
IOWA CUBS, CHICAGO CUBS
C Mike Mahoney (’06) has appeared in just 10 games and is hitting .158. Pitcher Ben Howard (’06) is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games. Pitcher Mike Nannini has appeared in 3 games and has a 3.38 ERA.
LAS VEGAS, LA DODGERS
C Ken Huckaby (’02-’03, ’05) has appeared in 53 games and is hitting .269 with 1 HR and 26 RBI. Pitcher Spike Lundberg (’05) has made 23 appearances including 11 starts and is 5-4 with a 6.03 ERA.
MEMPHIS RED BIRDS, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Pitcher Mike Smith(’02-’04) is 8-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 appearances including 16 starts and is in the Top 10 in the league with 81 strikeouts. Pitcher Hugo Castellanos (’02) is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 24 appearances.
NASHVILLE SOUNDS, MILWAUKEE BREWERS
NEW ORLEANS, NY METS
IF Jason Alfaro (’05) is hitting .254 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 56 games.
OKLAHOMA RED HAWKS, TEXAS RANGERS
Catcher Guillermo Quiroz (’02, ’04-’05) is hitting .283 Whit 3 HR and 21 RBI in 46 games. Pitcher Chris Baker (’02-’05) has pitched in 8 games including 4 starts and is 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.
PORTLAND BEAVERS, SAN DIEGO PADRES
Syracuse native Scott Cassidy (’98, ’01-’03) has made 20 appearances and is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 6 saves. Adrian Burnside (’05-’06) is Cassidy’s bullpen mate and has appeared in 9 games with a 2.79 ERA.
TACOMA RAINERS, SEATTLE MARINERS
Tomo Ohka (’07) is already in his third stop this season. After being released by the Jays Ohka pitched in 3 games for the Memphis Red Birds (0-2, 6.87) and now is with Tacoma where he pithead once and let up 10 ER in 5.1 innings.
TUCSON SIDEWINDERS, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Speedy OF Rich Thompson (’01, ’03) is hitting .294 with 3 triples 1 HR and 28 RBI and has swiped 8 bags.
As Major League Baseball takes centerstage tonight in San Francisco, today’s Alumni Report takes a look at former Syracuse players that played in the majors for teams other than the Blue Jays during the first half of the season and how they performed.
(YEARS IN SYRACUSE)
Right-handed pitcher Chad Gaudin (’05) was one of baseball’s biggest sup rises during the first half of the season. Gaudin, who spent the ’06 season in the Oakland bullpen, was elevated to starter status with an injury to Esteban Loaiza and ended up finishing the first half with an ERA of 2.88, which ranked him 8th among all Major League pitchers. The Louisiana native also went 8-3 and struck out 68 batters in his 18 starts.
Outfielder Shannon Stewart had a solid first half hitting .309 with 7 HR, 26 RBI and 8 SB.
Right-handed pitcher Gary Glover (’99-’00) appeared in 36 games for the Rays going 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA.
Casey Blake is putting together one of his best seasons for the Tribe as he returned to his normal position at 3B after spending the last few season in the outfield. Blake is hitting .276 with 14 HR, 21 doubles and 48 RBI.
Catcher Adam Melhuse (’97-’99) began the season in Oakland but was traded to Texas about a month ago. Combined this season Melhuse has appeared in 21 games and is hitting .273 with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Infielder Desi Relaford (’05) appeared in 6 games and was 3-15 at the plate. Pitcher Bruce Chen (’04) pitched in 5 games, was not involved in a decision and had a 7.20 ERA.
Eric Hinske (’03) has appeared in 45 games for the Sox and is hitting just .193 with 3 HR and 11 RBI but his diving catch in right-field did rank as one of the top plays of the first half on Baseball Tonight. The Sox bullpen is anchored by two former Syracuse pitchers, Mike Timlin (’92, ’95) and Brendan Donnelly (’99-’00). Timlin has appeared in 22 games going 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA and 1 saves while Donnelly has also appeared in 22 games going 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA.
Former Chiefs closer Aquillino Lopez (’04) appeared in 6 games for the Tigers going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA.
Veteran utility-man Miguel Cairo (’96) is having a solid season in the Bronx hitting .263 with 10 RBI and 7 SB in 44 games. Josh Phelps (’02-’03) beat out Andy Phillips for the right-handed platoon spot at 1B and hit .263 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 36 games before being traded to the Pirates.
Veteran pitcher Woody Williams (’90-’96) is 4-10 with a 5.34 ERA in 19 starts allowing 34 walks while striking out 58 opponents.
Infielder Chris Woodward (’98-’01) has appeared in 54 games and his hitting .219 with 1 HR and 7 RBI for former Chiefs player and manger Bobby Cox (’70, ’73-’76 MGR).
Outfielder Gabe Gross (’03-’05) has appeared in 50 games for the Brew Crew hitting .200 with 3 HR and 7 RBI and has 15 BB while striking out just 18 times. Starter Dave Bush (’04-’05) is 7-7 with a 4.86 ERA in 18 appearances including 17 starts.
Chris Carpenter (’97, ’02) was inked Opening Day and has been on the DL since.
NL All-Star Orlando Hudson (’01-’02) is hitting .296 with 20 doubles, 5 triples, and 47 RBI in 89 games. Reliever Brandon Lyon (’01-’02) has appeared in 41 games and is 5-3 with 2 saves and a 2.36 ERA.
2B Jeff Kent (’92) is hitting .279 with 10 HR, 18 doubles and 41 RBI in 81 games. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson (’01-’03) has appeared in 21 games, 10 starts, and is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA, walking 23 opponents and striking out 64.
Reliever Vinnie Chulk (’01-’04, ’06) has appeared in 35 games and is 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA. Infielder Luis Figueroa (’06) went 1-5 at the plate while appearing in 6 games.
Have Tattoo’s Will Travel. Reliever Justin Miller (’02, ’04-’05) began the season with AAA Ottawa before being released at the end of April. He was picked up by the Marlins and assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque before being promoted to the Marlins. For the Fish he is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA, 8 BB and 27 K in 25 appearances.
Carlos Delgado (’91, ’94-’95, ’98, ’04) is hitting .242 with 22 doubles, 14 HR and 49 RBI in 83 games for the Mets while best-friend Shawn Green (’94) is hitting .275 with 18 doubles, 7 HR and 27 RBI in 71 games.
Infielder Felipe Lopez (’01-’02) is hitting .242 with 4 HR, 32 RBI and 11 SB in 82 games.
David “Boomer” Wells (’86-’88) is 4-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts registering 55 K and 25 BB.
OF Jayson Werth (’02-’03) is hitting .235 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 42 games for the Phillies. Reliever Francisco Rosario who was acquired at the end of Spring Training has appeared in 18 games and is 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA.
Since being acquired from the Yankees Josh Phelps (’02-’03) has appeared in 6 games and is 4-11 at the plate.
Closer David Weathers (’92) has registered 17 saves and is 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 37 appearances. Utility-man Ryan Freel (’98-’01) spent most of the last two months on the DL after a violent collision with a teammate in the outfield. Freel appeared in 54 games and hit .258 with 2 HR, 12 RBI and 10 SB. Dewayne Wise (’01, ’03) appeared in 5 games and was 1-5 with a triple.
In other Reds Notes last week former SkyChiefs Manager Pat Kelly (’99-’00) was promoted from Manager of the Gulf Coast League Reds to the Bench Coach for the Reds.
Two former Syracuse players were selected to play in this year’s All-Star game in San Francisco. Outfielder Alex Rios was selected to his second All-Star game while 2B Orlando Hudson was selected to his first All-Star game.
Entering play today Rios is hitting .288 with 17 HR, 46 RBI and 8 SB. 12 of Rios long balls have come from the leadoff spot this season where he has filled in admirably for the injured Reed Johnson. Only the Indians Grady Sizemore has more home runs, 13, than Rios from the leadoff spot this season.
Rios was selected to play in last year’s game but was unable to play due to a staph infection in his foot.
The O-Dog will be playing in his first All-Star game. Entering play today Hudson is hitting .299 with 7 HR and 46 RBI. While Hudson has always been noted for his defensive abilities, including two Gold Gloves, this year has been a breakout-year for Orlando at the plate.
Pitcher Roy Halladay, who missed two weeks of the season, is still in the running to make the AL squad as part of MLB.com’s final vote.
Other former Syracuse players who are not playing but should have received strong consideration include Oakland pitcher Chad Gaudin, who ranks 4th in the AL in ERA, and Toronto 2B Aaron Hill, who leads all AL 2B with 46 RBI.
This week’s edition of the alumni report focuses on Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox who played for the 1970 Chiefs and then managed in Syracuse from 1973-76.
Cox tied a Major League record on Saturday after being ejected for the 131st time in his career. Cox tied Hall of Fame Manger John McGraw who had 14 of his 131 ejections as a player while Cox was never ejected as a Major League Player.
Interestingly enough Cox was ejected by Chad Fairchild who is normally an umpire in the Internationally League but is one of the select few umpires who are promoted to the Majors when regular umpires are on vacation.
In other alumni news if you happen to watch the Yankees series versus the Giants this weekend you probably saw infielder Luis Figueroa and pitcher Vinnie Chulk who both played in Syracuse last year.
Figueroa signed with the Giants as a Minor League free agent this off-season and was promoted to the big club on June 18th after hitting .310 for Triple-A Fresno. For the Giants he has appeared in 6 games and is 1-5 at the plate.
Chulk was traded to the Giants last year along with Shea Hillenbrand in exchange for current Jays closer Jeremy Accardo. Vinnie registered the victory in the extra innings game on Saturday and is now 3-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 33 appearances this season.