The Washington Nationals continue to add pitching today claiming lefthander Gary Lee Hyde off the Atlanta Braves roster and optiioned him to AAA-Syracuse.
Hyde, 26, split last season between AA-Mississippi and AAA-Gwinnett, two cities with the most double letters combined -5. He was 2-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 29 games and recorded 8 saves before a July promotion to AAA-Gwinnett where he went 2-3 with a 4.29 ERA in 22 games.
The native of Atlanta, Georgia was the Braves 4th selection in the 2006 June draft by current Nationals Director of Scouting Roy Clark. He missed much of the 2007 season and part of the 2008 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Lee joins lefties Attie Severino, Matt Chico and Ron Villone in the Chiefs camp.
In other news former New York Mets lefthander Oliver Perez signed a minor league contract with the Nationals today and joined them in their minor league complex in Viera, Florida.
Perez, 29, has spent the past two years with the Mets. He has also pitched for the Pirates and will work with his former pitching coach and current Nationals Minor League pitching instructor Spin Williams.
With the Mets paying all of Perez’s 12 million dollar salary this season, the Nationals believe that if Williams can work his magic with the fallen pitcher it will be worth the gamble.
A few more news and notes from Spring Training 2011 in Florida….
* The last Chiefs pitcher to toss a nine inning no-hitter – Mike Pazik now a scout with the White Sox was seen at Space Coast Stadium taking in Nationals games this week.
* Former Chiefs outfielder Justin Maxwell now with the Yankees has a new batting stance – this time very similar to Alex Rodriguez. Maxwell still in camp with the Yankess has made an impression on manager Joe Girardi and could make the team as an extra outfielder.
* Righthander Ryan Tatusko who came to Syracuse in January for the Chiefs 50th Hot Stove Dinner is turning some heads in Nationals Minor League Camp and could be with the Chiefs in April.
* Infielders a plenty - Nationals have first baseman Chris Marrero, Mike Aubrey and Kevin Barker in minor league camp as well as infielders Seth Bynum, Chris McConnell, Alex Cintron and Matt Antonelli are in the mix for 2B, SS and 3B while Brian Bixler is still batting for a spot at the major league camp.
* Outfielders too - With Corey Brown, Jeff Frazier, Buck Coats, Jonathan Van Every and Boomer Whiting all playing for the AAA club it will be interesting to see if the Nationals send either Nyger Morgan or Roger Bernadina to the Chiefs or possibly both.
* Nats believe Syracuse pitching staff could be really good. Already in minor league camp are JD Martin, Shairon Martis, Garrett Mock, Luis Atilano, Adam Carr, Cole Kimball, Atie Severino.
With Jason Benetti and Kevin Brown back in Syracuse, they have left me to keep you updated on the comings and goings of Spring Training 2011.
* Tigers defeated the Nationals Monday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium 4-2. In the game former Chiefs manager Garth Iorg’s son Cale Iorg doubled in a run and played flawless at shortstop for the Tigers. Look for Cale to begin the season with the Mud Hens.
* Another former Chief’s son, Patrick Leyland, (son of Jim Leyland) caught the final three innings.
* Today (Tuesday) was able to catch the Blue Jays and Phillies in lovely Dunedin, Florida. Phils had most of their starters on hand and former Chiefs Pete Orr and Michael Martinez played in the later innings. Both have a chance to be with the Phillies on opening day after injuries to Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.
* Visted the Chiefs former winter home for 31 years – Englebert Recreational Complex and took in a few innings of their AAA and AA games. Former Chiefs still with Toronto include Doug Davis (Minor League Field Coordinator), Dane Johnson (Minor League Pitching Coordinator), Omar Malave (Gulf Coast League Manager), Jim Czjawski (Pitching Coach at Vancouver-rookie) who was the winning pitcher in the first game ever at then P&C Stadium on April 6th, 1997. Dennis Holmberg will be in Bluefield-rookie and big Sal Fasano will be in AA-New Hamphsire all came over to say hello.
* Former Chiefs outfielder in 2009-10 Leonard Davis is in the Jays camp trying to catch make the AAA-Las Vegas team, closer to his California home.
* Off to Legends Field on Wednesday to see former Chiefs outfielder Justin Maxwell and Chiefs Wall of Famer Ron Guidry who is in camp as an instructor.
Just four weeks until the Home Opener in Syracuse…..
Kevin here…Absolutely gorgeous day here at Space Coast Stadium for what looks to be the biggest crowd we’ve had since Jason or I have been here for the Nats and the Yankees. It’s a very watered-down Yankees roster – A.J. Burnett’s starting with Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Russell Martin in the lineup, but there’s no one else who’s likely to be a roster regular. In fact, the vast majority of this travel roster won’t start in the bigs.
HR, 7 RBI)
More on this later, but here’s a list of players sent to AAA camp this morning (with last year’s team in parentheses):
. Anyway, Gorz pulled another magic act to escape the 2nd after just an unearned run and the Chiefs went down fairly meekly in the 3rd. One note though…Wilson Ramos has wheels for a catcher. He nearly beat out a slow ground ball to 3rd…so close that the crowd actually booed at the out call.
Hello Chiefs fans – Kevin Brown here live from (actually) chilly Kissimmee, Florida, where the Nationals and Astros are doing battle. Lots of guys to keep an eye on here for Syracuse purposes – here’s your starting lineup…
-Danny Espinosa is really, really not coming back to Syracuse. The Nats sprinted to a 3-0 lead. All three of ‘em came off Espinosa’s bat. In the third, he roped a double to left off of Javier Vazquez to score Alberto Gonzalez. In the fifth, he switched to the right side against lefty Mike Dunn and blasted a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw. In his three-year career, Espinosa’s power has shone through from both sides of the plate. He has hit a homer every 25.21 at-bats against righties and one every 24.03 at-bats against lefties. Oh, and his third at-bat got him an RBI single, too.
Just got to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter….a few comments before Vazquez v. Marquis:
After leading since the second inning, he Nats saw the Mets come back to tie Tuesday’s game at three in the eighth on a home run off the bat of Cory Vaughn, the son of former Brewer (among other allegiances) Greg Vaughn. But, the Nats grabbed the win on an RBI double in the tenth from Laynce Nix against former Durham Bull Dale Thayer (not to be confused with former Colorado State head coach Dale Layer). Some thoughts about the game:
I come to you today from Digital Domain Park, the spring training domicile of the New York Metropolitans. It bears the name of James Cameron’s animation company. Everyone involved with the Nats is hoping this game goes in fast motion as compared to yesterday’s Homeric 3 hour, 30 minute bullpen-exploder. For in-game updates, follow us on Twitter @ChiefsRadio. Some pregame notes for you: