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The Chiefs saw Chuck James start last night filling in for
Luis Atilano who was called up to the majors. (More on that in a moment).
James threw five innings, gave up just one hit and struck
out five in an 8-3 Syracuse win. It was the first start for James since August
6th, 2008 as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He worked quickly,
threw strikes and looked impressive for a guy that hadn’t pitched at all last
After the game, James talked about coming off of a rehab
stint in extended spring training saying, “I’m sure there’s gonna be times that
I’m tired out there and all that, so it’s just good to come back and pick (up)
where I left off.”
Chiefs manager Trent Jewett was happy with James’ outing
too. “He pitched with a lot of confidence. I thought his rhythm and his pace
and his ability to throw the ball where he wanted was excellent. You want to be
cautious coming off an injury like he sustained, but he did everything you want
a pitcher to do. He worked both sides of the plate, I thought he read bats
well. Not much more you can ask out of a guy,” Jewett said.
As for Atilano, he started for the Washington Nationals last
night in place of Jason Marquis and picked up his first major league win. It
was the first major league appearance for Atilano who threw six innings and
gave up just one run.
After the game, Atilano told MLB.com that he was excited not
just to start, but for the chance to pitch to Ivan Rodriguez.
“I threw to Pudge, hopefully a Hall of Famer. My dream
would have never been better if I didn’t pitch to Pudge. Pitching in the big
leagues and then pitching to Pudge was just incredible. Winning the ballgame is
Atilano was off to a 2-0 start for the Chiefs.
Today lefty Aaron Thompson will start for Syracuse after
being called up from AA-Harrisburg. The Nationals picked up Thompson at last
season’s trade deadline in a deal for Nick Johnson. Thompson’s 1-1 with a 2.87
ERA this season with the Senators.
We’ll see if he can make a start like Chuck James did
yesterday helping the Chiefs to take game one of the series against Rochester.
First pitch is at 2 p.m.
With two weeks gone in spring training 2010 the Washington Nationals roster is beginning to take shape. In the spirit of the NCAA field of 65 announcement today we thought we would look at where the Nationals might be with their major league and minor league pitching staffs at this point.
Major League starting rotation: John Lannan and Jason Marquis are locks, while Scott Olsen should be penciled in as the third starter. Craig Stammen coming off late season surgery is good enough for the fourth spot with veterans Livian Hernandez and Miguel Batista are fighting for the 5th spot – that won’t be needed until April 19th due to off days.
Major League bullpen: Matt Capps and Brian Bruney are the back end, while Tyler Clippard and lefty Sean Burnett will pitch early. That leaves Jason Bergmann, who is out of options, and Tyler Walker, who has been hit hard to date to fill out the staff. Batista could be used as well early of if he doesn’t make the rotation. Lefty Ron Villone, a non-roster player and now 41 years old would give them a second lefty out of the pen but right now is the 13 pitcher on a 12 or 11 man staff.
AAA-Syracuse Staff: A good deal of this staff depends on the health and decisions made with Olsen, Batista and Hernandez, but the Chiefs appear loaded no matter what happens.
J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock, Shairon Martis, veteran lefties Matt Chico, Chuck James, Andrew Kown, Collin Balester, Luis Atilano and Aaron Thompson give the team a wealth of depth to choose from. In addtion, where does Stephen Strasburg begin his baseball career?
Bullpen includes: Six lefthanded pitchers are competing for two maybe three spots and include Doug Slaten, Victor Garate, Jesse English – all picked up in the off season, while Nationals prospects Attie Severino, Yunior Novoa and Jack Spradlin return.
From the righthanded side of the bullpen the guy drafted after Stephen Strasburg – Drew Storen has been fantastic in spring training and could begin the season in Washington, but most likley will start in Syracuse with veterans Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier, Joel Peralta, Rafael Martin and Nationals prospect Josh Wilkie giving the Chiefs quality to choose from. The Nats could even move Collin Balester or Luis Atilano to the bullpen – similar to the last seasons experiment with Tyler Clippard that payed off nicely.
That’s 22 names for 12 roster spots – pitching in 2010 looks very strong.
And we haven’t even talked about these guys……
Jeff Mandel 12-6 3.38 ERA – AA/A last season
Eric Arnesen 12-7 3.52 ERA AA/A last season
Brad Meyers 11-3 1.72 ERA AA/A last season
Marcos Frias 9-5 2.91 ERA Single A last season
AJ Morris 0-4 3.38 ERA in Single A last season
Tom Millone 12-5 2.91 ERA in Single A last season
Willie Atwood 8-8 4.61 ERA in Single A last season
These pitchers will likely play in AA this season and earn AAA promotions at some point during the 2010 season.
Pitching is strong in this organization and it’s all coming very fast through Central New York this summer.
The first appearance by Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was greeted by over 5000 Florida visitors, Mark Lerner, the team’s principal owner, MASN Television crew that included Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble and former Knicks and Houston Rockets basketball coach Jeff Van Gundy who sat behind home plate with an Orlando Magic hat on.
Mike Morse hit his first home of the spring in the 6th inning that tied the game today against the New York Mets in Viera, Fl as the Nationals opened their spring scheduled at home.
The Washington Nationals continue to stockpile pitching when they signed veteran lefthanded pitcher Shawn Estes to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. The Estes signing adds to an impressive list of pitchers added this off-season. They include, righthanded relievers Ryan Speier and Joel Peralta, lefties Chuck James, Doug Slaton, Jesse English, Victor Garate and the resigning of Logan Kensing and Andrew Kown from last seasons team.
Estes, 37, made 13 starts for AAA-Albuquerque (Dodgers) last season going 3-4 with a very good 3.07 ERA. After not getting a call-up to Los Angeles in June he decided not to pitch the remainder of the season.
Speier, 30, is tall at 6’7″ and has pitched in the major leagues with Colorado, most recently last year in 5-games. He spent much of the 2008 season with the Rockies and recorded a PCL league high 33-saves in 2007.
Peralta, 33, appeared in 27-games with the Rockies last season going 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA. He began the season with AAA-Colorado Springs posting a 6-0 record and a 2.45 ERA in 37 games in relief.
Slaten, 30, also has pitched in the major leagues the past three seasons with Arizona. Last year he split between AAA-Reno going 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 9-saves in 39 games and Arizona going 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA in 11-games.
English, 25, was picked up from the San Francisco Giants as a waiver claim after pitching for the Giants AA-Connecticut club. He posted a 7-7 record and a 4.20 ERA as a starting pitcher, but lefthanded hitters batted only .151 against him last season.
Garate, 25 another Nationals waiver claim in September of 2009 pitched the entire season at AA-Chattanooga (Dodgers) and recorded a 2.04 ERA in 47 releif appearances.
Thompson, 23 was acquired last August when the Nats sent Nick Johnson to the Marlins. He appeared in 6-games for AA-Harrisburg and was 0-3 with a 3.31 ERA and recorded 27-K’s in 33 innings pitched. At AA-Jacksonville he was 5-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 20-starts. Thompson was the Marlins #1 selection in June 2005 out of Second Baptist HS in Houston.
Kensing, 27, was impressive with the Chiefs last season in 31 games he was 2-1 with 17-saves and recorded a 2.97 ERA. He walked only 6-batters and struckout 35 in 33-innings. With the Nationals he struggled in 32-relief appearances giving up 35-runs in 35 innings.
Kown, 28, split time at three levels in the Nationals system last season going a combined 9-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 101-innings pitched. Kown had a breakout season in 2009 after being selected by the Tigers in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech and earning NCAA All-American honors.
James, 29 missed all of last season after arm surgery. The lefty won 11-games for the Atlanta Braves in back to back seasons in 2006 and 2007. He struggled in 2008 and returned to Richmond and made 15 starts and recorded a 2.97 ERA.