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AROUND THE FARM: YATES

Yates In this week’s look “Around the Farm” we take a look at Kyle Yates, pitcher for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Much like teammate Chip Cannon, Yates for the most part has failed to build upon an impressive showing in the Arizona Fall League.    Entering action today the 5’10” right-hander has a record of 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 18 starts for New Hampshire.

Yates has showed signs of putting a slow start behind him.  Over his last two starts he has not allowed a run in 12.1 innings pitched and has struck out 14 opponents while walking just four.  With Ismael Ramirez and David Purcey currently on the New Hampshire DL Yates would seem to be the likely candidate should a spot in the Syracuse rotation open.

The Blue Jays 13th round pick out of Texas at Austin in the 2004 draft, Yates began last season in the Florida State League before being quickly promoted to Double-A New Hampshire.  Combined during the regular season he was 8-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 appearances including 20 starts and struck-out 115 batters in 141.1 innings pitched.

The Jays sent the Kerrville, Texas native to the Arizona Fall League after the ’06 season where he made a name for himself going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in six appearances including 4 starts and struck out 25 opponents while walking just six in 24 innings.  For his efforts he was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospect Team.

Yates played two seasons at Midland College (2002-2003) before moving on to the University of Texas.  In his junior season at Texas he was 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA over 28 appearances during which he struck out 45 opponents in 41 innings. The Longhorns behind current Major Leaguer’s Huston Street, JP Howell and Curtis Thigpen made it to College World Series Championship before being defeated by Cal-State Fullerton and Yates current Fisher Cat teammate Ricky Romero.

AROUND THE FARM: MATHEWS

Inside the Chiefs’ “Around the Farm” takes a look this week at Outfielder Aaron Mathews who is in his first season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Mathews_1 Mathews saw a 16-game hit streak come to an end on Sunday going 0-4 vs. Portland.  The 16-game streak tied Mathews with Adam Lind and Maikel Jova for the longest streak in franchise history.  During the streak the 5’10” right-handed hitter hit .403 (27-67) and overall for the month of June he is hitting .355 (22-62) with 2 HR and 9 RBI.

Mathews’ hot June has vaulted him into the top of the Eastern League batting race where he currently finds himself second with a .335 overall average on the season trailing just Jesus Merchan of Reading.  The 25-year old Oregon resident also ranks 5th in the Eastern League with a .522 Slugging Percentage.

After a rough Sunday at the plate Mathews must have enjoyed seeing his Alma-matter, the Oregon State Beavers, capture their second straight NCAA Baseball Championship.

Mathews was drafted by the Jays in the 19th round of the 2004 draft.  While other members of the ’04 draft class Curtis Thigpen, Adam Lind, Jesse Litsch and Casey Janssen have sky-rocketed their way through the system to Toronto, Mathews is among a group of a solid class (David Purcey, Ryan Klosterman, Kyle Yates, Patton, Chip Cannon, Mike MacDonald) who are working their way through the system with hopes of finding a spot with the Jays in the future.

Entering 2007 Mathews’ home run numbers weren’t eye popping, just one HR for every 73 at-bats , but he has improved his power stroke this year hitting 5 HR in his first 203 at-bats (one HR per 41 at-bats).  And despite lacking the long ball  he lead his team in triples in each of his first three professional seasons (2004-06) and had career 23 doubles in 2006. 

The Blue Jays went the free agent route to fill the outfield in Syracuse for 2007(Mottola, Vento, Duncan, Lydon) but you can be sure that Toronto is taking notice of Mathews solid performance in Double-A so far this season and a trip to Syracuse is in Mathews’ future.

FISHER CATS UPDATE

Kevin Gray, who covers the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for The New Hampshire Union Leader had a nice article Friday summarizing the Fisher Cats recent homestand.

During a eight game homestand New Hampshire won six games including four comeback wins.  Including games this weekend the Fisher Cats are 12-7 and in second place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, five games behind Trenton.

Santos_1 After a slow start Sergio Santos has heated things up.  Over his last 10 games Santos is hitting .316 with 7 doubles, 5 HR and 10 RBI and now leads the Eastern League with 6 HR on the season.  Santos has committed 5 errors in 17 games at shortstop.  Arizona Fall League MVP Chip Cannon is hitting just .194 with 3 HR and 8 RBI.

Purcey David Purcey is off to a strong start on the mound with a 3-1 record a 2.81 ERA.  Purcey ranks second in the Eastern League with 28 strikeouts and has show increased control this season, walking just four batters.  Two other Fisher Cat hurlers also have 3 wins, Mike MacDonald (3-0, 2.19) and Jesse Litsch (3-1, 1.19).

In the bullpen 36 year old Rookie Jo Matumoto, a side-arming lefty, started the season with nine plus scoreless innings and currently boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.53 ERA while allowing just five hits in  10-plus innings.  Jordan De Jong has allowed just six hits and one earned run in over 14 innings while striking out 18 opponents.  Former Chiefs closer Lee Gronkiewicz (1-0, 2.25)has 3 saves in 9 appearances.

THIS AND THAT

Congratulations to infielder Ryan Roberts who becomes the third Chiefs player called up this season when Troy Glaus was placed on the DL.  Roberts was taken off the 40-man roster this off-season but put himself back on the map with a solid Spring Training.  Roberts joins Adam Lind and Jamie Vermilyea in Toronto.

It looks like Lind will be in Toronto for awhile because Reed Johnson will miss two months after having back surgery.  Also closer BJ Ryan will miss 4-6 weeks with tenderness in his elbow.  Former Chiefs Jason Frasor and Shaun Marcum will be called upon to close games in his absence.

Insidethedome.com is reporting that the Toronto Blue Jays have reached three year contract extensions, through the 2010 season, with Tony LaCava, Director Player Personnel, **** Scott, Director Player Development, Jon Lalonde, Director Scouting, Sal Butera, Special Assistant to the GM & Charlie Wilson, Manager Minor League Operations.

Taking a look at our Double-A affiliate the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-2)some former Chiefs are off to a hot start.  Closer Lee Gronkiewicz has 3 saves in four outings.  Outfielder Wayne Lydon is hitting .333 with 2 HR and 8 RBI in six games.  Catcher Erik Kratz is hitting .583 with 2 doubles a HR and 5 RBI in five games played.  Pitcher David Purcey is 1-0 and had 7 strikeouts and just one walk in six innings in his only outing.

Infielder Rob Cosby was hitting .278 in five games before being placed on the DL Saturday after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

CHIEFS KEEP WINNING

The Syracuse Chiefs won for the 5th straight time today as they roughed up former Chiefs pitcher Justin Miller for five runs in a 5-4 victory.  Lefthander David Purcey went 5-strong innings and picked up the win.  Purcey is expected to begin the season in AA-New Hampshire after starting last year in Syracuse.

John-Ford Griffin hit a monster home run at the Blue Jays complex today, while Chad Mottola collected 3-hits.

Blue Jays will hold a camp day on Sunday with the Chiefs playing New Hampshire-AA and Dunedin-A taking on Lansing-A.

MORE PLAYERS SENT TO CHIEFS

In just two weeks the major league baseball season begins and clubs are now beginning to set their rosters.  After three weeks of playing minor league prospects and invitees to their camps, big league teams need to get serious and start playing their starters at least 7-innings.

Yesterday the Blue Jays sent the Chiefs four more players who will begin the season in Syracuse.  One of them, Adam Lind will be welcomed BIG TIME.  Lind has captured MVP honors in two different leagues on his way up and will likely continue his early career success in Syracuse this season.  Hopefully, he’s here for more than just a month.  Two of the Blue Jays other top prospects Alex Rios and Aaron Hill never saw June.

Also sent to the Chiefs was Russ Adams who will play everyday at Second base and corner infielders John Hattig and Rob Cosby.  Hattig who can play 3rd base and 1st base batted .277 for the Chiefs last season – his first in AAA with 32 doubles.  The line driver hitter with gap power needs ro improve on his power numbers (only 4 HR’s last season) to make the next jump.

Cosby not only played 3rd base and 1st base but also right and left field for the Chiefs last season and after hitting 18 home runs in his rookie season at AAA. 

Also sent to the Chiefs was righthanded pitcher Ty Taubenheim who came over from the Brewers last season and was impressive early as a starter and earned a promotion to Toronto in June.

Taubenheim now joins Josh Banks, Ismael Ramirez, Dustin McGowan and youngsters Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, David Purcey and Ricky Romero in a crowded fight for five or six spots in the Chiefs rotation.

Still with Toronto are righties Casey Janssen, Shaun Marcum and Josh Towers who are all battling Tomo Ohka and John Thomson for the final two spots in the Jays rotation.

Sounds like no matter what happens the Chiefs will be stacked with starting pitching.

Don’t forget that on Monday 5-6 PM The Voice of the Chiefs Bob McElligott will be broadcasting live from Dunedin, FL on 1260 AM ESPN Radio.

All week look for up-to-the minunte reports from Spring Training.

ROMERO LOST FOR SEASON

Lefthanded reliever Davis Romero was lost for the season yesterday after suffering a torn left labrum.  Romero had surgery performed on Thursday and will miss the entire 2007 season.

Last season Romero began the year with AA-New Hamphsire and went 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 12-starts before joining the Chiefs rotation in mid June.  In Syracuse, he was 0-3 with a 8.59 ERA in 3-starts.  He was moved to the bullpen and went 4-1 with 1-save and a 1.50 ERA as a reliever.

As a releiver, Romero walked only 3-batters and struckout 25 in 30 innings of work.  His contract was purchased by the Blue Jays on August 17th and he spent the next 6-weeks in Toronto where he appeared in seven games and was 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 16-innings,

Romero had an outside chance of making the Blue Jays this spring, but was being counted on as a key member of the Chiefs bullpen from the left side for the 2007 season.

The Chiefs still have lefties Jesse Carlson, Jo Matumoto and David Purcey in minor league camp.

WINTERBALL

We wanted to give our readers a quick update on some potential Chiefs playing winter ball right now.

Rob Cosby has appeared in 19 games for Caguas in Puerto Rico and is hitting .284 with five doubles, two triples, one HR and 9 RBI.

Lee Gronkiewicz is pitching for Obregon in Mexico and is 3-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 5 saves with 3BB and 25K in 18 appearances.

David Purcey pitched in one game for Mayaguaz in Puerto Rico giving up one run in three innings.

Beau Kemp is pitching for Aragua in Venezuela and has appeared in 21 games going 3-2 with a 3.51 ERA, 12BB and 17K.

Geremi Gonzalez is pitching for Magallenes in Venezuela and is 1-1 with a 0.38 ERA, 10 saves and 7BB and 17K in 19 appearances.

JAYS ADD ROONEY LOAD UP ON PITCHING

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to load up on pitching by adding righthander  Matt Rooney to their 40-man roster.  Rooney, 26, signed as a free agent after spending most of the 2006 season at Sacremento (PCL) when he recorded a 2.95 ERA in 47-relief appearances. He also appeared in 3-games with Oakland.   Rooney pitched in the IL with Toledo in 2004 and 2005.  Rooney joins a group of off-season free agent pitching help that includes Germi Gonzalez, Beau Kemp, Blaine Neal, Jason Scobie and Jean Machi.

That list will join Blue Jays prospects (starters) Josh Banks, Casey Janssen, Dustin McGowan, Ty Taubenheim, Ismael Ramirez, David Purcey, Michael MacDonald, Kyle Yates, Ricky Romero and veteran Josh Towers and relievers Ryan Houston, Davis Romero, Francisco Rosario, Jamie Vermilyea, Lee Gronkiewicz, Jordan DeJong, Tracey Thorpe and possibly late season acquision Jermey Accardo.

That’s alot of pitching to choose from with a whole off-season to go.

For more information on Free Agent signings make sure to listen to “INSIDE PITCH” this Saturday, November 18th at 9:00 AM on ESPN Radio 1260 AM when Chiefs GM John Simone and Bob McElligott talk to Chad Mottola and Kevin Barker who will both return to Syracuse in 2007 and take your calls on anything baseball.

BASEBALL AMERICA TOP 10 LIST

Baseball America has announced their list of Top 10 Blue Jays Prospects for next season.  Adam Lind, who SkyChiefs fans got a got look at in the month of August, has been named the Blue Jays #1 Prospect.  Other SkyChiefs on the list include catcher Curtis Thigpen #5, pitcher Francisco Rosario #6 and David Purcey #9.

Speaking of Thigpen fans can catch up with Curtis in a live chat on mlb.com, tomorrow, Thursday November 16th at 11:00AM. 

Entering play today Thigpen is hitting .284 with two home runs and 19 RBI for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.  The Desert Dogs are leading the Eastern Division with a record of 19-10.  Other Blue Jays prospects on the team include Chip Cannon who is hitting .366 with a league leading 11 HR and 29 RBI, Ryan Klosterman (.308 in just 8 games), Dustin McGowan (1-3, 5.59 in 5 starts), Kyle Yates (2-0, 1.13 in 6 games, 4 starts), Jordan DeJong (3-0, 3.00 in 12 games) and Tracy Thorpe (0-0, 4.76 in 11 games).

Geremi Gonzalez who the Blue Jays signed to a Minor League contract this week has pitched in 8 games for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League and is 0-0 with 4 saves and has not allowed a run in 8.1 innings.

Another free agent the Blue Jays signed this week, Beau Kemp is pitching for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League and is 3-1 with 4.19 ERA in 14 games.  Kemp, a right-handed reliever pitched in 7 games for Rochester against the SkyChiefs this season and was 0-0, with a 0.84 ERA over 10.2 innings, walking one and striking out four.  Nice to have Beau on our side now.

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