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ALUMNI REPORT: MLB 1ST HALF

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)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

A’s

Gaudin_chad1Right-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.

DEVIL RAYS

Right-handed pitcher Gary Glover (’99-’00) appeared in 36 games for the Rays going 3-3 with a 5.32 ERA.

INDIANS

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.

RANGERS

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.

RED SOX

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.

TIGERS

Former Chiefs closer Aquillino Lopez (’04) appeared in 6 games for the Tigers going 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

YANKEES

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.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

ASTROS

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.

BRAVES

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).

BREWERS

Bush_david_191Outfielder 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.

CARDINALS

Chris Carpenter (’97, ’02) was inked Opening Day and has been on the DL since.

DIAMONDBACKS

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.

DODGERS

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.

GIANTS

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.

MARLINS

Miller_justin_341_2 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.

METS

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.

NATIONALS

Infielder Felipe Lopez (’01-’02) is hitting .242 with 4 HR, 32 RBI and 11 SB in 82 games.

PADRES

David “Boomer” Wells (’86-’88) is 4-5 with a 4.31 ERA in 17 starts registering 55 K and 25 BB.

PHILLIES

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.

PIRATES

Since being acquired from the Yankees Josh Phelps (’02-’03) has appeared in 6 games and is 4-11 at the plate.

REDS

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.

ROSARIO TO PHILLIES

The Toronto Blue Jays sent Francisco Rosario to the Phillies today for cash considerations.  Rosario who has pitched for Syracuse in each of the last two seasons did not make the Jays out of Spring Training and was out of options. 

FINAL ROSTER DECISIONS MADE

The Toronto Blue Jays made their final few decisions and the result caused a ripple effect on their minor league system.  The Blue Jays decided to send down to the Chiefs pitchers Geremi Gonzalez and Brian Tallet, catcher Sal Fasano and designate pitcher Francisco Rosario for assignment.

The Chiefs roster currently looks like this with still a few decisions to be made:
STARTING ROTATION:  Four kids and a veteran.  Dustin McGowan, Josh Banks, Ty Taubenheim and Ismael Ramirez made 60 AAA-starts in 2006.  They all should be improved in their second season.  Gonzalez a veteran will anchor the staff with Jamie Vermilyea and Jason Scobie also available for long relief or spot staring.

BULLPEN:  Tallet is the lone lefty and will be used in situational roles, while newcomer Blaine Neal assumes the closer role.  Set-up men include former Red Wing Beau Kemp, who helped Rochester to the I.L. Governors Cup Finals, Matt Roney who recorded an ERA under 3.00 with Sacramento last season, Ryan Houston who pitched exceptional from April-June last year before a terrible month of July balooned his ERA and newcomer Brain Wolfe, who was acquired in the Corey Koskie trade last season and bounced around from A-Dunedin and AA-New Hampshire in 2006.  Wolfe could be the sleeper in this group.

CATCHING:  Veteran Sal Fasano backs up big league catching prospect Curtis Thigpen.  A major improvement over last seasons defensively challenged duo of Mike Mahoney and Jason Phillips.

INFIELDERS:    Kevin Barker returns for his third season at 1B, Russ Adams returns to Syracuse this time to play second base, Slick fielding Ray Olmedo takes over at shortstop while John Hattig returns for his third season at 3B.  Ryan Roberts will man the utility role and is very good at all three positions 2B, SS and 3B.   The Chiefs should be very much improved up the middle with Olmedo and Adams, both have played in the major leagues, while Barker is very good around the bag at first.  Hattig’s range is average at best, but should make up for it with his bat (.277 with 30 doubles last season).  Roberts had a great spring and will see plenty of action.

OUTFIELDERS:  Three spots with five quality players.  Jeff Duncan will see most of the action in center field and can play defence.  His speed on the turf at home should make him a .300 hitter.  Super prospect Adam Lind will play left field while veterans Mike Vento (AAA All-Star at Columbus two years ago) and Chiefs Fan Favorite Chad Mottola share time in rightfield.  2005 MVP John-Ford Griffin is healthy and will get most of the DH at bats.

The Chiefs still need to drop one pitcher and will add Francisco Rosario and Brandon League at some point in early April with more changes yet to be made.

LEAGUE BACK WITH CHIEFS, MAYBE…

Righthanded pitcher Brandon League who never really was able to pitch this spring has been optioned to Syracuse.  The hard throwing reliever has had trouble with his velocity and will likely spend time in Dunedin before making an appearance in Syracuse with the Chiefs.

The Blue Jays meanwhile need to make a few decisions this week now that League will not be part of their plans to start the season.

The rotation is nearly set with Roy Halladay, AJ Burnett, Gustavo Chacin and Tomo Ohka set.  The fifth spot should go to Josh Towers who has pitched well enough to earn another chance.

BJ Ryan, Scott Downs, Brian Tallet, Jason Frasor also should be assured spots.  That leaves John Thomson, Victor Zambrano, Geremi Gonzalez, Jeremy Accardo, Casey Janssen and Francisco Rosario all fighting for three spots.  Zambrano and Janssen look like they are the front runners.  While Rosario is out of options, and Thomson won’t begin throwing again until Friday.  Gonzalez and Accardo look like they are ticketed to the Chiefs.

The Blue Jays could also help their bullpen by pulling off a late spring training trade or claiming someone off waivers this week.

WEEKEND UPDATE

Minor League camp is underway and it’s time to turn our attention to more significant matters – like reporting baseball.   We have made our point and we are not going to waste your time by beating a dead horse on this space.   Again only here on “Inside the Chiefs” will you receive first hand knowledge of what’s going on in spring training with the major league club, Toronto and the Syracuse Chiefs.

Non-roster catcher Erik Kratz was the first player to be sent to minor league camp as the Jays minor league affiliates reported this weekend.

Jays righty Josh Towers pitched two innings today vs the Pirates and allowed only 1 hit, a solo home run to Pirates first baseman Brad Eldred in two innings of work.  Towers also struck out two batters and looked good in his first outing.  Also pitching today in a B-game were righthanders Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen.  In the lineup today are: Royce Clayton -ss, Greg Zaun -c, Lyle Overbay – 1B, Vernon Wells -cf, Troy Glaus – 3b, Matt Stairs – rf, Aaron Hill – 2b, Adam Lind – lf, Jason Phillips -c.

Over the weekend John Thomson also pitched well – two shutout innings and Shaun Marcum  pitched 2 innings, 1 run, 3 strikeouts. Francisco Rosario, who was slowed by back pain earlier this spring, pitched one shutout inning.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has said that Russ Adams would begin the season in Syracuse and play second base.  The Blue Jays hope that Adams can return to his 2004-2005 form when he played for the Chiefs and Blue Jays and batted over .280 playing shortstop.

Former Chiefs pitchers Dave Stieb and Pat Hentgen are in camp helping with the younger pitchers and throwing batting practice.

In yesterday’s win Curtis Thigpen (2), John-Ford Griffin and John Hattig combined for 4-RBI in their 7-4 win over the Rays.  On Saturday, Rob Cosby went 1 for 3 with Curtis Thigpen providing another RBI and, on Friday, Kevin Barker had a two-run home run and Ryan Roberts went 2 for 2.

Don’t forget that “Inside Pitch” will broadcast live from Dunedin, Florida beginning on March 19th when the voice of the Chiefs Bob McElligott and Chiefs General Manager John Simone provide player interviews beginning at 7PM all week long.

THURSDAY IN ORLANDO

It’s been a busy day already in Orlando today.  The Rule 5 Draft took place this morning and the Blue Jays took SS Jason Smith in the Major League portion of the draft.  Below is a copy of the Blue Jays press release on Smith.

          SMITH, 28, spent the 2006 season in the Colorado organization playing for both the Colorado Rockies and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. He was signed this past off-season (Nov 12) by the Chicago Cubs as a minor league free agent. The 6’3″, 200 lb., left handed hitting infielder batted .263 (26-99) with five home runs and 13 RBI in 49 games for the Rockies, while also posting a .291 average (41-141) with nine doubles, five triples, four home runs, and 23 RBI in 41 games at the AAA level in Colorado Springs. The native of Meridian, Mississippi has appeared in 166 Major League games covering the past six seasons (Cubs 2001, Tampa Bay 2002-03, Detroit 2004-05, Colorado 2006), and has played at all four infield positions over that span. 

The Blue Jays did not lose any players in the Rule 5 and did not make any selections in the Minor League phase of the draft.

Also in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 former SkyChiefs catcher Josh Phelps was selected by the New York Yankees.  Phelps who spent all of the 2006 season with the Governor’s Cup Champion Toledo Mud Hens had already signed a Minor League Deal with the Baltimore Orioles for 2007 but now will be added to the Yankees 40-man roster. 

One would think that the Yankees, who did not resign Craig Wilson, are bringing in Phelps to compete with Andy Phillips for playing time at first-base and DH.  With Damon, Abreu, Giambi, Matsui and Cano all hitting from the left side, Phelps could provide the power from the right side the Bronx Bombers are looking for.

After losing out on Ted Lilly yesterday it appears the Blue Jays have also lost out on the Gil Meche sweepstakes.  ESPN’s Steve Phillips is reporting that Meche will be signing a 5-year deal with the Royals pending a physical.

The Blue Jays are now expected to target Jeff Suppan and Mark Redman for their starting rotation.  If the team is unable to sign one of those guys the team would look to Shaun Marcum, Casey Janssen, Francisco Rosario, Dustin McGowan and Josh Towers as possible 4th and 5th starters.  Rosario and McGowan are both out of options while Marcum and Janssen have options remaining and could return to Syracuse with out having to be designated for assignment.  The Blue Jays however may look to get another option year for McGowan (similar to a redshirt) because he missed a year due to an arm injury.  The Jays did the very same thing last year with Rosario.

New SkyChiefs president Ron Gersbacher and team mascot Scooch appeared on Bridge Street this morning with Rick Geary and Julie Abbott.  Gersbacher donated two 2007 season tickets for Bridge Street’s efforts in raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network.  Also while on the show it was announced that the SkyChiefs are holding a special gathering next Monday, December 11th for a major announcement.

The team has been teasing media members this week with clues to what the press conference is about and while on the air handed out today’s clue a conductor’s hat.

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.

THIS AND THAT

Former Chiefs players Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green and Chris Woodward will be on display this weekend as the New York Mets try to reach the World Series for only the 5th time in the club’s history….While the Tigers continue to roll in the ALCS…Our picks are Tigers vs Mets….The 10th Annual North Area Athletic Dinner will take place tonight (October 13th) at the Holiday Inn Liverpool.  Honorees include Chiefs Directors Doug Logan and Armand Magnarelli.  Tonights proceeds benefit Youth at Risk Programs in Onondaga County….Don’t forget that next weekend the Chiefs 1st Annual Merchandise and Memorbilia Sale at Alliance Bank Stadium.  The Stadium opens at 9:00 AM Saturday, October 21st – with bats, balls, jackets, caps, helmets, cleats all at reduced prices.  There will be candy for the kids, Hot dogs, cider, apples, batting practice on the field (weather permitting) and a visit by Scooch….And speaking of Scooch, he will be at the ONCENTER, on Saturday, October 14th for the Kinney Drugs Baby Expo at 12 noon….CLUB CHIEFS returns for another season beginning in November when the Chiefs open their indoor batting cages to area players and teams.  There are monthly and daily rates.  For more information on prices and times please call the Chiefs office at 474-7833….. More Cory Lidel irony, 2006 Chiefs infielder Ryan Roberts hit his first ML home run off Lidle back in August…..Next Friday, October 20th, LeMoyne College honors Chiefs COO and Vice President Tex Simone into their Gold Wave Hall of Fame with former Chiefs pitcher Jon Ratliff….Word out of Orlando, Florida, home of Chiefs icon Chad Mottola is that the Blue Jays have offered Chad a contract for the 2007 season…..Did anyone realize that eight Chiefs pitchers (Casey Janssen, Shawn Marcum, Ty Taubenhiem, Dustin McGowan, Francisco Rosario, Brian Tallet, Brandon League and Davis Romero) spent more days in the major leagues than in AAA-Syracuse in 2006.  Despite their call-ups that group won 19-games, and likely would have won a few more if they were not needed in Toronto this season…..Syracuse Crunch open their 2006-2007 season tonight.  Good Luck to Crunch players and Staff and to the hardest working GM in Minor League Hockey Jim Sarosy.  We will be there seated in section 21…..College Football prediction time…West Virgina 37 Orange 7…..Have a good weekend everyone,  see you next week when I’m sure the topic of grass at a baseball stadium near you will be a hot subject

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