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Spring Training is just a week away for pitchers & catchers and with the weather outside less than appealing to the baseball fan we thought we would give you an up-date on former Chiefs listed on major league rosters as non-roster invitees.
A non-roster invitee is not listed on the 40 man roster and usually is assigned numbers in the 60’s or 70’s. He’s usually the first player cut or he is a veteran who waited too long to sign his contract and is desperate for a job.
Anyway, here’s the up-to-the minute list, less of course the parent Washington Nationals:
Boston-Jason Bergmann, Hector Luna
Chicago (AL)-Lastings Milledge
Chicago (NL)-Reed Johnson
Los Angeles (AL)-Kevin Melillo
Minnesota-Chase Lambin, Chuck James
Philadelphia-Erik Kratz, Peter Orr
New York (NL)-Mike O’Connor, Russ Adams, Willie Harris
New York (AL)-Gustavo Molina
Tampa Bay-Felipe Lopez, Ray Olmedo
Texas-David Bush, Kevin Cash, Zach Jackson
San Diego-Guillermo Quiroz, Gregg Zaun
Toronto-WilLedezma, Corey Patterson
San Francisco-Brad Eldred
Enjoy Ft. Myers, Florida, Jason Bergmann.
Well Sunday got off to a great start as the chilly Florida weather changed for the better as temperatures warmed up to the mid 70’s by game time.
The Major League Baseball playoffs will begin on Wednesday and six of the participating teams (plus the potential AL Central Champion White Sox) will have two former Syracuse players on their bench. †
Don Cooper (Pitching Coach)
Garth Iorg (3B Coach)†
The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have invited 19 players to Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida that begins on February 16th.
Returning organizational players include Jesse Carlson (New Hampshire ’07), Jeremy Cummings (Syracuse ’07), Jamie Vermilyea (Syracuse ’07), Sal Fasano (Syracuse ’07), J.P. Arencibia (Auburn ’07), Brian Jeroloman (Lansing ’07), Chip Cannon (New Hampshire ’07), Hector Luna (Syracuse ’07), Wayne Lydon (Syracuse ’07), Ryan Patterson (New Hampshire ’07) and Travis Snider (Lansing ’07).
Players signed by the Blue Jays as minor league free agents include pitchers Shawn Camp, Lance Carter, Kane Davis, Mike Gosling, Ryan Ketchner, John Parrish, infielder Pedro Lopez and outfielder Matt Watson,
In addtion three Chiefs from last years squad have also been invited to big league camps.† John-Ford Griffin (Dodgers), Ryan Roberts (Rangers), and Howie Clark (Twins).
Other former Chiefs in camps include Chad Hermansen (Angels), Tomas Perez and Jose Cruz (Astros), Scott Cassidy (Brewers), Josh Phelps, John Wasdin, and Hugo Castellanos (Cardinals), Mike Smith and Luis Figueroa (Cubs), Adam Melhuse (Rangers), Kevin Cash (Red Sox), Ken Huckaby (Royals) and Aquillino Lopez (Tigers).
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.
With Spring Training starting for many major league teams this week we glanced through major league baseball rosters and below is a list of former Chiefs players invited to major league camps as non-roster players:
Brewers – Corey Thurman, Vince Perkins
Cardinals – Mike Smith, Miguel Negron
Devil Rays – Gary Glover
Diamondbacks – Rich Thompson
Dodgers – Ken Huckaby, Sandy Martinez
Giants – Luis Figueroa
Mariners – Aaron Small
Nationals – Chris Michalak, Wayne Lydon
Twins – Glenn Williams
Padres – Adrian Burnside, Todd Greene
Phillies – Brent Abernathy
Pirates – Kip Bouknight, John Wasdin
Rangers – Bruce Chen
Red Sox – Kevin Cash
Reds – Jason Kershner, DeWayne Wise
Royals – Alex Gonzalez
In addition the Blue Jays added John Ford Griffin and Erick Kratz to their spring training roster as well as Rob Cosby and Ryan Roberts who were designated for assignment in January and taken off the major league roster. Only Figueroa, Lydon and Burnside are from the Chiefs 2006 roster.