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MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENT LIST ANNOUNCED

Each season players not placed on the 40-man roster that have accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors inclusive) are free to sign with any of the 30 major league teams.

Last season the Nationals signed for AAA-Syracuse catchers Carlos Maldonado and Jamie Burke, infielders Eric Bruntlett, Chase Lambin, Pedro Lopez, and Josh Whitesell and outfielders Chris Duncan and Kevin Mench.  Pitchers Chuck James and Joel Peralta.  They also re-signed utility man Pete Orr and pitcher Andrew Kown.

The 2011 group of free agents includes Lambin, Lopez, Duncan, James, Orr and Kown along with 21 additional players from the single A to AAA level.

RHP:  Jimmy Barthmair -Potomac, Zach Dials – Potomac, Luis Garcia – Hagerstown, Jason Jones – Harrisburg, Andre Kown – Syracuse, Dan Leatherman – Harrisburg, Carlos Martinez – Potomac, LHP; Jesse English – Syracuse, Victor Garate – Syracuse, Glenn Gibson – Vermont, Chuck James – Harrsiburg, Yunior Novoa – Harrsisburg.

Catchers; Nolan Brannon – Vermont, Devin Ivany – Harrsiburg.

Infielders; Chase Lambin – Syracuse, Ofilio Castro – Harrisburg, Peter Orr – Syracuse, Wilberto Ortiz – Potomac, Pedro Lopez – Syracuse.

Outfieders; Jason Botts – Syracuse, Leonard Davis – Syracuse, Chris Duncan – Syracuse, Marvin Lowrance – Harrisburg, Edgardo Baez – Harrsiburg, Brad coon – Harrsiburg, Jerry Owens – Syracuse, Jamar Walton – Potomac.

We will follow the Nationals free agent signings during the winter and provide player interviews of possible 2011 Chiefs players.

Stories from above–1936 edition

We are coming to you live from the Hotel Bethlehem in Allentown, which seems to have a history of being on fire:

http://articles.mcall.com/2010-02-15/news/all-news-hotelbeth-021510-cn_1_dennis-costello-hotel-general-manager-smoke
http://articles.mcall.com/1992-02-15/news/2841766_1_hotel-corporation-settled-faulty
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3083gijaiQ

The hotel is taking precautionary steps to make sure this never happens again.  First, it has a rule that the wireless internet signal cannot be strong on the seventh floor.

We were rained out last night, so Mike and I went to the Apple store.  My computer power cord ceased to work yesterday morning, so I began to search for a new one in Scranton before yesterday’s game river.  I found an apple service center in Scranton and called to see if the store had power cords on sale.  This exchange ensued:

Me:  Do you sell Mac power cords?
Sales guy: No, but we should.  People call for them all the time.
Me:  Do you know where I might find one?
Sales guy:  Your best bet is the Apple Store in Allentown.

Moral of the story (and travel tip): If you need electronics in Scranton which are not made by Atari and do not involve rotary technology, go to Allentown, the comparative Silicon Valley of the Keystone State.

The Chiefs will throw Shairon Martis tonight against Lehigh Valley’s IronPigs.  He got a no decision in his first start against the snouted ones. 

Couple of notes:

*OF Marvin Lowrance has a hit in five of his first six Triple-A games.  The guy, according to the Nationals, has worked diligently on his defense over the past year.

*RHP Andrew Brown has been added to the roster, giving the Chiefs a full cabinet of 24 players.  Brown last pitched in the IL with Buffalo in ’06.

*4 of the top 10 batting averages in the Nationals’ farm system come from Syracuse (Lambin .375, Mench .348, Whitesell .308, Bernadina .300)

*Tommy John will throw out the first pitch tonight at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown.  Here’s his website:  http://www.tommyjohn.net/.  Unfortunately, the Google Ad on the right side of the page seems to always say something about “ulnar ligament pain.”  I’m not joking.

Follow me and Couzens @ChiefsRadio on Twitter.  Or, if you would rather avoid us, follow the team @syracusechiefs.  If you follow us, though, I promise each and every one of you a piece of hard candy from the creepy jar in the room here at the Hotel Bethlehem.  While I don’t break promises, you may break a molar.

Jason

Stories from above–Electric City edition

Good day,

We are in Scranton, home to this museum dedicated to the original master escapist.  Sadly, the weekdays are reserved for bus tours, so Couzens and I won’t be able to learn how to make a wildebeest disappear or something equally practical.
Interesting game last night.  The Yankees got the Chiefs to strand a Carrot Top audience (13 people) on base and still only won the game by a run.  A few notes:
-Kevin Mench is swinging the bat very well–he was 3-for-5 with a few well-struck singles in there.
-Josh Wilkie coaxed a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh to keep the game tight.
-The roster may be changing soon….got a press release from the Nats last night that announced Roger Bernadina had been optioned back to Syracuse.  With Scott Olsen scheduled to start this afternoon for the big club, the Nats could just do a 1-for-1 swap……but that’s unlikely….
-There is no free breakfast in the Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel, unless you count the oatmeal-almond bath soap and green tea and cypress shampoo.  Call the toxicologist.
Keep an eye on the YouTube page this road trip….
Jason

Dukes, Strasburg and Storen – stories of the week

The Washington Nationals released outfielder Elijah Dukes earlier this week after speing three years in the organization.  The Nationals decided that Dukes who struggled this spring would not be in their plans for the future and gave him his unconditional release.

That opens up the rightfield spot for a number of players who are still in camp:  Speedy slap hitters Roger Bernadina and Willy Taveras add more speed and defense, while prospect Justin Maxwell can provide excellent defense, speed and has more power.

Veterans Kevin Mench and Chris Duncan also have played well and former Chief Mike Morse has impressed Nats brass with his bat as well this spring.

Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen both were optioned to AA-Harrisburg on Saturday and will begin the 2010 season with the Senators.  Both pitchers were impressive in spring training after being drafted number #1 and number #10 in last season June draft.  Strasburg out of San Diego State and Storen from Stanford.

Nationals also optioned lefthanded pitchers Matt Chico and Doug Slaten and catcher Jamie Burke to Syracuse today in another round of cuts.  The Nationals currently have 39 players in camp.

 

 

NATS DELIVER SIGNING FREE AGENTS

The Syracuse Chiefs major league affiliate the Washington Nationals have been busy during the 2010 off-season signing many players at the major league level – catcher Pudge Rodriquez, second baseman Adam Kennedy and pitchers Jason Marquis, Brian Bruney, Matt Capps, Eddie Guardardo, Miguel Batista and Tyler Walker,

At the minor league level, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and his staff were busy replenishing the coffers at the AAA-AA levels.  They include the signing of catcher Jamie Burke, 1B Josh Whitesell, infielders Eric Brunlett, Pedro Lopez and Chase Lambin, outfielders Chris Duncan, Jerry Owens, Pedro Powell and Kevin Mench.  In addition they have resigned pitchers Andrew Kown and Logan Kensing and infielder Pete Orr from last years club.

Other players added by waiver claims and trades late in the year include pitchers Jesse English, Ryan Mattheus, Doug Slaten and Aaron Thompson.

Also expected to be in the mix is veteran lefthanded pitcher Matt Chico who looks to rebound after two injury interupted seasons.

Here is some brief tidbits on the players who could play in Syracuse this season:

Jamie Burke, 38 is a veteran catcher who split time last season between Seattle and AAA-Tacoma and also appeared in six games for the Nationals last season.  Used mostly as a back-up and insurance at the major league level.

Josh Whitesell, 27, orignally drafted by the Nationals in 2003 he was claimed by the Diamdbacks in 2008 and batted .328 wih 26 HR and 110 RBI that season with Tucson-AAA.  Last season he appeared in 63 games for AAA-Reno and batted .293 with 58 RBI before spending the remainder of the season in Arizona.

Eric Bruntlett, 31 spent the entire 2009 season with Philadelphia as a utility player appearing in 72-games.

Pedro Lopez, 26, split his 2009 season between Indianapolis-AAA and Altoona-AA.  he batted .241 in 42 games for the Indians and spent the entire 2008 season in Syracuse with the Chiefs as their everyday shortstop.

Chase Lambin, 30, spent the 2009 season in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines and batted only .192 in 120 at bats.  The season before he batted .300 with 14 HR and 54 RBI at AAA-Albuquerque (Marlins).  He was originally drafted by the Mets in 2003 and played for Norfolk in 2005-2006.  His best season coming in 2005 between Binghampton/Norfolk when he hit 24 HR home runs and batted over .300.

Jerry Owens, 29, lefthanded hitting outfielder with great speed played in only 12-games for the Chicago White Sox last season before being traded to Seattle and spending the remainder of the season with Tacoma.  He batted .323 with 23 stolen bases in 100 games. 

Chris Duncan, 27, batted .227 in 87 games for the St. Louis Cardinals last season before being released.  He signed with the Red Sox and played in only 27-games for the Pawsox the rest of the way before being released again.

Pedro Powell, 25 began his career in the Pirates organization before spending the past two years as property of the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He has never played above the AA-level but has tremendous speed recording 268 career stolen bases in seven minor league seasons.  2004-60 , 2005-46, 2006-63, 2007-67, 2008-29 and 2009-28.

We will look at the new pitchers in the fold later on.

 

 

 

Nats sign Mench for Chiefs

The Washington Nationals signed veteran outfielder Kevin Mench as a free agent and assigned his contract to the Syracuse Chiefs.

Mench, 32 last played in the major leagues in 2008 with the Blue Jays appearing in 51 games and batting .243 in 115 at bats.  He also played 21 games for the Chiefs that season batting .284 with 1 HR and 12 RBI.

He spent last season with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese Cemtral League and had only 54 at bats before a season ending injury.

The native of Delaware began his career in the Texas Rangers organization in 1999.  He joined the Rangers major league team in 2002 and spent parts of five season in Texas.  He had his best seasons in 2004- 26 HR 71 RBI .279 AVG and 2005 – 25 HR 73 RBI .265 AVG.

In 2006 he was traded to Milwaukee mid-way thru the season and batted a combined .270 with 13 HR and 68 RBI that season.

He spent another season with the Brewers in 2007 batting.267 with 8 HR and 37 RBI in only 288 at bats that season.

Mench joins Josh Whitesell, Chris Duncan, Eric Brunlett, Jerry Owens and Pete Orr (re-signed) as off-season pick-ups this season.

 

 

July 9th v. Buffalo

Some notes on tonight’s game which can be heard on Sportsradio 620 WHEN beginning at 7:00 PM. Mike MacDonald (1-0) makes the start for the Chiefs against the Bisons’ John Halama (4-2). Full notes are available on the Chiefs website (syracusechiefs.com) under the stats heading.

SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their third series of the year–a five game home and home set with two games in Buffalo and three in Syracuse in two days. Syracuse swept a four game series at Dunn Tire Park in April while the Bisons won two of three from the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in early May. The Chiefs lead the season series 7-4. Buffalo leads the all-time series 463-394 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In the 2008 series, the Chiefs offense is led by Hector Luna (20-44, HR, 8 RBI) while the Bisons are led by Jason Cooper (7-28, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

 

THRUWAY SERIES

The Chiefs have the current lead in the 2008 Thruway series (Syracuse, Buffalo & Rochester) with a 12-7 combined record. The Red Wings are 11-9 while the Bisons trail with a 8-15 record against their Upstate New York rivals. The last time that the Chiefs own the Thruway series was in 1999. The Bisons have won six of the last eight Thurway season series with Rochester winning the other two.

 

BEATIN’ UP THE LEFTIES

Among current Chiefs batters, Danny Sandoval leads the way with a .378 average against lefthanders in a Chief uniform (.309 combined between Syracuse and Buffalo). Kevin Mench and Hector Luna also are hitting over .300 against left-handed throwers.

 

LEFTIES BEATIN’ ‘EM UP

Russ Adams is hitting just .186 against southpaws and Kevin Melillo and Matt Watson are each posting even .200 average against lefthanders in 2008 for Syracuse.

 

WIN STREAK?

The Chiefs have not won back to back games since June 19-20 against the Richmond Braves. After the 20th, Syracuse has a 7-12 record, increasing their deficit in the division from 1.5 games behind Pawtucket to 9 games trailing the Paw Sox.

See you at the ballpark!

ALUMNI REPORT: GROSS

As far as Syracuse alumni to report on this week, most of the news was bad news.

Gross_gabe1 Gabe Gross (’03-’05) was optioned by the Brewers to Triple-A Nashville last Thursday.  Gabe had appeared in 55 games this season and was hitting .202 with 4 HR and 9 RBI.

Gross was Traded by the Blue Jays along with Dave Bush and Zach Jackson for Lyle Overbay and spent all of the 2006 season in the bigs where he hit .274 with 9 HR and 38 RBI in 117 games.

For Gross it will mark his first time in the minors in nearly 2 years.  Gabe’s last Minor League at-bat came for the SkyChiefs at Pawtucket on August 31, 2005.

Gabe is taking everything with a great attitude and looking forward to being a regular in the lineup.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to go down and get some at-bats,” said Gross, 27. “It’s been two years since I’ve been able to play every day, so that’s going to be nice. I’m looking forward to waking up every day knowing my name is going to be in the lineup.”

The outfield situation in Milwaukee is pretty crowded both now and in the future.  Former Infielder Bill Hall is now the Brewers Center-fielder and is signed through 2010.  With Hall currently on the DL, Tony Gwynn Jr. has played in center and is hitting .275 with 8 SB in 58 games.  The Brewers could move Hall to left field next season to make room for Gwynn JR.  25-year old Corey Hart (.284-14-40 with 16 SB) has emerged as a solid option in Right field.  The current left field platoon of Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench both have expiring contracts at the end of the season and with the emergence of young talent in the outfield will probably not be re-signed.

Gross will certainly be called back up in September if not sooner and will be in the mix as a reserve outfielder next season if Jenkins and Mench are not brought back.  If Gross wants to be an everyday player in the Big Leagues, the time is now to showcase his talents for other teams.

“I have never been more confident in my ability to play every day,” Gross said. “I feel like if you put me in the lineup on the first of April and take me out the first of October, that my numbers won’t just be adequate, they’ll be very good. I have to convince somebody to give me that opportunity.”

In other alumni news, former SkyChiefs shortstop Cesar Izturis was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.  Izturis is reunited with Jim Tracy, who managed Cesar in Los Angeles.

Pittsburgh pitcher John Wasdin who was 1-1, 5.95 in 12 appearances (’03) was outrighted to Indianapolis.

Former SkyChiefs catcher Jason Phillips was released when the Jays called up Curtis Thigpen.

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