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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.
As far as Syracuse alumni to report on this week, most of the news was bad news.
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.
In today’s Alumni Report Inside the Chiefs takes a look at former Syracuse players currently on the rosters of teams in the Pacific Coast League.
(Year(s) in Syracuse), Statistics as of 7/16/07
ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES, FLORIDA MARLINS
FRESNO GRIZZLIES, SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
IF Luis Figueroa (’06) is back in Triple-A after a cup of coffee with the Giants. “Figgy” is hitting .295 with 1 HR and 27 RBI in 72 games.
IOWA CUBS, CHICAGO CUBS
C Mike Mahoney (’06) has appeared in just 10 games and is hitting .158. Pitcher Ben Howard (’06) is 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games. Pitcher Mike Nannini has appeared in 3 games and has a 3.38 ERA.
LAS VEGAS, LA DODGERS
C Ken Huckaby (’02-’03, ’05) has appeared in 53 games and is hitting .269 with 1 HR and 26 RBI. Pitcher Spike Lundberg (’05) has made 23 appearances including 11 starts and is 5-4 with a 6.03 ERA.
MEMPHIS RED BIRDS, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Pitcher Mike Smith(’02-’04) is 8-8 with a 5.12 ERA in 22 appearances including 16 starts and is in the Top 10 in the league with 81 strikeouts. Pitcher Hugo Castellanos (’02) is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in 24 appearances.
NASHVILLE SOUNDS, MILWAUKEE BREWERS
NEW ORLEANS, NY METS
IF Jason Alfaro (’05) is hitting .254 with 6 HR and 24 RBI in 56 games.
OKLAHOMA RED HAWKS, TEXAS RANGERS
Catcher Guillermo Quiroz (’02, ’04-’05) is hitting .283 Whit 3 HR and 21 RBI in 46 games. Pitcher Chris Baker (’02-’05) has pitched in 8 games including 4 starts and is 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.
PORTLAND BEAVERS, SAN DIEGO PADRES
Syracuse native Scott Cassidy (’98, ’01-’03) has made 20 appearances and is 1-1 with a 3.98 ERA and 6 saves. Adrian Burnside (’05-’06) is Cassidy’s bullpen mate and has appeared in 9 games with a 2.79 ERA.
TACOMA RAINERS, SEATTLE MARINERS
Tomo Ohka (’07) is already in his third stop this season. After being released by the Jays Ohka pitched in 3 games for the Memphis Red Birds (0-2, 6.87) and now is with Tacoma where he pithead once and let up 10 ER in 5.1 innings.
TUCSON SIDEWINDERS, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Speedy OF Rich Thompson (’01, ’03) is hitting .294 with 3 triples 1 HR and 28 RBI and has swiped 8 bags.
Jordan Bastian of BlueJays.com is reporting that reliever Brandon League, who appeared to be the heir apparent to Justin Spier as the set-up man this season for the Jays, was optioned to Syracuse today. League has battled a sore shoulder and mechanical difficulties with his arm-angle and has lost velocity.
Former SkyChiefs third-baseman and fan favorite Glenn Williams is one of a few non-roster invitees battling for the final spot on the Twins roster. Former SkyChiefs’ pitchers Zach Jackson and Corey Thurman were both sent down yesterday by the Milwaukee Brewers.