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It was a Sunday for celebration for your LumberKings as they defeated Beloit 5-2 yesterday, extending their winning streak to eight-straight games and clinching a second-half playoff spot. Mike McGee singled home a run in the first inning (listen: McGee RBI single 8.28.11) and Stefen Romero added a sacrifice fly to put the Kings ahead 2-0, but the Snappers came back to tie the game against right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen on a solo home run by Lance Ray and RBI single by Nate Roberts.
The game stayed tied 2-2 until the seventh, when the Kings scored three runs with just one hit off the combination of Snappers’ right-handers Manuel Soliman and Adrian Salcedo. Mickey Wiswall reached first on an error by Ray in left and took second as Kalian Sams walked. Kevin Rivers bunted both over into scoring position, setting up the winning play. Anthony Phillips sent a chopper to Jairo Perez at third base and Perez threw home on Wiswall, but catcher Tobias Streich put a high tag down after Wiswall’s foot had crossed the plate. Carlos Ramirez added a safety squeeze bunt to score Sams and Julio Morban lined the only hit of the inning to score Phillips (listen: Morban RBI single 8.28.11).
Right-hander Matt Bischoff won for the fourth time in relief with 3.0 scoreless innings after Kohlscheen’s exit. Right-hander John Taylor finished off the game with his first Midwest League save, striking out Roberts on a 3-2 pitch (listen: Taylor First Save, Playoffs Clinched 8.28.11).
Weighing in on yesterday’s clincher is McGee, a pivotal contributor to the most-recent two wins. The Kings’ center-fielder talks about his home run to beat the Snappers on Saturday, the importance of scoring runs early during this tremendous two-week run, the team’s focus for the final eight regular-season games, the new-found confidence of the offense and more.
Listen Here: McGee Interview 8.29.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.29.11 kingsnotes
Starting Lineups: 8.29.11 lineup
As McGee indicated, there’s still work to be done in these final eight games. The LumberKings lead Kane County by 4.0 games for the West Division’s top playoff spot and have a magic number of five to edge the Cougars. Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (7-3, 2.86) gets the start in game three of this four-game set against Beloit tonight, while the Snappers counter with right-hander A.J. Achter (4-7, 4.63). First pitch on “Ashford University and Clinton Community College Back to College Night” is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Listen online at 1390kcln.com.
It’s another “show-and-go” night as the LumberKings finish off a three-game series at Cedar Rapids tonight. Thus, no pregame interview for you.
The Kings look for the sweep of the Kernels tonight after a 5-2 victory at Perfect Game Field last night. Clinton manufactured their way to the game’s first run in the third inning as Tim Morris walked, stole second, took third on a sacrifice bunt by Anthony Phillips and scored on a groundout by Robbie Anston. They never trailed after that. Left-hander Roenis Elias gave up two runs over 6.0 innings to win for the third time on the road this year, and Morris added an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, Mike McGee doubled home another run in the sixth, Phillips added a double to drive in a run in the seventh and John Hicks capped a 3-for-4 game with his second home run of the year (listen: Hicks Solo HR (#2) 8.25.11). Right-handers Matt Bischoff and Tyler Burgoon combined on 3.0 scoreless innings in relief of Elias.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.26.11 kingsnotes
The LumberKings are eight games up on Beloit for a playoff spot with 11 games remaining. Right-hander Carter Capps (1-0, 3.72) makes his third start tonight looking to get Clinton a step closer to clinching. The Kernels counter with right-hander Brian Diemer (9-10, 4.11). First pitch is at 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.
The LumberKings managed just a run on a solo homer from Stefen Romero last night, falling 7-1 to Kane County in the opener of this pivotal four-game series. Cheslor Cuthbert and Brett Eibner each went yard against left-hander Roenis Elias, tagging him for five runs over 5.0 innings. Right-hander Matt Bischoff gave up the final two runs over the final 4.0 innings. Cougars’ right-hander Leondy Perez pitched 5.0 scoreless innings while right-handers Alex Rivers and Nick Rogers combined for a run on one hit over 4.0 innings of relief. Mariners’ second-round pick Brad Miller (pictured) made his debut at shortstop, going 1-for-3 with an infield single in his first-career at-bat.
Today’s Notes: 8.21.11 kingsnotes
Starting Lineup: 8.21.11 lineup
The series continues with day baseball today as right-hander Carter Capps (0-0, 5.79) makes his second start and home debut for the Kings. The Cougars counter with right-hander Santiago Garrido (2-4, 5.86). First pitch is at 2:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.
It’s back to the road for your LumberKings tonight as they open a three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field. Hitting the road might not be so bad after the Kings dropped two of three to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on a brief three-game homestand including an especially tough 2-1 loss last night. It took the Clinton offense seven innings to get their first run on the board (by way of a Carlos Ramirez sacrifice fly), and the Kernels went right back ahead shortly after on a double by Rolando Gomez scoring Travis Witherspoon. The Kings had a chance in the bottom of the ninth as pinch-runner Tim Morris took off from first base on a two-out 3-2 pitch that Matt Browning served into the right-center gap, but the Kernels held on for the win as Witherspoon fired in to first-baseman Ricky Alvarez, who then caught Morris at the plate. The loss came despite 7.0 innings of one-run baseball from defending MWL Pitcher of the Week Stephen Kohlscheen. Right-hander Matt Bischoff took the loss, his first since April 12.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.13.11 kingsnotes
Left-hander Anthony Fernandez, 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA and eight quality start in his last 10 outings, takes the hill for game one against the Chiefs. It’s hard to believe, but in 17 outings this season, Fernandez has not once faced Peoria this year. He’ll rely on experience against Chicago Cubs’ affiliate Boise (2-0, 2.84 in 2 starts with Everett last year) in his first match-up against the Chiefs tonight. They’ll counter with lefty Frank Del Valle, a Havana, Cuba native that is 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA in seven outings. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.
One other minor piece of news to pass your way…right-hander Carter Capps, Seattle’s third-round pick in 2011 and the newest LumberKing as of yesterday will make his pro debut in the starting role on Monday in Peoria. He’s on the roster as right-hander Taijuan Walker (who turns 19 today) heads to the Temporary Inactive List. He’s likely done for 2011 after going 6-5, 2.89 over 18 starts, 96.2 innings in his first full season.
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The LumberKings improved to 4-3 on this eight-game road trip last night with a 5-2 win in Burlington. Left-hander Anthony Fernandez pitched his fourth-straight quality start (2 R, 1 ER over 6.0 IP) and a solo homer by Stefen Romero (listen: Romero Solo HR (#15), 13 game hit streak 8.8.11) and two-out RBI single by Kalian Sams had the Kings tied with the Bees, 2-2 entering the seventh. Right-hander Matt Bischoff came on for the top of the seventh and was immediately greeted by Nino Leyja’s line double into the left-field corner. A passed ball later and Leyja stood at third base with nobody out.
Somehow, Bischoff got out of it unscathed. He battled back to strike out Tyreace House and induced a chopper from Beau Taylor that reached drawn-in third-baseman Carlos Ramirez. Ramirez started and finished one of the crazier plays on the basepaths this season, beginning a 5-2-6-2-5-1-5 rundown to get Leyja and then firing back to second-baseman Romero to catch Taylor over-rounding the bag. The ripple effect of that momentum swing was a three-run eighth inning put together by the Kings to snap the 2-2 tie. Mickey Wiswall’s liner to right-center scored Mike McGee for the winning run (listen: Wiswall RBI single 8.8.11), while Tim Morris and Sams added insurance RBI. Bischoff secured his third win in relief by tossing 3.0 innings, striking out two (listen: Bischoff Strikes Out Kirkland 8.8.11).
Today, I talk with Bischoff for the first time on the pregame interview. The Decatur, Indiana native has already been well-traveled in the year since his 20th round selection out of the University of Purdue. He started his pro career in Pulaski last season, but jumped to Clinton just in time to make a playoff debut for the Kings. He turned in a memorable game three performance in the opening round at Cedar Rapids, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and striking out four in relief of Erasmo Ramirez in Clinton’s series-clinching 6-2 win over the Kernels. Bischoff endured a rocky start with the LumberKings this year and a minor arm injury, battling back to go 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five saves in Everett before making his return to the Midwest League. In his last seven outings, the 5’11″ hurler is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
Bischoff talks about the wild seventh inning, coming back strong from the injury, playing baseball at New Haven High School for his father (legendary head coach Dave Bischoff, who reached 500 wins this past season as he guided the Bulldogs to the 3A Semi-State finals), his Big Ten rivalry with Tyler Burgoon (who pitched at Michigan), his “into the fire” playoff debut last year and more.
Listen Here: Bischoff Interview 8.9.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.9.11 kingsnotes
The road trip comes to a close tonight in Burlington, and it’s left-hander Roenis Elias on the hill for the LumberKings looking to secure a series win. We’ll see if the Cuban defector Elias can duplicate his debut outing, a 6.1-inning, one-run (unearned) effort at Wisconsin last Thursday. He’ll be opposed by Bees’ right-hander Jose Macias (4-3, 5.01). First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.
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18-year-old right-hander joinsClintonfrom extended Spring Training, joined by right-hander Jandy Sena
Clinton, IA– The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the following transactions for the Clinton25-man roster today: right-handers Taijuan Walker and Jandy Sena have been added to the 25-man roster via extended Spring Training. Right-hander Seon Gi Kim has been transferred to extended Spring Training, while right-handers Tyler Blandford and Matt Bischoff have been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Walker, 18, was Seattle’s first-round selection (43rd overall) in the 2010 draft out of Yucaipa (CA) High School. He began his pro career with the Peoria Mariners of the Arizona League last year, going 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER in 7.0 IP) in four appearances. The 6’4” Walker was named as the Mariners’ fourth-best prospect by Baseball America entering this season.
Sena, 21, was the 23rd round pick by the Mariners in 2010 out of Marion Military Institute. He went 4-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 appearances, four starts between the AZL and short-A Everett last season.
Kim, 19, went 0-2 with a 4.74 ERA across four starts this year. The South Korean-born right-hander allowed 10 runs over 19.0 innings, walked five and struck out 13.
Blandford, 23, went 0-1 with a 17.61 ERA in six relief appearances with the LumberKings this season. Bischoff, 23, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.56 ERA over seven relief outings with Clinton.
Walker and Sena are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Beloit Snappers. Neither have yet chosen uniform numbers. Walkeris slated to join the rotation and will pitch Thursday night at O’Brien Field inPeoria. The moves give the LumberKings an active 24 players on the roster with four listed on the disabled list.
As I said on air after the 13th inning last night, it wasn’t pretty, they’ll get no style points for it, but the LumberKings finally secured their second win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory in Beloit. A one-out triple by Ramon Morla and RBI fielder’s choice by Tim Morris plated the only run Clinton would need, and Julio Morban (bases-loaded HBP) and Kevin Rivers (RBI groundout) added two insurance runs. Meanwhile, on the mound, right-hander George Mieses (7.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K), left-hander Jason Markovitz (2.0 IP, 3 H) and right-handers Matt Bischoff (2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K) and Tyler Burgoon (win, 2.0 IP, 2 K) combined on a six-hit shutout.
Following Clinton’s first shutout win, I figured it was prime time to talk with the new pitching coach of the LumberKings, Rich Dorman. We discuss last night’s gritty effort from his staff, his observations of Mieses through two starts, Forrest Snow’s six-inning no-no three games prior, tonight’s first start from right-hander Fray Martinez and more.
Listen Here: Dorman Interview 4.15.11.mp3
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.15.11 kingsnotes
We’re getting a decent amount of rain currently in Clinton, but should that subside, here’s tonight’s lineups:
Kane County (3-5): Alex Llanos/CF, Yowill Espinal/2B, Brian Fletcher/LF, Murray Watts/1B, Lance Adams/DH, Geulin Beltre/RF, Ryan Jenkins/C, Angel Franco/3B, Gerard Hall/SS, Keaton Hayenga/RHP
LumberKings (2-6): Carlos Ramirez/2B, Julio Morban/CF, Kevin Rivers/RF, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/LF, Steven Baron/C, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Fray Martinez/RHP
First pitch is still scheduled for 6:30 PM as of now, listen online at 1390kcln.com.
How’s right-hander Forrest Snow’s transition from closer to frontline starter going? Judging by last night’s start, just the second of his career, better than even he could have expected. Snow struck out the first four Beloit Snappers in succession, retired the first 13 batters he faced and did not allow a single hit over 6.0 innings while striking out a career-high eight. His only blemish was two walks as he and right-handers Matt Bischoff and Tyler Burgoon combined on a one-hitter.
Unfortunately, that one hit set up the game-winning run for the Snappers, who handed the LumberKings a most frustrating 1-0 loss. Rather than focus in on the negative (15 strikeouts for the offense against the Beloit staff last night), today’s interview is all about Snow’s amazing peformance.
We talk about mixing speeds with catcher Carlton Tanabe and how important the changeup was last night, his transition from closer to starting pitcher, memories from the 2010 Playoffs including his West Division-clinching putout at first base, his goals for 2011 and more.
Listen Here: Snow Interview 4.13.11.mp3
Tonight’s Game Notes: 4.13.11 kingsnotes
Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (0-0, 4.50) was the starter for Clinton’s only win thus far this season, we’ll see if he’s up to the task of halting a four-game losing streak in his second start tonight. Beloit counters with 2010 holdover B.J. Hermsen, who went 0-1 with an ERA of 6.00 in his one outing against the Kings last year.
Beloit (4-2): Daniel Santana/SS, Gunner Glad/2B, Lance Ray/RF, Oswaldo Arcia/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/CF, Josmil Pinto/C, Reggie Williams/LF, Andrew Leer/3B, B.J. Hermsen/RHP
LumberKings (1-5): Marcus Littlewood/DH, Julio Morban/CF, Kevin Rivers/RF, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Steven Baron/C, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Carlos Ramirez/2B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Anthony Fernandez/LHP
On a programming note, tonight marks my 500th career solo broadcast of LumberKings Baseball. I don’t have any special guests (Tom Hanks and musical guest the Wu Tang Clan cancelled), but it still should be a fun time. Listen beginning at 6:15 PM on 1390kcln.com.
My third-annual educated guess at the next season’s LumberKings’ roster begins today with part one, looking at potential players from the 2010 West Division Champs that could be back for the pennant defense.
A warning first…these are my own thoughts and predictions and are based on no official reports from the Seattle Mariners. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m wrong. Last year, I correctly named nine players from the 2009 roster that returned in ’10, although not all in the exact roles or timeframes I expected. Also, in the event I’ve named someone who has been released, signed elsewhere or retired, feel free to correct me in the comments section below. It’s happened before.
With that out of the way, here we go.
After a season as successful as last year, it’s safe to assume that most of the impact players will not return. If you enjoyed watching Nick Franklin, James Jones, Vinnie Catricala, Mickey Wiswall, Mario Martinez, Erasmo Ramirez, Tom Wilhelmsen and Yoervis Medina at Alliant Energy Field last season, you’ll be more likely to see them all out in Adelanto, CA or Jackson, TN this year. In the case of Wilhelmsen and Medina, you might sooner see them at Safeco Field. Both are on the 40-man roster.
That’s not to say that there won’t be some experienced players back from last year’s team. The one that I expect to return with the highest prospect pedigree will be catcher Steven Baron (pictured above). Seattle’s supplemental first-round pick (after Dustin Ackley and Franklin) in 2009, Baron was in over his head a bit with his Opening Day assignment to the LumberKings’ roster, but as expected, you could never tell by his raw defensive ability.
The Mariners lured Baron away from Duke University because of his surprising skills behind the plate, some of which we saw last season out of the 19-year-old. Baron nailed 27 of 64 attempting basestealers, a 42% rate. While his passed balls total was a little concerning (a team-high 11 in 45 games), it was his bat that truly needed work. Baron hit just .182 as a LumberKing, with just four of his 28 hits going for extra bases. He struck out over 30% of the time, looking overmatched against older Midwest League pitchers. At the All-Star Break, Baron was shipped down to short-A Everett to gain offensive confidence and did just that under hitting coach Scott Steinmann, hitting .253 with 12 doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 53 games. After earning the Northwest League’s Post-Season All-Star award and a NWL Championship ring with the AquaSox, Baron returned to the LumberKings during the playoffs and looked like a far more confident player. I believe we’ll see him back as Clinton’s starting catcher in 2011 as he continues to grow as both a hitter and a backstop.
Continuing around the diamond to first base, it’s not likely we’ll see Wiswall back after his strong performance down the stretch (.301, 4 HR, 18 RBI in 33 regular-season games, .273, 2 HR, 5 RBI in 11 playoff games). Again, citing the logjam situation at that same position, it might be possible that Tim Morris returns to Clinton. Seattle’s 11th-round pick in 2009 out of St. John’s University, Morris hit .250 with 14 doubles, three triples, five homers and 46 RBI in 83 games last season. Depending on how he performs during the spring, the Mariners could elect to send him back to Clinton.
Shortstop Gabriel Noriega could headline the up-the-middle defense for the LumberKings in 2011 now that he won’t have to shift to second base for Franklin. Noriega was a sure-handed and strong-armed defender at both middle infield spots, but lacked poise at the plate until a hot month of August. Even with that surge (.281, 10 RBI in 96 at-bats), the 19-year-old Venezuelan hit .227, scored 47 runs and drove in 28 in 112 games. If Mariners’ 2010 second-round pick Marcus Littlewood doesn’t take over the position (Baseball America expects him to), Noriega might be sent back.
Versatile infielders Hawkins Gebbers and Carlos Ramirez also look like possible returnees. Gebbers hit .255 with a pair of homers and five RBI during a 19-game stint with the Kings, but spent most of the year with Everett. He hit .240 with 16 doubles, three homers and 22 RBI in 49 games. Ramirez is most famous for his two-out, two-strike, game-tying RBI single in the 12th inning of Game 2 of the MWLCS. Aside from that, he barely played at all in a Clinton cup-of-coffee. Ramirez was the VSL Mariners’ MVP in 2009 after hitting .336, but struggled offensively in the AZL last year (.234, 12 RBI in 40 games). I think we’ll see Gebbers and Ramirez both at some point in the year.
As for the outfield, I’ll mention only two names here from last year’s talented crop. Kalian Sams had arguably THE hottest start in the Midwest League last year with 12 home runs in his first 44 games, but fell off completely when pitchers stopped throwing him fastballs. Many folks in the Mariners’ system have called Sams the top power prospect in the organization (a definite honor considering Franklin, Greg Halman, Rich Poythress and Joherymn Chavez), but his .180 average and 132 strikeouts in 266 at-bats in his third Midwest League stint are more than a concern. We know he can hit the ball a long way, but unless Sams can consistently put the ball in play this Spring, we might see him back in Clinton again.
Ryan Royster, the 13th round pick in the ’08 draft, might also finally settle in with the Kings with Daniel Carroll, Matt Cerione, Jones and Catricala all gone. Royster was a huge boost to the offense two seasons ago when he hit .333 with two homers and seven RBI in eight games, leading me to bank on him becoming a regular in 2010. That didn’t happen, as he played in just 10 games (.238, HR, 3 RBI) and was primarily with Everett yet again. The Mariners have plenty in the outfield pipeline coming up, so we’ll see if that affects Royster again this year.
On the mound, there’s no surefire experienced starter set to come back the way Anthony
Vasquez did last year. Sixth-round pick Tyler Blandford (pictured right) has a live fastball and plenty of promise, but the right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA in seven erratic starts with Clinton last year before missing the bulk of the season with arm issues. With all of the fantastic pitching that stepped forward throughout the system in 2010, Blandford now must improve his control (he walked 25 in 27 innings last year) and stay on the mound for a full year just to stay on the radar. If healthy, I think he’ll get that opportunity in Clinton.
Another starter looking to get back on track from injury will be right-hander Nolan Gallagher. A fourth-round selection in 2007, Gallagher missed all of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and was forced to shut it down in 2010 after experiencing soreness again. His 0-4, 6.32 marks didn’t tell the full story…Gallagher logged five-plus innings in four of his five starts before going on the disabled list in late July and then got hit hard late in the year when he returned. Maybe he’ll be back, rested and healthy as a veteran contributor in 2011.
I liked what I saw out of right-hander Jonathan Arias in his two spot-starts (0-1, 2.25 in 8.0 IP) and gutsy relief performance in the MWLCS Game 2 marathon. Does that prove he’s worthy of joining the rotation on a full-time basis this year? The 2011 season will be only his third as a pitcher after he started his career behind the plate. Either in the rotation or in the pen, I believe he’ll be a LumberKing again.
While the rotation is sure to look much different compared to last year, the bullpen should actually seem familiar. Right-hander John Housey went 5-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 25 games, including three spot-starts with the Kings until a late-July demotion to Everett. Aside from the occasional blow-up outing (he allowed four-plus earned runs in four appearances), Housey was a go-to reliever for a decent stretch of the season. Right-hander Jorden Merry (0-0, 4.91, SV in 13 games) and left-hander Jason Markovitz (0-0, 4.50 in 9 games) both had similar stats in brief stints with Clinton, leaving plenty of room for growth if they’re back.
The star of the pen could very well be Mariners’ 2010 fifth-round pick, right-hander Stephen Pryor. His 97 mph fastball proved effective against Midwest League hitters as he struck out 29 in just 17 innings, but Pryor’s control became a problem come playoff time as he walked five batters in just 1.1 innings. Baseball America
has projected him as the 21st-best prospect in the entire system and a candidate for a big-league bullpen spot as soon as 2012, but it’s possible that he returns to hone his curveball. Maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part, but I’d love to see Pryor saving games in Clinton.
If he’s not, the Kings might still have high-octane heat in right-hander Fray Martinez, who also has an overpowering fastball but struggled through control issues. Martinez went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 12 appearances, walked 11 batters, hit one and issued four wild pitches. The Santiago, Dominican Republic native was left off the playoff roster, but I think he’ll be back in the bullpen this year. Right-hander Matt Bischoff could join him for his first full season after coming to Clinton for the playoffs. Bischoff was dominant in his outings against Cedar Rapids and Kane County, but suffered through two tough relief performances against Lake County in the Championship Series, including a game one blown save and loss. The Purdue product will get a chance to redeem himself as a go-to arm this year.
In addition to the 2010 returnees, we could also see several players from the ’09 season come back. All-Star shortstop Terry Serrano (pictured left) hit .307 as a versatile everyday infielder for the AquaSox last year and could give Clinton a lift the same way Luis Nunez did last year. Infielder-turned-pitcher Ogui Diaz has apparently dropped his arm angle down and went 4-3 with a 5.12 ERA in his first full season on the mound with Everett last year. Names like Dwight Britton (.216 in 42 games with Everett) and Jetsy Extrano (.230 in 49 games with Pulaski) might pop up from time to time also.
Part two of my predictions on the 2011 roster will be posted next Tuesday. Then, I’ll be going over some of the players you might expect to see donning the black and green for the first time.
Northwest League All-Star Kevin Mailloux, right-hander Matt Bischoff added for postseason
Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the additions of infielder Kevin Mailloux from short-A Everett and right-hander Matt Bischoff from short-A Pulaski. Right-hander Fray Martinez has been transferred to the inactive list.
Mailloux, 24, comes to Clinton after two highly-decorated campaigns in the Mariners’ system. Drafted in the 45th round in 2009 out of Canisius College (NY), the Windsor, Ontario, Canada native hit .311 with 14 doubles, five home runs and 37 RBI in the Arizona League last year, winning a post-season All-Star award as the AZL’s best second-baseman. This season, Mailloux hit .296 with 19 doubles, 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 65 games with short-A Everrett, taking home a post-season All-Star award as the Northwest League’s top third-baseman.
Bischoff, 23, arrives from short-A Pulaski. Drafted by the Mariners in the 20th round of the 2010 June draft out of Purdue University, the right-handed Bischoff went 4-4 with a 3.30 ERA and five saves in 17 relief appearances in the Appalachian League. Purdue’s all-time strikeout leader is known for his control, having walked just eight while striking out 45 in 30.0 innings with Pulaski. Opponents hit just .204 against him.
Mailloux and Bischoff (no numbers yet) will join the LumberKings as they open the 2010 Midwest League Playoffs tonight against Cedar Rapids. The Clinton roster stands at 25 active players with one on the inactive list.
Game notes and an interview with manager John Tamargo will follow later on today.