Results tagged ‘ Roster Moves ’

Kings Revamp Roster with Five New Players

Sams returns to Clinton from High Desert, Anston, Browning, Reed and Schlander join from Arizona

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the following changes to the Clinton 25-man roster, effective today:  outfielder Matt Cerione and right-hander Willy Kesler have been promoted to high-A High Desert, while shortstop Marcus Littlewood and third-baseman Ramon Morla have been transferred to extended Spring Training.  Outfielder Kalian Sams has joined the Kings from high-A High Desert, while infielders Matt Browning and Jake Schlander, outfielder Robbie Anston and left-hander Nathan Reed have been called up from extended Spring Training.

Cerione, 23, hit .200 with a double, six runs scored and five RBI in his second season as a LumberKing.  Seattle’s 13th round pick in 2009 out of theUniversity ofGeorgia, Cerione hit .287 with 12 HR and 42 RBI in 87 games withClinton in 2010.

Kesler, 23, went 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA and one save in eight relief appearances with the LumberKings this season.

Littlewood, 19,Seattle’s second-round pick out of Pine View (UT) High School in 2010 hit .158 with a triple, HR and six RBI in 27 games withClintonthis season, his first as a professional.

Morla, 21, hit .170 with three doubles, three triples and seven RBI in 28 games with the LumberKings this season.  TheDominican Republicnative had no home runs in that span after launching 17 for rookie-level Pulaski in 2010.

Anston, 23, hit .292 with 13 doubles, two HR and 24 RBI and also stole 15 bases in 24 attempts with short-A Everett last season.  Seattle’s 26th round pick in 2010 out ofBostonCollege also hit .333 with three doubles and three RBI for the AquaSox in the playoffs, helping them to the Northwest League title.

Browning, 23, hit .222 (4-for-18) with a triple and six RBI in five games with HighDesertthis season.  Seattle’s 43rd round pick out of James Madison University in 2010 hit .311 with four HR and 32 RBI in 47 games between the Peoria Mariners (AZL) and rookie-level Pulaski last season.

Reed, 23, was the Mariners’ 40th round pick out ofKutztownUniversity in 2010.  TheTemple,PA native pitched with both the Peoria Mariners of the AZL and high-A High Desert, going a combined 2-6 with a 4.95 ERA over 14 games, 12 starts. 

Sams, 24, hit .200 with six HR and 10 RBI in 20 games for the Mavericks this season after splitting last year betweenClintonand short-A Everett.  A native ofThe Hague,South Holland,Netherlands, Sams hit .180 with 15 HR and 46 RBI in 79 games with the LumberKings last year before finishing up the year with the AquaSox.  He hit .193 with five HR and 12 RBI withEverett.

Schlander, 22, hit .200 with six runs scored in 11 games with HighDesertthis season.  Seattle’s 31st round pick out ofStanfordUniversity in 2010, Schlander started his pro career in Pulaski last season and hit .259 with seven doubles, a HR and 25 RBI in 54 games.

The moves give the LumberKings a total of 25 active players with four listed on the disabled list.  The five new players are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Burlington Bees, but none have yet chosen uniform numbers.

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Kings Add First-Rounder Taijuan Walker

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.

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Fourth-Rounder Paxton to Make Pro Debut Tonight

Left-hander James Paxton added to Clinton roster, will start against Peoria at 6:30 PM

Clinton, IA– The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the following transaction for the Clinton25-man roster: left-hander James Paxton has joined the club from extended Spring Training, replacing left-hander Jason Markovitz who was promoted to high-A High Desert today.

Paxton, 23, signed with the Mariners on March 4 after Seattleselected him in the fourth round of the 2010 June draft.  The Ladner, British Columbia native was a standout at the University of Kentucky from 2007 through 2009, going 11-5 with a 4.91 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 55 career games, 24 starts for the Wildcats.  In his junior season (2009), his 13.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings ranked third amongst all NCAA pitchers.  Following that year, he was selected in the supplemental first round (39th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays, but did not sign.  Paxton was a college teammate of Clinton native Tyler Howe

Markovitz, 22, went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over five relief appearances with the LumberKings this season.  He’s the second player to be promoted fromClinton to HighDesert this week, joining infielder Anthony Phillips.

Paxton is wearing #47 and will make his first professional start tonight against the Peoria Chiefs.  The moves give Clinton a total of 25 active players with two on the disabled list. 

First pitch at Alliant Energy Field is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or live on the web at 1390kcln.com.

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Blash Arrives from AZ, Rivers Heads to DL

Mariners’ 8th round pick, outfielder Jabari Blash joins LumberKings

Clinton, IA– The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the following transaction for the Clinton 25-man roster: outfielder Kevin Rivers has been placed on the seven-day disabled list and is replaced on the roster by outfielder Jabari Blash, called up from extended Spring Training today.

Rivers, 22, hit .276 with two doubles, a home run and seven RBI in 17 games for the LumberKings this season.  He exited last night’s 14-3 loss toPeoria after an eighth-inning at-bat in which he was struck in the hand by a ball that ricocheted off his bat.  Rivers later drew a walk and stayed in the game, but was replaced defensively for the ninth inning.

Blash, 21, hit .266 with six doubles, five homers and 20 RBI in 32 games for rookie-level Pulaski last season. Seattle drafted him in the eighth round out of Miami Dade Community College in 2010.

The moves give Clintona total of 25 active players with two on the disabled list.  Blash has not yet chosen a uniform number, but will be available for tonight’s 6:30 PM game againstPeoria.

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Roster Moves, Alumni Notes (4/25)

A few roster-related changes to pass along…over the weekend, right-hander Jonathan Arias was removed from the DL as right-hander Fray Martinez (0-1, 7.00) was added to the DL.  Today, infielder Anthony Phillips was promoted to high-A High Desert and is replaced by infielder Shaver Hansen.  Check out the release here:  http://clinton.lumberkings.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110425&content_id=18236220&vkey=news_t500&fext=.jsp&sid=t500

We just witnessed a third former LumberKing make his Major League debut already this season.  Right-hander Cody Eppley (’08), who went 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA in two relief appearances with Clinton back in the day, debuted on Saturday against Kansas City, working 2.0 innings of scoreless relief including a strikeout .  He earned a hold to help Alexi Ogando to his third win of the season in a 3-1 Rangers’ victory.

Eppley was promoted to fill the spot of former LumberKings right-hander Neftali Feliz (’08), who hit the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.  The 43rd round pick of the Rangers in 2008 out of Virginia Commonwealth was the franchise’s Minor League Reliever of the Year in 2010 (5-2, 2.08 ERA, 16 saves between Bakersfield, Frisco and Oklahoma City) and was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and three saves for triple-A Round Rock prior to the promotion.

He joins Seattle Mariners’ right-handers Josh Lueke and Tom Wilhelmsen as former LumberKings to make Major League debuts this season.

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Franklin Makes Jump to West Tenn

All-Star shortstop Nick Franklin called to double-A Diamond Jaxx

 

The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the promotion of shortstop Nick Franklin to double-A West Tennessee. 

 

The 19-year-old Franklin turned heads across the Midwest in 2010, hitting .281 with 22 doubles, seven triples, 23 home runs, 65 RBI and 25 steals in 129 games.  In his final game with the LumberKings yesterday in Burlington, Franklin lifted his 23rd homer to take the league lead and break Clinton’s 49-year-old franchise record for single-season clouts (22, hit by Dick Kenworthy of the 1961 Clinton C-Sox).

 

Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) out of Lake Brantley High School (FL), Franklin was both a Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star in Fort Wayne, IN this year and a Post-Season All-Star.  The 16 managers of the league voted him as the top shortstop.  Franklin leaves the league amidst leaders in total bases (3rd with 249), runs scored (T-4th with 88), at-bats per HR ratio (4th with a HR per 22.30 at-bats), slugging percentage (9th at .485) and OPS (10th at .837).

 

No counter move has been made to replace Franklin.  The active Clinton roster stands at 24 players.

 

The LumberKings open the 2010 Midwest League West Division Quarterfinals at home against Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:30 PM.  For tickets and more information, call 563-242-0727 or visit the LumberKings’ main office at Alliant Energy Field.

 

Revisit my interviews with Nick during this 2010 season:

 

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Odds and Ends for 8/27

The LumberKings split a doubleheader with Quad Cities last night, losing 5-4 in 10 innings in game one before rebounding for a 6-3 win in game two.  All 10 runs they scored in the game came in two innings, the fourth (game one) and the second (game two).

  • Vinnie Catricala went a combined 2-for-5 in the two games, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.  That’s the longest streak by a LumberKing since Luis Nunez’s 17-game streak last year.  Every long streak needs a bit of luck, and Vinnie received some in game two.  Nick Franklin and Mickey Wiswall each singled with two outs to extend the seventh, and Catricala legged out a bounding baseball up the third-base line for an infield single.
  • Speaking of streaks, Wiswall saw his nine-game streak snapped, while Matt Cerione saw his eight-game streak end as well.  Cerione’s still hitting .411 (23-for-56) in the month of August.
  • Left-hander Jason Markovitz tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in game two, making his first career start in a spot role.  Aside from two walks in his final frame, he looked fairly impressive with a well-controlled fastball and a sharp curveball.
  • Yes, Clinton had their chances to win game one.  Henry Contreras popped up a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Gabriel Noriega grounded out to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the 10th.  It’s a tough way for those chances to end, but you can’t blame either one for being aggressive at the plate.  You don’t want to see Contreras watch strike three in his situation, and you don’t want to see Noriega take good pitches either the way he’s been stinging the ball lately.
  • Outfielder Daniel Carroll was activated from the disabled list today and shipped up to high-A High Desert.  Seattle’s third-round pick in 2007, Carroll last played with the Mavs in 2008.  Here’s hoping he finishes the season strong and stays above the Midwest League.
  • Franklin remains just one homer shy of the single-season franchise record.  Maybe tonight’s the night to tie Dick Kenworthy.  As for the team, the Kings lead the league with 124 team home runs, surpassing (what we think is) the franchise record of 115, set by the 2008 LumberKings.
  • Erasmo Ramirez lowered his ERA to 2.70 yesterday, second in the Midwest League.  He’s closing in on Kane County lefty Ian Krol (2.65) for the ERA title and would be Clinton’s second-straight ERA champ (Kenn Kasparek, 2.41 ERA last year).
  • With 12 games remaining, the Kings remain ahead of Kane County by 2.0 games for the top playoff spot in the West.  Following tonight’s game, they finish the season with five games in Peoria, three at home against Beloit and three on the road at Burlington.

All those notes and more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.27.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (4-0, 2.74) makes his fifth start for the LumberKings as they wrap-up a four-game series against the Bandits.  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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2010 Draftee Snow Added to Bullpen

Right-hander Forrest Snow joins LumberKings from short-A Everett

 


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, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the addition of right-hander Forrest Snow to the roster, promoted today from short-A Everett.  Snow’s arrival rounds out the roster at 25 active players.

 

A Seattle, WA native, Snow was drafted by his hometown Mariners in the 36th round this past June.  He pitched collegiately at the University of Washington, going 4-2 with a 6.30 ERA in 27 games, nine starts with the Huskies in 2010. 

 

Snow joins the Clinton bullpen after going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 10 outings, 25.1 innings with the AquaSox.  He converted all three of his save attempts and limited Northwest League opponents to a .104 average, striking out 26 batters while walking only nine unintentionally.  

 

No uniform number is yet known for Snow, who will join the club tonight at home as they take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

 

For tickets, merchandise and more information on the Clinton LumberKings, call 563-242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com.

 

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Hesketh Heads West, Gallagher Joins Kings

Left-hander Jon Hesketh earns promotion to High Desert, is replaced by right-hander Nolan Gallagher

                                                         

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners, have announced four player transactions affecting the Clinton 25-man roster today.  Left-hander Jon Hesketh has been promoted to high-A High Desert, effective today.  He is replaced on the roster by Seattle’s 2007 fourth-round pick, right-hander Nolan Gallagher.  Also, right-hander Ryan Moorer has been placed on the seven-day disabled list.  Right-hander Jorden Merry has been recalled from short-A Everett.

 

Hesketh, 24, went 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA over 14 starts with the LumberKings this season.  The Langley, British Columbia, Canada native struck out a team-high 82 batters over 67 innings for an 11.01 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio, second-best amongst all Midwest League starters.  He was in his second stint with Clinton after being drafted in the 20th round out of the University of New Mexico in 2009.

 

Gallagher, 24, comes to Clinton after a rehab stint in the Arizona League.  He went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over two starts, yielding six earned runs over 10.0 innings.  Seattle’s fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Stanford, Gallagher missed all of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on June 24.  He’s a career 3-5 with a 3.10 ERA over four professional seasons.

 

Moorer, 24, went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA over two relief outings with the LumberKings, including a run over 2.0 innings in last night’s game against Kane County.  He exited in the midst of the sixth inning with an undisclosed injury.

 

Merry, 23, returns for his third stint with Clinton this year.  He’s 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA over four relief appearances and has one save in one opportunity.  Merry was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA over two relief outings with the AquaSox.

 

With the moves, the active Clinton roster stands at 25 players with three on the disabled list.  Both Gallagher and Merry are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against Kane County.

 

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Morris Joins Clinton as Raben Advances

Dennis Raben gets the call to High Desert, Tim Morris replaces him on 25-man roster

                                                         

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have
announced three player moves affecting the 25-man roster.  First-baseman Dennis Raben has been called up to high-A High Desert.  Replacing him is first-baseman Tim Morris, joining the club from extended Spring Training.

 

Also announced today, right-hander Tyler Blandford has been reinstated from the disabled list in order to start game two of today’s doubleheader.  Right-hander Jorden Merry has been moved to the Pulaski roster to make room for Blandford.

 

Raben, 22, hit .221 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI over 42 games with Clinton, his first professional action since 2008.  Seattle’s 2008 second-round pick out of the University of Miami had missed all of 2009 following knee surgery.

 

Morris, 22, was the 11th round selection by the Mariners last year out of St. John’s University.  In his first pro campaign at Pulaski, he hit .214 with four doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI in 50 games.

 

Blandford has been out of action since May 7.  He’s 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA over six starts so far this season, his first as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round out of Oklahoma State last year.

 

Merry pitched in one game for Clinton, yielding three runs over 1.0 inning and striking out one.

 

With the additions of Morris (no number yet chosen) and Blandford, the active Clinton roster stands at 25 players with none on the disabled list.

 

The LumberKings (24-20) take on the Burlington Bees (15-28) for doubleheader action at Alliant Energy Field tonight, first pitch of game one scheduled for 6:30 PM.  Listen to both games live on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or online at 1390kcln.com.

 

There’s no new interview this evening.  Yesterday’s unaired Daniel Carroll interview will be played for tonigh’ts pregame show.

 

Still, enjoy the Game Notes: 
5.26.10 kingsnotes.pdf

 

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