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News from elsewhere in the Mariners’ system today that will likely have an impact on the Clinton roster in the near future…
The defending Northwest League Champion Everett AquaSox announced their 2011 Opening Night Roster today, and it features two former LumberKings on the roster and one on the bench. Manager Scott Steinmann’s (’09) crew includes infielders Jetsy Extrano (’09) and Marcus Littlewood (’11). No sign of Ramon Morla (’11).
Interestingly enough, former Wisconsin Timber Rattler and Oak Creek (WI) High School product, left-hander Tony Butler is back in the Seattle system and with the AquaSox. This is of course notable for Mariners fans that the 6’7″ Butler, a third-round pick in 2006 who was later dealt to Baltimore as part of the Erik Bedard deal, released by the Orioles, signed and released by the Milwaukee Brewers after a second brief stint with the Rattlers (he faced the LumberKings on 7/31/10 and gave up a three-run HR to Blake Ochoa) and signed again by the Mariners, has come full circle. It’s notable for me, because I too am a graduate of Oak Creek High (class of ’01). If only Butler and the West Allis, WI born right-hander Ben Versnik could make their way to the Clinton bullpen, it’d be a regular southeast Wisconsin reunion.
The Mariners also announced the signing of 21 picks from the recently-completed first-year player draft. From the official press release:
“The Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Tom McNamara announced today that the club has signed 21 players from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, including infielder Daniel Paolini (10th), left-handed pitcher Cameron Hobson (11th), catcher Michael Dowd (12th), outfielder Jamal Austin (13th), right-handed pitcher Cody Weiss (14th), outfielder Nate Melendres (17th), infielder Dillon Hazlett (20th), right-handed pitcher Joe DiRocco (21st), infielder Kenneth Straus (26th), right-handed pitcher David Colvin (34th), right-handed pitcher Brett Shankin (28th), left-handed pitcher Kyle Hunter (31st), right-handed pitcher Alex Sunderland (38th), infielders Chris Andreas (39th), right-handed pitcher Trevor Miller (40th), right-handed pitcher Robert Shore (41st) catcher David Villasuso (42nd), right-handed pitcher Marcos Reyna (43rd), infielder Josh Corrales (44th), outfielder Charles Jimenez (45th) and right-handed pitcher Max Krakowiak (48th).”
Pulaski’s roster should also be announced soon, as the Appy League season starts June 21st. I’ll post something about that as soon as I see it.
We’ve just learned who will be guiding the LumberKings as they attempt to defend their West
Division Title in 2011. Eddie Menchaca, manager of the playoff-qualifying Pulaski Mariners in 2010, will become the 44th manager in Clinton baseball history. The 29-year-old former infielder (yes, he won’t turn 30 until February) will be joined by former Everett pitching coach Rich Dorman, returning hitting coach Terry Pollreisz and trainer Jake Naas.
Read up on Menchaca and Dorman right now over at LumberKings.com. I’ll have more information on Naas’s background later in the winter. No Performance Specialist has yet been named to replace Jim Bose (assuming he doesn’t come back).
Wondering where all your favorite former LumberKings coaches from ’09-’10 are? Well, they’re all still with Seattle. Manager John Tamargo is taking over as the Latin America Field Coordinator, which means we’ll still see JT yell “little man hit it” and “pick ’em up” a few times when he passes through AEF this year. Dwight Bernard has ascended back to his old post as the pitching coach for triple-A Tacoma, where he was for four seasons prior to coming to Clinton. He’ll have a nice, renovated Cheney Stadium to come back to. Trainer B.J. Downie will be with short-A Pulaski next year.
Elsewhere, Scott Steinmann is back as a manager for the first time since helming the 2009 LumberKings. He’ll try and lead Everett to a second-straight Northwest League title after serving as the AquaSox’ hitting coach last year. Jesus Azuaje (’09) is back as the manager of the AZL Mariners in Peoria, and Lance Painter (’09) will once again be the double-A pitching coach for Jackson. Eddie Tamez, the 2009 Midwest League Trainer of the Year, returns to high-A High Desert for his second season with the Mavs (which on another note were formally purchased by Main Street Baseball LLC today, the same group that owns the Quad Cities River Bandits).
The LumberKings hit the field for the final time in 2009 on this bittersweet Labor Day at Alliant Energy Field. A six-month 140-game grind comes to an abrupt halt with no pending trip to the playoffs. Players and staff alike are excited to get some time off and see friends and family once more, but it’s also the last time that this “family” will be all in one place.
The Kings showed a glimpse of their first-half selves last night, posting their 13th last at-bat win in a 5-4 comeback over the Peoria Chiefs. Nate Tenbrink lined a game-tying double to the wall in right-center and then shielded shortstop Junior Lake from Tommy Johnson’s grounder. Lake committed a fielding error, sending Tenbrink home for the 5-4 lead. Cheyne Hann put runners at the corners in the top of the ninth but still locked down his 12th save.
Listen to Tenbrink’s heroics here:
Tenbrink game tying 2-run double 9.6 vs. Peoria.mp3
Scott Steinmann’s club will try and match that intensity today as they play for the final time against the playoff-bound Chiefs. Read about the game in today’s notes: 9.7.09 kingsnotes.pdf
Speaking of Steiny, he’s my final pregame interview guest today. It’s part two of my 2009 Season Wrap-up. We heard from General Manager Ted Tornow on the business side yesterday, today Steinmann talks about the benefits of his club being in a playoff race, the hitters ready for High Desert, the outstanding pitching staff, his favorite memories of the season and more.
Scott Steinmann Interview (Season Wrap) 9.7.09.mp3
Of course, this isn’t the end of the LumberBlog for 2009, not by a long shot. Tomorrow, I’ll give you my own Midwest League Playoff Preview, plus the final 2009 Season Report on your LumberKings will follow sometime next week.