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Wilhelmsen Featured in NBC Sports Article

Former LumberKings’ right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen’s comeback story is again the highlight of a national article, this time on NBCSports.com.

It’s not offering up much you haven’t read or heard before on Tom, but it’s still a worthy read.  Check out Bob Harkins’ article here:  http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/41925004/ns/sports-baseball/.

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Kings in Spring (March 8)

More news from Mariners camp today, where right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen (’10) contributed a scoreless inning to a seven-pitcher shutout in a 1-0 win over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Wilhelmsen struck out Eli Whiteside swinging, Darren Ford looking and induced Miguel Tejada into a 5-3 groundout.  Justin Smoak (’08) walked and scored on a triple by Ryan Langerhans in the fifth for the only run in the game.

Over at Camelback Ranch, the Mariners’ “B” squad beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-1.  Right-hander Yoervis Medina (’10) threw a scoreless inning of relief.

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Kings in Spring (Feb. 24)

The Mariners have announced the pitching lineups for tomorrow’s intra-squad game at the Peoria Sports Complex and former LumberKings’ right-hander Blake Beavan has been selected to start against right-hander Michael Pineda.

The 22-year-old Beavan is in his first Spring Training with the Mariners after being included as part of the Cliff Lee trade last July.  He and Pineda will each throw an inning.

Team Two, of which Beavan is starting for, will also feature outings from right-handers Josh Lueke (’07-’08), Edward Paredes, Yoervis Medina (’10) and Tom Wilhelmsen (’10).  It’s a “who’s who” of former Kings, aside from the Wisconsin Timber Rattler alum Paredes.

Unfortunately, I will not be attending Spring Training myself this year, so I won’t be able to post the pictures and video as I have the past two seasons.  Still, I’ll be doing my best to keep an eye on former LumberKings in various camps this spring, from Evan Reed and Omar Poveda with the Florida Marlins to John Mayberry Jr. with the Philadelphia Phillies to Jose Vallejo with the Houston Astros and everyone else in between.

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Mariners Sign Four Kings for Spring

From a Seattle Mariners press release issued this morning…

Right-handers Josh Lueke (’07-’08), Yoervis Medina (’10) and Tom Wilhelmsen (’10) and first-baseman Justin Smoak (’08) have all agreed to 2011 contracts with the Mariners and will be in Major League camp, giving Seattle 31 signed players on the 40-man roster.

All four will be interesting stories to follow in Peoria this year.  Smoak is the only one with big league experience and is hoping to show he’s ready to stay and hit consistently, while Lueke will be hoping to secure a bullpen spot based on a solid effort at triple-A Tacoma.  Wilhelmsen will have a shot at the pen as well, but is still relatively inexperienced for his age.  He and Medina might both be longshots to make the club out of Spring Training, but stranger things have happened.

There’s sure to be several other non-roster invitees that are former LumberKings as well this spring.  I’ll keep you up to date on those as I receive releases from the Mariners.

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On the 40

wilhelmsen27.jpgThis isn’t breaking news, but in case you missed it, there were seven former LumberKings added to 40-man rosters over the weekend in order to protect them from December’s Rule 5 draft.

Right-hander Fabio Castillo (’08) and outfielder Engel Beltre (’08) were added by the Texas Rangers, while right-handers Maikel Cleto (’09), Josh Lueke (’07-’08), Yoervis Medina (’10) and Tom Wilhelmsen (’10, pictured left) were added by the Seattle Mariners.  Right-hander Evan Reed (’07-’08) was added by the Florida Marlins.

All but Reed and Medina (who is playing for John Tamargo’s Cardenales de Lara) appeared in the Arizona Fall League this year.

Speaking of which, AFL MVP Dustin Ackley and the Peoria Javelinas fell to Bryce Harper’s Scottsdale Scorpions in the Championship Game on Saturday.  Wilhelmsen took the loss with a run on two hits over an inning of work, while Lueke fared better with a scoreless final inning to keep it close at 3-2.  Nate Tenbrink (’09) went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter.

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MWLCS Game Four – Notes and Lineups

100_2056.JPGI can’t help but feel we’ve been here before.  Up against the wall again are the LumberKings, trailing the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series two games to one after last night’s 7-3 loss to the Lake County Captains.  Clinton didn’t have too much going offensively against the Captains aside from Mickey Wiswall’s solo homer in the sixth (listen: 
Wiswall Solo HR 9.18.10.mp3) and Tim Morris’s monster shot in the ninth (listen:
Morris 2-R HR 9.18.10.mp3).  On the mound, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen struggled with five walks and also allowed an uncharacteristic two home runs in his first playoff loss.

James Jones looked to have legged out an infield single that would have loaded the bases and brought Nick Franklin to the dish as the tying run, but the call went Lake County’s way to end the game.

Here’s my silver lining of the day…the last time Jones made the last out on a bang-bang play at first to end the game was in a 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids on September 8, the opening game of the West Division Quarterfinals.  The Kings then went on the road and took two straight to eliminate the Kernels.  They’re in that same situation again, needing to win the next two here in Lake County to take the title.

John Tamargo’s club is 4-0 in elimination games in these playoffs.  Aside from the two wins in the Cedar Rapids series I just mentioned, they also took two at home over Kane County to win the West.  I can already tell you this club is relaxed and not in panic mode today.  They’re ready to force game five.

Game four is what’s in front of us tonight, and it will be right-hander Taylor Stanton taking the baseball for his second playoff start.  He’s 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in one outing in the postseason, but allowed all four of his earned runs in one bad inning in Kane County.  Stanton is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one start against the Captains and will hopefully have a similar outing tonight (1 ER on 5 hits, 6.0 IP, 7 strikeouts).

Read more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.19.10 kingsnotes _mwlcs.gamefour_.pdf

Lineups:

LumberKings:

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Nick Franklin (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Blake Ochoa (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS) 

RHP Taylor Stanton

Lake County:

  1. Delvi Cid (CF)
  2. Tyler Holt (DH)
  3. Casey Frawley (SS)
  4. Adam Abraham (3B)
  5. Chase Burnette (LF)
  6. Roberto Perez (C)
  7. Jason Smit (1B)
  8. Greg Folgia (RF)
  9. Argenis Martinez (2B)

LHP Vidal Nuno

First pitch is once again scheduled for 5:30 PM central time, cheer on your Kings by listening online at 1390kcln.com!

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MWLCS Game Three – Notes, Lineups and Game Two Highlights

100_2053.JPGAfter playing (and winning) the longest Midwest League Championship Series game in recorded history on Thursday night at Alliant Energy Field, it’s been nice to have a day off.  The LumberKings embarked on the nine-hour drive to Eastlake, Ohio yesterday and are now at Classic Park, the home of the Lake County Captains for the remainder of the MWLCS.

In case you missed the 18 innings of white-knuckle baseball including the game-tying RBI single from Carlos Ramirez in the bottom of the 12th and the error by Adam Abraham that scored Blake Ochoa in the 18th, I’ve saved a few highlight clips for your listening pleasure:

That thrilling victory plus the addition of Nick Franklin (yes, the same one) to the playoff roster has given the LumberKings a needed boost of confidence in this best-of-five series.  With no more home games remaining, John Tamargo’s club must take two of three on the road to hoist the Midwest League Championship trophy.

Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen (1-0, 0.71 in 2 playoff starts) takes the hill tonight for the Kings, he’ll go head-to-head with right-hander Brett Brach (0-0, 5.00 in 2 playoff starts) of the Captains.  Full lineups are below.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.18.10 kingsnotes _mwlcs.gamethree_.pdf

Lineups:

LumberKings:

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Nick Franklin (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Blake Ochoa (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS)

RHP Tom Wilhelmsen

Lake County:

  1. Delvi Cid (CF)
  2. Tyler Holt (DH)
  3. Casey Frawley (SS)
  4. Adam Abraham (3B)
  5. Chase Burnette (LF)
  6. Roberto Perez (C)
  7. Jason Smit (1B)
  8. Greg Folgia (RF)
  9. Argenis Martinez (2B)

RHP Brett Brach

Game three begins at 5:30 PM central time and will air on 1390kcln.com.

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WDCS Game Three: Notes and Lineups

The biggest game in Clinton baseball history since 1993 (the last time a Clinton team reached the Midwest League Championship Series) is tonight at Alliant Energy Field as the LumberKings take on Kane County for the right to face either Great Lakes or Lake County for the 2010 title.

The Kings forced this decisive game three with a 6-2 win last night.  Mario Martinez keyed the offense with a 4-for-4, two-RBI game and left-hander Nick Czyz limited the Cougars to two runs over 5.2 innings. 

Highlights:

Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen (0-0, 1.59 during postseason) makes the most important start of his career tonight in his second appearance of these playoffs.  The Cougars counter with right-hander Murphy Smith (0-1, 1.50 during postseason).

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.13.10 kingsnotes _westfinals.gamethree_.pdf

Lineups:

LumberKings:

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Kevin Mailloux (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Blake Ochoa (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS)

RHP Tom Wilhelmsen

Kane County:

  1. Conner Crumbliss (2B)
  2. Jose Crisotomo (CF)
  3. Michael Choice (RF)
  4. Rashun Dixon (LF)
  5. Myrio Richard (DH)
  6. Anthony Aliotti (1B)
  7. Leonardo Gil (3B)
  8. Jason Christian (SS)
  9. Ryan Lipkin (C)

RHP Murphy Smith

The game begins at 6:30 PM, you can listen online at 1390kcln.com! 

 
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Wilhelmsen is MWL Pitcher of the Week Again

Near-perfect game nets right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen his second-straight MWL Pitcher of the Week award

 

Beloit, WI – Clinton LumberKings’ right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen has been named the Midwest League’s Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week in an announcement today from the league office in Beloit, WI.  The 26-year-old Wilhelmsen made just one start during the week, going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings.

 

In that start on August 12 against Burlington, he came within seven outs of becoming the first Clinton pitcher to toss a perfect game since right-hander Scott Dunn did it on August 3, 2000 in a home game against Lansing.  The perfect was broken up with two outs in the seventh as Carlo Testa ripped his 2-1 pitch off the wall in left for a double.  Wilhelmsen would walk a batter afterward but would not allow a run through 7.0 innings of a 3-0 LumberKings’ victory.

 

Wilhelmsen returned to the Midwest League after a six-season hiatus on August 2 and is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA, five walks and 18 strikeouts in 20.0 innings spanning three starts with the LumberKings.  Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 June draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Tucson, AZ native went 5-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 15 starts with the Beloit Snappers in 2003, earning a Midwest League All-Star selection. 

 

The award is his second of the year and also the second by a Clinton pitcher this season.  No hitter has taken home the Offensive Player of the Week award since 2009.

 

Wilhelmsen’s next start is on Wednesday, August 18 at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, IA as his LumberKings take on the Quad Cities River Bandits.  Listen to the game at 7:00 PM on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or live on the web at 1390kcln.com.

 

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Off the Diamond: Brad Seward

As promised, it’s another “Off the Diamond” segment featuring the Public Address voice of seward2010.jpgthe LumberKings and the Director of Operations and Education for the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency, Brad Seward.

Brad’s seen plenty of baseball in 15 seasons in the P.A. chair, and we’ll talk about some of the near history his seen this season (including Tom Wilhelmsen’s near perfect game last night).  Also, Brad talks about environmental efforts at Alliant Energy Field and offers up conservation tips on the 3rd Annual “Going Green Night” at the ballpark.

Listen Here: 
Brad Seward OTD Interview 8.13.10.mp3

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (9-5, 3.90) is slated to make his 20th start tonight in the series finale against Burlington, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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