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Tonight’s Interview: Roenis Elias

Just a year and two days ago, the 2010 LumberKings prepared for the debut of a recent call-up from short-A Everett as they played game two of a three-game series at Time Warner Cable Field in Wisconsin.  The Kings, 16-18 and fifth in the West Division in the second half under manager John Tamargo, were 6.5 games out of first place and were struggling to stay in the playoff picture.  The man making the debut that evening, right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen, would be the lift they’d need to get back into contention.  The 26-year-old former Milwaukee Brewers prospect dominated the low-A affiliate of his former club over 7.0 scoreless, two-hit innings as he walked one and struck out five in a 5-0 Kings’ victory.  Wilhelmsen, along with fellow AquaSox’ call-up Yoervis Medina (who would make his first start just four days later in the Quad Cities), combined to go 11-1 during the stretch drive, leading the LumberKings to the Wild Card spot.

Last night, the LumberKings entered play at 19-19 and held the West Division Wild Card spot over Beloit by 2.0 games despite three-straight losses.  23-year-old left-hander Roenis Elias, called up after just one outing in the AZL and three games with rookie Pulaski, made his Clinton debut on the very same diamond as Wilhelmsen.  He didn’t quite duplicate the performance, but he did fire 6.1 innings of five-hit ball, allowing one unearned run and fanning four in a 3-2 Kings’ win.  I couldn’t help but feel overwhelming déjà vu when comparing the debuts of both, especially given the timeframes in which they happened and the Kings’ record and relatively similar playoff standing.

While it’s still far too early to tell what the LumberKings will have in Elias, it’s certain that his path here is even more intriguing than Wilhelmsen’s.  Elias pitched for the National team out of Guantanamo, Cuba, defected to the United States last fall, pitched briefly in Mexico, signed with the Mariners in May, went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in just three outings in Pulaski and is now 1-0 as a LumberKing.   

With the help of manager Eddie Menchaca as interpreter, I chat with Elias for the first time tonight.

Listen Here:  Elias Interview 8.5.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.5.11 kingsnotes   

Right-hander Taijuan Walker (4-5, 3.12) starts for the Kings tonight as they attempt to split the series with Wisconsin.  The Timber Rattlers counter with lefty Charly Bashara (4-4, 5.12).  Walker and Bashara squared off on May 15 with Walker fanning 11 over 6.1 innings for the win and Bashara serving up eight runs, five earned over 5.1 innings in the loss.  Listen to the game at 7:05 PM on


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Kings in Spring (March 14)

This may be old news to some, but I was back home in Milwaukee and unable to post it until now.  Right-hander Blake Beavan (’08) made his first Spring start as a Mariner on Saturday against Oakland and earned the win, limiting the Athletics to a run on three hits over 3.0 innings.  Shortly thereafter, Beavan was re-assigned to Minor League camp.  Right-hander Yoervis Medina (’10) also saw his time in big-league camp end as he was optioned to the High Desert spring roster.

In that Beavan start, a 10-2 win over the A’s, first-baseman Justin Smoak (’08) finally woke up his bat with a 2-for-2 game including a two-out two-run single in the fourth inning and a two-run homer to left-center in the sixth.  The blast was Smoak’s first in Cactus League action.

The Mariners’ roster still includes Smoak, right-handers Josh Lueke (’07-’08) and Tom Wilhelmsen (’10) and catcher Steven Baron (’10) at this time.  I have to say, I’m still surprised Baron is there.

Over in Surprise, the Texas Rangers sent outfielder Engel Beltre (’08), right-hander Fabio Castillo (’08) and left-hander Zach Phillips (’06-’07) back to Minor League camp on Saturday.

Continuing with Rangers camp, Ian Kinsler (’04) is hitting a healthy .367 with a .933 slugging percentage…the former Clinton infielder has a team-high five homers and nine RBI in 11 games.  While Chris Davis continues to assert his value to the team as a corner infielder, Mitch Moreland (’08) keeps fighting to hold onto the first-base spot…he’s hitting .375 with a .719 slugging percentage, five doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 12 games.  Aside from catcher Jose Felix (’08), who is 5-for-5 with a double in big-league action, the group of former Kings that includes Chad Tracy (’07), Craig Gentry (’07), Marcus Lemon (’07) and others has been largely quiet offensively.

Left-hander Derek Holland (’08) is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA, no walks and six strikeouts in his two starts, totaling 5.0 innings.  Right-hander Neftali Feliz (’08) has pitched just twice in camp, including one start…the flamethrower has not allowed an earned run over 5.0 innings, but has walked three and has hit a batter in that span.  Lefty Michael Kirkman is carrying a 3.00 ERA in three outings and has struck out eight over 9.0 innings.

Scanning other camps, outfielder John Mayberry Jr. (’06) continues to look impressive in a bid for a roster spot with the Philadelphia Phillies…he’s hitting .324 with three doubles, four homers and nine RBI in 14 games.  Right-hander Maikel Cleto (’09) has had two outings with the St. Louis Cardinals and is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA, one save, four walks, three strikeouts and a home run allowed over 4.0 innings.  Right-hander Thomas Diamond (’04) is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA over four relief outings as he attemps to make the Chicago Cubs’ Opening Day roster.  Catcher Manny Pina (’07) and outfielder Tim Smith (’08) have both seen minor action in Kansas City Royals’ camp…Pina is 4-for-16 (.250) with a home run and three RBI in 10 games, while Smith is hitless in two at-bats. 

There’s plenty more players to track, but I’ll leave it at that for now.


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.


Kings in Spring (March 3)

A few things via the Seattle Mariners to pass along…

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (’10) made his spring debut in relief for the Mariners yesterday following two sparkling innings from current “it” prospect Michael Pineda and another scoreless frame from Jamey Wright.  Medina gave up two runs — both coming on a Juan Miranda homer — and a total of three hits over his one inning of work and took the loss as Seattle fell, 5-3.  Justin Smoak (’08) went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts, dropping his Cactus League average to .125.

The Mariners (2-1-1) take on left-hander John Danks (’04), last year’s LumberKings bobblehead honoree, as they head to Camelback Ranch to face the Chicago White Sox today at 2:05 PM central.  I visited Camelback Ranch last year and it quickly became my favorite spring facility.

In other news, the Mariners shipped infielder Matt Lawson (’08) to the Cleveland Indians along with cash in exchange for left-hander Aaron Laffey.  The 25-year-old Lawson finds himself traded for the second time since July (he came to Seattle via the Texas Rangers in the Cliff Lee deal)…the former LumberKing hit .293 with 26 doubles, seven triples, nine homers and 56 RBI combined between double-A Frisco (Rangers) and double-A West Tenn. (Mariners).  Laffey, meanwhile, was 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts with the Indians and also rehabbed at just about every level of their system last year — including Clinton foe Lake County.

Good luck to the Law-dog as he moves from Peoria to Goodyear.   His move gives me another reason to check in with Indians’ camp aside from Grady Sizemore (’01).


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.


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.


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.


MWLCS Game Five – Notes and Lineups

Tonight is the 150th game for the LumberKings in 2010.  The previous 149 were just a prelude to tonight.  I’ll spare you further dramatics and give you the goods this evening.

The Kings forced tonight’s decisive game five with a 3-2 comeback win over the Lake County Captains in Eastlake last night, looking all but dead on a go-ahead RBI single by Greg Folgia in the seventh.  However, James Jones would start the rally with a single to center in the eighth, and RBI hits by Mickey Wiswall (listen:
Wiswall Game-Tying RBI Single 9.19.10.mp3) and Blake Ochoa (listen:
Ochoa Go-Ahead RBI Double 9.19.10.mp3).

Right-hander Taylor Stanton struck out nine over 6.2 brilliant innings, but it turned out to be right-hander Forrest Snow that earned the win in relief.  Snow yielded Folgia’s hit but just about nothing more over the final 2.1 innings.  He ended the game against Folgia, inducing him into a groundout to Gabriel Noriega (listen:
Snow Induces Folgia into Groundout, Kings Force Game Five 9.19.10.mp3).

The biggest game in Clinton franchise history since 1991 is tonight, and right-hander Yoervis Medina (1-0, 2.19 in 2 playoff starts) will be on the mound for the Kings against Captains’ lefty Giovanni Soto (0-2, 6.00 in 2 playoff games).

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.20.10 kingsnotes _mwlcs.gamefive_.pdf



  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 Yoervis Medina

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 Giovanni Soto

The biggest game of the year starts at 5:30 PM central time, listen online at!


Kings Open MWL Championship Series Wednesday

Tickets still available for Wednesday’s 6:30 game vs. Lake County at Alliant Energy Field


Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings continue their quest for the city’s first Midwest League title since 1991 as they open the best-of-five Championship Series against the East Division champion Lake County Captains with game one set for Wednesday night at Alliant Energy Field.  Gates will open at 5:00 PM with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.


Right-hander Yoervis Medina has been tabbed by manager John Tamargo to make the game one start.  Medina went 5-0 with a 2.50 ERA in six regular-season starts and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in one playoff start.  He’ll be opposed by right-hander Jason Knapp of the Captains.  Knapp went 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in four regular-season starts for Lake County and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one playoff start.


A breakdown of the series:


Date / Game

Teams / Site

Time (CT)

Wed, September 15 (Game 1)

Lake County vs. LumberKings at Alliant Energy Field

6:30 PM

Thu, September 16 (Game 2)

Lake County vs. LumberKings at Alliant Energy Field

6:30 PM

Fri, September 17

OFF DAY – Travel to Eastlake, OH


Sat, September 18 (Game 3)

LumberKings @ Lake County, Classic Park (Eastlake, OH)

5:30 PM

Sun, September 19 (Game 4)

LumberKings @ Lake County, Classic Park (Eastlake, OH)

5:30 PM

Mon, September 20 (Game 5)

LumberKings @ Lake County, Classic Park (Eastlake, OH)

5:30 PM


Tickets for game one are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Alliant Energy Field box office or by calling 563-242-0727.  Tickets for game two will go on sale following Wednesday night’s game.  Playoff ticket prices remain the same, with box seats at $8, adult general admission at $7 and students/seniors general admission at $6.  No regular-season tickets (bonus books, unused tickets, etc.) will be honored for the playoffs.


Catch all the continuing playoff action for your LumberKings on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or live on the web at



Game Three in Cedar Rapids

Momentum is on Clinton’s side after the LumberKings evened the best-of-three first-round playoff series with an 8-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field last night.  Right-hander Yoervis Medina played the role of stopper with two runs over 6.0 innings in the victory and received support from James Jones (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI), Vinnie Catricala (1-for-5, HR, RBI), Mario Martinez (3-for-5, RBI), Henry Contreras (1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) amongst others.


One of these two teams begins their offseason tonight.  The LumberKings have kept Midwest League post-season All-Star Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 2.97) waiting in the wings for this pivotal start, he will take the hill for the second time against the Kernels.  Cedar Rapids originally planned to start left-hander Stephen Locke tonight, but have now opted to go with left-hander Tyler Kehrer (6-5, 4.56) instead.  We’ll see if that move works or backfires for them.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.10.10 kingsnotes _quarterfinals.gamethree_.pdf

Game three lineups:


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

RHP Erasmo Ramirez


  1. Jean Segura (2B)
  2. Matt Long (CF)
  3. Michael Wing (3B)
  4. Casey Haerther (DH)
  5. Jeremy Cruz (RF)
  6. Jose Jimenez (1B)
  7. Jon Karcich (SS)
  8. Justin Bass (LF)
  9. Carlos Ramirez (C)

LHP Tyler Kehrer

The first pitch is scheduled for around 6:35 PM, tune in for the broadcast on at about 6:20 PM for the LumberKings’ Pregame Show.