Former Hickory Crawdads at MLB Teams

The 178 former Hickory Crawdads to play in the major leagues have combined to play for all 30 MLB teams, plus a couple with the former Montreal Expos.

The top-three teams are the current and former affiliates (Rangers, Pirates and White Sox) with a couple of teams only seeing as few as five former ‘Dads. See which ones have played for your favorite team.

Here is the list:



Baltimore Orioles: (15) Hanser Alberto, Jairo Asencio, Jose Bautista, Richard Bleier, Chad Bradford, Luis Garcia, JR House, Nate McLouth, Luis Ortiz, Ronny Paulino, Steve Pearce, Nerio Rodriguez, Luis Sardinas, Dillon Tate, Walter Young.

Boston Red Sox: (11) Daniel Bard, Chad Bradford, Carlos Castillo, Rajai Davis, Adam LaRoche, Brent Lillibridge, Josias Mansanillo, Roman Mendez, Steven Pearce, Jesus Pena, Robbie Ross

Chicago White Sox: (34) Jim Abbott, Jeff Abbott, Kevin Beirne, Jason Bere, Mike Bertotti, Rocky Biddle, Chad Bradford, DJ Carrasco, Carlos Castillo, McKay Christensen, Chris Clemons, Joe Crede, Nelson Cruz, Pat Daneker, Zach Duke, Tom Fordham, Leury Garcia, Jon Garland, Mark Johnson, Jeff Keppinger, Adam LaRoche, Carlos Lee, Brent Lillibridge, Dave Lundquist, Aaron Myette, Greg Norton, Magglio Ordonez, Josh Paul, Jesus Pena, Liu Rodriguez, Aaron Rowand, Brian Simmons, Chris Tremie, Mario Valdez

Cleveland Indians: (9) Jairo Asencio, Bryan Bullington, Rajai Davis, Tom Gorzelanny, Brent Lillibridge, Nyjer Morgan, Aaron Myette, Neil Ramirez, Nerio Rodriguez

Detroit Tigers: (14) Chad Bell, Nelson Cruz, Rajai Davis, Travis Demeritte, Reed Garrett, Brad Eldred, Jordy Mercer, Dustin Molleken, Greg Norton, Roberto Novoa, Magglio Ordonez, Alex Presley, Brian Schmack, Chris Shelton.

Houston Astros (AL team): (1) Alex Presley

Kansas City Royals: (9) Jose Bautista, Bryan Bullington, DJ Carrasco, Chris Demaria, Justin Grimm, Jeff Keppinger, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Nick Tepesch, Chris Young.

Los Angeles Angels: (5) Jim Abbott, Sean Burnett, Cody Ege, John Garland, Josh Paul.

Minnesota Twins: (10) Joe Beimel, Matt Capps, Joe Crede, Ryan Doumit, Zach Duke, Chris Heintz, Martin Perez, Alex Presley, Neil Ramirez, Nick Tepesch

New York Yankees: (9) Jim Abbott, Jonathan Albaladejo, Richard Bleier, Cody Eppley, Brent Lillibridge, Josias Manzanillo, Steve Pearce, Romulo Sanchez, Neil Walker.

Oakland A’s: (7) Chad Bradford, Rajai Davis, Wilmer Font, Mark Johnson, Frank Menechino, Jurickson Profar, Mario Valdez.

Seattle Mariners: (15) Joe Beimel, Zach Duke, Justin Grimm, James Jones, Josh Lueke, Josias Manzanillo, Dylan Moore, Greg Norton, Connor Sadzeck, Luis Sardinas, Chris Shelton, Ian Snell, Erik Swanson, Joe Wieland, Chris Young

Tampa Bay Rays: (12) Jose Bautista, Joe Beimel, Jeff Bennett, Chad Bradford, Peter Fairbanks, Wilmer Font, Jeff Keppinger, Josh Lueke, Greg Norton, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Josh Paul, Steve Pearce

Texas Rangers: (49) Hanser Alberto, Brock Burke, Alexander Claudio, Cody Eppley, Peter Fairbanks, Andrew Faulkner, Wilmer Font, Joey Gallo, Leury Garcia, Nick Gardewine, Justin Grimm, Ronald Guzman, Mark Hamburger, Jonathan Hernandez, Luke Jackson, Ariel Jurado, Keone Kela, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Phil Klein, Jose Leclerc, Carlos Lee, Brett Martin, Nick Martinez, Nomar Mazara, Roman Mendez, Yohander Mendez, Aaron Myette, Rougned Odor, Joseph Ortiz, Joseph Palumbo, Ronny Paulino, Pedro Payano, CD Pelham, Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, Drew Robinson, Ricardo Rodriguez, Ben Rowen, Ryan Rua, Connor Sadzeck, Luis Sardinas, Chris Shelton, Jeffrey Springs, Nick Tepesch, Tomas Telis, Chris Tremie, Jose Trevino, Matt West, Chris Young.

Toronto Blue Jays: (15) Jose Bautista, Kevin Beirne, Bryan Bullington, Rajai Davis, Wilmer Font, Matt Hague, Brad Lincoln, Frank Menechino, Steve Pearce, Neil Ramirez, Todd Redmond, Nerio Rodriguez, Brian Simmons, Nick Tepesch, Matt West.



Arizona Diamondbacks: (6) Jonathan Albaladejo, DJ Carrasco, Zach Duke, Jon Garland, Adam LaRoche, Jamie Romak

Atlanta Braves: (12) Jairo Asencio, Jose Bautista, Jeff Bennett, Jake Brigham, Ryan Doumit, Luke Jackson, Adam LaRoche, Brent Lillibridge, Paul Maholm, Nate McLouth, Greg Norton, Todd Redmond.

Chicago Cubs: (12) Jairo Asencio, Jason Bere, CJ Edwards, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Justin Grimm, Brent Lillibridge, Paul Maholm, Roberto Novoa, Josh Paul, Neil Ramirez, Ben Rowen

Cincinnati Reds: (11) Jason Bere, Abel De Los Santos, Zach Duke, Josh Fogg, Jared Hughes, Jeff Keppinger, Josias Manzanillo, Aaron Myette, Todd Redmond, Pete Rose Jr., Dave Williams.

Colorado Rockies: (5) Joe Beimel, Nelson Cruz, Brad Eldred, Josh Fogg, Greg Norton.

Houston Astros (NL Team): (8) Brian Bixler, Jose Castillo, Nelson Cruz, JR House, Jeff Keppinger, Carlos Lee, Steve Pearce, Chris Tremie.

Los Angeles Dodgers: (12) Joe Beimel, Kevin Beirne, Fabio Castillo, McKay Christensen, Wilmer Font, Jon Garland, Paul Maholm, Jamie Romak, Nick Tepesch, Tony Watson, Matt West, Joe Wieland.

Miami Marlins: (14) Jeff Abbott, Jorge Alfaro, Lewis Brinson, Dave Davidson, Cody Ege, Hansel Izquierdo, Carlos Lee, Josias Manzanillo, Bryan Morris, Juan Carlos Oviedo, Henry Owens, Ronny Paulino, Tomas Telis, Neil Walker

Milwaukee Brewers: (18) Jim Abbott, Jeff Bennett, Jason Bere, Lewis Brinson, Alex Claudio, Chris Demaria, Zach Duke, Tom Gorzelanny, Jared Hughes, Mark Johnson, Carlos Lee, Josias Manzanillo, Nyger Morgan, Alex Presley, Neil Ramirez, Ben Rowen, Luis Sardinas, Neil Walker

Montreal Expos: (2) Rocky Biddle, Bob Henley.

New York Mets: (14) Jose Bautista, Chad Bradford, McKay Christensen, DJ Carrasco, Rajai Davis, Wilmer Font, Jeff Keppinger, Josias Manzanillo, Henry Owens, Ronny Paulino, Neil Ramirez, Neil Walker, Dave Williams, Chris Young.

Philadelphia Phillies: (12) Jorge Alfaro, Jose Bautista, Jerad Eickhoff, Odubel Herrera, Jared Hughes, Phil Klein, Steve Lerud, Brad Lincoln, Andrew McCutchen, Aaron Rowand, Danny Sandoval, Nick Williams

Pittsburgh Pirates: (53) Tony Alvarez, Jose Bautista, Joe Beimel, Brian Bixler, Wilfredo Boscan, Bryan Bullington, Sean Burnett, Matt Capps, DJ Carrasco, Jose Castillo, Humberto Cota, Mike Crotta, Dave Davidson, JJ Davis, Rajai Davis, Yurendell DeCaster, Ryan Doumit, Zach Duke, Brad Eldred, Josh Fogg, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Matt Hague, JR House, Jared Hughes, Mike Johnston, Keone Kela, Adam LaRoche, Brad Lincoln, Paul Maholm, Josias Manzanillo, Javier Martinez, Andrew McCutchen, Nate McLouth, Jordy Mercer, Nyjer Morgan, Bryan Morris, Luis Munoz, Ronny Paulino, Steve Pearce, Alex Presley, Carlos Rivera, Romulo Sanchez, Josh Sharpless, Ian Snell, Steve Sparks, Chris Tremie, John Van Benschoten, Neil Walker, Tony Watson, Duke Welker, Dave Williams, Shane Youman.

San Diego Padres: (9) Carl Edwards, Jr., Robbie Erlin, Jon Garland, Dave Lundquist, Luis Sardinas, Craig Stansberry, Christian Villanueva, Joe Wieland, Chris Young.

San Francisco Giants: (8) Jose Castillo, Rajai Davis, Jeff Keppinger, Andrew McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Neil Ramirez, Aaron Rowand, Tony Watson

St Louis Cardinals: (6) Zach Duke, Mark Johnson, Drew Robinson, Nerio Rodriguez, Jason Simontacchi, Rico Washington.

Washington Nationals: (13) Jonathan Albaladejo, Joe Beimel, Brian Bixler, Sean Burnett, Matt Capps, JJ Davis, Abel De Los Santos, Zach Duke, Tom Gorzelanny, Adam LaRoche, Nate McLouth, Nyjer Morgan, Jason Simontacchi.

Storm a-brewin’: The building of the 2015 Hickory girls basketball state championship team

(With sports on hiatus in the area, I’m going to relive some of my favorite memories from my 12 years of covering sports in the region. My thinking is it will be a mix of high school and Crawdads, depending on what strikes me. I have no agenda for one team or one sport over another. Some days it might be just Crawdads stats. It may be sporadic, or daily, I don’t know. However, for right now, this is my therapy for what is going on, for I have no sports to write about.)


Saturday, March 14, 2020 was the fifth anniversary of Hickory’s 3A girls’ basketball championship game against Chapel Hill, won by the Red Tornadoes 71-53. Following that team over a few years, it was fascinating to watch the building of that team and a season prior to the title, I could see that Hickory had a chance to be a championship team. These are my memories of that squad.

One of the first high school basketball games I covered for the Hickory Daily Record during the 2013-2014 season was Newton-Conover at Hickory. The girls’ game of that doubleheader was an 87-24 rout by Hickory – this before the running-clock era started for the 2015-2016 season.

We featured the boys game for our coverage, but there was an intriguing development from the girls’ contest that got my attention. In fact, I emailed then-sports editor Chris Hobbs with my thoughts from the night. The email included the following statement:

“Hickory girls look as usual but having Sadasia Tipps come over from Foard to play inside gives them, at least early on, a chance to make a deeper run this year. If they stay healthy, it could be a special next two years.”

Led by coach Barbara Helms, for many years the Red Tornadoes girls’ teams were the dominant program in the area. Hickory won a slew of conference titles and often made deep runs in the state playoffs, which included an appearance at the 3A state final in 2011.

The trademark of Helms’ teams is a defense that has the effect of gnats on humans on a hot summer day in South Georgia. It often had the effect of being an irritating, bothersome, get up in your face and in your eyes and nose nuisance that harassed opponents into turnovers before getting to the front court. The steals often led to the appearance of a pregame layup line. However, if a team could match up athletically with Hickory, they could be beat in a halfcourt game, especially if the opponent had size inside.

Following the 2011 state final loss, Hickory had the luxury of two talented freshmen to join the team and they would be the foundation for the next four seasons. Forward Danasia Witherspoon and guard Yazmen Hannah had basketball skills and maturity beyond their years. Witherspoon, who signed to play in college at Wingate, was a 5-foot-8, Swiss-army knife of a forward that could do about anything on the court. She could post up in the lane, drive to the basket, shoot a three, if needed – truly a talented high school player. Hannah, who went to Virginia St., was a more slender 5-8 with quick hands on defense that were the envy of any pickpocket. Along with a slashing dribble-drive, Hannah scored a ton of points off backcourt steals that turned into an automatic left-handed layup. She was also coldblooded around the arc, especially on the left side.

With future Lenoir-Rhyne Univ. player Farrah Young, a firecracker of a point guard who ran the floor for the team from 2011 to 2013, Hickory nearly made it back to the 2012 title game. However, an ACL knee injury suffered by Witherspoon in the regional semifinal loomed large and Hickory got a taste its own medicine with 29 forced turnovers in a 78-46 rout by Harding in the 3A West Regional.

A year later in the playoffs, Tuscola’s Shelby Tricoli handled the Hickory pressure at the point and went on to score 19. Teammate Alex Swanger matched her point total and added 12 boards, as the Mountaineers knocked off Hickory at home in the third round.

Enter Sadasia Tipps.

Listed at 6-1, the lean, long-armed mobile Tipps, who went on to play college ball at East Tennessee, was a shot-swatting machine in the paint, averaging 3.7 blocks-per-game (stats from MaxPreps) with Fred T. Foard during the 2012-2013 season, during which the Tigers won a Northwestern 3A-4A Conference co-championship. Her quickness and long limbs allowed her on defense to go anywhere along the baseline from the post to the corner and harass shots.

Tipps transferred to Hickory for her final two years and immediately she paid dividends for the Red Tornadoes in the season-opening rout of Newton-Conover. She scored 10 points, had 2 blocks, 5 steals and 3 boards. With her in the middle, teams that could beat the Hickory press now had another defensive weapon with which to contend.

Now juniors, Witherspoon averaged 17.3 points per game and Hannah had 16.2, but as Tipps continued to adjust to Helms’ style of play and her Red Tornado teammates, Hickory was nearly unbeatable, often with jaw-dropping victory margins. The average score of that 30-game season in 2013-14 was 70-39, which included playoff wins by 45, 26, 15 and 19 in the first four rounds. Only two opponents came within single-digits, one of those in the 3A West final, when Hickory defeated Pisgah 66-57. Tipps had 12 games that season with ten or more rebounds, and in the playoffs, she had two games with seven or more blocks. Her shining moment came against Erwin, when she 15 points, 15 boards and seven blocks. Yet, the dream of an unbeaten 30-0 season evaporated quickly in the state final, when Chapel Hill led by 22 at the half and won by 13.

However, Hickory was still building and it added the final piece of a championship puzzle – junior Ansley Rooks, a transfer from Patton. A talented volleyball player, who signed to play the sport at UNC Asheville, Rooks was a 5-9 forward that could find a hot hand around the 3-point arc, or give help to Witherspoon and Tipps inside. Joining the other three seniors, together the Red Tornadoes were even more lethal on the court.

Offensively, Hickory was about the same as the 2013-14 edition, scoring just over 70 points a game. Defensively, it was at another level that I can’t recall seeing from any other team. Out of 27 games, Hickory allowed less than 30 points in 17 of them, and less than 20 in ten. For the season, the Red Tornadoes allowed 28 points per game. No opponent reached the 60s.

The crowning achievement of that season came in the 3A West final against Weddington, which was led by McDonald’s All-American Stephanie Watts. According to her bio page on the University of North Carolina women’s basketball site, Watts was ranked 24th in her class by ESPN and 14th by All Star Girls Report. Named the 2015 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (29.1 points per game, 8.8 rebound, 6.1 assists), Watts scored 39, including a regional-record (“regionals” then included the state quarterfinals and semis at a neutral site) 27 points in the second half and rallied the Warriors from 15 down to defeat Freedom.

Jordan Anders, a writer for HDR who covered Hickory in the regionals, caught up with Helms and asked about defending Watts.

“I saw Barbara as we were walking out of (Winston-Salem’s Lawrence) Joel (Coliseum),” Anders recalled. “And said something to the effect of ‘you guys have a plan to stop that tomorrow?’

“And she looked me in the eyes, into the depths of my soul, and said ‘yeah’ in a tone that sounded almost offended that I would ask such a question.”

The 3A West final was not so much a rout as it was an overwhelming massacre of a good Weddington team that was 29-1 (the only loss prior was to 4A champion Myers Park 76-55) coming into the game and averaged 62 points a game. Hannah and Rooks were hot from behind the arc early to push Hickory into an 14-2 lead. It was 20-6 after one quarter before it got worse.

Player after player– double and triple teams – came after Watts on defense and forced 11 turnovers in the second quarter, during which Watts picked up her third foul. At the point, Hickory could name its score. More exactly, the Red Tornadoes could name Weddington’s score. Hickory led 34-9 at the half and THEN, the defense got tougher. The Warriors scored just four points TOTAL in the second half and ended the game with 5-of-40 shooting. Hannah had 31 to lead Hickory.

However, coach Helms knew the work wasn’t done yet.

“I told them, ‘You have to be elated,’” she said in a postgame presser. “I thought they were tremendous in this game, but now, (be) elated, excited, but now it’s back to work.”

Hickory returned to the finals for a rematch against Chapel Hill ine what was essentially a road game at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carmichael Area. Falling behind at the end of one quarter, the Red Tornadoes amped up the defense to the tune of 23 turnovers for the game that led to 33 points. Witherspoon scored 20 and had seven steals to win the MVP, but it was Tipps’ 20 rebounds – 10 offensive – that had the biggest impact.

“They just dominated the boards,” Chapel Hill coach Sherry Norris said in the postgame press conference. “Tipps had 20 rebounds and we had 30 as a team. We’ve not played any other team this year that beat us that badly on the boards.”

Hickory held a 44-30 rebound margin which led to a 15-8 edge in second-chance points. With all the turnovers and rebounds, the Red Tornadoes outscored Chapel Hill 36-18 in the paint en route to the win.

Essentially, the Red Tornadoes were one bad half of basketball away from two state titles in a row. For me, they were the best girls’ team I saw in the 2010s with the game against Weddington the most stunning contest in that sport I’ve seen.

Crawdads in the Majors, teams played for

Overall, 178 players have donned a Hickory Crawdads uniform and played in the major leagues. Yesterday, I posted a list of the names in order of their debut dates.  Today, the list is in alphabetical order along with years they played for Hickory, the debut dates, and what team(s) each played for.


CRAWDADS IN THE MAJORS (Bold indicates player was active as of March 13, 2020)


Jeff Abbott (’94, debut 6/10/97) Chicago White Sox 1997-2000, Florida Marlins 2001

Jim Abbott (’97, debut 4/8/89) California Angels 1989-1992, New York Yankees 1993-1994, Chicago White Sox 1995, California Angels 1995-1996, Chicago White Sox 1998, Milwaukee Brewers 1999

Jonathan Albaladejo (’03, debut 9/5/07) Washington Nationals 2007, New York Yankees 2008-2010, Arizona Diamondbacks 2012

Hanser Alberto (’12, debut 5/29/15) Texas Rangers 2015-2018, Baltimore Orioles 2019-2020

Jorge Alfaro (’12-’13, debut 9/12/16) Philadelphia Phillies 2016-2018, Miami Marlins 2019-2020

Tony Alvarez (’00, debut 9/04/02) Pittsburgh Pirates 2002, 2004

Jairo Asencio (formerly known as Luis Valdez) (’05-’06, debut 7/12/09) Atlanta Braves 2009, 2011, Cleveland Indians 2012, Chicago Cubs 2012, Baltimore Orioles 2013



Daniel Bard (’14, debut 5/13/09) Boston Red Sox 2009-2013

Jose Bautista (’02, debut 4/4/04) Baltimore Orioles 2004, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2004, Kansas City Royals 2004, Pittsburgh Pirates 2004-2008, Toronto Blue Jays 2008-2017, Atlanta Braves 2018, New York Mets 2018, Philadephia Phillies 2018

Joe Beimel (’99, debut 4/8/01) Pittsburgh Pirates 2001-2003, Minnesota Twins 2004, Tampa Bay Rays 2005, Los Angeles Dodgers 2006-2008, Washington Nationals 2009, Colorado Rockies 2009-2010, Pittsburgh Pirates 2011, Seattle Mariners 2014-2015

Kevin Beirne (’95, debut 5/17/00) Chicago White Sox 2000, Toronto Blue Jays 2001, Los Angeles Dodgers 2002

Chad Bell (’10, ’14, debut 5/10/17) Detroit Tigers 2017-2018

Jeff Bennett (’00, debut 4/6/04) Milwaukee Brewers 2004, Atlanta Braves 2007-2009, Tampa Bay Rays 2009

Jason Bere (’96, debut 5/27/93) Chicago White Sox 1993-1998, Cincinnati Reds 1998-1999, Milwaukee Brewers 1999-2000, Cleveland Indians 2000, Chicago Cubs 2001-2002, Cleveland Indians 2003

Mike Bertotti (’93, debut 7/29/95) Chicago White Sox 1995-1997

Rocky Biddle (’97, debut 8/10/00) Chicago White Sox 2000-2002, Montreal Expos 2003-2004

Brian Bixler (’05, debut 4/6/08) Pittsburgh Pirates 2008-2009,  Washington Nationals 2011, Houston Astros 2012

Richard Bleier (’09, debut 5/30/16) New York Yankees 2016, Baltimore Orioles 2017-2020

Wilfredo Boscan (’09, 5/19/16) Pittsburgh Pirates 2015-2016

Chad Bradford (’96, debut 8/1/98) Chicago White Sox 1998-2000, Oakland A’s 2001-2004, Boston Red Sox 2005, New York Mets 2006, Baltimore Orioles 2007-2008, Tampa Bay Rays 2008-2009

Jake Brigham (’09-’10, debut 6/30/15) Atlanta Braves 2015

Lewis Brinson (’13-’14, debut 6/11/17) Milwaukee Brewers 2017, Miami Marlins 2018-2020

Bryan Bullington (’03 debut 9/18/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005, 2007-2008, Cleveland Indians 2008, Toronto Blue Jays 2009, Kansas City Royals 2010

Brock Burke (’19, debut 8/20/19) Texas Rangers 2019-2020

Sean Burnett (’01, debut 5/30/04) Pittsburgh Pirates 2004, 2008-2009, Washington Nationals 2009-2012, Los Angeles Angels 2013-2014, Washington Nationals 2016



Matt Capps (’04-’05, debut 9/15/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2009, Washington Nationals 2010, Minnesota Twins 2010-2012

DJ Carrasco (’00, debut 4/2/03) Kansas City Royals 2003-2005, Chicago White Sox 2008-2009, Pittsburgh Pirates 2010, Arizona Diamondbacks 2010, New York Mets 2011-2012

Carlos Castillo (’94-’95, debut 7/22/01) Chicago White Sox 1997-1999, Boston Red Sox 2001

Fabio Castillo (’09, debut 9/2/17) Los Angeles Dodgers 2017

Jose Castillo (’00, debut 4/7/04) Pittsburgh Pirates 2004-2007, San Francisco 2008, Houston Astros 2008

McKay Christensen (’96-’97, debut 4/6/99) Chicago White Sox 1999-2001, Los Angeles Dodgers 2001, New York Mets 2002

Alexander Claudio (’13, debut 8/13/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2018, Milwaukee Brewers 2019-2020

Chris Clemons (’94 debut 7/23/97) Chicago White Sox 1997

Humberto Cota (’99, debut 9/9/01) Pittsburgh Pirates 2001-2007

Joe Crede (’97, debut 9/12/00) Chicago White Sox 2000-2008, Minnesota Twins 2009

Mike Crotta (’06-’07, debut 4/3/11) Pittsburgh Pirates 2011

Nelson Cruz (’95, debut 8/1/97) Chicago White Sox 1997, Detroit Tigers 1999-2000, Houston Astros 2001-2002, Colorado Rockies 2003



Pat Danekar (’98, debut 7/2/99) Chicago White Sox 1999

Dave Davidson (’05-’06, debut 9/6/07) Pittsburgh Pirates 2007, Florida Marlins 2009

JJ Davis (’99, debut 9/4/02) Pittsburgh Pirates 2002-2004, Washington Nationals 2005

Rajai Davis (’02-’03, debut 8/14/06) Pittsburgh Pirates 2006-2007, San Francisco 2007-2008, Oakland A’s 2008-2010, Toronto Blue Jays 2011-2013,  Detroit Tigers 2014-2015, Cleveland Indians 2016, Oakland A’s 2017, Boston Red Sox 2017, Cleveland Indians 2018, New York Mets 2019

Yurendell DeCaster (’01, debut 5/21/06) Pittsburgh Pirates 2006

Abel De Los Santos (’14, debut 7/21/15) Washington Nationals 2015, Cincinnati Reds 2016

Jason Dellaero (’97, debut 9/7/99) Chicago White Sox 1999

Chris Demaria (’04, debut 9/9/05) Kansas City Royals 2005-2006

Travis Demeritte (’14-’15, debut 8/2/19) Detroit Tigers 2019-2020

Ryan Doumit (’01-’02 debut 6/5/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2011, Minnesota Twins 2012-2013, Atlanta Braves 2014

Zach Duke (’03, debut 7/2/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2010, Arizona Diamondbacks 2011, Washington Nationals 2012-2013, Cincinnati Reds 2013, Milwaukee Brewers 2014, Chicago White Sox 2015-2016,  St. Louis Cardinals 2016-2017, Minnesota Twins 2018, Seattle Mariners 2018, Cincinnati Reds 2019



Carl Edwards (’13, debut 9/7/15) Chicago Cubs 2015-2019, San Diego Padres 2019, Seattle Mariners 2020

Cody Ege (’13, debut 4/23/16) Miami Marlins 2016, Los Angeles Angels 2016

Jerad Eickhoff (’12, debut 8/21/15) Philadelphia Phillies 2015-2019, San Diego Padres 2020

Brad Eldred (’03, debut 7/22/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005, 2007, Colorado Rockies 2010, Detroit Tigers 2012                                          

Cody Eppley (’09, debut 4/23/11) Texas Rangers 2011, New York Yankees 2012-2013

Robbie Erlin (’10) San Diego Padres 2013-2019, Pittsburgh Pirates 2020



Peter Fairbanks (’16, debut 6/9/19) Texas Rangers 2019, Tampa Bay Rays 2019-2020

Andrew Faulkner (’12-’13, debut 8/31/15) Texas Rangers 2015-2016

Josh Fogg (’98, debut 9/2/01) Chicago White Sox 2001, Pittsburgh Pirates 2002-2005, Colorado Rockies 2006-2007, Cincinnati Reds 2008, Colorado Rockies 2009

Wilmer Font (’09-’10, debut 9/18/12) Texas Rangers 2012-2013, Los Angeles Dodgers 2017-2018, Oakland A’s 2018, Tampa Bay Rays 2018-2019, New York Mets 2019, Toronto Blue Jays 2019-2020

Tom Fordham (’93-’94, debut 8/19/97) Chicago White Sox 1997-1998



Joey Gallo (’13, debut 6/2/15) Texas Rangers 2015-2020

Leury Garcia (’09-’10, debut 4/6/13) Texas Rangers 2013, Chicago White Sox 2013-2020

Luis Garcia (’96, debut 4/10/02) Baltimore Orioles 2002

Nick Gardewine (’15, debut 8/22/17) Texas Rangers 2017-2018

Jon Garland (’98, debut 7/4/00) Chicago White Sox 2000-2007, Los Angeles Angels 2008, Arizona Diamondbacks 2009, Los Angeles Dodgers 2009, San Diego Padres 2010, Los Angeles Dodgers 2011, Colorado Rockies 2013

Reed Garrett (’15, debut 3/29/19) Detroit Tigers 2019

Tom Gorzelanny (’04, debut 9/20/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2009, Chicago Cubs 2009-2010, Washington Nationals 2011-2012, Milwaukee Brewers 2013-2014, Detroit Tigers 2015, Cleveland Indians 2016

John Grabow (’99, debut 9/14/03) Pittsburgh Pirates 2003-2009, Chicago Cubs 2009-2011

Justin Grimm (’11, debut 6/16/12) Texas Rangers 2012-2013, Chicago Cubs 2013-2017, Kansas City Royals 2018, Seattle Mariners 2018

Ronald Guzman (’13, ’14, ’15, debut 4/13/18) Texas Rangers 2018-2019



Matt Hague (’08, debut 4/7/12) Pittsburgh Pirates 2012, 2014, Toronto Blue Jays 2015

Mark Hamburger (’09, debut 8/31/11) Texas Rangers 2011

Chris Heintz (’97, debut 9/10/05) Minnesota Twins 2005-2007

Bob Henley (’02, debut 7/19/98) Montreal Expos 1998

Jonathan Hernandez (’16-’17, debut 8/21/19) Texas Rangers 2019-2020

Odubel Herrera (’11, debut 4/6/15) Philadelphia Phillies 2015-2020

JR House (’99-’00, debut 9/27/03) Pittsburgh Pirates 2003-2004, Houston Astros 2006, Baltimore Orioles 2007, Houston Astros 2008

Jared Hughes (’06-’07, debut 9/7/11) Pittsburgh Pirates 2011-2016, Milwaukee Brewers 2017, Cincinnati Reds 2018-2019, Philadelphia Phillies 2019, Houston Astros 2020



Hansel Izquierdo (’98, debut 4/21/02) Florida Marlins 2002



Luke Jackson (debut 9/4/15) Texas Rangers 2015-2016, Atlanta Braves 2017-2020

Mark Johnson (’95, debut 9/14/98) Chicago White Sox 1998-2002, Oakland A’s 2003, Milwaukee Brewers 2004, St Louis Cardinals 2008\

Mike Johnston (’00-01, debut 4/7/04) Pittsburgh Pirates 2004-2005

James Jones (’16, debut 4/18/14) Seattle Mariners 2014-2015

Ariel Jurado (’15, debut 5/19/18) Texas Rangers 2018-2020



Keone Kela (’13, debut 4/7/15) Texas Rangers 2015-2018, Pittsburgh Pirates 2018-2020

Jeff Keppinger (’02, debut 8/20/04) New York Mets 2004, Kansas City Royals 2006, Cincinnati Reds 2007-2008, Houston Astros 2009-2011, San Francisco Giants 2011, Tampa Bay Rays 2012, Chicago White Sox 2013

Isiah Kiner-Falefa (’14-’15, debut 4/10/18) Texas Rangers 2018-2020

Phil Klein (’12 debut 8/1/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2016, Philadelphia Phillies 2016



Adam LaRoche (’08, debut 4/7/04) Atlanta Braves 2004-2006, Pittsburgh Pirates 2007-2009, Boston Red Sox 2009, Atlanta Braves 2009, Arizona Diamondbacks 2010, Washington Nationals 2011-2014, Chicago White Sox 2015.

Jose LeClerc (’13, debut 7/6/16) Texas Rangers 2016-2020

Carlos Lee (’95-’96, debut 5/7/99) Chicago White Sox 1999-2004, Milwaukee Brewers 2005-2006, Texas Rangers 2006, Houston Astros 2007-2012, Miami Marlins 2012

Steve Lerud (’05-’06) Philadelphia Phillies 2012-2013

Brent Lillibridge (’06, debut 4/26/08) Atlanta Braves 2008, Chicago White Sox 2009-2012, Boston Red Sox 2012, Cleveland Indians 2012, Chicago Cubs 2013, New York Yankees 2013
Brad Lincoln (’06, ’08, debut 6/9/10) Pittsburgh Pirates 2010-2012, Toronto Blue Jays 2012-2013, Philadelphia Phillies 2014

Josh Lueke (’10, debut 4/3/11) Seattle Mariners 2011, Tampa Bay Rays 2012-2014

Dave Lundquist (’94, ’04, debut 4/6/99) Chicago White Sox 1999, San Diego 2001-2002



Paul Maholm (’04, debut 8/20/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2011, Chicago Cubs 2012, Atlanta Braves 2012-2013, Los Angeles Dodgers 2014

Josias Manzanillo (’02, debut 10/5/91) Boston Red Sox 1991, Milwaukee Brewers 1993, New York Mets 1993-1995, New York Yankees 1995, Seattle Mariners 1997, New York Mets 1999, Pittsburgh Pirates 2000-2002, Cincinnati Reds 2003, Florida Marlins 2004

Brett Martin (’15-’16, debut 4/19/19) Texas Rangers 2019-2020

Javier Martinez (’99, debut 4/2/98) Pittsburgh Pirates 1998

Nick Martinez (’12, debut 4/5/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2017

Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, debut 4/10/16) Texas Rangers 2016-2019, Chicago White Sox 2020

Andrew McCutchen (’06, debut 6/4/09) Pittsburgh Pirates 2009-2017, San Francisco Giants 2018, Philadephia Phillies 2019-2020

Nate McLouth (’01, debut 6/29/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2009, Atlanta Braves 2009-2011, Pittsburgh Pirates 2012, Baltimore Orioles 2012-2013, Washington Nationals 2014-2015

Roman Mendez (’11, debut 7/8/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2015, Boston Red Sox 2015

Yohander Mendez (’14-’15, debut 9/5/16) Texas Rangers 2016-2020

Frank Menechino (’93, debut 9/6/99) Oakland A’s 1999-2004, Toronto Blue Jays 2004-2005

Jordy Mercer (’08, debut 5/29/12) Pittsburgh Pirates 2012-2018, Detroit Tigers 2019-2020

Dustin Molleken (’07-’08, debut 7/4/16) Detroit Tigers 2016

Dylan Moore (’15-’16, debut 3/20/19) Seattle Mariners 2019

Nyjer Morgan (’04, debut 9/1/07) Pittsburgh Pirates 2007-2009, Washington Nationals 2009-2010, Milwaukee Brewers 2011-2012, Cleveland Indians 2014

Bryan Morris (’08, debut 9/14/12) Pittsburgh Pirates 2012-2014, Miami Marlins 2014-2016, San Francisco Giants 2017

Luis Munoz (’05-’06, did not appear) Pittsburgh Pirates 2008

Aaron Myette (’97-’98, debut 9/7/99) Chicago White Sox 1999-2000, Texas Rangers 2001-2002, Cleveland 2003, Cincinnati Reds 2004



Greg Norton (’93, debut 8/18/96) Chicago White Sox 1996-2000, Colorado Rockies 2001-2003, Detroit Tigers 2004, Tampa Bay Rays 2006-2007, Seattle Mariners 2008, Atlanta Braves 2008-2009

Roberto Novoa (’02, debut 7/29/04) Detroit Tigers 2004, Chicago Cubs 2005-2006

Rougned Odor (’14, debut 5/8/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2020

Magglio Ordonez (’93-’94, debut 8/29/97) Chicago White Sox 1997-2004 Detroit Tigers 2005-2011

Joseph Ortiz (’09-’10, debut 3/31/13) Texas Rangers 2013

Luis Ortiz (’14-’15, debut 9/7/18) Baltimore Orioles 2018-2019

Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly known as Leo Nunez) (’02-’04, debut 5/9/05) Kansas City Royals 2005-2008, Florida Marlins 2009-2011, Tampa Bay Rays 2014

Henry Owens (’03, debut 7/7/06) New York Mets 2006, Florida Marlins 2007



Joe Palumbo (’15-’16, debut 6/8/19) Texas Rangers 2019-2020

Josh Paul (’96, debut 9/7/99) Chicago White Sox 1999-2003, Chicago Cubs 2003, Los Angeles Angels 2004-2005, Tampa Bay Rays 2006-2007

Ronny Paulino (’00, debut 9/25/05) Pittsburgh Pirates 2005-2008, Florida Marlins 2009-2010, New York Mets 2011, Baltimore Orioles 2012

Pedro Payano (’15-’16, debut 7/6/19) Texas Rangers 2019

Steve Pearce (’08, debut 9/1/07) Pittsburgh Pirates 2007-2011, Houston Astros 2012, New York Yankees 2012, Baltimore Orioles 2012-2015, Tampa Bay Rays 2016, Baltimore Orioles 2016, Toronto Blue Jays 2017-2018, Boston Red Sox 2018-2019

C.D. Pelham (’17, debut 9/5/18) Texas Rangers 2018

Jesus Pena (’97, debut 8/7/99) Chicago White Sox 1999-2000, Boston Red Sox 2000

Martin Perez (’09, debut 6/27/12) Texas Rangers 2012-2018, Minnesota Twins 2019, Boston Red Sox 2020

Alex Presley (’07, debut 9/8/10) Pittsburgh Pirates 2010 -2013, Minnesota Twins 2013, Houston Astros 2014-2015, Milwaukee Brewers 2016, Detroit Tigers 2016-2017

Jurickson Profar (’11, debut 9/2/12) Texas Rangers 2012-2018, Oakland A’s 2019, San Diego Padres 2020



Neil Ramirez (’09-’10, debut 4/26/14) Chicago Cubs 2014-2016, Milwaukee Brewers 2016, Minnesota Twins 2016, Sam Francisco Giants 2017, Toronto Blue Jays 2017, New York Mets 2017, Cleveland Indians 2018-2019, Toronto Blue Jays 2019-2020

Todd Redmond (’06, debut 8/18/12) Atlanta Braves 2012, Cincinnati Reds 2012, Toronto Blue Jays 2013-2015

Carlos Rivera (’99, debut 6/22/03) Pittsburgh Pirates 2003-2004

Drew Robinson (’12, debut 4/5/17) Texas Rangers 2017-2018, St. Louis Cardinals 2019

Liu Rodriguez (’96-’97, debut 6/9/99) Chicago White Sox 1999

Nerio Rodriguez (’93, debut 8/18/96) Baltimore 1996-1998, Toronto Blue Jays 1998-1999, Cleveland Indians 2002, St Louis Cardinals 2002

Ricardo Rodriguez (’14-’15, debut 8/14/17) Texas Rangers 2017-2018

Jamie Romak (’07, debut 5/28/14) Los Angeles Dodgers 2014, Arizona Diamondbacks 2015

Pete Rose, Jr (’94, debut 9/1/97) Cincinnati Reds 1997

Robbie Ross (’10, debut 4/8/12) Texas Rangers 2012-2014, Boston Red Sox 2015-2017

Aaron Rowand (’98, debut 6/16/01) Chicago White Sox 2001-2005, Philadelphia Phillies 2006-2007, San Francisco 2008-2011

Ben Rowen (’11, debut 6/15/14) Texas Rangers 2014, Chicago Cubs 2015, Milwaukee Brewers 2016

Ryan Rua (’13, debut 8/29/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2018



Connor Sadzeck (’13, debut 9/1/18) Texas Rangers 2018, Seattle Mariners 2019

Romulo Sanchez (’05-’06, debut 8/26/07) Pittsburgh Pirates 2007-2008, New York Yankees 2010

Danny Sandoval (’98, debut 7/17/05) Philadelphia Phillies 2005-2006

Luis Sardinas (’12, debut 4/20/14) Texas Rangers 2014, Milwaukee Brewers 2015, Seattle Mariners 2016, San Diego Padres 2016-2017, Baltimore Orioles 2018

Brian Schmack (’96, debut 8/24/03) Detroit Tigers 2003

Josh Sharpless (’04, debut 8/1/06) Pittsburgh Pirates 2006-2007

Chris Shelton (’02, debut 4/15/04) Detroit Tigers 2004-2006, Texas Rangers 2008, Seattle Mariners 2009

Brian Simmons (’95, debut 9/21/98) Chicago White Sox 1998-1999, Toronto Blue Jays 2001

Jason Simontacchi (’99, debut 5/4/02) St Louis Cardinals 2002-2004, Washington Nationals 2007

Ian Snell (’02, debut 8/4/04) Pittsburgh Pirates 2004-2009, Seattle Mariners 2009-2010

Steve Sparks (’99, debut 7/19/00) Pittsburgh Pirates 2000

Jeffrey Springs (’15-’16, debut 7/31/18) Texas Rangers 2018-2019, Boston Red Sox 2020

Craig Stansberry (’04, debut 8/25/07) San Diego Padres 2007-2009

Erik Swanson (’15-’16, debut 4/11/19) Seattle Mariners 2019-2020



Dillon Tate (’15-’16, debut 7/29/19) Baltimore Orioles 2019-2020

Tomas Telis (’11, debut 8/25/14) Texas Rangers 2014-2015, Miami Marlins 2015-2018

Nick Tepesch (’11, debut 4/9/13) Texas Rangers 2013-2014, Los Angeles Dodgers 2016, Kansas City Royals 2016, Minnesota Twins 2017, Toronto Blue Jays 2017

Chris Tremie (’93, debut 7/1/95) Chicago White Sox 1995, Texas Rangers 1998, Pittsburgh Pirates 1999, Houston Astros 2004

Jose Trevino (’15, debut 6/15/18) Texas Rangers 2018-2020



Mario Valdez (’95, debut 6/15/97) Chicago White Sox 1997, Oakland A’s 2000-2001

John Van Benschoten (’02, debut 8/18/04) Pittsburgh Pirates 2004, 2007-2008

Christian Villanueva (’11, debut 9/18/17) San Diego Padres 2017-2018



Neil Walker (’05, debut 9/1/09) Pittsburgh Pirates 2009-2015, New York Mets 2016-2017, Milwaukee Brewers 2017, New York Yankees 2018, Miami Marlins 2019, Philadelphia Phillies 2020

Rico Washington (’99, debut 4/1/08) St Louis Cardinals 2008

Tony Watson (’07, debut 6/8/11) Pittsburgh Pirates 2011-2017, Los Angeles Dodgers 2017, San Francisco Giants 2019-2020

Duke Welker (’08, 6/23/13) Pittsburgh Pirates 2013

Matt West (’09-’10, debut 7/10/14) Texas Rangers 2014, Los Angeles Dodgers 2015

Joe Wieland (’09-’10, debut 4/14/12) San Diego Padres 2012, 2014, Los Angeles Dodgers 2015, Seattle Mariners 2016

Dave Williams (’99-’00, debut 6/6/01) Pittsburgh Pirates 2001-2005, Cincinnati Reds 2006, New York Mets 2006-2007

Nick Williams (’13, debut 6/30/17) Philadelphia Phillies 2017-2020



Shane Youman (’03, debut 9/10/06) Pittsburgh Pirates 2006-2007

Chris Young (’01-’02, debut 8/24/04) Texas Rangers 2004-2005, San Diego Padres 2006-2010, New York Mets 2011-12, Seattle Mariners 2014, Kansas City Royals 2015-2017
Walter Young (’02, debut 9/6/05) Baltimore Orioles 2005

Crawdads to the Majors by Debut Date

With the winter sports season for area high schools concluding this week, I was beginning to get the itch for baseball. I began updating things and setting up Crawdads coverage. And then Coronavirus hit. The likelihood of no baseball for a while bites but there is not much one can do.

So, I decided to make put some things on here related to Crawdads history, and perhaps jog some memories for Hickory fans.

Today, it’s a list of all 178 former players that have received a callup to the majors, or who played here in a rehab assignment. This will include one poor soul that got a promotion to the Pittsburgh Pirates, but never saw major league action before going back to AAA. His name was Luis Munoz, a pitcher that played until 2016 with Ottawa in the independent Can-Am League. His moment in a big league uniform came in 2008.

From Chris Tremie to Jonathan Hernandez, here is the list:

CRAWDADS IN THE MAJORS (Listed by Debut Date) Still Active in majors

  1. Jim Abbott (debut 4/8/89) rehab player 1998
  2. Josias Manzanillo (debut 10/5/91) rehab 2002
  3. Jason Bere (debut 5/27/93) rehab player 1996
  4. Chris Tremie (debut 7/1/95) 1st Crawdads player to appear in major leagues.
  5. Mike Bertotti (debut 7/29/95)
  6. Nerio Rodriguez (debut 8/18/96)
  7. Greg Norton (debut 8/18/96)
  8. Jeff Abbott (debut 6/10/97)
  9. Mario Valdez (debut 6/15/97)
  10. Chris Clemons (debut 7/23/97)
  11. Nelson Cruz (debut 8/1/97)
  12. Magglio Ordonez (debut 8/29/97)
  13. Tom Fordham (debut 8/19/97)
  14. Pete Rose, Jr (debut 9/1/97)
  15. Javier Martinez (debut 4/2/98)
  16. Bob Henley (debut 7/19/98) played in Hickory in 2002.
  17. Chad Bradford (debut 8/1/98)
  18. Mark Johnson (debut 9/14/98)
  19. Brian Simmons (debut 9/21/98)
  20. McKay Christensen (debut 4/6/99)
  21. Dave Lundquist (debut 4/6/99)
  22. Carlos Lee (debut 5/7/99)
  23. Liu Rodriguez (debut 6/9/99)
  24. Pat Danekar (debut 7/2/99)
  25. Jesus Pena (debut 8/7/99)
  26. Frank Menechino (debut 9/6/99)
  27. Jason Dellaero (debut 9/7/99)
  28. Aaron Myette (debut 9/7/99)
  29. Josh Paul (debut 9/7/99)
  30. Kevin Beirne (debut 5/17/00)
  31. Jon Garland (debut 7/4/00)
  32. Steve Sparks (debut 7/19/00) 1st player as Pirate affiliate in majors
  33. Rocky Biddle (debut 8/10/00)
  34. Joe Crede (debut 9/12/00)
  35. Joe Beimel (debut 4/8/01)
  36. Dave Williams (debut 6/6/01)
  37. Aaron Rowand (debut 6/16/01)
  38. Carlos Castillo (debut 7/22/01)
  39. Josh Fogg (debut 9/2/01)
  40. Humberto Cota (debut 9/9/01)
  41. Luis Garcia (debut 4/10/02)
  42. Hansel Izquierdo (debut 4/21/02)
  43. Jason Simontacchi (debut 5/4/02)
  44. JJ Davis (debut 9/4/02)
  45. Tony Alvarez (debut 9/4/02)
  46. DJ Carrasco (debut 4/2/03)
  47. Carlos Rivera (debut 6/22/03)
  48. Brian Schmack (debut 8/24/03)
  49. John Grabow (debut 9/14/03)
  50. JR House (debut 9/27/03)
  51. Jose Bautista (debut 4/4/04)
  52. Jeff Bennett (debut 4/6/04)
  53. Adam LaRoche (debut 4/7/04) rehab player in 2008
  54. Mike Johnston (debut 4/7/04)
  55. Jose Castillo (debut 4/7/04)
  56. Chris Shelton (debut 4/15/04)
  57. Sean Burnett (debut 5/30/04)
  58. Roberto Novoa (debut 7/29/04)
  59. Ian Snell (debut 8/4/04)
  60. John Van Benschoten (debut 8/18/04)
  61. Jeff Keppinger (debut 8/20/04)
  62. Chris Young (debut 8/24/04)
  63. Juan Carlos Oviedo (debut 5/9/05)
  64. Ryan Doumit (debut 6/5/05)
  65. Nate McLouth (debut 6/29/05)
  66. Zach Duke (debut 7/2/05)
  67. Danny Sandoval (debut 7/17/05)
  68. Brad Eldred (debut 7/22/05)
  69. Paul Maholm (debut 8/20/05)
  70. Walter Young (debut 9/6/05)
  71. Chris Demaria (debut 9/9/05)
  72. Chris Heintz (debut 9/10/05)
  73. Matt Capps (debut 9/15/05)
  74. Bryan Bullington (debut 9/18/05)
  75. Tom Gorzelanny (debut 9/20/05)
  76. Ronny Paulino (debut 9/25/05)
  77. Yurendell DeCaster (debut 5/21/06)
  78. Henry Owens (debut 7/7/06)
  79. Josh Sharpless (debut 8/1/06)
  80. Rajai Davis (debut 8/14/06)
  81. Shane Youman (debut 9/10/06)
  82. Craig Stansberry (debut 8/25/07)
  83. Romulo Sanchez (debut 8/26/07)
  84. Steve Pearce (debut 9/1/07)
  85. Nyjer Morgan (debut 9/1/07)\
  86. Jonathan Albaladejo (debut 9/5/07)
  87. Dave Davidson (debut 9/6/07)
  88. Rico Washington (debut 4/1/08)
  89. Brian Bixler (debut 4/6/08)
  90. Brent Lillibridge (debut 4/26/08)
  91. Luis Munoz (did not appear, called up 7/10/08)
  92. Andrew McCutchen (debut 6/4/09)
  93. Jairo Asencio (debut 7/12/09)
  94. Neil Walker (debut 9/1/09)
  95. Brad Lincoln (debut 6/9/10)
  96. Alex Presley (debut 9/8/10)
  97. Mike Crotta (debut 4/3/11)
  98. Josh Lueke (debut 4/3/11) 1st player as Rangers affiliate in majors
  99. Cody Eppley (debut 4/23/11)
  100. Tony Watson (debut 6/8/11)
  101. Mark Hamburger (debut 8/31/11)
  102. Jared Hughes (debut 9/7/11)
  103. Matt Hague (debut 4/7/12)
  104. Robbie Ross (debut 4/8/12)
  105. Joe Wieland (debut 4/14/12)
  106. Jordy Mercer (debut 5/29/12)
  107. Justin Grimm (debut 6/16/12)
  108. Martin Perez (debut 6/27/12)
  109. Todd Redmond (debut 8/18/12)
  110. Steve Lerud (debut 8/30/12)
  111. Jurickson Profar (debut 9/2/12)
  112. Bryan Morris (debut 9/14/12)
  113. Wilmer Font (debut 9/18/12)
  114. Joseph Ortiz (debut 3/31/13)
  115. Leury Garcia (debut 4/6/13)
  116. Nick Tepesch (debut 4/9/13)
  117. Robbie Erlin (debut 4/30/13)
  118. Duke Welker (debut 6/23/13)
  119. Nick Martinez (debut 4/5/14)
  120. Luis Sardinas (debut 4/21/14)
  121. Neil Ramirez (debut 4/26/14)
  122. Rougned Odor (debut 5/8/14)
  123. Jamie Romak (debut 5/18/14)
  124. Daniel Bard (debut 5/15/09) rehab 2014
  125. Ben Rowen (debut 6/15/14)
  126. Roman Mendez (debut 7/8/14)
  127. Matt West (debut 7/10/14)
  128. Phil Klein (debut 8/1/14)
  129. Alexander Claudio (debut 8/13/14)
  130. Tomas Telis (debut 8/25/14)
  131. Ryan Rua (debut 8/29/14)
  132. Odubel Herrera (debut 4/6/15)
  133. Keone Kela (debut 4/7/15)
  134. Wilfredo Boscan (5/19/16)
  135. Hanser Alberto (debut 5/29/15)
  136. Joey Gallo (debut 6/2/15)
  137. Jake Brigham (debut 6/30/15)
  138. Abel De Los Santos (debut 7/21/15)
  139. Luke Jackson (debut 9/4/15)
  140. Jerad Eickhoff (debut 8/21/15)
  141. Andrew Faulkner (debut 8/31/15)
  142. CJ Edwards (debut 9/7/15)
  143. Nomar Mazara (debut 4/10/16)
  144. Cody Ege (debut 4/23/16)
  145. Richard Bleier (debut 5/30/16)
  146. Dustin Molleken (debut 7/4/16)
  147. Jose Leclerc (debut 7/6/16)
  148. James Jones (debut 4/18/14)
  149. Jorge Alfaro (debut 9/12/16)
  150. Yohander Mendez (debut 9/5/16)
  151. Drew Robinson (debut 4/5/17)
  152. Chad Bell (debut 5/10/17)
  153. Lewis Brinson (debut 6/11/17)
  154. Nick Williams (debut 6/30/17)
  155. Ricardo Rodriguez (debut 8/8/17)
  156. Nick Gardewine (debut 8/22/17)
  157. Fabio Castillo (debut 9/2/17)
  158. Christian Villanueva (debut 9/18/17)
  159. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (debut 4/10/18)
  160. Ronald Guzman (debut 4/13/18)
  161. Ariel Jurado (debut 5/19/18)
  162. Jose Trevino (debut 6/15/18)
  163. Jeffrey Springs (debut 7/31/18)
  164. Connor Sadzeck (debut 9/1/18)
  165. Ryan Cordell (debut 9/3/18)
  166. CD Pelham (debut 9/5/18
  167. Luis Ortiz (debut 9/7/18)
  168. Dylan Moore (debut 3/20/19)
  169. Reed Garrett (debut 3/29/19)
  170. Erik Swanson (debut 4/11/19)
  171. Brett Martin (debut 4/19/19)
  172. Joe Palumbo (debut 6/8/19)
  173. Peter Fairbanks (debut 6/9/19)
  174. Pedro Payano (debut 7/6/19)
  175. Dillon Tate (debut 7/29/19)
  176. Travis Demeritte (debut 8/2/19)
  177. Brock Burke (debut 8/20/19)
  178. Jonathan Hernandez (debut 8/21/19)

Series Preview: Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies at Hickory Crawdads July 4-7

Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies (New York Mets) (31-49 overall, 7-7 second half, third place South Atlantic League Southern Division)

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (58-25 overall, 10-4 second half, tied for first place South Atlantic League Northern Division)

The Crawdads and Fireflies play a four-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium.



WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.


Thursday: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Independence Day Fireworks

Friday: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Post-game Fireworks, 80s Night

Saturday: Columbia at Hickory: 7:00 p.m. Space Night (50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing), Catawba Science Center Night

Sunday: Columbia at Hickory, 5:00 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Church Bulletin Sunday (bring a church bulletin for a $6 ticket with $4 going back to the respective church), Hospitality Night (hospitality/ service industry workers receive a free ticket with ID), Mother/ Son Date Night

TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.



Hickory took three of four at Columbia last weekend and is 6-2 overall against the Fireflies this year. The Crawdads had much of a four-game series cancelled at L.P. Frans Stadium last month, due to heavy rains. Hickory won the only completed game of the series.

Over the three-plus seasons since the Fireflies relocation to Columbia from Savannah (Ga.) prior to the 2016 campaign, the Crawdads are 21-11 overall, but just 8-6 at home.

Since 2009, when Crawdads-Texas Rangers affiliation began, Hickory is 49-36 overall in the series, 23-17 at L.P. Frans.

PROBABLES (Columbia/ Hickory)

Thursday:  RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (1-8, 5.12 ERA) vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez (7-3, 2.13 ERA)

Friday: RHP Willy Taveras (4-7, 5.60) vs. RHP Hans Crouse (2-0, 2.82)

Saturday: RHP Jose Butto (3-7, 3.84) vs. RHP Ronny Henriquez (3-4, 3.50)

Sunday: RHP Christian James (2-7, 4.44) vs. RHP Cole Winn (1-3, 6.15)



The Crawdads return home from a weeklong homestand after positing a 4-3 mark. However, they lost just their second series on the road when West Virginia claimed the rubber game of a three-game series on Wednesday.

Hickory is 25-13 at home after winning 10 of 12 at L.P. Frans in June and 14 of 17 overall.


Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)

Prospects – (team rankings are by

RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 63 in top-100)

RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 65 in top-100)

IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18

3B Sherten Apostel No. 22

RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30

Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.226/.353/.298) or Melvin Novoa (.301/.376/.504); 1B Tyreque Reed (.286/.435/.600); 2B Jax Biggers (.274/.347/.369); 3B Sherten Apostel (.249/.329/.446); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.262/.325/.403); LF: Kole Enright (.250/.330/.464); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.263/.319/.434); RF: Pedro Gonzalez (.245/.304/.466)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Miguel Aparicio – Tied for 3rd triples (5), tied for 3rd sac hits (7)

Sherten Apostel – Tied for 8th home runs (12)

Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 4th home runs (14), 8th slugging pct. (.466)

Matt Whatley – Tied for 2nd walks, 8th stolen bases (19)


Individual pitching:

Grant Anderson – Tied for 7th saves (5).

Tim Brennan – Tied for 2nd wins (7), 3rd WHIP (0.96)

Yerry Rodriguez – 1st WHIP (0.92), 1st OBA (.175), tied for 2nd wins (7), 3rd ERA (2.13), 8th opponent’s batting avg. (.197)


Team Batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.247 (2nd)/ .320 (6th)/ .421 (1st)/ .741 (1st).

Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 2nd fewest strikeouts, 3rd total bases, 3rd runs, 11th walks, 12th doubles

Team Pitching: Fewest hit batters, 2nd ERA (3.22), 2nd fewest hits, 2nd fewest runs, 2nd fewest earned runs, 2nd fewest walks, 3rd WHIP (1.17),



The Fireflies bounced back after losing last weekend’s series and took two of three from in-state rival Greenville, including a 9-2 rout Wednesday night to cap their homestand. After a SAL-worst 10-19 record on the road in the first half, split four at Asheville to open the second half before winning two of three at Southern Division and defending SAL champs Lexington (Ky.).

Manager: Pedro Lopez (2nd season)

Prospects – Columbia (rankings by

SS Ronny Mauricio – No. 2 (No. 82 in top 100)

3B Mark Vientos – No. 4

2B Shervyen Newton – No. 5

RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson – No. 7

LHP Thomas Szapucki – No. 8

RHP Christian James – No. 24

Possible Lineups: C: Juan Uriarte (.195/.236/.299) or Hayden Senger (.251/.345/.394); 1B: Chase Chambers (.263/.324/.344) or Brian Sharp (.203/.280/.363); 2B: Shervyer Newton (.186/.267/.271) or Walter Rasquin (.148/.222/.200); 3B: Mark Vientos (.260/.309/.396); SS: Ronny Mauricio (.289/.326/.385); LF: Wagner Lagrange (.272/.314/.413); CF: Gerson Molina (.234/.331/.379); RF: Brian Sharp, Walter Rasquin or Zach Rheams (.231/.298/.346)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Ronny Mauricio – 3rd hits

Hayden Senger – Tied for 6th hit by pitch

Brian Sharp – Tied for 10th strikeouts

Individual pitching:  

Jose Butto – Tied for 5th losses (7)

Christian James – Tied for 5th losses (7)

Willy Taveras – 1st home runs allowed (15), tied for 5th losses (7), 7th runs allowed, tied for 7th earned runs allowed, tied for 8th runs allowed

Simeon Woods Richardson – Tied for 1st losses (8)

Team batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .229 (12th) / .296 (13th)/ .337 (13th)/ .633 (13th).

Other key rankings: 3rd fewest strikeouts, 12th home runs, 13th runs, 13th doubles, 13th total bases, last hits, last walks, last steals

Team pitching: 3rd runs allowed, 4th hits allowed, 11th walks allowed, 12th ERA (4.21), 12th WHIP (1.33), 13th Ks.


Series Preview: Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs at Hickory Crawdads June 20-23

Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees) (37-33, third place, South Atlantic League Southern Division)

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (41-25, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

The Hickory Crawdads start the second half of the season with a four-game series at L.P. Frans against the Charleston RiverDogs.



WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.


Thursday: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Thirsty Thursday, Riverdale Night (Dress as your favorite character and receive a ticket for $6)

Friday: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Postgame Fireworks, Disney Night featuring Elegance Princesses (VIP Meet and Greet tickets for $10)

Saturday: Charleston at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Jon Reep Night, T-Shirt Giveaway (first 1,000 fans), Black’s Tire Customer Appreciation Night

Sunday: Charleston at Hickory, 5:00 p.m. Church Bulletin Sunday (Bring a church bulletin to the ticket office and receive a $6 ticket with $4 from each ticket donated back to the respective church), Hospitality Night (free ticket to hospitality/ service industry workers with valid work ID).

TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.



Hickory took 2 of 3 from the RiverDogs during a home series back in May. The Crawdads are 33-25 against the Yankees affiliate at home since 2009, 59-50 overall.


PROBABLES (Charleston/ Hickory)

Thursday: RHP Harold Cortijo vs. RHP Tyree Thompson

Friday: RHP Luis Medina vs. LHP Tim Brennan

Saturday:  TBD vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez

Sunday: TBD vs. LHP Grant Wolfram/ RHP Hans Crouse



The Crawdads finished off a solid first half with a four-game split at Delmarva (Md.) to cap a 4-3 road trip. Hickory wound up in third place in the Northern Division, but had the third-best record overall in the SAL.

Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)

Prospects – (team rankings are by

RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 64 in top-100)

RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 66 in top-100)

IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18

3B Sherten Apostel No. 22

RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30

Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.213/.314/.262) or Melvin Novoa (.274/.343/.442); 1B Curtis Terry (.268/.333/.570); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.239/.320/.256); 3B Sherten Apostel (.251/.332/.441); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.263/.330/.403); LF: Kole Enright (.297/.366/.486); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.263/.323/.425) RF: Pedro Gonzalez (.254/.316/.478)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Pedro Gonzalez – tied for 5th homers (12), 9th slugging pct. (.478)

Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (24), 2nd total bases, tied for 2nd home runs (15), 3rd RBI (47), 4th slugging pct. (.570), 4th OPS (.904)

Matt Whatley –10th stolen bases (14)

Individual pitching:

Grant Anderson T-5th saves (5)

Tim Brennan – 4th WHIP (0.97)

Yerry Rodriguez – 3rd ERA (2.00), tied for 4th wins (6), 5th WHIP (1.00)

Team Batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.245 (3rd)/ .314 (8th)/ .412 (2nd)/ .727 (2nd).

Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 2nd total bases, 3rd runs, 12th doubles, 12th walks, 12th strikeouts

Team Pitching:

4th WHIP (1.20), 5th ERA (3.46), fewest hit batters, 3rd fewest runs allowed, 4th fewest earned runs allowed.


The RiverDogs dropped six of their final 10 games in the first half, which dropped them out of the South Division title. Charleston wound up in third, but a half-game behind Lexington (Ky.), the defending SAL champions.

Manager: Julio Mosquera (2nd season)

Prospects – Charleston (rankings by

C Anthony Seigler No. 6

RHP Roansy Contreras No. 10

RHP Luis Gil No. 13

RHP Luis Medina No. 14

RHP Tanner Myatt No. 27

RHP Harold Cortijo No. 29

Possible Lineups: C: Anthony Siegler (.368/.520/.474) or Eduardo Navas (.139/.248/.157); 1B: Mickey Gasper (.257/.364/.425); 2B: Kyle Gray (.239/.329/.397); 3B: Max Burt (.248/.298/.394); SS: Eduardo Torrealba (.251/.329/.287); LF: Canaan Smith (.309/.399/.498); CF: Brandon Lockridge (.251/.316/.461); RF: Frederick Cuevas (.234/.296/.363)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Kyle Gray – Tied for 4th triples (4), tied for 9th strikeouts

Brandon Lockeridge – 3rd total bases, tied for 5th runs scored, tied for 9th hits, tied for 9th home runs (10), tied for 10th RBI (34)

Tied for 3rd doubles (21)

Canaan Smith – 3rd on-base pct. (.399), tied for 4th walks, 697 OPS (.897), 7th batting avg. (.309), 8th slugging pct. (.498), tied for 9th doubles (16)

Individual pitching:

Luis Gil – 1st ERA (1.81), tied for 3rd strikeouts

Luis Medina – 1st walks, 9th earned runs allowed

Team batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .240 (6th) / .318 (6th)/ .377 (4th)/ .695 (4th).

Other key rankings: 2nd strikeouts, tied for 2nd hits, 4th doubles, 4th HRs, 4th total bases, 5th runs,

Team pitching:

Fewest HRs allowed (31), 4th strikeouts, 5th WHIP (1.21), 9th ERA (3.63)


Series Preview: Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies at Hickory Crawdads June 6-9

Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies (New York Mets) (23-35, seventh place, South Atlantic League Southern Division)

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (37-22, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division)

The Crawdads will wrap up the home portion of the season’s first half with four games against the Fireflies.



WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.


Thursday: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Thirsty Thursday, 50th anniversary of Woodstock

Friday: Columbia at Hickory, 7:00 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Post-game fireworks, Catawba Science Center Night

Saturday: Columbia at Hickory: 6:30 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Conrad Riding a Llama Bobblehead giveaway (first 1,000 fans)

Sunday: Columbia at Hickory, 3:00 p.m. Llamas de Hickory night, Church Bulletin Sunday (bring a church bulletin for a $6 ticket with $4 going back to the respective church), Father’s Day Celebration, Hospitality Night (hospitality/ service industry workers receive a free ticket with ID).

TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.



Hickory won two of the three games against the Fireflies this season at Columbia back in April.

Over the three-plays seasons since the Fireflies relocation to Columbia in 2016, the Crawdads are 17-11 overall, but are just 7-6 at home. Last year, Hickory held a 4-3 edge in the season series which included a 2-1 series win at L.P. Frans.


PROBABLES (Columbia/ Hickory)

Thursday:  RHP Colin Holderman vs. RHP Tim Brennan

Friday: RHP Christian James vs. RHP Yerry Rodriguez

Saturday: RHP Jose Butto vs. RHP Grant Wolfram

Sunday: RHP Simeon Woods Richardson vs. RHP Cole Winn


After taking two of three from West Virginia to open the homestand, the Crawdads will close out the home portion of the first half and face elimination from the first-half Northern Division race. Hickory’s elimination number is four. The Crawdads are 18-12 at home this season.

Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)

Prospects – (team rankings are by

RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 69 in top-100)

RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 71 in top-100)

IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18

3B Sherten Apostel No. 22

RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30

Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.226/.329/.280) or Melvin Novoa (.256/.330/.372); 1B Curtis Terry (.270/.329/.583); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.228/.311/.247) or Jax Biggers (.174/.269/.217); 3B Sherten Apostel (.237/.306/.412); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.283/.355/.439); LF: Pedro Gonzalez (.263/.312/.474) or Kole Enright (.389/.421/.722; CF: Miguel Aparicio (.263/.320/.442); RF: Jose Almonte (.178/.225/.306)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Miguel Aparicio – Tied for 10th triples (3)

Frainyer Chavez – Tied for 9th caught stealing (5)

Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (10), tied for 10th triples (3)

Curtis Terry – 1st total bases, tied for 1st doubles (21), tied for 2nd home runs (15), 2nd RBI (46), 3rd slugging pct. (.583), 4th OPS (.912), tied for 8th runs.

Matt Whatley – Tied for 8th walks, tied for 10th stolen bases (13)


Individual pitching:

Grant Anderson – Tied for 4th saves (5), tied for 6th wins (5), tied for 6th games pitched (19).

Tim Brennan – Tied for 6th wins (5),

Yerry Rodriguez – 6th ERA (2.20), tied for 6th wins (5), 8th opponent’s batting avg. (.197), 10th WHIP (1.02)

Nick Snyder – Tied for 10th saves (4)


Team Batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.248 (3rd)/ .314 (7th)/ .420 (1st)/ .734 (3rd).

Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 1st total bases, 2nd hits, 3rd runs, T-3rd triples, 3rd stolen bases, 11th walks

Team Pitching:

Tied for 2nd fewest hit batters, 3rd WHIP (1.18), 3rd fewest runs allowed, 5th ERA (3.40),


Hitting (Last 10 games): Curtis Terry (.333/.400/.778/1.178, 5 HR, 8 RBI); Kole Enright (.389/.421/.722/.1.143); Sherten Apostel (.211/.300/.639/.939 3 2B, 4 HR, 3 BB)

Pitching (last 30 days): Abdiel Mendoza (7 games, 1.29 ERA, 21 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 2 HR, 2 HB, 5 BB, 20 K, 0.90 WHIP, .203 OBA); Yerry Rodriguez (5 starts, 28 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 2.57 ERA, 12 BB, 39 K, 1.00 WHIP, .163 OBA); Kelvin Rodriguez (6 games, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 HB, 5 BB, 16 K, 1.02 WHIP, .204 OBA)



The Fireflies take a quick road trip up to Hickory four for games before returning home for the final seven games of the first half. Columbia won both games of a shortened series against Rome (Ga.) and claimed wins in three of the last four. The Fireflies are 10-18 on the road. Though they are in last place, Columbia is still officially alive for the first-half Southern Division title, but the elimination number is three.

Manager: Pedro Lopez (2nd season)

Prospects – Columbia (rankings by

SS Ronny Mauricio – No. 2

3B Mark Vientos – No. 3

2B Shervyen Newton – No. 4

RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson – No. 6

LHP Thomas Szapicki – No. 8

RHP Christian James – No. 24

Possible Lineups: C: Juan Uriarte (.203/.246/.305) or Hayden Senger (.184/.301/.263); 1B: Chase Chambers (.274/.331/.398); 2B: Shervyer Newton (.205/.281/.311); 3B: Mark Vientos (.249/.297/.386); SS: Ronny Mauricio (.284/.327/.355); LF: Wagner Lagrange (.263/.318/.401); CF: Hansel Moreno (.283/.368/.500); RF: Gerson Molina (.217/.330/.373)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Ronny Mauricio – Tied for 6th hits, tied for 6th caught stealing

Brian Sharp – 7th strikeouts

Individual pitching:

Jose Butto – 1st losses (7)

Simeon Woods Richardson – Tied for 2nd losses (6)

Willy Taveras – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed (10), tied for 6th losses (5), tied for 7th innings

Team batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .220 (last) / .289 (last)/ .323 (13th)/ .612 (13th).

Other key rankings: Tied for 11th home runs (29), 13th runs scored, 13th total bases, last hits, last doubles, last walks, last strikeouts, last steals (20)

Team pitching: 2nd fewest walks, 4th runs allowed, 5th hits allowed, 8th WHIP (1.27), 10th ERA (3.98), 13th Ks.


Hitting (Last 10 games): Shervyen Newton (.343/.410/.514/.925, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 BB); Hansel Moreno (.250/.308/.500/.808, 2 HR, 5 RBI)


Late Rally for Crawdads Douse Fireflies

The Hickory Crawdads rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night to defeat the Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies 4-3 in the first of a four-game, weekend series in the South Atlantic League.

The Crawdads (38-22) won their second straight and are now 3-1 during the final homestand of the first half. Despite the win, the first-half, Northern Division title hopes continued to fade as Delmarva (Md.) took a 3-2 win in extra innings over in-state rival Hagerstown. Hickory remains 7.5 games out with ten to play and the elimination number dropped to three.

Ronny Mauricio, who plagued Hickory throughout the night, capped a 3-for-4 night with his second home run of the season in the eighth to put the Fireflies up 3-2.

Facing reliever Jose Moreno (2-2), the Crawdads got even when Sherten Apostel hit a high, arching shot just over the fence in right for his eighth of the season to tie the game. Moreno then hit Pedro Gonzalez with a pitch before Matt Whatley joined Gonzalez on the bases with a single.

Melvin Novoa was given the task to advance the runners on a bunt, but fell into a 1-2 hole, with the second pitch hitting his hand on the bat as he tried to avoid a pitch up and in. Novoa hit the next pitch down the line and off the wall in the left-field corner for a double that scored Gonzalez to end the game.

Pitching by both sides dominated much of the game, although Columbia had a quick spurt at the start. Mauricio pulled a 1-2 pitch into the right-field corner for a double and went to third when Pedro Gonzalez bobbled the play. Hansel Moreno cashed in the unearned run with a sacrifice fly to left.

From there, Crawdads starter Tim Brennan retired the next 13 in a row. The right-hander allowed struck out six and allowed five hits over 6.2 innings.

Columbia starter Thomas Szapucki worked around a bases-loaded jam in the first. Kole Enright singled before Miguel Aparicio and Apostel each walked. A quick mound visit settled Szapucki, who then struck out Gonzalez and induced Whatley to hit into a double play.

Colin Holderman took over in the third and Hickory put up single runs the next two innings. Enright and Aparicio singled to place runners on the corners before Apostel’s sacrifice fly brought in Enright.

The Crawdads manufactured a run to take a 2-1 lead and it started with a walk to Whatley. The Crawdads catcher stole his 14th base of the season before moving to third on a wild pitch. Jose Almonte’s single put the Crawdads ahead.

Columbia got even in the sixth with Mauricio against playing a role. With one out, he split the gap in left-center for a double and scored on Hansel Moreno’s single.

Brennan ran into trouble in the seventh, as Columbia threatened to take the lead. After two outs, Brian Sharp and Hayden Senger each singled, which ended Brennan’s night.

Kelvin Gonzalez was brought in, and after three straight balls to Taylor Lane, a grounder to third put down the threat.

Other than Mauricio’s homer, Kelvin Gonzalez held the Fireflies to just a walk and struck out two over 2.1 innings for the win (2-0).

Series Preview: West Virginia Power at Hickory Crawdads June 3-5

The Crawdads open the final homestand of the first half with a three-game series against the Power.

West Virginia Power (Seattle Mariners) 28-28, fourth place, South Atlantic League Northern Division

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) 35-21, third place, South Atlantic League Northern Division



WHERE IS IT?: 2500 Clement Blvd., 1 mile west of U.S. Hwy 321, near entrance to Hickory Airport.


Monday: West Virginia at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Make-a-Difference Monday (Donate multi-pack of toilet paper, paper towels or water bottles and receive a free ticket)

Tuesday: West Virginia at Hickory, 6:30 p.m. Dollar Dog Tuesday ($1 hot dogs, dogs admitted for $1

Wednesday: West Virginia at Hickory: 10:30 a.m.

TICKETS: $9 tickets in advance, $10 at the gate. Children (12 and under) and seniors $8, $15 for VIP section.

PARKING: All parking is $3.



This is the first series between Hickory and West Virginia with the Power as the Seattle Mariners affiliate. Last year while as a Pirates affiliate, the Power out up a 15-7 mark against Hickory, 8-5 at L.P. Frans.


PROBABLES (West Virginia/ Hickory)

Monday:  RHP Deivy Florido vs. RHP Ronny Henriquez

Tuesday: RHP Clay Chandler vs. RHP Cole Winn

Wednesday: RHP Ryne Inman vs. RHP Tyree Thompson



The Crawdads return home after losing their first road series of the season at Kannapolis. The Intimidators won 3 of 5 with the final two coming on walk-offs. The losses dropped the Crawdads elimination number for the first half to seven, as the trail Delmarva (Md.) by 7.5 games with 14 to play. Hickory is 16-11 at home this season.

Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)

Prospects – (team rankings are by

RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 70 in top-100)

RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 72 in top-100)

IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18

3B Sherten Apostel No. 22

RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30

Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.224/.333/.282) or Melvin Novoa (.264/.333/.375); 1B Curtis Terry (.270/.329/.580); 2B Frainyer Chavez (.246/.338/.270) or Jax Biggers (.231/.333/.308); 3B Sherten Apostel (.242/.314/.396); SS Jonathan Ornelas (.284/.357/.438); LF: Pedro Gonzalez (.270/.321/.494); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.264/.323/.453); RF: Jose Almonte (.171/.215/.276)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Miguel Aparicio – Tied for 10th triples (3)

Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (10), 9th slugging pct. (.494), tied for 10th triples (3)

Curtis Terry – 2nd home runs (14), 2nd RBI (44), tied for 2nd doubles (20), tied for 2nd total bases, 4th slugging pct. (.580), 4th OPS (.909), tied for 9th runs,

Matt Whatley – Tied for 6th walks, tied for 8th stolen bases (13)


Individual pitching:

Grant Anderson – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 6th games pitched (18), tied for 8th saves (4), tied for 10th losses (4)

Tim Brennan – 5th WHIP (0.99), tied for 5th wins (5),

Yerry Rodriguez – 4th ERA (2.20), tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 7th strikeouts (63), 8th WHIP (1.02)

Nick Snyder – Tied for 8th saves (4)


Team Batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.249 (4th)/ .317 (7th)/ .419 (2nd)/ .736 (3rd).

Other key rankings: 1st home runs, 1st total bases, 3rd runs, 3rd hits, T-3rd triples, 3rd stolen bases, 11th doubles

Team Pitching:

2nd fewest hit batters, 4th ERA (3.46), 4th WHIP (1.19), 3rd fewest runs allowed, 4th fewest hits allowed.


Hitting (Last 10 games): Curtis Terry (.351/.429/.757/.1.185, 5 HR, 9 RBI); Pedro Gonzalez (.371/.405/.686/.1.091, 3B, 3 HR, 10 RBI); Miguel Aparicio (.293/.326/.756/.1.082, 2 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 2 BB); Matt Whatley (.417/.462/.528/.989, 4 2B, 6 RBI, 3 BB); Sherten Apostel (.281/.378/.563/.941 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB)

Pitching (last month): Tyree Thompson (4 starts, 18.2 IP, 3.86 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, .197 OBA, 14 K); Yerry Rodriguez (5 starts, 28 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 2.57 ERA, 12 BB, 39 K, 1.00 WHIP, .163 OBA)



The Power are in the middle of a two-city stop through North Carolina and come to Hickory after taking 3 of 5 from Asheville. They are 6-3 after losing six in a row in mid-May. West Virginia is 11-17 on the road and just 5-12 against Northern Division opponents.

Manager: Dave Berg (1st season)

Prospects – West Virginia (rankings by

OF Keegan McGovern – No. 28

Possible Lineups: C: Jake Anchia (,218/.288/.398) or Dean Nevarez (.203/.289/.473); 1B: Onil Pena (.239/.345/.420); 2B: Cesar Izturis, Jr. (.204/.246/.212) or Joseph Rosa (.273/.387/.370) 3B: Bobby Honeyman (.226/.281/.312); SS: Cesar Izturis, Jr. or Joseph Rosa LF: Ryan Ramiz (.217/.340/.319); CF: Charlie McConnell (.205/.275/.333); RF: Johnny Slater (.138/.265/.276)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Ryan Ramiz – Tied for 3rd walks

Individual pitching:

Dayeison Arias – Tied for 6th games pitched (18)

Damon Casetta-Stubbs – Tied for 9th earned runs allowed, tied for 10th losses (4)

Clay Chandler – Tied for 5th wins (5), 7th hits allowed

Ryne Inman – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 8th strikeouts (63), tied for 10th losses (4)

Steven Moyers – 3rd earned runs allowed, 5th runs allowed, tied for 8th strikeouts (63), tied for 10th losses (4)

Benjamin Onyshko – Tied for 2nd home runs allowed

Team batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .230 (10th) / .317 (8th)/ .368 (7th)/ .685 (7th).

Other key rankings: fewest caught stealing, tied for 4th home runs, 8th runs scored, 10th hits, 11th triples, 12th stolen bases

Team pitching: 3rd hits allowed, 3rd earned runs allowed, 3rd hit batters, 4th runs allowed, 10th WHIP (1.30), 12th ERA (4.35)


Hitting (Last 10 games): J.R. Davis (385/.467/.577/1.044, 2 2B, HR, 3 BB); Ryan Ramiz (.273/.448/.500/.948, 2 2B, HR, 7 BB); Onil Perez (.286/.389/.536/.925, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB

Pitching (last month): Dayeison Arias (7 games, 11 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 0.55 WHIP.111 OBA).

Series Preview: Hickory Crawdads at Kannapolis May 30-June 2

Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) (33-18-7, 3rd Northern Division)

Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) (22-29, 6th Northern Division)

The Hickory Crawdads continue take a quick road trip to Kannapolis to face the Intimidators in a five-game series at Intimidators Stadium.



WHERE IS IT?: From Hickory, take Hwy 321 South to Gastonia, then I-85 North to Exit 63 (Lane Street). Turn left. Ballpark is on the right.


Thursday: 6:00 p.m. (Doubleheader) Thirsty Thursday

Friday: 7:00 p.m. Piedmont Boll Weevils Throwback Night, Boll Weevils Lunchbox Giveaway (first 1,000 fans)

Saturday: 7:00 p.m. Postgame Fireworks (Beatles Theme)

Sunday: 3:00 p.m. Kids Run the Bases

TICKETS: Prices in advance range from $7 for general admission to $9 for reserve, $2 less for children. Add $2 on gameday.


Hickory is 4-3 against Kannapolis, which includes a split of a four-game series at Intimidators Stadium earlier this month. Last year, the Crawdads went 14-9 against Kannapolis in 2018, but the Intimidators defended their home turf by winning six of 9 there.

PROBABLES (Hickory/ Kannapolis)

Thursday: RHP Grant Wolfram and RHP Tyree Thompson vs. LHP Taylor Varnell and RHP Jonathan Stiever

Friday: RHP Tim Brennan vs. RHP Davis Martin

Saturday: RHP Yerry Rodriguez vs. RHP Yohan Dominguez

Sunday: RHP Hans Crouse vs. RHP Kade McClure



The Crawdads finished off a 5-3 homestand Tuesday with a 4-3 win over Greensboro to wrap up a 3-1 series win over the Grasshoppers. Hickory has racked up wins on the road with a 17-7 mark overall. However, the Intimidators are one of two teams to play the Crawdads evenly at their home ballpark. The Crawdads enter the series seven games behind first-place Delmarva (Md.) in the first-half Northern Division race.


Manager: Matt Hagen (2nd season)

Prospects – (team rankings are by

RHP Hans Crouse No.1 (No. 70 in top-100)

RHP Cole Winn No. 2 (No. 72 in the top-100)

IF Jonathan Ornelas No. 18

3B Sherten Apostel No. 22

RHP Ronny Henriquez No. 30

Possible lineups: C: Matt Whatley (.222/.333/.278) or Melvin Novoa (.270/.333/.381); 1B Curtis Terry (.269/.327/.577); 2B Tyler Depreta-Johnson (.232/.348/.250) 3B Sherten Apostel (.236/.304/.370); SS Frainyer Chavez (.241/.325/.262); LF Jonathan Ornelas (.286/.354/.429); CF: Miguel Aparicio (.264/.322/.442); RF: Pedro Gonzalez (.262/.315/.476)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Frainyer Chavez – Tied for 9th caught stealing (4)

Pedro Gonzalez – Tied for 6th homers (9),

Curtis Terry – 1st doubles (20), 4th homers (12), 4th RBI (40), 4th total bases, 4th slugging pct. (.577), 6th OPS (.904)

Matt Whatley – Tied for 7th walks, tied for 8th stolen bases (13)

Individual pitching:

Grant Anderson – Tied for 5th wins (5), tied for 7th games pitched (17), tied for 7th saves (4)

Tim Brennan – Tied for 9th wins (4), 10th WHIP (1.01)

Scott Engler – Tied for 7th saves (4)

Yerry Rodriguez – Tied for 5th wins (5), 10th ERA (2.51)


Team Batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS):.249 (3rd)/ .315 (7th)/ .416 (2nd)/ .731 (2nd).

Other key rankings: Tied for 1st stolen bases, tied for 1st total bases, 2nd home runs, 2nd runs, 3rd hits, 12th doubles, 12th walks.

Team Pitching:

2nd fewest hit batters, 2nd fewest hit batters, 3rd runs allowed, 4th ERA (3.46), 4th WHIP (1.20)


Hitting (Last 10 team games): Curtis Terry (.353/.385/.765/.1.149, 2 2B, 4 HRs, 9 RBI); Miguel Aparicio (.325/.386/.725/1.111, 2 triples, 4 HRs, 10 RBI, 2 walks, 2 steals, 10 RBI, 2 SB); Pedro Gonzalez (.361/.395/.556/.950, 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 K, 2 SB); Matt Whatley (.387/.424/.484 .908, 2 2B, 2 BB, 7 K, SB)

Pitching (May): Scott Engler (8 games, 1.89 ERA, .143 OBA, 9 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 30 K);

Yerry Rodriguez (4 starts, 3.27 ERA, .170 OBA, 22 IP, 14 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 27 22).



The Intimidators won the final two games of their eight-game roadtrip to forge a split at Lakewood (N.J.) and close out a 3-5 swing through Maryland and New Jersey. Kannapolis has the worst home record in the South Atlantic League at 8-16.

Manager: Ryan Newman (1st season)

Prospects – Kannapolis (rankings by

RHP Jonathan Stiever No. 27

Possible Lineups: C: Gunnar Troutwine (.274/.371/.369) or Jhoandro Alfaro (.132/.250/.237); 1B: Amado Nunez .180/.253/.263) or Corey Zangari (.143/.288/.238); 2B: Ramon Beltre (.217/.261/.355); 3B: Johan Cruz (.275/.350/.450); SS: Lenyn Sosa (.227/.255/.348); LF: Romy Gonzalez (.257/.336/.381) or Travis Moniot (.162/.279/.189); CF: Ian Dawkins (.338/.401/.458); RF: Logan Sowers (.140/.189/.220)

SAL Rankings:

Individual Batting:

Ramon Beltre – Tied for 1st triples (5)

Luis Curbelo – 1st strikeouts

Ian Dawkins – 1st hits, 2nd batting avg. (.338), 2nd doubles (18), 4th stolen bases (15), 5th OBP (.401), tied for 6th total bases, tied for 7th runs scored

Rony Gonzalez – Tied for 9th triples (3)

Lenyn Sosa – Tied for 3rd doubles (16),

Individual pitching:

Davis Martin – 1st runs allowed, 1st earned runs allowed, 1st home runs allowed (12), 2nd hits allowed, tied for 8th losses (4)

Kade McClure – Tied for 6th innings pitched, tied for 9th hits allowed

Jonathan Stiever – 5th hits allowed, tied for 6th home runs allowed (6), tied for 10th innings pitched

Taylor Varnell – 2nd strikeouts, tied for 8th hit batters (5), 9th innings pitched


Team batting:

Slash line (BA. OBP/ SLG/ OPS): .239 (8th)/ .308 (10th)/ .370 (5th)/ .678 (9th).

Other key rankings: 1st strikeouts, 2nd triples, 5th hits, 12th runs scored, 12th home runs

Team pitching:

2nd fewest walks allowed, 3rd ERA (3.35), 5th WHIP (1.22), 3rd earned runs allowed, 4th strikeouts

Who’s hot:

Hitting (last 10 team games: Alex Destino (.378/.405/.730/1.134, 4 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K); Johan Cruz (.320/.414/.480/.894, 2B, HR); Ian Dawkins (.295/.354/.455/.809, 4 2B, HR)

Pitching (May) Lane Ramsey (7 games, 1.23 ERA, .154 OBA, 0.68 WHIP. 7.1 IP. 4 H, 4 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K); Andrew Perez (7 games 0.64 ERA, .157 OBA, 0.79 WHIP, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 22 K); Sam Long (8 games, 1.23 ERA .157 OBA, 0.82 WHIP. 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 20 K).