March 2016

Crawdads Alumni Report 3/21

Monday, March 21

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF/ Pittsburgh) hit his fourth HR of the spring in the first inning of the Pirates 3-2 loss to Toronto.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Miles Durham (’08, 1B) turns 33.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

LA Angels 5 Texas 1: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 1-2; Lewis Brinson (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-1; Jose Cardona (’15, OF/ Texas) 0-1; Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 0-1; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-1, K; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas) 1-4, SB, 2 K; Jurickson Profar (’11, 15, SS/ Texas) 0-1, BB, K; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 1-1, 3B; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 1-4, solo HR (1) in the fourth, K; Neil Martinez (’12, P/ Texas) 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 K, 1 HR, loss (0-2); Andrew Faulkner (’12-’13, P/ Texas) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K; Alex Claudio (’13, P/ Texas) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB; Jose Valdespina (’13-’14, P/ Texas) 1/3 IP.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago White Sox 6 Oakland 2: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ Chicago) 0-1.

Cleveland 3 Seattle: Rajai Davis (’02-’03, OF/ Cleveland) 1-3, 2B; Tom Gorzelanny (’04, P/ Cleveland) 1 IP, 1 H / Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 1-3.

Los Angeles Dodgers 1 Milwaukee 3: Matt West (’09-’10, 3B/ Los Angeles) 2/3 IP.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Boston 9 New York Mets 4: Neil Walker (’05, C/ NY Mets) 0-1, 2 BB.

Miami 5 St. Louis 2: Bryan Morris (’08, P/ Miami) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K.

Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 3: Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) 1-3, 2B, R

Washington 6 Detroit 7: Dustin Molleken (’07-‘08, P/ Detroit) 1/3 IP, win (1-0).

 

COLLEGES:

Chico St. 15 Cal State Los Angeles 13 (Game 1)/ Chico St. 6 Cal State Los Angeles 1 (6-19, 5-8 CCAA) (Game 2): Chris Hernandez (’04, P/ Pitching Coach, CSULA)

George Washington 1 (8-12) Charleston Southern 12: Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Oakland (MI) 0 (7-11, 1-2 Horizon) Illinois-Chicago 3: John Musachio (’97, P/ Head Coach OU)

South Dakota St. 1 Oral Roberts 9 (10-9, 2-1 Summit): Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Truman St. (MO) 3 Augustana (SD) 10 (Game 1)/ Truman St. 5 Augustana 1 (8-7) (Game 2): Juan Thomas (’93, 1B/ Volunteer Asst., AU)

Valparaiso 16 (7-11, 3-0 Horizon) Northern Kentucky 1: Brian Schmack (’96, P/ Head Coach, Valpo)

Winnipeg 1 Morningside (IA) 6 (Game 1) / Winnipeg 2 Morningside (IA) 11 (17-5) (Game 2): Brian Drent (’95, OF/ Head Coach MU)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 20

Sunday, March 20

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Ronald Guzman (’13-’15, 1B/ Texas) had two hits, including a two-run triple in the 8th innings during the Rangers 13-6 win over Kansas City. Guzman later scored in the inning.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jose Diaz (’07-’08, P) turns 29.

Alejandro Selen (’11-’13, 2B-OF) turns 27.

 

CRAWDADS ALUM IN THE NEWS:

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes that Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) gains perspective from former Crawdads manager and current Rangers 3B coach Tony Beasley (’02-’03)

ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark explores the idea of Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF) hitting second in the Pirates lineup.

Robert Emrich of milb.com writes about former minor leaguers, including former Crawdads pitcher Bryan Bullington (’03), adjusting to life while playing in Japan.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Kansas City 6 Texas 13 (at San Antonio): Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 0-3, K; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 1-2, BB, SB, K; Josh Morgan (’15, 3B-SS/ Texas) 0-1, R, RBI; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 0-3, 2 K; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 0-3, R, K; Jose Trevino (’15, C/ Texas) 0-0, BB, R; Alex Claudio (’13, P/ Texas) 1/3 IP.

 Texas 1 Arizona 11: Zach Cone (’12, ’14, OF/ Texas) 0-4, 2 K; Michael De Leon (’14-’15, SS/ Texas) 1-1, 2B, RBI; Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 0-3, K, PO; Isiah Kiner-Falefa (’14-’15, IF/ Texas) 0-1, K; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas) 2-3, 2B, K; Jeff Springs (’15, P/ Texas) 1.2 IP, 3 BB.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago Cubs 5 Cleveland 10: Justin Grimm (’11, P/ Chicago) 2/3 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR, loss (0-1); Carl Edwards, Jr. (’13, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Chicago White Sox 4: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ Chicago) 0-1.

Milwaukee 7 LA Angels 15: Alex Presley (’06, OF/ Seattle) 1-2, BB, R.

Seattle 4 Kansas City 5: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 0-4, 2 K; Joe Wieland (’09-’10, P/ Seattle) 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, loss (0-1).

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

St. Louis 1 Boston 3 (5): Robbie Ross (’10, P/ Boston) 1/3 IP, 1 H.

 

COLLEGES:

Chico St. 12 Cal State Los Angeles 0 (6-16, 5-6 CCAA): Chris Hernandez (’04, P/ Pitching Coach, CSULA)

Miami (OH) 3 Richmond 10 (12-8): Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

Oakland (MI) 0 (7-10, 1-1 Horizon) Illinois-Chicago 6: John Musachio (’97, P/ Head Coach OU)

Scranton 11 Elizabethtown (PA) 8 (Game 1) / Scranton 1 Elizabethtown (PA) 15 (7-8, 1-1 Landmark) (Game 2): Cliff Smith (’05, P/ Head Coach, EC)

Southwestern Christian 4 Oklahoma City 7 (21-9, 5-1 Sooner): Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

South Dakota St. 3 Oral Roberts 13 (9-9, 1-1 Summit): Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Truman St. (MO) 0 Augustana (SD) 8 (Game 1)/ Truman St. 9 Augustana (SD) 8 (7-6) (Game 2): Juan Thomas (’93, 1B/ Volunteer Asst., AU)

Valparaiso 6 (6-11, 2-0 Horizon) Northern Kentucky 4: Brian Schmack (’96, P/ Head Coach, Valpo)

Winnipeg 0 Morningside (IA) 7 (15-5) (Game 1) Brian Drent (’95, OF/ Head Coach MU)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Sacramento City 8 (16-3, 4-0 Big 8) Modesto 0: Pete Pryor (’96, 1B/ Asst. Coach, SCC)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Ephrata 2 Prosser (WA) 12 (Game 1) / Ephrata 1 (0-4, 0-2 Central Washington 2A) Prosser 8 (WA) (Game 2): Steve Schorzman (’98, P/ Head Coach, PHS)  

Foothill (NV) 2 (3-4) Westlake (UT) 3 (Desert Hills Tournament): Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

North Kitsap (WA) 6 (2-1) Lynden 11: Jared Prince (’10, OF/ Asst. Coach, NKHS)  

River Bluff (SC) 10 (8-2) AC Flora 11: Doug Bearden (’95-’96, IF/ Asst. Coach, RBHS)

St. Stanislaus College Prep (MS) 14 (4-4) Heidelburg 0: Brad Corley (’06, OF/ Asst. Coach, SSC)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 19

Saturday, March 19

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Lewis Brinson (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) cracked a three-run homer (1) in the ninth to give the Texas Rangers a walk-off 7-5 win over Kansas City.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jose Castillo (’00, SS) turns 35.

Ovidio Frias (’97, 3B) turns 39.

Jason Shelley (’99, 3B) turns 39.

 

TRANSACTIONS:

Jorge Alfaro (’12-’13, C) was optioned by the Philadelphia Phillies to AA Reading.

Carl Edwards, Jr. (’13, P) was optioned by the Chicago Cubs to AAA Iowa.

 

CRAWDADS IN THE NEWS:

Jorge Alfaro (’12-’13, C) talks on mlb.com about being sent down to the minors.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Kansas City 5 Texas 7: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 2-2, R; Ronald Guzman (’13-’15, 1B/ Texas) 0-1; Luis Marte (’13-’14, SS/ Texas) 0-1, K; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-3; Josh Morgan (’15, 3B-SS/ Texas) 1-2, R; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas); Jurickson Profar (’11, 15, SS/ Texas) 0-3; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 1-2, R; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 1-3; Jose Trevino (’15, C/ Texas) 1-2; Francisco Mendoza (’11, P/ Texas) 2/3 IP,2 H, 1 K; Phil Klein (’12, P/ Texas) 3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K.

 

Texas 1 Seattle 7: Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 0-2, 2 K; Edwin Garcia (’10-’12, ’15, IF) 0-1; Chris Garia (’13, OF/ Texas) 0-2, K; Isiah Kiner-Falefa (’14-’15, IF) 1-2, K; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas) 0-2; Victor Payano (’12, P/ Texas) 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, loss (0-1); Frank Lopez (’13-’14, P/ Texas) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; Pedro Payano (’15, P/ Texas) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K; Jose Valdespina (’13-’14, P/ Texas) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago Cubs 2 Chicago White Sox 3: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ White Sox) 0-1.

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 Arizona 11: Matt West (’09-’10, 3B/ Los Angeles) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 HR.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Boston 1 Tampa Bay 5: Steve Pearce (’06, 1B/ Tampa Bay) 1-3.

Houston 2 Toronto 7: Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) 1-3, three-run HR (2) in the third.

Miami 5 Atlanta 6: Tomas Telis (’11, C/ Miami) 1-1, R; Cody Ege (’13, P/ Miami) 2/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

Minnesota 8 Boston 6: Roman Mendez (’11, P/ Boston) 1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, loss (1-1) Jorge Marban (’11, P/ Boston) 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

Washington 12 New York Mets 7: Neil Walker (’05, C/ NY Mets) 0-2.

Pittsburgh 12 Philadelphia 15: Wilfredo Boscan (’09, P/ Pittsburgh) 1/3 IP, 7 H, 8 ER.

 

COLLEGES:

George Washington 1 Charleston Southern 3 (Game 1) / George Washington 10 (8-11) Charleston Southern 5 (Game 2): Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Miami (OH) 14 Richmond 7 (11-8): Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

Oakland (MI) 5 (7-9, 1-0 Horizon) Illinois-Chicago 4: John Musachio (’97, P/ Head Coach OU)

Southwestern Christian 7 Oklahoma City 4 (20-9, 4-1 Sooner): Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

South Dakota St. 3 Oral Roberts 2 (12) (8-9, 1-0 Sunnit): Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Valparaiso 5 (5-11, 1-0 Horizon) Northern Kentucky 4 (10): Brian Schmack (’96, P/ Head Coach, Valpo)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Southeastern CC (IA) 5 (9-8) Indian Hills 4: Mark Michael (’05, P/ Asst. Coach, SECC)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Calallen (TX) 13 (8-2, 4-0 30-5A) Miller 0: Jose Luis Lopez (’00, ’02, P/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

Foothill (NV) 10 Kearns (UT) 3/ Foothill (NV) 7 (3-3) Northridge (UT) 2 (Desert Hills Tournament): Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

Franklin County (VA) 4 (0-1) Lord Betetourt 13: Barry Shelton (’96, 1B/ Head Coach FCHS)

Lexington 1 River Bluff (SC) 8 (8-1, 4-0 AAAA-5): Doug Bearden (’95-’96, IF/ Asst. Coach, RBHS)

Northview 8 South Forsyth (GA) 3 (8-4, 3-3 6 AAAAAA): Russ Bayer (’03, P/ Head Coach, SFHS)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 18

Friday, March 18

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Jairo Beras (’14-’15, OF) 3-4, 2B, BB, 2 R. Singled and scored the winning run in the 10th inning that gave Nicaragua a 5-4 win over Germany in a World Baseball Classic qualifier round game.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS) turns 25.

Bill Richardson (’10-’12, manager) turns 56.

Matt Winters (’03-’04, hitting coach) turns 56.

 

CRAWDADS ALUM IN THE NEWS:

Pirates experiment with Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF) hitting second in the lineup, writes Anthony Castrovince of mlb.com.

Joey Gallo (’13, 3B) learning the value of patience this season, says mlb.com’s Phil Rogers.

An ESPN.com article on Daniel Bard’s (’14, P) comeback with the Pirates.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Milwaukee 5 Texas 2: Alex Presley (’06, OF/ Seattle) 0-1, BB, RBI / Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas); Ryan Cordell (’14, OF/ Texas) 0-3; Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 1-1; Isiah Kiner-Falefa (’14-’15, IF/ Texas) 0-2, BB, R, SB; Dylan Moore (’15, 2B/ Texas) 0-3, 2 K; Eduard Pinto (’14-’15, OF/ Texas) 0-1, R; Nick Tepesch (’11, OF/ Texas) 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, l1 HR, loss (1-2); Chad Bell (’10, ’14, P/ Texas) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K; Andrew Faulkner (’12-’13, P/ Texas) 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Cleveland 6 Cincinnati 8: Rajai Davis (’02-’03, OF/ Cleveland) 1-3, 2 R, SB; Tom Gorzelanny (’04, P/ Cleveland) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB.

Seattle 11 Oakland 11: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 0-2, BB, R, K.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Atlanta 7 Washington 9: Sean Burnett (’01, P/ Washington) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

Baltimore 5 Boston 9: Todd Redmond (’06, P/ Baltimore) 1 IP, 2 H.

New York Mets 6 Miami 5: Neil Walker (’05, C/ NY Mets) 0-3, K / Bryan Morris (’08, P/ Miami) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB.

New York Yankees 7 Pittsburgh 2: Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF/ Pittsburgh) 1-3, solo HR (3) in the first.

Jordy Mercer (’08, SS/ Pittsburgh) 1-2, K.

Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 1: Steve Pearce (’06, 1B/ Tampa Bay) 1-3, solo HR (1) in the sixth.

 

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC:

Panama 9 France 2: Carlos Lee (’96-’97, 3B/ Manager, Panama)

 

COLLEGES:

Oklahoma City 15 (20-8, 4-0 Sooner Athletic Conference) SW Christian 5: Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Southeastern CC (IA) 11 (8-8) Maplewoods CC (MO) 15: Mark Michael (’05, P/ Asst. Coach, SECC)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Canyon (TX) 7 (11-2, 1-0, 25-6A) Smithson Valley 6: Jake Kaase (’09, IF/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

El Reno (OK) 7 (3-2) Coweta (GA) 5 (Aggie Classic, Gulf Breeze, FL): Keanon Simon (’08, OF/ Head Coach, ERHS)

Foothill (NV) 11 Desert Hills (UT) 1 (Foot and Ankle Institute, UT): Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

Stadium 0 North Kitsap (WA) 4 (2-0): Jared Prince (’10, OF/ Asst. Coach, NKHS)  

St. Stanislaus College Prep (MS) 13 (3-4, 2-0 4A-Region 8) Moss Point 1: Brad Corley (’06, OF/ Asst. Coach, SSC)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 17

Thursday, March 17

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Chris Young (’01-’02, P/ Kansas City) allowed two hits and two walks, and struck out five over four scoreless innings to pace the Royals to a 10-0 win over the Cubs.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Jared Bolden (’09-’10, 1B-OF) turns 28.

 

CRAWDADS ALUM IN THE NEWS:

An update on the retirement of Adam LaRoche (’08, 1B) by MLB.com’s Scott Merkin.

An article by Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi breaks down through photographs the unorthodox submarine delivery of Blue Jays pitcher Ben Rowen (’11, P).

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago Cubs 0 Kansas City 10: Carl Edwards, Jr. (’13, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.

Chicago White Sox 2 Milwaukee 5: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ Chicago) 0-1.

San Francisco 6 Seattle 9: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 1-3, two-run HR (1) in the third, K.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Pittsburgh 3 Baltimore 9: Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF/ Pittsburgh) 2-3, two-run HR (2) in the fourth, K   Jordy Mercer (’08, SS/ Pittsburgh) 0-3; Jared Hughes (’06-’07, P/ Pittsburgh) 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 K, 1 HR.

Toronto 1 New York Yankees 2: Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) 0-2; / Richard Bleier (’09, P/ NY Yankees) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K.

 

COLLEGES:

Dallas Christian 1 Oklahoma City 5 (Game 1) / Dallas Christian 4 Oklahoma City 5 (19-8) (Game 2): Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

Elizabethtown (PA) 9 (6-7) Lebanon Valley 10: Cliff Smith (’05, P/ Head Coach, EC)

Maryland-Baltimore County 10 (5-9) Richmond 5 (11-7): Bob Mumma (’93-’93, C-1B/ Head Coach, UMBC) / Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

Oral Roberts 3 (8-8) No. 13 Mississippi St. 3: Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Yale 1 George Washington 6 (7-10): Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Oakton CC (IL) 1 Delgado (LA) 10 (Game 1): Michael Scala (’02, OF/ Asst. Coach, OCC) / Oakton CC (IL) 0 (5-5) Delgado (LA) 10 (Game 2) (Russmat Invitational, Orlando, FL)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Canyon (TX) 5 (10-2) Churchill 2: Jake Kaase (’09, IF/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

North Kitsap (WA) 5 (1-0) Chimacum 3: Jared Prince (’10, OF/ Asst. Coach, NKHS)  

El Reno (OK) 1 (2-2) Tate (FL) 8 (Aggie Classic): Keanon Simon (’08, OF/ Head Coach, ERHS)

Foothill (NV) 1 (1-2, 1-2 Sunrise) 0 Basic 5: Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

Syracuse 4 Cottonwood (UT) 5 (3-0): Chris Shelton (’02, 1B/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

South Forsyth (GA) 4 (8-3, 3-2 6-AAAAAA) Northview 5: Russ Bayer (’03, P/ Head Coach, SFHS)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 16

Wednesday, March 16

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) cracked a two-run HR (3) in the fifth and also singled for the Rangers in their 5-4 win over Cleveland.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

James Boone (’06, OF) turns 33.

Jose Cardona (’15, OF) turns 22.

Josh Fauske (’96-’97, C-1B) turns 42.

Teodoro Martinez (’11, OF) turns 24.

Bob Mumma (’93-’94, C-1B) turns 45.

Jason Olsen (’96, P) turns 41.

 

CRAWDADS ALUMNI IN THE NEWS:

Jim Callis of mlb.com shows former Crawdads some love as top MLB prospects.

Dillon Tate (’15, P) answers five questions from Callis.

Carlos Lee (’96-’97, 3B) will manage Panama in the World Baseball Classic qualifier this weekend.

 

TRANSACTIONS:

Adam La Roche (’08, 1B) retired from major league baseball. He was a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2015 and was expected to return as the team’s DH in 2016.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Cleveland 4 Texas 5: Rajai Davis (’02-’03, OF/ Cleveland) 3-4; Tom Gorzelanny (’04, P/ Cleveland) 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR / Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 0-1, K; Lewis Brinson (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-1, K; Ryan Cordell (’14, OF/ Texas) 0-3, 2 K; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-1, R; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas); Jurickson Profar (’11, 15, SS/ Texas) 1-2, RBI; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 0-1; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 3-4, R, K; Jose Trevino (’15, C) 0-1; Martin Perez (’09, P/ Texas) 4 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 1 HR, win (1-0); Neil Martinez (’12, P/ Texas) 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 HR, HBP; Francisco Mendoza (’11, P/ Texas) 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago Cubs 11 San Diego 1: Justin Grimm (’11, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 K; Neil Ramirez (’09-’10, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 3 K.

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Chicago White Sox 8: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ Chicago) 0-1; Zach Duke (’03, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 K

Seattle 4 LA Angels 4: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 0-1, K.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Baltimore 6 Toronto 6: Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) 1-2, BB, R, RBI.

New York Mets 8 Miami 5: Tomas Telis (’11, C/ Miami) 0-2, K.

New York Yankees 6 Boston 3: Robbie Ross (’10, P/ Boston) 2/3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, loss (0-1).

Washington 6 Houston 4: Sean Burnett (’01, P/ Washington) 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

 

COLLEGES:

Morningside (IA) 8 (14-5) York (NE) 12: Brian Drent (’95, OF/ Head Coach MU)

New Jersey Tech 6 George Washington 0 (10-6): Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Oral Roberts 3 (7-8) Jacksonville St. 8: Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Oakton CC (IL) 4 Northern Essex (MA) 2 (Game 1): Michael Scala (’02, OF/ Asst. Coach, OCC) Oakton CC (IL) 10 (5-3) Northern Essex (MA) 3 (Game 2) (Russmat Invitational, Auburndale, FL)

Sierra 4 Sacramento City 8 (14-3, 2-0 Big 8): Pete Pryor (’96, 1B/ Asst. Coach, SCC)

Southeastern CC (IA) 7 St. Charles (MO) 1 (Game 1): Mark Michael (’05, P/ Asst. Coach, SECC) Southeastern CC 14 (8-7) St. Charles 3 (Game 2)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

El Reno (OK) 2 (2-1) Gulf Breeze (FL) 7 (Aggie Classic at Gulf Breeze): Keanon Simon (’08, OF/ Head Coach, ERHS)

Foothill (NV) 22 (1-1, 1-1 Sunrise League) Valley 1: Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

Harvester Christian Academy (GA) 6 (1-0) Praise 3: Doug Williams (’99-’00, P/ Head Coach HCA)

River Bluff (SC) 2 (7-1, 3-0 AAAA-5) Lexington 0: Doug Bearden (’95-’96, IF/ Asst. Coach, RBHS)

St. Stanislaus College Prep (MS) 5 (2-4, 1-0 4A-8) Moss Point 0: Brad Corley (’06, OF/ Asst. Coach, SSC)

Sunnyside 8 Prosser (WA) 4 (0-2): Steve Schorzman (’98, P/ Head Coach, PHS)  

Crawdads Alumni Report March 15

Tuesday, March 15

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Daniel Bard (’14, P/ Pittsburgh) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout and closed out Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win over Boston.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Fernando Mejias (’95, P) turns 44.

Juan Carlos Oviedo (’02-’03, P) turns 34.

Bobby Rose (’14, pitching coach) turns 49.

 

TRANSACTIONS:

Connor Sadzeck (’13, P) was optioned by the Texas Rangers to AA Frisco.

Yohander Mendez (’14,-’15, P) was optioned by the Texas Rangers to AA Frisco.

Jose Leclerc (’13, P) was optioned by the Texas Rangers to AA Frisco.

 

CRAWDADS ALUM IN THE NEWS:

Scott Lauber of espn.com interviews Daniel Bard (’14, P) about his comeback attempt with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/47911/ex-red-sox-reliever-daniel-bard-brings-perspective-to-latest-comeback-attempt

Odubel Herrera (’11, 2B) improved a year after moving to the outfield, writes Phillies beat writer Paul Hagen.

http://m.phillies.mlb.com/news/article/167299044/odubel-herrera-improves-as-center-fielder

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Texas 2 Cleveland 4: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 0-1; Lewis Brinson (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 1-1; Ronald Guzman (’13-’15, 1B/ Texas) 1-1, 2B, SF, 2 RBI; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 0-5, K; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 0-1, BB; Jimmy Reyes (’11, P/ Texas) 0 IP, 1 H; Alex Claudio (’13, P/ Texas) 1.1 IP; Jose Valdespina (’13-’14, P/ Texas) 1 IP.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Milwaukee 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 6: Alex Presley (’06, OF/ Seattle) 0-0, 2 BB.

San Diego 10 Chicago Cubs 2: Carl Edwards, Jr. (’13, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R.

Seattle 3 Arizona 8: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 2-3, R, RBI, 2B, 3B, CS.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

New York Mets 2 Detroit 9: Neil Walker (’05, C/ NY Mets) 0-3, 2 K.

Philadelphia 7 Baltimore 8: Todd Redmond (’06, P/ Baltimore) 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

Pittsburgh 3 Boston 1:

 

COLLEGES:

Princeton 5 Richmond 3 (11-6) (Spider Invitational): Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Oakton CC (IL) 2 Rowan Gloucester (NJ) 6 (Game 1)/ Oakton CC (IL) 4 (3-3) Rowan Gloucester 2 (Game 2) (Russmat Invitational, Winter Haven, FL): Michael Scala (’02, OF/ Asst. Coach, OCC)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Alpharetta 0 South Forsyth (GA) 11(8-2, 3-1 Region 6-AAAAAA): Russ Bayer (’03, P/ Head Coach, SFHS)

Foothill (NV) 3 (0-1, 0-1 Sunrise League) Liberty 13: Denny Crine (’95, P/ Asst. Coach, FHS)

Hillcrest (CA) 1 (4-4) Murrieta Mesa 11: Scott Vollmer (’94, C/ Head Coach, HHS)

Next Level Baseball 2 El Reno (OK) 4 (2-0) (Aggie Classic, Gulf Breeze, FL): Keanon Simon (’08, OF/ Head Coach, ERHS)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 14

Monday, March 14

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) slammed a three-run HR (1) in the third during Toronto’s 6-1 win over Tampa Bay.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Wardell Starling (’04, P) turns 33.

 

TRANSACTIONS:

Ben Rowen (’11, P) was optioned by the Toronto Blue Jays to AAA Buffalo.

 

ALUM IN THE NEWS:

Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) crushes another baseball, writes T. R. Sullivan.

Sullivan also wrote that Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas) continues to recover from an oblique injury.

Gerry Fraley of Dallas Morning News interviews Ryan Rua (’13, 2B) about playing first base.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Texas 3 LA Angels 7: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 0-1; Ryan Cordell (’14, OF/ Texas) 0-1; Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 1-3, solo HR (2) in the second; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 2-3, 2B, K; Juremi Profar (’14-’15, 3B/ Texas) 0-1; Jurickson Profar (’11, 15, SS/ Texas) 0-4, 2 K; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 0-2, K; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 1-1, 3B, R; Yohandez Mendez (’14-’15, P/ Texas) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 K.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Arizona 11 Chicago White Sox 4: Zach Duke (’03, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 H

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Colorado 4: Matt West (’09-’10, 3B/ Los Angeles) 1 IP, 1 HR, 2 K.

Milwaukee 5 Cleveland 4: Alex Presley (’06, OF/ Seattle) / Rajai Davis (’02-’03, OF/ Cleveland) 0-3.

Cincinnati 5 Seattle 3: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 0-2; Joe Wieland (’09-’10, P/ Seattle) 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Detroit 5 Pittsburgh 9: Dustin Molleken (’07-‘08, P/ Detroit) 1/3 IP/ Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF/ Pittsburgh) 1-3, R, RBI, 2 K; Jordy Mercer (’08, SS/ Pittsburgh) 1-3, R; Tony Watson (’07, P/ Pittsburgh) 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 HR.

New York Mets 11 Miami 0: Bryan Morris (’08, P/ Miami) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB,  3K.

Philadelphia 3 New York Yankees 0: Nick Williams (’13, OF/ Philadelphia) 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, K / Richard Bleier (’09, P/ NY Yankees) 1 IP, 1 H.

 

COLLEGES:

Augustana (SD) 1 Concordia-St. Paul 2 / Augustana 3 (6-5) Concordia-St Paul 4 (Game 2): Juan Thomas (’93, 1B/ Volunteer Asst., AU)

Bemidji St. (MN) 4 Oklahoma City 1 (Game 1) / Bemidji St. (MN) 6 Oklahoma City 5 (17-8) (Game 2): Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

Monmouth 5 George Washington 7 (6-9): Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Oral Roberts 11 (7-7) Auburn 18: Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Penn St. 5 Richmond 6 (11-5) (Spider Invitational): Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Oakton CC (IL) 2 Muscatine CC (IA) 7 (Game 1) / Oakton 4 (2-2) Muscatine 11 (Game 2) (Russmat Invitational, Auburndale, FL): Michael Scala (’02, OF/ Asst. Coach, OCC)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 13

Sunday, March 13

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Nick Williams (’13, OF/ Philadelphia) cranked a three-run HR (1) in the eighth that gave the Phillies breathing room in an 8-5 win over Toronto.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Matt Guillory (’05, P) turns 33.

Brett Holmes (’05, OF) turns 35.

 

ALUM IN THE NEWS:

Kellin Deglan (’11-12, ’15, C/ Texas) impresses Rangers manager with defensive prowess, writes MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.

Jose Bautista (’02, 3B/ Toronto) has an encounter with the Phillie Phanatic.

http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2016/03/12/167198336

Former Crawdads catcher Vin DiFazio (’09-’10) now in the LA Dodger camp impresses with his impersonation of President Barak Obama.

 

 TEXAS RANGERS:

Oakland Texas: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 1-2, 2B, K; Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) 0-2; Isiah Kiner-Falefa (’14-’15, IF/ Texas) 1-2, R; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas) 1-3, RBI; Josh Morgan (’15, 3B-SS/ Texas) 0-2; Brallan Perez (’15, 2B/ Texas) 0-0, R, SB; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 1-3, 3B, BB, R; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 0-2, R; Phil Klein (’12, P/ Texas) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR; Francisco Mendoza (’11, P/ Texas) 1.1 IP, 1 BB; Connor Sadzeck (’13, P/ Texas) 1 IP, 1 H; Keone Kela (’13, P/ Texas) 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K.

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Chicago White Sox 2 Chicago Cubs 9: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ White Sox) 1-3

Colorado 6 Milwaukee 7: Alex Presley (’06, OF/ Seattle) 1-3, R.

Seattle 5 Cincinnati 2: Luis Sardinas (’12, SS/ Seattle) 1-3, RBI

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Miami 11 Boston 8: Tomas Telis (’11, C/ Miami) 1-1, two-run double; http://m.mlb.com/video/v552311983/?game_pk=469592 Cody Ege (’13, P/ Miami) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 K, 1 HR / Jorge Marban (’11, P/ Boston) 1/3 IP, 1 HR.

Minnesota 1 Baltimore 8: Todd Redmond (’06, P/ Baltimore) 1 IP, 2 K.

Pittsburgh 0 Detroit 3: Jordy Mercer (’08, SS/ Pittsburgh) 0-3.

St. Louis 14 New York Mets 9: Neil Walker (’05, C/ NY Mets) 1-3, R, K.

Toronto 5 Philadelphia 8: Jose Bautista (’02, OF/ Toronto) 0-3 / Odubel Herrera (’11/ 2B/ Philadelphia) 2-3, RBI

Washington 11 Atlanta 1: Sean Burnett (’01, P/ Washington) 1 IP.

 

COLLEGES:

Bemidji St. (MN) 9 Oklahoma City 11 (8) (Game 1) / Bemidji St. (MN) 4 Oklahoma City 7 (16-7) (Game 2):  Bobby Spain (’08, 3B/ Asst. Coach/ OCU)

Cal State Los Angeles 4 Stanislaus St. 12 (Game 1) / Cal State Los Angeles 3 (6-15 overall, 5-5 CCAA) Stanislaus St. 4 (Game 2): Chris Hernandez (’04, P/ Pitching Coach, CSULA)

Concordia-St. Paul 6 Augustana (SD) 8 (Game 1) / Concordia-St. Paul 2 Augustana (SD) 4 (6-3) (Game 2):  Juan Thomas (’93, 1B/ Volunteer Asst., AU)

George Washington 1 (5-9) Monmouth 4: Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Morningside (IA) 1 (14-4) Providence Christian (CA) 2: Brian Drent (’95, OF/ Head Coach MU)

Oakland (MI) 0 Dayton (Game 1) 3/ Oakland (MI) 6 (6-9) Dayton 4 (Game 2): John Musachio (’97, P/ Head Coach OU)

NY Tech 1 Richmond 9 (10-5) (Spider Invitational): Tracy Woodson (’99. Manager/ Head Coach/ UR)

Oral Roberts 1 (7-6) Auburn 10: Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Stevenson (Md.) 13 Elizabethtown (PA) 4 (Game 1) / Stevenson (Md.) 4 Elizabethtown (PA) 2 (6-6) (Game 2):  Cliff Smith (’05, P/ Head Coach, EC)

Valparaiso 2 (4-11) Dallas Baptist 9: Brian Schmack (’96, P/ Head Coach, Valpo)

 

JUNIOR COLLEGES:

Oakton CC (IL) 2 Herkimer (NY) 0 (Game 1) / Oakton CC (IL) 9 (2-0) Herkimer (NY) 2 (Game 2) (Russmat Invitational, Winter Haven, FL): Michael Scala (’02, OF/ Asst. Coach, OCC)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Cheney 21 Prosser (WA) 2 (0-1): Steve Schorzman (’98, P/ Head Coach, PHS)  

Cottonwood (UT) 8 Viewmont 2 / Cottonwood 7 (2-0) Long Peak 6: Chris Shelton (’02, 1B/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

Hillcrest (CA) 1 (4-3) Aquinas 8 (Chino Tournament): Scott Vollmer (’94, C/ Head Coach, HHS)

Crawdads Alumni Report March 12

Saturday, March 12

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: ­

Joey Gallo (’13, 3B/ Texas) crushed a three-run HR in the second, and also singled and scored another run to lead the Rangers to a 8-5 win over Milwaukee.

BIRTHDAYS:

Dave Williams (’99-’00, P) turns 36. The former major league pitcher with the Pirates and Mets is now the head coach at Harvester Christian Academy in Douglasville, GA.

 

TRANSACTIONS:

Abel De Los Santos (’14, P) was optioned by the Washington Nationals to AAA Syracuse.

 

ALUM IN THE NEWS:

A writeup by mlb.com’s Michael Clair looks into the process of Joey Gallo (’13, 3B) maximizing his power.

Jim Callis of mlb.com looks back at the prospect-laden 2013 Hickory Crawdads squad.

T.R. Sullivan interviews Andrew Faulkner (’12-’13, P) about his move to the bullpen and his chances of making the opening-day roster with Texas.

Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer Adam Berry writes of former Crawdads pitching coach Ray Searage (’05) in his role as the “Pitcher Whisperer” for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

TEXAS RANGERS:

Texas 8 Milwaukee 5: Hanser Alberto (’12, 3B- SS/ Texas) 0-1, K; Ryan Cordell (’14, OF/ Texas) 0-3; Ronald Guzman (’13-’15, 1B/ Texas) 0-2, K; Nomar Mazara (’13-’14, OF/ Texas); Josh Morgan (’15, 3B-SS/ Texas) 0-1; Rougned Odor (’12, 2B/ Texas); Jurickson Profar (’11, 15, SS/ Texas) 0-2, BB, R, K; Drew Robinson ’12, 3B/ Texas) 0-2, K; Ryan Rua (’13, 2B/ Texas) 0-1, BB, R, K; Johnny Reyes (’11, P/ Texas) 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K; Nick Tepesch (’11, P/ Texas) 3 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR, win (1-1); Andrew Faulkner (’12-’13, P/ Texas) 1 IP, save (1).

 

CACTUS LEAGUE:

Arizona 12 Kansas City 3: Chris Young (’01-’02, P/ Kansas City) 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 HR, loss (0-1).

Cincinnati 4 Chicago Cubs 7: Justin Grimm (’11, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 2 K; Neil Ramirez (’09-’10, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 K.

Chicago White Sox 8 San Diego 3: Leury Garcia (’09-’10, SS/ Chicago) 1-4, solo HR (1) in the third, K; Zach Duke (’03, P/ Chicago) 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K.

Cleveland 6 Colorado 1: Rajai Davis (’02-’03, OF/ Cleveland) 0-3, 2 K; Tom Gorzelanny (’04, P/ Cleveland) 1 IP, 2 H.

 

GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE:

Boston 1 Toronto 2: Roman Mendez (’11, P/ Boston) 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB; Ben Rowen (’11, P/ Toronto) 1/3 IP, win (1-0).

Miami 6 Minnesota 5: Tomas Telis (’11, C/ Miami) 0-2.

Tampa Bay 3 Pittsburgh 4: Andrew McCutchen (’06, OF/ Pittsburgh) 1-2, solo HR (1) in the fourth; Tony Watson (’07, P/ Pittsburgh) 1 IP, 1 HR.

 

COLLEGES:

Monmouth 5 George Washington (5-8) 14: Gregg Ritchie (’98, Hitting Coach/ Head Coach, GWU)

Morningside (IA) 10 Providence Christian (CA) 0 (Game 1)/ Morningside (IA) 1 (14-3) Providence Christian (CA) 2 (Game 2): Brian Drent (’95, OF/ Head Coach MU)

Oakland (MI) 11 (5-8) Eastern Michigan 3 (at Dayton): John Musachio (’97, P/ Head Coach OU)

Oral Roberts 8 (7-5) Auburn 7: Sean Snedeker (’96-’98, Pitching Coach/ Pitching Coach ORU)

Valparaiso 6 (4-10) Dallas Baptist 1: Brian Schmack (’96, P/ Head Coach, Valpo)

 

HIGH SCHOOLS:

Calallen (TX) 6 (6-2, 2-0 district) Moody 2: Jose Luis Lopez (’00, ’02, P/ Asst. Coach, CHS)

River Bluff (SC) 5 (5-1, 2-0 AAAA-5 Region) South Aiken 4: Doug Bearden (’95-’96, IF/ Asst. Coach, RBHS)

Riverview (FL) 4 (3-10, 2-3 9A-District 8) Braden River 2: Chuck Antczak (’95-’97, C/ Head Coach, RHS)

South Forsyth (GA) 0 (7-2 2-1 6-AAAAAA) 0 Alpharetta: Russ Bayer (’03, P/ Head Coach, SFHS)