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Ex-Chukar updates, July 22

Left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez (1999-2000 Padre) has reinvented himself as a relief pitcher with the Seattle Mariners.

The New York Mets released Perez, 30, prior to the 2011 season with $12 million still left on his contract, and he spent the entire 2011 season in Double-A with the Washington Nationals. But the Mariners picked him up prior to the 2012 season, and after starting the year in AAA, they called up him to the big leagues in June.

Since then, he has appeared 12 times out of the bullpen and owns a 3.18 ERA. In 11 1/3 innings, he struck out 11 and walked four.

Kansas City Royals DH Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) made up for his pitching staff blowing a pair of leads Wednesday when he cranked a ninth-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7.

The ball traveled an estimated 395 feet into the left-center field seats.

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Ex-Chukar updates, July 15

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Billy Butler (2004 Chukar) competed in his first MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Butler — the lone Royal selected for the All-Star Game, which was hosted by Kansas City — caught the ceremonial first pitch from Hall of Famer George Brett before entering the game in the seventh inning.

Butler received a standing ovation when it was announced he’d led off the seventh against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. Butler grounded out to third base against Hamels and then struck out after working a full count in the ninth against Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan to finish the game 0 for 2.

Butler had eight family members in the stands, including his wife, Katie, a Skyline High School graduate he met in Idaho Falls and who is expecting another child in January.

“In his big-league career, this is the biggest moment for sure,” Katie Butler told the Kansas City Star. “It’s an unforgettable experience, being around all the Royals fans, and our family, and where we’ve been since 2007. … Six years here, and this is the best we’ve ever seen Kansas City.” Continue reading “Ex-Chukar updates, July 15”

Former Chukars inch closer to bigs

While Major League Baseball’s opening day was a full week ago, opening day for the full-season minor league clubs kicks off today around the country. And it kicks off with ex-Chukars dotting the rosters of the Royals’ affiliates.

In Triple-A, eight ex-Chukars are on the 24-man roster. In AA, it’s more than half, as 15 of the 26 players played in Idaho Falls. And in A-ball, it’s 11 of 28 in High-A and 12 of 25 in Low-A.

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