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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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Weekly ex-Chukar update

  • Journeyman RP David Pauley has finally found a home with the Seattle Mariners. The 2001 Idaho Falls Padre made brief appearances with the Boston Red Sox in 2006 and 2008. But it’s in Seattle that he’s really shined. Despite surrendering two runs and taking the loss Thursday, the right-handed reliever leads all Mariners pitchers in ERA, 2.06, and WHIP, 0.97, entering Saturday. He spent time with the Padres, Red Sox and Orioles before joining the Mariners in 2010.
  • The Kansas City Royals recalled SP Danny Duffy (2010) to the Major League club Tuesday to face the Chicago White Sox. Duffy responded and pitched seven innings for his second big league win, besting the White Sox’s SP Jake Peavy, a 1999 Idaho Falls Padre, to do it. To make room for Duffy, the Royals sent RP Everett Teaford (2006) back to Triple-A. In 17 appearances with the Royals this year, Teaford has a 2.25 ERA.

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Ex-Chukar highlights

  • The Kansas City Royals sent RP Everett Teaford (2006 Chukar) down to Triple-A Friday to make room for starting pitcher Bruce Chen, who just came off the disabled list. In 14 appearances out of the bullpen, Teaford was 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA. Left-handed batters were 3 for 19 (.158) against him.
  • SP Danny Duffy (2010) struck out nine straight in 3.2 innings with the Royals on June 19 before a calf cramp forced him to leave the game. But with Kyle Davies set to return from the DL, he may be the next arm headed back to AAA Omaha.
  • OF Wil Myers (2009) was selected Thursday to the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 in Phoenix. The all-star game pits the best prospects in the minor leagues against each other on U.S. and World rosters as part of MLB’s all-star weekend. ESPN2 will air the July 10 game at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The 20-year-old is hitting .295/.366/.418 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in AA this year as he makes the transition from catcher to right field.

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Thursday’s links and notes

  • OF Wil Myers (2009 Chukar) was selected today to the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The all-star game pits the best prospects in the minor leagues against each other on U.S. and World rosters as part of MLB’s all-star weekend. ESPN2 will air the July 10 game at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The 20-year-old is hitting .295/.366/.418 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in AA this year as he makes the transition from catcher to right field. Fellow Royals prospect Kelvin Herrera, a pitcher, was also named to the team. He never played in Idaho Falls.
  • SP Danny Duffy (2010) will likely be bumped down to AAA after his next start with Bruce Chen and Kyle Davies set to return for the disabled list, the team’s website reports.In seven starts, he’s 1-2 with a 5.03 ERA.

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Wednesday’s links and notes

  • Congrats, Chukars. Your 20-0 loss to Ogden on opening night is no longer the biggest butt kicking in the Pioneer League. The Orem Owlz let the Chukars off the hook last night with a 23-1 home win against Casper. Orem cranked out 26 hits and six home runs, one shy of the league record for most home runs in a single game. But second baseman Taylor Lindsey did tie a league record with six runs scored. Lindsey matched a record held previously by four players. The most recent one was Helena’s Eric Whitford, who scored six times against Idaho Falls on Aug. 14, 1991.
  • Billings starting pitcher Stalin Gerson tossed six scoreless innings while the offense tallied16 hits, including home runs from Devin Lohman and Yovan Gonzalez in a 17-1 win against Great Falls.

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Ex-Chukar links and notes, Opening Day

Last year, I started an ex-Chukars update on the Sunday Chukars Extra page. But I don’t wait until Sunday to scour for all the latest news. I’ve set up a Google Reader account with loads of sources and write up a running notebook over the week. Most of that never makes the Sunday page.

So since we have this site back, and I figure you’re interested in keeping up with all the latest ex-Chukar news, here’s my first installment. It won’t always be titled “Ex-Chukars links and notes.” But by clicking on the “Ex-Chukars” category in the left-handed menu or a the bottom of the post, you’ll be able to find all the ex-Chukar news.

Let me know what you think of the new feature.

• On the big-league club, Blake Wood (2006 Chukar) tossed a scoreless seventh inning last night to improve to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 2.43. The Royals’ team website has a feature on his mechanical adjustments. Wood and RHP Greg Holland (2007) are part of a three-man rotation for the setup role, the Kansas City Star reports.

• Kansas City starting pitcher Danny Duffy (2010) struck out nine straight in 3.2 innings for the Royals before a calf cramp forced him out of the game. The St. Louis Cardinals did score two runs on three hits and a walk in the first inning.

• 1B and fan favorite Murray Watts (2010) showed up on the opening day roster of the rookie-level Burlington Royals. Burlington is considered a half step below Idaho Falls, where he was a Pioneer League all-star after hitting .279/.389/.506 last season. But the big first baseman struggled in his promotion to Low-A Kane County, hitting .211/.354/.289 in 35 games this spring.

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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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