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Orem sweeps Idaho Falls after 17-7 win at Melaleuca

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Orem blew past Idaho Falls 17-7 on Sunday at Melaleuca Field, behind five home runs and three big innings.
The loss is Idaho Falls’ fourth in a row, dropping the Chukars to 17-21 and 0-2 in the second half. Orem maintained its league-best record, 28-11.

Robby Rinn (via Chukars Media)

After scoring five runs in the top of the second, Orem scored six in the top of the fifth and three in the seventh to top Idaho Falls for the ninth time in 10 games this year.
I.F. pitcher Robert Garcia (0-2) struggled, allowing 13 runs (all earned), 14 hits and five home runs in 4.1 innings.
The Chukars had one of their better offensive performances against the Owlz this season Sunday. They registered 14 hits and trailed 7-4 after three innings.
But five home runs, which scored 11 runs for the Owlz, doomed the Chukars.
Robby Rinn led the Chukars at the plate, going 2 for 4 with three runs and an RBI. Four others had two hits: Amalani Fukofuka, Darrell Miller Jr., Freddy Fermin and Julio Gonzalez.
Idaho Falls is off through Wednesday for the All-Star break. Five members of the Chukars and the coaching staff will compete in Tuesday’s Pioneer League/Northwest League All-Star game in Hillsboro, Ore. The players are: pitcher Holden Capps, pitcher Janser Lara, catcher Darrell Miller, infielder Robby Rinn and outfielder Amalani Fukofuka. The Chukars resume action Thursday at Great Falls.

Owlz down Chukars with 14 walks

By Paul Lambert | Post Register
If Saturday night’s game at Melaleuca Field were a boxing match, the Vegas odds would have been somewhere in the Mayweather-McGregor range. 
Something like 7 to 1 against the home team, with the defending Pioneer League champion Orem Owlz (Mayweather) as the heavy favorites over the hometown Chukars (McGregor).
Always with a puncher’s chance, the Chukars went toe-to-toe with the league leading Owlz, but ended up on the canvas for the third-straight night, losing 15-8.
But it wasn’t a string of hits that dropped the Chukars. It was a string of walks.
Idaho Falls (17-22, 0-1) had at least one hit in every inning, out-hitting Orem (27-11, 1-0) 18-13.
But the Chukars’ pitching staff walked 14 in the loss. Orem walked only one. The worst of it came in the top of the sixth when Orem scored six runs on just two hits, taking advantage of five walks.
That sequence broke a 6-6 tie, leaving Idaho Falls trapped in the corner, down 12-6. Even without all those free passes to the Pioneer League’s best team, the tale of the tape didn’t look for the Chuks coming in. The Owlz came in hitting a throaty .374 against Idaho Falls. Conversely, the Chukars were hitting just .228 verse Orem. Also, Orem led the season series 8-1, including dominant wins Thursday and Friday.
And to top it all off, Orem delivered a straight shot with three runs in the top of the first off starter Julio Pinto — the Pioneer League’s leader in losses and walks. Pinto continued to struggle finding the plate, walking eight more over 5 innings, absorbing another loss to fall to 2-6.
Jeremy Gwinn had an even tougher time finding the plate in relief, walking five in the sixth without recording a single out. The Owlz batted around in that decisive sixth, sending 10 to the plate to offset a game-tying 3-spot posted by Idaho Falls in the bottom of the fifth.

What’s important:

Idaho Falls fell to 3-18 when the other team scores first, and 2-20 when trailing after six innings. The game was the first of the second half of the Pioneer League season for the Chukars (0-1).

Player of the Game:

Danny Hrbek struck out five over two shutout innings in relief, helping to bandage a pitching staff that seemed determined to suffer death by papercut.

What’s next:

The Chukars and Owlz wrap up their four game series with today’s Sunday matinee, with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. Then its off to Montana for seven games beginning Thursday, with the Chukars coming back home on Aug. 11.

Owlz chew up Chukars, 13-2

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
The Owlz have continuously stumped the Chukars all season. Friday night was no different.

Gray (via Chukars media)

Orem downed Idaho Falls 13-2 Friday night at Melaleuca Field behind 11 unanswered runs in the first five frames and strong command on the mound.

The loss puts the Chukars at 17-21. Orem, the best team in the Pioneer League, advances to 26-11.

It was the first time the Chukars allowed 20-plus runs since June 20 against Grand Junction.

And the Owlz almost blanked Chukars, if it wasn’t for Logan Gray. Gray scored after a passed ball by Owlz pitcher Keinner Pina in the bottom of the sixth — the first run scored by the Chukars since Wednesday. Robby Rinn then grounded out to first baseman Jeyson Sanchez, allowing Cristhian Vasquez to reach home.

Orem’s starting pitcher Cole Duensing and defense dominated early and throughout, however, as Duensing struck out two batters and didn’t allow a single hit or run in five frames of work.

The Chukars didn’t register their first hit until after Duensing left the mound and Gray reached second base after a shot to right field off Evan Smith.

The Chukars would finish with just four hits and five total bases.

Against the Owlz, a lack of offense has been a consistent trend this season for the Chukars. They’ve only garnered eight hits in the previous two games against the Owlz, and have scored more than five runs just twice (a 9-7 win against Orem on June 29; a 10-6 loss on June 23) in nine games.

What’s important:

The Chukars continue to struggle against the Owlz, losing 13-2 Friday night. Idaho Falls is 1-8 when its played Orem this season.

Player (s) of the game:

Logan Gray. Gray was the only Chukar to get any luck at the plate Friday. Gray went 2 for 4 and reached home once.


The Chukars return home Saturday for game three of four against the Owlz. First pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m.

Owlz blank Chukars 3-0

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Orem continues to be the antithesis of Idaho Falls.
The Owlz blanked the Chukars 3-0 Thursday night at Melaleuca Field, after the Chukars failed to score a run for the first time all season.

Chukars infielder Offerman Collado looks back to see if the ball is in during a game against the Orem Owls game on Thursday night.

The loss puts Idaho Falls at 17-20. Orem advances to 25-11. The Chukars are 1-7 against the Owlz this season.
“The game of baseball is crazy,” Darrell Miller Jr. said after Thursday. “We’ve been hot with the bats, and you know, these types of games happen.”
Miller Jr. is correct: baseball can be a difficult game to predict.
A day after littering Missoula’s Ogren Park with 23 hits, Idaho Falls’ offense only registered four against Orem starter Elvin Rodriquez at Melaleuca.
And although it was a relatively clean game through nine frames, it was Orem’s stout defense that kept Idaho Falls from lighting up the scoreboard.
Pitchers Dillon Drabble and Geoffrey Bramblett kept the Chukars in it, combining for seven strikeouts, 10 runs and three earned runs. The Chukars’ defense also didn’t commit an error.
The only Chukars, though, who could garner hits against Orem’s strong command on the mound: Matt Morales, Offerman Collado, Robby Rinn and Chris Hudgins.
“Their team did a really good job of throwing strikes, especially in the corners,” Morales said. “We were a bit unaggressive tonight, rather than last night where we put a lot of hard balls into play.”
Miller Jr., who didn’t suit up for Thursday’s game, said fatigue was a big factor in the series opener.
Before Thursday, the Chukars had played seven straight on the road, the last three reaching three hours-plus. Wednesday was four hours and 17 minutes, another was three hours and 56 minutes.
Thursday’s loss went for two hours and 33 minutes.
“We’re going to go get ‘em tomorrow,” Morales said. “We should be good.”

What’s important:

A clean game all around, the Chukars’ offense was fatigued after playing seven on the road and three straight three hour-plus games (one was over four hours and another was three hours and 56 minutes).

Player(s) of the game:

Pitcher Dillon Drabble. Drabble finished with four strikeouts, two walked, six hits and just one earned run in 4.2 innings pitched.


“There staff did a pretty good job of locating pitchers, making pitchers. That, mixed with a little fatigue, and I think we didn’t have our best stuff today. You know, it’s the game of baseball.” – Chukars catcher Darrell Miller Jr.


– The Chukars won Wednesday night 15-12 in the longest game of the season. In four hours and 17 minutes, the Chukars registered a season-high 23 hits. The game also went extra innings (10) as the Osprey garnered 16 hits. The game finished past the Post Register’s deadline.

– Saturday will be the first game of the second half of the Pioneer League season.

– Thursday’s attendance was announced as a season-high 3,332.


Idaho Falls returns home Friday for game two of four against Orem. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Owlz sweep Chukars after 8-4 win

By Luke O’Roark | Loroark@postregister.com | @Lukeoroark
Orem Owlz Park wasn’t very hospitable for the Chukars these past three days.
The Owlz clipped the Chukars 8-4 at home Monday night after Chukars’ starter Julio Pinto surrendered four earned runs on six walks in the first frame. One batter was also hit by a pitch. Pinto pitched just 1/3 innings before being pulled.
The Owlz swept the Chukars during their three-game series, as Idaho Falls falls to 3-8 in the month of July. Idaho Falls will get today off before beginning a seven-game home streak against Helena (three games) and Missoula (four games) on Wednesday.
After falling 7-1 during the bottom of the sixth Monday, Robby Rinn — one of the Pioneer Leagues’ premier hitter — hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to cut into the Chukars six-run deficit.

Robby Rinn (via Chukars Media)

It was, however, not enough.
Orem responded to Rinn’s home run with a Jonah Todd double that scored David MacKinnon, providing an extra run and cushion to close the door on Idaho Falls and the series.
Idaho Falls falls to 9-13, third in the Pioneer south division.
The Owlz advance to 16-6, atop the Pioneer south and league.

What’s important:

Defense and pitching continues to be the Chukars’ weakness, surrendering four runs in the first inning during Monday’s loss.

Player of the game:

Robby Rinn. He hit a two-run home run to cut into the Owlz lead late Monday. He finished 1 for 4 at the plate.


• Monday was the first day Logan Gray played left field for the Chukars. He has played 16 games.

• Jake Wakamatsu started at third base for the first time this season.

• Monday’s game was the first time all season the Chukars had not committed an error.

• Vance Vizcaino extended his hitting-streak to 11 Monday.

• Robby Rinn’s home run was his first RBI in six games.

• The Chukars have hit at least an extra-base hit for 22-straight games.

Up next:

The Chukars receive their first day off Tuesday. They have played 22-straight games. Idaho Falls will return to Melaleuca Field Wednesday to play Helena. First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday’s game:

Orem thumped Idaho Falls 14-4 Sunday at Orem Owlz Park thanks to a eight-run sixth inning.
After leading 6-1 after the fifth frame, the Owlz exploded in the sixth to down the Chukars at home.
The Owlz fifth inning included a forceout, a passed ball, a field error, two scored from walks and three RBI-singles. David McKay absorbed the loss on the mound: five hits allowed, three runs (two of which were earned) and two walks in 3 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Infielder Tyler Straub pitched an inning for the Chukars. He is the second infielder in four games (Jake Wakamatsu) to pitch on the mound for the Chukars.
The loss puts Idaho Falls at 9-12, as it has lost six of nine games in July. Since Ogden beat Idaho Falls 17-3 on July 5, Idaho Falls has been outscored 48-13 by its opponents.

Owlz thrash Chukars 17-5

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register | @Lukeoroark
Hardly anything went right for Idaho Falls Friday night against Orem.
After beating the Owlz with two Jake Wakamatsu home runs Thursday, the Chukars were trashed 17-5 by the Owlz Friday night at Orem Owlz Park. The loss pushes Idaho Falls to 6-6, as it splits its two-game road series at Orem 1-1. Orem advances to 8-4, atop of the Pioneer League south division.
Most of the damage Friday happened early — the third inning.

Darell Miller Jr. Provided via Idaho Falls Chukars

The Owlz compiled eight runs in the bottom of the third after Harrison Wenson home runned to left field. Leonardo Rivas then added a three RBI-triple to make it 7-0. And to add insult to injury: Manuel Guzman two RBI-doubled; Keinner Pina scored Jonah Todd; and Harrison Wenson came back and scored Manuel Guzman with a single line drive to center field.
The Chukars didn’t answer until the sixth frame. Amalani Fukofuka and Tyler Straub homered. Darrell Miller and Vance Vizcaino then notched RBIs to score five runs.
But their comeback fell way short. The Owlz answered the Chukars’ five runs with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth and then added three runs in the eighth to down the Chukars.
Orem has beaten Idaho Falls three of the four times the two teams have played this season.

What’s important:

After a come-from-behind win the night before, the Chukars were trashed Friday at Orem Owlz Park. It’s just the nature of baseball: some games are going to be close; others will be blow outs.

Player (s) of the game:

Darrell Miller Jr. He went 2 for 4 at-bat Friday and notched his 11th RBI this year.


The Chukars finish the month of June 6-6.
Orem has beaten Idaho Falls three of the four times the two teams have played this season.
The Owlz have outscored the Chukars 43-21 this season.


The Chukars will remain on the road Saturday, as they travel to Ogden to play a three-game series against the Raptors. This is the first time Idaho Falls will play Ogden this season. Fans can listen to Chukars’ broadcaster Logan Ratick call the game on KSPZ or 980thezone.com.

Wakamatsu hits two home runs in Chukars’ road win

By Post Register | @PRPreps | @chukarsextra
Idaho Falls’ Jake Wakamatsu has played two of his best professional games in back-to-back days.
Wednesday, he went 2 for 3 at-bat to help the Chukars win. Thursday, he hit his first professional home run — a two-run blast to right field — to tie Orem in the top of the eighth. He then homered again to guide Idaho Falls to a road win.


Idaho Falls beat Orem 9-7 Thursday at Orem Owlz Park, and it can thank Wakamatsu’s two home runs late. The win pushes the Chukars to 6-5 on the season and is the first time they’ve beaten the Owlz (7-4).
Like many Pioneer League games, Thursday’s game between the two South Division teams was back-and-forth.
The Chukars took the lead first during the third inning when Amalani Fukofuka scored Wakamatsu on a sac fly to right field. Robby Rinn then cleaned up, scoring Offerman Collado and Cristhian Vasquez with a two-RBI single to left field.
The Owlz would answer, however. Jonah Todd scored two runs on a triple fly ball to center field. He then scored after Brandon Sandoval grounded out towards Chukars’ pitcher David McKay.
Tori Hunter Jr., drafted out of Notre Dame, scored another Owl with a line drive towards Fukofuka in right field.
Fukofuka would even the game at 4-4 after Vance Vizcaino doubled in the top of the fifth.
Orem answered Idaho Falls’ early offense by taking a 7-5 lead late, scoring a combined three runs in the sixth and seventh. But then, the Owlz were clipped by Wakamatsu’s two home runs, as pitcher Cody Nesbit’s (2-0) shut the door in the bottom of the ninth.

What’s important:

Thursday’s game was one of the Chukars’ best road performances this year. After surrendering the lead late, Jake Wakamatsu hit consecutive two-run home runs.

Player (s) of the game:

Jake Wakamatsu, Robby Rinn and Cody Nesbit. Wakamatsu went 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs. Rinn went 2 for 3 and had two RBIs Thursday, pushing his season total to a team-high 17 RBIs.
Nesbit had strong command on the mound during his second win of the season: five hits, two runs, a strikeout in three and 2.1 innings pitched.


The Chukars are now 4-1 on the road.
Vance Vizcaino went 2 for 5 at the plate for two RBIs. Amalani Fukofuka went 2 for 4 and had an RBI in Thursday’s win.
In comparison to its first two loses to Orem earlier this season, Idaho Falls began the game with the lead.


The Chukars will be on the road again Friday at Orem. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Viewers can listen to Chukars’ color commentator Logan Ratick call the game on KSPZ.

Chukars can’t register hits, lose to Owlz at Melaleuca

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
The hits kept coming for Orem and Idaho Falls Saturday at Melaleuca Field.
Only one team used them to its advantage, however.
Orem beat Idaho Falls 9-3 behind 17 hits, pushing the Chukars to 0-2 at home this season. Orem’s Richard Fecteau lead all batters by going 3-for-5 at the plate for three RBIs. Roby Rinn lead the Chukars by going 2-for-4 at bat.
After struggling to register hits early on, the Chukars (3-3) looked to rally in the sixth inning.
With bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, and the crowd beginning to stomp on the bleachers, Logan Gray walked home and Jonathan McCray ground out scored Dalton Griffin.
The two runs wasn’t enough, though.
Similar to Friday night, the Owlz’s offense came out hot. Orem (5-1) started the game with a 2-0 lead after Brandon Sandoval and Marsh hit a double and triple, respectively. Richard Fecteau would then score Marsh with a single.
A double-play would get starting pitcher David McKay, and the Chukars, out of the early jam.
The Chukars would add a run in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Robby Rinn RBI with two outs. But the Owlz would add on two more runs in the fourth.
Five Owlz runs in the final four frames put the game away, as the Chukars couldn’t add runs after the sixth.
Simply put: anything the Chukars did offensively Saturday, the Owlz did better.

What’s important:

The Chukars made contact with the ball, but couldn’t garner runs. They left 11 runners on base and had the worst offensive outing of the season in terms of hits with eight (lowest hit count previously was 10).

Player (s) of the game:

Pitcher David McKay (0-1). McKay struck out seven batters, walked another, and allowed nine hits in five 2/3 innings pitched. His command was solid thanks to a variety of off-speed pitches and sliders, but was finally pulled after the Owlz took a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning. He finished with a 5.91 ERA.

David McKay. Photo via Idaho Falls Chukars


“I thought our kids competed well. We got some chances with guys on base. We just didn’t get the big hit and that’s just baseball. They’re not always gonna fall. The idea is to keep battling, keep putting the pressure on and if you keep doing that, and guys come through with a big hit here or there, and it’s a whole different outcome.” — Chukars’ manager Justin Gemoll


Attendance was announced as 2,879.
There was some turmoil right at the start of Saturday’s game: plate umpire Jake Bruner stopped the game after the left batter’s box was too muddy. To add on to the confusion, the Owlz changed up their lineup after they were announced to the Chukars’ broadcast booth.
The Chukars picked up another right-handed pitcher with Geoffrey Bramblett (30th round pick in 2016). Bramblett was previously in Lexington, going 3-1 in eight games pitched with the Legends. He had a 6.57 ERA. In 2016, he pitched 11 games for the Burlington Royals. The addition gives Idaho Falls its 13th pitcher this season.


Idaho Falls will play Grand Junction (1-5) Sunday at Melaleuca Field. First pitch is at 4 p.m. The Chukars won their season-opening series against the Rockies, 3-1.

Chukars lose home-opener, rally late

By Luke O’Roark | prsports@postregister.com
Like so many Pioneer League games, Idaho Falls came alive late Friday against Orem at Melaleuca Field.
Orem ultimately won 10-6, however, in a game that did not end until 10:55 p.m.
Originally down 8-0 in the fifth frame, the Chukars slowly chipped away at their early deficit. They scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh, respectively, to come back late and make their home-opener competitive.

Chukars pitcher Christopher Marte (24) pitches against Orem on Friday night at Melaluca.
Taylor Carpenter / tcarpenter@postregister.com, 6/23/2017, Lens 300, ISO 200, FStop {fstop}, Shutter 1/500, Aperature {aperature},

They can thank Ricky Aracena, Amalani Fukofuka and Robby Rinn’s RBIs in the seventh to help the Chukars close in.
Cristhian Vasquez was a bright spot Friday for the Chukars. He had a diving catch in the outfield during the top of the fifth inning. He then hit a 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the frame to finally get Idaho Falls on the board.
Orem’s offense came out quickly Friday — scoring three runs off four hits during the first two frames. Chukars’ first baseman Robby Rinn made an error throwing to home plate, allowing the Owls’ Franklin Torres to score. Brandon Sandoval would later score in the frame after Leonardo Rivas lined out to center field.
The Chukars, meanwhile, didn’t register a hit until Tyler Straub singled to right field in the bottom of the third.
Idaho Falls had more errors (three) than strikeouts (one) during the first four innings.

What’s important:

The Chukars came home a little flat and didn’t wake up until late. After notching 59 hits in four games against Grand Junction, Idaho Falls only registered 10 hits against Orem.

Player(s) of the game:

Center fielder Cristhian Vasquez and third baseman Tyler Straub.
Not only did Vasquez lay out for a beautiful diving catch in the fifth inning, he was one of the Chukars only effective batters Friday against Orem.
His statline was 2-for-4 at the plate and got Idaho Falls on the board with a 2-RBI triple to shallow right field in the bottom of the fifth.
Straub was 3-for-3 and hit a lazer to right field in the bottom of the seventh for the Chukars’ second three-base hit on the night.

Other notes:

Center fielder Cristhian Vasquez had a stretched-out, diving catch in the outfield during the top of the fifth inning. The catch received caused some spectators to erupt in cheer and applause.
A couple became engaged during the Chukars’ home-opener. Tanner Eastman proposed to his girlfriend, Shelby, after the third frame of Friday’s game. The couple were originally going to do a dizzy bat competition before Tanner put the bats away and got down on one knee near home plate.
The attendance at Melelaeuca Field was 2,926. Last Saturday’s exhibition against the Idaho Falls Bandits drew 3,133 to the ballpark.

Up next:

The Chukars (3-2) host the Owls (4-1) again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Melaleuca Field.

Chukars Notebook: Meibrys Viloria reflects on MVP season

Idaho Falls Chukars catcher Meibrys Viloria connects for a single during the Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star game on Aug. 2 in Ogden, Utah. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thayer)
Idaho Falls Chukars catcher Meibrys Viloria connects for a single during the Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star game on Aug. 2 in Ogden, Utah. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thayer)

Barring a major slump, the Pioneer League MVP was Meibrys Viloria’s to lose at the end of the first half.

Viloria, 19, tailed off a bit in the second half, but it didn’t cost him. The catcher became the third Idaho Falls Chukar since 2007 to win the Ralph Nelles Award. The league announced his MVP honor on Tuesday.

“I was working hard since spring training to right now, so I’m very excited,” Viloria said Thursday through I.F. bench coach Ramon Castro.

In the first 38 games, Viloria led the league in almost every major category: batting average (.457), on-base percentage (.504), slugging percentage (.793), hits (53), RBIs (36), doubles (15) and total bases (92). Most of those leads evaporated in the second half, but he still remained near the top.

His numbers look especially impressive compared to 2015. In 150 at-bats with Burlington last season, Viloria did not record single extra-base hit. He had 37 in 226 at-bats this season (28 doubles, three triples and six home runs).

“I’ve been working hard, working with Andre (David) in the cage every day, Viloria said. “That’s part of why I had a great season.”

Viloria still saw parts of his game that need improvement. Defense was his biggest weakness, he said, especially throwing outbase stealers. Viloria did, however, throw out 34 percent of all runners who tried to steal on him this season. That number would land him well within the top 10 of MLB catchers, and it was near the middle among regular Pioneer League catchers this season.

David, the Chukars’ hitting coach, said Viloria is mechanically sound as a hitter. One of the big things David worked on with Viloria was improving the position of his back elbow. That area has improved, David said, but there’s still room to grow.

David also praised Viloria’s hitting approach.

“When there were days that weren’t going well, which weren’t very many, he seemed to maintain a positive approach and knew that his plan and daily routine would carry him over into good things,” David said. “He understands what it takes on daily basis.”


Nick Dini played 42 games for the Chukars last season. The catcher returned to I.F. for nine more this summer.

Dini, 23, began the 2016 season with Single-A Lexington, where he played one game. He moved up to Class A Advanced Wilmington for seven games, then returned to Lexington on June 30. In his first at-bat back on July 2, a pitch hit Dini in the hand, forcing him to exit the game. He later found out that his hand was broken, and he was placed on the 7-day disabled list.

Dini returned to action in the Arizona League on Aug. 16 and was moved up to I.F. on Aug. 22. He hit .378 with an .843 OPS in 39 plate appearances for the Chukars.

The constant shuffling and limited playing time this summer has frustrated Dini. But he put his struggles into perspective after seeing so many of his former teammates get released.

“Every opportunity you get, you’ve gotta take advantage of it,” Dini said. “The harsh reality is, if you don’t, you’ll be out of job. It sucks seeing guys go, but you understand that that’s part of it.”


Former Chukar Matt Strahm has thrived during his brief action with the Kansas City Royals this season. The left-handed pitcher owns a 0.54 ERA, 22 strikeouts and six walks in 16.2 innings pitched for the big league club this year.

Strahm, 24, was called up on July 31. He made his MLB debut that day and allowed one earned run in 0.1 inning against the Texas Rangers. He hasn’t allowed a run since.

Strahm made his professional debut with the Chukars in 2012. He returned to I.F. in 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery the year before, according to the Kansas City Star.

MLB.com’s most recent prospect rankings has Strahm at No. 4 in Kansas City’s system.


Multiple Chukars led the Pioneer League in various statistical categories this season. Here they are:

Batting average Meibrys Viloria (.376)

Doubles Viloria (28)

RBIs Viloria (55)

Stolen bases Nick Heath (36)

Errors Ricky Aracena (38)

Hits allowed Arnaldo Hernandez (99)

Walks issued Matt Portland (37)


C Meibrys Viloria

Apologies to Joe Dudek, Nick Heath, Alex Luna, Yeison Melo, Manny Olloque and Luke Willis, but this honor clearly belongs to the MVP.


LHP Nick Andros

Andros finished the season with a 9.20 ERA, 48 hits allowed, 31 strikeouts, 14 walks issued and seven home runs given up. On Monday at Orem, the Chukars had a 9-8 lead in the 10th inning when Andros entered the game. The Owlz scored two runs off Andros to walk off and eliminate I.F. from playoff contention.