- 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.
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.
For those who can’t wait five more days for the opening of the 2011 Chukars season, a sneak preview is available this weekend at Melaleuca Field.
The squad will be on display when the club holds workouts at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday that are free and open to the public. The workouts follow the first team meeting at noon Saturday, which will be followed by a media day at 1 p.m.
The Idaho Falls Chukars announced the first 14 players assigned to the team, which starts its season June 20 at Melaleuca Field.
All 14 players are pitchers.
Four pitchers return from last year’s club, including lefty starters Brennon Martin (5-4, 4.36 ERA) and Brian Peacock (0-5, 6.86).
They are joined by a pair of lefty relievers, Tyler Graham (1-1, 5.58) and Robert Penny (1-0, 3.00 in two appearances).
The Kansas City Royals seventh-round draft pick, righthander Kellen Moen from the University of Oregon, joins the staff, along with Gary Puevas, Aaron Brooks, Jonathan Dooley, Mike Giovenco, David Middendorf, Spencer Patton, Jose Sanchez and Ryan Wood.