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.

  • 1B Eric Hosmer’s (2008) two-run, ninth-inning home run July 15 made the Major’s second youngest player just the second Royals rookie to hit a ninth-inning home run that turned a deficit into a lead. The only other player to do it is Bob Hamelin, who did it twice in 1994.
  • Despite being the youngest player in the Low-A Midwest League, 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (2010) is dominating the league for Kane County. He missed the first half of this season, and most of last season with the Chukars, due to a back injury. So he doesn’t have enough at-bats to qualify for the league leaders. But his .328 batting average would lead the league if not for the injury. He’s hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
  • RP Allen Caldwell (2009), an outfielder for the Chukars, continues his smooth transition to the mound. The lefty tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in a 15-inning win for Kane County, lowering his ERA to 2.52.
  • The Royals promoted RP Jason Mitchell (2010) and OF Jovan Pickett (2010) from rookie-level Burlington, N.C., to Low-A Kane County, skipping a possible second stop in Idaho Falls for both. Pickett replaces OF Alex Llanos (2009), who injured his left shoulder trying to make a diving catch.
  • 1B Murray Watts (2010) leads the rookie-level Appalachian League, a step below Idaho Falls, with 11 home runs in 30 games and is tied for second with 28 RBIs. He’s collected a hit in eight of his past nine games.
  • RP Nick Graffeo (2010), Tyler Graham (2010) and Alex Rivers (2010) are all laying waste to the Appalachian League a year after struggling with the Chukars. Graffeo has lowered his ERA from 4.05 in I.F. to 0.73 in Burlington; Graham from 5.58 to 1.27; and Rivers from 5.34 to 1.13.

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