December 2011

Alumni in Australia

The Australian Baseball League played their All-Star Game in Sydney on December 21.  A couple of former Timber Rattlers contributed to the World All-Stars 8-5 win over Team Australia.

James McOwen rounds third base as a Timber Rattler in 2007. Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Denny Almonte swings away as a Timber Rattler in 2008. Photo credit: WM. Glasheen

McOwen had a 3-for-4 day with a double, a couple of runs scored, and a walk. Almonte was 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Here’s the boxscore of the game.

I found a few Australian links with video, but those videos cannot be viewed in the US.  So…from PerthNow.au here is a current photo of James McOwen with a quote.

“It was a pretty evenly-matched game but they slipped up a little bit and we held on strong and were able to get those last three outs,” he said.

James McOwen swings away in the ABL All-Star Game. Picture: Theo Fakos Source: PerthNow

Alumni in the Winter Leagues (Stats through 12/18/11)

Australian Baseball League:

Adelaide Bite:
Denny Almonte (’08): 24 games; .359/.438/.674; 7HR, 27RBI

Perth Heat:
James McOwen (’07): 19 games; .347/.437/.467; 0HR, 8RBI

Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson (’00): 7 games, 7 starts; 2-1, 2.52ERA; 39.1IP, 6BB, 23K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:

Aguilas del Zulia:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 32 games; .225/.395/.360; 2HR, 10RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 12 games, 11 starts; 2-1, 2.20ERA; 65.1IP, 19BB, 41K
Jose Escalona (’08): 17 games; 0-1, 3.18ERA; 11.1IP; 8BB, 5K

Bravos de Margarita:
Edgar Trejo (’08): 6 games; 1-for-7
Renee Cortez (’03): 8 games; 1-1, 2.45ERA; 11.0IP, 7BB, 4K
Ryan Ketchner (’02): 1 game; 0-0, 27.00ERA; 1.0IP, 0BB, 0K

Cardenales de Lara:
Johan Limonta (’06): 30 games; .276/.347/.429; 2HR, 11RBI
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 42 games; .273/.353/.413; 4HR, 18RBI
Michael Saunders (’06): 16 games; .148/.292/.259; 1HR, 4RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 52 games; .269/.372/.414; 4HR, 26RBI
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 17 games; 1-3, 6.61 ERA; 16.1IP, 9BB, 8K

Caribes de Anzoategui:
Luis Oliveros (’02): 6 games; .235/.350/.235; 0HR, 4RBI
Mike Wilson (’05): 44 games; .216/.379/.424; 9HR, 22RBI

Leones del Caracas:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 10 games; .182/.308/.303; 1HR, 4RBI
Mike Fiers (’09): 6 games, 5 starts; 3-2, 2.22ERA; 28.1IP; 10BB, 18K
Justin Thomas (’06): 4 games; 0-0, 2.08ERA; 4.1IP; 2BB, 0K

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 9 games; .212/.333/.333; 1HR, 2RBI
Bryan LaHair (’02): 39 games; .254/.391/.535; 11HR, 23RBI

Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico:

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 11 games; 0-1, 4.09ERA; 11.0IP, 4BB, 6K

Gigantes de Carolina:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 28 games; .320/.395/.500; 5HR, 14RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 9 games; .276/.323/.414; 0HR, 2RBI
BOBBY Livingston (’03): 2 games, 2 starts; 0-0, 0.90ERA; 10.0IP, 3BB, 8K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 27 games; .299/.379/.494; 4HR, 15RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 5 games, 4 starts; 0-2, 9.22ERA; 13.2IP, 6BB, 9K

Leones de Ponce:
Ryan Rowland Smith (’03): 3 games, 2 starts; 0-1, 2.45ERA; 7.1IP, 3BB, 2K

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano:

Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes (’08): 16 games; 0-1, 1 SAVE, 1.64ERA; 11.0IP, 4BB, 9K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 23 games; 2-1, 1.37ERA; 26.1IP; 10BB, 15K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Leury Bonilla (’07): 5 games; 1-for-2
Juan Diaz (’08): 12 games; .133/.212/.133; 0HR, 0RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Daniel Carroll (’08): 7 games; .077/.143/.077; 0HR, 0RBI
Carlos Peguero (’07): 43 games; .248/.335/.491; 10HR, 28RBI
Aquilino Lopez (’00): 9 games, 8 starts; 2-2, 3.48ERA; 31.0IP; 7BB, 19K
Wily Peralta (’09): 6 games, 4 starts; 1-3, 4.68ERA; 25.0IP, 7BB, 21K

Leones del Escogido:
Jorge Sosa (’01): 10 games, 10 starts; 2-4, 3.52ERA; 46.0IP, 16BB, 40K

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 17 games; .158/.179/.184; 0HR, 2RBI

Timber Rattlers Alumni in Winter Leagues (Week ending 12/11/11)

Carlos Peguero as a Timber Rattler in 2007. He continues to slug away in Winter Ball this off season. Photo Credit | Wm. Glasheen

 

Daniel Carroll in a Papermakers throwback jersey during the 2008 season. Carroll just made the switch from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic in Winter Baseball. He's also played in Venezuela this off season. Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

 

Australian Baseball League:

Adelaide Bite:
Denny Almonte (’08): 20 games, .382/.466/.671; 5 HR, 19 RBI

Perth Heat:
James McOwen (’07): 15 games, .367/.449/.517; 0 HR, 7 RBI

Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson (’00): 6 games, 6 starts, 1-1, 3.03ERA; 32.2IP, 5 BB, 19 K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:

Aguilas del Zulia:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 28 games, .187/.365/.253; 0 HR, 7 RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 11 games, 10 starts; 5-2, 2.47ERA; 58.1IP, 18BB, 36K
Jose Escalona (’08): 16 games; 0-0, 3.60ERA; 10.0IP, 7BB, 2K

Bravos de Margarita:
Renee Cortez (’03): 6 games; 0-0, 1.93ERA; 9.1IP, 2BB, 4K
Ryan Ketchner (’02): 1 game; 0-0, 27.00ERA; 1.0IP, 0BB, 0K

Cardenales de Lara:
Johan Limonta (’06): 24 games; .250/.319/.405; 2HR, 10 RBI
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 39 games; .267/.338/.400; 4HR, 17RBI
Michael Saunders (’06): 16 games; .148/.292/.259; 1HR, 4 RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 46 games; .265/.372/.426; 4HR, 23 RBI
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 14 games; 1-2, 6.32ERA; 15.2IP, 6BB, 8K

Caribes de Anzoategui
Luis Oliveros (’02): 6 games; .235/.350/.235; 0 HR, 4 RBI
Mike Wilson (’05): 44 games; .216/.379/.424; 9HR, 22 RBI

Leones del Caracas:
Asdrubal Cabrera (’05): 5 games; .200/.400/.267; 0HR; 0 RBI
Mike Fiers (’09):  6 games, 5 starts; 3-2, 2.22ERA; 28.1IP, 10BB, 18K
Justin Thomas (’06): 2 games; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1.1IP; 1BB, 0K

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 9 games; .212/.333/.333; 1 HR, 2 RBI
Bryan LaHair (’02): 34 games; .240/.375/.480; 8 HR; 18 RBI

Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico:

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 9 games; 0-1, 5.19 ERA; 8.2IP; 4BB, 6K

Gigantes de Carolina:
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 23 games; .293/.372/.463; 4HR, 12 RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 4 games; .333/.385/.500; 0 HR; 0 RBI
BOBBY! Livingston (’03): 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 4.0IP; 1 BB, 3K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 23 games; .329/.388/.548; 4HR, 13 RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 4 games, 3 starts; 0-2, 7.59ERA; 10.2IP; 5 BB, 7K

Leones de Ponce:
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 2 games, 1 start; 0-1, 3.86 ERA; 2.1IP, 1 BB, 0K

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano:

Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes (’08): 13 games; 0-1, SAVE, 1.86ERA; 9.2IP; 4 BB; 8K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 21 games; 2-1, 1.50ERA; 24.0IP; 7 BB, 14K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Leury Bonilla (’07): 5 games, 1-for-2
Juan Diaz (’08): 12 games, .133/.212/.133; 0HR, 0 RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Daniel Carroll (’08): 5 games; .111/.200/.111; 0 HR, 0 RBI
Carlos Peguero (’07): 39 games; .257/.329/.520; 10HR, 26K
Aquilino Lopez (’00): 8 games, 7 starts; 2-2, 4.15 ERA; 26.0IP; 7 BB, 16K
Wily Peralta (’09): 6 games, 4 starts; 1-3, 4.68 ERA; 25.0IP; 7 BB, 21K

Leones del Escogio:
Jorge Sosa (’01): 9 games, 9 starts; 2-4, 3.40ERA; 39.2IP; 14 BB, 33K

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 14 games; .167/.167/.200; 0HR, 2 RBI

Odds & Ends

Claudio Liverziani's 1997 Timber Rattlers baseball card

This week’s Flashback Friday is up on the home page.  It’s the story of Italian Claudio Liverziani.  Interesting story.

There were three former Timber Rattlers taken in the 2011 Rule 5 draft.  Two of them were picked in the major league part and one was in the minor league part.  All three had very brief stints with the Rattlers

The minor leaguer was Fabian Williamson, who had a blink and you’ll miss it performance with the Timber Rattlers in 2007.  No. Seriously. He pitched six shutout innings against the Kane County Cougars on September 3, 2007 and that was his only appearance as a Rattler.  He spent the ’08 season with Pulaski and was traded to the Red Sox for David Aardsma before the 2009 season.  Then, in 2010, Williamson went to Oakland for Eric Patterson.

Now, the Texas Rangers have picked him up.

The two former Rattlers who were taken in the MLB part of the draft were Brett Lorin (By Arizona from Pittsburgh) and Erik Komatsu (By St. Louis from Washington).

Lorin joined the Rattlers during the 2008 season after being a fifth round pick of the Mariners that year.  He went 0-2 in eight games (six starts).  In 2009, he started the season in Clinton before being traded (along with Nathan Adcock, Jeff Clement, and two others) to the Pirates organization 9for Jack Wilson & Ian Snell) during the second half of the season.

Komatsu was the starting right fielder for the Rattlers on opening night, 2009.  However, it was an injury-plagued year for Komatsu and he played just 26 games for the Rattlers.  This past summer, the Brewers sent Komatsu to the Nationals for Jerry Hairston, Jr.

This Baseball America blog post has a reaction from Lorin and comments about Komatsu.

[Lorin profiles] as a back-of-the-rotation starter, and was selected by the Diamondbacks, the 11th player selected. Lorin was sleeping at his parents’ California home when he was picked; he said one of his parents woke him up to give him the news, and Arizona assistant GM Billy Ryan called him soon thereafter to welcome him to the organization.

“I thought I might get picked,” said Lorin, a 6-foot-7, 245-pounder with three average pitches who went 7-6, 2.84 at high Class A Bradenton in the Pirates organization this year. “It’s huge, it’s really exciting to get a chance to go to major league camp and have a shot to make the major league club. I’m going to bring my work ethic and do everything I can mentally and physically to give myself that chance.”

On a day when they lost Albert Pujols to the Angels in free agency, the Cardinals took outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Nationals system; Washington had just acquired him in July from the Brewers for Jerry Hairston Jr. Cardinals farm director John Vuch said the club’s scouts saw Komatsu enough to slot him as a fourth outfielder with a solid lefthanded bat. Komatsu has a .302/.389/.434 career slash line in the minors and spent 2011 in Double-A.

Last item today is about two former Rattlers who will participate in the Australian Baseball League All-Star GameDenny Almonte (’08) and James McOwen (’07).

According to that link, Almonte is an: RBI machine from the Seattle Mariners organisation set an ABL record eight RBIs in one game last week.

McOwen gets no such description in the article.

The game is December 21 at Barbagallo Perth Ballpark.

Alumni Winter League Stats (Through 12/4/11)

Ryan Rowland-Smith from 2003. He made his debut in the Puerto Rican Winter League this past weekend.

 

Australian Baseball League:

Adelaide Bite:
Denny Almonte (’08): 15 games; .368/.438/.649; 4 HR, 14 RBI

Perth Heat:
Jamie McOwen (’07): 11 games; .311/.392/.400; 0 HR, 3 RBI

Sydney Blue Sox:
Craig Anderson (’00): 6 games, 6 starts, 1-1, 3.02 ERA; 32.2 IP, 5 BB, 19 K

Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional:

Aguilas del Zulia:
Carlos Maldonado (’99): 25 games; .167/.345/.242; 0 HR, 3 RBI
Austin Bibens-Dirkx (’06): 10 games, 9 starts; 5-2, 2.81 ERA; 51.1 IP, 16 BB, 35 K
Jose Escalona (’06): 15 games; 0-0, 3.60 ERA; 10.0IP; 7 BB, 2 K

Bravos de Margarita:
Edgar Trejo (’09): 6 games, 1-for-7
Renee Cortez (’03): 4 games, 0-0, 2.25 ERA; 8.0 IP; 2 BB, 4 K

Cardenales de Lara:
Johan Limonta (’06): 19 games; .292/.365/.477; 2 HR, 10 RBI
Oswaldo Navarro (’05): 36 games; .263/.336/.404; 4 HR, 14 RBI
Michael Saunders (’06): 16 games; .148/.292/.259; 1 HR, 4 RBI
Luis Valbuena (’06): 41 games; .257/.365/.424; 4 HR, 20 RBI
Caesar Jimenez (’03): 13 games; 1-2, 5.87 ERA; 15.1 IP; 6 BB, 8 BB

Caribes de Anzoategui:
Luis Oliveros (’02): 6 games; .235/.350/.235; 0 HR, 4 RBI
Mike Wilson (’05): 38 games; .208/.360/.417; 8 HR, 19 RBI

Leones del Caracas:
Michael Fiers (’09): 6 games, 5 starts; 3-2, 2.22 ERA; 28.1 IP; 10 BB, 18 K

Navegantes del Magallanes:
Lorenzo Cain (’09): 9 games; .212/.333/.333; 1 HR, 2 RBI
Bryan La Hair (’02): 30 games; .237/.360/.500; 8 HR, 17 RBI

Liga de Beisbol Dominicano:

Aguilas Cibaenas:
Edward Paredes (’08): 11 games, 0-1, SAVE, 2.84 ERA; 6.1 IP; 4 BB, 5 K
Juan Sandoval (’03): 18 games, 2-1, 1.71 ERA; 21.0 IP; 6 BB, 13 K

Estrellas de Oriente:
Leury Bonilla (’07): 5 games; 1-for-2
Juan Diaz (’08): 12 games, .133/.212/.133; 0 HR, 0 RBI

Gigantes del Cibao:
Carlos Peguero (’07): 34 games; .277/.347/.554; 9 HR, 25 RBI
Aquilino Lopez (’00): 6 games, 5 starts; 2-1, 3.20 ERA; 19.2 IP; 5 BB, 10 K
Wily Peralta (’09): 6 games, 4 starts; 1-3, 4.68 ERA; 25.0 IP; 7 BB, 21 K

Leones del Escogido:
Jorge Sosa (’01): 8 games, 8 starts; 1-4, 3.74 ERA; 33.2 IP; 14 BB, 28 K

Tigres del Licey:
Carlos Triunfel (’07): 11 games; .185/.185/.222; 0 HR, 2 RBI

Liga de Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico:

Criollos de Caguas:
Efrain Nieves (’10): 9 games; 0-1, 5.19 ERA; 8.2 IP; 4 BB, 6 K

Gigantes de Carolina:
Danny Carroll (’08): 18 games; .220/.309/.339; 1 HR, 4 RBI
Jeff Dominguez (’06): 21 games; .299/.360/.481; 4 HR, 12 RBI
Rene Rivera (’03): 4 games; .333/.385/.500; 0 HR, 0 RBI
BOBBY! Livingston (’03): 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 4.0 IP; BB, 3 K

Indios de Mayaguez:
Martin Maldonado (’09): 20 games; .317/.375/.524; 3 HR, 10 RBI
Hiram Burgos (’10): 3 games, 2 starts; 0-2, 12.15 ERA; 6.2 IP; 4 BB, 5 K

Leones de Ponce:
Ryan Rowland-Smith (’03): 1 game, 1 start; 0-0, 0.00 ERA; 2.0 IP; BB, 0 K

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