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Hunter is a Tiger; Parrino & Werner to Oakland

Some former Wizards and TinCaps are in the Hot Stove news.

  

Former Fort Wayne Wizard, Torii Hunter has made it official with Detroit, signing a $26 million, two-year deal.

“To win it all, they’re just like me. They don’t know what it feels like,” Hunter said. “If there’s no failure, there’s no progress. These guys are hungry for it.”

In other Fort Wayne Alumni news, two former TinCaps are on their way to Oakland. Switch hitting infielder, Andy Parrino and pitcher, Andrew Werner have been traded to the A’s for for right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross and minor-league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones.

“My first thought was I was excited, because I was going to a team who had a great season last year and made it to the playoffs,” Parrino said, “but it will be tough leaving my first organization. Coming up with the Padres was a great experience, and I met and learned a lot from a lot of great players and coaches.”

Parrino was selected by the Padres in the 26th round of the 2007 draft out of LeMoyne College. This past season, Parrino hit .207 with 1 home run and 6 RBI in 55 games with San Diego.

Werner was signed by the San Diego Padres as an amateur free agent in 2010. He appeared in 12 games with the TinCaps in 2011, compiling a 2-6 record with  52 strike outs over 68 innings. In 2012, he appeared in 8 games with the Padres, going 2-3 with 35 K’s over 40.1 innings pitched.

Former Wizards, David Pauley Suspend 50 Games

Former Fort Wayne Wizards pitcher, David Pauley has been suspended 50 games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program. It is his second such violation and is not a matter of steroids or PEDs.

Pauley pitched 58 games for the Mariners in 2010 and ’11 before being included in the trade with Detroit on July 30, 2011 that sent Doug Fister to the Tigers for a package that included Casper Wells and Charlie Furbush. He had pitched so well for the Mariners in the first half of the 2011 season that he was briefly considered a longshot All-Star candidate.

But Pauley struggled with the Tigers, compiling a 6.41 ERA in 14 games after the trade, and was released during spring training of this year. The Angels signed him on March 23, and brought him to the majors on May 7, but he was designated for assignment on June 18 and claimed by the Blue Jays. Pauley was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on July 2 and became a free agent. The Mariners signed him on July 12 and assigned him to Tacoma.

In 20 games with the Rainiers, which incuded seven starts (and one complete game), Pauley was 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA. He last pitched on Tuesday, a scoreless inning against Reno. [Seattle Times]

In 2001, the San Diego Padres drafted David Pauley out of high school in the eighth round. In 2003 with the Wizards, he posted a 7-7 record with a 3.29 earned run average to go along with 117 strikeouts and 38 bases on balls over 117.2 innings pitched. He started in 21 of his 22 games and did earn one save as a Wizard.

Cedric Hunter Scores in MLB Debut

After a hot spring, Cedric Hunter made the Padres Opening Day roster. Then, Cameron Maybin made Hunter’s debut possible. After hitting a game-tying two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth, the game went into extra innings in St. Louis. 

In the top half of the 11th, Maybin left after singling in the go-ahead run. Hunter replaced him as a pinch runner and later scored. He stayed in the game and played center as the Padres pulled out a 5-3 victory.

Hunter becomes the 94th former Fort Wayne Wizards or TinCaps player to make his Major League debut.

Hunter was selected by San Diego Padres in 3rd round (93rd overall) of 2006 draft. He played in 129 games with the Wizards in Fort Wayne during the 2007 season, hitting .282 with 7 home runs and 58 RBI.

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Yordany Ramirez Converting to Pitcher

Former Fort Wayne Wizard, Yordany Ramirez is no longer an outfielder. The strong-armed former prospect has spent nearly 9 years in Minor League Baseball without so much as a cup of coffee. He was recently removed from the Houston’s 40-man roster and now will attempt to convert to a middle reliever, beginning at Single-A Lexington of the Sally League. On the season, he was hitting .223 with a .259 on-base percentage in 74 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

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Kluber Traded to Cleveland, Greenwood to St. Louis

Former Fort Wayne Wizards right-hander Corey Kluber is going to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-team deal that sends Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals and Ryan Ludwick to San Diego. Current TinCaps’ pitcher Nick Greenwood is going to St. Louis.

The Cardinals got cash along with Westbrook from the Indians. St. Louis also acquired left-hander Nick Greenwood from San Diego. The 22-year-old Greenwood was 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA at Class A Fort Wayne.

Nick Greenwood as a Member of the TinCaps
Nick Greenwood as a Member of the TinCaps

Kluber played in Fort Wayne with the Wizards in 2008, the last year for the Wizards. He went 4-3 with a 3.21 ERA, and 72 strikeouts while yielding 13 walks in 56 innings pitched. On the 2010 season, he’s appeared in 22 games for Double-A San Antonio Missions. He is 6-6 with a 3.45 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 122.2 innings pitched.

Greenwood was a 14th-round pick of the Padres in 2009 and appeared in 3 games with the TinCaps that year, striking out 3 and earning a save in 3 innings pitched. On the 2010 season, Greenwood is 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA, and 65 strikeouts over 21 games (17 starts). He also has a save.

photo by Chad Gramling, taken at Parkview Field in 2010.

Former Wizard, Wynn Pelzer Traded to Baltimore

Wynn Pelzer with the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2008
Wynn Pelzer with the Fort Wayne Wizards in 2008

Former Fort Wayne Wizard , Wynn Pelzer has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Miguel Tejada. Reportedly, the O’s had their hearts set on other Fort Wayne alumni, such as Corey Luebke or Simon Castro, but still made out good in settling for Pelzer.

The 24 year-old Pelzer was the seventh-rated prospect in San Diego’s system according to Baseball America. The former University of South Carolina closer was taken in the ninth round of the 2007 draft.

According to Orioles Insider, the right-hander was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA in 22 games (18 starts) for San Antonio. He’s 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and can throw in the mid 90s, though his velocity dropped some this year.

He is mainly a starter but was switched back to relief recently. One scout that has seen him calls him raw and said he needs work on his delivery and command. But he has a strong live arm and closer’s mentality. There’s definitely an upside there.

With the Wizards in 2008, Pelzer was 9-6 with a 3.19 ERA while striking out 100 and walking 32. He appeared in 29 games, 23 of them starts.

Photo taken by Chad Gramling at Memorial Stadium. Video from WANE TV.

Travis Chick Signs Minor League Deal with Bucs

Several sources on the Internet are reporting that former Fort Wayne Wizards pitcher, Travis Chick has signed a Minor League deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates have signed 26-year old righty reliever/starter Travis Chick to a minor league deal. Chick has not pitched yet this season. He has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) in his major league career and he is 0-0 with a 12.60 ERA and a 3.40 WHIP. Chick has also pitched in 189 games (142 starts) in his 8 years in the minors and he is 48-45 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. It will be interesting to see if Chick can work his way to Pittsburgh before the 2010 season is over.

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Padres Moves Include Fort Wayne Alumni

The San Diego Padres have made some moves that include three former Fort Wayne players. The first TinCap to hit the Majors, Mat Latos has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Latos has a strained muscle on his left side, and the move was retroactive to July 9. He’s expected back  for his July 24th start in Pittsburgh. Let’s hope he has a short stint on the DL. His outstanding season has him currently at 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA.

The Padres recalled right-hander Ernesto Frieri and outfielder Luis Durango from Triple-A Portland. Frieri made his MLB debut  last season. On the year, with Triple-A Portland, he is 3-1 with 17 saves and a 1.43 ERA. Durango also debuted late last season and has appeared in six big league games this year, going 5 for 13 with a .385 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Wizards Where R They? – David Pauley

In 2001, the San Diego Padres drafted David Pauley out of high school in the eighth round. In 2003 with the Wizards, he posted a 7-7 record with a 3.29 earned run average to go along with 117 strikeouts and 38 bases on balls over 117.2 innings pitched. He started in 21 of his 22 games and did earn one save as a Wizard.

By 2004, Pauley had received recognition by Baseball America as the seventh best prospect in the San Diego Padres organization. However, after the 2004 season, San Diego shipped Pauley to the Boston Red Sox along with Jay Payton and Ramon Vazquez plus cash in exchange for speedy Dave Roberts.

In May of 2006, Pauley made his Major League debut, starting against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was called up from Boston’s Double-A affiliate at the time (Portland) to spot start for the injured David Wells. He allowed six runs on 11 hits over just 4 and two-thirds innings. However, despite the poor first outing, the Red Sox did win 8-6.

“I was definitely nervous,” Pauley said. “I knew it was going to be tough. I thought I dealt with it pretty well. It’s just a stepping stone to my next one” [source: YahooSports]

He appeared in two more games with Boston during the remainder of the 2006 season, pitching in a total of 16 innings, while also pitching with the Red Sox’s Triple-A squad. Pauley pitched all of 2007 in Triple-A Pawtucket.

In 2008, Pauley began the year with Triple-A Pawtucket where he went 14-4 with a 3.55 ERA and 103 strikeouts over 147 innings pitched. In August, he returned to the Fenway mound – but it was against the Charlotte Knights in a “Futures at Fenway” game. He went seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four en route to his thirteenth victory of that season in front of 36,000 spectators.

Pauley did get the chance to pitch a couple innings in relief with the Red Sox in September. The moves that Boston makes over the course of this offseason will likely play big into Pauley’s future. He is on Boston’s 40-man roster and therefore not in jeopardy of being snagged in the upcoming Rule-5 Draft. His solid season in Pawtucket seems to indicate that he has figured out Triple-A and is looking for his place at the next level. Whether he can crack the rotation in Boston or land a place in the bullpen remains to be seen.

Pauley mixes a very good sinker with a low 90s fastball with good movement,  a good changeup, and a nice curveball.   Has 5th starter potential at the MLB level. Pauley has demonstrated solid success against AAA competition for extended periods of time, but has yet to impress much at the big league level, although he hasn’t been given much of an opportunity. Needs to improve his control somewhat.   Gives up a lot of home runs.  Good fielder with a strong pick-off move [soxprospects.com].

Boston also has to fill the catcher and fourth outfielder spot; which could be filled by former Wizards George Kottaras and Paul McAnulty (though it is unlikely). Boston has been known to pull of some solid trades in recent years, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Pauley get shipped or slotted in at the number five role, which is currently available to my knowledge.

Regardless, it seems that Pauley should and will be entering Spring Training in 2009 with his eyes set on winning a job on the Major League roster.

Update – January 19th, 2009: OMG! I was right! David Pauley got traded . . . to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitcher, Randor Bierd. Hopefully Pauley will get a good shot at cracking the Major League roster.

Update – July 4, 2010: David Pauley was granted ffree agency from the Orioles in November of 2009 and he signed with the Seattle Mariners about a month later. Through 2010, Pauley had been 1-6 with a 3.68 earned run average in 15 games for the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. Last week, he was called up to the Bigs when Mike Sweeney went on the DL. Pauley hasn’t allowed a run in three innings since being recalled.