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WizCaps Where R They? 2010

Thought I would take a little time and update where many of the former Wizards and TinCaps are playing currently:

Let’s start with the easiest – that being the Padres. On their active roster, are former WizCaps, Mat Latos, Wade LeBlanc, Nick Hundley, Chase Headley, Lance Zawadzki, Kyle Blanks and Will Veneble. Others who are on their 40-man roster (but not active roster) are; Ernesto Frieri, Seve Garrison, Cesar Ramos, Matt Antonelli, and Luis Durango.

After having been released by the Padres during spring, Chad Huffman was quickly picked up by the Yankees. Padres front-office exec Paul DePodesta expressed regret. Friar Forecast called it “no big deal.” In 14 games with the Triple-A Scranton Wiles-Barre Yankees, Huffman is batting .204 with 3 home runs and 5 RBI. He’s struck out 12 time sin 54 at-bats.

Leo Rosales is still in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization and has seen big league action this year. However, he has landed on the DL due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Oddly, he first felt discomfort when he got fellow Fort Wayne alumnus Kyle Blanks (Padres) to ground into a double play

Luke Carlin is nearby in Indianapolis with the the Pittsburgh Pirate’s Triple-A Affiliate, the Indy Indians. The catcher is putting up some pretty solid offensive numbers in 13 games so far on the young season.

Another former ‘zards catcher, Jose Lobaton, is now in the Tampa Bay organization. He served as the backup for two days while Dioner Navarro served a two-game suspension last week. He’s since been optioned back to Triple-A. Also on the Durham Bulls’ roster are former Wizards Dale Thayer and J.J. Furmaniak.

Eddie Bonine is putting logging some big leage innings with Detroit. Perhaps the return of his knuckleball is the magic formula this time around.

“He’s a very useable big league pitcher,” Leyland said of the 28-year-old. “Will he knock your lights out? No. But he’s been a winner wherever he’s been.”

The Camden Riversharks seems to be the preferred indy team for former Wizards. Their current roster includes pitchers Travis Chick and Jon Ellis as well as infielders Brett Bonvechio and Brian Burgamy.

Everyone’s favorite wipping boy, Matt Bush is trying to not only save his career but redeem his life with the Tampa Bay Rays. On the season, he’s seen one game with the class A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs.

Dirk Hayhurst remains with Toronto – but he’s also gained a lot of attention for his New York Times Bestseller, The Bullpen Gospels. He’s also got his own site/blog. Unfortunately, he is likely to miss most of the season following shoulder surgery in February.

Freddy Guzman is in the Phillies organization. He’s currently assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Jared Wells is currently with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Houston Astros organization.

Wilton Lopez is with the Houston Astros organization, currently playing at Triple-A Round Rock, but he has seen big league action on the season already and he remains on the 40-man roster. Another former Wizard, Yordany Ramirez is also on the 40-man roster, but has yet to see big league action at any point in his career. He too is at Triple-A and is hitting .265 with a home run and 6 RBI over 16 games.

What You Might Have Missed Monday

Bonine Staying with Detroit, Valentin Signs With Nats

The Detroit Tigers have announced that former Wizards pitcher, Eddie Bonine has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Bonine made his Major League debut this past season but was recently DFA’ed when the Tigers signed Brandon Lyon. He will be invited to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

Former Wizards catcher, Javier Valentin has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. Valentin is a ten year veteran with a .251 average while playing for Minnesota, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati. He appeared in 94 games for the Reds last year

Tigers Moves Bring in One Former Wizard, Oust Another

A couple days ago, the Detroit Tigers signed former Wizards pitcher, Jaun Rincon to a minor league contract. Today, the Tigers announced they have signed relievers Brandon Lyon and Scott Williamson in an obvious effort to shore up their bullpen. One might even become the closer when the season starts.

Unfortunately, the moves also pretty much means a Detroit end for another former Wizards pitcher. Eddie Bonine was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.

Bonine made his Major League debut last season, coming up in the wake of Dontrelle Willis’s failure and subsequent demotion to the minors.

With the Wizards in 2004, Bonine went 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA over five games (all of them starts). He struck out 31 and walked three in 27 innings pitched. Bonine was originally drafted by San Diego in 2003 and the Tigers later got him as a Rule 5 Draft selection.

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Fort Fragments (Wizards): Guzman, Cruz, Bonine, Freese

The Seattle Mariners have invited Freddy Guzman to Spring Training.

Luis Cruz is not at the Pitsburgh Pirate’s voluntary mini-camp because of his commitment to take part in the Rookie Career Development Program.

Eddie Bonine will particiapte in the Detroit Tigers’ Winter Caravan next week.

David Freese is in Illinois tomorrow for autograph signings:

  • 12:30pm – Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Rd, Champaign, Illinois
  • 6:00pm – Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US Hwy 36 West, Decatur, Illinois
  • Fort Fragments (Wizards): Bonine, Hunter, Peavy

    • Eddie Bonine tossed seven innings of one-hit ball to lead the Toledo Mudhens to victory in what was the 500th game played at Fifth Third Field. Bonine (11-2), made his third start following a one-month stint with the parent club, the Detroit Tigers. He walked one and struck out seven. Maybe the yeah-yoos with OMGReds were there for this game and got some pics. Pretty sure thy went to Sunday’s game tho. :(
    • A day after his grandmother passed away, Torii Hunter homered twice, drove in five and scored four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Baltimore Orioles 11-6. He went 3-for-3 with two walks. It was Hunter’s third two-homer game of the season and the 11th of his career.
    • Jake Peavy, the reigning Cy Young Award winner struck out 10 over seven innings en route to a rare Padres’ victory on Sunday. The right hander allowed one run and four hits with three walks in his second double-digit strikeout game of the season and 26th of his career.
    • Lamond Pope’s Wizardsblog will be moving next month. The new address will be: http://www.journalgazette.net/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=BLOGS07

    Bonine Has Shot at Number 5 Spot

    Tigers rookie, Eddie Bonine debuted earlier this season and became the 65 former Wizards player to reach the MLB level. He is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in five starts. He produced wins against the Dodgers and Rockies, but hasn’t made it past the fourth inning in either of last two starts.Detroit optioned Bonine to Double-A Erie after Wednesday’s game, but the club insisted it wasn’t a response to Bonine’s recent bad streak. Rather, the goal is to keep the right handed pitcher on a regular schedule as he looks to be the regular number five starter afte rthe All-Star Break.

    According to manager Jim Leyland, the club considers rookie Eddie Bonine the favorite to start for Detroit when his next turn in the rotation comes around July 21 at Kansas City [source: MLB.com].

    Fort Fragments (Wizards): Bonine, Hawkins, Valentin, Headley,

    • Eddie Bonine Works Quick, Might Stick Around: Last night, former Wizard and current Detroit Tigers pitcher posted the best outing of his short career and made quick work of the Colorado Rockies. “Colorado put the ball in play on Bonine 27 times. Eleven of the 27 came on the first or second pitch of the at-bat. Eighteen of the 27 were ground balls, and 17 of those were outs”. Tigers’ left fielder called it “classic Eddie Bonine right there.”
    • LaTroy Hawkins Disappointed with Mop-Up Duty: Latroy Hawkins thought he would be the late inning reliever to set-up Mariano Rivera when he signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Yankees last winter. Instead, he’s trudging out of the bullpen to pitch in mop-up game situations. “Is it eating me up? Yeah . . . You like competing and you like to be at your best all of the time. You want to succeed. When you go out there and you don’t have the success that you’re looking for, it eats you up. This is the big leagues, and you’ve got to keep fighting.”
    • Javiar Valentin Makes First Career Appearance at Third Base: Typically a back-up catcher, former Wizard, Javier Valentin made his first career appearance at third base late in Sunday’s game at New York and made a similar cameo there on Tuesday vs. the Blue Jays. Reds manager Dusty Baker informed Valentin on Tuesday he would be starting on Thursday. Valentin thought Baker was joking. He wasn’t.
    • Chase Headley Doesn’t Walk This Way: The rookie Padre’s slugger is still looking for his first walk of the season, having not drawn one in 24 at-bats. In 2005, between his junior year at the University of Tennessee, short-season Eugene and Class A Fort Wayne, Headley walked 98 times in 128 games.

    Interesting. Four former Wizards headlines. Four different Big League clubs.

    Bonine Wins Debut; Becomes 65th Wizard to Reach MLB

    As previously reported, Tigers rookie Eddie Bonine made his MLB debut today and became the 66th former Wizards player to reach the big show. It wasn’t the best showing, but when combined with the Tigers’ offenseive explosion, it was enough to earn his first MLB win too. Bonine gave up six runs over 5 and 1/3 innings before a capacity crowd of 42,348 at Comerica Park. The Tigers beat the Dodgers, 12-7 and extends Detroit’s win streak to a season-long five wins.

    Bonine backed up his reputation as a strike-thrower. Of his 77 pitches, 53 went for strikes, and he didn’t walk a batter. No surprise, because he walked only 14 in 74 1/3 innings at Triple-A Toledo.

    The 27-year-old right-hander, had won his first eight decisions for the Toledo Mud Hens this year and didn’t even have a guaranteed spot in Toledo’s rotation when minor league camp began (hat tip to Spot Starters). Today, he replaced Dontrelle Willis in the rotation and earned a big-league victory.

    Congrats Eddie. I hope there are many more to come.

    Bonine To Debut Against Dodgers

    It’s official. Former Wizards pitcher, Eddie Bonine will debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers today.

    Right-hander Eddie Bonine makes his Major League debut on Saturday as the Tigers continue their Interleague series with the Dodgers. After posting a 9-2 record at Toledo, the Tigers hope Bonine follows in the footsteps of April callup Armando Galarraga and experiences immediate success.

    “It’s very exciting,” Bonine said Friday night in a phone interview. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for the last four, five years.”

    In the 27-year-old Bonine, the Tigers have a pitcher who excels in the control department. This season he has walked only 14 batters in 74 1/3 innings. Last year at Double-A Erie, he walked 24 in 154 2/3 innings — a 1.34 walks-per-nine-innings average that led the Eastern League.

    “He’s an unbelievable competitor,” Tigers infielder and Bonine’s former Toledo teammate Michael Hollimon said. “With that guy, you know what you’re going to get. He’s locked in.”

    Bonine will become the 65th Wizards player to make a MLB debut. Read more about that in my earlier post.

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