Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TCU alumni in MLB spring training

After the news came down yesterday that Matt Carpenter has made the Cardinals' opening day roster, I thought I'd do a little research to see how the other TCU baseball alumni are doing in spring training this year. Here's what I found:

-Jake Arrieta, who went 10-8 with the Orioles last year before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery in August, may be the O's opening day starter- or at least that's the guess of Baltimore Sun reporter Eduardo Encina. In three Grapefruit League starts so far this year, Arrieta is 1-0 with a 4.65 ERA.

-Andrew Cashner, who had his season cut VERY short by injury last year after earning a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, is adjusting very well after being traded to the San Diego Padres and being moved to the bullpen. In eight appearances this spring, Cashner has struck out 11 and has an ERA of 1.13. He's regularly hitting 100+ on the radar gun with his fastball, and will likely be the set-up man in the Friars' pen.

-Scott Atchison, at 35, is the oldest former Frog still in professional baseball. He's also the Bill Bates of the Boston Red Sox, in that every year he seems to be battling tooth-and-nail in spring training for a spot on the big-league roster. This year is no different, and it looks like it's going to be a last-minute decision on the former All-SWC pitcher. He's got a 3.60 ERA in 7 appearances this spring.

-Sam Demel, who has logged more than 60 innings as part of the Diamondbacks' bullpen the past two seasons, has been optioned to Triple-A Reno. He has a 3.00 spring ERA and has yet to walk a batter in the Cactus League this year, but he has been battling tightness in his forearm- so this move may be for medical reasons and may very well also be temporary.

-Chad Huffman, who played 9 regular-season games with the Yankees in 2010, has been optioned to Triple-A Columbus by the Cleveland Indians' organization. He hit .246 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs for Columbus last year, and had hit .250 in 13 games for the Indians this spring. As he has been all of the past few years, Huffman is a strong candidate for another big-league call-up at any moment.

-Bryan Holaday, one of the heroes of the 2010 run to Omaha, has been assigned to minor league camp after appearing in 9 games for the Detroit Tigers this spring. Look for him to start the season with either Triple-A Toledo or Double-A Erie, where last year be hit .242 with 7 home runs and 42 RBIs in 95 games while playing for manager Chris Cron- the father of current Frog freshman Kevin Cron.

-Matt Purke made relief appearances in two games for the Washington Nationals this spring after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. In the Grapefruit League this spring, he posted a 2.70 ERA while allowing five hits and striking out three. He's expected to start the season in Advanced Class-A ball with Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.

-Matt Curry, who hit a combined .282 with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs in 133 games at both Class-A and Double-A in the Pittsburgh organization last year, has appeared in at least one Grapefruit League game with the Pirates this spring. He's expected to start the season with Double-A Altoona.

Call me lazy or whatever, but I couldn't find updates on the rest of the guys that were, to my knowledge, in pro baseball or drafted out of TCU last year. Help me keep an eye out for news on the players below, and for sure let me know if I've left anyone off the list!

-Geno Espineli (with the Giants' organization at Triple-A Fresno last year)

-Seth Garrison (Red Sox: Double-A Portland)

-Brad Furnish (White Sox: Advanced Class A Winston-Salem)

-Tyler Lockwood (Red Sox: Class A Greenville)

-Greg Holle (Brewers: Class A Wisconsin)

-Taylor Featherston (Rockies: Class A Tri-City)

-Bryan Kervin (Blue Jays: Class A Vancouver)...whose career nearly ended after a medical scare

-Erik Miller (Reds: Rookie League Billings)

-Jerome Pena (Orioles: Rookie League GCL Orioles)

-Jimmie Pharr (Brewers: Rookie League AZL Brewers)

-Kyle Winkler (drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 10th round)

-Steven Maxwell (drated by the Cubs in the 37th round)

-Joe Weik (signed as a free agent by the Diamondbacks)

1 comment:

Reed said...

interesting, i think the nationals are gonna be a great team in 2 years. harper, strasburg, purke, and rendon all were such incredible d1 talents