Sabino High School graduate J.J. Hardy was honored on Tuesday, Oct. 30, for his defensive work at shortstop this past season with the Baltimore Orioles by being awarded an American League Gold Glove.
Hardy is the second Tucson-born player to win a Gold Glove and the first since Rincon High School graduate Tom Pagnozzi, won his third as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994.
Hardy led all major league shortstops with a .992 fielding percentage, 113 double plays, and 529 assists in 158 games. It was the second consecutive year that he led American League shortstops in fielding percentage. Hardy helped the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance in 15 years as an AL Wild Card team.
Tim Crabbe (Sabino High School) threw four innings without allowing a hit for the Peoria Javelinas on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Arizona Fall League. Ryan Perry (Arizona Wildcat/Marana High School) also allowed no hits in his four inning start for the Salt River Rafters on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Kyle Simon (Arizona Wildcat) earned his first win in the AFL after pitching three innings for the Javelinas in a victory over Surprise Saguaros.
Jordan Brown (Arizona Wildcats) had two hits, two RBIs, and a stolen base and Jon Meloan (Arizona Wildcats) closed out the ninth inning in a victory for the Caribes de Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League on Thursday. Jesus Cota (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) hit two home runs this week for Algodoneros de Guasave to bring his total to three in Mexican Winter League this season.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Oct. 21-27. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Arizona Fall League
Tim Crabbe… Peoria Javelinas - [1 gm] 1 start, 4.0 IP, 0 hits, bb, 2 k
Ryan Perry… Salt River Rafters - [1 gm] 1 start, 4.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 bb, 4 k
Carlos Ramirez... Scottsdale Scorpions - [1 gm] 0/4, rbi
Stefen Romero… Peoria Javelinas - [2 gms] 1/8, 4 k
Josh Spence (Tucson Padres)... Peoria Javelinas - [2 gms] 3.0 IP, 2 hits, run, ER, 2 bb, 2 k
Kyle Simon… Peoria Javelinas - [2 gms] 2 starts, 5.2 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, ER, bb, 4...
After defeating the New York Yankees on Thursday, Oct. 18, the Detroit Tigers had six days until the start of the World Series. In preparation for the series, the Tigers sent some of their minor league players to Detroit to scrimmage against the major league team. One of those players was Julio Felix, a former Pima Aztec and Sunnyside High School graduate.
“My experience in Detroit was unreal,” said Felix. “I played in an inter-squad game with the American League champions. It gave me a good idea of how the game is played up at that level.”
The right-handed pitcher threw one inning in the inter-squad game on Monday, Oct. 22, at Comerica Park. He surrendered one hit and forced three groundouts to end the second inning.
When Felix was not on the mound he spent time getting to know some of the Tigers’ players and coaches, and observed what life is like at the major league level.
“I was excited to meet (manager) Jim Leyland and all the players. It was definitely something I won’t forget,” said Felix. “I was eager to learn from the players during the inter-squads. How they practiced and what kind of reactions they had when they made mistakes. I paid attention mostly to the way their pitchers threw.”
Felix first learned of the opportunity to go to Detroit on the last day of practice for the Instructional League in Florida.
“They mentioned if Detroit swept the Yankees, the Tigers were going to need a few of us to help them stay fresh over their...
The San Diego Padres and Tucson Padres announced on Tuesday, Oct. 23, that Pat Murphy will be the new manager of the Triple-A affiliate starting next season.
Murphy spent the past two years managing the Class-A short season Eugene Emeralds. He led the team to the best record in the Northwest League both years. Of the players Pat Murphy coached in Eugene, 13 have also spent time with Triple-A Tucson, including infielder Jonathan Roof.
The new Padres manager is best known for his 22 years as the head coach of Notre Dame and Arizona State University where he won 947 games between the two schools. He guided the Sun Devils to four College World Series appearances, four Pacific-10 Conference championships, and had 26 players go on to play Major League Baseball. One of those players, Josh Spence, pitched for Triple-A Tucson last season.
Murphy replaces Terry Kennedy who went 121-167 in two seasons at the helm of the Padres. Kennedy was hired on Tuesday by the Chicago Cubs to be a scout.
The Padres also named Bronswell Patrick and Tom Tornincasa to the coaching staff for next season. Patrick will take on the pitching coach duties, after helping Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore to a league best ERA in 2012. He will be returning to Tucson where he pitched for the Triple-A Toros in 1995 and 1996. Tornincasa will be the hitting coach for the Padres, after spending the past two years with Double-A San Antonio.
The Xtreme Diamond Sports One Day Tournament took place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Mike Jacobs Sports Park, in Marana, Ariz. The Tigres Baseball Club defeated the CBC A's, 7-6, to win the 12U division championship. Team Walkoff and the Big Chuy Rockets both scored 34 runs in three games to claim the 10U and 13U championships. For more information about individual teams go to the Club Teams page. Tournament results are listed below.
Los Amigos 10 - Lions 5
Walkoff 15 - Los Amigos 3
Lions 15 - Douglas Aces 3
Walkoff 17 - Douglas Aces 1
CHAMPIONSHIP Walkoff 6 - Lions 2
Tigres 12 - Dodgers 2
CBC A's 9 - Bombers 5
CBC A's 3 - Awatukee Devils 2
Bombers 10 - Titans 0
Tigres 14 - Awatukee Devils 0
Dodgers 9 - Titans 8
CHAMPIONSHIP Tigres 7 - CBC A's 6
520 Elite 6 - Toros 2
Rockets 19 - Toros 1
Rockets 15 - Rough Riders 0
520 Elite 9 - Rough Riders 8
CHAMPIONSHIP Rockets 9 - 520 Elite 1
Julio Felix (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) joined a group of Instructional League players to travel to Detroit to help prepare the Tigers for the World Series. Outfielder Steve Selsky (Arizona Wildcat) was named a Cincinnati Reds' Organization All-Star by Minor League Baseball's official website on . Seth Mejias-Brean (Arizona Wildcat/Cienega High School) was also honored by with honorable mention honors for third base. Preston Guilmet (Arizona Wildcat) was selected as a Cleveland Indians' Organization All-Star as a relief pitcher. Baseball America name two Tucson Padres players from this past season, Yasmani Grandal and Jedd Gyorko, as Top 20 Prospects in the Pacific Coast League.
Two former Wildcats Ryan Perry (Arizona Wildcat/Marana High School) with the Salt River Rafters and Kyle Simon (Arizona Wildcat) with the Peoria Javelinas faced off against each other on the mound in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Simon went three innings allowing one run and struck out one batter. In the same game, Stefen Romero (Pima Aztec/Sunnyside High School) had three hits and three RBIs for the Javelinas. Romero is batting .476 through five games in the Arizona Fall League.
The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Oct. 13-20. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
Arizona Fall League
Tim Crabbe… Peoria Javelinas - [1 gm] 1 start, 2.2. IP, 2 hits, run, ER, HR, 2...
Southern Illinois University fell a win short of the Missouri Valley Conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season. In 2013 they hope to finish the task with the help of shortstop Ryan Rosthenhausler, a graduate of Sunnyside High School.
After a terrific sophomore year at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., Rosthenhausler comes to Carbondale, Ill., with the quickness and instincts needed at shortstop to shore up the Salukis’ defense.
“This is great baseball conference and I knew this would be a right fit for me,” said Rosthenhausler.
At Gateway, the 20-year-old batted .312 with 23 RBIs and 13 stolen bases leading the Geckos to the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division-II championship series.
“Arizona (junior college) baseball is no joke. Every team has good baseball players and that’s why so many players go (Division-I) and get drafted out of this conference,” said Rosthenhausler.
With the success he experienced at the junior college level, Rosthenhausler will be more then ready to start at shortstop for SIU, allowing the Salukis to move some of their players to their more natural positions on the infield.
“The kids that we have coming back this year and the new mix of guys that have come in, I really feel like we have everything set,” said Rosthenhausler. “I wasn’t here last year, but from what the team has told me this year’s team has been better than the past.”
SIU first contacted him...
Five players from Pima Community College played in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division I Sophomore All-Star Game on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Peoria Sports Complex, in Peoria, Ariz.
Pitchers Keith Zuniga, Jake Cole, and Will Holbrook, along with Alec Beyersdorf and Bryant Munoz were selected to play in the game by opposing coaches in their conference.
“I enjoyed being around the guys from different teams and getting to know them all,” said Zuniga. The Nogales High School alum struck out one batter and allowed no runs in an inning of work. Each pitcher threw to only five hitters in the game that had college and professional scouts in attendance.
“I felt like I threw well and competed, as did all of our players that represented Pima,” said Cole, a former Sahuaro High School Cougar.
All the Aztecs who played in Peoria agreed that the game was a great experience and good way to meet opposing players in their conference in a friendlier atmosphere.
“Instead of being enemies, with the strong rivals in our conference, everyone came together and had fun,” said Munoz, a graduate of Tucson Magnet High School. “Every player had something different and special to offer. There was a lot of talent on the field that night.”
Below is schedule of Pima's remaining fall games:
Oct. 21 U OF A CLUB TEAM @ PIMA 1:00 PM
Oct. 26 COCHISE COLLEGE @ PIMA 12:00 PM*
Oct. 27 SOUTH MOUNTAIN CC @PIMA ...
New York Yankees' hitting coach Kevin Long (Arizona Wildcat) advanced to the American League Championship Series with a win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday in the Game 5 of the ALDS. The stats below are for players with Tucson connections from games on Friday, Oct. 12. Go to the players listing for more information and links to the players. DNP = Did not play.
J.J. Hardy… Baltimore Orioles vs NYY - [SS] 0/4
Arizona Fall League
Tim Crabbe… Peoria Javelinas @ PDD - DNP
Ryan Perry… Salt River Rafters @ SCO - DNP
Carlos Ramirez... Scottsdale Scorpions vs SRR - DNP
Stefen Romero… Peoria Javelinas @ PDD - DNP
Josh Spence... Peoria Javelinas @ PDD - DNP
Kyle Simon… Peoria Javelinas @ PDD - [SP] 0.1 IP, 7 hits, 8 runs, 7 ER, loss
After a dominant season in the setup role for Arizona State University, Robert Ravago a graduate of Pueblo Magnet High School and Pima Community College, continued his success on the mound as a closer with the Gulf Coast League Marlins in his first year of professional baseball.
“Being a setup man at Arizona State was one of the best jobs I’ve had. A set up man’s job was to keep the score where it is, and snuff out any momentum from the opposing dugout, but closing is definitely a different game,” Ravago said. “Fortunately, I’ve had some experience closing at ASU as well as many opportunities at Pima. So that helped me to be mentally tough out there in the GCL.”
The right-handed pitcher compiled seven saves in 21 games while earning a record of 2-1 with 20 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.00. The seven games he closed out tied for the fourth most saves among GCL pitchers.
In his second professional game on Tuesday, June 26, Ravago earned his first save and preserved a 4-1 win for the Marlins by striking out GCL Nationals’ hitter Hunter Bailey to end the game.
“The moment that stood out to me was definitely recording my first professional save. I take a lot of pride in closing games, so to successfully do my job in my first outing was a great feeling.”
Ravago was surprised when the Miami Marlins selected him in the 22nd round of the June Major League Draft, because he had not had much contact with the organization prior to the draft.
“I had never...