It is hard to believe that we’re already well on our way into the 2014 baseball season. It is also hard to keep up with all of the great performances being put forth by the CP-Family. We dedicate our Monday “Weekend Roundup” blog to the college population, so today we will have a look at some of the noteworthy performances during the past week from our high school, minor league, and big-league athletes.
While it might seem funny to combine these athletes into a single post, any CP client will know that there is no definitive line drawn in our schedule for each population to train. Big-leaugers deadlift alongside high school guys and challenge them to ping-pong matches on a daily basis throughout the winter. If they can cohesively train together, I can find a way to report on their great in-season efforts together.
Here’s a comprehensive list of impressive outings from our crew over the last seven days:
CP-Family in MLB
Steve Cishek (Marlins) signed a nice big deal this past winter following a season in which he set a consecutive save record for the Miami organization. After converting each of his first two save opportunities during the first week of the season, Steve was given a very well paid week off with the Marlins failing to create a single save opportunity since April 3rd. It stands to reason that he’ll be feeling good when that time comes this week!
Brandon Gomes (Rays) is also off to a great start in 2014. Brandon has made five scoreless appearances out of the Tampa bullpen thus far, including earning a win this past Saturday night against visiting Texas. Here’s a look at his impressive numbers thus far.
Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his first win of the season on Tuesday, working 6 strong innings as the Cleveland starter against San Diego. Corey allowed just 3 runs on 8 hits. Box score
CP-Family in MiLB
With roughly 100+ CP athletes competing at the minor-league level with MLB-affiliated organizations, it is tough to stay on top of every single great result. Here are just a few of the good ones from this past week. If you’re interested in keeping an eye on any other guys playing pro ball, you can find a comprehensive list of pro CP-Family guys here.
Eddie Campbell (Mariners-A) earned a win in his first start of the season playing for the Clinton Lumberkings of the Class-A Midwest League. Eddie worked 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits and no runs. He is unscored upon through 8.1 innings this season. Stats
Mike Montgomery (Rays AAA) earned a win in his first start of the season, throwing 5 scoreless innings against the Gwynnett Braves. Mike allowed just 3 hits and struck out 7. Stats
Reed Gragnani (Red Sox A) had a huge day at the plate this past Saturday, going 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI against Myrtle Beach. Reed is currently batting .533 on the season. Stats
Tim Cooney (Cardinals AAA) has been nothing short of dominant pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Through 2 starts, Tim has a pair of runs and a 0.73 ERA. Have a look at these numbers.
JR Graham (Braves AA) was impressive in his only outing of the season thus far, working 5 scoreless and hitless innings. JR is best known around CP as the only 100mph+ arm to show up to train in a Santa Suit. Stats
Kyle Helisek (Cardinals A) was solid in his first start since joining the Florida State League. Kyle got a no-decision in 6 innings of scoreless and hitless work on Tuesday evening. Stats
High School Level CP-Family
Jackson Gillis (Wilmington HS) tossed a no-hitter against Woburn HS on Thursday afternoon. Jackson put in many training sessions this winter at CP and is proving to be one of the state’s better sophomore pitchers. He struck out 12 batters in the contest. Recap
Joe Walsh (Plymouth North HS) no-hit Marshfield HS on Monday afternoon in his first start of the season. At one point, Joe retired 17 consecutive Marshfield batters. Recap
We may only be two days in to the MLB season, but the CP-Family is already starting to leave it’s mark on the box scores. Here are a couple of quick performances worthy of note from the first couple of days of action:
Steve Cishek (Marlins) converted his 30th consecutive save, and 1st of 2014, on Tuesday evening. Steve tossed a perfect inning and recorded 1 strikeout in a 4-3 Marlins win over the visiting Rockies. Box Score
Brandon Gomes (Rays) put together a spring training that Joe Maddon could not ignore, posting a 0.00ERA in big league camp. As a result, he found himself on the mound in Toronto on Opening Day. Brandon had 2 strikeouts in 1 scoreless inning of work as the Rays defeated the Jays by a score of 9-2. Box Score
AJ Pollock (D-Backs) ended his offensive drought with a 3-hit performance last night. He was 3-4 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored in a 4-3 D-Backs win against the Giants. Box Score
Lastly, Corey Kluber gets the nod as the Cleveland Indians game-2 starter today in Oakland. The Indians and A’s were postponed yesterday, so they’ll play a double-header today. Corey takes the mound at 3:05pm!
We have a tendency of overlooking the hard work of our MLB-Affiliated athletes at spring training during the months of February and March as we focus on the performances of our NCAA athletes. While spring training results are hardly the news that get baseball fans excited, it is nice to know that the CP-Family is continuing to work hard in FL and AZ. Here are couple of quick articles, videos, etc. to highlight what’s new among our pro crowd:
The Palm Beach Post published an article this weekend discussing Steve Cishek’s consistent improvement over the past two seasons. After a year in which Steve represented Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, set a Marlins franchise record for consecutive saves, and tied for the best save conversion percentage in MLB (94.4%), he now enters the 2014 season as one of the top closers in the game. Read the complete article here.
Tim Collins is about to begin his fourth MLB season with the Kansas City Royals, a team on the cusp of playoff contention. Tim was a mainstay in one of MLB’s best bullpens in 2013, making the second most appearances on the Royals staff. The Worcester Telegram interviewed Collins to get his take on the coming season. Read the article here.
Eric and Anna picked the perfect day to attend a Red Sox/Braves game in Orlando this weekend, as they had the pleasure of watching Cory Gearrin earn the save in a 6-3 Braves win. Check out the quick MLB.com recap video here.
(Cory continues to have some of the best game day attire the CP-Family has ever seen…)
In somewhat related news, Eric took the time to discuss his take on the upcoming MLB First Year Player Draft with the guys at Baseball America. This two-part interview goes in to great detail regarding the training philosophies employed here at CP. Give them a read! Part 1 and Part 2.
Keep an eye out for some updates on noteworthy CP-Family performances in the near future now that the MLB season is less than a week away!
Have a look at some of the biggest and best #cpfamily highlights accumulated over the past 72 hours!
Chad Jenkins (Blue Jays) earned a win in his first start of 2013 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. Working on a tight pitch count, Chad went 5 innings, striking out 2 and allowing just 2 runs. Box Score
TJ McFarland (Orioles) threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief on Friday night against the Twins. TJ now has a solid 2.76ERA in his rookie MLB season. Box Score
Tim Collins (Royals) worked 1.2 innings of scoreless relief against the visiting Yankees on Sunday. Tim struck out 2 and allowed a single hit. Box Score
Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned a save in a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Friday. Steve struck out 2 and did not allow a hit in the inning. Box Score
Cory Gearrin (Braves) threw another inning of scoreless relief on Friday night, followed by .2 inning of scoreless work on Saturday, lowering his ERA to a 1.13 on the season. Cory’s Bio
Burke Badenhop (Brewers) threw 2 innings of 1-hit relief with 4 strikeouts in a win against the Reds on Saturday. Box Score
Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) extended his national-best win streak to start the season to 13-0 with a win over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Commodores are now the #1 team in the country. Box Score
Jake Cintolo (Suffolk U) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. Jake is hitting .400 on the season and is currently in the Top-25 nationally in both the runs scored and doubles offensive categories. Story
High School Baseball Update
LS Baseball – The Boston Globe featured the quirky pre-game routines for Sid Warrenbrand (known as Eduardo Grande at CP) and Alex Wieland. These two qualify as the most quirky high school clients to walk through our doors on a daily basis, so there is nothing surprising about hearing they carry the same habits on to the baseball fields. This is definitely a well-researched story seeing as how they took the time to interview Matt Blake for this piece… Article
Today’s weekend round-up features multiple school records, no-hitters, impressive awards, and the usual collection of solid pitching performances. Have a look!
Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) set a new school record by starting his season with 12 consecutive wins in as many appearances by beating the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon in a game featured on ESPN3. For the second time this season, Ty carried a no-hitter in to the seventh inning. The Commodores are now the #1 team in the country. Game Recap
Kevin Brown (Bryant U.) was rewarded for an exceptional senior campaign when he received the award for Bryant University Male Athlete of the Year. Kevin is now the record-holder in every major offensive category at Bryant. He came in to the weekend batting .401 with a national-best on-base percentage of .533. Earlier in the 2013 season, Kevin put together a string of 16 consecutive plate appearances in which he reached base. Full awards ceremony Recap
Burke Badenhop (Brewers) struck out the side in his only appearance of the weekend. Saturday’s game marked Burke’s third consecutive scoreless relief appearance. Check out the Box Score
Steve Cishek (Marlins) struck out a pair and closed a 2-0 shutout of the Phillies to earn his 4th save of the season on Saturday. Watch Steve close it out here
Ryan Flaherty (Orioles) drove in a pair of key runs with a clutch single in the 8th inning of an 8-4 Baltimore win in Anaheim, helping the Orioles move to 19-13 on the season. Box Score
Craig Albernaz (Durham Bulls) caught the entirety of a 4-man combined no-hitter in Pawtucket on Sunday. Some of the CP-related highlights included Craig throwing out long-time CP client Jeremy Hazelbaker in a steal attempt, and the game ending when Jeff Beliveau struck out Hazelbaker with a pitch to Albernaz. Recap
John Andreoli (Daytona Cubs) went 3-4 with a pair of triples, an RBI and 3 runs scored in a 11-5 win over Lakeland on Saturday. John is now batting .340 on the season. Box Score
Another good weekend of baseball is in the books and the CP community didn’t fail to make big contributions to their teams. Here’s a look at some notable performances:
Corey Kluber (Indians) improved his record to 2-0 in 2013 with an impressive start on Sunday night. Corey held the Royals to just 2 runs in 7 solid innings, striking out 6. Box Score
Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his 3rd save of the season in a 6-4 win over the visiting Cubs. Box Score
Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) won his 11th consecutive start to begin the 2013 season, tying David Price’s school record. Ty allowed 2 runs in 6 innings of work, striking out 7 Mississippi State batters. Box Score
Mike Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) helped lead the Commodores at the plate, going 5 for 13 with 4RBI in the weekend series. Mike took a moment to speak with the media following the 3-1 win on Friday night. Video
Ryan Reid (Pirates AAA) earned a win and lowered his ERA to a 0.60 through 15+ innings of work in 2013. Ryan allowed 1 hit and no runs in 3 strong innings in a 5-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves. He is now 4-0 on the season in relief. Bio
It was a great weekend for the CP baseball family. With the list of CP athletes stepping on to baseball fields everyday growing quickly, it is getting tough to highlight all of the great performances each weekend! For those interested in keeping tabs on our entire professional baseball crew, check out the new CP Pro Family page here.
For those of you who’d rather just have a few links thrown your way, here are a couple of noteworthy performances from MLB, Milb, NCAA and high school baseball:
Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his first save of the season with a scoreless 9th at Cincinatti on Friday night. Box Score
Corey Kluber (Indians) earned his first win of the season after 4IP of scoreless relief in a 19-6 win over the Astros. He struck out 4 and allowed just 2 hits on the day. Box Score
Cory Gearrin (Braves) extended his streak of 8.2IP of scoreless relief with 2 solid outings this weekend. Cory’s Bio
TJ McFarland (Orioles) struck out 3 more in 2.2 innings of relief on Sunday against the Dodgers. He has now struck out 14 batters in 10.1 innings of work during his rookie season. TJ’s Bio
Burke Badenhop (Brewers) threw a perfect 9th inning in a 5-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday. Box Score
John Andreoli (Cubs-A) went 4-4 with a walk, a RBI and a pair of runs scored in a tough loss on Saturday to the Tampa Yankees. John is batting an impressive .356 on the season. Box Score
Tyler Beede and Mike Yastrzemski (Vanderbilt) helped #3 Commodores win 2 of 3 in a weekend series at Georgia. Tyler improved his ’13 record to 10-0 with another strong start on Saturday and Mike put together an impressive weekend at the plate, going 6 for 11 with 2BB, 3RBI and 3 runs scored.
Tim Corey (Colby) had a big Saturday, finishing 4-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBI in the opening game of a doubleheader against Tufts, followed by a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap. Recap
Ryan Pocock (Westford HS) hit a game-winning 8th inning solo HR to snap a 3-3 tie against Westboro. Recap
The CP baseball community was busy putting up good numbers this weekend. Here are some of the highlights:
- Steve Cishek (Marlins) earned his 8th and 9th saves on Friday and Saturday in wins over the Rockies. Stats
- Bryan LaHair (Cubs) was 1-3 with 2RBI, 2BB and 2SB in Saturday’s 9-7 win over the visiting Reds. Box
- Cory Gearrin (Braves AAA) struck out the side in consecutive one inning appearances. Stats
- Mike Dowd (Mariners A) was 3-4 at the plate with a double and 1RBI. Box
- Anthony Seratelli (Royals AAA) was 4-4 on the day with a run scored in a 5-3 Omaha win. Stats
- Dan Langfield (Reds A) was dominant in 3IP, piling up 7 strikeouts and just one walk and no hits. Box
This has been a big week for the CP baseball community. Today’s blog will highlight big league debuts, scoreless innings streaks and much more:
Chad Jenkins (Blue Jays) was promoted to the big league roster earlier this week, making the jump from AA to MLB. In his first appearance, Chad went 3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 2. Stats
Steve Cishek (Marlins) is in the midst of a 17 inning streak of scoreless appearances. He has converted each of his 7 save opportunities since the all-star break and continues to impress in place of previous closer Heath Bell. Stats
Corey Kluber (Indians) was effective in his 2nd career MLB start, leaving after 6 innings of work with 1 run allowed. Despite departing the game in the position to earn a W, Corey went home empty-handed after a bullpen meltdown. Box
Tim Gustafson (Reds AAA) went 6.1 innings, allowing a single run in his 4th win of the season at the triple-A level. Tim has now allowed just 2ER in his last four appearances. Story
CP athletes are getting the job done on the mound this week in MLB…
- On Tuesday, Tim Collins (Royals) tossed 2 scoreless innings of relief against the Indians. Box
- Last night, Cory Gearrin (Braves) continued the trend, going 2.1 scoreless (3k) in his first relief appearance since being called up earlier in the week to the big club. Box
- Despite Gearrin’s efforts to keep a 4-2 game within reach for the Braves, fellow CP athlete Steve Cishek (Marlins) closed out the win for Miami. Steve earned his 5th save of the season and has strung together 15 consecutive scoreless appearances. Box
- Tonight, Corey Kluber (Indians) will make his first big league start against the Royals at Kaufman Stadium. If all goes well, we may have the chance to see both Corey and Tim make contributions in the game. Preview