6 Staff Directory
10 River Bandits Roster
12 River Bandits Coaching
18 Promotions Roundup
24 Reviewing April and May
26 Community Events
40 Three Bandits earn All-Star
50 Major League alumni
Entering with a BOOM
Highly touted first baseman belts a
home run in first three games
Inside the MLB Draft
River Bandits players recollect the
2012 draft and the Astros organiztion
River Bandits receive MLB
presence from Astros
Houston assigns reliever Josh Fields
to a MLB rehab at Quad Cities
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Right-handed reliever Josh Fields became the first player assigned to a
major league rehab stint with Quad Cities in Davenport in nearly seven years
on May 9.
“I’m excited to be here,” said
Fields, who made his first trip to the state
of Iowa and the Quad Cities. “I like it up
here, it kindof reminds me of home.”
Fields made two appearances with
the River Bandits during his assignment.
He made his first career start in Game 1 of
a doubleheader against the Cedar Rapids
Kernels at Modern Woodmen Park on
May 10. The Athens, Ga. native, fanned
three Kernels and allowed one Kernel hit
in two innings.
Three days later Fields excuted his
second and final outing with the River
Bandits, giving up one hit and striking out
a batter in two scoreless innings in relief
against the Peoria Chiefs on May 13.
The former University of Georgia
Bulldog struck out Texas’ Craig Gentry as
the only batter he faced in his major league debut
with the Astros against the Rangers on April 2.
“It was a dream come true,” recollected Fields on his debut. “To be able
to step foot on a major league mound was just unbelievable.”
He retired the only batter he faced in his second outing the very next day, and
was then placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain on April 8,
retroactive to April 4.
The Seattle Mariners originally selected Fields in the first round (20th
overall) in the 2008 draft, and he was acquired by Boston with left-handed
pitcher Erik Bedard in a three-team deal on July 31, 2011. The Astros selected
him with the 1st overall pick in the major league portion of the 2012 Rule-5
Former St. Louis Cardinal left-hander Mark Mulder was the last major
leaguer to make a rehab assignment with the Quad Cities in Davenport, in a
game against the Clinton LumberKings on Aug. 6, 2006.
River Bandits receive MLB
presence from Astros
Houston assigns reliever Josh Fields to a MLB rehab at Quad Cities
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Omar Lopez will begin his sixth season as a manager in the Astros
organization when he leads the River Bandits for the first time on
Opening Day April 4. Lopez, 36, managed the rookie-level
Greeneville Astros in the Appalachian League the last
two seasons, the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2009 and
2010, and the Venezuelan Summer League Astros in 2008.
Prior to managing, Lopez served as a hitting and infield
instructor in the Astros Venezuelan program and as a
scout for the organization from 1999 to 2007. He was the
Astros International Man of the Year in 2005 and Player
Development Man of the Year in 2010. A native of Valencia, Venezuela, Lopez was an infielder
for three seasons in the minor league systems of the Chicago White Sox (1996-97) and Arizona
Diamondbacks (1998). He played two seasons for the rookie-level Bristol White Sox and his
final season with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Midwest League.
Lopez becomes the 34th manager for the Quad Cities franchise since it joined the Midwest
League in 1960. He is the fifth to manage an Astros affiliate in the Quad Cities, following Steve
Dillard (1993-94), Jim Pankovits (1995-1996), Manny Acta (1997) and Mike Rojas (1998). Acta
was a major league manager the past six seasons for the Washington Nationals and Cleveland
Indians, while Rojas is the bullpen coach of the defending American League Champion Detroit
2013 River Bandits Field Staff
Manager - Omar Lopez
Ptiching Coach - Dave Borkowski
Former major league pitcher Dave Borkowski will serve as the River
Bandits pitching coach this season, which will be his fourth as a
coach in the Astros organization following 15 seasons (1995-2009) as
a professional pitcher.
Borkowski, 35, compiled a 13-20 record with a 5.87 ERA in 181 ma-
jor league games over seven seasons with Detroit (1999-2001), Bal-
timore (2004) and Houston (2006-08). Borkowski appeared in 181
Major League games (21 starts) and was 13-20 with one save and
a 5.87 ERA in seven combined seasons with Detroit (1999-2001),
Baltimore (2004), and Houston (2006-08). His first professional
season was in 1995 after being selected in the 11th round of the June
1995 draft by Detroit. Borkowski recorded a career-high five wins with Houston in 2007, finish-
ing 5-3 with a 5.15 ERA. He pitched in 264 career minor league games and was 79-70 with a 3.85
ERA and six saves. He pitched in the Midwest League for the 1997 West Michigan Whitecaps.
Borkowski coached the pitching staff of Class-A Lexington in the South Atlantic League in 2011
and 2012, and he was the pitching coach of rookie-level Greeneville in 2010.
Former major leaguer Vince Coleman will be a development specialist
focused on outfield and baserunning. He will be with the club for
homestands and also be a scout and roving instructor within the Astros
organization. Coleman played 13 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1985-
90), New York Mets (1991-93), Kansas City Royals (1994-95), Seattle
Mariners (1995), Cincinnati Reds (1996) and Detroit Tigers (1997).
Coleman was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1985 and led the
league in stolen bases in each of his first six seasons.
Baserunning/Outfield Coach - Vince Coleman
Athletic Trainer - Steve Miller
2013 Field Staff continued
Steve Miller enters his second season as a trainer in the Astros organization
after spending 2012 with the Gulf Coast League Astros. Previously, Miller
served as the Triple-A New Orleans head athletic trainer in the Marlins
system for six seasons. This season marks Miller’s 14th in baseball, as he
also spent time with Carolina (2004), Class-A Greensboro (2003) and
Kane County (2002) in the Midwest League.
Miller began his career with the Marlins’ Class A Jupiter in 2000 and
spent the following year with the Gulf Coast League Expos. He was
named head athletic trainer for the 2010 Pacific Coast League All-Star
Miller received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Southern Illinois University in 1997
and a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2000.
Joel Chimelis will serve his eighth consecutive season as a hitting coach
in the Astros organization and 10th overall as a minor league coach
following a 14-season professional career. Chimelis, 45, previously
coached in the Astros organization with short-season Class-A Tri-
City (2006-10), Class-A Lexington (2011) and Double-A Corpus
Christi (2012). He spent 2004 and 2005 with the Savannah Sand
Gnats of the Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos in 2004)
Chimelis was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 11th round of the 1988 Major League
draft. He was as a minor league infielder in the Athletics (1988-1991), San Francisco Giants
(1991-1995) and New York Mets (1996) organizations. He was called up to the Giants major
league roster in 1995 but did not appear in a game. Chimelis also played in Canada, Mexico,
Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Korea.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Chimelis played baseball at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas,
and was a member of the 1988 University of Texas squad. He was named to the 1988 NCAA
Central Region team with the Longhorns.
Hitting Coach - Joel Chimelis
Julio Diaz Berrios begins his first season with the Astros as the strength
and conditioning coach of the River Bandits. Diaz Berrios’ atheltic
training resume includes Baseball COLICEBA (PR), the Handball
Federation of Puerto Rico and the men’s baseball and volleyball teams
at the University of Puerto Rico. He received his bachelor of science
degree in athletic therapy from the University of Puerto Rico, and is
Strength Coach - Julio Diaz
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chalk full of giveaways, entertainment acts and more FUN
than ever before! With so much going on, I’m going to make this as easy to
follow as possible, because believe me, you don’t want to miss a thing!
June 11 – We kick off June with a BANG...literally! After the game on Tuesday,
a Kids Eat Free Tuesday, we’ll have fireworks that go BOOM in the night sky.
June 12 – We follow up a rare fireworks Tuesday with US Bank Pay Your Bill
Wednesday! Friends, if you’re not coming to Wednesday games, you’re missing out on
one of the best promotions ever invented! Each and every Wednesday home game, we
pay two lucky fans’ bills up to $100.00! If you want a chance to have your next bill paid,
simply bring a copy of an unpaid bill and drop it in the golden hopper located at the
US Bank table. It’s FREE money!!!
June 13 – Let the entertainment acts begin! After receiving a free hat and mini
flag upon entrance courtesy of Modern Woodmen of America, you’ll be entertained
by the Red Trouser Show throughout and after the game! You may not have heard
of this amazing acrobat duo before the game, but I guarantee you won’t forget them
June 14 – The 2013 season just wouldn’t be complete without a salute to
farming with Agriculture Night presented by the Illinois Farm Bureau. And what a
better way to honor the farming community by providing one of the most electric
entertainment acts around, Quick Change! Back for a second year in a row, Quick
Change has performed on the elite stage at America’s Got Talent and won’t disappoint.
Not only that, but there are fireworks postgame, and Boy Scouts camping out on the
June 15 – If two is good, three is better! Our third entertainment act in
as many days, back after a year hiatus, is crowd favorite Cowboy Monkey Rodeo
appearance! Picture this, real monkeys riding dogs, herding sheep! Pointing with your
mouth wide open in amazement is guaranteed to happen.
June 16 – Celebrate Father’s Day watching America’s Pastime! Dad, you’re
going to love Father’s Day at the ballpark, as it will be a day full of prizes! Not only
is it a Flat Screen Family Sunday, where three (3) lucky fans will walk away with a
brand new, free 32” flat screen TV, but we’ll be giving away prizes to Dads all night
long! That’s not enough though, is it. How about this? Before the game, there will be a
Father’s Day catch in the outfield! It’s like catch in the yard with you child, but on the
same field the River Bandits play on!
June 20 – After a short three-day breather, the Bandits return on a Thirst-Day
Thursday. It’s also our second Mega Cubs Fantacular Giveaway, Ladies Night, and
for those of us with a bright future, Mediacom will be giving away sunglasses upon
entrance. Cubs fans, this is your opportunity to win more Cubs stuff. As for you ladies,
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player date auction! This is your opportunity, ladies, to bid on a date opportunity with
a River Bandits player!
June 21 – It’s another Fireworks Friday featuring the best fireworks show
in the QC! And while the boys
had their night a week ago, it’s the
girls turn with Girl Scout Night,
featuring a camp out on the field
after the game!
June 22 – Let the premium
giveaway items begin! Our first of
six bobblehead sets features former
Quad Cities starting pitcher Johan
Santana and will be given out to
the first 2,000 guests through the
gates! Make sure to arrive early,
as gates open a half hour earlier at
5:00pm for another Vintage Baseball
Game. Be witness to the first days
of baseball in America, as players
will wear vintage uniforms and play
using rules set before the 1900’s!
This unique game will give you
insight into how the game was first
played before any of us were born.
June 23 – It’s our Halfway
to Christmas Celebration, and
what better way to celebrate than
by giving away three presents
everyone wants: three FREE flat-
screen TV’s! You’ll also receive
sunglasses courtesy of Mediacom
upon entrance, so really everyone
gets a present for Christmas! Plus,
the kiddos get to run the bases after
the game, and dogs with antlers are
welcome as a part of Bark in the Park night!
June 29 – Because we don’t want to overwhelm anyone with fun and
entertainment, we’ll take a work week off before coming back to our second annual
gnome giveaway! This year, it’s a Rascal gnome, and as gnomes go, there’s a good
chance a few will escape the week before. If this happens, and I have a good feeling
it will, check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/riverbandits) for the locations
of these escaped gnomes. First person to find the gnome will get to keep it before it’s
available to the public!
June 30 – We close out June on a high, a sugar high that is with the Mega
Candy Drop! Hundreds of pounds of candy rains down from a helicopter onto the
outfield grass for kids to pick up and enjoy! How are you going to collect all that
candy? Great question and HyVee has the answer, as they’re providing tote bags to be
given away to guests as they enter the ballpark that day! It’s also another Flat Screen
Family Sunday, where three more lucky fans will walk away with FREE TV’s!
There’s no other way to put it, friends. June is going to be the best month of
baseball, entertainment and fun in the sun EVER! Please come join us, then come
back for the best time of your life!
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First baseman Jonathan Singleton was assigned to the River Bandits on
May 27, and the 21-year-old welcomed the Quad Cities with a solo home run
to the left field berm in his first at-bat the next day against the Kane County
Cougars. He finished his Midwest League debut by going 2-for-2 with 2 RBI
by adding a RBI-single and a walk in the contest.
“It was good,” reflected Singleton on his impression of Modern
Woodmen Park. “I think a lot of fan expected it to rain, it was kindof a gloomy
day, but it was
a pretty good
top Astros top
the No. 1 first
com followed up
his debut with
shot over the
in right field in
his second game
with Quad Cities
on May 29. Singleton
finished the evening
going 2-for-4 with a double against Kane County.
A third home run followed two days later on a two-run shot at Beloit
on May 31.
Singleton, the No. 2 prospect in the Astros organization according to
Baseball America, joined a roster consisting of four more River Bandits in the
Astros system’s top 13 prospects according to Baseball America. The other
four are Carlos Correa (No. 1), Lance McCullers (No. 4), Rio Ruiz (No. 8) and
Vincent Velasquez (No. 13).
While with Double-A Corpus Christi last season, Singleton boasted career-
highs with 131 games played, 21 home runs, 79 RBIs, 94 runs and a .497
slugging percentage en route to earning the club’s Most Valuable Player award.
His efforts also led to him being named a Baseball America Minor League
All-Star, a Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-Star, and selection to
the 2012 SinusXM All-Star Futures Game and Arizona Fall League Rising Stars
A native of Lakewood, Calif., Singleton was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, and was dealt to the Astros along with
three other minor leaguers for outfielder Hunter Pence on July 29, 2011.
A booming introduction
Highly touted first baseman belts a home run in first three games
By River Bandits Staff
Singleton launches his first home run as a River Bandit.
(Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
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5-game win streak
a zip through
With runners on first and second, Rio Ruiz fields a ground
ball, steps on third base and fires to Catfish Elkins at second
base, who shoots the ball over to first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki
for a 5-4-3 Triple Play. It was the 14th in franchise history and
first since June 16, 2007.
Quad Cities opened
the season with five
straight wins and
averaged 4.6 more runs
than opponents during
the streak. (Photo by
Sean Flynn Photography)
Highlights of the first
the 2013 season
Astros reliever Josh Fields (right, photo
by Sean Flynn Photography) became the
first player to make a rehab assignment for
the Quad Cities franchise in Davenport since
Mark Mulder in August 2006.
singleton arrives , snap skid
Quad Cities rebounds from a
season-high six-game losing streak
from May 17-23, to embark on a sea-
son-high six-game winning streak.
1B Jonathan Singleton jons the club
on May 28, and homers in his first
three River Bandit games.
two months of the season
By Matt Bierl
Catchers Roberto Pena, Jabduan Morales and Strength Coach Julio Diaz-Berrios visit Davenport
West High school 8th grade Spanish Class on May 17.
River Bandits’ Players and Coaches were invited into Senior Dean Burrier-
Sanchis’ 8th grade Spanish class to ask questions about their Countries and
practice their Spanish with the natives. After the photo shoot they shared
traditional dishes for a feista.
Last month the River Bandits were all over the Quad Cities. Including the QC
walk for Diabetes, the Promise Walk, and the Heart Walk. Due to flooded paths
behind the park the River Bandits opened their gates and let the Heart Walk detour
through the stadium and back on track for their walk.
Next month you can catch the River Bandits at the Boy Scout Conference June
12, Moline Community Fair June 15, and Relay for Life in Aledo on June 28. The
River Bandit players will also visit with the kids at School Age& Youth Center
June 14 and the Family Museum June 22.
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A Kids Club event will happen after the
game on the field following the June
23rd game. Members will be playing
a game of balloon dodgeball. Bins will
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be placed in the outfield filled with water balloons ready for
a good battle. Kids club members are asked to please meet
in the party plaza immediatly following the game.
The 2013 Major League Baseball Draft was on June 6, and with it
more than a thousand young high school and college baseball players came
one step closer to their dream of becoming a major league baseball player.
River Bandits Lance McCullers and Rio
Ruiz were both selected by the Astros in the
2012 draft, and remember just how they
“I remember being excited and a little
nervous, but at the end of the day I knew
that whatever team picked me was the team
that I needed to be with,” said McCullers,
who was taken in the first supplemental
round (41st overall). “We were all (friends
and family) just in the living room, huddled
around waiting and when it happened it
was a real pleasant surprise.”
McCullers’ father, Lance Sr., was taken 41st
overall in the 1982 draft by the Philadelphia
“I really didn’t know what to expect
because [of] my situation after high
school,” said Ruiz, who missed most of
his senior season at Bishop Amat High
School (La Puente, Cal.)
after undergoing surgery to
remove a blood clot from his
shoulder. “The Astros took
a chance on me and I’m very
thankful that they did and
I’m just trying to prove them
right and play baseball.”
Ruiz in the fourth round and
assigned him to the rookie-
level Gulf Coast League
(GCL) Astros, where he was
tabbed by Baseball America as
the No. 4 prospect in the GCL
following the season.
Inside the MLB draft
By Matt Bierl
River Bandits players recollect the 2012 draft
and the Astros organiztion
Lance McCullers is 2-4 with a
team-best 1.70 ERA in his first 13
games this season.
(Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
Ruiz is hitting .219 with three homers and
20 RBI in 39 games.
(Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
MLB draft (page 32)
Upcoming Home Series
Dates: June 11-13 @ Modern Woodmen Park
Season Series: Cedar Rapids leads 2-1
Top Prospects: Byron Buxton (2), Jose Berrios (7), Mason Melotakis
(13), Jorge Polanco (14), Travis Harrison (17), Tyler Jones (23), Niko
About the Kernels: Cedar Rapids is the Class-A affiliate of the
Minnesota Twins and are managed by former River Bandit Jake Mauer
(2002). The Kernels kicked off their season on a six-game win streak and
ended April riding a nine-game streak. Their 305 RBIs are more than 50
ahead from the next closest team in the league. The 2nd overall pick in the
2012 draft, Byron Buxton is second among the league with a .333 average
while Adam Brett Walker leads the MWL with 49 RBI and is second with
10 home runs.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Dates: June 14-16 @ Modern Woodmen Park
Dates: June 20-23 @ Modern Woodmen Park
Season Series: Tied at 1-1
Season Series: River Bandits won first half series 7-2
Top Prospects: Reid Scoggins (15), Cam Bedrosian (28)
Top Prospects: Albert Almora (2), Pierce Johnson (6), Dan Vogelbach
(7), Jeimer Candelario (8), Dillon Maples (18), Marco Hernandez (20),
Gloaskar Amaya (21), Lendy Castillo (28), Trey Martin (30)
About the Bees: Burlington is the Class-A affiliate of the Los Angeles
Angels. The River Bandits and Bees will play a doubleheader at Modern
Woodmen Park to makeup a rainout at Burlington on April 10. Burlington
hit .235 as a team in its first 52 games and were led by Kyle Johnson’s .311
average. Johnson is second in the league with a .423 on-base percentage
and his 29 steals rank third. Ryan Crowley leads the staff with a 2.22 ERA
(fifth in MWL) and a 0.99 WHIP (tied for third in MWL) to complement
his 4-1 record.
About the Cougars: Kane County is the Class-A affiliate of the Chicago
Cubs. The River Bandits and Cougars face each other in the first series of
the second half of the 2013 season. The Cougars lead the Western division
while ranking second in the league with a team .267 batting average. Rock
Shoulders’ 12 home runs are top in the MWL, while Bijan Rademacher
is fifth in hitting at a .320 mark. Pierce Johnson is tied for second place
Dayton’s Ismael Guillon with 60 strikeouts. The Cougars roster features
2012 first round selection Albert Almora.
Kane County Cougars
Upcoming Home Series on page 38
*Rosters as of May 28, May 23, and June 3, 2013 respectively
*Statistics through June 3, 2013
* Top prospect rankings by Baseball America
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Carlos Correa and his family
were invited to attend the 2012 draft,
live at MLB Network Studios.
“It was a great feeling, you are
there with your family, smiling and
remembering all the hard work that
you did to get there,” said Correa,
who was taken by the Astros with
the 1st overall selection. “It was
really emotional, I was there with my
family. It was something special.”
From Santa Isabel, P.R.,
Correa became the first player from
Puerto Rico to be selected first
“I was really anxious waiting
to know what team I was going to
play for,” recollected Correa. “Thank
God I was drafted number one so I
didn’t have to wait very long,” he added
with a smile.
McCullers, Ruiz and Correa join
an organization in the midst of rebuilding after back-to-back seasons with
the worst record in the majors.
“We’re out here playing hard everyday to help the Astros become a
better organizaton,” said Correa.
That rebuilding has brought a lot of attention to the minor leagues,
but McCullers and Ruiz aren’t feeling any pressure.
“Houston and all the fans are real supportive, and are expecting us
in the minors to come up and bring the Astros back to their winning days,”
said McCullers. “You can see things [in the organization] happening from
the bottom up and that’s the most exciting to me.”
The trio as well as the rest of the Astros organizaton are happy to be
with an organization that is so involved with its minor league development
and for the future the organization has.
“I grew up hearing my dad talk about all the big names they
(Houston) have -- Biggio, Ensberg -- and it’s great to be a part of it now,”
said Ruiz. “I’m 19 years old right now, and I plan on hopefully having a big
future with them.
“I’m blessed and privileged to be an Astro and I can’t wait to be in
Houston, and hopefully it will be for a really long time,” said McCullers.
Correa leads the Bandits with 33 RBI,
while hitting .275 with three home
runs and 10 doubles in 43 games.
(Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
MLB draft (continued from page 28)
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The Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks (31-24) are knotted at a tie for first
place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern with the Round Rock
Express through June 2.
The RedHawks went 15-13 during the month of May to maintain their spot at
the top of the division. LHP Eric Berger, RHP Jason Stoffel and RHP Jose
Valdez were electric out of the bullpen.
Berger was 0-1 with a 1.98 ERA in nine
relief outings, Stoffel went 1-0 with
a 1.65 ERA in 12 relief appearances
while Valdez went four for five in save
opportunities. As a pitching staff,
Oklahoma City boasted a 3.59 ERA in
238 innings during May.
On the leader boards, INF Jonathan
Villar shares the stolen base lead with
Reno’s Tony Campana at 16 steals. RHP
Jarred Cosart is in fourth in the PCL
with a 2.65 ERA, and Valdez’s 12 saves
The Houston Astros called up six
RedHawks to the majors during the
month of May, and assigned RHP Josh
Fields to Oklahoma City for a rehab
stint on May 28. Fields started his rehab
with Quad Cities (see page 8).
ALUMNI NOTES: LHP Kyle Hallock
(2013) made one start in May, allowing
an earned run in four innings for a
2.25 ERA on the month. The southpaw was assigned to High-A Lancaster
of the California League on May 9. INF Brett Wallace (2008) belted six
home runs in May, to complement his 26 RBI and .324 batting average in 28
games. Wallace is hitting .313 with eight homers and 30 RBI in 39 games as a
RedHawk. RHP C.J. Fick (2008) did not allow a run in four innings of relief.
He is 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA in 13 relief outings this season, and was placed on
the disabled list on May 9.
Brett Wallace hit .327 with five home
runs and 25 RBI in 41 games with the
River Bandits in 2008.
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The Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks (35-21) exploded during May, and now
posess the best overall record in the Texas League, and are three games ahead
of Frisco in the South division. The Hooks also have the best home record in
the league, posting a 20-8 mark at Whataburger Field.
Going 19-10 on the month, the Hooks were aided by a team batting average of
.278 during the span. INF Erik Castro led the way with a .360 average, while
OF George Springer and OF Michael Burgess clubbed eight and seven home
RHP Josh Fields’ rehab assignment sent him to Corpus Christi after Quad Cit-
ies. The former Unviersity of Georgia Bulldog did not post a record and had a
3.00 ERA in five relief outings before joining Oklahoma City on May 28.
Springer leads the league with 17 long balls, while RHP Jake Buchanan is top
among the league with a 0.77 ERA.
The Lancaster JetHawks (35-21) have taken a commanding lead in the
California League South division, seven games ahead of second place High
Desert and Inland Empire. The team hit .300 with 34 homers in 30 May games.
Six players boasted batting averages above .300 with a minimum of 20 games
OF Preston Tucker is tearing up California League pitching. The former
Florida Gator is in first with 57 RBI, second with 69
hits and fourth in hitting with a .318 average. INF
Nolan Fontana has the best on-base percentage with
a .452 mark and is fifth in hitting with a .317 season
ALUMNI NOTES: INF Joe Sclafani (2013) was
promoted from Quad Cities to Lancaster on May 7,
and celebrated with a 10-game hit streak after his first
two games played. In 22 games with the JetHawks,
Sclafani (right, Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
is hitting .393 with 17 RBI and 23 walks, plus 14
multi-hit contests. The switch-hitter was hitting .241
with nine RBI in 19 games with Quad Cities before the promotion. LHP Kyle
Hallock (2013) made his JetHawk debut by going five scoreless frames in a
start against Stockton on May 12. He is a perfect 3-0 with a 4.91 ERA in five
appearances (three starts). INF Carlos Perdomo (2013) is hitting .286 (8-for-
28) in his last 10 games to raise his season average from .111 to .217.
Dates: June 29-July 30 @ Modern Woodmen Park
Season Series: River Bandits won first half series 4-2
Top Prospects: Victor Sanchez (10), Tyler Pike (14), Gabby Guerrero
(15), Tim Lopes (25)
About the LumberKings: Clinton is the Class-A affiliate of the Seattle
Mariners. Dylan Unsworth’s 2.25 ERA is the best on the team and ranks
fifth in the league, while his 0.88 WHIP ranks first in the MWL. The
LumberKings do not have a player in the top 10 for hitting, despite being
fifth as a team with a .259 team batting average. Ketel Marte is hitting .571
with two homers in five games against Quad Cities this season. They are
19-6 when leading after the first five innings, while are 3-23 when trailing
after as many frames.
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*Roster as of May 24, 2013
*Statistics through June 3, 2013
* Top prospect rankings by Baseball America
Shortstop Carlos Correa and pitchers Jordan Jankowski and Lance McCullers have
been selected to represent the Quad Cities River Bandits at the 2013 Midwest League
All-Star Game June 18 in Dayton, Ohio, the league announced on Wednesday.
All three River Bandits were 2012 draft picks by the Houston Astros and earned their
first professional All-Star selections.
Correa was named the starting shortstop for the Western Division All-Stars and was
the youngest player selected for either All-Star roster. The Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico,
native and No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft is hitting .275 in 43 games. He leads the
River Bandits with 33 RBIs and 14 multi-hit games and is tied for the team lead with
three home runs. In the month of May, Correa led the team with a .349 batting average,
38 total bases and 18 RBIs.
Jankowski, 24, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the 2012 draft
out of Catawba College. The McMurray, Pa., native is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 12 games,
including seven starts for Quad Cities. In 48 1/3 innings, Jankowski has walked just
nine batters and struck out 42. He leads the pitching staff with a 1.06 walks-plus-hits
per inning pitched (WHIP). He had a team-high 32 strikeouts with a 0.80 WHIP in
May while assembling a streak of 23 1/3 innings without a walk from May 3 to May 31.
McCullers, 19, was drafted in the first supplemental round with the 41st overall pick of
the 2012 draft out of Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla. He leads the Midwest League
with a 1.70 ERA and is 2-4 in 13 appearances and eight starts with Quad Cities. In
47 2/3 innings, he has allowed just 37 hits while posting 51 strikeouts – the second-
highest total on the pitching staff. His first professional win came on May 28 against
Kane County, and he also won his next start June 2 at Beloit.
The Dayton Dragons are hosting the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game Tuesday,
June 18, at Fifth Third Field.
Three Bandits earn all-star honors
By Marco LaNave
From left to right: Jordan Jankowski, Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers.
(Credit: Sean Flynn Photography)
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Infielder Jermaine Curtis made his major league debut as a pinch hitter
in place of infielder Matt Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of
the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 27.
A fifth round selection in the 2008 draft, the former UCLA standout
was hitting .292 with 17 RBI in 17 games with Triple-A Memphis before his
promotion. He hit .304 in 30 games with the River Bandits in 2009.
Right-hander Seth Maness made his debut with a scoreless eighth in-
ning right after Martinez against Milwaukee on May 3. He followed by earning
his first career win the next day, pitching a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.
Maness was selected in the 11th round by the Cardinals in the 2011
draft, and joined Quad Cities that same season. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in
two relief outings as a River Bandit.
Right-handed pitcher Keith Butler
(right) became the third pitcher from the
2011 Midwest Leauge champion River
Bandits to make his major league debut
with the Cardinals against the Giants on
June 1.he 24-year-old allowed one hit,
issued a walk and struck out a batter in
one inning. Butler tossed a scoreless
frame the following day as well.
He went 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA in
12 relief outings with the River Bandits in
Right-hander Carlos Martinez (left) pitched a
scoreless seventh inning in his debut with St. Louis
at Milwauke on May 3. He has no record and a 4.50
ERA and nine strikeouts in seven relief appearances.
Martinez went 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 50
strikeouts in eight starts with Quad Cities in 2011.
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