Season Recap: Peoria ChiefsRyne Sandberg's Peoria Chiefs will mostly be remembered for the July brawl that occurred while Ryno was attending HOF ceremonies in New York. Ryno may have been one of the best offensive and defensive 2-sacks in MLB history, but his team didn't have many good sticks and had some terrible defensive players.
30-38, 7th place (of 8) in the First Half
30-40, 7th place (of 8) in the Second Half
The only thing that the Chiefs really have to hand their hat on is the fact that some of their better players were promoted to Daytona, and that organizationally, this was by far the weakest team in terms of talent.
Top Ten Prospect Players:
Offensive POY: Luis Bautista
Essentially, this was a three-horse race, between Luis Bautista, Jovan Rosa, and Marquez Smith. But Smith was promoted to Daytona in early July and Rosa's K numbers (127) were too overwhelming to ignore. Bautista, a 32nd round pick of the Cubs in 2007, was the only Chief to hit over .300 for the year, coming in at .313. He hit 13 HR's, racked up 25 doubles and drove in 50 in 326 AB's. Exploration time: that's 24 HR's, 46 doubles, and 92 RBI's over a 600 AB season. Despite being a 6-4, 230 lber, Bautista also managed to steal 5 bags in 7 attempts.
Pitcher of the Year: Jordan Latham
Picking this was one difficult, because the Chiefs had a number of good relievers roll through the organization. But in the end, it was Latham who had spent the most time with the Chiefs while posting the best numbers. Latham, a 29th round pick in the '06 draft, spent the year with the Chiefs until a late July callup to Daytona. He pitched 31 games in relief for Peoria. He went 4-2 with a 1.93 ERA and 3 saves. He struck out 59 batters in 60 and 2/3 innings. More impressively, he had a 3.47 K/W ratio, so he was striking people out while maintaining control. He allowed 23 runs to score, but only 13 of them were earned. While that is a lot of unearned runs, the Chiefs had two players with 29 errors a piece.
Josh Harrison (6th round, 2008): .262, 6 stolen bases in 31 games after call-up
Luis Flores (7th round, 2008): .189, but .290 OBP in 33 games after call-up
Jay Jackson (9th round, 2008): 2-2, 3.00 ERA in 24 innings after call-up
Brandon Guyer (5th round, 2007): 269, 14 HR's, 22 SB's
Dylan Johnston (4th round, 2005): .288, 15 HR's, but 4 of 12 in stolen base department
Notable Players Promoted, Numbers at Peoria
Todd Blackford (acquired in Todd Hollandsworth trade): 1-1, 2.60 ERA in 9 appearances