Tag Archives: International League

Journeyman Catcher Corky Miller Plans To Keep Playing Baseball As Long As People Are Offering Him Jobs

I’m not sure if it is a record, but Corky Miller has spent parts of the last 11 consecutive seasons playing in the International League including this season as a member of the Louisville Bats. He has also spent parts of the last 10 years playing in the big leagues, compiling a total of 199 big league games with the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Chicago White Sox. His career batting average in the big leagues is just .188 but his impact both in the majors as well as in Triple-A in helping develop pitchers, has kept Miller in baseball for all these years and led to lots of success for a number of current big league pitchers who Miller caught for in the minor leagues. In the story Miller talks about his journeyman career in which he has seen and done about everything there is to see or do, how he plans to continue to play baseball until teams stop calling, and stealing home his rookie season. Also some of the pitchers for whom he has caught offer their antidotes about Miller’s brutal honesty behind the plate. It’s a very good read.

Corky Miller a once-in-a-lifetime guy — Cincinnati.com

Triple-A International League Prospects To Watch

As September call-ups approach, here is a list of players in the Triple-A International League who have yet to make their Major League Debut and are worth keeping an eye on. These players may make an impact in the majors before the season is over or could be in the conversation come 2012 spring training. Stats represent the cumulative totals across all levels for the 2011 season.

International League Hitters To Watch

Jordany Valdespin New York Mets – .299, 25(2B), 15HR, 52RBI

Zach Lutz New York Mets – .292, 10(2B), 6HR, 18RBI

Eduardo Escobar Chicago White Sox – .254, 22(2B), 4(3B), 4HR, 41RBI

Tyler Kuhn Chicago White Sox – .351, 30(2B), 7(3B), 1HR, 53RBI

Jordan Danks Chicago White Sox – .257, 19(2B), 6(3B), 13HR, 53RBI

Beau Mills Cleveland Indians – .294, 18(2B), 14HR, 56RBI

Tim Fedroff Cleveland Indians – .305, 20(2B), 6(3B), 3HR, 54RBI

Jerad Head Cleveland Indians – .283, 24(2B), 21HR, 63RBI

Thomas Neal Cleveland Indians – .291, 14(2B), 3(3B), 2HR, 26RBI

Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays – .275, 25(2B), 2(3B), 7HR, 57RBI

Russ Canzler Tampa Bay Rays – .321, 35(2B), 3(3B), 16HR, 72RBI

Stephen Vogt Tampa Bay Rays – .305, 34(2B), 7(3B), 16HR, 104RBI

Tyler Pastornicky Atlanta Braves – .319, 15(2B), 5(3B), 7HR, 45RBI, 27SB

Jordy Mercer Pittsburgh Pirates – .256, 28(2B), 16HR, 63RBI

Gorkys Hernandez Pittsburgh Pirates – .284, 23(2B), 7(3B), 1HR, 32RBI, 18SB

Freddy Galvis Philadelphia Phillies – .272, 23(2B), 5(3B), 8HR, 39RBI, 20SB

Cody Overbeck Philadelphia Phillies – .257, 16(2B), 21HR, 63RBI

Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds – .291, 33(2B), 2(3B), 13HR, 62RBI

Denis Phipps Cincinnati Reds – .334, 28(2B), 5(3B), 11HR, 52RBI, 10SB

Tyler Henson Baltimore Orioles – .275, 16(2B), 3(3B), 3HR, 32RBI

Kyle Hudson Baltimore Orioles – .304, 11(2B), 2(3B), 21RBI, 34SB

Ryan Lavarnway Boston Red Sox – .301, 21(2B), 29HR, 84RBI

Jesus Montero New York Yankees – .283, 17(2B), 13HR, 55RBI

Steve Lombardozzi Washington Nationals – .317, 22(2B), 9(3B), 8HR, 48RBI, 24SB

Chris Marrero Washington Nationals – .307, 28(2B), 14HR, 67RBI

Ryan Strieby Detroit Tigers – .273, 28(2B), 18HR, 69RBI

Ben Guez Detroit Tigers – .293, 23(2B), 7(3B), 7HR, 49RBI

International League Pitchers To Watch
Dylan Axelrod Chicago White Sox – 6-3, 3.05ERA, 124IP, 30BB, 109K

Addison Reed Chicago White Sox – 2-1, 1.49ERA, 66.1IP, 13BB, 99K

Brett Brach Cleveland Indians – 7-9, 3.42ERA, 121IP, 38BB, 76K

Zach Putnam Cleveland Indians – 5-3, 7SV, 3.57ERA, 58IP, 18BB, 58K

Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays – 11-3, 1.98ERA, 127IP, 33BB, 170K

Jaye Chapman Atlanta Braves – 2-2, 3SV, 1.88ERA, 57.1IP, 21BB, 66K

Phillippe Aumont Philadelphia Phillies – 1-5, 7SV, 2.58ERA, 41.1IP, 20BB, 65K

Justin De Fratus Philadelphia Phillies – 6-2, 10SV, 3.13ERA, 63.1IP, 25BB, 80K

Michael Schwimer Philadelphia Phillies – 8-1, 10SV, 1.80ERA, 65IP, 20BB, 83K

Brad Boxberger Cincinnati Reds – 2-4, 5SV, 2.38ERA, 53IP, 20BB, 80K

Nick Christiani Cincinnati Reds – 3-0, 10SV, 3.40ERA, 50.1IP, 16BB, 35K

Jason Rice Boston Red Sox – 4-4, 4SV, 3.59ERA, 72.2IP, 35BB, 75K

Liam Hendriks Minnesota Twins – 10-4, 3.70ERA, 116.2IP, 21BB, 94K

Manny Banuelos New York Yankees – 4-6, 3.54ERA, 112IP, 59BB, 110K

D J Mitchell New York Yankees – 9-9, 3.54ERA, 134.2IP, 56BB, 91K

Adam Warren New York Yankees – 6-5, 3.39ERA, 132.2IP, 46BB, 85K

Tom Milone Washington Nationals – 9-6, 3.52ERA, 122.2IP, 13BB, 125K

Brad Peacock Washington Nationals – 13-3, 2.57ERA, 129.2IP, 39BB, 161K

Phillies Prospect Michael Schwimer Dominates Triple-A While Waiting For A Chance In The Majors

Despite being the only reliever on the opening day roster for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs not to be called up in 2011, Michael Schwimer is not letting that small detail bother him. The 25 year old lefty is dominating the International League going 7-1 with 10 Saves and a 1.73ERA for the Iron Pigs. He’s struck out 81 batters in 62.1 innings. In the story Schwimer talks about waiting his turn in Philadelphia, his dominant season, and playing in the Triple-A All Star Game.

Schwimer patiently waiting for major league break — MCall.com

Justin Germano Throws 5th International League Perfect Game For The Columbus Clippers

Cleveland Indians journeyman pitcher Justin Germano threw a nine inning Perfect Game for the Columbus Clippers over the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday night. It is only the 5th Perfect Game in the history of the International League. Germano struck out seven batters including Corey Brown looking at a fastball over the inside corner for the final out. Final line was 9IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 7K, WIN. Germano was up with the Indians briefly earlier this year, pitching 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Check out the video of the final out of Germano’s perfect game, the post game interview, and the celebration in the Columbus Clippers Clubhouse.

The Final Out:

Post Game Interview:

Clubhouse Celebration: