Alburquerque makes impressive MLB Debut, Hawk #82 in the Big Leagues
It didn’t take long for two former Boise Hawks to earn quick call-ups from their MLB parent clubs – as both Casey Coleman (’08) and Al Alburquerque (’07) earned the promotion two weeks into the season.
For Alburquerque, he becomes the 82nd former Boise Hawk to play in Major League Baseball – and had an ultra-impressive debut in Oakland for the Tigers – tossing two scoreless innings, retiring all six men that he faced, striking out two. There was a quick story about the right-hander from the Dominican Republic, who posted a 3-2 mark with the 2007 Hawks on (http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110414&content_id=17791900¬ebook_id=17792760&vkey=notebook_det&c_id=det) DetroitTigers.com
Great news also coming from the AAA ranks, as former Hawk Lou Montanez (’04) is off to a blistering start for the Iowa Cubs, ranking fifth in all of AAA ball with 12 RBI through the first week of the season (hitting .400), while little Tony Campana (’08), who played all of just one game with the Hawks before breaking his hand and missing most of the season, is hitting .393 with 3 stolen bases with the I-Cubs.
Speaking of former Hawks – two alumni had videos that were featured this week on milb.com, as Josh Harrison (’08) hit a home run that you can see here (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=13765057&sid=milb) in a win for the Indianapolis Indians (AAA-Pittsburgh), while Tony Thomas (’07) clubbed his second grand slam of the season here (http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=13736021&sid=milb) for the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA-Boston).
Great news coming out of Louisville (AAA-Cincinnati), as one of the more successful Boise Hawks of the last decade has regained his form – at least for two outings. Dontrelle Willis (’01) has not given up a run in two starts for the Bats, walking only two men, and striking out 11. The D-Train bounced around last season – pitching in both Detroit and Arizona, before finishing the year in the San Francisco organization, before getting a minor league deal with the Reds in 2011.
Many former Hawks are still in the minors – but not in the Cubs organization, many with the same team. With Thomas in Pawtucket, former Hawk Rich Hill (’02, ’03) has yet to allow a run in three appearances with the Paw-Sox, while in Durham (AAA-Tampa Bay), three former Hawks – Robinson Chirinos (’02), Brandon Guyer (’07), and Russ Canzler (’06) all play for the Bulls. In the next week, look for a complete list of former Hawks in both the Major and Minor Leagues.
Also, the first former Hawk that was released this spring by the Cubs has landed in another organization, as Mike Perconte (’08, ’09) was signed by the Texas Rangers and sent to AA Frisco, where he has made three appearances without allowing an earned run.