Boise Hawks Alumni Report (June 19)
With a poor internet connection in Eugene, it took me three extra days to be able to compile the list of former Boise Hawks still active in professional baseball. (Click Here to View June 19 Alumni Report)
Currently, there are 18 active players in the major leagues – including Jose Ceda, who was recalled by the Florida Marlins today after posting 18 saves with their AAA affiliate in New Orleans. The biggest surprise on the list has to be Al Alburquerque, who has struck out 40 men in just 24 innings of work with the Detroit Tigers.
Look for a ton of roster shuffling over the next few weeks, as players will bounce from roster to roster or be released as the 2011 draft class is signed. Movement can be expected from Tennessee to Iowa – as the Ryan Flaherty’s, Brett Jackson’s, and Josh Vitters’ may get their first taste of AAA ball, while a guy such as Justin Bour may make the jump from Daytona to Tennessee. Same goes at Peoria, as the Greg Rohan’s and Matt Szczur’s – who have had an outstanding first half, may get to taste life on the Atlantic coast in Daytona.
On the injury front – it has been the year of the season-ending injuries for former Hawks, as Rich Hill, Casey Lambert, David Cales, and Robert Whitenack are all shut down for 2011, with the Cubs cautiously optimistic that Andrew Cashner may return after the All Star Break. Both Jose Valdez (hamstring) and Jesus Morelli (hand) might have been candidates to move up from Extended Spring had injuries not sidelined them.