Our First Look at Former Boise Hawks
With the first week of Minor League Baseball in the books, we’ve taken the time to see where former Boise Hawks are at – or not at.
A bunch of former Hawks are currently in Mesa on the disabled list – Michael Jensen, Matt Loosen, Jose Rosario, Kyler Burke, Andrew McKirahan, Carlos Escobar, Greg Rohan, Brad Zapenas, and Albert Almora; however, others saw the end of the road for now – including Jay Jackson, Hayden Simpson, Joe Zeller, Marquez Smith, Robinson Chirinos, Dustin Harrington, and Paul Hoilman.
What is interesting about the 89 former Hawks that are currently on affiliated Minor League rosters – 11 are in coaching. Two former Boise managers are still active and both in Kane County – as Mark Johnson is the Cougars skipper and Tom Beyers is the hitting coach. 1995 Hawks catcher Jamie Burke (pictured left) is managing in the Midwest League with the Burlington Bees (L.A. Angels). Former Hawks hitting coaches are still in the game – Orv Franchuk in AA Chattanooga (L.A. Dodgers) and Desi Wilson with the Cubs’ AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. 1990 Hawks pitcher Darryl Scott is the pitching coach for AA Tulsa (Colorado); 1992 pitcher Bill Simas is the pitching coach for Class-A Great Lakes (L.A. Dodgers); 1993 pitcher Andrew Lorraine is the pitching coach for Class-A Clinton (Seattle); and 2002 pitcher Ryan O’Malley is the pitching coach for Class-A Hickory (Texas). 2010 pitching coach Jeff Fassero is in the same capacity with AA Tennessee and 2011 infielder Kenny Socorro is a bench coach for Class-A Kane County.
Of the players active, two players are with Texas’ AAA affiliate in Round Rock (Randy Wells, Jeff Beliveau), two are with Tampa Bay’s AAA affiliate in Durham (Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer), and two are with Boston’s AA affiliate in Portland (Aaron Kurcz, Tony Thomas). Only one former Hawk is still active at the Class-A level and not with the Cubs system – Robert Whitenack, who is with Cleveland’s Advanced-A Carolina Mudcats.
AAA (22) – Alfredo Amezaga (Albuquerque); Tyler Colvin (Colorado Springs); Yoanner Negrin, Chris Rusin, Brooks Raley, Casey Coleman, Blake Parker, Luis Flores, Josh Vitters, Logan Watkins, Ty Wright, Brett Jackson (Iowa); Blake Lalli (Nashville); Tony Campana (Reno) (pictured right); Jeff Beliveau, Randy Wells (Round Rock); Ramon Ortiz (Buffalo); Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer (Durham); Felix Pie (Indianapolis); Russ Canzler (Norfolk); Chris Carpenter (Pawtucket).
AA (22) – Mark Reed (Mobile); Aaron Kurcz, Tony Thomas (Portland); Ryan Acosta (Chattanooga); Dae-Eun Rhee, Tony Zych, Erik Jokisch, Alberto Cabrera, Marcus Hatley, Dallas Beeler, Trey McNutt, Rafael Lopez, Justin Bour, Elliot Soto, Arismendy Alcantara, Jonathan Mota, Jae-Hoon Ha, Matt Szczur (Tennessee); Darryl Scott (Tulsa Pitching Coach); Orv Franchuk (Chattanooga Hitting Coach); Desi Wilson (Tennessee Hitting Coach); Jeff Fassero (Tennessee Pitching Coach).
Advanced-A (14) – Robert Whitenack (Carolina); Eduardo Figueroa, Sheldon McDonald, Yao-Lin Wang, Austin Kirk, Luis Liria, Austin Reed, Ben Wells, Ryan Searle, Micah Gibbs, Chad Noble, Javier Baez, Zeke DeVoss, Stephen Bruno (Daytona).
Low-A (31) – Jeff Antigua, Justin Amlung, Jose Arias, Ian Dickson, Nathan Dorris, Mike Heesch, Pierce Johnson, Eddie Orozco, Felix Pena, Tayler Scott, Brian Smith, Yaniel Cabezas, Chadd Krist, Willson Contreras, Gioskar Amaya, Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Rock Shoulders, Dan Vogelbach, Wes Darvill, Pin-Chieh Chen, Bijan Rademacher, Oliver Zapata, Trey Martin (Kane County); Ryan O’Malley (Hickory Pitching Coach); Jamie Burke (Burlington Manager); Andrew Lorraine (Clinton Pitching Coach); Bill Simas (Great Lakes Pitching Coach); Mark Johnson (Kane County Manager) (pictured left); Tom Beyers (Kane County Hitting Coach); Kenny Socorro (Kane County Bench Coach).