Former Hawks Headed to the Postseason
The MLB Baseball Postseason starts on Tuesday, as the Royals and A’s meet in Kansas City in one of the wild card match-ups, while Wednesday, the Giants and Pirates meet in Pittsburgh.
In all, eight of the 10 teams in the postseason have at least one former Boise Hawk on the roster to end the 2014 regular-season (Dodgers and Giants do not).
In the American League, the A’s have a trio of former Boise Hawks in Josh Donaldson, Geovany Soto and Jeff Samardzija. Donaldson finished the regular season hitting .255 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI, helping Oakland secure the second AL wild card in the 162nd game of the season. Samardzija will be a key in the playoffs after going a combined 7-13 with a 2.99 ERA with 202 strikeouts this season.
In Baltimore, Ryan Flaherty will play in his second postseason after his third season in MLB. The ’08 Hawk hit .221 with seven homers and 32 RBI in 102 games for the O’s. Another former Hawk, Steve Clevenger, who hit .225 with eight RBI this season, is on the bubble for a postseason roster spot in Baltimore.
Another postseason veteran, Al Alburquerque, will be a key member of the Detroit bullpen. The Opening Day starter for the Hawks in 2007was 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 72 appearances this season, striking out 63 men. In Los Angeles, it is unlikely that former Hawks OF Tony Campana makes the Angels 25-man postseason roster, but the speedster, who hit .199 in stops between L.A. and Arizona this season, could make the roster as a late-inning runner/defensive replacement,, same goes for Casey Coleman for the Royals.
In the National League, two key players highlight the list. In Pittsburgh, Josh Harrison missed out on the N.L. batting crown on the final day of the regular season, with his .315 batting average (Justin Morneau of the Rockies won the title with a .319 average), but added 13 homers, 38 doubles, and 52 RBI on the season.
Last season’s postseason MVP, John Lackey, will be key in the St. Louis rotation. The right-hander was 14-10 with a 3.60 ERA in 31 starts this season, striking out 164 men.
Also in the postseason is left-handed specialist, Jerry Blevins, of the Washington Nationals. The 2004 and 2006 Boise Hawks hurler was 2-3 with a 4.86 ERA in 64 appearances for the Nats.