#BirdDroppings- The Quest For 50

The Quest For 50

The Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of pitcher Bradin Hagens (2009) from Triple-A Reno. Hagens will begin his time in The Show in the D-Backs bullpen. Hagens becomes the 49th Osprey to reach the Major League.

A sixth round selection by Arizona in the 2009 Draft out of Merced College (CA), Hagens began his professional career in an Osprey uniform. In fifteen games, he earned four saves and had a 3.42 ERA with a 1-1 record. The right-handed pitcher spent time in both Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno this season.

This follows the start of Andrew Chafin yesterday and the promotion of Jake Lamb last week. It’s been a good week for O’s making The Show.

Who will be next?? Comment below and share who you think will be the 50th Osprey to reach the MLB. I’ll share your thoughts on today’s doubleheader broadcast.

The Osprey play a doubleheader tonight against the Ogden Raptors at Ogren Park Allegiance Field starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for all Osprey games are available at the MSO Hub Box Office, by phone at (406) 543-3300 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

 

#BirdDroppings for August 1

  1. Justin Williams Hit Streak Record Holder
  2. Parra Traded to Brewers
  3. Lamb To AAA

1. Justin Williams Hit Streak Record Holder

J-Will earned sole possession of the Missoula hit streak record two nights ago with a line drive single. After an RBI chopper last night, he has hit in 26 consecutive games and chases Chris Valaika of Billings in 2006 with 32 for the PBL record.

Here’s the call: https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/justin-williams-record-breaker

2. Gerardo Parra traded to Brewers

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) acquired outfielder Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19) and left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda (@anthony_banda3) from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Parra (‘o6) hit .259 (105-for-406) with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homers and 30 RBI in 104 games for the D-backs in 2014. In 6 seasons with Arizona, he batted .274 (728-for-2,656) with 142 doubles, 31 triples, 39 home runs and 250 RBI. He was a two-time NL Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipient in 2011 (as a left fielder) and 2013 (as a right fielder), as well as the 2013 NL Defensive Player of the Year.

3. Lamb Joins Reno

2012 Missoula standout Jake Lamb has received a well deserved call up to AAA Reno. The former UW Husky tore up the PBL in his rookie season and has continued his quick rise up the Arizona system. Take a look at his minor league career stats here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=lamb–002jac

And best of luck Jake!!

Three in a row for the O’s, and Missoula welcomes Helena for a two-game series starting tonight at 7:05 with a fantastic Missoula Osprey scarf given to the first 750 fans through the gates.

#BirdDroppings for July 29

Fresh Batch of Osprey

MISSOULA, Mont. The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the addition of seven new Osprey to Missoula’s roster to bolster Missoula’s quest for a Second-Half title in the Pioneer League. Catcher Tyler Baker and first baseman Taylor Ard have been transferred from Short Season Hillsboro to Missoula. Relievers Anthony Bazzani and Cody Clark, starter Yefrey Ramirez, infielder Henry Castillo, and outfielder Stewart Ijames have been transferred from the AZL D-Backs to Missoula.

Taylor Ard joins the Osprey to give Missoula an Apple Cup combo at first base as the former Washington State Cougar joins recent University of Washington draft pick Trevor Mitsui. Ard was a seventh round pick by the Mariners in 2012 and began his career with twelve homeruns for Everett in the Northwest League. After a hot start with River City in the Frontier League this summer, Ard was signed by Arizona and joins the Osprey after playing ten games with the Hops.

Tyler Baker was Arizona’s fifteenth round selection in June’s draft out of Wichita State. Baker batted .250 and picked up ten RBI through 23 games with Hillsboro to begin his professional career. This spring for the Shockers, Baker collected 18 RBI but was an anchor behind with plate with just four errors on the season and supported a strong pitching staff that finished with a 3.43 ERA.

Yefrey Ramirez has been the standout in the AZL D-Backs’ rotation with a strong 1.93 ERA in seven appearances. Ramirez tallied an incredible 48 strikeouts to just four walks in 37.1 innings in his dominance over the AZL.

Cody Clark and Anthony Bazzani shared the closer role with the AZL D-Backs with much success. Clark carried a 2.00 ERA through nine games, with both runs coming in only one appearance, with eight punch outs in nine innings. Opponents mustered just a .212 clip off the right-handed pitcher who earned four saves. Bazzani was signed as a free agent out of Eastern Kentucky where he registered a team-best six saves. He held his opposition scoreless in all but five appearances on the hill. In the AZL, the righty tallied three saves with a 2.35 ERA in eight games.

Stewart Ijames is a former Louisville Cardinal standout that was signed this summer from the Washington Wild Things out of the Frontier League. Ijames drove in three runs in just five AZL contests after blasting a total of 31 homers for Washington over less than two seasons. Through forty less games than 2013, the outfielder matched his RBI total of 45 this summer. The two-time draft pick ended his career as a Cardinal ranked second in RBI (212) and at-bats (828), third in games played (239), fifth in hits (256), sixth in home runs (45) and seventh in doubles (52).

Henry Castillo has been a leader in the AZL with a .331 average in 28 contests with six doubles and nine triples. The switch-hitting infielder totaled 22 RBI and a .900 OPS.

In corresponding moves, Arizona announced that catcher Tyler Clark has been transferred to Triple A Reno. First baseman Kevin Cron and reliever Tyler Toyfair have been transferred to Short Season Hillsboro. Starter Brad Keller, infielder Michael Abreu, and reliever Holden Helmink have been transferred to the AZL D-Backs, while Wagner Mateo has been released.

The Osprey are in action tonight at Ogren Park Allegiance Field at 7:05 p.m. against the Great Falls Voyagers in the second contest of a six-game homestand. Tickets for all Osprey games are available at the MSO Hub Box Office, by phone at (406) 543-3300 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

#BirdDroppings for July 26

  1. Audo Vicente’s Thoughts On First Half
  2. Justin Williams’ 20 Game Streak
  3. Last Night’s Handling Of Helena

 

1. Audo Vicente On First Half

Before yesterday’s 22-5 thrashing of Helena, I had a chance to catchup with Audo Vicente and gather his thoughts on the O’s last win, Brad Keller going into last night’s start (He picked up his 1st win of the year) and his thoughts on the team through the first half

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/audo-vicente-interview-725

 

2. Williams Goes Streaking

Well not that kind. The kind you like to talk about, as in a 20-gamer that dates back to the 4th of July.

During that period, the Missoula left fielder is hitting .481 (I don’t know how else to make sure that you don’t miss that!), with 39 hits (5 for XBH), 13 RBI, .522 OBP, and a 1.090 OPS. 

 

3. Last Night’s Handling Of Helena

Winning a baseball game 22-5 on 22 hits (later changed to 21 but we’re sticking with 22 on this blog…) is quite the feat. It was a season-high in runs and hits. Missoula went an astounding 16-26 with RISP.

With all the good for Missoula, Helena saw season-highs in categories it looked to stay away from. The Brewers surrendered season highs last night in XBH, runs, hits, walks, runs for an inning, largest margin of defeat and runners LOB.

Box Score

 

#BirdDroppings for July 18- What A Cycle Sounds Like

  1. Mitsui Cycle
  2. D-Backs Announce International Signings

1- Mitsui Cycles

Missoula rookie Trevor Mitsui hit for the cycle last night in the O’s 12-9 win over Grand Junction.

Here’s what hitting a cycle sounds like: https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/trevor-mitsui-cycle

MiLB story on Mitsui here

2- D-Backs Announce International Signings

From the Arizona Release, here are the most recent signees in this year’s International Signing Period

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have signed five international free agents, including the organization’s first amateur signing out of Taiwan, pitcher Wei-Chieh (“Way-Jay”) Huang, since the start of the 2014-15 international signing period on July 2, according to according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers.

 Huang, 20, was born in Taitung and attended Kao Yuan Tech High School in Kaohsiung followed by the National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sports (NTUPES), the top ranked college baseball program in the country. Huang went 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 4 games during the 2012 Taiwan High School National Tournament, and later reached 95 mph during the preliminary round of the 2013 All-Taiwan Games.

 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS’ 2014 INTERNATIONAL SIGNINGS

Player

Pos.

B-T

Age

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown, Country

Juan Araujo

OF

R-R

16

6-2

195

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Mailon Arroyo

INF

S-R

16

6-0

200

Salcedo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Remy Cordero

OF

L-L

16

6-2

170

San Pedro, Dominican Republic

Victor Rodriguez

OF

L-L

17

5-10

140

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Wei-Chieh Huang

RHP

R-R

20

6-1

170

Taitung, Taiwan

#BirdDroppings for July 17

  1. PDC Contract Extended Through 2020
  2. MLB Vet at OPAF
  3. Get To Know Justin Williams

Good morning Osprey fans, the O’s are back in town and opened up a seven-game homestand with a loss last night to Grand Junction 5-3.

1. PDC Contract Extended Through 2020

The Missoula Osprey and Arizona Diamondbacks have announced  that the two have agreed upon a four-year extension of their current Player Development Contract (PDC), which will keep the two teams affiliated until at least through the 2020 season. The current agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2016 season.

This affiliation relationship is the second longest current consecutive tenure in the Pioneer League behind only the Billings Mustangs (#BeatBillings) and Cincinnati Reds affiliation agreement. The Osprey franchise, which moved to Missoula from Lethbridge, Alberta in 1999, has been affiliated with the D-backs since the 1996 season – one year before Arizona began to play Major League Baseball as an expansion franchise.

“The Osprey and Diamondbacks have a very strong partnership. We share philosophies of developing quality players on and off the field and the importance of community involvement through our players and franchises,” explained Matt Ellis, Osprey Executive Vice President. “We feel that given the entirety of the relationship, that we have the best Major League affiliate partner in baseball for our franchise, our fans, and our community. Knowing and believing that fact makes extending early not only ideal but a priority for our franchise. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the Diamondbacks and look forward to continuing this relationship through the rest of the decade.”

From a personal standpoint, I was told by so many people around baseball before I came to Missoula of how quality an organization the Diamondbacks are. There has been nothing I’ve experienced or heard this summer to sway that opinion. So good news Osprey fans, we’ll be sending future Snakes to the Desert for another handful of years.

2. Rafael Betancourt In Missoula

In last night’s loss, the Osprey were unable to score off the typical foe, a series of young pitchers at the start of their professional careers. However, a 10-yr MLB vet gave up three runs with large thanks to the Peanut Inning. Betancourt became the first player with MLB service to appear at Ogren Park Allegiance Field and gave up three runs with only one earned in his rehab appearance. Betancourt first appeared in The Show in 2003 with Cleveland and has been with Colorado since 2009.

3. Get To Know Justin Williams

I had a fun time speaking with Justin a few days ago at Orem. Take a short break and listen in to get to know more of Justin’s approach, background, and gator hunting in the Bayou.

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/justin-williams-interview-july-13-2014

#BirdDroppings for July 9

  1. Float To The Ballpark
  2. Get To Know Former O Jake Mayers

 

Float To The Ballpark

I can’t wait for this in August, and I know it’s always one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer in Zoo Town. If you’re lucky you might even see a Mitsui or Cron homer floating in the river…

Float to the Ballpark, one of the most popular promotions in professional baseball, is back for 2014. The Missoula Osprey announced today that in conjunction with Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures, Osprey fans have the opportunity to float to the ballpark Aug. 17.

Floaters will be shuttled from the stadium to waiting rafts that will take them on a guided two and a half hour float back to the stadium along the Clark Fork River, which will begin at 1 p.m. Upon arrival at the stadium, the lucky fans will be fed a BBQ meal with all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, salads and sodas. Fans will then take their seats to watch the Osprey take on the Idaho Falls Chukars.

All participants must be at least 5 years of age or older. No flip flops, or personal tubes, rafts or floatation devices will be allowed. The Osprey do advise fans who participate to bring sunscreen and sunglasses, wear comfortable clothes, and keep in mind that their clothes and shoes may get wet during the float.

Fans will need to pre-purchase a package for the float, limited space is available. Packages cost $60 per person. To reserve your spot for yourself, family, or business call 543-3300 or visit the Missoula Osprey Box Office located in the MSO HUB at 140 N. Higgins Ave.

 

Get To Know Jake Mayers

On his last day as a member of the Osprey, I had the chance to catch up with Jake Mayers before his promotion to Hillsboro. Jake talks about his

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/jake-mayers-interview

#BirdDroppings for July 8

  1. O’s Fly South
  2. Mitsui and Hernandez Honored
  3. Get To Know Carlos

 

O’s Fly South

After the longest continuous bus ride of the year,  the Osprey regained their talons with a well deserved day of rest yesterday. Missoula begins a four-game set with Grand Junction tonight and all games can be heard online at missoulaosprey.com and in the area on 102.9 FM ESPN for Missoula.

 

Mitsui and Hernandez Honored

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that Trevor Mitsui and Carlos Hernandez have been named the Missoula Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for June, respectively.

In 13 games, Mitsui blasted a pair of home runs and picked up eight RBI. By going 17-51, the rookie out of the University of Washington hit for a .333 average. He also slugged .549 for the month and began his professional career with an eleven-game hit streak. In five July games, Mitsui has already added another pair of homers and six more RBI.

Carlos Hernandez did not allow an earned run until his third start of the season at Great Falls. He began his 2014 campaign with eight strikeouts in a shutout effort of the Helena Brewers. The right-handed pitcher went 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA for the month in three starts. He totaled nineteen strikeouts to just four walks as a starter for the Osprey.

Get To Know Carlos

If you have been tuning in during our Bitterroot Motors Pregame Show, then you’ve had the opportunity to get to know the Osprey behind the scenes. I’ve been trying to show more of each player’s background on and off the field. Today I have linked yesterday’s interview with Carlos Hernandez.

 https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/carlos-hernandez-interview

 

#BirdDroppings for June 17

 

  1. Highlights from Opening Day
  2. O’s Alumni in Midwest League  All-Star Game

Just a quick post with highlights from yesterday’s 8-5 win that was bookend by rain delays. Hopefully the rain will stay far away from the park today or I’m heading to the store to prepare my ark.

 

 Highlights from last night include the Ozuna 2R HR, Williams HR, and McFarland 2R 1B

https://soundcloud.com/nolan-ryan-alexander/sets/missoula-osprey-opening-day 

First pitch is scheduled once again for 7:05 p.m. today.

Congrats to these Osprey alumni in the Midwest League All-Star game representing South Bend

 

1B Daniel Palka

SS Andrew Velazquez

P Adam Miller

Jose Munoz was named but will not participate

 

Full roster here-http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140604&content_id=78170468&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

 

#BirdDroppings for Opening Day

  1. Lineups
  2. Broadcast Email
  3. Chatzy

 

The lineups are set. The weather is not.

 

A pitter patter of rain continues to annoy Helena on Opening Night of the Pioneer League as the Osprey are scheduled to face the Helena Brewers at 7:05

 

Here’s today’s lineups

 

Missoula Osprey

1. Matt Railey   CF

2. Fernery Ozuna   2B

3. Justin Williams   LF

4. Tyler Humphreys   3B

5. Jacob Mayers   1B

6. Maik Ehmcke   DH

7. Grant Nelson   C

8. Dane McFarland   RF

9. Sergio Alcantara   SS

Gabriel Moya LHP

Helena

1. Brandon Diaz   CF

2. Tucker Neuhaus   3B

3. Elvis Rubio   RF

4. Greg McCall   DH

5. Jack Cleary   C

6. Alan Sharkey   1B

7. Luis Aviles   SS

8. Edgardo Rivera   LF

9. Gregory Munoz   2B

Chad Thompson RHP

 

 

Umpires- Ryan Powers (HP), Aaron Higgins

openingdayhelena

Remember that the best way to visit the booth is through ospreybroadcast@gmail.com. I’d love to know where everyone is listening in from and take a few questions about the team on air. 

Virtual Chat Room for Games

Back by popular demand, it’s chatzy! Thanks to John Griffin for leading the charge!

This season’s room link–http://www.chatzy.com/89168801242834 (Bookmark it!)

Welcome to the Missoula Osprey Box Suite, online chat. This virtual room is operated in support of the players, their family, friends and Osprey FANS throughout the country. Listen to the live broadcasts on radio at ESPN Montana 102.9 or online by clicking the link on the Osprey website http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t518. Then join us for a chat during the game. Think of this site as your virtual box seat for the season. You will meet players family members and other fans and discuss the game and root on your Osprey players here, just as if you were able to do so if you lived in Missoula. We hope you will find this as a fun way to support your players and be part of the team family.

I’ll do my best to monitor it as the season goes on but I will have a closer eye on the email account.

Happy Opening Day my friends!

 

 

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