C’s Alumni Update – Adams, Bergen, Perdomo, Vicuna & Young Are A-Level All-Stars

Vancouver Canadians Riley Adams

Catcher Riley Adams is a 2018 Florida State League All-Star after being a Northwest League All-Star in 2017.


cs_alumni_update_new_logoFour members of the 2017 Vancouver Canadians and one from the 2015 C’s will be playing in All-Star Games later this month.

2017 C’s outfielder Chavez Young and 2017 shortstop Kevin Vicuna will be among four players representing the Lansing Lugnuts at the Midwest League All-Star Game that will be played in Lansing June 19.

The Florida State League All-Star game will feature two members of the 2017 Northwest League champions in catcher Riley Adams and lefthanded reliever Travis Bergen. They will be joined by 2015 C’s lefty Angel Perdomo in Tampa June 16 to represent the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Vancouver Canadians Deiferson Barreto

2016-2017 C’s infielder Deiferson Barreto will assume a coaching role in the 2018 Florida State League All-Star Game.


2016-2017 C’s infielder Deiferson Barreto will be on the Florida State League North Division All-Star coaching staff while 2011-2017 C’s hitting coach and 2018 Lansing position coach Dave Pano will be part of the coaching roster of the Midwest League East Division squad.

Vancouver Canadians Chavez Young

Chavez Young has racked up 24 extra-base hits and 17 stolen bases with Lansing in 2018.


Young is off to a tremendous start in his first full-season of pro ball. The 20 year-old switch-hitter from Freeport, Bahamas is slashing .329/.388/.458 with Lansing thanks to 19 multi-hit efforts that includes a half-dozen three-hit games. In the outfield, he has racked up 10 assists while splitting time in center and right field and has committed just two errors.

Vancouver Canadians Kevin Vicuna

Kevin Vicuna has 15 hits for extra-bases and 25 runs batted in for Lansing in 2018.


The 20 year-old Vicuna is batting .285/.323/.374 with Lansing and has swiped seven bases. The Venezuelan has compiled 22 multi-hit games with four three-hit games and one four-hit effort. In addition to shortstop, Vicuna has seen time at second base and third base. He collected the first professional home run of his four-year career back on May 11.

Adams has made strides at and behind the plate from the beginning of the year. After hitting just .194 in April, the 21 year-old righthanded hitter out of the University of San Diego has bumped his batting average to .230. Adams has also thrown out 36 percent of opposing runners trying to steal and has committed just four passed balls in 42 games.

Vancovuer Canadians Travis Bergen

Travis Bergen‘s strong start to the 2018 season earned him a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire.


Bergen will not be pitching at the Florida State League All-Star as he is currently pitching in New Hampshire. The 24 year-old from McDonough, Georgia has three scoreless appearances under his belt covering 5-1/3 innings since joining the Fisher Cats. That comes after Bergen struck out 31 batters in 21 innings with Dunedin. He also collected a save to go along with a 1.71 earned run average.

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2016 Futures Games participant Angel Perdomo is a 2018 Florida State League All-Star.


Angel Perdomo has made the adjustment to pitching in the Florida State League the second time around. After an unsightly WHIP of 1.55 in 2017, that number is down to a much more manageable 1.09 with Dunedin in 2018. The 24 year-old from San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic has whiffed 48 batters over 43 innings to go along with an ERA of 3.14.

Congratulations to all the former C’s taking part in the Florida State and Midwest League All-Star Games.

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Francisco Gracesqui gave up just one unearned run over 14 innings and posted a 2-0 record with one save for the 2014 Vancouver Canadians.


C-Notes

A number of former Vancouver Canadians are on the 2018 rosters of independent league teams as they look to make it back to affiliated ball. The years they were in Vancouver and their 2018 stats are listed in parentheses.

American Association

Francisco Gracesqui (2014) – Kansas City T-Bones (1.68 ERA, 2 SV)
Jackson Lowery (2016) – Kansas City T-Bones (2.07 ERA)

Can-Am League

David Rollins (2011) – Sussex County Miners (1.54 ERA)
David Harris (2013, 2014) – NJ Jackals (.315 BA)
Arik Sikula (2012) – Quebec Capitales (2.55 ERA)

Northern League

Shane Dawson (2013) – Winnipeg Goldeyes (3-0, 3.35 ERA)
Kevin Garcia (2015) – Winnipeg Goldeyes (.388 BA, 10 RBI)

Frontier League

Chris Hall (2017) – Schaumberg Boomers (2-0, 0.68 ERA)
Sean Hurley (2014-2015) – Lake Erie Crushers (.247 BA, 3HR)
Geno Encina (2016) – Southern Illinois Miners (1-2, 5.04 ERA)

Vancouver Canadians David Harris

David Harris was a member of the 2013 Northwest League champion Vancouver Canadians.


Continuing on the topic of the independent leagues, David Harris had to join a bench-clearing brawl that involved former Blue Jay Mat Latos. The brawl began when Latos threw inside twice to a batter on the Rockland Hounds.  Harris—wearing number 7—sprinted in from center field to play peacemaker in the brawl. According to this account, the brawl was apparently the result of Jackals catcher Kevin Torres being run over by the Hounds Marcus Nidiffer at home plate and the run was allowed to stand. That was when Latos decided to take matters into his own hands.

Vancouver Canadians Miguel Castro

2014 Vancouver Canadians pitcher and current Baltimore Oriole Miguel Castro pitched twice against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend.


The four-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles featured a pair of 2014 C’s relievers opposing each other. Miguel Castro got an inning-ending double play ball in the ninth inning to send the series opening game to extra innings but gave up the winning run in the 10th on an Aledmys Diaz single. Castro would redeem himself with two shutout innings two days later but the Jays would prevail again in extra innings. Castro is 1-2 with a 2.84 ERA with Baltimore so far in 2018.

Tim Mayza saw action in the series finale as he spun two shutout frames of one-hit, one hit-by-pitch ball to finish up the Jays 13-3 destruction of the O’s Sunday afternoon. The lefthander is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA over 10 innings with Toronto this season. Mayza has gone back down to Buffalo.

Vancouver Canadians Tim Mayza

Tim Mayza finished off the Orioles with two shutout innings during the Blue Jays four-game sweep Sunday.


 

C-Tweets

cs-tweetThe latest round of C-Tweets feature interviews, video highlights and observations from former C’s players and various media outlets. Some of the tweets are about the recent 2018 draft and also look at the strong performances being turned in on the Blue Jays farm in Lansing, Dunedin, New Hampshire and Buffalo. These tweets cover the latter part of May and the first part of June.

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About Niall O'Donohoe

My name is Niall O’Donohoe and I am an avid follower of baseball, specifically Canada’s Teams – the Toronto Blue Jays and their affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians. My blog beginnings began in 2007 with Batter’s Box, where I’m still allowed to write stories, summaries and photos about the Blue Jays minor league system under the alias #2JBrumfield. The blog formerly known as Niall On Baseball, C’s Plus Baseball follows the C’s from behind the lens at Nat Bailey Stadium. The reason for the name change was to reflect the main purpose of this blog, which is to deliver plus coverage of the C’s through photos and observations of the players striving to make it to the major leagues, be it with Toronto or one of the other 29 MLB teams. From time to time, I do make it to other baseball games outside of The Nat and will post about them here as well. If you like what you see here, please spread the word about CsPlusBaseball.ca by tweeting about this website or using your favourite social media platform about this website that pledges to deliver awesome content about Canada’s only affiliated professional minor league baseball club. Thanks for visiting!
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