Randal Alexander Grichuk is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted him in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, he played five seasons in the Angels' minor leagues system, losing time to injury but developing home-run hitting ability throughout. The Angels traded him to the St. Louis Cardinals in November 2013, he made his major league debut on April 28, 2014. Grichuk can hit for power, provides speed and strong defense, he plays all three outfield positions, possessing a strong arm and patrolling right field in the minor leagues. Projected to be a first baseman before the draft, he improved his outfield defense and won the Gold Glove Award for all minor league right fielders in 2013. In 2003 and 2004, Grichuk participated in the Little League World Series for Lamar National of Richmond, Texas, he was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" section in July 2005.
Grichuk attended Lamar Consolidated High School in Texas. In 2008, as a Lamar Consolidated Baseball player, he was a First Team All-State OF and the All-Houston Area Most Valuable Player; that season, Grichuk batted.435 with 18 HR and 45 RBI, leading the Mustangs to a school record 29 wins and a Regional Final appearance. In 2009, he was the 24-4A District MVP, Fort Bend Area MVP, 2009 1st Team All State OF, 2009 1st Team All-American. In 28 games he hit.613 with 21 HR, 46 hits, 46 RBI and 47 runs before Lamar was defeated in the third round of the playoffs. Grichuk committed to attend the University of Arizona; the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim drafted Grichuk in the first round, with the 24th overall selection, in the 2009 MLB Draft, one selection ahead of Mike Trout. Grichuk signed rather than attend college. A series of three unusual injuries delayed the outfield prospect's development. First, he tore a ligament after just 12 games in 2010. Second, he batted a foul ball. While diving for a ball, he broke his wrist.
In 2012, his first full season, Grichuk played 135 games and batted.298 with 18 home runs and 71 runs batted in with the Class-A Inland Empire 66ers. After a promotion to the Double-A Arkansas Travelers in 2013, he made 128 appearances, batting.256 with 22 HR and 64 RBI. In October, 2013, Rawlings and MiLB announced Grichuk was the recipient of the Minor League Gold Glove Award for right field. MLB.com ranked Grichuk as the Angels' No. 4 prospect after the 2013 season, the club added him to their 40-man roster on November 20, 2013. Two days they traded him along with Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas. Grichuk began the 2014 season with the Memphis Redbirds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League; the Cardinals promoted him to the majors for the first time on April 28, 2014, after he had batted.310 with a.359 OBP.529 SLG, six walks and 17 strikeouts. He debuted as a defensive replacement in the outfield that day. Grichuk made his first major league start in center field the next day, collecting a single in five at-bats for his first major league hit.
The Cardinals optioned him back to Memphis shortly thereafter. On May 21, he showed the authorities what he could do with a big game-winning home run versus the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, giving an anonymous fan an autograph after the game. Shortly afterwards, the Cardinals recalled him to the big leagues on May 30, he improved his AAA numbers, batting.315 with a.363 OBP.589 SLG and ten HR. Grichuk received the Cardinals' minor league system Player of the Month Award for May, 2014. On June 7, he hit his first major league home run off Toronto Blue Jays' starter Mark Buehrle in a 5–0 victory. Grichuk produced a.944 on-base plus slugging percentage in 44 spring training at bats in 2015 and made the major league club as a fifth outfielder. While lifting weights, he strained his lower back, halting his play on April 16 and prompting the Cardinals to place him on the 15-day DL. On May 16, the Cardinals activated him from the disabled list. After striking out five times on May 18, he followed up with two doubles and a triple the next night against the New York Mets, as the Cardinals prevailed 10–2.
When Matt Holliday went on the DL in early June, that opened Grichuk's first legitimate opportunity for regular playing time in the major leagues, including all three outfield positions. From June 19–20 against the Philadelphia Phillies, he forged consecutive three-hit games, including hitting a home run in the first game two in the second. On June 30, he was a double short of hitting for the cycle in a 2–1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, his home run off Chris Sale traveled 448 feet and landed in the Big Mac Land section of Busch Stadium. Through that point in the season, it was the longest home run of the year there by a Cardinals player. Setting a new career high with six runs batted in on July 18, Grichuk homered twice in a 12–2 win over the Mets. On August 5 against the Cincinnati Reds, he doubled in the sixth inning and hit the game-winning home run in the top of the 13th at Great American Ball Park in a 4–3 game. After straining his right elbow, the Cardinals placed Grichuk on the disabled list on August 17.
The Cardinals reactivated him less than one month later. On September 10, he played center field against the Chicago Cubs, but was not permitted to throw as his elbow had still not recovered. After the season, he underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. Out of spring training in 2016, Grichuk won the role as starting center fielder, he hit his first career walk-off home run on May 23 in a 4–3 win against th
Jacob Edward Turner is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kia Tigers of the KBO League. He played in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Washington Nationals. During his career playing for Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, Turner compiled a win–loss record of 20–4 as well as two saves and 187 strikeouts. Turner, who could throw 91 miles per hour during his freshman year in high school, reached 98 miles per hour in his senior year, he worked with former Major League Baseball pitcher Todd Worrell, received coaching from former MLB catcher Mike Matheny throughout his time at Westminster. Before the 2009 MLB Draft, Turner had committed to attend University of North Carolina to play college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team under head coach Mike Fox. Turner was drafted ninth overall, in the first round of 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Turner signed a major league contract with the Tigers for a guaranteed $5.5 million, with the potential to reach $7 million.
Turner is represented by sports agent Scott Boras. He was placed on the Detroit Tigers 40-man roster in November 2009. Prior to the 2010 season, Turner was named the 26th best prospect in baseball according to Baseball America The same publication lists Turner as the No. 1 prospect in the Tigers system. Turner began his career with the Tigers' minor league A level affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps. On June 23, 2010 Turner was promoted to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Turner began the 2011 season at the Erie SeaWolves, he was named the No. 1 Tigers prospect by Baseball America, who stated he had the best curveball and changeup in the system. Overall, Turner was listed as the 21st best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, the 15th best by MLB.com On July 30, 2011, Turner was recalled to replace Charlie Furbush, traded to the Seattle Mariners. He was sent down to the minor leagues after his debut, but was brought back up to the major league club when the major league rosters expanded to 40 players on September 1.
On July 23, 2012, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn, were traded from Detroit to the Miami Marlins for Aníbal Sánchez and Omar Infante. During the rest of the 2012 season, Turner compiled a 1–4 record with a 3.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in seven starts. Turner posted a 3.74 ERA in 20 starts for the 2013 Marlins, but only went 3–8 as his team finished dead last in runs scored that season. After pitching to a 4–7 record and a 5.97 ERA in 20 games in 2014, he was designated for assignment on August 5, 2014. On August 8, 2014 the Chicago Cubs acquired Turner from the Marlins for two minor league relief pitchers, he pitched in eight games with the Cubs, with a 2–4 record and 6.49 ERA. Turner was diagnosed with a flexor strain and bone bruise on March 10, 2015, placed on the disabled list six days later, he was moved to the 60-days disabled list on April 19. Turner was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox on October 27, 2015. On December 2, they did not tender him a contract for the 2016 season.
Two days he re-signed with the White Sox on a one-year contract for $1.5 million. After left handed starter Carlos Rodon landed on the disabled list, the White Sox called up Turner to take his spot in the rotation. After allowing 12 runs in 2 starts for Chicago, Turner was sent to the bullpen. Turner became a free agent after the 2016 season and signed with the Nationals on a minor league deal, which included an invitation to spring training, he did not make the Opening Day roster but had his contract purchased from the Class-AAA Syracuse Chiefs of the International League for a spot start against the Colorado Rockies on April 24. Turner remained with the team, he earned his first win with the Nationals on May 3, pitching four scoreless innings in relief against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nationals designated Turner for assignment on July 1, 2017, after he gave up five runs in 3⅔ innings against the St. Louis Cardinals in relief. In total, Turner posted a 5.08 ERA in his first stint with the Nationals, striking out just over five batters per nine innings.
After Turner was outrighted to Syracuse, he joined the pitching rotation there until the Nationals again selected his contract July 17, 2017, to serve as a long relief option while they awaited the activation of newly acquired relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. He was called up again, on July 2017, to provide pitching depth, he was once again DFA'd on July 2017, without making an appearance for the team. Turner signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins on December 19, 2017, his contracted was purchased by the Marlins on March 29, 2018, he was assigned to the Opening Day roster. He was designated for assignment on April 8, 2018. Turner was outrighted to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, he was released from the organization on June 2, 2018. On June 5, 2018, Turner signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers. Turner's minor league contract was purchased by the Tigers on August 7, 2018, when he started in place of Mike Fiers, traded to the Oakland Athletics the day before. In his first start for the Tigers, he allowed seven runs, five of which were earned-runs, on six hits in just one inning.
He was designated for assignment by the Tigers on August 10. After clearing waivers, Turner was sent outright to the Toledo Mud Hens on August 13, 2018; the Tigers had intended to purchase Turner's minor league contract six days and have him start on August 19, 2018, due to injuries but MLB rules state a player has to wait ten days after being designated
Drew Patrick Storen is an American professional baseball relief pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds; the Nationals selected him with the 10th overall selection in the 2009 MLB draft, he played for the team from 2010 to 2015. In 2016, Storen was traded to the Blue Jays and to the Mariners. Storen attended Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, where he was teammate of fellow future major league pitcher Lance Lynn. Playing for the school's baseball team, Storen had 30 wins, 319 strikeouts, a 1.55 earned run average over his high school career including a 9–0 win-loss record as a sophomore in 2005, en route to a Brownsburg State Championship. He was named first-team all-state in 2006 and 2007, as well as all-state honorable mention in 2005 by the Associated Press, the 2007 Hendricks County Flyer Athlete of the Year, three-time first-team All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference selection, first-team All-Metro West three times by The Indianapolis Star, their Super team in 2006 and 2007 and was their Metro-West High School Player of the Year in 2007.
He participated in the 2007 Indiana North-South All-Star Game, was a state nominee for the 2006 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. He was ranked 49th among the 2007 Top 100 High School prospects by Baseball America. Storen was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft but did not sign. Storen enrolled at Stanford University to play college baseball for the Stanford Cardinal. Over two seasons at Stanford, Storen went 12 -- 4 with 15 saves. In 99 innings, he allowed. In both seasons he made the First All-Pac-10 Conference team; the Nationals selected Storen with the tenth overall pick of the 2009 MLB draft, which they received as compensation for failure to sign 2008 MLB draft first-round pick Aaron Crow. Storen, expressing a desire to make it to the majors as as possible, signed with the Nationals the next day. Upon signing, Storen was assigned to the Class-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. Storen made an early and strong impact during his time with the Suns, on July 19 he was called up to the Advanced-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.
Storen made his first pitching appearance with Potomac on July 21, earning a six out save, striking out three batters and allowing only one hit. Overall, Storen posted a 1.80 ERA in seven games with Potomac to earn a promotion to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. In 12 1⁄3 innings with Harrisburg, he did not allow. Storen started the 2010 season at Double-A and by the end of April was promoted to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs after seven appearances in which he pitched 91⁄3 innings, allowing only one run, striking out 11 and walking one, earning four saves, he lasted at Syracuse just three weeks, in which he made six appearances allowing just one earned run before getting promoted to the Nationals on May 16. Storen made his major league debut on May 17, 2010, against the St. Louis Cardinals, retiring two batters in ⅔ of an inning. Storen recorded his first major league save on August 2010, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2010, he pitched 551⁄3 innings over 54 games, finishing with a 4–4 record and a 3.58 ERA with five saves.
In 2011, Storen became. He pitched 751⁄3 innings over 73 games, finishing the year with a 6–3 record with 43 saves and a 2.75 ERA. He tied for fourth in the MLB in saves. Before the 2012 season, Storen had surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow, missed the first 89 games of the season, he made his season debut on July 19, 2012. Tyler Clippard remained the Nationals' closer after Storen's return, though they shared the role in the season. In the 2012 regular season, Storen posted a 3–1 win–loss with a 2.37 ERA, 4 saves, 24 strikeouts over 301⁄3 innings. Storen took on the closer role for the 2012 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Nationals' first playoff appearance since the team moved to Washington, he got the save in Game 1 and the win in Game 4. In Game 5, Storen took the mound with a 7–5 lead, needing three outs to send the Nationals to the National League Championship Series. After giving up a leadoff double, he retired the next two batters, he was one strike away from the third out against both Yadier Molina and David Freese, but walked both to load the bases.
Storen gave up a two-run single to Daniel Descalso to tie the game. Manager Davey Johnson elected to have Storen pitch to Pete Kozma with the pitcher on deck; the Nationals were eliminated. Storen's blown save, in which he had the Cardinals down to their final strike on five occasions, was described by teammates as "devastating" and he was said to be in "excruciating" mental pain after the loss. Before the 2013 season, the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to be their closer, a move that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said had nothing to do with Storen's blown save in Game 5. Storen took on the roles of a middle setup man, he was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse in late July following several rough outings. Storen returned to the Nationals in July and finished the season strong, with scoreless outings in 18 of his final 21 appearances. In 2013, he posted a 4–2 record, 4.52 ERA, 58 strikeouts in 612⁄3 innings pitched. Storen bounced back in 2014. After giving up 31 earned runs in 68 appearances during the previous season, he surrendered
Mike Minor (baseball)
Michael David Minor is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. He played in MLB for the Atlanta Braves, who selected him seventh overall in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals. Minor had an outstanding high school career at Forrest School in Chapel Hill and was drafted in the 13th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after his senior season. However, he did not sign. Minor played at Vanderbilt University with fellow major leaguers Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates and David Price of the Boston Red Sox, all of whom were first round draft picks. 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American 2007 Rivals.com Freshman All-American 2007 SEC All-Freshman Team 2007 SEC Freshman of the Year 2007 Second Team All-SEC 2008 Best pitcher Haarlem Baseball Week 2008 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team Pre-season All-America Team 2009 Louisville Slugger Second Team Pre-season All-American 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Second Team Pre-season All-America Team 2009 SEC Pitcher of the Week – Week 8 Minor pitched for the United States National Team in 2007 and 2008.
One highlight of the 2008 season was his earning the 4–1 win over Cuba in the championship game of the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament in The Netherlands. This victory marked the first time in recorded history that a United States Collegiate National Team has defeated the Cuba Olympic Team in a tournament title game. In the 2008 World University Baseball Championship held in Brno, Czech Republic, Minor led Team USA to its third gold medal alongside Stephen Strasburg. In the tournament, he was 1–0 with a 1.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts, allowing 8 hits in 152⁄3 innings for Team USA. 2008 Baseball America’s Summer Player of the Year Minor was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. and represented the United States in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game. Minor made his major-league debut on August 2010 against the Houston Astros, he recorded his first strikeout against Chris Johnson. On the night, he went 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 4 runs while walking only 1 and striking out 5 batters.
In his next start on August 17, 2010, Minor went 6 innings giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs and got his first major league victory. In his third career start against the Chicago Cubs, Minor went 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs while striking out 12 and earning his second career victory; those 12 strikeouts set an Atlanta Braves rookie strikeout record in a single game. On August 18, 2011, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Minor pitched six scoreless innings including facing the minimum number of batters over the last four innings; this victory was the first time in 17 major league starts. On May 25, 2013, Minor hit his first career home run off Dillon Gee of the New York Mets in a 6–0 win. On August 22, 2014, Minor pitched 7 2⁄3 no-hit innings, before giving up an RBI single to the Reds' Billy Hamilton; the Braves won the game in the 12th inning on Justin Upton's two-run home run. Minor finished the 2014 season with a 6–12 record and 4.77 ERA, pitching most of the year with a sore shoulder.
In 2015, Minor became the first Brave since John Rocker in 2001 to challenge the team in an arbitration hearing. He was awarded $5.6 million. On March 3, 2015, Minor again began feeling tightness in his shoulder and was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation; as a result, he was placed on the disabled list on March 10. Minor attempted to start throwing programs in mid-March and early April, but felt discomfort both times, he was moved to the 60-day disabled list on May 2. Eleven days Minor underwent surgery for a torn labrum, missed the rest of the season. Minor became a free agent on December 2015, when the Braves opted not to tender him a contract. Minor signed a two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals worth $7.25 million with a club option worth $10 million for the 2018 season on February 19, 2016. Minor began the 2016 season on the 60-day disabled list, still recovering from his previous shoulder surgery, did not throw a pitch in the Majors for the entire year; because of his troubles staying healthy, the Royals announced that Minor would pitch out of the bullpen in 2017.
A move to relief brought tremendous results for Minor, who saw his average fastball velocity climb to nearly 95 miles per hour, compared to 91 miles per hour as a starter. Minor would emerge as one of the Royals best relievers, finishing with a 2.55 ERA and six saves, with 88 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings. Despite his success out of the bullpen, Minor intends to return to starting in 2018. On December 4, 2017, Minor signed with the Texas Rangers to a three-year, $28 million deal. Minor leads with a four-seam fastball at 89 -- a pitch he throws more than half the time. In equal amounts he throws a slider, a circle change, a knuckle curve. Left-handed hitters see the changeup with 2 strikes; the curve has a whiff rate of 39% over Minor's career. He has produced one of the league's lowest ground. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Mike Minor on Twitter Mike Minor Bio, VUCommodores.com
Batting average (baseball)
In baseball, the batting average is defined by the number of hits divided by at bats. It is reported to three decimal places and read without the decimal: A player with a batting average of.300 is "batting three-hundred." If necessary to break ties, batting averages could be taken beyond the.001 measurement. In this context, a.001 is considered a "point," such that a.235 batter is 5 points higher than a.230 batter. Henry Chadwick, an English statistician raised on cricket, was an influential figure in the early history of baseball. In the late 19th century he adapted the concept behind the cricket batting average to devise a similar statistic for baseball. Rather than copy cricket's formulation of runs scored divided by outs, he realized that hits divided by at bats would provide a better measure of individual batting ability; this is because while in cricket, scoring runs is entirely dependent on one's own batting skill, in baseball it is dependent on having other good hitters on one's team.
Chadwick noted that hits are independent of teammates' skills, so used this as the basis for the baseball batting average. His reason for using at bats rather than outs is less obvious, but it leads to the intuitive idea of the batting average being a percentage reflecting how a batter gets on base, whereas hits divided by outs is not as simple to interpret in real terms. In modern times, a season batting average higher than.300 is considered to be excellent, an average higher than.400 a nearly unachievable goal. The last player to do so, with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting championship, was Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox, who hit.406 in 1941, though the best modern players either threaten to or do achieve it if only for brief periods of time. There have been numerous attempts to explain the disappearance of the.400 hitter, with one of the more rigorous discussions of this question appearing in Stephen Jay Gould's 1996 book Full House. Ty Cobb holds the record for highest career batting average with.366, 9 points higher than Rogers Hornsby who has the second highest average in history at.358.
The record for lowest career batting average for a player with more than 2,500 at-bats belongs to Bill Bergen, a catcher who played from 1901 to 1911 and recorded a.170 average in 3,028 career at-bats. The modern-era record for highest batting average for a season is held by Nap Lajoie, who hit.426 in 1901, the first year of play for the American League. The modern-era record for lowest batting average for a player that qualified for the batting title is held by Chris Davis, who hit.168 in 2018. While finishing six plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title, Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox hit.159 for the 2011 season, nine points lower than the record. The highest batting average for a rookie was.408 in 1911 by Shoeless Joe Jackson. For non-pitchers, a batting average below.230 is considered poor, one below.200 is unacceptable. This latter level is sometimes referred to as "The Mendoza Line", named for Mario Mendoza, a stellar defensive shortstop whose defensive capabilities just made up for his offensive shortcomings.
The league batting average in Major League Baseball for 2016 was.255, the all-time league average is between.260 and.275. In rare instances, MLB players have concluded their careers with a perfect batting average of 1.000. John Paciorek had three hits in all three of his turns at bat. Esteban Yan went two-for-two, including a home run. Hal Deviney's two hits in his only plate appearances included a triple, while Steve Biras, Mike Hopkins, Chet Kehn, Jason Roach and Fred Schemanske went two-for-two. A few dozen others have hit safely in their one and only career at-bat. Sabermetrics, the study of baseball statistics, considers batting average a weak measure of performance because it does not correlate as well as other measures to runs scored, thereby causing it to have little predictive value. Batting average does not take into account walks or power, whereas other statistics such as on-base percentage and slugging percentage have been designed to measure such concepts. Adding these statistics together form a player's On-base plus slugging or "OPS".
This is seen as a much better, though not perfect, indicator of a player's overall batting ability as it is a measure of hitting for average, hitting for power and drawing bases on balls. In 1887, Major League Baseball counted bases on balls as hits; this skyrocketed batting averages, including some near.500, the experiment was abandoned the following season. The Major League Baseball batting averages championships is awarded annually to the player in each league who has the highest batting average. Ty Cobb holds the MLB record for most batting titles winning 11 in his pro career; the National League record of 8 batting titles is shared by Tony Gwynn. Most of Cobb's career and all of Wagner's career took place in what is known as the Dead-Ball Era, characterized by higher batting averages and much less power, whereas Gwynn's career took place in the Live-Ball Era. To determine which players are eligible to win the batting title, the following conditions have been used over the sport's history: Pre-1920 – A player is required to appear in at least 100 or more games when the schedule was 154 games, 90 games when the schedule was 140 games.
An exception to the rule was made for Ty Cobb in 1914, who appeared in 98 games but had a big lead and was a favorite of League President Ban Johnson. 1920–1949 – A player had to appear in 100 games to qualify in the National League.
The Buffalo Bisons are a professional Minor League Baseball team based in Buffalo, New York. They are the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays; the Bisons play at Sahlen Field in downtown Buffalo. The Bisons have existed in some form since 1877, most of that time playing in professional baseball's second tier; the Bisons did not play from June 1970 through the 1978 season. The 1927 Bisons were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time. In 2016, Forbes listed the Bisons as the 15th-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $34 million. Organized baseball in Buffalo had been around since at least 1859, when the Niagara baseball club of the National Association of Base Ball Players played its first season; the first professional team to play in Buffalo began in 1877. In 1886, the Bisons moved into minor league baseball as members of the original International League known as the Eastern League; this team joined the Western League in 1899, was within weeks of becoming a major league team when the Western League announced it was changing its name to the American League in 1900.
However, by the start of the 1901 season, Buffalo had been bumped from the league in favor of the Boston Americans. This franchise continued in the Eastern/International League through June 1970, when it transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba as the Winnipeg Whips, due to poor attendance, stadium woes, the Montreal Expos affiliating with the franchise, an saturated Buffalo sports market that saw the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL and Buffalo Braves of the NBA established the same year. In 1969, Héctor López became the first black manager at the Triple-A level while managing Buffalo Bisons—six years before Frank Robinson became the first black manager in Major League Baseball. After stops in Winnipeg and Hampton, the team was suspended after the 1973 season to make way for the Memphis Blues, who were moving up from Double-A. In 1979, by which point the Braves had left town, the Double-A Eastern League's Jersey City A's were forced to leave their city due to the decrepitude of that city's Roosevelt Stadium and opted to move to Waterbury, Connecticut, a city that had an Eastern League team.
Again with Barron leading the effort, the league awarded the extra franchise to Buffalo, the Bisons returned to the field. After six seasons in the Eastern League, the Bisons rejoined the Triple-A ranks in 1985, joining the American Association when the Wichita Aeros' franchise rights were transferred to Buffalo. When, as part of a reorganization of Triple-A baseball, the American Association folded after the 1997 season, Buffalo joined the International League. Since their return to Triple-A baseball in 1985, the Bisons have qualified for the playoffs several times. In 2004, although the Bisons were 10 games behind the first-place team in June, the Bisons won their division. Buffalo won its first-round playoff, against the Durham Bulls, advanced to the Governors' Cup Finals, in which they had home field advantage over the Richmond Braves; the remnants of Hurricane Ivan caused major flooding problems in Richmond and the entire series was played in Buffalo. The Bisons defeated the Braves in four games and won the Governors' Cup for the second time since 1998.
In 2005, Buffalo won the North Division and played the Indianapolis Indians in the first round, winning the first two games in Indianapolis, but losing all three remaining games. With many of its players shuffled to the Cleveland Indians throughout the final months of the season, the Bisons failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2006. In 2007, Buffalo again failed to clinch a playoff spot, marking the first time since Buffalo was parented with the Pittsburgh Pirates that the Bisons missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons; the team has not reached the playoffs since then. After the 2008 season, Buffalo parted ways with Cleveland, as the Indians signed an affiliation agreement with the Columbus Clippers beginning in 2009; the Bisons signed a two-year agreement to be the top home for New York Mets prospects. On December 16, 2008, the Mets announced that Ken Oberkfell would be the Bisons new manager for 2009. At the same press conference, the Bisons unveiled their new logo; the logo paid homage to baseball's history in the city of Buffalo with the city's skyline in the background.
The logo, along with the new colors of blue and orange resemble that of the team's new parent club, the Mets. In the 2009–2010 off-season, the Bisons were chosen to host the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game to celebrate 25 years at Coca-Cola Field; the game was played on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. In late July 2010, the Bisons and Mets agreed on a two-year extension that carried their agreement through the 2012 season; the 2010–2011 off-season saw changes to the Bisons coaching staff. Ken Oberkfell was replaced by Tim Teufel, who wa
Kyle Benjamin Gibson is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball. In 2011, he was considered one of the top prospects in baseball. Gibson transferred to Greenfield-Central High School from Cathedral High School between his freshman and sophomore years, he was ruled ineligible for varsity baseball by the IHSAA for his sophomore year due to the transfer. During his junior year, he was 7–2 and led the Cougars to a sectional championship and to the regional finals. In his senior year, he was 8 -- 6 with 140 strikeouts, he led Greenfield to the Elite Eight by pitching all of his team's tournament games. He was named the Hancock County Player of the Year after his senior year, he was named to the Indianapolis Star All-East team in both his junior and senior years. After his senior year, he was made the Indiana All-Star Team. Following his senior year, he was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 36th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft but chose to attend the University of Missouri, where he played for the Missouri Tigers baseball team.
Gibson was drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the 22nd overall pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He was given a $1,800,000 signing bonus. Prior to the 2010 season, Gibson was rated the number 61 overall prospect by Baseball America. In 2010, he started the year with the class A Fort Myers Miracle was called up to the class AA New Britain Rock Cats. On August 13 Gibson was promoted to the class AAA Rochester Red Wings. Going into the 2011 season, Gibson was rated the number 34 overall prospect by Baseball America. Gibson was part of 19 non-roster players to get invited to spring training in 2011. Gibson spent the 2011 season with the Red Wings but after 18 starts, was sidelined with a sore elbow resulting in his undergoing Tommy John surgery on November 7, 2011. Gibson returned in late 2012, starting two games for the Red Wings and six more in the Arizona Fall League. Gibson made his major league debut on June 2013, against the Kansas City Royals, he pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, walking none and striking out five while picking up his first major league win.
Gibson wound up with a 6.53 ERA in 10 starts for the Twins. For the 2014 season, Gibson was a mainstay in the Twins rotation, contributing 13 wins in 31 starts for Minnesota, his ERA was 4.47, second to Phil Hughes on the starting staff. The following year, Gibson improved his numbers overall from 2014, he led the team in innings, in wins and bettered his ERA from 4.47 to 3.84 in 2015. After suffering a right shoulder strain early in 2016, he remained a part of the Twins’ rotation but saw a dip in the quality of his numbers. Starting in 25 games that year, he had an ERA of 5.07 and batters hit over.290 against him. He compiled the same ERA in 2017, but with 12 wins, hitters again hit over.290 against him. In 2018, he entered the Twins’ rotation again and started achieving a career-high strikeout rate than before — as of June 2018, he had struck out 66 batters in just 63 innings. Gibson finished the season with a record of 10-13 in 196 2⁄3 innings, he led the team in ERA, finishing with a career high 179 strikeouts.
He is expected to be 2nd in the Twins rotation in 2019. A groundball pitcher since his days in the minors, Gibson relies on a 92 MPH sinker, an 81 MPH curveball, an 85 MPH circle change-up and an 85 MPH slider. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Kyle Gibson on Twitter