It’s not unusual to have a flurry of roster moves when the second half of the season begins, and the Quakes and 66ers are no different. Some of them, however, didn’t happen during the all-star break that ended Thursday. A few happened just before the break, some during the break, and a few more after the break. It’s a little early to tell what kind of impact the moves will make, but it will be tough for the Quakes without Auer and Perez.
Here are some of the moves:
In: RHP Will Savage (6-2, 2.80 ERA) from low-A Great Lakes, OF Scott Van Slyke from AA Chattanooga, 3B Pedo Baez off DL, RHP Cory Wade for a rehab assignment
Out: LHP Aaron Miller to AA Chattanooga, OF Nick Buss to Great Lakes, LHP Geison Aguasviva to DL (lumbar strain)
In: C Anel De Los Santos from DL (hand), RHP Ryan Chaffee from rookie Orem, OF Clay Fuller from AA Arkansas, INF Adam Younger from DL (back), RHP Eddie McKiernan returns from AAA Salt Lake just before the break
Out: P Matt Oye to Orem, INF Kevin Ramos to AA Arkansas, OF Tyson Auer to Arkansas, SS Darwin Perez to AAA Salt Lake, RHP Tyler Chatwood to Arkansas just before the break.
Friday’s 66ers-Quakes game at the Epicenter was shaping up as the rare California League game in which very little happened.
In the sixth inning, things started to happen. Crazy good and crazy bad baserunning. Then the Quakes’ first grand slam of the year by Eric Oliver as the Quakes erupted for seven runs in the sixth-eighth innings in a 7-1 victory before 4,202.
But the biggest happening was saved for after the game. That was when Quakes all-star right-hander Tyler Chatwood, a Redlands East Valley High product, found out that he wouldn’t be playing in Tuesday’s all-star game against the Carolina League.
No, instead of flying to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the all-star game after Saturday, Chatwood will be flying to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the Angels’ Double-A Arkansas Travelers are currently playing. Chatwood has been promoted.
“It’s an awesome achievement,” said Chatwood as he said his goodbyes to his Quakes teammates. “I just want to keep doing the things I was doing here.”
Chatwood, 20, leaves behind an impressive first half. He was 8-3 with 1.77 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings. He ranked second in the league in ERA, first in wins, and sixth in strikeouts. It wasn’t a situation of if he would be promoted, but when.
Chatwood, ranked as the Angels’ No. 14 prospect by Baseball America, was drafted in the second round by the Angels in 2008.