1998 Canadians in the Minors
*Jeff Zimmerman (Kelowna, BC).
65 Canadians played in the Minor Leagues 1998 …
Player Hometown Team Affiliation Avg. HRs RBIs
OF Jeff Guiel, Langley, BC, Class-A Lake Elisnore Anaheim Angels .270 16 60
SS-2B Danny Klassen, Leamington, Ont., Triple-A Tuscon Arizona Diamondbacks .292 10 47
OF Christian Heffernen, Guelph, Ont., Rookie-Class Orlando, Atlanta Braves .280 1 10
OF Ntema Ndungidi, Montreal, Que., Class-A Bluefield Baltimore Orioles .295 7 35
3B Todd Betts, Scarborough, Ont. , Triple-A Buffalo Cleveland Indians .229 2 6
Double-A Canton Cleveland Indians .270 17 46
C Joe Siddall, Windsor, Ont., Triple-A Toledo Detroit Tigers .240 4 16
C Maxime St. Pierre, Pintendre, Que., Rookie-Class Lakeland Detroit Tigers .385 2 15
C Andy Stewart, Brockville, Ont., Triple-A Omaha Kansas City Royals .338 12 58
Double-A Wichita, Kansas City Royals .345 1 6
OF Rob Butler, East York, Ont., Triple-A New Orleans Houston Astros .274 1 29
SS David Detienne, Dartmouth, N.S.. Rookie-Class Yakima Los Angeles Dodgers .193 0 6
Class-A Great Falls Los Angeles Dodgers .211 0 9
C Alex Andreopoulos, Toronto, Ont., Double-A El Paso Milwaukee Brewers .321 10 93
C Troy Fortin, Lundar, Man., Double-A New Britain Minnesota Twins .183 0 6
3B Corey Koskie, Anola, Man., Triple-A Salt Lake City Minnesota Twins .301 26 105
OF Kareem Johnson, Trail, BC, Class-A Elizabethon Minnesota Twins .240 0 10
3B Simon Pond, North Vancouver, BC, Class-A Jupiter Montreal Expos .238 1 32
OF Jeremy Ware, Guelph, Ont., Class-A Jupiter Montreal Expos .246 10 64
3B Monty Davis, Vernon, BC, Class-A Modesto Oakland A’s .304 8 44
C Cody McKay, Vancouver, BC, Class-A Modesto Oakland A’s .294 6 58
Triple-A Edmonton Oakland A’s .228 0 5
Double-A Huntsville Oakland A’s .286 1 1
OF Aaron Guiel, Langley, BC, Triple-A Las Vegas San Diego Padres .311 5 31
SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC Double-A Mobile San Diego Padres .215 5 52
OF Ryan Radmanovich, Calgary, Alta., Triple-A Tacoma Seattle Mariners .300 15 65
2B Stubby Clapp, Windsor, Ont., Double-A Arkansas St. Louis Cardinals .278 12 57
OF Rich Butler, East York, Ont., Triple-A Durham Tampa Bay Devil Rays .297 8 35
3B Pierre Luc LaForest, Montreal, Que., Class-A Princeton Tampa Bay Devil Rays .275 2 14
C Bobby Cripps, Powell River, BC, Class-A Hagerstown Toronto Blue Jays .265 29 88
1B Greg Morrison, Medicine Hat, Alta., Class-A Hagerstown Toronto Blue Jays .276 15 72
1B Matt Logan, Brampton, Ont., Rookie-Class Medicine Hat Toronto Blue Jays .266 3 30
Player Hometown Team Affiliation W-L ERA
RHP Steve Green, Longueuil, Que., Class-A Cedar Rapids Anaheim Angels 2-6 4.54
RHP Sean Jones, Hamilton, Ont. Class-A Bluefield Baltimore Orioles 4-2 9.76
RHP Chris Reitsma Calgary, Alta. Class-A Sarasota Boston Red Sox 0-0 2.84
RHP Mike Meyers Tillsonburg, Ont. Class-A Rockford Chicago Cubs 7-5 3.36
RHP Chad Ricketts, Burlington, Ont., Class-A Daytona Chicago Cubs 2-1 1.84
Double-A West Tennesee Chicago Cubs 0-2 3.52
RHP Paul Vracar, Stoney Creek, Ont., Rookie Class-Mesa Chicago Cubs 1-4 7.56
RHP Julian Tucker, Chateauguay, Que., Double-A Birmingham Chiago White Sox 4-6 6.82
RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, BC, Class-A Winston-Salem Chicago White Sox 4-2 2.01
Class-A Hickory, Chicago White Sox 9-4 2.47
LHP Kevin Needham Burlington, Ont. Class-A Burlington Cincinnati Reds 2-5 5.36
RHP Robbie Vael North Delta, BC Class-A Watertown Cleveland Indians 4-3 4.12
Class-A Columbus Cleveland Indians 0-6 10.29
LHP Rheal Cormier Cap Pele, N.B. Double-A Akron Cleveland Indians 0-0 6.52
RP Dave Wainhouse, Scarborough, Ont., Triple-A Colorado Springs Colorado Rockies 2-3 3.6
LHP Mike Kusiewicz, Nepean, Ont., Double-A New Haven, Colorado Rockies 14-7 2.32
RHP Mike Gardiner, Sarnia, Ont., Triple-A Charoltte, Florida Marlins 5-7 6.01
RHP Ryan Dempster, Gibsons, BC, Triple-A Charlotte, Florida Marlins 3-1 3.27
Double-A Portland Florida Marlins 4-3 3.22
RHP Jason Gooding, Cambridge, Ont., Double-A Wichita Kansas City Royals 5-7 5.22
LHP Todd Thorn, Stratford, Ont., Class-A Wilmington Kansas City Royals 9-8 3.13
RHP Jordy Alexander, Burnaby, B.C., Class-A Lansing Kansas City Royals 4-2 5.11
RHP Steve Walsh, Orleans, Ont. Rookie-class Fort Myers Kansas City Royals 0-2 1.88
RHP Jason Green, Port Hope, Ont., Class-A Kississmee Houston Astros 2-6 4.54
RHP Eric Gagne, Mascouche, Que., Class-A Vero Beach Los Angeles Dodgers 9-7 3.74
LHP Nial Hughes, Charlottetown, PEI, Class-A Great Falls Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 4.05
RHP Matt Borynk, Victoria, BC, Rookie-class Great Falls Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 5.56
LHP Jamie Vallis, Bedford, N.S., Class-A Elizabethon Minnesota Twins 1-1 5.68
RHP Mike Johnson, Sherwood Park, Alta., Triple-A Ottawa Montreal Expos 4-9 4.29
Double-A Harrisburg Montreal Expos 3-2 6.95
RHP Trevor Wamback, Lower Sackville, N.S., Class-A Vermont Montreal Expos 0-1 6.10
Rookie-class, Montreal Expos 5-1 2.47
RP Derek Aucoin, Brisbriand, Que., Class-A Port St. Lucie New York Mets 1-0 8.38
Triple-A Norfolk, New York Mets 0-0 0.00
Double-A Binghamton, New York Mets 0-0 6.75
Rookie-class Port St. Lucie, New York Mets 0-0 5.63
RHP Chris Mears, Victoria, B.C. Class-A Everett, Seattle Mariners 9-1 2.74
Double-A Orlando, Seattle Mariners 0-1 9.64
LHP Jordan Zimmerman, Carseland, Alta , Class-A Lancaster Seattle Mariners 0-1 4.86
Rookie-class Peoria Seattle Mariners 0-1 3.00
RP Jeff Zimmerman, Carseland, Alta. Double-A Tulsa Texas Rangers 3-1 1.29
Class-A Charlotte, Texas Rangers 2-1 1.26
RP Steve Sinclair, Victoria, BC, Triple-A Syracuse, Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 2.17
RHP Joe Young, Ft. McMurray, Alta., Double-A Knoxville Toronto Blue Jays 2-7 9.68
Class-A Hagerstown, Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 5.31
Class-A Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 4.63
LHP Clint Lawrence, Oakville, Ont., Double-A Knoxville Toronto Blue Jays 1-2 6.84
Class-A Dunedin Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 4.91
RHP Yan Lachapelle, Gatineau, Que., Class-A Dunedin, Toronto Blue Jays 11-8 3.99
LHP Mark Curtis, Edmonton, Alta., Rookie-Class Medicine Hat Toronto Blue Jays 6-6 5.94
RHP Pat Lynch, Milton, Ont. Rookie-Class Medicine Hat, Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 2.32
LHP Steve Murray, Ennismore, Ont., Rookie-Class Medicine Hat Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 5.71
RHP Tyler Renwick, Calgary, Alta., Rookie-Class Medicine Hat Toronto Blue Jays 1-1 21.38
Canadian Minor League Leaders
1. C Max St. Pierre, Pintendre, Que. .385, Rookie-class, Lakeland, Tigers.
2. C Andy Stewart, Brockville, Ont. .334, Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Wichita; Royals.
3. C Alex Andreopoulos, Toronto, Ont. .321 Double-A El Paso, Brewers.
4. OF Aaron Guiel, .314, Langley, B.C. Triple-A Las Vegas, Rookie-Mesa Padres.
5. 3B Monty Davis, Vernon, B.C. .304, class-A Modesto, A’s.
1. C Bobby Cripps, Powell River, B.C. 29, Class-A Hagerstown, Blue Jays
2. 3B Corey Koskie 26, Anola, Man, Triple-A Salt Lake City, Twins.
3. 3B Todd Betts 19, Scarborough, Double-A Canton, Triple-A Buffalo, Indians.
4. OF Jeff Guiel, Langley, B.C. 16, Class-A Lake Elisnore, Angels.
5. OF Ryan Radmanovich, Calgary, Alta.15, Triple-A, Salt Lake City, Mariners.
5. 1B Greg Morrison, Medicine Hat 15, Class-A Hagerstown, Jays.
1. 3B Corey Koskie 105 Anola, Man, Triple-A Salt Lake City, Twins.
2. C Alex Andreopoulos, Toronto, Ont. 93 Double-A El Paso, Brewers.
3. C Bobby Cripps, Powell River, B.C. 88, Class-A Hagerstown, Blue Jays.
4. 1B Greg Morrison, Medicine Hat 72, Class-A Hagerstown, Blue Jays.
5. OF Ryan Radmanovich, Calgary, Alta. 65, Triple-A, Salt Lake City, Mariners.
6. 3B Cody McKay, Vancouver, B.C. 64, Class-A Modesto, Triple-A Edmonton; Double-A Huntsville, A’s.
6. C Andy Stewart, Brockville, Ont. 64, Triple-A Omaha, Double-A Wichita; Royals.
6. OF Jeremy Ware, Guelph, 64, Class-A Jupiter, Expos.
1. LHP Mike Kusiewicz, Nepean, Ont. 14, Double-A New Haven, Rockies.
2. RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. 13, Class-A Hickory, Class-A Winston-Salem, White Sox.
3. RHP Yan Lachapelle, Gatineau. Que. 11, Class-A Dunedin, Jays
4. RHP Joe Young Ft. McMurray, Alta. 9, Double-A Knoxville, Class-A Dunedin, Class-A Hagerstown, Blue Jays.
4. LHP Todd Thorn, Stratford, Ont. 9, Class-A Wilmington, Royals.
4. RHP Eric Gagne Masouche, Que. 9, Class-A Vero Beach Dodgers.
4. RHP Chris Mears, Victoria, B.C. 9, Class-A Everett Padres.
1. RP Jeff Zimmerman, Carsland, Alb. 1.28, Double-A Tulsa, Class-A Charlotte, Rangers.
2. RP Steve Walsh, Orleans, Ont. 1.88 Rookie-class Fort Myers Royals.
3. RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. 2.22 Class-A Hickory, Class-A Winston-Salem, White Sox.
4. LHP Mike Kuziewicz, Nepean, Ont. 2.32 Double-A New Haven, Rockies.
5. RHP Pat Lynch, Milton, Ont. 2.32 Medicine Hat, Jays.
Awards and honors
Awarded by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues:
Players of the Week
Double-A Eastern League: June 15-21 – 3B Todd Betts, Scarbough, Ont. Akron (Cleveland Indians), hit .435 (10-23) with four doubles, a triple, three homers, 10 RBIs and scored nine runs in seven games with a 1.040 slugging percentage.
Double-A Texas League: June 15-21 – 2B Stubby Clapp, Windsor, Ont. Arkansas (St. Louis Cardinals), hit .387 (12-31) with two doubles, one triple, four homers, nine RBIs, scoring 12 runs in eight games and a .903 slugging percentage. April 27-May 3 – C Alex Andreopoulos, Toronto, Ont. El Paso (Milwaukee Brewers), hit .450 (9-20) with two doubles, two homers, 12 RBIs, scoring seven runs in six games and an .850 slugging percentage.
Class-A California League: May 4-10 – OF Jeff Guiel, Langley, B.C. Lake Elsinore (Anaheim Angels), hit .500 (11-22) with three homers, eight RBIs, scoring 12 runs in six games.
Class-A Carolina League: Aug. 20-26 – RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox), won both of his starts, allowing eight hits and one run in 15 innings with 28 strikeouts. July 30-Aug. 5 – RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. Winston-Salem (Chicago White Sox), won his first start in the league, allowing 1 hit in nine shutout innings with seven strikeouts.
July 23-29 – LHP Todd Thorn, Stratford, Ont. Wilmington (Kansas City Royals), on both of his starts, allowing nine hits and one run in 17 innings with nine strikeouts. July 9-15 – LHP Todd Thorn, Stratford, Ont. Wilmington (Kansas City Royals), won both of his starts, allowing a total of 10 hits and three runs in 15 innings with nine strikeouts.
Class-A Florida State League: June 22-28 – LHP Clint Lawrence, Oakville, Ont. Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays), was selected for the second time this season, winning both of his starts as he allowed a total of 16 hits and four earned runs in 14 innings with nine strikeouts.
June 8-14 – LHP Clint Lawrence, Oakville, Ont. Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays), won his only start, allowing two hits in seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts.
Canadians Rated Amongst Top 10 Prospects
Baseball America ranking (heading into 1998)
Triple-A Pacific Coast 8. 3B Corey Koskie, Anola, Man. Salt Lake City Buzz (Twins).
Class-A Northwest League 4. RHP Chris Mears, Victoria, B.C. Everett AquaSox (Mariners)
Class-A Appalachian League 8. OF Ntema Ndungidi, Montreal, Que. Bluefield Orioles (Orioles).
Rookie-Class Pioneer League 8. RHP Pat Lynch, Burlington, Ont. Medicine Hat Blue Jays (Blue Jays)