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2006 Scouting Report

Peoria Chiefs

Major Change

2006 Teams
Cedar Rapids
Fort Wayne
Kane County
Quad Cities
South Bend
Southwest Michigan
West Michigan
  • O'Brien Field, Peoria, Illinois.
  • Affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.
  • Manager: Jody Davis.
  • Coaches: Barbaro Garbey, Rich Bombard (pitching).

This page profiles the 2006 Peoria Chiefs, a Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and a member of the Midwest League.


Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics on this page are through September 4, 2006.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary

  • Second Half: 34-38, .486 (5th place, 8.5 behind)
  • First Half: 41-28, .594 (1st place, 1.0 ahead)
  • Pitching: 75-64, 3.67, 49 saves, 2 complete games, 931 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .250, 564 runs, 72 HR, 119 steals (60% success)
  • Defense: 130 errors (0.94 per game)
  • April: 12-11 (.522)
  • May: 17-10 (.629)
  • June: 12-7 (.632)
  • July: 14-15 (.483)
  • August-September: 16-16 (.500)
  • Playoff Round 1: 1-2 (.333)
  • Position Players used: 26
  • Pitchers used: 26
  • Pitchers per game: 3.1

Leading Players

  • Best Player on the Team: Closer Edward Campusano

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Mitch Atkins (2.41, 13-4, 127 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Edward Campusano (1.21, 0-0, 21 saves, no holds, 47 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Edward Campusano, Donald Veal, Matt Avery, Justin Rayborn
  • Control Pitchers: Edward Campusano, Roger Evenson, Justin Rayborn

  • Best Hitter: Ryan Norwood (.307, 15 HR, 69 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Ryan Norwood (15)
  • High Batting Average: Ryan Lilly (.319), Ryan Norwood (.307), Jesus Valdez (.302)
  • High On Base Percentage: none
  • High Slugging Percentage: Ryan Lilly (.500), Ryan Norwood (.451)
  • Notable Baserunners: Robinson Chirinos, Davy Gregg, Dylan Johnston, Ryan Norwood, Mark Reed, Jesus Valdez
  • Notable Batting Eye: none

Mid-July Profile

The Chiefs have slowed down after their strong first half, though it's not obvious why; the main mid-season moves were closer Edward Campusano and starter Don Veal, both of whom are valuable but not that valuable. This remains a team with excellent pitching and above-average offense.

First baseman Ryan Norwood remains the best player on the team, though second baseman Ryne Malone's first three weeks have been pretty impressive. Outfielder Yusef Carter joins Norwood as the main power sources, while OF Jesus Valdez has been doing well as a slap hitter. It's a long way down the roster before you find a weak hitter in Peoria.

Matt Avery's picked up the closer role; his numbers are similar to departed closer Campusano. Mitch Atkins is the best starter, and doing quite well, thank you; the rest of the current rotation is pretty much league-average. But the bullpen's strong; Scott Koerber, Jeff Teasley, Juston Rayborn, and Tim Layden are all consistently effective.

May Profile

The Chiefs have scored 196 runs while permitting their opponents only 169; that's a fairly weak offense, and great pitching. While they run quite a bit, there are no really strong baserunners on this team. The defense is league-average.

First baseman Ryan Norwood remains the best hitter on the team; he's a good all-'round talent with some power. OF Kevin Collins remains with the team; he's the same power source he was at Lansing a couple years back. Catcher Mark Reed, shortstop Jonathan Mota, and second baseman Robinson Chirinos are having strong seasons at the plate, too. There's a mix of talents here, but something's not quite clicking with the Peoria offense.

Mitch Atkins has had some bad luck, as he's pitched even better than a 4-0 won/lost record suggests. Todd Blackford, Don Veal, and Jesus Yepez have also pitched well in the rotation. All would have better results if the team put up more runs. The bullpen's strong: Matt Avery, Tim Layden, Justin Rayborn, and Jeff Teasley have all been effective in middle relief, while Jesse Estrada's apparently gotten everyone's ration of good luck. Edward Campusano's been outstanding in the closer role.

April Profile

An interesting team in Peoria this year. This is a run-n-gun offense, with easily the league's most aggressive baserunning and decent, though generally unexceptional, hitting. The pitching's a mixed bag. On defense, they're a little leaky.

If first baseman Ryan Norwood starts popping some homers, he'll be an MVP candidate. When OF Kevin Collins starts popping homers, they'll move him back up the ladder; he's basically here on rehab. Second baseman Robinson Chirinos must be tired of the MWL; he played very well this month. Chirinos, Davy Gregg, Dylan Johnston, and Jesus Valdez are all speedsters, and manager Jody Davis likes to run 'em.

Mitch Atkins, Scott Taylor, Don Veal, & Jesus Yepez have all pitched well as starters, and Edward Campusano has been dominant as the team's closer. Matt Avery, Tim Layden, and Jeff Teasley have been effective in setup roles.

Pre-Season Profile


This will be Jody Davis' first professional managing gig.

First Round Draft Selection

  • None.

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 22.0
  • Pitchers: 21.9
  • Hitters: 22.0
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Justin Morgan (born 2/1/1982)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Dylan Johnston (born 3/25/1987)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is 21.9 years old. This information is based on opening day rosters as published on the team website and will not be updated.

Where they played last season

This summary is based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

The pitching staff at Peoria returns the several of last summer's pitchers, with an assist from Boise; the hitters mostly toiled at Boise or in the Arizona League. If the Cubs don't break up the rotation, this team may do well.

Team           League              W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
Daytona        Florida State (A+) 69/66   5(12)       1      2
Peoria         Midwest (A)        68/72   9(14)       3      7
Boise          Northwest (A)      34/42  6T(8)        6      6
Cubs           Arizona (R)        19/37   9(9)        5      4

Most of these pitchers and many of the hitters got moved last season. One of these players spent last summer on the Disabled List, two were acquired from other organizations (one of 'em actually appeared in Peoria for one game), and one's a Cuban defector. (FWIW: Unlike some of the other organizations, the Cubs don't get the same writeup in this paragraph every summer.)




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