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Volcanoes in the Majors

Salem-Keizer is proud of a winning tradition that has placed 95 players in the Major Leagues since 1997. The Volcanoes five Northwest League Championships in their first 13 seasons as a franchise was a big part of the San Francisco Giants success, as the Giants went on to win the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series with rosters full of former Volcanoes. To read more about the Volcanoes history, click here.

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Ryan Lollis, LF

MLB Debut July 4, 2015 / San Francisco Giants

Bats L Throws L
Draft 2009 Draft, 37th Round (1,107th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 185

 

Lollis made his professional debut with Salem-Keizer after being selected in the 37th round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Missouri. He went on to play in 52 games for the Volcanoes, hitting .312 with two home runs, nine doubles and 25 RBIs.

 

He reached Triple-A Sacramento as early as 2012 but had to fight his way to the Majors, making stops with 13 different teams along the way. Lollis was sent to High-A San Jose for four consecutive seasons, including in 2015, and even made a stop in the Venezuelan Winter League before his debut on July 4, 2015 as a 28-year-old rookie.

 

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

 

Joe Panik, SS


MLB Debut June 21, 2014 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2011 Draft, 1st Round (29th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 190

 

A 2011 first round pick out of St. John's University, Panik spent the entire 2011 season with Salem-Keizer. The second baseman enjoyed a stellar season with the Volcanoes, hitting .341 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 54 RBIs. Panik posted an .868 OPS with 13 stolen bases. Panik had 28 multi-hit games for the Volcanoes, including a four-hit, six-RBI night at Yakima. Panik debuted for the Giants in 2014 and played in 73 games. He was a regular starter throughout the 2014 postseason and made a crucial, diving stop in Game 7 of the World Series that led to a double play and helped the Giants' to victory. Panik now serves as the Giants everyday second baseman.

Photo by Josh Randolph

 

 

Kelvin Marte, LHP


MLB Debut September 3, 2016 / Pittsburgh Pirates
Bats R Throws L
Signed NDFA - 2007
Height 5'9" Weight 170

 

The Giants signed Kelvin Marte as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. After stints in the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League, Marte ended up in Salem-Keizer in 2008. Marte's time in a Volcanoes' uniform was short-lived, only accumulating 7.1 innings of work. Despite allowing five earned runs in his short time, Marte did impress with 10 strikeouts. After hitting every stop on the Giants system, Marte became a free agent following the 2015 season. He was selected by the Pirates and invited to spring training before eventually debuting towards the end of the MLB regular season.

 

 

Jake Smith, RHP


MLB Debut September 7, 2016 / San Diego Padres
Bats R Throws R
Signed 48th Round - 2011
Height 6'4" Weight 190

 

An unheralded 48th rounder out of Campbell, the right-handed pitcher was a member of the 2013 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes team. He appeared in 19 games for Salem-Keizer, compiling a 2-2 record with a 3.61 ERA. He was named to the Northwest League's Mid-Season All-Star team. While most of his games came out of the bullpen, Smith made four end-of-season starts for the Volcanoes. In 42.1 innings of work on the year, Smith struck out 54 batters. After spending time in Augusta, San Jose and Richmond, Smith was released by the Giants in the middle of the 23016 season. It didn't take long for the San Diego Padres to come along and nab the righty, sending him to the Arizona Rookie League and Double-A for shorts stints before receiving the call to the big leagues.

 

 

Chris Stratton, RHP


MLB Debut May 30, 2016 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2012 Draft, 1st Round (20th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 190

 

Chris Stratton joined Salem-Keizer on July 15 as the highly-touted first round pick of the San Francisco Giants. Over the next month or so, Stratton made eight appearances, five of which were starts. In 16.1 innings, Stratton struck out 16 and posted a 2.76 ERA. An injury cut his time with the Volcanoes short, but that didn't keep him from resuming his climb up the Giants system the following year. He hit every stop along the way: Augusta in 2013, San Jose in 2014, Richmond in 2014 and 2015 and Sacramento in 2015 and 2016. Stratton debuted for the Giants in a game against the Braves.

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Steven Okert, LHP


MLB Debut April 19, 2016 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2012 Draft, 4th Round (148th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 210

 

Following a brief stint in the Arizona League, Okert joined Salem-Keizer in early July of 2012 and went on to appear in 15 contests for Salem-Keizer. For manager Gary Davenport's club, Okert posted an impressive 2.36 ERA in 26.2 innings for Salem-Keizer. Working his way through the Giants minor league system, Okert threw 61.1 innings for Triple-A Sacramento in 2015, prompting the early call to The Bigs in 2016.

 

 

Joe Biagini, RHP


MLB Debut April 8, 2016 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2011 Draft, 26th Round (807th Overall)
Height 6'5" Weight 240

 

Joe Biagini was the front line of the Volcanoes starting rotation in 2011, making 12 starts and posting a 4.27 ERA. In 59.0 innings, Biagini struck out 63 compared to just 18 walks. His breakout year came with Double-A Richmond in 2015, where -- in over 130.0 innings -- the right-hander posted a 2.42 ERA for the Flying Squirrels. Impressing the Giants front office, Biagini was the first Volcano to make his major league debut during the 2016 season.

 

 

Buster Posey, C

MLB Debut September 11, 2009 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2008 Draft, 1st Round (5th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 215

 

Posey joined the Giants organization in 2008 as the fifth pick in the Major League Baseball Draft out of Florida State University. Posey rapidly moved through the Giants' minor league system, making his Major League debut on September 11, 2009, but played in three games for the Volcanoes in 2008.

 

Posey had 14 plate appearances for Salem-Keizer from September 1-September 3, 2008 at Volcanoes Stadium. He caught his first two games and served as designated hitter for his final game in a Volcanoes' uniform. The backstop hit .273 during his stint with Salem-Keizer with two doubles, two RBIs, two runs scored and three walks. He joined the San Jose Giants the following season and would debut for the Major League club later that year.

 

He is a three time World Series champion, the 2012 National League MVP and batting champion, the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year, a two time Silver Slugger Award winner (2012, 2014), and a two time All-Star (2012-2013). He has also caught three no-hitters, including a perfect game.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Matt Duffy, INF

MLB Debut August 1, 2014 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2012 Draft, 18th Round (568th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 170

 

Duffy immediately joined the Volcanoes after being drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He spent the remainder of the 2012 season with Salem-Keizer, playing in 47 games.

Duffy hit .247 with a .361 on-base percentage and 16 RBIs over the course of the 2012 campaign. He turned in his best performance as a Volcano on July 18, 2012 against Everett, when he slammed his first home run of the season and collected six RBIs in an 11-4 win.

After working his way up the Giants system the next two seasons, Duffy debuted for the Giants on August 1, 2014. He was a member of the Giants 2014 World Championship team.

Photo by Josh Randolph

 

 

Dan Otero, RHP

MLB Debut April 7, 2012 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2007 Draft, 21st Round (644th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 215

 

Otero was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of the University of South Florida. He made his professional debut with Salem-Keizer and quickly became the club's closer, converting 19/19 saves (which led the league) with a 1.21 ERA, 15 strikeouts and no walks in 22 1/3 innings.

"We never thought he'd save the amount of games he saved or not walk a batter all year," Manager Steve Decker said. "But he's not afraid of the strike zone and he just kept pounding it in there all year. He's an outstanding young man who's a good competitor."

The Volcanoes went on to win the Northwest League Championship that season largely because of the dominance of their bullpen.

Otero debuted with the Giants in 2012 before moving on to Oakland the following season. He won eight games with a 2.28 ERA as a reliever for the Athletics in 2014.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Brandon Crawford, INF


MLB Debut May 27, 2011 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2008 Draft, 4th Round (117th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 215

 

Crawford was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of UCLA. He briefly played for the Arizona League Giants before joining the Volcanoes for one game on August 24, 2008. He started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 at the plate. The following season Crawford was promoted to Class-A San Jose, ending his brief career in Salem-Keizer.

Crawford debuted for the San Francisco Giants in 2011 and has been the club's regular starting shortstop since 2012. He's a two-time World Series champion.

 

 

Seth Rosin, RHP

MLB Debut March 31, 2014 / Texas Rangers
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2010 Draft, 4th Round (138th Overall)
Height 6'6" Weight 265

 

After being drafted in the 28th round out of high school, Rosin improved his draft stock with time at the University of Minnesota. A fourth-round selection by the Giants, Rosin tossed 11 innings for Salem-Keizer in 2010. In his limited action, Rosin went 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. Sent to Philadelphia as a part of the Giants move to acquire Hunter Pence, Rosin spent two seasons in the upper-classifications of the Phillies organization.

In a span of less than one year, Rosin bounced around big league clubs in Philadelphia, New York, LA Dodgers and Texas. His first shot at MLB action came with the Rangers in 2014, throwing four innings and allowing three runs. Back with the Phillies in 2015, he allowed five runs in two innings of work.

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Johnny Monell, C

MLB Debut September 5, 2013 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2007 Draft, 30th Round (914th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 210

 

Monell was drafted three times, twice by the Giants, and joined Salem-Keizer midway through the 2008 season after 39 games in the Arizona League. The left-handed batter compiled a .267 batting average with the Volcanoes including five homers, good for third on the club. He made his biggest splash in a mid-August game in Vancouver, going 4-for-5 with three doubles.

After appearing in 43 games for the Volcanoes, Monell made pit stops at the other four spots in the Giants system before debuting in September of 2013. Monell bounced around the farm systems of the Dodgers and Orioles before resurfacing in the big leagues as a New York Met in 2015.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Joe Martinez, RHP

MLB Debut April 7, 2009 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2005 Draft, 12th Round (372nd Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 190

 

Martinez began his ten-year professional career with the Volcanoes in 2005, pitching in 15 games and making 13 starts. The right-hander allowed 69 hits in 69.0 innings with Salem-Keizer as a 22-year old out of Boston College. Martinez had an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 59 to 15 with the Volcanoes, a stat which he continued to impress with as he moved up the Giants ladder.

After five years in the minors, Martinez finally got the call in 2009, the start of four years in the big leagues. He tossed 13 games and 41.0 innings with San Francisco, starting six games before spending the remainder of his career with the Pirates, Diamondbacks, and Indians. Martinez finished with four big league wins in six starts.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Joe Nathan, RHP

MLB Debut April 21, 1999 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1995 Draft, 6th Round (159th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 230

 

Nathan's expansive professional baseball career intertwines with the very roots of the Volcanoes franchise. Nathan, drafted as a shortstop out of Stony Brook by the Giants in 1995, played in 56 games with the Bellingham Giants where he batted .232. After the Giants notified him they wanted him to pitch rather than play shortstop, Nathan retired at 20 years of age.

Missing the game of baseball, Nathan returned for the inaugural season of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes franchise, this time as a right-handed pitcher. In 18 appearances for the Northwest League's newest franchise, Nathan posted an impressive 2.47 ERA. Three years later, Nathan was pitching for the San Francisco Giants, the first former Volcano to make it to the big leagues.

In his first four years - all with San Francisco - Nathan struggled to find a role. He started nearly 30 games, but his ERA hovered around 4.00. In 2004, however, the course of his career changed as the Minnesota Twins gave him the opportunity to close. He saved 44 games for the Twins in 2004 and went on to save 377 games over the next 11 seasons, a mark which ranks seventh all-time in MLB history.

 

 

Joe Paterson, LHP

MLB Debut April 2, 2011 / Arizona Diamondbacks
Bats R Throws L
Draft 2007 Draft, 10th Round (314th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 190

 

The Oakland native attended high school about 45 minutes away from Volcanoes Stadium before going on to play collegiately with Linfield (McMinnville, Ore.) and Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.). Paterson began his pro career with Salem-Keizer, allowing 15 hits in 9 2/3 innings. His 5.59 ERA with Salem-Keizer in 2007 wasn't a sign of things to come, however, as he went on to post ERAs of no larger than 3.03 throughout the rest of his minor league career.

After being selected in the Rule 5 Draft by the Diamondbacks in the pre-2011 offseason, Paterson dazzled in 62 appearances with Arizona. The left-hander posted a 2.91 ERA in 34.0 innings for a DBacks club that finished with an NL West Championship after a 94-68 record. Since, Paterson has spent time between AAA and the big leagues as he looks to find the same consistency as he featured in 2011.

 

 

John Bowker, OF

MLB Debut April 12, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2004 Draft, 3rd Round (100th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 205

 

A third rounder from Long Beach State, Bowker entered the professional ranks with a bang, playing for the organization he cheered for as a child. After hitting over .500 in 43 at bats with the AZL Giants, Bowker earned the promotion to Salem-Keizer in 2004. In a 31-game career with Salem-Keizer, the outfielder notched a .323 average and a .520 slugging percentage.

Three years later, Bowker was a 24-year old playing right field and first base for the Giants. Much like his dramatic entrance to pro baseball, Bowker turned some heads in his first few games as a major leaguer. He was the first San Francisco Giant to homer in both his first and second games professionally. Additionally, Bowker picked up seven RBIs in his first two games, and had an extra-base hit and multi-hit games in his first three MLB games. He went on to hit .238 in three seasons with the Giants before moving on to play with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and eventually take his career overseas to Japan.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Jon Coutlangus, OF

MLB Debut April 7, 2007 / Concinnati Reds
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2003 Draft, 19th Round (573rd Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 185

 

After being drafted in the 33rd round of the 2000 draft, Coutlangus opted to go to South Carolina, where he improved his draft stock to the 19th round in 2003. Drafted as an outfielder, Coutlangus spent the 2003 season with the Volcanoes where he batted .301 with 24 RBIs.

After struggling with the bat as he advanced through the minors, he was converted to a pitcher. Coutlangus debuted with the Cincinnati Reds. Used in short relief, Coutlangus amassed 41 innings, compiling a 4-2 record with a 4.39 ERA. His 64 appearances ranked third among NL rookies. Following the 2007 season, Coutlangus was traded to Arizona.

 

 

Jonathan Sanchez, LHP

MLB Debut May 28, 2006 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2004 Draft, 27th Round (820th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 200

 

Sánchez made a quick ascension to Major League Baseball, spending just two full seasons in the Giants minor leagues. With Salem-Keizer, Sánchez pitched in six games - all starts - finishing with a 2-1 record.

The left-hander made the most of his first month in the big leagues, pitching his first 12 2/3 innings with the Giants without allowing an earned run and over seven innings without allowing a base hit. On July 10, 2009, Sánchez threw the 13th no hitter in Giants history against the Padres, making him and Lincecum the only former Volcanoes to toss no hitters in the MLB. A 2010 World Champion, Sánchez was a key cog in the Giants rotation that brought home San Francisco's first title in over 55 years. He finished the 2010 season with a career-best 3.07 ERA and over 200 strikeouts. Sánchez went on to pitch for the Royals, Rockies, and Pirates.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Justin Knoedler, C

MLB Debut October 3, 2004 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2001 Draft, 5th Round (166th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 210

 

Knoedler was drafted three times in his career, and eventually signed with the Giants as a pitcher out of Miami (Ohio) in 2001. He only pitched 15 games in his professional career, and 13 of them came with Salem-Keizer in 2001. The right-hander tossed 28.2 innings over 13 relief appearances, compiling a 1-1 record with a 1.26 ERA. Knoedler struck out 38 compared to just nine walks.

The move to catcher was fairly seamless for Knoedler as he worked his way up the Giants ladder. Over the next few minor league seasons, he batted .257 and .274, respectively, and totaled 19 home runs.

Knoedler was very limited in MLB action, getting just 19 plate appearances spanning over three different seasons with San Francisco. He was 2-for-18 (.111) as a big leaguer.

 

 

Kevin Correia, RHP

MLB Debut July 10, 2003 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2002 Draft, 4th Round (127th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 200

 

Correia became the fastest of 1,482 drafted players in the 2002 MLB Draft to reach the majors, debuting with the Giants just a day after the first anniversary of his signing. The right-hander appeared in ten games with the Volcanoes, including eight starts where he went 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA.

In six seasons with the Giants, ranging from 2003 to 2008, Correia went 14-22 with a 4.59 ERA. His 13 years of service in the big leagues have included stints with the Padres, Pirates, Twins, Dodgers, and Phillies, including a 2011 All-Star bid with Pittsburgh along with the club's Opening Day starter. His most successful seasons as a pro, however, came with the Giants in 2006-07, when he posted ERAs of 3.49 and 3.45 in back-to-back years, the lowest ERAs of his career.

 

 

Kevin Frandsen, INF

MLB Debut April 28, 2006 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2004 Draft, 12th Round (370th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 190

 

Leaving San Jose State University as the all-time leader in hits, Frandsen was a fairly unheralded 12th rounder as he debuted professionally with the Volcanoes in 2004. The infielder made the transition to professional baseball look rather easy, going 4-for-4 in the Volcanoes second game of the season. He finished the season batting .296 in 25 games with an on-base percentage of .369. Frandsen only improved as he climbed the Giants ladder, batting .325 in the two following seasons.

Debuting in 2006, Frandsen found consistent playing time with San Francisco. He assisted on Omar Vizque's record-setting 1,591st double play, and to this day is the most recent San Francisco Giant to collect five hits in a single game. After he spent the late 2000s bouncing back and forth between MLB, AAA, and injury, Frandsen was traded to the LA Angels and then Philadelphia, where he put together his best season with the Phillies in 2012. Frandsen's career year included a .338 batting average in 55 games.

 

 

Kevin Joseph, RHP

MLB Debut August 1, 2002 / St. Louis Cardinals
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1997 Draft, 6th Round (178th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 200

 

Joseph joined Salem-Keizer for the franchise's initial season, appearing in 17 games and starting six. The right-hander posted a 5.40 ERA in 45 innings, prompting a return to the Volcanoes in 1998. After lowering his ERA to a 4.36 the following season, Joseph was promoted, posting a 2.08 ERA in 1999. He struggled at the Triple A level, posting ERAs over 6.00 before he was traded to the Cardinals organization.

Joseph began the 2002 season with the Cardinals AAA affiliate in Memphis, compiling a 1.77 ERA in 31 bullpen appearances, thus earning himself a shot at the big leagues. A six-year minor league career meant Joseph had a tight window to prove himself at the major league level. His 4.91 ERA in 11 games, however, with the Cardinals wasn't enough to keep him in the big leagues for more than one season.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Kurt Ainsworth, RHP

MLB Debut September 5, 2001 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1999 Draft, 1st Round (24th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 190

 

Ainsworth was just the second top 25 selection to play in a Volcanoes uniform, joining the club in 1999. In just ten appearances with Salem-Keizer, Ainsworth lived up to his first-round selection, going 3-3 with a 1.61 ERA. In just 44 innings of work with the Volcanoes, Ainsworth struck out 64 and walked only 18. Winning a gold medal with the United States in the 2000 Olympics, Ainsworth is the only former Volcano to win Olympic gold.

The right-hander debuted in 2001, the first of three seasons with the Giants. He finished his San Francisco career with a 4.08 ERA in 14 appearances, 11 of them starts. His career fizzled out after being traded to Baltimore, tossing 33 innings over the course of 2003-04 and posting a 9.82 ERA.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Lance Niekro, INF

MLB Debut September 5, 2003 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2000 Draft, 2nd Round (61st Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 210

 

Niekro joined the Giants system via Florida Southern and began his professional career with Salem-Keizer. The second rounder had baseball in his blood, the son of Major League pitcher Joe Niekro and nephew of Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. In 49 games with the Volcanoes, Niekro made his presence known, recording a league-best .362 batting average and being named a Northwest League All-Star at third base. The infielder was a critical part of a Volcanoes club who made a late push but fell just short of the playoffs. His .362 average sits second all-time in Salem-Keizer history.

 

Injuries plagued Niekro as he made his way towards an MLB career, limiting his mobility and ultimately forcing a move from third base to first. Recording just five at bats to being his career in the big leagues in 2003, Niekro earned a real shot at playing with the Giants in 2005, splitting time at first base and finishing the season with a .252 average in 113 games. He got a shot to be San Francisco's everyday first baseman in 2006, but was sent down to the minors and saw limited major league action throughout the rest of his career.

 

After attempting to reignite his career as a pitcher, Niekro settled down and eventually moved to the collegiate game, serving as a head coach for his alma mater.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Matt Downs, INF

MLB Debut June 16, 2009 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 36th Round (1,076th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 190

 

Downs joined the Volcanoes in 2007 after one season in the Arizona League. As an unheralded 36th rounder out of Alabama, Downs compiled one of the best seasons in Salem-Keizer history. The 23-year old still ranks in the top ten in Volcanoes history in average (6th, .338), at bats (7th, 287), runs (2nd, 68), hits (3rd, 97), doubles (1st, 33), total bases (2nd, 154), RBIs (7th, 48), slugging percentage (6th, .537), and on-base percentage (8th, .410). Downs is also in the team record books as the only player to notch three doubles in a single game on two different occasions.

 

The former member of the Crimson Tide continued his tear up the Giants system and debuted in 2009. In under two seasons with San Francisco, Downs hit just .213 before being claimed off waivers by Houston. Although he didn't see wholly consistent playing time, he recorded just under 200 at bats and led the major leagues with 15 pinch-hit RBIs in 2011.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Matt Palmer, RHP

MLB Debut August 16, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2002 Draft, 31st Round (937th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 235

 

Palmer's long ascension to the show started in Keizer, where the right-hander appeared in 16 games - including nine starts - and recorded a 1.84 ERA in 53 2/3 innings. The next steps of his professional development didn't go as planned, spending the better parts of five seasons in AA before finally earning the call in 2008.

After making three starts for the Giants in 2008 and recording an 8.53 ERA, Palmer got his first true chance with the Los Angeles Angels in 2009, posting what would be a career-best 3.93 ERA in 40 games, including 13 starts. As the number five spot in the Angels rotation, Palmer went 7-1 before moving to the bullpen. His career winded down with stints the the Padres, Dodgers, and Mariners organizations.

 

 

Nate Bump, RHP

MLB Debut June 28, 2003 / Florida Marlins
Bats L Throws R
Draft 1998 Draft, 1st Round (25th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

Nate Bump joined the Volcanoes in the summer of 1998 after being selected in the first round by San Francisco and was the starting pitcher on the club's 1998 Opening Day. The right-hander only logged eight innings of work with Salem-Keizer, scattering five hits and allowing no runs over two starts. He made the jump straight to Advanced-A San Jose where he made just 11 starts. The Penn State product stalled at the double-A level, spending parts of four seasons in the Giants and Marlins minor league systems. Bump finally debuted with Florida on June 28, 2003.

Despite allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings in his big league debut, Bump was the winning pitcher as the Marlins topped the Red Sox. The 26-year old didn't have to wait long to experience a little postseason magic, as the Marlins went on to finish the season with a 91-71 record and win the World Series. Bump got a taste of postseason action, pitching twice in the NLCS, allowing two earned runs in three innings vs. the Cubs. Bump stayed with the big club for the next two seasons, racking up a 4.68 ERA over 113 MLB appearances. His final MLB appearance came on July 16, 2005, and Bump bounced around the minor league systems of the Marlins, Giants, Tigers and Phillies for the remainder of his career.

 

 

Nate Schierholtz, OF

MLB Debut June 11, 2007 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2003 Draft, 2nd Round (63rd Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 215

 

Nate Schierholtz played just one season collegiately and that was all it took for him to get noticed. The outfielder from California was drafted in the second round by the Giants and spent the majority of his first professional season with Salem-Keizer. In 35 games with the Volcanoes, Schierholtz collected 38 hits (.306 average) with 29 RBIs. After stops at every level in the Giants minor league system, Schierholtz debuted with the big club in mid-2007.

 

Schierholtz made his presence known immediately, collecting his first base hit in his first at bat and hitting a 13th-inning walk-off single in late June. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Schierholtz appeared in 58 games and batted .310. Throughout the remainder of his career, however, Schierholtz would fail to hit over .280 in a season. That didn't stop him from amassing eight years of major league service and 799 games with the Giants, Phillies, Cubs and Nationals.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Noah Lowry, LHP

MLB Debut September 5, 2003 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws L
Draft 2001 Draft, 1st Round (30th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 190

 

A dominate junior season at Pepperdine University (14-2, 1.71 ERA) led to a first-round selection for Noah Lowry in 2003. In 25 innings with Salem-Keizer, Lowry posted a 1-1 record with a 3.60 ERA including 28 strikeouts. He was even more successful with Advanced-A San Jose in the following season, compiling a 2.15 ERA in 58 2/3 innings.

 

A September call-up in 2003 saw Lowry toss 6 1/3 innings of shutout, one-hit baseball. In 16 games in 2004, Lowry went 6-0. After starting the 2005 season with another win, Lowry had seven straight wins to his name, the longest such streak in San Francisco Giants history. He was the NL Player of the Week in early August of 2004 and the Pitcher of the Month in August of 2005, going 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA. Over a five-year career with San Francisco, Lowry finished with a 40-31 record and a 4.03 ERA.

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Pablo Sandoval, 3B

MLB Debut August 14, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Acquired 2003 Free Agent
Height 5'11" Weight 255

 

The major league success of Pablo Sandoval is no secret, and the two-time All-Star, three-time world champion and World Series MVP didn't lack success in 75 games with the Volcanoes. A member of the 2005 team in Keizer, Sandoval was selected as a Northwest League All-Star and was one of four Volcanoes to lead the league in batting average (.330). Sandoval also ranked in the top three in the NWL in games (75), hits (97) and RBIs (50). His single-season marks of 294 at bats, 97 hits, 50 RBIs and 125 total bases rank in the single-season top ten in Volcanoes history.

 

As a free agent, Sandoval's journey to the MLB took over four seasons, making his professional debut in 2008 where he played in 41 games and batted .345. His first few years in the majors were up and down but he was a key part of the 2010 World Series Championship team. Sandoval truly stole the spotlight two seasons later, being name the World Series MVP. Throughout the 2012 playoffs, Sandoval set a Giants franchise record with 24 hits. He hit three home runs in game one of the World Series, one of just four players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. He set the National League record in 2014 with a 13-game postseason hitting streak and also re-broke his record with 26 postseason hits. Sandoval's game-winning catch in game seven of the World Series is an iconic scene that Giants fans will forever remember.

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Pat Misch, LHP

MLB Debut September 21, 2006 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws L
Draft 2003 Draft, 7th Round (213th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

Misch began his professional career with Salem-Keizer, appearing in 14 games for the Volcanoes - a key cog in the 2003 club's starting pitching rotation. The lefty posted seven wins on the campaign, good for a second-place tie in the Northwest League. His 2.18 ERA was third in the league while he led the league in innings pitched (86.2). His ERA ranks seventh and his innings pitched mark ranks third in Volcanoes history.

 

The Western Michigan product pitched one scoreless inning for San Francisco in 2006 before earning meaningful innings in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Misch started for the Giants on the mound for the game that Barry Bonds hit his record-tying 755th home run. In 2009 with a new club, the Mets, Misch notched a couple of career milestones, earning his first win on September 3 and spinning his first complete game shutout.

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Ryan Jensen, RHP

MLB Debut May 19, 2001 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1996 Draft, 8th Round (222nd Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 205

 

Ryan Jensen holds the distinction of being the first starting pitcher in Volcanoes team history, starting the club's inaugural game on June 17, 1997. He was Salem-Keizer's first pitcher, threw the first pitch in team history, recorded the first strikeout, and was the first winning pitcher and first losing pitcher. Defensively, he also made the club's first assist and first error. Jensen started 16 games for Salem-Keizer in 1997, and, despite a 5.15 ERA, put together a 7-3 record.

 

The right-hander became the fourth Volcano to debut in the major leagues when he made the start vs. Atlanta on May 19, spinning 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball. Jensen accumulated 252 2/3 innings of major league work with the Giants and Royals, last appearing for Kansas City in 2005.

 

 

Ryan Rohlinger, INF

MLB Debut August 13, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 6th Round (176th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 195

 

A four-sport all-state athlete for the first time in Wisconsin High School history, Rohlinger was the Volcanoes everyday third baseman for a club that went on to claim a Northwest League crown in 2006. Appearing in more games than any other Volcano, Rohlinger was among the club's leaders in hits, doubles and walks. Although he only hit three homers on the season, Rohlinger hit two in one game, single-handedly extending the Volcanoes team-record winning streak to nine games in mid-August before it eventually reached 10. After losing game one of the NWLCS to Boise, Rohlinger drove in the first two runs of a 5-0 Volcanoes win in game two.

 

In parts of four seasons with the Giants, Rohlinger batted just .134 in 46 games, last appearing in the major leagues with one at bat in the 2011 season.

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Ryan Sadowski, RHP

MLB Debut June 28, 2009 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2003 Draft, 12th Round (363rd Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 185

 

The Florida Gator came to the Volcanoes in 2003 where he appeared in 15 games for Salem-Keizer including three starts. In 31 1/3 innings of work, Sadowski allowed 22 hits and 11 earned runs, yielding an ERA of 3.16 in his first professional season. The 2003 Volcanoes advanced to the Northwest League Championship Series, where they were defeated by the Spokane Indians.

 

After a lengthy, six-year rise up the Giants ladder, Sadowski finally debuted with the Giants in 2009, tossing a shocking six-inning shutout in Milwaukee to earn a win in his first big league innings. His second start, a few days later, was an even more impressive seven-inning shutout, allowing just three hits. However, over his next handful of starts, Sadowski surrendered 12 earned runs in about ten innings, which marked the end of his MLB career.

 

 

Ryan Verdugo, LHP

MLB Debut July 17, 2012 / Kansas City Royals
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2008 Draft, 9th Round (267th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 200

 

After eight Arizona League appearances for the lefty out of LSU, Verdugo made just one two-inning appearance in a Salem-Keizer uniform, allowing one home run while striking out three and walking one. Verdugo spent the majority of the following season in Augusta (1.39 ERA in 21 games), split time between Augusta and San Jose in 2010, and spent the full 2011 season with Double-A Richmond.

 

Along with Jonathan Sánchez, Verdugo was traded to the Royals in the pre-2012 offseason for Melky Cabrera. The ninth rounder went on to debut with Kansas City in 2012, making his lone major league appearance on July 17 vs. Seattle. Verdugo allowed six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Mariners and, as of 2015, is still searching for a chance to pitch MLB innings again.

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Ryan Vogelsong, RHP

MLB Debut September 2, 2000 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1998 Draft, 5th Round (158th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 215

 

Vogelsong became the third Salem-Keizer player in history to debut in the major leagues following ten starts and a 1.77 ERA in 1998 with Salem-Keizer. Drafted by the Giants out of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, Vogelsong etched his name into Volcanoes lore as the winning pitcher in the game that clinched Salem-Keizer's first Northwest League Championship. He led the 1998 Volcanoes with six wins and 66 strikeouts.

The right-hander debuted with San Francisco in 2000, pitching six scoreless innings. After a 5.65 ERA in 13 games in 2001, he was traded to Pittsburgh where he would spend the next six years. After a three-year hiatus from professional baseball in the United States, Vogelsong returned with the Angels and Phillies organizations until he found himself back in the big leagues with the Giants in 2011.

Vogelsong was named to the 2011 All-Star team and finished the season with a 13-7 record and a 2.71 ERA. He continued his career revitalization in 2012, posting a streak of 16 consecutive quality starts. Vogelsong stepped up to the plate in the postseason, going 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four starts in the 2012 playoffs. He was a crucial part of another World Series-winning club in 2014, posting a career-high 32 starts.

 

 

Scott Barnes, LHP

MLB Debut May 30, 2012 / Cleveland Indians
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2008 Draft, 8th Round (237th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 200

 

Barnes was a part of a 2008 Volcanoes team with loaded talent, as ten members of the squad went on to play Major League Baseball. Hailing from St. John's University - also the school of Salem-Keizer Major Leaguer Joe Panik - Barnes tossed 5 2/3 innings over two appearances for the Volcanoes, allowing three runs and six hits. In his first pro season, Barnes posted a 2.06 ERA in 11 games with three different minor league clubs.

After consistently hovering around the 4.00 ERA mark throughout his MiLB career, Barnes debuted with the Cleveland Indians in 2012, allowing nine runs in 19 innings of work (4.26 ERA). He got the chance to lower his ERA in 2013 with Cleveland, but, in 8 2/3 innings of work, he posted a 7.27 ERA before being sent back down for minor league seasons in both the Indians and Blue Jays minor league systems.

 

 

Scott Linebrink, RHP

MLB Debut April 15, 2000 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1997 Draft, 2nd Round (56th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 220

 

Following Joe Nathan, Linebrink was the second ever Salem-Keizer player to debut in the big leagues, debuting about one year after Nathan. In ten innings of work for the Volcanoes, Linebrink allowed five runs and seven hits, an ERA of 4.50. Despite ERAs of 5.02 and 6.44 in 1998 and 1999, respectively, Linebrink got the call from San Francisco in 2000.

The start to the Texas State product's 12-year MLB career was short-lived, lasting just three games with the Giants before being shipped off to Houston at the 2000 trade deadline. The right-hander made his rounds throughout the big leagues, playing for the Giants, Astros, Padres, Brewers, White Sox and Braves over the course of his 607 MLB appearances. Used almost exclusively out of the bullpen in his career, Linebrink posted four consecutive seasons (2004-2007) of over 70 games played. He ended his career in the top 200 all-time for career games played.

 

 

Scott Munter, RHP

MLB Debut May 11, 2005 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2001 Draft, 47th Round (1,411th Overall)
Height 6'6" Weight 260

 

Munter was one of just three players selected in his round of the draft to make it to the majors and the only to appear in more than 50 big league games. The right-hander made 15 appearances for the Volcanoes in 2001 and 10 more in 2002, posting a 5.91 ERA and a 6.98 ERA, respectively. Luckily for Munter, he got more chances to prove himself elsewhere, compiling a 2.36 ERA with Class A Hagerstown in 2003, a 2.35 ERA with Double A Norwich in 2004 and a 3.45 ERA with Triple A Fresno in 2004.

After putting together a fantastic rookie season in 2005 with San Francisco which saw him post a 2.56 ERA in 45 bullpen appearances, Munter couldn't repeat that level of success. He combined to throw just under 34 innings in 2006 and 2007 and had a 7.29 ERA.

 

 

Sergio Romo, RHP

MLB Debut June 26, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2005 Draft, 28th Round (852nd Overall)
Height 5'11" Weight 185

 

An unheralded 28th rounder, Sergio Romo impressed in his first professional season in 2005. The right-hander whose high school and collegiate career spanned to four institutions in four different states finished 2005 with a 7-1 record and a 2.75 ERA with Salem-Keizer. He led the Northwest League in wins and winning percentage (.875).

 

Two seasons later, Romo was up with the Giants, putting together a rookie year which saw him toss 34 innings and allow just eight runs (2.12 ERA). Romo has been compiling brilliant numbers in San Francisco ever since, including two seasons of sub-2.00 ERAs and a 2013 All-Star team appearance, a season in which he finished with 38 saves, good for third in the MLB. Romo has a postseason ERA of 2.11 in 25 games including six shutout innings in World Series action. He was a key cog in all three of San Francisco's modern-day title teams, including pinning down three saves in the 2012 World Series.

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Steve Edlegsen, RHP

MLB Debut August 21, 2011 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2007 Draft, 16th Round (494th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

Edlefsen was a part of the 2007 Salem-Keizer team which earned the distinction as the Minor League Team of the Year and posted the best winning percentage in professional baseball. Through 18 relief appearances, the Nebraska product compiled a 1.62 ERA, allowing just six earned runs in 33 innings. He pitched middle relief in games one and four of the Volcanoes championship series vs. Tri-City en route to the organization's fourth NWL title.

 

In 2011, Edlefsen was pitching for San Francisco. He totaled 11 1/3 innings with a 9.53 ERA in 2011 before appearing in 14 games with an improved 4.70 ERA the following season.

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Thomas Neal, OF

MLB Debut September 2, 2012 / Cleveland Indians
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2005 Draft, 36th Round (1092nd Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 220

 

Neal joined the 2006 Volcanoes as an 18-year old out of Riverside Community College and hit .250 in his first professional season. Neal played in 29 games for Salem-Keizer in right field, picking up 12 extra-base hits in 176 at bats. In Advanced A San Jose, he hit for the cycle on April 28, 2009, the most recent San Jose Giant to do so.

 

Before he ever debuted with San Francisco, he was traded to Cleveland and debuted with the Indians in 2012. Neal posted just 41 plate appearances over three major league seasons, spending one year each with the Indians, Yankees and Cubs. He went 7-for-38 (.184).

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Tim Lincecum, RHP

MLB Debut May 6, 2007 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 1st Round (10th Overall)
Height 5'11" Weight 170

 

Tim Lincecum is one of the most notable San Francisco Giants of the modern era, and the Washington Husky got his start in Keizer. Although he pitched just four innings for the Volcanoes, he showed his potential and next-level stuff by striking out 10 of the 12 outs he needed in 2006. At other stops in San Jose and Fresno, he combined to allow just seven earned runs in over 58 innings of work.

 

He began a highlight-filled Major League career with the Giants in 2007. The following year, his first full big league season, he was an MLB All-Star, compiling a 2.62 ERA. Lincecum went on to be selected to four straight All-Star teams with the Giants. Over the same time period, Lincecum led the majors in strikeouts for three consecutive years and won the Cy Young Award in 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Lincecum has thrown two no-hitters (in 2013 and 2014). In 13 playoff appearances, Lincecum has a 2.40 ERA including a 2-0 record in two World Series starts, one of the Giants legends that helped bring three titles to the Bay Area in a five-year span.

 

 

Tony Torcato, OF

MLB Debut July 26, 2002 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 1998 Draft, 1st Round (19th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 195

 

Torcato was a member of the 1998 Volcanoes squad, one of the preliminary first-round selections to join the Volcanoes. In 59 games with Salem-Keizer, Torcato hit .291 with a .418 slugging percentage. The draft pick out of high school led the team with 15 doubles. The highlight of his minor league career came a few seasons later when he batted .327 in 2000 in Advanced A and Double A.

 

He debuted for San Francisco in 2002, playing in five games and going 3-for-11. In parts of four seasons with the Giants, Torcato logged 43 games, going 14-for-47 (.298) while playing defensively in left and right field.

 

 

Travis Ishikawa, 1B

MLB Debut April 18, 2006 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2002 Draft, 21st Round (637th Overall)
Height 6'3" Weight 220

 

Ishikawa's ascension up the Giants ladder came through Keizer, spending 23 games with the club in 2002 and 66 games in 2003. In 2003, Ishikawa was second in the Northwest League in runs scored (53), a mark that ranks seventh all-time in Salem-Keizer history. In a game in August 2003, Ishikawa tripled twice, one of just eight Volcanoes ever to accomplish this feat. Ishikawa posted a .268 average with Salem-Keizer in his two seasons with the club.

 

A debut with San Francisco in 2006 was a nice taste of the MLB for Ishikawa, recording 24 at bats and collecting seven hits. However, Ishikawa really became a part of the Giants in 2009 when he played in 120 games, batting .261. The following season, in San Francisco's 2010 World Series run, Ishikawa posted a .266 batting average in 116 games with the Giants.

 

After stints with the Brewers, Orioles, Yankees and Pirates, Ishikawa was back with the Giants in 2014. The highlight of his season - and arguably his career - was hitting a three-run walk-off homer in game five of the 2014 NLCS to push the Giants into the World Series.

 

 

Trey Lunsford, C

MLB Debut September 12, 2002 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2000 Draft, 33rd Round (991st Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 195

 

Fresh out of Texas Tech, Lunsford spent the 2000 season with the Volcanoes, playing 59 games for the club and putting together an All-Star season behind the plate. Lunsford batted .270 on the year with a .378 on-base percentage, driving in 30 runs. 2002 was a busy year for Lunsford, playing for three different minor league clubs and eventually debuting with the Giants.

 

Although Lunsford logged just four Major League plate appearances, he picked up two base hits including a double and an RBI for San Francisco before a thumb injury derailed his season. He rehabbed from the injury in the Giants minor league system, but after his right elbow required Tommy John surgery in 2006, he retired.

 

 

Tyler Graham, OF

MLB Debut September 7, 2012 / Arizona Diamondbacks
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 19th Round (566th Overall)
Height 6'0" Weight 185

 

Although Tyler Graham is perhaps better known in the Willamette Valley for making the final catch in center field to claim the 2006 National Championship for Oregon State, he also had a 50-game career with Salem-Keizer in 2006, batting .240. He moved up the Giants system, highlighted by a Triple A season in 2010 where he batted .343 in 109 games for Fresno. He continued to thrive with the Grizzlies the following season, setting the franchise record with 60 stolen bases in 2011.

 

After being designated for assignment by the Giants in 2012, he was picked up by Arizona and debuted with the DBacks late in the 2012 season. He appeared in 10 games, mostly as a defensive replacement, but he also picked up two at bats. Injuries hindered his ability to return to the big leagues, and - after stints in independent baseball and minor league time with the Giants again - he landed on the Oregon State coaching staff.

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Waldis Joaquin, RHP

MLB Debut August 4, 2009 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Acquired 2003 Free Agent
Height 6'3" Weight 230

 

Signed at age 16 out of the Dominican Republic, Joaquin joined Salem-Keizer in 2007 where he went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings of work. As a part of the Minor League Team of the Year, Joaquin was the winning pitcher in a critical game three win in the Northwest League Championship Series vs. Tri-City. On that early September evening, Joaquin spun a six-inning two-hitter with seven strikeouts as Salem-Keizer claimed the 2-0 victory.

 

Two years later, Joaquin was pitching in the big leagues for San Francisco. In ten bullpen appearances in his 2009 rookie season, Joaquin tossed 10 2/3 innings, allowing five earned runs (4.22). He also pitched in limited action out of the San Francisco bullpen in 2010 and 2011, finishing his MLB career with a 5.40 ERA in 21 2/3 innings of work.

 

 

Adam Duvall, 3B

MLB Debut June 26, 2014 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2010 Draft, 11th Round (348th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 205

 

Duvall began his professional career with Salem-Keizer after the Giants selected him in the 11th round of the 2010 Draft. He hit .245 with four home runs and 10 RBIs for the Volcanoes, earning a promotion to Augusta the following season.

 

Duvall developed substantial power as he progressed through the Minor Leagues, hitting 22 home runs in 2011, 30 home runs in 2012 and 31 homers in 2014 before his Major League debut on June 26, 2014. His power was on full display in his debut, hitting a home run in his first game with San Francisco.

 

Coincidently, Duvall's home run came off of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake, whom Duvall was traded for in 2015.

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Adam Shabala, OF

MLB Debut June 16, 2005 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2000 Draft, 10th Round (301st Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 190

 

Shabala was a 10th round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 Draft. He hit just .216 with Salem-Keizer but showed promise at the plate, posting a .335 on-base percentage. That potential turned into a reality his next season as he hit .312 with a .414 on-base percentage with three different clubs - reaching as high as double-A by the end of the year.

 

Shabala debuted with the Giants in 2005 and played in six games, picking up three hits in 15 at bats. He was released by San Francisco after the season but returned to Oregon in 2007 as a member of the Portland Beavers, then the triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

 

 

Alex Hinshaw, LHP

MLB Debut May 15, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2005 Draft, 15th Round (462nd Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 175

 

A 15th-round selection in the 2005 Draft, Hinshaw served as a reliever for Salem-Keizer throughout the 2005 campaign, finishing second on the Volcanoes in strikeouts among relievers. His strikeout ability continued through his Minor League career as he struck out more batters than innings pitched in each season until his Major League debut in 2005.

 

Hinshaw tossed three seasons in the Majors - all as a reliever. He continued to strike out hitters even at the big league level, racking up 85 strikeouts in 74 innings of work. His best season came in 2005, when he posted a 2-1 record with a 3.40 ERA in 12 games of action.

 

He was the first member of the Giants 2005 Draft class to reach the Majors, ahead of future Major Leaguers Sergio Romo, Johnny Monell and Thomas Neal.

 

 

Boof Bonser, RHP

MLB Debut May 21, 2006 / Minnesota Twins
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2000 Draft, 1st Round (21st Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 245

 

Bonser began his professional career with Salem-Keizer after the Giants selected him in the first round of the 2000 Draft. Highly touted out of high school, Bonser joined the Volcanoes at only 18 years old and struggled, posting a 1-4 record with a 6.00 ERA.

 

He thrived a season later at class-A Hagerstown, however, with a 16-4 record and a 2.49 ERA. He legally changed his name to "Boof," his childhood nickname, after the breakout season. Bonser continued to thrive until he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2004 along with former Volcanoes Francisco Liriano and Joe Nathan. Bonser made his debut two seasons later for Minnesota and went on to start 60 games over the next three years.

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Brad Hennessey, RHP

MLB Debut August 7, 2004 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2001 Draft, 1st Round (21st Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

Hennessey was selected in the first round of the 2001 Draft and made his professional debut with the Volcanoes that summer. He made nine starts for Salem-Keizer's championship team in 2001, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.38 ERA.

 

Hennessey experienced medical complications that derailed his 2002 season but he persevered, compiling two strong seasons before debuting with the Giants as a starter in 2004. His debut came against Greg Maddux, who wound up defeating Hennessey for his 300th career win. He was the first pitcher to lose in his debut to a pitcher who won his 300th game since Cy Young defeated John McPherson in 1901.

 

Hennessey made 40 starts for San Francisco over the next three seasons before taking over as the Giants closer in 2007. He converted 19 saves that season with a 3.42 ERA in 68 1/3 innings pitched.

 

 

Brandon Crawford, SS

MLB Debut May 27, 2011 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2008 Draft, 4th Round (117th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 215

 

Crawford played just one game for Salem-Keizer in his climb to the Major Leagues. He hit .266 with 52 doubles, 21 home runs and 98 RBIs in four Minor League seasons before debuting with the Giants in 2011.

 

Crawford has served as San Francisco's starting shortstop ever since his promotion and won World Series Championships in 2012 and 2014. He hit a grand slam in the 2014 National League Wild Card Game as the Giants went on to capture their third title in five seasons.

 

Known as a tremendous defensive player, Crawford enjoyed a breakout season in 2015. He earned a spot on the National League All-Star team and hit over 20 home runs for the first time in his career.

 

 

Brett Pill, 1B

MLB Debut September 6, 2011 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 7th Round (206th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 225

 

Pill made his professional debut with Salem-Keizer after the Giants selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 Draft. He didn't hit particularly well with the Volcanoes, posting just a .220 batting average, but he displayed significant power potential with 16 doubles and five home runs. He went on to hit 147 home runs in the Minors before earning a promotion to San Francisco in 2011.

 

Pill made the most of his debut, homering in his very first at bat - the first Giant since Will Clark to do so. He continued to make history in his second game with San Francisco, homering yet again. He's just the 22nd player in Giants history to hit home runs in his first two Major League games.

 

While his career with the Giants fizzled after three seasons, Pill went on to play for the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2014.

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Brian Bocock, SS

MLB Debut March 31, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2006 Draft, 9th Round (266th Overall)
Height 5'11" Weight 185

 

Bocock was drafted in the ninth round of the 2006 Draft and made his professional debut with Salem-Keizer later that summer. A defensive specialist by trade, Bocock was worth 78 runs defensively according to advanced metrics from 2006-2009. He never hit over .300 in his professional career but earned a promotion to San Francisco to replace the injured Omar Vizquel in 2008.

 

Bocock played in 32 games for the Giants before a brief tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies the following season.

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Brian Burres, LHP

MLB Debut September 8, 2006 / Baltimore Orioles
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2000 Draft, 31st Round (931st Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 175

 

A local product, the Burres was born in Gresham, Oregon and attended Mount Hood Community College before he was drafted in the 31st round of the 2000 Draft. Burres spilt time between the starting rotation and the bullpen through 14 games with Salem-Keizer in 2001, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.10 ERA. The Giants eventually released Burres in order to make room for the newly signed Jose Vizcaino Sr.

 

Burres made his Major League debut in 2006 and earned a spot in the Baltimore Orioles rotation in 2007. He went on to win 18 games with both the Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates with a career 5.75 ERA.

 

Burres is the only Oregonian to play for the Volcanoes and later play in the Major Leagues.

 

 

Brian Horwitz, OF

MLB Debut May 30, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2003 Draft, 26th Round (782nd Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 185

 

Horwitz was tremendous in his first professional season, leading the Northwest League in batting average (.347) and hits (93). He also led Salem-Keizer in on-base percentage (.407), RBIs (44), doubles (24) and total bases (125). His 24 doubles were the most in franchise history.

 

He won yet another batting title in 2005, hitting .349 with the Augusta GreenJackets - the second-highest batting average in all of the Minor Leagues.

 

Horwitz's success in the Minors never translated to much Major League success, however. He made his debut in 2008 but played in just 21 games, hitting .222 with two home runs and four RBIs.

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Carlos Valderrama, OF

MLB Debut June 21, 2003 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Acquired 1995 Free Agent
Height 6'0" Weight 180

 

Valderrama was signed as an amateur free agent in 1995 and made his professional debut with Salem-Keizer in the club's inaugural season. The Venezuelan product went on to play three seasons for the Volcanoes from 1997 to 1999, posting a combined .308 batting average with 64 stolen bases.

 

The outfielder continued to post high batting averages throughout the Giants system along with sterling defense before earning a promotion to San Francisco on June 21, 2003. Valderrama appeared in seven games for the Giants, serving primarily as a late-inning defensive replacement. He collected one hit in the Majors - a single off of Tim Hudson.

 

 

Chris Dominguez, OF

MLB Debut September 3, 2014 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2009 Draft, 3rd Round (86th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 235

 

A third-round selection out of the University of Louisville, Dominguez met his lofty expectations early on, hitting .254 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs with Salem-Keizer.

 

A rare combination of power and speed, Dominguez went on to hit 100 homers and steal 69 bases across seven minor-league seasons. He first reached the Majors with San Francisco in 2014 before signing with Cincinnati as a free agent the following season. The outfielder hit .261 with a home run in 14 games with the Reds while splitting time between triple-A and the big league club.

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Chris Magruder, OF

MLB Debut September 4, 2001 / Texas Rangers
Bats S Throws R
Draft 1998 Draft, 2nd Round (72nd Overall)
Height 5'11" Weight 200

 

Magruder was an integral part of Salem-Keizer's 1998 championship season, leading the Volcanoes in on-base percentage (.464) while hitting .333 with eight doubles, five triples and 14 stolen bases.

 

He continued to post tremendous numbers through high-A Bakersfield and double-A Shreveport before being traded to the Texas Rangers in 2001. He made his big-league debut later that season with Texas, posting a .172 batting average over 17 games. Magruder went on to play four more seasons in the Majors with Cleveland and Milwaukee. He played 101 games for the Brewers in 2005, hitting .203 with nine doubles and two homers.

 

 

Clay Hensley, RHP

MLB Debut July 20, 2005 / San Diego Padres
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2002 Draft, 8th Round (247th Overall)
Height 5'11" Weight 190

 

Hensley was immaculate for Salem-Keizer in 2002, posting a 7-0 record with a 2.53 ERA in 15 starts. He struck out 84 batters and allowed just three home runs in 81 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander was traded to San Diego the following season and debuted for the Padres two seasons later.

 

Hensley was effective right away, compiling a 1-1 record and a 1.70 ERA in 23 relief outings and one start. He made 29 starts for San Diego the following season, winning 11 games with a 3.71 ERA.

 

The Padres released Hensley after ineffectiveness and injury hindered his development over the next three seasons. He put together a career year with the Florida Marlins soon after, however, posting a 2.16 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 68 appearances out of the bullpen in 2010.

 

 

Clay Timpner, OF

MLB Debut April 8, 2008 / San Diego Padres
Bats L Throws L
Draft 2004 Draft, 4th Round (130th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

A fourth-round selection in 2004 Draft, Timpner impressed right away with a .293 batting average, seven doubles, five home runs, 28 RBIs and 16 stolen bases as a member of the Volcanoes. The speedster went on to tally 102 stolen bases and 32 triples through eight minor-league seasons.

 

Timpner served as a pinch hitter and went hitless in his two at bats with the Giants. He played left field as a defensive replacement in his debut and pinch-hit for Barry Zito in his second and final game.

Photo by Steve Garren

 

 

Cody Ransom, INF

MLB Debut September 5, 2001 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 1998 Draft, 9th Round (278th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 200

 

Ransom began his professional career in Salem-Keizer and displayed many of the tools that led to an 11-year career in the Major Leagues early on. Though he hit just .233, Ransom tallied 25 extra-base hits, drew 43 walks and stole 19 bases as Salem-Keizer won its first Northwest League championship.

 

The infielder debuted with San Francisco in 2001 and proceeded to become one of the better utility players in all of baseball, playing every infield position with the exception of pitcher and catcher through his first six seasons as a professional.

 

Ransom went on to play for eight teams throughout his career, posting a .703 OPS over 383 big-league games. His best season came in 2012 when he hit 11 home runs and notched 42 RBIs with Arizona and Milwaukee. In total, Ransom spent parts of 11 seasons in the Majors and 16 seasons in the Minor Leagues.

 

 

Conor Gillaspie, INF

MLB Debut September 9, 2008 / San Francisco Giants
Bats L Throws R
Draft 2008 Draft, 1st Round (37th Overall)
Height 6'1" Weight 195

 

A first-round selection in 2008, Gillaspie spent the majority of his first professional season with Salem-Keizer before debuting with San Francisco that same year. He made the jump directly from the Volcanoes to the Giants after hitting .268 with four doubles and eight RBIs in 18 games with Salem-Keizer.

 

Gillaspie played eight games for the Giants that season, notching his first career hit off of Dan Haren. He spent parts of two more seasons with San Francisco but played in just 29 games before being traded to Chicago in 2013.

 

Gillaspie put together his most productive season as a professional following the trade, hitting .282 with 31 doubles, seven home runs and 57 RBIs for the White Sox in 2014. He struggled mightily to begin the 2015 season, however, and was eventually traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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Trevor Brown, C

MLB Debut September 19, 2015 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2012 Draft, 10th Round (328th Overall)
Height 6'2" Weight 195

 

Trevor Brown joined the Volcanoes straight out of college. The 10th rounder out of UCLA impressed behind the plate, throwing out 33% of potential base-stealers. Although Brown batted just .221 in 33 games with the Volcanoes, he showed signs of acclimating to professional baseball, going 10-for-27 (.370) in the final week of the Northwest League season. His final appearance in a Volcanoes uniform was a 4-for-7 night with two doubles against Tri-City.

 

Brown split the 2013 season with Class A Augusta and Advanced A San Jose, still struggling to find his stroke with a .240 batting average on the year. After another poor offensive start to the 2014 season with San Jose, Brown began to thrive with a promotion to Triple A Fresno, where he hit .319 in 23 games with the Grizzlies. This earned him a ticket straight to Triple A Sacramento to begin 2015, playing in 82 games for the Rivercats and compiling a .261 batting average.

 

Plagued by injuries in the home stretch of the 2015 regular season, the Giants called up Trevor Brown in mid-September. Out of 960 selections, Brown became just the 16th player drafted after the ninth round in the 2012 Draft to debut.

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Cody Hall, RHP

MLB Debut September 3, 2015 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2011 Draft, 19th Round (597th Overall)
Height 6'4" Weight 220

 

Cody Hall made his debut professionally with Salem-Keizer in 2011 and carved out a solid late-inning relief role with the club. In 27 1/3 innings of work over 23 games, Hall put together a 3-1 record with a 2.63 ERA with a 42-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His ERA was third on the club among pitchers with over 25 innings of work for a Salem-Keizer team that posted a league-worst 4.85 team ERA. The highlight of his career with the Volcanoes was a span of three games in a week where Hall picked up the save in each game.

 

His stellar work on the mound continued as he worked his way up the Giants ladder, posting a 1.60 ERA the following season in Augusta in nearly 40 innings of work. In 2013, Hall split time between San Jose and Richmond, compiling a 1.80 ERA in 60 combined innings between the two clubs. In his Giants debut, however, Hall gave up five hits in under two innings and allowed a pair of earned runs.

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Mac Williamson, OF

MLB Debut September 23, 2015 / San Francisco Giants
Bats R Throws R
Draft 2012 Draft, 3rd Round (115th Overall)
Height 6'5" Weight 240

 

Mac Williamson, a product of Wake Forest, joined Salem-Keizer in late July of 2012 and made his Volcanoes debut on July 24. Despite just 29 games with the Volcanoes, Williamson left no doubt of his potential to make an impact at the highest level. The third rounder smashed seven home runs, tied for third amongst all Short Season batters in the time period. Not only did Williamson flash the power, he hit a scorching .342 and slugged .596 during his time in Keizer, a mark which ranked in the top 40 among all Minor Leaguers. He notched a hit in 23 of his 29 games with the Volcanoes.

 

Williamson punched his ticket to San Jose the following season, spending 2013 and 2014 with the Advanced A Giants. He posted a .292 average with 25 home runs in 2013 before his 2014 campaign was cut short with a season-ending elbow injury. Williamson picked up where he left off in 2015, hitting .293 with Double A Richmond and posting a .249 / .370 / .439 slash line in 54 games with Triple A Sacramento. Williamson was ranked as the Giants no. 13 prospect and top outfield prospect.

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