Video: 2017 Fan Appreciation Video
COME ONE, COME ALL
• 2017 marked the 9th consecutive season the Omaha franchise has welcomed more than 350,000 fans to attend home games in a season.
• Werner Park welcomed its 21st sellout crowd of 9,023 in its history on 7/3.
• The Chasers finished the year on a high note, drawing the largest crowd over Labor Day weekend in the Werner Park Era (since 2011) by hosting 27,902 fans from 9/1-4.
• In total, 14,394,037 fans have attended an Omaha game in franchise history, including 2,711,932 at Werner Park since the ballpark opened in April 2011.
Video: Omaha's O'Brien walks off with homer to center
HOME SWEET HOME
• The Chasers finished their 2017 home slate with a 39-32 record, marking the 5th time in 7 seasons at Werner Park the club has accumulated above a .500 mark.
• The only years in which the team did not post a winning record at home in that span were in 2016 (28-40) & 2013 (36-36).
• 77 of Omaha's 132 home runs hit this season came at Werner Park, with batters posting a .273 average (636-2327) in 71 home tilts, compared to a .267 clip (648-2425) in 70 road games.
• Chasers pitchers accumulated a 3.90 ERA (275 ER/635.0 IP) at Werner Park, compared to a 5.36 ERA (356 ER/597.1 IP) in 70 road bouts.
• A home run was also hit in 61 of 71 contests played at Werner Park in 2017.
Video: Omaha's Soler hits moonshot
CHICKS DIG THE LONGBALL
• OF Jorge Soler 's 24 homers with the Chasers were the most hit by an Omaha batter in a season since the 2014 season.
• Carlos Peguero (30), Matt Fields (28) & Francisco Pena (27) all smashed more than 20 big flies over the course of that campaign.
• 15 of Soler's 24 roundtrippers this year were blasted at Werner Park.
• He also crushed a homer in his 1st at-bat with Omaha on 4/21 at Round Rock while beginning an MLB Rehab Assignment, in addition to slamming a solo shot off Dodgers ace LHP Clayton Kershaw during his MLB Rehab Assignment on 8/26 at Oklahoma City.
• Soler also blasted 2 or more homers in 5 contests this year, matching Fields for the most in a single season by any Chasers player in the Werner Park Era (since 2011).
Video: Omaha's Soler hits one-handed homer
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
• Chasers batters clubbed 3 homers in an inning twice at Werner Park over the course of the 2017 campaign.
• Omaha prior to this year had never hit 3 longballs in a single frame at Werner Park since the ballpark opened in April 2011.
• The 1st time it happened came on 6/9 vs. New Orleans, when outfielders Ruben Sosa , Jorge Soler & Bubba Starling each went deep in the 3rd inning that day.
• Sosa & Soler were also part of the other 3-homer inning on 9/3 vs. Iowa, in addition to INF Frank Schwindel in the 8th frame of that contest.
Video: Omaha's Schwindel knocks two-run single
FRANK THE TANK
• INF Frank Schwindel finished the season with hits in 47 of his final 50 games with Omaha.
• That span include 3 hit streaks of 10+ games, including a 10-game stretch to complete the 2017 campaign.
• Schwindel's longest hit streak was 18 between 7/15-8/1, matching INF Raul Mondesi for the longest by a Chasers player in 2017.
• From the day he made his Triple-A debut on May 18 until the end of the season, he ranked 1st in the PCL in doubles (30), as well as T-1st in hits (126), 2nd in total bases (207), T-5th in extra-base hits (47) & T-7th in RBI (72).
• Overall between Omaha & Double-A NW Arkansas in 2017, Schwindel ranked T-2nd among all minor leaguers in doubles (43), T-3rd in hits (174), 5th in total bases (286), T-5th in extra-base hits (66) & 7th in RBI (97).
Video: Omaha's Mondesi hits a grand slam
OPERATION GRAND SLAM
• Storm Chasers batters combined to mash 7 grand slams this season, the most of any team in the Pacific Coast League.
• The only minor league team with more grand slams over the course of the 2017 campaign were the Quad Cities River Bandits (8), with Omaha matching Columbus & Trenton for the 2nd-most by any MiLB squad.
• That included grand slams from INF Raul Mondesi on back-to-back nights at Iowa between 7/7-8, the 1st 2 grand slams of his pro career.
Video: Omaha's Gore hits first career homer
THE IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED
• On 6/10 vs. New Orleans, OF Terrance Gore crushed the 1st home run of his professional career, which was estimated at traveling 401 feet by Trackman technology.
• The longball came in his 1,947th career plate appearance between MLB & MiLB, as well as his 563rd career contest.
• Gore the previous evening had clubbed a triple off the top of the left field wall.
• That roundtripper was also the 39th career extra-base hit for Gore, including his 2nd extra-base hit at the Triple-A level after the 3-bagger the previous night.
Video: Storm Chasers' Junis notches 12th K
• Storm Chasers pitchers totaled 1,098 strikeouts over the course of the 2017 campaign, good for 4th in the Pacific Coast League.
• That total also ranks as the 3rd-highest single-season mark in Omaha franchise history, behind only the 2013 (1,183) & 2014 (1,105) seasons.
• RHP Josh Staumont struck out 12 batters on 4/13 & 5/1 at Werner Park, matching RHP Liam Hendriks (8/1/14) for the most by an Omaha pitcher since the club began PCL play in 1998, with RHP Jakob Junis later tying that mark as well on 5/26 at Nashville.
• Omaha batters also struck out 1,018 times in 2017, the 3rd-lowest total among Pacific Coast League clubs.
WE HEARD YOU LIKE RUNS...
• Omaha & New Orleans played in a wild 15-11 contest on 6/11 at Werner Park, with the 26 combined runs the most in a Storm Chasers game since Omaha's 17-11 win over Albuquerque (4/8/12).
• It was also the 3rd-highest single-game scoring output in Werner Park history after the previously mentioned victory on 4/8/12 vs. Albuquerque (26) & an 18-13 triumph over Albuquerque on 6/30/11.
• OF Jorge Soler crushed a game-tying home run in the 9th to send the game to a 10th inning, before blasting a walk-off grand slam in the extra frame, the 2nd walk-off grand slam in the Werner Park Era (since 2011) after Kila Ka'aihue (6/28/11 vs. Memphis).
• A total of 23 players from the Storm Chasers' 2017 roster were promoted to Kansas City at some point this season.
• After beginning the year in Omaha, INF Whit Merrifield through 126 games with the Royals has hit .288 (147-510) with 71 runs, 29 doubles, 6 triples, 17 HR & 70 RBI, ranking T-3rd on the club in runs scored & 4th in hits.
• RHP Jakob Junis has also enjoyed success with Kansas City after starting 2017 in Omaha, compiling a 7-2 mark & 4.34 ERA (36 ER/74.2 IP) through 16 games (12 starts).
• In addition, OF Jorge Bonifacio has made a big contribution to the Royals this year, batting .251 (91-362) with 53 runs, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 16 HR & 36 RBI.
• 7 players made their MLB debuts with the Royals in 2017, including Junis (4/12), Bonifacio (4/21), LHP Eric Skoglund (5/30), INF Ramon Torres (6/7), RHP Luke Farrell (7/1), C Cam Gallagher (8/6) & RHP Andres Machado (9/2).
Video: Omaha's Cuthbert hits two-run homer
THEY'RE KIND OF A BIG DEAL
• 7 different Royals players joined Omaha on Major League Rehab Assignments during the 2017 campaign, including OF Jorge Soler (4/21-5/4), LHP Scott Alexander (5/26-6/7), LHP Brian Flynn (5/27-6/26), INF Hunter Dozier (5/29-30), LHP Danny Duffy (6/24-7/2), INF Cheslor Cuthbert (7/17-27) & OF Paulo Orlando (8/12-20).
• Duffy, who started the Storm Chasers' 1st game at Werner Park on April 16, 2011 made 3 starts with Omaha in 2017, posting an 0-1 record & 3.68 ERA (3 ER/7.1 IP).
• Soler crushed 3 longballs over the course of his MLB Rehab Assignment, which included a big fly in his 1st at-bat with Omaha on 4/21 at Round Rock.
• Cuthbert posted a .271 average (16-59) with 10 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR & 9 RBI in his 15 contests with the Storm Chasers.
Video: The Storm Chasers' Mondesi goes into the hole
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR
• INF Raul Mondesi was the lone Storm Chasers player to earn Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star honors in 2017.
• At the time of the announcement on 6/28, Mondesi ranked T-1st in the circuit in stolen bases (16), in addition to T-7th in batting average (.337).
• It was the 2nd career All-Star honor for Mondesi after being named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star in 2015.
• Mondesi ultimately did not play in Triple-A's Midsummer Classic in Tacoma due to injury.
Video: Omaha's Schwindel launches a grand slam
• INF Frank Schwindel earned the Storm Chasers' Omaha Media Hitter of the Year after recording a .321 average (126-392) with 51 runs, 30 doubles, 17 HR & 72 RBI, pacing the club in hits, doubles, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage (.528) & OPS (.868).
• LHP Eric Stout was voted Omaha's Pitcher of the Year after tallying a 5-2 record & 2.99 ERA (23 ER/69.1 IP) in 45 outings (1 start), leading the Storm Chasers pitching staff in appearances, in addition to 2nd in saves (5).
• INF Raul Mondesi was named the Steve Pivovar Prospect of the Year & hit .305 (98-321), adding 52 runs, 20 doubles, 8 triples, 13 HR & 52 RBI, pacing the team in triples, as well as ranking 2nd in stolen bases (21).
• RHP Christian Binford was also named as the recipient of the Johnny Rosenblatt Community Service Award for his work in the Omaha Metro community throughout the 2017 season.
Video: Omaha's Dziedzic finishes 6 2/3 hitless
• LHP Jonathan Dziedzic earned Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors for the time span from April 6-16, marking the 2nd consecutive season he has earned top weekly honors from the league.
• In 3 starts during that time frame he compiled a 2-1 record & 1.04 ERA (2 ER/17.1 IP)with 16 strikeouts, ranking 2nd in the circuit in innings pitched, T-3rd in strikeouts & 8th in ERA in that span.
• Dziedzic also fired 6.2 hitless innings while allowing just 1 walk on 4/16 as Omaha took a no-hit bid to the 9th frame in that contest.
• RHP Luke Farrell also was named Pitcher of the Week by the league for the period between June 19-25.
• In that span he accumulated a 2-0 tally & 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP) in 2 starts, yielding just 6 hits & no walks while fanning a PCL-best 18 batters.
• Included in that time frame was an 8-inning gem on 6/19 at Iowa in which he allowed a lone earned run on 3 hits while striking out 9.
• That last time multiple Omaha pitchers received league Pitcher of the Week honors in the same season was in 2014 when Clay Mortensen & Ryan Verdugo accomplished that feat.
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