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Bauxite Kevin Pataky remembers the 2003 divison champion New Haven Ravens well, and has tracked them down for us. Thanks for the pinch-hit, Kevin.

In 2003, 44 different players suited up for the New Haven Ravens, the Double-A Minor League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays that year. Where are they now?

3 Dominic Rich: Was the starting second baseman for the Eastern League Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats last season. Last seen in Jays Minor League Camp last month, Dominic is not listed presently on any Jays Minor League roster, nor has he shown up on any transaction line indicating he's been released, suspended, traded or placed on the DL. He's in limbo.

5 Jorge Sequea: Removed from the Blue Jays 40 man roster last fall,and then ultimately let go, Jorge signed with the St. Louis Cardinals' organization as a Minor League Free Agent over the Winter. He was released by St. Louis on 3/22/05.

5 Russ Adams: Russ enjoyed a successful 2004 campaign playing for the Syracuse Skychiefs before a September callup to Toronto last fall. He was the opening day starting shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, batted 9th and went 1-3.

6 Danny Solano: He is currently on the 2005 roster of the Triple A Syracuse Skychiefs, but is apparently ticketed for double A New Hampshire to be the starting shortstop.

8 Kurt Keene: Drafted away from the Blue Jay organization following the 2003 campaign by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft, Kurt split time between the Double A Reading Phillies and the Triple A Scranon team, and will begin 2005 on Scranton's Opening Day roster.

9 Adam Peterson: Began 2004 as the closer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and earned 15 saves before being called directly up to Toronto. Adam was thrown right into the fire, and was beaten to the tune of a 16.48 ERA before being sent down to Syracuse (AAA). He struggled there for the rest of the year (12.86 ERA in 21 innings) as his confidence appeared shaken. Adam was traded in January of this year to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for 1B/3B/DH Shea Hillenbrand. Adam is presently on the Triple A Tucson Sidewinders roster.

10 Rich Thompson: Selected away from the Blue Jays in the Rule 5 draft following the 2003 season by the Pirates and then sent to the Kansas City Royals. Rich made it onto Kansas City's Opening Day roster in 2004 before ultimately being returned to the Pirates and reassigned to their Triple A Nashville Sounds organization for the year. The Pirates switched affiliations following the 2004 season and jumped from the Pacific Coast League to the International League. Their Triple A affiliate is now the Indianapolis Indians, and that is where Rich will open the season

10 Sandy Nin: Traded to the Rockies following the 2003 season, Sandy was injured and didn't pitch in 2004. It is unclear where he is today.

11 Justin Singleton: Was the starting center fielder for the Eastern League Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats last season. Justin slugged 16 HRs last year and led the Eastern league in triples with 11, but struck out 152 times in 441 ABs. Justin will be in the pool of outfielders Syracuse will put on the field in 2005.

12 Matt Logan: Traded to the Reds last Summer from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Matt wasn't offered a contract in 2005 and to my knowledge remains unsigned.

13 Cameron Reimers: Was a starting pitcher for the Eastern League Champion New Hampshire Fisher Cats for the first half of last season, before a promotion to the Triple A Syracuse Skychiefs where he finished the year. Due to a log jam of free agent pitcher signings at the Triple A level, Cameron was assigned to start the 2005 campaign for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

14 Gustavo Chacin: won 20 games in the Blue Jays organization last year: 16 as a starting pitcher for the Fisher Cats plus one in their playoffs, 2 as a starter for the Syracuse Skychiefs, and then 1 versus the New York Yankees following a September callup in his Major League Debut. He is the Jays starting pitcher in tonight's ball game versus the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

17 Guillermo Quiroz: Was the starting catcher for the Triple A Syracuse Skychiefs last season. A (broken) hand injury limited his playing time last year, but he recovered from it in time to earn a September callup to the Blue Jays. Q hurt his shoulder in a Minor League game alast month and will begin the 2005 campaign on the DL of the Triple A Syracuse Skychiefs.

18 Erik Kratz: Will start the 2005 season as a catcher on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats roster.

18 Gabe Gross: Promoted to the Blue Jays from Syracuse last summer, Gabe struggled down the stretch and ended his rookie season with a .209 batting average. After some adjustments to his swing over the Winter, Gabe had a fantastic Spring for the Blue Jays clubbing 8 HRs and earning a spot on Toronto's 2005 Opening Day Roster. He will platoon as the Jays right fielder with Alexis Rios.

18 Tyrell Godwin: Drafted away from the Blue Jays in the rule 5 draft after a successful 2004 season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats by the Montreal/Washington organization. The Nationals like Tyrell's speed and project him as a fourth outfielder, but feel he needs to spend time in Triple A this year before such a promotion could be possible. In order to be assigned to the Nationals' Triple A affiliate in New Orleans, Washington had to officially trade a Single A pitcher to the Jays which they did a couple of weeks ago.

19 Dave Abbott: Released in 2003 from the New Haven Ravens, David has no record of playing in organized baseball since.

19 David Bush: #3 Starting Pitcher in the Blue Jays rotation, Dave will be starting the Jays Home Opener this Friday against the Red Sox. After a Summer callup by Toronto last year, Dave won 5 games for the Blue Jays down the stretch and maintained a 3.69 ERA over his 97.2 innings.

20 Dave Gassner: Was the player to be named in the trade between the Jays and the Minnesota Twins that sent Bobby Kielty to Toronto for Shannon Stewart following the 2003 season. In 2004, Dave led the International League (AAA) in wins with 16 and earned a spot in their All Star game while playing for the Rochester Red Wings. Dave was added to the Twins 40 man roster over the Winter and maintained a 2.38 ERA for Minnesota in Spring Training this year while pitching for the parent club over 6 games. He was ultimately reassigned to Rochester to start the 2005 as one of their many talented starting pitchers.

21 Brian Patrick: Spent 2004 playing for Ken Joyce's Single-A Charleston Alley Cats. He is on the 2005 Opening Day roster of the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays.

22 Jason Arnold: Jason was injured for a good part of last season. He started out in Syracuse (AAA) before the injury, rehabbed in Dunedin (A) before a late season promotion to New Hampshire (AA). This season, Jason has been converted into a reliever and will start on the roster of the Syracuse Skychiefs.

22 Shawn Fagan: Was on the roster of Syracuse in 2004 before being suspended late in the season. Shawn is apparently no longer in baseball.

23 Chuck Kegley: Was injured early in the 2003 season while with the Ravens. Chuck was ultimately sent down to Dunedin (A), but never recovered and ultimately was released. He hasn't played since in organized baseball.

23 Dan Jackson: Spent the 2004 season pitching for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, but was released from the Blue Jays during Spring Training this year. No official word on where he is now.

24 Chris Baker: Began the 2004 season 0-11 for Syracuse (AAA) before being demoted to New Hampshire (AA) where he finished the season 5-1 with a 3.09 ERA in 11 starts there. Had 2 successful starts in the playoffs for the Fisher Cats while winning the Eastern League title with them. Will begin the season in the rotation of the 2005 Syracuse Skychiefs (AAA).

25 Jordan De Jong: Became the closer for the 2004 Fisher Cats after Adam Peterson was promoted to Syracuse last summer and earned 14 saves and had a 2.86 ERA for the eventual Eastern League Champs. Will serve as New Hampshire's closer again this year.

25 Kevin Frederick: After a semi-successful start in 2003 as a Raven,> Kevin was promoted to Syracuse where he struggled for the rest of the season. Starting off the 2004 campaign, Kevin dominated Double-A batters for New Hampshire before being called up to Syracuse where he was equally impressive. Ultimately, he was called up to Toronto where he amassed a 6.59 ERA in 22 games before being let go by the Toronto organization following the season. I have no information which indicates that he has signed with any team since.

26 Paul Chiaffredo: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a Minor League free agent following the 2004 season. Paul played for Syracuse (AAA) and New Hampshire (AA) last season and will begin the 2005 campaign in Indianapolis (AAA) with Rich Thompson.

26 Tim Whittaker: Played primarily for Syracuse (AAA) last season but also had stints with Dunedin (A) and New Hamspshire (AA). Will begin the 2005 season on New Hamspshire's roster.

27 Juan Pena: Earned 5 saves in 7 appearances for the Ravens in 2003 before being called up to Syracuse where he finished the season with a 7.56 ERA in 8 appearances. Hasn't played professionally in the United States or Canada since.

27 Scott Wiggins: Known primarily as the guy the Yankees traded straight up to get Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays in 2002. Scott struggled in 2003 for Syracuse before being sent down to New Haven where he finished the year. He signed as a free agent and returned to the Yankee organization in 2004. Scott pitched for the Double-A Trenton Thunder, but wasn't very successful in 16 appearances and ultimately was released. He hasn't pitcher in organized baseball since.

27 Simon Pond: Started out extremely hot for the Blue Jays in Spring Training 2004 and earned a spot on their Opening Day Roster last year. He was only given 2 starts, and struggled to bat .161 before being sent down to Syracuse (AAA) where he finished the season at .278 with 7 HRs and 35 RBI. Simon signed as a Minor League Free Agent with the Red Sox and is slated to begin the 2005 campaign with their Triple A affiliate in Pawtucket.

28 Alexis Rios: Alexis began 2004 in Syracuse (AAA) and wasn't performing spetacularly there, but an injury at the Major League level prompted his early (May) callup. Alexis hit only 1 HR last year for the Jays, but batted a respectable .286 in 426 ABs. He will platoon with Gabe Gross in right field for the Jays this season.

29 John-Ford Griffin: John-Ford broke his foot near the end of the 2003 season while with the Ravens and missed the end of the year including the playoffs. He was assigned to New Hampshire in 2004, where the Jays hoped he could catch a hot start before being promoted to Syracuse. Quite the opposite happened for John-Ford as he struggled to bat .200 for most of the season while striking out a lot. Late in the year, he picked it up and ultimately finished the season batting .248 with 22 HRs and 81 RBI for New Hampshire's championship team. No longer figuring in the Blue Jays outfield plans, Griffin will be assigned to Syracuse this year, where he will split time as that club's 1B and DH.

32 Jim Deschaine: Was released by the Blue Jays from New Haven's 2003 club, but ultimately latched on with the Phillies and has played for their Reading (AA) and Scranton (AAA) team over the last 2 seasons. He will begin the 2005 campaign as an outfielder for the Reading Phillies.

32 Jose Umbria: Umby continues to bounce around in the Jays Minor Leagues, going wherever Toronto wants him to. Last season he played for their A, AA and AAA teams, but will begin the 2005 campaign with their New Hampshire (AA) club.

33 Diego Markwell: Signed as a Minor League free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2003 season. Diego was ultimately cut from the team during Spring Training 2004. He then appeared in the 2004 Olympics in Greece for the Netherlands. Diego is actively trying to play baseball again in the US, but has yet to find a taker.

35 Pete Bauer: Selected away from the Blue Jays by the Marlins following the 2003 season in the Rule 5 draft. Pete pitched for the Carolina Mudcats (AA) for most of last season. He started the year strong, but faltered down the strecth ending up 5-10 in 27 appearances with a 4.35 ERA. His last start of the season was a 7 inning stint for Albuquerque (AAA) in which he earned the win while> striking out 4 and allowing only one run. Pete will be in Albuquerque's starting rotation to begin the 2005 campaign.

36 John Ogiltree: Was a key member in New Hampshire's (AA) bullpen last season before stepping away to pitch for Canada in the 2004 Olympics. Tree came back and helped the Fisher Cats win the Eastern League Championship and will begin his 3rd Double A stint this season in New Hampshire's bullpen.

51 Anthony Sanders: Anthony signed with the Colorado Rockies as a Minor League free agent following the 2003 season and started 2004 with their Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He ultimately got traded back to the Blue Jays and finsihed the 2004 campaign with Syracuse. Anthony will be in the pool of outfielders Syracuse will put on the field in 2005.

51 Hugo Castellanos: Was released by the Blue Jays from the 2003 Ravens team and ultimately returned to his native home in Mexico and pitched in their Minor Leagues. In 2004, Hugo pitched for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Cubs AA affiliate) and had a 3.52 ERA in 22 appearances. He doesn't appear to still be with the Cubs organization however.

52 Dustin McGowan: Began 2004 as Toronto's #1 prospect and started in New Hampshire for the Fisher Cats. He started out 2-0 and speculation was that he was about to be promoted to Syracuse (AAA) but instead had to have 'Tommy John' surgery which ended his season. Dustin was in Spring Training this year for the Jays, but was limited to throwing fastballs and changeups ("straight stuff") and will remain in extended Spring Training as the season begins. Ultimately the plan is to start him slowly at Dunedin (A) before making the leap back to Syracuse (AAA). A stop back in New Hampshire (AA) might not be out of the question either.

52 Pete Walker: Made 2 rehab starts with the Ravens in 2003 while with the Blue Jays organization, and ultimately finished the 2003 season in Toronto. Pete was allowed to go over seas to Japan for the 2004 campaign, but ultimately has returned and is in the Jays bullpen this season.

52 Rob Hamann: Started the 2003 season with the Ravens before being sent down to Dunedin, and then ultimately being released. He never again pitched in organized ball.

Manager Marty Pevey took over the managerial job in Syracuse in 2004, and starts his second season there on Thursday.

Thank you for the pinch-hit, Kevin. That was a fine double A ballclub, that figures to provide the core of the Jays club for years to come.

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kpataky - Tuesday, April 05 2005 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#109294) #
Ken Joyce was the Hitting coach of the 2003 Ravens, and he Managed last year's Single-A Alley Cats team that moved to Lansing and became the Lugnuts this year. (he's still the manager)

Also, Dane Johnson was the Ravens pitching coach and he serves as a roving Minor League Pitching Instructor for the Blue Jays now.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 05 2005 @ 03:53 PM EDT (#109295) #
Thanks Kevin. We all know what happened the Rios' and Chacin's but the guys who were released, traded or claimed disappear into minor league never never land. It was interesting to find out what happened to them.
Rob - Saturday, April 09 2005 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#110259) #
Dave Gassner just got the call up to Minnesota, replacing the injured Carlos Silva. I think he's going to start on Tuesday.
Jordan - Saturday, April 09 2005 @ 08:34 PM EDT (#110267) #
Go Dave! I was sorry to see him leave the organization, though I comfort myself with the knowledge that he indirectly helped bring Ted Lilly onboard.
kpataky - Tuesday, April 12 2005 @ 08:03 AM EDT (#110811) #
Dave is actually starting Saturday's 1 pm game in Cleveland vs. the Indians. He called Sunday night. There is a caravan of 100-125 members of Dave's family and friends heading down there from Wisconsin. What a steal the Twins got in Shannaon Stewart and Dave Gassner for Bobby (who the heck) Kielty back in 2003. Kielty was moved on to get Ted Lilly ultimately tho.

Gassner Gets His Shot

Twins Add Former Boiler to Staff

kpataky - Tuesday, April 12 2005 @ 08:09 AM EDT (#110812) #
Just a note to complete this thread's location of Dominic Rich. At the end of Spring Training, when Jason Alpharo and Bryant Nelson, both free agent signees, were sent back to Minor League Camp, Dominic was informed that his only option was to head back for a 4th time to Double-A and would share time at second base with up and coming Carlo Cota. Dominic then asked for his release from the organization and the Blue Jays obliged. I think if the 2nd base job in New Hampshire was handed to him outright, he would have accepted that, but now he is looking for a new employer. We wish him all the best.
kpataky - Tuesday, April 12 2005 @ 08:16 AM EDT (#110813) #
Just a follow up thought on the Gassner callup...Of the 44 guys that suited up for the New Haven Ravens in 2003, Dave Gassner will be the 12th guy from that team that has gone on to play in the big leagues.
kpataky - Thursday, April 14 2005 @ 08:49 PM EDT (#111612) #
Adam Peterson was designated for assignment today by the Diamondbacks.

What does this mean? Essentially, being designated for
assignment allows a club to open up a spot on the 40
man roster while they figure out what to do with a
player. There are certain situations in which a team
needs a player's permission to either trade him or
send him to the minors. So rather than force the
player to make a quick decision, the team can simply
designate him for assignment while he decides.

So in Adam's case, the DBacks needed his roster spot
because they acquired Pitcher Javier Lopez off waivers
from the Rockies and wanted to put him on their 40 man

Adam was designated for assignment so Arizona must
wait for him to clear waivers (he can now be claimed
by any Major League team for a fee) which can take
four or five days. If he clears waivers, he can be
outrighted to the Minors or become a free agent.
kpataky - Friday, April 15 2005 @ 07:29 AM EDT (#111728) #
kpataky - Tuesday, April 19 2005 @ 08:25 AM EDT (#112593) #
The Tigers claimed Arizona Triple-A right-hander Adam Peterson off waivers and assigned him to Double-A Erie.
kpataky - Monday, May 09 2005 @ 09:56 AM EDT (#116140) #

Simon Pond Now With the Orioles

Red Sox ship Pond to Orioles for a player to be named. Pond was then assigned to the Bowie BaySox of the Eastern League.

kpataky - Wednesday, June 01 2005 @ 03:38 PM EDT (#118358) #
#10 Sandy Nin has been found!

Sandy Nin

Sandy Nin was a New Haven Raven for the briefest of times. He was called up by the Blue Jays from Low A Charleston the last weekend of the 2003 season and made one start up in Portland. He went 7 innings, gave up 2 ER struck out 9 and walked none and took the loss in a 2-1 defeat. In game 2 of the EL Championship vs. Akron that year, Sandy followed Dustin McGowan to the hill and struck out 4 batters in 2 innings while giving up 1 earned run.

After the 2003 season, Sandy was named as the player to be named later in the three way deal between Toronto, Colorado and Tampa which sent Justin Speier from Colorado to Toronto, Mark Hendrickson from Toronto to Tampa, and Joe Kennedy from Tampa to Colorado.

Still within the Colorado Rockies organization, Sandy sat out all of the 2004 season with an injury, but has come back strong in 2005. He made 7 starts for the Modesto Nuts of the California League (Single-A) and was 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA and had 34 Ks in 35.1 IP. Two weeks ago he was promoted to Double-A, to the Tulsa Drillers where he's made 3 not so successful starts, going 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA and 11 Ks in 14.2 IP.

kpataky - Monday, June 06 2005 @ 01:04 PM EDT (#118740) #
John Ogiltree Signed On with the Washington Nationals and was was assigned to Harrisburg (where Dee Haynes is) of the Eastern League. John has made 3 appearances of 1 scoreless inning each for the Senators, including an appearance last night.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 13 2005 @ 11:22 PM EDT (#122580) #
Dominic Rich was signed by the Cardinals last month played in 3 games for Single A Palm Beach and was 1-8. He then volentarily retired on 6/17.
kpataky - Friday, July 15 2005 @ 08:52 AM EDT (#122785) #
C Paul Chiaffredo has been added to the Altoona Curve (AA) roster from Indianapolis (AAA).
kpataky - Friday, July 22 2005 @ 02:43 PM EDT (#123546) #
After recently being released by the Florida Marlins Triple-A affiliate, Pete Bauer has signed to play with the Houston Astros and was assigned to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Double-A Texas League. In two games this week, Pete has pitched 3 innings of relief and has not surrendered a run.
kpataky - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 07:58 AM EDT (#123900) #
Jorge Sequea, 24, was killed in a car accident earlier this month.

According to reports out of Venezuela, Sequea's hometown, Sequea was killed July 3 in his hometown of Anaco. Blue Jays minor-league pitcher Ismael Ramirez, who's also from Venezuela, told how Sequea had run his car off the highway. While walking to get help, another car hit and killed Sequea.

Sequea played for the New Haven Ravens in 2003, and the Syracuse SkyChiefs in 2003-04. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as a free agent in the offseason, but asked for his release after the Cardinals were going to send him to Double-A. He spent the first month of this season playing for a professional team in Mexico before returning to Venezuela.

Sequea's wife gave birth to their second son about five months ago.
Mike Green - Wednesday, July 27 2005 @ 09:12 AM EDT (#123907) #
Thank you for that sad piece of news, Kevin. I was thinking of Jorge Sequea just yesterday, when Marc mentioned David Espinosa, who is currently in double A Erie.

Our condolences to his family.
kpataky - Sunday, July 31 2005 @ 12:01 AM EDT (#124269) #
With Dustin McGowan making his Major League debut today, that makes 14 guys from the 2003 New Haven Ravens (of the 44 that played that season) that went on to the Bigs.

Russ Adams
David Bush
Gus Chacin
Kevin Frederick
Dave Gassner
Tyrell Godwin
Gabe Gross
Dustin McGowan
Adam Peterson
Simon Pond
Guillermo Quiroz
Alexis Rios
Rich Thompson
Pete Walker
kpataky - Wednesday, February 08 2006 @ 02:23 PM EST (#140768) #
Cameron Reimers has signed a Minor League Contract with the Boston Red Sox and hopes to make the roster of the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA).
kpataky - Wednesday, June 13 2007 @ 12:20 PM EDT (#169776) #
When Jordan DeJong was called up recently to the Toronto Blue Jays, he became the 15th member from the 44 guys who wore New Haven Ravens jerseys in 2003 to make it up to the Big Leagues. More than 33% from a Double-A team - that's impressive.
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