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Former Riders Called Up On The Same Day

June 10th, 2014 » filed under: Baseball News, Top Story

Two former Roughrider baseball players each received the call to the bigs on the same day. Kirby Yates (2008 & 2009) and Ken Giles (2011) were notified on June 7th to report to their respective clubs.

Yates left his Durham Bulls AAA team to meet the club in Tampa for a game against the Seattle Mariners. The Hawaii native saw his first action that night throwing 1.1 innings without surrendering a hit and striking out 2. In the minors, Yates posted an impressive 0.36 ERA with a 35/9 K/BB ratio in 25 innings.

Giles joined his new team in Cincinnati for a game against the Reds. Giles carries good numbers with him to the “show”. In two stops at Reading and Lehigh, the Albuquerque native had a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings with the Reading Fightin Phils, with seven saves and 29/5 K/BB ratio. With the Lehigh Piggies, he was slightly less effective, with a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings, five saves and 9/8 K/BB ratio.

Yates and Giles joins two other former Roughriders in the majors, Kyle Blanks (2005) from the Oakland A’s and Kole Calhoun (2007 & 2008) of the California Angels. YC has had 17 former players play in the Major Leagues:

Tom Tellman

John Fulgham

Billy Hatcher

Bob Howery

Charlie Kerfeld

Donzell McDonald

Chad Curtis

Bob Milacki

Gabe Molina

Curt Schilling

John Butcher

Alex Madrid

Dusty Brown

Kyle Blanks

Kole Calhoun

Kirby Yates

Ken Giles