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Iowa Cubs - Triple A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs (Pacific Coast League)
has steadily worked his way through the minor league system and is
currently in the starting rotation for the Iowa Cubs (Triple A). In his
first 15 appearances in 2007, Mathes has tallied six wins against five
losses while maintaining an ERA of 5.68. In an 8-2 win over Omaha on
June 11, he recorded the first complete game of the season for the
Cubs, scattering eight hits. In 2006, Mathes was named to the Southern
League midseason all-star team and led the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
(Double A) with 10 wins. In 2005, he won a career-high 11 games with
Daytona of the Florida State League and was unbeaten in his first
professional season, going 1-0 for Mesa and 3-0 for Boise in 2004.
Mathes was selected by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 2004 draft
after earning Second Team All-Mid-American Conference honors his senior
season at WMU. Mathes is fourth in the Bronco record books for career
strikeouts with 195.
Pat Misch (LHP)
Fresno Grizzlies - Triple A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants (Pacific Coast League)
is a young rising star in the Giants' organization and is currently
rated the club's #11 prospect by the The Baseball America Prospect
Handbook. After beginning the season with Triple A Fresno, Misch was recalled by San Francisco on July 3rd.
Appearing in 30 games with Fresno in 2007, Misch owns a record of
2-3 and an ERA of 2.06 over 56.2 innings with Fresno. He has one save
and 61 strikeouts. Misch made his major-league debut last year as a
September call-up and pitched one scoreless inning in his first
big-league outing. He split time with the Double A Connecticut
Defenders (5-4, 2.26 ERA, 18 G) and Fresno (4-2, 4.02 ERA, 11G) in 2006
and registered 136 strikeouts, good enough to tie Nick Pereira for the
lead in the Giants minor league chain. In 2005, he saw action with
Norwich (Double A) and Fresno. He spent much of the 2004 season with
the Norwich Navigators, recording a 7-6 record and 3.00 ERA to go along
with a 123:35 strikeout:walk ratio in 159 innings. He was fourth in the
Eastern League in ERA and led in complete games (4) and shutouts (3).
was drafted by the Houston Astros in the fifth round of the 2002
amateur draft but did not sign. A year later, the San Francisco Giants
took him in the seventh round of the 2003 amateur draft. He went 7-5
with a 2.18 ERA for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Northwest League Class
A Short Season) that year, and was third in the Northwest League in ERA
and led in innings pitched (87.2). Baseball America rated him the #20
prospect in the NWL. Misch holds the Western Michigan record for most
strikeouts in a season (99) and most strikeouts in a game (19) and is
second in career K's with 265. He was a two-time Second Team
All-Mid-American Conference honoree.
Adam Rosales (1B)
Chattanooga Lookouts - Double A Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds (Southern League)
was recently promoted to the Double A Chattanooga Lookouts, making his
first appearance June 21st, after an impressive start to the season
with the Sarasota Reds (A) of the Florida State League. With Sarasota,
Rosales was an all-star selection after leading the league in doubles
(23) and placing in the top 10 in runs (47), extra base hits (33) and
RBI (48), hitting .294 in the clean-up position. In his first eight
games with Chattanooga, Rosales is batting .258 and has already belted
a double and a triple. Rosales spent 2006 with the Dayton Dragons (A)
and Sarasota and appeared in three spring training games with
Cincinnati. In his first season in the minors (2005), Rosales hit .321
while playing for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League and .328
while with Dayton. Rosales was a 12th round pick by the Cincinnati Reds
in the 2005 amateur draft. Rosales is the only Bronco in the last 10
years to earn All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors twice in a
career. He ranks in the top five at WMU in career hits (213), runs
(156), doubles (46), home runs (24) total bases (365) and stolen bases
(47), while ranking in the top 10 in RBIs (119). He tied the school
record for most hits in a game with six against Illinois his senior
Brian Sikorski (RHP)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows - Japan Central League
is a currently a relief pitcher for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the
Japanese Central League. The Central League is one of Japan's two major
professional baseball leagues, and the more prominent of the two.
Sikorski is in his sixth season of Japanese ball, after stints with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and San Diego
Padres organizations. He was called up to Major League Baseball with both the Rangers (2000) and Padres (2006), owning a career record of 4-5 in the big leagues. In the far east, Sirkorski currently holds the Japanese record for most appearances. He began the 2007 season with the Buffalo Bisons (Cleveland,
Triple A), recording two saves in 13 appearances before his contract
was sold to the Swallows on May 17. Sikorski was drafted in the fourth
round of the 1995 amateur entry draft by the Houston Astros. He is one
of only 15 individuals to ever throw a no-hitter at Western Michigan,
accomplishing the feat in a 3-0 seven-inning win over Toledo in 1995.
That same year, he was a First Team All-Mid-American Conference
selection. Sikorski is tied for second in Bronco records books with 10
wins in a single season.
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Kyle Maunus (OF)
Billings Mustangs - Rookie Affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds (Pioneer League)
the first nine games in 2007, Maunus is hitting .359 with eight RBIs
for the Billings Mustangs. Maunus signed a professional contract with
the Cincinnati Reds in August of 2006. In his three-year career as a
Bronco, Maunus produced a batting average of .296 along with 50 runs,
111 hits, 27 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 50 RBI.
Derek Schlecker (RHP)
Orem Owls - Rookie Affiliate of the LA Angels (Pioneer League)
selected in the 31st round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft by
the Los Angeles Angels, Schlecker has reported to the Orem Owls. He has
worked 3.2 innings over three games, and notched his first career save
against the Ogden Raptors on June 25. During his career at WMU,
Schlecker recorded 12 saves, placing third on the team's all-time list.
In his final season in Kalamazoo, Schlecker saw action in 23 games
(second most all-time in a season at WMU), and tallied four saves. He
threw 21.1 innings, collecting two wins against four losses, with an
ERA of 4.64.
* Western Michigan also has former players involved in several of the independent leagues.
* Stats used in the article as of June 28, 2007. Follow day-to-day stats of Broncos in the Pros by clicking here.