Rounding out our Outsider’s Gander™ at the pitching staff of the 2009 signed Calgary Vipers, today we bring you last of the confirmed lefties.
Jake Vose pitched for the UNLV Rebels during college, putting together a fine college career as a starter. I remember UNLV Rebels gear being quite popular when I was in middle school – especially hats. His college bio suggests that he’s had some of his best performances during big games, like a complete game four-hitter during a win in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Vose was a 13th round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in 2004, pitching 36 innings for the organization in A ball – striking out 30 and walking 11. In 2006, Vose joined the few, the proud, the independent baseball players in the American Association . There he started 3 games and pitched in 14 total, amassing 23.2 innings of work, 22 Ks and issuing 17 free passes. The Vipers are referring to Voss as “Pitching Depth”, so look for him to start his Vipers career out of the bullpen – at least until the youngster gets his feet wet. Like a lot of pitchers the Vipers have signed lately, Vose has starting potential and experience, so his play is likely to dictate his spot in the staff.
Issei Izumi played for the Western Canada Miners in the 2009 Arizona Winter League. His highest level of competitive baseball his high-school ball, assumably in Japan. I can’t seem to find out much more about him from the outsider’s perspective – other than the obvious that AWL Roving Pitching Coach/Vipers Pitching Coach/Vipers Staff Ace/Probable Ladies Man Evan Greusel must have liked what he saw. Izumi doesn’t speak English, but Vipers fans in the know are aware that The Little Hideki That Could has played the interpreter role before. Here’s a cute shot from the Yuma Sun of the Miners’ manager using an opposing player as an interpreter to talk to Izumi on the mound during the 2009 AWL:
To recap, here’s the signed Vipers arms for 2009, so far (A.T.T. = agreed to terms):
- LHP – Issei Izumi (Jan 21, A.T.T.)
- LHP – Frank James (Mar 11, A.T.T.)
- LHP – Joe “The Cobra Clutch” Sergent (Mar 2, A.T.T.)
- LHP – Jake Vose (Jan 23, A.T.T.)
- LHP – Alan Webb (Jan 23, A.T.T.)
- RHP – Zachery “Zak” Blakney (Mar 11, A.T.T.)
- RHP – Cody Cillo (Mar 23, A.T.T.)
- RHP – Erik Dessau (Mar 17, A.T.T.)
- RHP – Evan Greusel (and the pitching coach)
- RHP – Hideki Nagasaka (Mar 11, A.T.T.)
Lastly, here’s a relaxing ditty from the other Iz: