Kody Rock Finds Success With Baby Brewers
Former Yorkton Cardinal pitcher Kody Rock made a successful first step with the Milwaukee Brewers Arizona League affiliate. After starting the season in the WMBL, Rock signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers in July and made the most of his opportunity.
The Canora, Saskatchewan native, who has been playing baseball since he was four, turned his passion into a very productive college career with Mayville State in North Dakota.
Rock also enhanced his pitching skills by competing in summer baseball with Yorkton and the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League.
As a senior with Mayville in 2017, Rock was 8-4 with a 3.07 record. He also pitched 91 innings striking out 96 batters. During the 2016 WMBL season in Yorkton, Rock started nine games won five and recorded 58 strikeouts in 61 innings. Those outstanding performances impressed the Milwaukee scouting staff and earned Rock a professional contract.
With the 2017 baby Brewers, Rock saw action in 12 games pitching 19.2 innings. He earned two wins and four saves while compiling a 3.66 ERA. Rock also walked three and struck out 17 batters.
Other summer league grads, Sean Wooten, Andrew Albers, Marco Gonzalez, Dan Runzler and Andrelton Simmons found their way to the majors after playing in WMBL.
Judging from his early performance it seems Kody Rock is well on his way to adding his name to a Major League baseball roster in the not too distant future.
Simmons Shines in 2017 MLB Season
Andrelton Simmons was a member of the 2009 Yorkton Cardinals. His bat was very good, but his defensive ability at shortstop was at a level never seen before or since he graced Jubilee Park and all other WMBL stadiums. He was and still is truly one of a kind.
Simmons made his MLB debut in 2012 with Atlanta, and has not looked back. He went on to win two gold gloves with the Braves in 2013 and 2014, while also winning the platinum glove in 2013 as the National League's top defensive player.
In 2017 Simmons won his third career gold glove as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He also achieved career highs in several offensive categories including hits (164), runs (77), doubles (38), stolen bases (19), on base percentage (.331) and slugging percentage (.421). He also hit a very respectable .278.
Congratulations to Andrelton on another fine season in the show, with continued success in 2018 and beyond!
Dan Runzler Returns to the Major Leagues with Pirates in 2017
In 2004, a pair of up and coming baseball players from UC Riverside made their way to Yorkton to play summer collegiate baseball. By 2009 both had made it to Major League Baseball. They were Anthony Claggett (https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/claggan01.shtml) and Dan Runzler (https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/runzlda01.shtml). Claggett was a starting middle infielder and came out of the pen with the Cardinals. Runzler was a mainstay in the Cardinals starting rotation.
Claggett's MLB tenure was shortlived, but he got the opportunity to pitch at Yankee Stadium. He is now an assistant coach with the New Mexico State baseball team. Congrats Anthony!
Runzler's MLB career started in San Francisco, as he pitched there between 2009 and 2012. In 89 games with the Giants, Runzler was 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA.
After several years in the minors, Runzler made his way back to MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made 8 relief appearances with a 4.50 ERA over four innings.
The Cardinals wish Dan the best of luck in 2018 and beyond!
Congratulations to our winners
6 to 10th Prizes - Season tickets for the 2018 season :
5th Prize - Oakly sunglasses donated by Sherring Optical - Judy Burak
4th Prize - $500 Coop Gift Certificate - Chris Rosenmeyer
3rd Prize - $1000 Thorsness Gift Certificate - Trina & Sheldon Stechyshyn
2nd Prize - 2018 Deer Park Season Golf Pass - Brian Chisolm
Grand Prize - Trip for 2 to Minneapolis for 4 Blue Jays Games in September - Hans Madsen
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket. We appreciate the support!
The Yorkton Cardinals are proud to present a "Back 40" Weekend at Jubilee Park
Starting with the game on Friday July 14, Back 40 Breweries will have their signature beers in the beer gardens. Come on down to try out Yorkton's newest craft beer. Saturday July 15 will be bring a friend to the park, for just $15 you will get 2 adult admissions and 2 Back 40 beer while you watch the Cardinals take on the Edmonton Prospects.
YORKTON CARDINAL LOTTERY RULES AND REGULATIONS
Prize Package is as follows
1st prize – bus trip for 2 to Minneapolis to see the Blue Jays approx. value $2300
2nd prize – 2018 Deer Park Season Pass approx. value $1200
3rd prize – Gift certificate from Thorsness Appliance value $1000
4th prize – Gift Certificate from Yorkton Coop value $500
5th Prize – Oakley Sunglasses donated by Sherring Optical approx. value $250
6th – 10th prize – 2018 season tickets for the Yorkton Cardinals value $150 each
Draw date will be the last home game of the regular season, Saturday July 29/17after the 7th inning of the game is completed – approx. 8:30 pm
Rules of play
All tickets are eligible for all draws. Each ticket will be re-entered for each draw.
Only 1000 $10 tickets and 500 sets of 3 @ $20 for a total of 1500 tickets will be printed and available for sale.
Must be at least 18 years of age to purchase tickets. This lottery is intended for Saskatchewan residents, but the winner may be from outside Saskatchewan.
Winners will be notified by phone or mail.
Any NSF cheque may void your ticket.
Prizes will be awarded in the name on the ticket stub. If the winning ticket has more than one name on it, the prize will be awarded to the first name appearing on the ticket. Yorkton Cardinals Baseball Inc and SLGA are not responsible for any disputes arising between the different individuals participating in a group purchase.
Any unclaimed prizes will be kept in a safe location for one (1) year and if unclaimed at that time, will be donated to a charitable beneficiary as approved by SLGA.
All draws to take place at:
Jubilee Diamond #1 on Foster Street in Yorkton during our final home game of the season against the Melville Millionaires. It will take place after the 7th inning of play approx. 8:30pm
Members of the lottery committee and their families have the right to buy tickets and win lottery prizes.
Thursday June 8/17
KIDS DAY AT THE PARK
Come on down to Jubilee Park on Thursday morning at 11 a.m. as we take on the Melville Millionaires in our annual kids day game.
We had an awesome turnout last year and it looks like it will be the same on Thursday. Come down early to get a good seat!
We would like to thank the Yorkton Coop for being our game day sponsor and Harvest Meats for the hot dog lunch sponsorship.
Events like this would not be possible without the partnership we have with these great businesses.
Mr. Mikes Fundraiser
Mr. Mikes Steakhouse Casual has given the Yorkton Cardinals a great fundraising opportunity. We have available for sale, coupon books that will give you over $100 in savings when visiting Mr. Mikes restaurants. The cost per book is only $25 with all the proceeds staying with our organization. If you are interested in a book or two please contact Ken Chyz (306) 621-5687 or Karen Marshall (306) 621-9299 and we will be happy to get them out to you.
The Yorkton Cardinals would like to welcome the following players to Yorkton for 2017 season
Cameron Sommers from Puyallup WA. He is a 6'2" RHP and should be a key piece to our bullpen. On his tape I saw good fluidity and deception.
Robbie Watson from Bowen Island BC. He is a 6'7" RHP who will thrive from our pitching program. He is very talented and has big time ability to miss a lot of bats. He should be very good this season.
Eric Little from Saugas CA. He is a 6'5" RHP who throws 3 quality pitches with a high upside. He should pitch out of our rotation this summer
Mitchell Worthington from Maryville MO. He is a 6'3" RHP who throws hard and is very fluid with a very good upside. I believe Mitchell will thrive from our pitching program during his time with the team.
Hank Forrest from Eugene OR. He is a very good athlete who should steal some bases for us. As well as being a very good outfielder, he has good tools and bat speed that should play well in this league.
Bryce Roesch from Beaverton OR. He was the Metro player of the year in a very good high school conference. He is a very good athlete and is physically ready to play and has the tools for success in the WMBL.
Jahziel Morel from Santo Domingo DR. He will catch, DH and possibly play a little first base for us this summer. He is a good hitter with an advanced approach that should play well and provide some power in our lineup.
Jake Davidson from Amador Valley CA. He will doing some catching for us this summer, he has a high upside and a body to hit for power as well as good arm strength behind the plate. He should be a big contributor for us.
We will be holding our AGM on February 19/17 at 2:00 p.m. at Tapps Brewing Company. Our coach, Bryn, has recruited some excellent ball players that are committed to putting a winning team on the field for the club this summer. We will be facing a lot of challenges off the field with Bill's passing, as he took care of so many aspects of our organization. We are asking you, our fans and supporters, to attend this AGM to give suggestions, offer advice or join our organization. We appreciate all the help and input that comes our way. If you have any questions, or can't make the meeting, but would like your opinion heard, please contact Karen at 306-783-2926.
Feb 8, 2017
The Yorkton Cardinals are very excited to announce 3 returning players for our 2017 roster.
Justin Johnson was an outstanding pitcher for us last summer. Justin has tremendous mound presence and is only going to get better. He will be a key piece in our pitching rotation this coming summer.
Derek Marshall will be a veteran for us this summer as well as being a key leader for our ball club. He can fill many roles for us as a starting pitcher or coming out of the bullpen.
Caden Rosholt will be returning to the infield this summer. Caden was probably the youngest everyday player in this league last year and was great for us and will only get better as he is tremendously talented. He has top notch bat speed that will play well against the pitchers in the WMBL.
Sept 15, 2016
The Yorkton Cardinals are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of our long time manager and head coach Bill Sobkow. Bill played a major part in bringing the WMBL to Yorkton and starting the franchise. Bill was a caring man who treated every player on his teams like one of his own, always making sure they were happy and comfortable in Yorkton, while always keeping family close. Every person in the organization will miss Bill and his love for the game of baseball, the players, fans, and volunteers of the Cards, and the City of Yorkton. Bill will be missed dearly by all the Cardinal volunteers and players, both current and former. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill's family and friends during this difficult time.
August 4, 2016
The Yorkton Cardinals are off to the second round of WMBL playoffs for the first time in 14 years!! The Cardinals defeated Regina last night to sweep the series 3 - 0. Max Biedrzycki was the winning pitcher, Hunter Hiskey had 3 RBIs while 3 other Cardinals each had 2 hits. The Cardinals will now face the swift Current Indians in the Eastern Conference final starting Friday Aug 5/16 in Swift Current.
July 28, 2016
We would like everyone to know that starting today July 28/16, 100 advance tickets will be available at the Yorkton Dairy Queen for Game 1 of the playoffs. For $10 you will get a game ticket and a free small original blizzard. Also on Saturday July 30/16 from 2 - 4 p.m. come on down to the Dairy Queen and meet the Yorkton Cardinal Players in attendance as they get ready for the 2016 playoffs!!
WMBL Player of the Week
July 12, 2016
Congratulations to Kody Rock on being named WMBL Player of the week for week #5 (July 4-July 10/16). Check out the full article on the WMBL website.
Miss Teenage Saskatchewan
July 5, 2016
Miss teenage Saskatchewan Kirsten MacDonald stopped by Jubilee Park before the game against Moose Jaw. The team wishes her success in Toronto in July as she competes for the National title of Miss Teenage Canada.
June 10, 2016
The 50/50 prize form the June 10th game is still unclaimed if you have a white ticket with number 7288 please come to the concession at the next home game.
Kids Day at the Park
Thursday June 2, 2016
Head down to Jubilee Park today for a very exciting game versus Swift Current. We are expecting 650 to 700 GSSD students and staff at the game today. Of course everyone is welcome to attend to cheer on our Yorkton Cardinals. There will be time after the game to meet and greet the players and get autographs.
Lets welcome the team to Yorkton by getting out and cheering them on.
Mr Mike's Steak Night
Sunday May 22 to Wednesday May 25/16
Tickets are $25.00 each
Great food great price!!!
Support the Cardinals as we head into our 2016 WMBL Season
Call Karen at 306-783-2926 for more information or to buy tickets
Cardinals Sign Head Coach for 2016 WMBL Summer Collegiate Season
Tuesday April 26, 2016
The Yorkton Cardinals are very pleased to announce the signing of Omaha native Bryn Biancalana as the head coach for 2016. He is the Zone Training Instructor at Perfect Mind Perfect Motion Baseball Academy (PMPM). Bryn brings to Yorkton an excellent pedigree, as he is the son of former Major League Infielder Buddy Biancalana who won the 1985 World Series with the Kansas City Royals, first beating the Toronto Blue Jays in 7 games and then the St. Louis Cardinals also in 7.
Bryn brings a wealth of baseball knowledge because he has been around the game all his life. Not only did he accompany his father to many major league clubhouses, he took a very keen fascination to the game as he progressed through his teens and early twenties. He feels he certainly has matured in the process of teaching and dealing with the game over the last 5 years. The PMPM philosophy of slowing the game down and adopting the concept of motion factor is groundbreaking, which draws on neuroscience.
Bryn has a unique ability to connect with young baseball players striving to achieve professional status. Since collegiate baseball involves players under the age of 25, this becomes a perfect storm for him to charge his players with philosophies that are new to them. Bryn has coached in Edmonton (WMBL) and Saskatoon (WMBL) in 2011 and 2012 and very pleased to be in Yorkton (WMBL) for 2016.
The Cardinals begin their 2016 season in Melville on Saturday May 28 and return to Yorkton for a 7PM game vs Melville on Sunday the 29th.
Yorkton Cardinals General Meeting
Tuesday April 5, 2016
The Yorkton Cardinals General meeting scheduled for Tuesday April 5, 2016 has been postponed until Tuesday April 12, 2016.
It will be at 7:00 pm at the Days Inn, Yorkton, Sk.
Two More Players Sign To Play in Yorkton 2016
February 18, 2016
Logan Parachoniak Logan is a RHP attending Hilbert College in New York and is a senior completing his final year of college baseball. Logan is a local player from Yorkton who joins the Cardinals for his 2nd year of WMBL baseball pitching.
Jamie Whitehead is from Calgary and joins the Cardinals for the 3rd time in the past 4 seasons. Jamie is currently attending University at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar Missouri. Jamie is a RHP that will be a starting pitcher for the Cardinals.
Missouri Dominates 2016 Cardinal Player Signings
November 25, 2015
Three new players will wear Cardinal uniforms in 2016.
Cory Canterbury is an outfielder that comes to Yorkton with a big bat and excellent defensive skills. Cory is currently enrolled at St. Louis CC fro his 2nd year of University. Cory is highly recommended by former Yorkton coach John McVey and also former Yorkton player Cole Roark.
Luke Lucas is a RHP currently attending Southwest Baptist University also in Missouri.
Hunter Hiskey is a catcher at Southwest Baptist University. Hunter is a Reshirt Freshman that possesses extraordinary defensive and offensive skills.
2016 Player Signings
November 25, 2015
The Yorkton Cardinals are off to a flying start regarding player signings for the 2016 Summer Collegiate Baseball season in the WMBL. Local players Right Hand pitchers Derek Marshall and Kody Rock are welcomed back for another campaign by the Cardinals. Currently Derek is attending a school in Illinois (Lindenwood Belleville University) and Kody is once again at Mayville State North Dakota. 2016 will see Kody assume a greater starting role in Yorkton and Derek, who operated as a closer in 2015, will undoubtedly continue in the same role for 2016.
November 25, 2015
The Yorkton Cardinals' WMBL organization takes this opportunity to thank everyone connected to the 2015 Cardinals, in allowing an excellent season. Sponsors, volunteers and players are to be commended on a job well done. The Cardinals have achieved the playoffs in two consecutive years. The optimism exists in even more and better success both on and off the field.
Congratulations goes out to the cities of Brooks and Fort McMurray in being accepted to the WMBL as new franchises, both in the Western Division.
2015 Yorkton Cardinals Cash Lotto Update
November 18, 2015
The Yorkton Cardinals had the 50/50 draw November 15, 2015. The lucky winner of $8,270.00 was Albina Bartoshewski of Bankend, Sask. Congratulations to Albina!
The $100,000.00 lotto and all the subsidiary draws were cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. Refunds will be sent out to all purchasers.
We would like to thank you for your understanding and support.
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