Sunday Farm Report: 11 Years Later, Schlereth Still Chasing Big-League Dream

Daniel Schlereth, son of former Broncos lineman Mark Schlereth and a first-round draft choice of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Arizona in 2008, made his big-league debut in May 2009, less than a year after being drafted by the D-Backs.

The Highlands Ranch High School alum, however, was not an instant success story. More than that, he has become a study in determination and desire.

After opening this year with the Long Island Ducks, a member of the independent Atlantic League, Schlereth was signed to a minor-league deal by the Mariners on June 2. On Saturday night he got the call out of the bullpen for Triple-A Tacoma and was credited with the victory in Tacoma's 2-1 win against the Rockies' Albuquerque affiliate. He struck out the only batter he faced.

After his brief time with the D-Backs in 2009, he saw limited big-league time with the Tigers in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Schlereth has a big-league resume of 5-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 93 innings.

Schlereth, however, has continued to chase the dream. As well as his time in the D-Backs and Tigers organization, the last seven years have seen him spend time with the Orioles, Pirates, Cubs, Club Jays, Marlins, and now the Mariners, after the brief appearance in the Atlantic League

 After initially being sent by the Mariners to Double-A Arkansas, where he appeared in eight games, pitching 9 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and six walks, striking out 12, Schlereth was promoted to Tacoma. 

Saturday night was his fourth appearance for the Rainers, in which he has pitched 2 2/3 innings. In the 11 seasons in which he has spent time in the minor leagues he is 11-11 with a 2.68 ERA.

In Saturday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (44-44) lost 2-1 against Tacoma. Ryan McMahon (.257) doubled home the Isotopes only run, tying the game at 1-1, but in the ninth, Denver Chrisitan alum Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled and scored on a single by Gordon Beckham (.314), who had homered in the top of the sixth. D.J. Johnson (2-4, 4.91) suffered the loss. Sam Howard (5.43) started and allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out six, in six innings.

AA Hartford (42-44) won 5-0 against Portland. Rico Garcia (1-0, 3.75) allowed three hits and two walks, striking out seven, in six scoreless innings. Sam Hilliard (.284) had an RBI duoble, and Dom Nunez (.218) a two-run single to give the Yard Goats a 3-0 lead in the first. 

High A Lancaster (11-6 2nd half; 44-43 overall) won 5-1 against Modesto. Heath Holder (6-0, 4.33) worked two scorless innings for the win. David Hill (4.58) started and pitched three hitless innings, walking one and striking out two. Carlos Herrera (.294) tripled home Max George in the third inning, and scored on an ensuing single by Colton Welker (.318), who extended his hitting streak to 11 games. George (.234) then delivered his 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot, in the fourth.

Low A Asheville (11-4 2nd half; 38-46) won 10-5 against Greenville. Todd Czinege (.500) went 4-for-5 with two triples, a home run, and five RBI in his fourth game since being promoted from rookie-level Grand Junction. Czinege was a 29th-round draft choice out of Villanova a year ago. Chad Spanberger (.317) also went 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, two RBI and a stolen base. Garrett Schilling (4-3, 3.15) allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings. 

Short-Season A Boise (13-10) won 7-4 at Salem-Kaiser. Daniel Jipping (.237) ignited a six-run second inning with his fourth home run of the season producing the first two runs. Matt Hearn (.333) singled home two runs, and scored on a double by Kyle Datres (.333), who scored on a single by Danny Edgeworth (.294), who leads the team with 16 RBI. Mike Bunal (2-0, 2.45) worked 2 2/3 shutout innings for the win in relief of Miguel Ausua (8.31), who allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings. PJ Poulin earned his first save.

Rookie Grand Junction (10-13) won 5-4 against Ogden. Hunter Stovall, the Rockies 21st-round draft pick from Mississippi State, homered in the first two at-bats of his professional debut, and finished the game going 3-for-4. Grant Lavigne (.415) was 2-for-4 with an RBI single. Wander Cabrera (1-1, 6.48) allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out five, in six innings. Alexander Martinez (3.97) earned his sixth save. Coco Montes (.453) went 0-for-4, ending his 18-game hitting streak.

Dominican Summer League South (13-18) lost 3-2 at Mets 1. Raul Lopez (0-1, 15.43) gave up two runs in the eighth, suffering a blown save and the loss. Kevin Garcia (1.75) started and worked six hitless innings, walking on and striking out five. Francisco Palma (.271) was 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored.

Dominican Summer League North East (17-14) won 7-6 against the Pirates 2. Eddy Diaz (.279) had a double, walk and two runs scored, and Yeikel Blandin (.269) was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a triple. Gustavo Frontado (1-0, 7.36) was credited with the victory despite allowing four runs on five hits, striking out five in 2 1/3 innings. Raymells Rosa earned his sixth save, Kleiver Osorio (2.55) started and allowing two runs on five hits and two walks in four innings.