Left-handed starter Donnie Veal, catcher Jake Muyco and shortstop Jonathon Mota will leave Peoria Monday morning for the Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League while left-handed closer Ed Campusano will join AA West Tenn after he pitches in the MWL All-Star game Tuesday night in Davenport, IA.
Since the Chiefs do not play again until they host Quad Cities at 7:00 PM on Thursday, the three players who will join the squad for the second half is not yet known.
Veal beat Kane County on Friday night to improve to 5-3 on the season with a 2.69 ERA in 14 starts. The lefty is 4th in the MWL in strikeouts with 86 in 73 2/3 innings. Veal was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2005 draft out of Pima CC in Arizona and was the Chiefs opening day starter.
Muyco was behind the plate for 28 of the Chiefs first 69 games of the season. He batted .205 with two homers and 15 RBI. The 2005 8th round draft pick out of NC State made his mark on defense where he is 2nd in the MWL in runners caught stealing at 54 % (20-37).
Mota joined the Chiefs in late April and played in 33 games with 28 starts for the Chiefs. The 19 year old started 24 games at shortstop and four games at second base while batting .278 with nine RBI. His two run single on Saturday night tied the game 4-4 in the 3rd inning and was instrumental in the Chiefs 8-5 division clinching win.
Campusano established himself as the MWL’s top closer in 2006 with 20 saves in 21 save opportunities. The lefty is 0-0 with a 1.27 ERA in a team-high 25 appearances. He struck out 43 batters and walked just nine in 28 1/3 innings of work. He will still go to the All-Star game in Davenport, IA and then report to AA West Tenn of the Southern League on Wednesday. Campusano is tied for 9th on the Chiefs single season saves list.
Due to the Midwest League All-Star Break the Chiefs will have three days off and next take the field at home against Quad Cities at 7:00 PM on Thursday June 22nd. The first 1500 fans through the gates on Thursday will receive the first of four collectable baseball giveaways this season. The baseball on Thursday will feature 2005 Peoria Chiefs pitcher Grant Johnson presented by AmerenCilco. The Chiefs roster currently stands at 21 players and Peoria expects to add four players before the first pitch on Thursday night. In addition to those four new Chiefs players, Wade Miller appears set to begin a rehab assignment with Peoria on Thursday.