Three former Mohawks spent the majority 2014 season at the Double-A level. Catchers Luke Maile and Parker Morin as well as infielder Dan Gamache all made the jump to the next level.
Luke Maile out of the University of Kentucky spent the summer of 2010 in Amsterdam and returned for the second half of the 2011 season. Maile hit .318 his first season and after missing the entire month of June in 2011, return in July and ignited the Mohawks offense as he hit .378 and tied the club record of 8 home runs in a single season.
In 2012 the Tampa Bay Rays drafted Luke in the 8th round and assigned him to the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York Penn League where he hit .278 in 61 games. The Rays promoted Maile to the Bowling Green Hot Rods for a full season of A-ball where he hit .283 with 25 doubles, 4 home runs and 49 RBI in 95 games.
This past season Luke spent the year with the Montgomery Biscuits in Double A. There he hit .268 with 19 doubles, 5 home runs, drove in 37 runs in 97 games and was named a Mid-Season All-Star. The Biscuits finished the 2014 season at 31-39 and missed the playoffs. However, the Rays Triple-A affiliate in Durham made the playoffs and Luke was called up to assist in the catching duties. The Durham Bulls defeated the Columbus Clippers 3 games to 1, but were defeated in the next round by the Pawtucket Paw Sox 3 games to 2 as Pawtucket went on to win the Governors’ Cup over the Omaha Storm Chasers. Luke played 5 games during Durham’s playoff run and went 3-for-17 at the plate, but he did have an RBI double against Pawtucket in a game that went 13 innings and ended with the Paw Sox winning 4-2.
We expect Luke to play at Triple-A Durham this season and possibly be a September call-up for the Rays, but with the Rays catching situation in question a strong start to the season could see Luke in Tampa before that.
On a side note, the Mohawks would like to congratulate Luke on his marriage this offseason to Paige Archinal of Amsterdam!
Parker Morin from the University of Utah was teammates with Maile in 2011. That summer he hit .294 with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 20 RBI.
Morin was drafted by Kansas City in the 14th round of the 2012 draft and was assigned to the Idaho Falls Chukars; the Rookie Level team in the Pioneer League. There he hit .267 in 55 games with 10 doubles, 4 home runs and 21 RBI. In 2013 Morin was assigned to the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Advanced-A. In 88 games Morin hit .226 with 13 doubles, 1 home run and 30 RBI.
This past season Parker started the year with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in Double-A, but was injured in mid-May and didn’t return from the DL until late June. Once healthy, Morin went on a rehab assignment to Idaho Falls where he played 7 games before being recalled to double-A. On September 1, Morin was called up to the Omaha Storm Chasers in Triple-A where he was the DH for the final game of the regular season. Parker went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 6-4 win over Colorado Springs. For the 2014 season, Parker played in 63 games and hit .203 with 8 doubles, 4 home runs and 20 RBI.
Dan Gamache from Auburn played for the Mohawks in 2009 and hit .313 with 11 extra base hits and 24 RBI. He was taken by Pittsburgh in the 6th round of the 2011 draft and has played for 6 different teams in the Pirates organization over the past 4 years while battling injury.
The 2014 season had a delayed start for Gamache who fouled a ball off his foot in spring training and was forced to miss the first half of the year. Once healthy, Dan was placed on the GCL Pirates at the Rookie-level where he collected 2 hits in 2 games. From there, he went to the Jamestown Jammers in the NY-Penn League and had 4 hits in 5 games. Then it was off to Double-A for the first time in his career. In only 39 games at Double-A with the Altoona Curve, Dan set a career high in home runs with 6 and had 11 doubles with 27 RBI.
We hope Dan can stay healthy this year and continue to produce at the double-A level.