A “Where Are They Now?” Update…

Thanks to our good friend Dave McDonough, we have a Thunder alumni update for the month of June…

Thunder Alumni in Organized Ball (Years played for Thunder in parentheses. Changes for May 2011 indicated in boldface):
Alfredo Aceves (08): Red Sox
Lance Berkman (rehab 10): Cardinals
Rafael Betancourt (97-01): Rockies
Yhency Brazoban (03): AAA Round Rock (Rangers)
Andrew Brackman (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Dan Brewer (10-11): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Brian Bruney (rehab 08, 09): White Sox

Melky Cabrera (05): Royals
Robinson Cano (03- 04, rehab 06): Yankees
Buddy Carlyle (04): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Matt Carson (05-08): AAA Sacramento (Athletics)
Noel Castillo (09-10): A Tampa (Yankees)
Francisco Cervelli: (08, 09): Yankees
Joba Chamberlain (07): Yankees
Justin Christian (06,07,10): AA Richmond (Giants)
Anthony Claggett (08): AA Altoona (Pirates)
Tyler Clippard (06- 07): Nationals
Phil Coke (08): Tigers
Jesus Colome (06): AAA Colorado Springs (Rockies)
Jose Contreras (03): Phillies
Reegie Corona (07-09): Yankees DL
JB Cox (06, 08): restricted list, Yankees
Colin Curtis (07- 09): Yankees DL
Matt Cusick (09-10): AA Arkansas (Angels)
Jorge De La Rosa (01-02): Rockies
Octavio Dotel (rehab 06): Blue Jays
Justin Duchscherer (00- 01): Orioles
Eric Duncan (05-06): AA Springfield (Cardinals)
Shelley Duncan (05- 06): Indians
Mike Dunn (08- 09): Marlins
Adam Everett (99): Indians
Frank Francisco (02): Blue Jays
Brett Gardner (06- 07): Yankees
Alberto Gonzalez (07): Padres
Taylor Grote (10): A Tampa (Yankees)
Eric Hacker (08-09): AAA Rochester (Twins)
Sean Henn (04- 05): AAA Las Vegas (Blue Jays)
Phil Hughes (06- 07): Yankees
Walter Ibarra (08): A Tampa (Yankees)
Austin Jackson (07- 08): Tigers
Steven Jackson (07- 08): AAA Indianapolis (Pirates)
Derek Jeter (rehab 03): Yankees
Nick Johnson (rehab 03): Indians (DL)
Jeff Karstens (05-07): Pirates
Ian Kennedy (07): DBacks
George Kontos (08-10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Zack Kroenke (07- 08): DBacks
Austin Krum (09-11) AAA Scranton (Yankees)

Brandon Laird (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees).
Jeff Marquez (07- 08): White Sox . Des. for assignment June 5.
Hideki Matsui (rehab 06): A’s
Zach McAllister (09): AAA Columbus (Indians).
Daniel McCutchen (07-08): Pirates
Mark Melancon (08): Astros
Trever Miller (94): Cardinals
Kevin Millwood (11): AAA Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Juan Miranda (07): DBacks
D.J. Mitchell (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Jose Molina (rehab 09): Blue Jays
Jesus Montero (09): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Dioner Navarro (03-04): Dodgers
Hector Noesi (10): Yankees
Ivan Nova (09): Yankees
Eduardo Nunez (09): Yankees
Luis Nunez (10): Scranton (Yankees)
Adam Olbrychowski (09-10): A Potomac (Nationals)
Scott Patterson (06-07): AA Jackson (Mariners)
Carl Pavano (96, rehab 06, rehab 08): Twins
Lance Pendleton (09-10): Yankees
Ramiro Pena (05-08): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
David Phelps (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
P.J. Pilettere (07-09): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Ryan Pope (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Ramon S. Ramirez (03-05): Giants
Rene Rivera (10): Twins
David Robertson (07-08): Yankees
Kevin Russo (08): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Freddy Sanchez (01-02): Giants
Amaury Sanit (09): Scranton (Yankees)
Omir Santos (05-07): Tigers
Bronson Sardinha (04-07): AA Tulsa (Rockies)
Carlos Silva (11): Scranton (Yankees)
Jeff Suppan (95): AAA Omaha (Royals)
Jose Tabata (08): Pirates
Kanakeo Texeira (09): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Jose Valdez (08-09): AAA Oklahoma City (Astros)
Jorge Alberto Vazquez (09): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Chien-ming Wang (03-04): Nationals
Adam Warren (10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Kevin Whelan (07-10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Eric Wordekemper (07-10): AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Chase Wright (07-08): AAA Nashville (Brewers)
Kevin Youkilis (02): Red Sox

Baseball Related Jobs
Andy Abad (95-97): coach, A Visalia (DBacks)
Scott Aldred: (pitching coach 07- 08), pitching coach, AAA Scranton (Yankees)
Andy Cannizaro (03-05, 07): scout, Yankees
Tony Clark (94): Director of Player Relations, Major League Players Baseball Association
Joe DePastino (96-99): minor league catching instructor (Tigers)
Ralph Dickenson (hitting coach 06): hitting coach, A Dunedin (Jays)
Dave Eiland: special assistant, Rays
Scott Emerson (95- 96): pitching coach, AAA Sacramento (A’s)
Chad Epperson (97-99): minor league catching instructor, Red Sox
Bryan Eversgerd (96): pitching coach, AA Springfield (Cards)
Ethan Fagget (97): Assistant Director of Florida Baseball, Red Sox
Nomar Garciaparra (95): analyst, ESPN
Billy Gardner Jr. (manager 01-02): manager, AA Montgomery (Rays)
Edwar Gonzalez (08-10): hitting coach, GCL Yankees (Yankees)
Raul Gonzalez (99): In probably the most unusual job for a Thunder alumni, Gonzalez has been hired by the Tigers (or by MLB, nobody seems to know which) as a companion for the troubled Miguel Cabrera. Gonzalez has a locker next to Cabrera, and works out with the team, but is not on the roster.
Mike Griffin (pitching coach, 99-02): pitching coach, AAA Norfolk (Orioles)
Danny Haas (01): scout, Red Sox
DeMarlo Hale (manager 97-99): bench coach, Red Sox
Ron Johnson (manager 02): coach, Red Sox
Justin Mashore (94, 99): coach, AA New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
Bill Masse (manager 05-06): eastern pro scout supervisor, Mariners
Carlos Mendoza (07-09): manager, Tampa rookie team (Yankees)
Lou Merloni (95-97): sports show host, WEEI, Boston
Lipso Nava (95): manager, A Augusta (Giants)
Al Nipper (pitching coach 95, 97): minor league pitching evaluator, Red Sox
Tom Runnells (manager 94): coach, Rockies
Kevin Reese (03-04): scout, Yankees
Eric Schmitt (03, 05): Asst VP, Baseball Operations, Yankees
Lee Tinsley (95): minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator, Cubs
Ralph Treuel (pitching coach 96, 98): minor league pitching coordinator, Red Sox
John Valentin (rehab 01): coach, AAA Albuquerque (Dodgers)
Pete Walker (97): pitching coach, AA New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

Independent & Foreign Leagues
Alex Ahumada (01-02): Piratas de Campeche (Mexican League)
Aarom Baldiris (07): Orix Buffalos (Japan)
T.J. Beam (06): Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
Dee Brown (05): Seibu Lions (Japan)
Morgan Burkhart (99): manager, Calgary Vipers (Golden League)
Franciso Butto (06): Guerreros de Oaxaca (Mexican League)
Matt DeSalvo (04-06): York Revolution (Atlantic League)
Darin Everson (98): manager, Washington Wild Things (Frontier League).
Mike Gardner (07-08): Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League)
Noah Hall (07, 09): Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League)
Jeff Kennard (03-07): Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League)
Carlos Leon (00, 02): Yuma Scorpions (North American League)
Sandy Madera (04): Leones de Yucatan (Mexican League)
Charlie Manning (03-07): So. Maryland Blue Crabs (Atlantic League)
Brian Myrow (03): Winnipeg Goldeneyes (American Association)
Tomo Ohka (99): Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan)
Ed Riley (95): Manager, Worcester Tornadoes (Can-Am League)
Luis Rodriguez (99-01): Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League)
Nerio Rodriguez (00): Acereros de Nortea (Mexican League)
Randy Ruiz (06): Rakuten Eagles (Japan)
Humberto Sanchez (08): Sutanes de Monterrey (Mexican League)
Seung Song (02): Lotte Giants (Korean)
Matt Smith (03-05): Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League)
Justin Snyder (09-10): St. Paul Saints (American Association)
Kevin Thompson (03-05): Grand Prairie Airhogs (American Association)
Marcus Vechionacci (07-10): Hanshin Tigers (Japan)
Wilton Veras (98-99, 02): Sinon Bulls (Taiwan)
Francisco Villegas (03-04): Olmeces de Tabasco (Mexican League)

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