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New Vipers catcher Rick Guarno

New Vipers catcher Rick Guarno

Patrick Arlis, Calgary’s steady hand behind the plate last season, is moving on to pursue coaching interests in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

In his only season with the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League, the 28 year old catcher who is a traditionally a light hitter, had a career year with the bat hitting 35 points better than his career .238 minor league batting average at .273. 

His seven home runs were also a career-high, besting the six dingers he hit while playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League (A+) in 2005.

In his place, the Vipers have signed Rick Guarno out of Colorado in the Pacific Coast League (AAA).  

Guarno is also not known for his bat, but he comes in with these dubious stat; he’s played in 287 career minor league games, has hit 15 homeruns and has been hit by pitches 42 times.  That’s once every seven games!!! 6.83 games to be exact.

Legendary batting champion Ted Williams who played in nearly 10 times as many major league games as Guarno has minor league contests (2292-287) only got plunked 39 times in his entire career.

Craig Biggio got nailed a major league baseball record setting 285 times in 2,850 big league games, exactly once every 10 games….

Kinda makes Biggio look like a fraidy cat.

Have I mentioned that for the price of lunch at McUpchucks you have a 1-in-7 chance of seeing a live human hit with a object hurtling at him at speeds anywhere between 80-100 MPH?

Welcome to Calgary, Rick. I look forward to watching you do what you do best.

First baseman John Urick is also on his way into Calgary.  The 27 year old former Oklahoma State slugger is at a career crossroads and might be an asset if he has one of those breakthough years that late bloomers tend to do.   Don’t hold your breath however, waiting for that to happen.

Rick Guarno

Year Team Lg Age Org. Level Unif Pos Ln G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2002 MBC NEC 19 - NCAA       53 189 37 61 10 0 0 23 5 1 12 13 7   4 2 6 .323 .381 .376 757
2003 ALR SBC 20 - NCAA       56 209 54 72 27 1 5 48 6 0 34 28 6   1 8 3 .344 .436 .555 991
  TRI Nwst 20 Col A-   c   37 137 16 32 8 2 1 9 3 0 11 29 1 0 5 1 2 .234 .293 .343 636
2004 TRI Nwst 21 Col A-   c   28 105 11 24 1 0 0 6 0 0 5 20 8 0 2 1 2 .229 .311 .238 549
2005 ASH SAL 22 Col A - c   19 69 7 18 7 0 0 2 1 0 6 6 3 0 1 1 2 .261 .342 .362 704
  MOD Calif 22 Col A+   c   57 188 26 48 10 0 1 23 0 1 17 41 7 0 5 1 4 .255 .338 .324 662
2006 MOD Calif 23 Col A+   c   20 60 10 15 5 0 1 6 0 2 7 22 4 0 2 0 2 .250 .366 .383 749
2007 TUL Tex 24 Col AA   c   75 248 28 64 15 0 6 37 4 0 17 67 12 1 4 4 2 .258 .331 .391 722
2008 TUL Tex 25 Col AA   c   27 100 15 29 3 0 5 15 0 1 3 21 6 0 1 2 2 .290 .342 .470 812
  COL PCL 25 Col AAA   c   24 97 14 23 7 2 1 10 1 1 0 17 1 0 1 2 2 .237 .240 .381 621
 
Minor League Totals - 6 Season(s) 287 1004 127 253 56 4 15 108 9 5 66 223 42 1 21 12 18 .252 .321 .361 682

John Urick

Year Team Lg Age Org. Level Unif Pos Ln G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2003 OKS Big12 21 - NCAA -     56 210 52 73 10 2 13 53 1 2 33 25 3   1 3 5 .348 .438 .600 1038
  STA NYPL 21 Nyy A-   1b   59 186 18 42 9 0 0 16 2 2 36 36 0 1 0 4 7 .226 .345 .274 619
2004 BAT Midw 22 Nyy A   1b   118 397 61 112 29 0 15 65 1 4 52 85 4 3 0 3 15 .282 .368 .469 837
2005 TAM FSL 23 Nyy A+   1b   94 340 38 81 23 1 11 46 0 0 32 56 7 2 0 1 5 .238 .316 .409 725
  COL IL 23 Nyy AAA   1b   1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 333
2006 LAK SAL 24 Phi A   1b   100 358 52 95 27 2 6 53 1 2 53 100 9 0 2 6 5 .265 .369 .402 771
2007 CLE FSL 25 Phi A+ - 1b   77 262 35 63 14 1 10 55 0 1 35 78 3 3 2 6 5 .240 .330 .416 746
2008 CLE FSL 26 Phi A+ 24 1b   122 421 56 112 32 1 10 77 0 2 50 107 7 3 0 5 7 .266 .350 .418 768
  REA East 26 Phi AA - 1b   4 9 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 .222 .273 .222 495
 
Minor League Totals - 6 Season(s) 575 1975 262 507 134 5 52 313 4 11 259 464 31 13 4 26 44 .257 .348 .409 757

Patrick Arlis

Year Team Lg Age Org. Level Unif Pos Ln G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO HBP IBB SH SF DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2000 ILL NCAA 19 - NCAA       22 23 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0   1 0 1 .087 .125 .087 212
2001 ILL NCAA 20 - NCAA       55 201 25 67 16 0 4 43 12 1 12 26 2   1 2 4 .333 .373 .473 846
2002 ILL Big10 21 - NCAA       49 179 37 58 11 1 7 37 14 4 11 36 5   0 3 2 .324 .374 .514 888
  JAM NYPL 21 Fla A-   c   47 148 17 40 9 0 3 25 0 1 22 40 2 0 0 3 4 .270 .366 .392 758
2003 GRE SAL 22 Fla A   c   74 246 26 50 8 1 1 21 10 3 17 61 3 0 4 1 1 .203 .262 .256 518
2004 GRE SAL 23 Fla A - c   61 207 23 47 5 1 2 17 3 1 18 59 1 0 1 0 0 .227 .292 .290 582
  JUP FSL 23 Fla A+ 44 c   3 12 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083 .154 .167 321
2005 JUP FSL 24 Fla A+   c   91 305 38 74 9 2 6 35 9 1 25 72 0 1 8 4 13 .243 .296 .344 640
2006 CAR Sou 25 Fla AA   c   68 205 20 48 14 0 2 13 2 1 35 46 2 0 3 0 1 .234 .351 .332 683
2007 KAN Northern 26 - Ind 20     46 168 22 44 10 0 1 19 2 1 16 38 5 0 6 3 5 .262 .339 .339 678
  CAR Sou 26 Fla AA   c   15 46 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 7 16 0 2 1 1 0 .087 .204 .109 313
  ALB PCL 26 Fla AAA   c   1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 333
2008 Cal Gold 27 - Ind       78 293 51 80 24 1 7 42 0 0 32 63 1 0 3 3 3 .273 .343 .433 776
 
Minor League Totals - 7 Season(s) 484 1632 197 388 81 5 22 175 26 9 174 399 14 3 26 15 28 .238 .314 .334 648

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