Grizzlies deal Brown to Wichita for 2 players

News-DemocratJanuary 21, 2014 

— The Gateway Grizzlies have traded right-handed pitcher Tim Brown to the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association in exchange for outfielder Madison Beaird and infielder Colt Loehrs.

"It's hard to see Tim go but this is a great move for him," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "He's a perfectionist and one of the best pitchers to ever wear the Grizzlies uniform. It's pretty hard to top what he did in 2012 and 2013. We will miss him."

In two seasons with the Grizzlies, Brown went a combined 25-5 with seven complete games. The St. Louis native compiled a 2.28 ERA in 2012 and a 2.97 ERA in 2013.

The 2013 season included the third no-hitter in team history on July 20 when Brown pitched against the Lake Erie Crushers in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark.

Beaird, 23, comes to Gateway after batting .303 for Wichita in his first professional season in 2013. The left-handed batter and thrower from Russellville, Ark. had eight extra base hits and six runs batted in while playing in 27 games at the two corner outfield positions.

Loehrs, 25, compiled a .279 batting average for the Wingnuts in 2013 in 40 games. Loehrs belted two home runs and drove in 14 runs. He played in the Pecos league in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, batting a combined .366 in 62 games. Loehrs has played third base and both corner outfield positions in his career.

"Madison and Colt are both solid additions to our 2014 roster," Warren remarked. "We're excited to get players of this caliber in return. They both have the chance to make big impacts on our 2014 team."

Coaches to return

Gateway pitching coach Randy Martz and hitting coach Zach Borowiak are remaining on the staff for the 2014 season.

"We are excited to be able to bring back both Randy and Zach," Warren said. "Both guys have previous playing experience at a high level and a lot of knowledge they can share with the players."

Martz enters his eighth season as the team's pitching coach. The former Major League pitcher has been with the team since Warren was hired as the manager prior to the 2007 season. Martz spent seven years with the River City Rascals, three as their manager, before coming to the Grizzlies.

Martz was the 12th overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 1977 amateur draft. He spent the 1980-1982 seasons with the Cubs. Martz finished his career with one game in a Chicago White Sox uniform in 1983. He compiled a 17-19 record with seven saves in 68 appearances as a Major League pitcher.

During the offseason Martz is the head coach of Lewis and Clark Community College in nearby Godfrey.

"Our team ERA has been near the top of the league the last two seasons and Randy is a big reason why," Warren stated. "The player's love having him around."

Borowiak begins his second season as Gateway's hitting coach. The Nashville native spent 2011 as the team's bench/defense coach.

Borowiak, a teammate of Warren's in college at Southeast Missouri State University, played in the Boston Red Sox organization from 2003-2009 after being drafted in the 14th round of the 2003 draft out of SEMO. Borowiak drove in 205 runs in 604 career games, reaching Triple-A Pawtucket.

"Zach was a great hire for us last year and we are excited to have him for another season," Warren said. "Not only does he help with our hitters, but he also works with our defense and plays a big part in aligning our defense during the game."

Season opener

The Grizzlies 2014 regular season opener is on May 16 when they take on the Traverse City Beach Bums at GCS Ballpark.

Season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.

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