2014 Birmingham Barons

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The 2014 Birmingham Barons was the second Barons team to play in downtown Birmingham's Regions Field and began the season as reigning Southern League champions.

The season marked the Logan family's 8th season as team Owners and the team's 29th season as a Chicago White Sox AA affiliate. They played in the North division of the Southern League along with the Huntsville Stars, Chattanooga Lookouts, Jackson Generals and Tennessee Smokies.

Julio Vinas entered his second season as field manager. Brandon Moore was the team's batting coach and Britt Burns coached pitchers.

Since 2008, the Barons have worn white pinstripes with black caps with a white Gothic "B" outlined in red at home, and road grays inspired by the uniforms worn by the Negro American League champion 1948 Birmingham Black Barons.

The team opened their 2014 campaign with a 5-2 win at the Montgomery Biscuits on April 4. They lost a 7-4 game to the Jacksonville Suns in their home debut on April 9 before a Wednesday night crowd of 6,411. The Barons finished the regular season with a record of 60-80 (.428) and finished 5th (last place) in the Southern League's North Division, 17 games behind the pennant-winning Huntsville Stars. Despite the poor showing, the club's second season at Regions Field attracted 437,612 fans, a 10% increase over 2013.

Roster

Pitchers

Catchers

  • Kevan Smith (batted .290 with 45 runs on 113 hits, 10 home runs, 48 RBI, 10 errors in 103 games)
  • Martin Medina (batted .333 with 9 runs on 14 hits, no home runs, 6 RBI, no errors in 16 games)
  • Miguel Gonzalez (batted .269 with 6 runs on 14 hits, no home runs, 4 RBI, no errors in 16 games)
  • Luis Serra (batted .197 with 4 runs on 15 hits, no home runs, 8 RBI, no errors in 8 games)
  • Jeremy Dowdy (batted .250 with 1 run on 2 hits, no home runs, 1 RBI, no errors in 2 games)

Infielders

  • 1B Rangel Ravelo (batted .309 with 72 runs on 147 hits, 11 home runs, 66 RBI, 10 steals in 133 games)
  • 1B Christian Marrero (batted .298 with 27 runs on 48 hits, 7 home runs, 36 RBI, 4 steals in 50 games)
  • 1B Dan Black (batted .260 with 17 runs on 44 hits, 5 home runs, 22 RBI, 3 steals in 44 games)
  • 1B Grant Buckner (batted .189 with 6 runs on 7 hits, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 1 steal in 12 games)
  • 2B Daniel Wagner (batted .203 with 24 runs on 51 hits, 2 home runs, 21 RBI, 6 steals in 81 games)
  • 2B Micah Johnson (batted .329 with 18 runs on 48 hits, 3 home runs, 16 RBI, 10 steals in 37 games)
  • 2B Luis Sierra (batted .197 with 4 runs on 15 hits, no home runs, 8 RBI, 1 steal in 25 games)
  • 2B Joey DeMichele (batted .154 with 9 runs on 14 hits, no home runs, 9 RBI, 1 steal in 24 games)
  • 2B Gordon Beckham (batted .163 with 5 runs on 7 hits, 1 home run, 6 RBI, 1 steal in 12 games)
  • 2B Jeff Keppinger (batted .256 with 3 runs on 10 hits, 1 home run, 4 RBI, no steal in 11 games)
  • 2B Michael Johnson (batted .250 with no runs on 1 hit, no home runs, 1 RBI, 1 steal in 2 games)
  • SS Jaime Pedroza (batted .225 with 34 runs on 65 hits, 5 home runs, 35 RBI, 3 steal in 78 games)
  • SS Tim Anderson (batted .364 with 7 runs on 16 hits, 1 home run, 7 RBI, no steals in 10 games)
  • 3B Jeremy Farrell (batted .247 with 31 runs on 60 hits, 2 home runs, 29 RBI, 2 steals in 80 games)
  • 3B Chris Curley (batted .286 with 64 runs on 144 hits, 5 home runs, 53 RBI, 8 steals in 131 games)

Outfielders

  • Trayce Thompson (batted .237 with 86 runs on 123 hits, 16 home runs, 59 RBI, 20 steals in 133 games)
  • Michael Earley (batted .251 with 28 runs on 89 hits, 3 home runs, 39 RBI, 4 steals in 94 games)
  • Josh Richmond (batted .247 with 47 runs on 88 hits, 9 home runs, 51 RBI, 9 steals in 100 games)
  • Jared Mitchell (batted .299 with 32 runs on 47 hits, 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 11 steals in 32 games)
  • Jason Coats (batted .265 with 5 runs on 18 hits, no home runs, 9 RBI, 1 steal in 19 games)
  • Keenyn Walker (batted .155 with 15 runs on 17 hits, 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 11 steals in 32 games)
  • Joe De Pinto (batted .160 with 4 runs on 8 hits, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 4 steals in 15 games)
  • Adam Heisler (batted .240 with 5 runs on 6 hits, no home runs, 0 RBI, no steals in 9 games)

Southern League All-Stars

The Barons had five players named to the Southern League North Division All-Star Team in July: Catcher Kevan Smith, pitcher Cody Winiarski, and outfielders Michael Earley, Trayce Thompson and Josh Richmond.

Schedule (26-32)

First Half (26-32)

  • April 3-7: Lost 3 of 5 at Montgomery Biscuits (9-2, 4-5, 7-14, 3-4, 8-5)
  • April 9-13: Won 3 of 5 vs Jacksonville Suns (4-7, 1-8, 1-0, 9-2, 9-1)
  • April 14-18: Won 3 of 5 at Mobile BayBears (2-0, 5-2, 0-1, 7-11, 3-0)
  • April 19-23: Lost 3 of 5 vs Tennessee Smokies (5-4, 3-8, 5-10, 14-3, 1-9)
  • April 24-28: Lost 3 of 5 at Chattanooga Lookouts (4-5, 0-4, 1-4, 7-2, 9-21)
  • April 30-May 4: Lost 4 of 5 vs Mobile (3-8, 0-5, 3-5, 4-3, 3-8)
  • May 5-9: Lost 4 of 5 at Tennessee (7-11, 1-4, 1-12, 4-5, 6-4)
  • May 10-14: Won 3 of 5 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2-7, 4-3, 9-10, 6-7, 5-1)
  • May 15-19: Lost 4 of 5 at Huntsville Stars (1-8, 2-4, 0-4, 1-5, 18-9)
  • May 21-25: Lost 3 of 5 at Pensacola (2-7, 4-3, 9-10, 6-7, 5-1)
  • May 26-30: Won 3 of 5 at Chattanooga (3-6, 2-0, 4-3, 9-4, 4-5)
  • May 31-June 2: Won 3 of 3 at Tennessee (2-1, 4-3, 10-5)

1. Game suspended during play and completed May 26

Notable games

For their June 7 game against the Jackson Generals, the Barons wore red and gold "Los Barons" jerseys as part of a promotion celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. The 2014 Rickwood Classic was held on June 25 against the Mississippi Braves. The Barons' August 7 home game against the Huntsville Stars was televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network as its "Game of the Week."

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