Cale Iorg

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Cale Iorg
Shortstop
Born: (1985-09-06) September 6, 1985 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Garth Cale Iorg (born September 6, 1985) is a retired minor league baseball player. He is the son of former Major League Baseball player Garth Iorg and nephew of former Major Leaguer Dane Iorg.[1] Iorg graduated from Karns High School in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2004 and went on to play college baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide.[2] After his freshman season at Alabama, Iorg put his baseball career on hold to go on a Mormon mission to Lisbon, Portugal.[3] When he returned, he impressed Detroit Tigers scouting director David Chadd in summer workouts[4] and was drafted by the Tigers in the sixth round (211th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[5] Iorg was ranked as the third best prospect in the Tigers organization by Baseball America following the 2008 season.[6]

High School and college[edit]

Iorg was a four-year starter at Karns High School. As a junior, he batted .489 with 20 RBI and 19 stolen bases. In his senior season, he batted .495 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI, while compiling a .698 on-base percentage and a 1.131 slugging mark. He also scored 52 runs and stole 34 of 36 bases.[2] In his freshman and only season at Alabama, Iorg batted .280 with an on-base percentage of .331 and slugging percentage of .415 as the Crimson Tide's starting shortstop.[7]

Mormon mission[edit]

After his freshman season at Alabama, Iorg went on a Mormon mission to Lisbon, Portugal. He told The Birmingham News that leaving Alabama had nothing to do with baseball. It was a matter of faith.[8] While in Portugal, Iorg had little time for baseball. He had time to work out for about 30 minutes per day during the mission and once a week he had additional free time in which he often played soccer.[4] He returned from Portugal on July 14, 2007.[9]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Iorg began his professional career playing a total of eight games for the Gulf Coast Tigers and Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2007.[10] The Tigers sent him to play Hawaii Winter Baseball for the North Shore Honu to work on his hitting.[11] His winter season was cut short when he injured his hamstring in mid-October.[12]

In 2011, Iorg played 26 games with the Detroit Tigers' Double-A affiliate Erie Seawolves, and 88 games with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. In 2012, he played 7 games with the Class-A Lakeland Flying Tigers, and 47 games with the Mud Hens.[13]

At the end of the 2013 spring training season, the Tigers attempted to trade Iorg to the Baltimore Orioles, and when that fell through the Tigers released him.[14] The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract on April 9, and assigned him to the Double-A Bowie Baysox.[15]

On June 6, 2013, he announced his retirement from baseball.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball America 2008 Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects, http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/prospects/features/265469.html
  2. ^ a b Alabama Crimson Tide Baseball 2005 Media Guide, http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/baseball/2005/mediaguide/030-061.pdf
  3. ^ Jon Paul Morosi, Detroit Free Press, Iorg on a Mission, http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/minors/features/265427.html
  4. ^ a b Jon Paul Morosi, Detroit Free Press, Iorg on a Mission, http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/minors/features/265427.html
  5. ^ MLB.com 2007 Draft Tracker, http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2007/drafttracker.jsp?p=0&s=30&sc=pick_number&so=&st=number&ft=RD&fv=7
  6. ^ http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2009/267221.html
  7. ^ Alabama Crimson Tide 2005 Season Statistics, http://www.rolltide.com/fls/8000/files/baseball/2005/teamcume.htm
  8. ^ Nick Gates, Matter of Faith for Cale Iorg, http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2007/jul/26/matter-offaith-forcale-iorg/
  9. ^ Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, Iorg commits to Arizona State http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/0720asubase0721.html
  10. ^ Cale Iorg Minor League Statistics, http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?n=Cale%20Iorg&pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=518836
  11. ^ Stacy Kaneshiro , HWB Notebook, http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/prospects/features/264989.html
  12. ^ Jon Paul Morosi, Tigers Organization Report, Now or Never, http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/printer/p265054.html
  13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=iorg--001cal
  14. ^ http://www.canadianbaseballnetwork.com/articles/tigers-say-goodbye-to-iorg-one-way-then-another/
  15. ^ http://www.camdenchat.com/2013/4/9/4207340/Cale-Iorg-Signing-Orioles
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/EuSouCI/status/342813778007699457

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