Corey Wimberly and Weekly Stats
New Leones Outfielder
Corey Wimberly has traveled a long and winding path from his boyhood days in Florida to now roaming the outfield for the Leones de Yucatan in Merida.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1983, the now 5’8″ 170-pound Wimberly attended Ribault High School from 1999 through 2002 and became one of three players from that school to have been drafted by the Major Leagues. Upon completion of his playing days at Ribault, Wimberly was signed to play the infield and outfield for the Alcorn State Braves in Lorman, Mississippi.
Corey played for two seasons (2004-05) at Alcorn. Always known for his speed on the base paths, his statistics while there are most impressive. In 2004 he hit .420 with 8 doubles, 4 triples and 40 stolen bases. 2005 was an even better year for Corey. He raised his batting average to .462, stroked 10 doubles with 3 triples and stole 42 bases. The Colorado Rockies took note and drafted Wimberly in the 6th round of the draft in 2005.
Minor League Career
The Rockies immediately sent Wimberly to the Casper Rockies of the Pioneer League, a Rookie League. In Casper, Corey hit .381 with 10 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 67 games.
Wimberly played in the Rockies organization from 2005-09 before being let go and signed by the Oakland Athletics. In 2010, with the AAA Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League, he hit .284 with 14 doubles, 7 triples and 3 home runs while driving in 57 in 135 games. Wimberly had several more stints at the AAA level, Indianapolis of the International League (Pirates), the Buffalo Bisons of the International League (Mets) and the Gwinnett Braves of the International League (Braves). In all, Corey has played for 7 Major League organizations in his career.
Mexican and Venezuelan Leagues
As a newcomer to the Leones, Wimberly is still no stranger to Latin America. Wimberly began his international playing career for the Yaquis de Obregon of the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico in 2009. His debut was pretty inauspicious as he appeared in just 7 games for the Yaquis and hit just .240 with 2 stolen bases. In 2010 he played for the Tomateros de Culiacan where he hit .266 with 5 doubles, a home run and 4 stolen bases in 24 games.
In 2011, Wimberly played for the Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League where he hit .231 with 6 doubles and 8 stolen bases. Corey did not play international ball again until he signed with the Yaquis for the 2014 winter season. That year, he hit .289 with 8 doubles and 17 stolen bases.
2015 will be his first experience in the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol having signed to play for the Leones de Yucatan.
In 11 years in the minor leagues, including the 2015 season with the Leones, Corey has played in 840 games and compiled a .290 batting average with 902 hits, 111 doubles, 30 triples, 12 home runs and 258 RBIs. Wimberly has stolen 318 bases while being caught stealing 100 times.
Interesting factoid about Corey Wimberly
While a member of the AAA Indianapolis Indians of the International League in 2011, Corey was called on to pitch one time. He gave up 3 hits and an earned run in one inning on the mound and was not involved in the decision.
Mexican Baseball Standings as of April 26, 2015
Rieleros de Aguascalientes 14-6|.700|-
Acereros del Norte 12-8|.600|2.0
Diablos Rojos del Mexico 12-8|.600|2.0
Toros de Tijuana 12-8|.600|2.0
Vaqueros de la Laguna 12-8|.600|2.0
Saraperos de Saltillo 7-13|.350|7.0
Broncos de Tamaulipas 6-14|.300|8.0
Sultanes de Monterrey 6-14|.300|8.0
Tigres de Quintana Roo 13-7|.650|-
Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen 12-8|.600|1.0
Leones de Yucatan 11-9|.550|2.0
Olmecas de Tabasco 11-9|.550|2.0
Pericos de Puebla 10-10|.500|3.0
Piratas de Campeche 8-12|.400|5.0
Guerreros de Oaxaca 7-13|.350|6.0
Rojos del Aguilas de Veracruz 7-13|.350|6.0
Statistical Leaders Through 20 Games
Justin Greene (SAL) .468
Jesus Castillo (AGS) .415
Max Ramirez (MTY) .397
Jesus Castillo (AGS) 34
Olmo Rosario (MVA) 32
Jose Amador (MVA) 31
Mike Jacobs (OAX) 9
Danny Richar (AGS) 9
Randy Ruiz (TAM) 9
Saul Soto (AGS) 8
Jorge Cantu (TIG) 7
CJ Retherford (TIJ) 7
Jose Ruiz (MVA) 7
Saul Soto (AGS) 28
Jose Ruiz (MVA) 23
Manny Rodriguez (SAL) 22
PITCHING (minimum 20 innings pitched)
Pablo Ortega (TIG) 4
11 tied with 3
Josh Lowey (MVA) 1.78
Pablo Ortega (TIG) 1.80
Jose Contreras (TIJ) 1.88
Omar Espinoza (TAM) 13
Ramon Ramirez (AGS) 13
Orlando Lara (AGS) 12
Irving Jimenez (TAB) 31
Jose Oyervidez (MVA) 30
Cesar Valdez (TAB) 28
Jose Oyervidez (MVA) 0.77
Jose Contreras (TIJ) 0.92
Jarrett Grube (TIG) 0.95
For those of you who, like us, forgot or maybe never knew these things:
WP: Win Percentage
GB: Games Behind
ERA: Earned Run Average
WHIP: Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched
RBIs: Runs Batted In