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Chiefs add 2005 third rounder, Shaver promoted

July 24, 2005 - Midwest League (MWL) - Peoria Chiefs News Release

PEORIA, IL- The Peoria Chiefs in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced that 2005 3rd round draft pick Mike Billek has been promoted to Peoria and will start on Monday night against the Dayton Dragons. In addition, Chiefs LHP Chris Shaver has been promoted to High-A Daytona of the Florida State League.

Shaver lost his last start at Lansing on Friday night and leaves the Chiefs with a 3-7 record and a 4.31 ERA in 19 starts. The left-hander from Hampden-Sydney, Virginia tossed 102 1/3 innings and struck out 76 batters while walking 45 on the season. He was selected in the 4th round in 2004 out of William & Mary and was the Chiefs only left-hander in the starting rotation.

Billek was the Cubs 3rd round choice in last month's draft out of the University of Central Florida. The 6'4 right-hander made five starts for Boise in the Northwest League this season going 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA. In 17 innings he struck out 20 and walked just six while allowing 16 hits. Billek made his last start on July 19th at Eugene and went four innings in a no-decision while allowing two runs on five hits and picking up three strikeouts. The Palm Harbor, Florida native went 4-3 with a 4.07 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 90 innings for the Golden Knights in 2005. With the addition of Billek the Chiefs roster remains at 24 players, one shy of the maximum.

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