The non-waiver trade deadline came and went today with only one deal involving players with Kentucky ties. In a deal that just sneaked in before the deadline the Cincinnati Reds sent Louisville Bats reliever Zach Stewart and former Bats Josh Roenicke and Edwin Encarnacion to the Blue Jays for third baseman Scott Rolen.
Still no word on any trades involving players with Kentucky ties today, but with just under two hours left until the 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline keep watch on here and on BluGrass Baseball’s twitter for any late breaking news.
There is some BluGrass Baseball news to pass along though. This morning I highlighted former EKU Colonel Christian Friedrich in the morning links post, and Baseball America has chosen to honor the Rockies’ prospect as well. The magazine ranked Friedrich number one on this week’s Prospect Hot Sheet. The Hot Sheet is a weekly ranking of the best performances from baseball’s top prospects.
Friedrich earned the honor after a week that saw him go 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings with 22 strikeouts and just three walks.
Thursday was a slower night in BluGrass baseball news after Wednesday’s flurry of trade rumors and deals, but don’t worry there are still plenty of stories to get you through a Friday morning:
- EKU alum Christian Friedrich has picked up where he left of after returning from injury. The former Colonel struck out 11 and walked two while giving up one run in six innings for high A Modesto Thursday. Christian’s ERA is a minuscule 1.95 in 15 starts this season.
- Reds prospect Travis Wood had his worse start of the season, surrendering five runs in a 5-1 Louisville loss. Wood’s poor outing dropped him into second place for lowest ERA in the minors at 1.52 between Carolina and Louisville. Teammate Zach Stewart has the third lowest ERA at 1.67 between the same two teams.
- EKU sports breaks down the Josh Anderson trade.
- Lafayette alum Chaz Roe lowered his ERA to 3.30 and picked up his fourth win for AA Tulsa.
- According to the Diamondbacks official Web site UK alum Brandon Webb has had a setback in his rehab and will consult with Dr. Keith Meister to discuss his options.
- Mark Maloney at the Herald-Leader previews the Legends’ upcoming series at Charleston.
- The Legends and Hot Rods return to action tonight in Charleston and Savannah respectively.
- You can follow BluGrass Baseball on twitter and keep track of all the Kentucky-related deadline deals today. Will Scott Downs be traded? Will any other Kentucky prospects go? Find out this afternoon.
Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens
- Reds prospect Travis Wood will make his second start of the season for Louisville tonight. Wood surrendered one run in six and two-thirds innings of work in his Bats debut on July 25 against Syracuse. Before being promoted to Louisville Wood was carving up the AA Southern League. In 19 starts for Carolina, Wood was 9-3 with a 1.21 ERA. Travis had struck out 103 batters in 119 innings pitched.
- Outfielder Darnell McDonald extended his current hitting streak to five games with a 2-4 performance Wednesday. McDonald is 9-22 (.409) with five runs scored during the streak. Outfielder Drew Stubbs extend his hitting streak to four games with a 2-4 performance Wednesday.
- Minor league veteran Kevin Barker hit his team-high 19th home run of the season Wednesday for Louisville. On the season Barker is batting .279 with those 19 home runs and 53 RBI. Barker’s 19 home runs are second most in the International League and his .544 slugging percentage is the third highest percentage in the league.
- Toledo will send RHP Rudy Lugo to the mound tonight for the third game of the series. Lugo is 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA on the season. Lugo pitches to contact as he only has 56 strikeouts in 99.1 innings of work. Lugo has won each of his last two starts and has taken a decision in his last nine starts. Rudy only has two no decisions in 18 starts this season. Lefties are hitting Lugo at a .308 clip.
The Legends and Hot Rods are both off Thursday.
While the primary goal of this site is to cover the baseball action in the Bluegrass, a major component of the minor league baseball experience is the ballpark promotion. So each “Thirsty Thursday” (one of the most universal minor league promotions) I’ll rundown the schedule of promotions for the next week for each of the three minor league teams in Kentucky. Clicking on each teams’ names will take you to the team’s official promotion schedule.
Some Afternoon Trade Notes:
- The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Josh Anderson, the former EKU Colonel and Lexington Legend, from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. Anderson was designated for assignment by the Tigers last week.
- Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun tweets that the Rockies are looking at Blue Jays closer and UK alum Scott Downs.
- Elliot also tweets that a Reds/Jays trade for Scott Rolen has a looks likely which could have an impact on the Louisville Bats roster.
- Hardin County native Nathan Adcock, acquired by the Pirates in the Jack Wilson trade Wednesday, has been added to the roster of the high A Lynchburg Hillcats.
- According to MLB Trade Rumors UK alum Brandon Webb may be having more surgery soon.
- Remember you can follow BluGrass Baseball on twitter for up-to-the-minute trade updates.
The MLB trade season is officially in full gear with three major moves Wednesday. We told you about the Mariners/Pirates deal that sent Hardin County native Nathan Adcock to Pittsburgh, but the biggest trade of the day may also have Kentucky implications. The Phillies received reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee for four prospects. With Lee and Pedro Martinez joining the Philadelphia rotation, two pitchers must move to the pen and one candidate is UK alum Joe Blanton. Blanton leads the team in innings, has a 4.11 ERA and has a history of good second halves so hopefully his spot is safe.
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Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens
- The Bats send Sam LeCure to the mound tonight to make his 18th start of the season. LeCure is 7-5 with a 4.27 ERA in 99 innings this season. Sam has 81 strikeouts and 31 walks, and opponents are batting .243 against LeCure this season. LeCure has won each of his last five decisions and hasn’t lost since June 4. Sam is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA at home this season.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs was the offensive star for the Bats Tuesday with a 3-5 performance with a double, a run scored and two RBI. Stubbs has a hit in each of his last three games and is batting .276 for the month of July. Stubbs’ 37 stolen bases lead the International League.
- Stubbs’ and outfielder Chris Heisey’s chances of earning a callup to Cincinnati soon took a hit with the Reds’ acquisition of outfielder Wladimir Balentien from the Mariners Wednesday. The Reds sent former Bat Robert Manuel to the Mariners for Balentien. Wladimir will go to Cincinnati and help replace a decimated Reds’ outfield. The Reds appear set on keeping Stubbs and Heisey in the minors until September for more seasoning.
- Eddie Bonnie with take the mound for Toledo against the Bats tonight. Bonnie is 2-4 with a 4.67 ERA in 12 starts this season. Bonnie does have one complete game on the year but has just 33 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched. In his last start, Bonnie allowed three runs in eight innings to earn a win against Buffalo. Eddie allowed three runs in six innings in his only other start against Louisville this season.
Hardin County native Nathan Adcock has been sent from the Seattle Mariners to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a seven-player deal that nets the Mariners SS Jack Wilson and LHP Ian Snell. Adcock was the Mariners fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft out of North Hardin High School.
Before the draft Baseball America said Adcock feature a 90 mph fastball with a better breaking ball than fellow Kentucky prospect Clint Tilford (now pitching for short-season Casper). Adcock was pitching for the high A High Desert Mavericks where he was 5-7 with a 5.29 ERA. In 2008 Adcock was 2-5 with a 3.72 ERA for low A Wisconsin of the Midwest League.
Yesterday’s post about Kentucky Hall of Famers made me think about who would make an All-Star team composed of only Kentucky natives. With the help of the wonderful database at Baseball-Reference.com I set out to make such a team. Each player’s playing time is listed next to his name along with the team or teams he spent most of his career with. The second bullet under each name lists the players batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage, and his rankings among relevant categories are listed in bolded parentheses next to that category.
C — John Grimm (1888-1899) — Louisville Colonels/Brooklyn Grooms
- The running for greatest catcher in Kentucky history wasn’t a hotly contested one. Grimm leads Kentucky players who spent the majority of their career behind the plate in hits and games played, but ranks only in 28th and 30th place among all Kentucky natives in those categories. Grimm was born in Lebanon, Ky. His best season came in 1894 for the Louisville Colonels when he hit .298 with 7 home runs and 70 RBI.
- .267/.302/.359 — 705 hits (28), 706 games (30), .943 Fielding %