UofL outfielder Stewart Ijames was named the eighth best prospect in the Coastal Plains League by Baseball America. BA is releasing its top ten prospects list in each of 17 collegiate summer leagues over the next week. Ijames spent the summer playing for Thomasville in the Costal Plains League.
Ijames missed all of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury but hit .282 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI. Aaron Fitt of BA wrote “Ijames will go as far as his bat carries him, as he’s’ a below average runner who will be limited to left field, though he does have some arm strength.”
Stewart batted .351 with eight home runs as a freshman in 2008 for UofL. At 6-1, 215 lbs. Ijames has plenty of power in his left-handed swing according to Fitt.
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.
Thursday was another winless night on the diamond for Kentucky minor league teams. The big news of the day was another UofL alum being selected to Team USA. Check out those stories and more in some Friday links:
Last week we looked at the 2006 SEC Champion UK baseball team and where in the minor leagues the members of that team were playing. In the interest of fair coverage today we’ll look at the 2007 College World Series final eight and Big East Champion UofL Cardinals team.
- RHP Trystan Magnuson — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 4-1, 2.55 ERA, 41 games, 48 SO, 67 IP — 2007 Stats — 3-3, 1.83 ERA, 36 games, 58 SO, 59 IP
- OF Isaiah Howes — Rookie GCL Yankees — Hasn’t played since being drafted in 2007 after shoulder surgery — 2007 Stats — .396, 18 home runs, 69 RBI
- C Logan Johnson — High A Winston-Salem Dash — .257, 10 home runs, 33 RBI — 2007 Stats — .364, 16 home runs, 64 RBI
- OF Boomer Whiting — High A Potomac Nationals — .255, 62 runs, 50 SB — 2007 Stats — .373, 80 runs, 73 SB
- RHP Zach Pitts — Short-Season Batavia Muckdogs — Hasn’t pitched in 2009 — 2007 Stats — 10-3, 2.52 ERA, 91 SO, 121.2 IP
- SS Chris Cates — High A Fort Myers Miracle — .244, 38 runs, 8 stolen bases — 2007 Stats — .298, 74 runs, 17 stolen bases
- C Derrick Alfonso — Low A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — .211, 5 runs, 3 RBI — 2007 Stats — .276, five home runs, 31 RBI
- 3B Chris Dominguez — Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — .273, 11 HR, 35 RBI — 2007 Stats — .266, 15 home runs, 61 RBI
- LHP Justin Marks — Rookie AZL Athletics — 1 game, 0 IP, 6 R — 2007 Stats — 9-2, 2.67 ERA, 87 SO, 104.2 IP
- 2B Justin McClanahan — Low A Lansing Lugnuts — .265, 13 home runs, 52 RBI — 2007 Stats — .250, 5 home runs, 24 RBI
Baseball America is unveiling its top ten prospect lists from each of 17 different collegiate summer leagues over the next week to subscribers, but the magazine has released its top prospect in each league for free. Baseball America named Murray State first baseman Wes Cunningham the top prospect in the Jayhawk League and UK INF/P Braden Kapteyn the top prospect in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
BA has also released the top ten lists for five leagues. Kentucky Native Tyler Blandford was named the second best prospect in the California Collegiate League and Wes Cunningham wasn’t the only Murray State Racer crack the top ten in the Jayhawk League. BA also ranked Murray State RHP Chris Craycraft as the ninth best player in the league.
Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics
Sorry for the late links post. The graduate school life isn’t always conducive to the blogger life. Here are some links from the last 24 hour, and I promise more posts this afternoon/evening to catch you up.
- UK alums Ryan Strieby and Collin Cowgill will play for Peoria and Scottsdale in the prestigious Arizona Fall League following the season.
- Louisville’s magic number to clinch the division moved to three even though the Bats’ game with Toledo was rained out.
- Lexington won its second consecutive game with a 9-7 victory over Hickory.
- Bowling Green ended a seven-game losing streak with a 13-3 win over West Virginia.
- Baseball America looks at the arms on the Lexington pitching staff in Thursday’s “Daily Dish.”
- UofL alum Trystan Magnuson extended his scoreless innings streak to 5.1 to start his AA career.
- UK’s Chris Bisson was named the 39th best prospect in the Cape Cod League by PGCrosschecker.com.
Braden Kapteyn; Photo: UK Athletics
With the conclusion of the collegiate summer leagues, rankings of the top prospects in each league are starting to emerge. As I head about them I’ll pass them along. Earlier today we already told you that UofL’s Tony Zych had been named the 17th best prospects on the collegiate Team USA by Baseball America.
According to UK Athletics, RHP Logan Darnell has been named the third best prospect in the Alaska Collegiate Summer League by PGCrosschecker.com. PGCrosschecker also selected Kentucky native and Seattle Mariners’ draft pick Tyler Blandford as the top prospect in the California Collegiate Summer League.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League has also released its own list of top prospects from the summer. UK outfielder and pitcher Braden Kapteyn was named the top prospect in the league after a summer that saw him take home all-league and MVP honors.
Dan Patrick and his staff at the Dan Patrick Show were discussing “appropriate coverage” of the Little League World Series this morning. Their discussion and the performance of the Logan County Little League made me wonder if there might be a valid point to overexposing 12-year-olds at the World Series. The Logan County team lost each of its three games and suffered the “10-Run Rule” in two of them. At what point does exposing 12-year-old children in that situation to a national television audience become too much?
Personally, I think the coverage is good for the most part. ESPN played up the Logan County small population a lot and highlighted the differences between the Kentucky champions and their opponents in each game. While, at times, this seemed over the top it did help place their blowout losses in proper context. My only complaint occured when ESPN chose to show some players on the Logan County team and other teams at moments of “emotional instability.” A 12-year-old kid can cry when he loses a big game; showing that on national television is a little over the top.
I also could do without some of the conversations on the mound between coach and athlete. No one can believe that the presence of the microphones doesn’t alter the content of those conversations, so why include them at all?
What is your take? Check out the first hour of the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday to hear the discussion.
Photo: Lexington Legends
Earlier this week we brought you some links of Baseball America’s coverage of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. We told you then that BA writer Ben Badler was currently covering the Lexington Legends’ series in Greensboro, N. C. Well, Badler’s reports are in an on the Web.
Louisville moved closer to the playoffs as Bowling Green moved further away Tuesday. Check out those stories and more in today’s hot links: