BluGrass Baseball All Rookie Team

Minor League Baseball
Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

We looked at the best performances among Kentucky minor leaguers last week. Today we’ll examine the four best performances of BluGrass Baseball players making their professional debut. One of the four was a 2008 draftee, but the other three were all selected this year.

SP — Robbie Ross — Short-Season Spokane

  • 4-4, 2.66, 76 SO, 74.1 IP
  • Ross, a LCA alum, was the Rangers’ first-supplemental round pick in 2008 but didn’t make his debut until this season. The short-season Northwest league was no match for Ross. He’s still young, but Robbie could move quickly through the Rangers’ system.

SP Daniel Calhoun — Murray State — Short-Season Batavia

  • 2-0, 1.86, 42 SO, 48.1 IP
  • Calhoun had next to no expectations as the Cardinal’s 29th round pick in the 2009 draft out of small Murray State.  Nobody told him as Daniel dominated in 12 games in the New York-Penn League. Six of his appearances were starts, but he probably figures to end up in the bullpen if he makes the majors.

SP Chris Rusin — UK — Short-Season Boise

  • 0-4, 3.00 ERA, 36 IP, 29 Ks
  • Rusin was never had the pure stuff of UK teammates Alex Meyer and James Paxton, but outperformed both of them consistently. Chris was the Cubs’ fourth-round pick, and the organization chose him as one of its top prospects when it invited him to the instructional league this off season.

3B Chris Dominguez — UofL — Short-Season Salem-Keizer

  • .263, 11 HR, 40 RBI
  • Dominguez was one of the highest drafted college players to return to school in 2008, and he improved his stock enough to be selected in the third round by the Giants. Dominguez dominated Arizona League pitching for nine games before coming down to earth after his promotion to the Northwest League.

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