Wednesday Links: College roundup

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
UK Athletics Wallpaper

UK Athletics Wallpaper

If you missed it, the Yankees are now up 3-1 in the ALCS against the Angels. With New York and Philadelphia both just a victory away from the world series we may be looking at a Joe Blanton game three or four start in Philadelphia against the Yankees. But Tuesday was full of Kentucky college news, so here are some links to get you caught up:

  • Aaron Fitt at Baseball America answers a question from a Lexington reader about former UK coach John Cohen in his college recruiting chat.
  • UK Athletics has a news release about the BA recruiting class rankings.
  • The Swiss Cheese team, behind freshman Kyle Grieshaber, earned the win in game one of UofL Baseball’s Fall Pizza Bowl scrimmage.
  • WKU Baseball is continuing fall practice before its fall scrimmage on Nov. 5-7.
  • Murray State baseball has released its 2010 schedule.
  • Chris Heisey was 3-4 with two runs and a double for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Yonder Alonso was 1-5. Bats reliever Sean Watson pitched two scoreless innings while former Legend Daniel Meszaros surrendered two runs in one-third inning.

Ky. High School Record Book: Batting Average

High School Baseball

rockcastle coWe’ve looked at stolen bases and home runs, now we’ll move on to batting average. As always the KHSAA keeps its entire baseball record book online here.

Career Batting Average Leaders

  1. David Owens — Rockcastle Co. — 1975-78 — .584
  2. Noah Welte — St. Patrick — 1997-2000 — .568
  3. Soren Wolfe — Monticello — 1998-2001 — .526
  4. Corey Hart — Greenwood — 1997-2000 — .519
  5. Rich Witten — Danville — 2003-07 — .503

Single Season Batting Average Leaders

  1. Noah Welte — St. Patrick — 2000 — .737
  2. David Owens — Rockcastle Co. — 1977 — .683
  3. Keith Butler — Butler Co. — 2007 — .630
  4. David Owens — Rockcastle Co. — 1978 — .614
  5. Rich Witten — Danville — 2006 — .607

UK, UofL bring in top recruiting classes

College Baseball, Major League Baseball

uk-uoflAaron Fitt at Baseball America has ranked the top 25 college baseball recruiting classes and two Kentucky schools are on the list. Fitt ranks Kentucky’s 13-man class 15th and Louisville’s 13-man class 25th. The story is subscriber-only content so I won’t steal BA’s punchline too much, however I will tell you the Cats were ranked sixth among Southeastern Conference schools, behind No. 1 Florida and former UK Coach John Cohen’s No. 8 Mississippi State. The Mississippi State class is Cohen’s first complete recruiting class at his alma mater.

Here’s a look at both UK’s and UofL’s classes, with draft status included:

15) University of Kentucky:

  • LHP Taylor Rogers — Orioles (37th round)
  • RHP Jordan Cooper — Pirates (17th round)
  • C Luke Maile — Red Sox (43rd round) — Covington Catholic
  • RHP/OF Sam Kidd — Phillies (39th round) — Ohio Co.
  • OF Brian Adams — Reds (45th round)
  • RHP Joey Devine — JUCO
  • SS Taylor Back — JUCO
  • RHP Kyle Jackson — JUCO
  • OF/1B Lance Ray — JUCO
  • RHP John Carlson
  • C Michael Thomas
  • INF Tyler Townsend
  • RHP Walter Wijas

25) University of Louisville:

  • RHP Matt Koch — Red Sox (37th round)
  • LHP Brian Feekin — Phillies (44th round)
  • 1b/LHP Zak Wasserman– Giants (21st round)
  • C Asaad Ali — Angels (40th round)
  • SS Kyle Grieshaber — Marquette
  • 1B Mike Morrison — JUCO
  • C J. J. Ethel — JUCO
  • RHP Andy Flett
  • OF Jarred Clarkson — Shelby Co.
  • 3b Cade Stallings
  • OF Drew Fitzpatrick
  • RHP Curtis McCombs — Ballard HS
  • RHP Tyler Boraz

BA predicts left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers and JUCO transfer OF/1B Lance Ray will have the biggest impact in 2010 for UK. Shortstop Taylor Back was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America at Charleston Southern in 2008. Fitt says third baseman Cade Stallings could step in and play the hot corner for UofL immediately while Clarkson is the Cards’ centerfielder of the future.

Tuesday Links: Blanton helps Phillies go up 3-1

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Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mark Reynolds; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

An amazing night of playoff baseball with walk-off wins in both games. Kentucky was represented in the NLCS, check out that story and one about a Kentucky native losing a lot of money.

  • UK alum Joe Blanton allowed four runs in six innings in the Phillies’ comeback victory over the Dodgers. Blanton didn’t get the win, but he kept his team in the game long enough to gain a 3-1 lead in the series.
  • Sam Donnellon of The Philadelphia Daily News says the rest of the Phillies could learn a lesson from Blanton’s selflessness.
  • Former Legends’ manager Tim Bogar completed his interview for the Houston Astros’ manager position.
  • reports that Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds missed super two arbitration status by three days of service time. Those three days mean the difference between a $425,000 2010 salary and a roughly $5 million salary.
  • Louisville Bats manager Rick Sweet speaks to John Fay of Baseball America about Reds’ prospects. (subscription required)
  • UK Baseball has a news release about alum Joe Blanton’s start for the Phillies.
  • No Bluegrass ties, but the Angeles scored a walk-off win against the Yankees in the 11th to bring the series to 2-1, Yankees.

Travis Fryman a candidate for Indians job

Major League Baseball

frymanLexington-native Travis Fryman is believed to be a finalist for the Cleveland Indians manager job, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Fryman interviewed with the Indians in Arizona last week, but wasn’t sure if he would interview again this week, according to a previous Plain Dealer report. Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta and former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine are believed to be the front runners for the job.

If selected, Fryman, who attended high school in Pensacola, Fla., would be the first Kentucky native to manage a major league team since Eddie Haas managed the Atlanta Braves to a 50-71 record in 1985. Only three Kentucky natives have managed a major league team, none for more than one season or with winning record. (Read more)

Sellers, Rosenberg continuing impressive work

Minor League Baseball


Philadelphia Phillies prospects and Kentucky college alumni Neil Sellers and B. J. Rosenberg have picked up in winter ball where they left off following the regular season. EKU alum Sellers batted .317 with 17 home runs and 86 RBI for AA Reading, and UofL alum Rosenberg was 7-3 with a 1.18 ERAand 73 strikeouts in 61 innings for low A Lakewood and AA Reading. Both players are now excelling in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico this winter.

In three games with Yaquis de Obregon, Rosenberg has yet to allow a run in three hitless innings out of the pen. He also has one save and one strikeout with no walks. Sellers is batting .429 with one home run and six RBI in seven games for Yaquis de Obregon.

Ky. High School Record Book: Home Runs

High School Baseball, Major League Baseball
Corey Hart; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Corey Hart; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

We kicked off the new high school record book series with stolen bases on Saturday. Now we’ll move on to home runs. As always, you can see the complete KHSAA baseball record book here.

Career Home Run Leaders

  1. Paul Morse — Danville High School — 1988-92 — 65
  2. Rich Witten — Danville High School — 2003-07 — 63
  3. Shon Walker — Harrison Co. — 1989-92 — 52
  4. Corey Hart — Greenwood — 1998-2000 — 48
  5. Kendall Withers — Harrison Co. — 1995-99 — 48

Single-Season Home Run Leaders

  1. Walker — Harrison Co. — 1992 — 29
  2. Witten — Danville — 2006 — 25
  3. Morse — Danville — 1992 — 23
  4. K. W. Sexton — East Carter — 1999 — 23
  5. 4 Tied at 21 (Hart, Robby Williams, Dion Newby, Brad Allison)

Monday Links: Game Four Preview

Major League Baseball

Of course the big BluGrass Baseball storyline is UK alum Joe Blanton’s start in game four of the NLCS tonight. Blanton has a chance to give Philadelphia a substantial 3-1 lead in the series to put a second consecutive world series berth in reach. Check out the AP video above from Joe Blanton’s last game four postseason start in the 2008 world series other stories on a Monday morning:

  • The Phillies dominated the Dodgers 11-0 in game three, so there’s no chance that Los Angeles exhausted its offense before Blanton’s start.
  • Ray Parillo of The Philadelphia Inquierer writes that Blanton must adjust for game four.
  • Mark Bowman of says Blanton is a game four vet.

Sunday Links: Blanton to start game four

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Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

The Phillies were off Saturday, so no Bluegrass ties in the Yankees extra-inning win. But don’t fear, here are several Kentucky storylines to get you through a Sunday morning:

  • Phillies manager Charlie Manuel confirmed what we had expected: UK alum Joe Blanton will start opposite Randy Wolf in game four of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
  • All indications point to the D’Backs picking up Ashland-native Brandon Webb’s 2010 contract option.
  • Andy Burns and Marcus Nidiffer highlighted UK baseball’s parent weekend scrimmage.
  • The Messenger-Inquirer reports Owensboro Catholic Coach Allen Cox is brining Kentucky minor-leaguers, Logan Johnson, Tyler Blandford, Wade Gaynor and Justin Marks to his baseball camp in Owensboro this week.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 2-3 with a home run and two runs scored in the Arizona Fall League Saturday. Yonder Alonso was 0-3.

Ky. High School Record Book: Stolen Bases

High School Baseball

racelandA commenter on one of the BluGrass Baseball record book posts asked about high school records for stolen bases. KHSAA keeps the entire Kentucky high school baseball record book online here, but I like the idea of highlighting some of the records here, especially as baseball news grows a little thinner during the offseason. So to start this series we’ll look at the original question regarding stolen bases.

Career Stolen Base Leaders

  1. Thomas Tolliver — Raceland — 2003-2006 — 164
  2. Noah Welte — St. Patrick — 1997-2000 — 139
  3. Jeff Taylor — Barbourville — 1988-1991 — 137
  4. Brock Wright — Heath — 2002-2005 — 130
  5. Jeff Gumm — Green Co. — 1977-1980 — 127

Single-Season Stolen Base Leaders

  1. Mark Dingledine — Madisonville-North Hopkins — 1970 — 92
  2. Noah Welte — St. Patrick — 2000 — 71
  3. Steve Greene — Henderson Co. — 1988 — 63
  4. David French — East Carter — 1992 — 60
  5. Patrick Donahue — Union Co. — 1999 — 59

NOTE: The original comment also asked about records since 2000. The career leaders since 2000: Tolliver (03-06, 164), Wright (02-05, 130), Kurt Riley (Livingston Central, 03-06, 123), Hank Gabbard (Hazard, 00-04, 115), Nick Bobrowski (Green Co., 00-03, 114)…The single-season leaders since 2000: Welte (2000, 71), Chris Coffey (Russell Co, 2006, 54), Josh Lemmings (Russell, 2006, 50), Wright (Heath, 2005, 50)