Latest notes and links from around Kentucky baseball to get you through the final Monday of the MLB regular season:
- In his top 20 Pioneer League prospect rankings, Matt Eddy of Baseball America ranks former UofL right-handed pitcher Thomas Royse the No. 19 prospect in the league.
- Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich is will spend the offseason in Tempe, Ariz., working out in preparation for Rockies Spring Training.
- Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton and the Philadelphia Phillies clinched a playoff spot Sunday. The Phillies can clinch the NL East with a win today.
- The Cincinnati Reds magic number to clinch the NL Central is one after a win Sunday.
- Lexington native Austin Kearns and the New York Yankees have magic number of one to clinch an AL playoff spot.