BA picks UofL to finish 3rd in Big East; Cowgill may help D’Backs in 2011; Kapteyn among NCAA sleepers

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • In it’s North Region Preview Baseball America picks the University of Louisville to finish third in the Big East Conference. BA includes UofL second baseman Ryan Wright, outfielder Stewart Ijames and relief pitcher Tony Zych on its All-Big East team and ranks freshmen right-handed pitchers Dace Kime and Chad Green as the top two newcomers in the conference. (Subscription required)
  • Jason Beck of MLB.com reports former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby agreed on a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers that will kick in for any time the slugger spends on the 25-man roster.
  • In previewing the Arizona Diamondbacks Steve Gilbert of MLB.com lists former UK outfielder and Lexington native Collin Cowgill among the team’s prospects to watch in 2011.
  • Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game USA lists University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman Braden Kapteyn among the 2011 college baseball sleepers.
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