Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Jim Callis of Baseball America reports former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton‘s signing bonus with the Seattle Mariners is worth $942,000. Since the Blue Jays reportedly offered Paxton $1 million as the team’s first-supplemental round pick in 2010, he almost broke even despite not pitching in college in 2010.
- Jeff Pearlman of Sports Illustrated profiles Louisville native Trever Miller and his new role as a marathon runner, which he found while dealing with his daughter’s debilitating illness.
- Jon Heyman of SI reports one-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis has impressed scouts during Cleveland Indians Spring Training and should reach the MLB roster by June.
- Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, who was born in Fort Campbell, denied a SI report, which we linked yesterday, that he showed up to camp out of shape.
- In a separate story Renck reports Cook has no pain in his shoulder after receiving medical treatment and feels he still has time to make the Rockies’ starting rotation. Cook will throw a bullpen session this week.