Mixed reviews on Webb’s bullpen session; Downs impresses Scioscia early in camp; Paxton may throw on Friday

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Brandon Webb; Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb said of his first bullpen session: “It wasn’t the best I’ve ever thrown; it wasn’t the worst.”
  • Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles one-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis and his rise through the Cleveland Indians farm system. Ocker notes that while Kipnis was at UK his athletic scholarship only covered the cost of his books.
  • Lyle Spencer of MLB.com reports Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has been impressed with the early spring performance of Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs.
  • Larry Stone of The Seattle Times catches up with former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton, who describes his first week in Mariners’ camp as “awesome.” Paxton said the tentative plan is for him to throw a bullpen session on Friday or Saturday.
  • Kelly Thesier of MLB.com reports the Minnesota Twins are giving Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere a day or two off after he scraped his arm making a diving catch Tuesday.
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