BluGrass Players up for Unsung Star of 2009

Major League Baseball


Ben Zobrist; Photo by Keith Allison via Flickr

Voting for the This Year in Baseball awards is currently live on and two BluGrass Baseball players are nominated for the “Unsung Star” award. Pikeville-native and Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds and Lexington Legends Hall of Famer and Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist are up against eight others for the award.


Reynolds batted .260 with a record 44 home runs for a Kentucky native and 102 RBI to go with 42 stolen bases. Zobrist, who appeared at first, second, third, shortstop and outfield for the Ray in 2009, batted .297 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI. Zobrist was elected to the Legends’ Hall of Fame this season.

Jason Bartlett, Billy Butler, Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Aaron Hill, Ubaldo Jiminez, Adam Lind and Jayson Werth are also nominated for the award. (Vote here)