Player of Week honors for Wunderlich and Little; Webb update; Bats and Legends make headlines

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Lots of college awards to pass along to go with several Spring Training Kentucky-related updates and some minor league news:

  • University of Kentucky right-handed reliever Matt Little was named one of three national players of the week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
  • University of Louisville infielder Phil Wunderlich was named Big East player of the week.
  • Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic has the latest update on UK alum Brandon Webb from D’Backs camp.
  • Just a reminder for Louisville Bats fans, John Fay’s Reds blog for The Cincinnati Enquirer should be a must read to keep track of past, present and future Bats during Spring Training.
  • Lexington Legends President/COO Alan Stein got some love on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning yesterday for a new marketing decision by the Omaha Royals, Stein’s other team.
  • Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com reports UK will play in the Houston College Classic in 2011 at Minute Maid Park.
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Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

The Phillies withstood a late rally to win game five and push the World Series to a game six in New York. Philadelphia’s chances of winning two in a row in New York are not good, but they’ll need a similar performance from Pedro Martinez in game six that they got in game two if they want to force a game seven. Only then will Manager Charlie Manuel have to decide between bringing UK alum Joe Blanton back on three days rest or starting the struggling Cole Hamels.

 

  • EKU Athletics inducted former Colonel and Legend Josh Anderson into their athletic Hall of Fame. Look for more later.
  • Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer thinks a possible game seven would see a mix-and-match Phillies’ pitching performance, but Blanton’s chances of earning the outright start aren’t good.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 1-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI for Peoria in the AFL. Teammate Yonder Alonso was 2-4 with a RBI.
  • Alan Stein, president an CEO of the Lexington Legends, received a Vision Award from Bluegrass Tomorrow.

Monday Morning Links: Futures Game Recap

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Sunday’s Futures Game will be remembered for its four-hour rain delay, and the representatives from Kentucky minor league teams would probably prefer it remain that way.  The two Bluegrass representatives combined to go 0-3 with a strikeout and four men left on base.  Bowling Green right fielder Kyeong Kang popped out in a pinch hit appearance in the top of the seventh before remaining in the game to play left field in the bottom of the inning, and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey earned the start in left field for the U. S. team, but was 0-2 with a strikeout in the game.

  • Here is the complete box score for the Futures Game.
  • Jim Callis at Baseball America also has a recap of the World team’s 7-5 victory.
  • The MLB All-Star break will be interesting for both Futures Game outfielder Chris Heisey and Louisville outfielder Drew Stubbs.  Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce broke his wrist and will be out for an extended time.  John Fay at the Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the likelihood of the Reds calling up one of the two Louisville prospects to replace Bruce.
  • The Reds did recall Adam Rosales from Louisville to take Bruce’s roster spot Sunday.
  • Ross Bagienski recaps the Bats’ 8-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers Sunday.
  • The Legends and Hot Rods were off Sunday.  Lexington opens a four-game series in Delmarva tonight, and Bowling Green starts a four-game set in Lakewood.
  • Georgetown College will host tryouts for the Under Armour Baseball Factory for high school baseball players.
  • Mark Story at the Herald-Leader has a column about Legends executive Alan Stein.
  • I missed this Friday, but Mark Maloney profiles Lexington outfielder Jay Austin’s power surge.
  • Fordham Athletics ran a story about the school’s reaction to alum John Mollicone being named SAL player of the week for Bowling Green.
  • Lafayette alum Chaz Roe lowered his ERA to 2.85 with seven strong innings for AA Tulsa, and UK alum Scott Green earned his ninth save for High A Lakeland.