The Legends’ season ended Monday with a 5-1 victory over Bowling Green. Lexington finished the season at 68-72, the best full-season record of any Astros’ affiliate. The Legends roster showed a vast improvement in talent from 2008 to 2009 as its record showed, but I thought we’d highlight a few specific performances from the 2009 Legends.
Offensive Player of the Year — 1B Brian Pellegrini
- This wasn’t even close. Pellegrini led the Legends in batting average (.291), home runs (27), RBI (74), total bases (203), on-base percentage (.396) and slugging (.578). Brian ranked second in the minor leagues in home runs (34) behind fellow Astros’ farmhand Jonathan Gaston. Pellegrini also set the Legends’ records for single-season home runs (27), career home runs (48) and career RBI (143).
- Outfielder Jay Austin was the only other Legend to record at least 100 hits (106). Second baseman Albert Cartwright led the team in runs scored (65).
Pitcher of the Year — RHP Jordan Lyles
- The race for pitcher of the year was much more heated than the offensive award. Four Legends starting pitchers had sub-4 ERAs, and five pitchers logged over 100 innings. Lyles takes the award after leading the team in innings (144.2), strikeouts (167) and games started (26). Jordan also ranked second among Legends’ starting pitchers in ERA (3.24) and third in wins (7). Lyles’ 167 strikeouts are second most in one season by a Legends starting pitcher.
- Robert Bono led the Legends starters with 10 wins and a 3.20 ERA. Relief pitcher Henry Villar posted a 2.60 ERA in 43 games and struck out 109 batters in 90 innings pitched.
Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Louisville looks for the series victory against Lehigh Valley with Matt Maloney on the mound tonight. Maloney received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season, but has spent most of the year with the Bats. Matt is 8-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 19 games for Louisville this season. Maloney’s 2.71 ERA ranks fifth best in the International League and his 106 strikeouts are tied for fourth most. Matt has shown exceptional control this season with only 19 walks in 126 innings.
- Bats outfielder Darnell McDonald had only three hits in seven games in August entering Tuesday’s game, but he broke out of that slump in a big way. McDonald finished the game 4-4 with a double. The four hits tie a season high for McDonald achieved previously on July 6 against Indianapolis with a 4-5 performance.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs stole his 46th base of the season Tuesday. The 46 steals lead the International league and rank 11th in minor league baseball. Stubbs should easily break the 50 steal plateau with just under a month left in the season. Think 50 steals might be a Bats record? Think again, Vince Coleman stole 101 bases in 1984 for the franchise.
- The IronPigs will counter with left-handed pitcher Gustavo Chacin. Chacin was once a top prospect, winning the AA Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award in 2004, but he has failed to make a dent past AAA in his career. This season Chacin is excelling with Lehigh Valley with a 7-3 record and 3.09 ERA in 13 games. Chacin has 48 strikeouts and 29 walks in 84.1 innings this season.
Lexington Legends @ Greenville Drive
- The Legends send right-handed starting pitcher Robert Bono to the mound tonight against the Drive. Bono has been the forgotten man in the Legends rotation behind more highly touted pitchers Ross Seaton, Jordan Lyles and Brad Dydalewicz, but Robert has impressed on the mound with a 8-7 record and 2.94 ERA. Bono has two complete games on the season, but has lost each of his last three decisions. Robert’s last win came on Independence Day.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1-4 performance Thursday. Cartwright is 9-20 (.450) with two doubles and two RBI during the streak. On the season Albert is batting .229 with five home runs and 26 RBI. After batting .328 in 20 games in April, Cartwright’s monthly batting average was below .200 in both month that he played regularly.
- Outfielder Steve Brown was the offensive star Thursday with a triple and home run. Brown is batting .244 with four home runs and 31 RBI on the season. 2009 is Steve’s second stint in Lexington after he spent the entire 2008 season with the Legends. Brown is batting .368 with one home run and five RBI in six games in August.
- Greenville will send Brock Huntzinger to the mound tonight against the Legends. Huntzinger is 7-8 with a 4.17 ERA on the season. Brock has won each of his last two starts and has recorded a decision in each of his last 11 starts. Huntzinger is 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in the second half of the season.
Louisville Bats @ Rochester Red Wings
- Louisville sends its ace Matt Maloney to the mound in the opening game of a four-game series in Rochester. Maloney is 7-8 with a 2.72 ERA for the Bats with 97 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 119.1 innings pitched. Matt received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season where he went 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts for the Reds. Maloney’s 2.72 ERA is eight best in the International League.
- Futures Game representative and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey is 6-12 in his past three games. During the three-game hitting streak, Heisey has two runs scored and an RBI.
- Among current Bats Drew Stubbs had the best performance in Louisville’s first series against Rochester. Stubbs was 4-15 (.267) with a double and an RBI in the first meeting. Sam LeCure recorded the Bats’ only win in the earlier series with seven shutout innings, eight strikeouts and no walks against the Red Wings.
- Rochester will send RHP Kevin Mulvey to the mound against the Bats. Mulvey is 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA on the season. Kevin earned the win with six innings of two-run ball in his last start. In that game Mulvey struck out nine Gwinnett Braves and walked four. Mulvey is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in nine starts at home this season.