Juan Francisco; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Earlier this offseason we brought you the final statistics from the prestigious Arizona Fall League. With the Caribbean Winter Leagues wrapping up their season I thought we’d bring you a rundown of Kentucky performances from those leagues:
- Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reports Louisville Bats third baseman Juan Francisco was named the MVP of the Dominican Winter League for the second consecutive season.
- Francisco batted .322 with eight home runs, 30 RBI, 29 runs scored for Gigantes del Cibao.
- PLD alum Josh Ellis, a right-handed pitcher and Diamondbacks’ farmhand, pitched two scoreless innings for Gigantes.
- One-time Madisonville resident and 2010 Louisville Bat Matt Klinker was 2-2 with an 8.40 ERA in four starts for Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican Winter League.
- Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez batted .357 with seven RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base in 10 games for Leones de Ponce of the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League.
- Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus batted .343 with three RBI, six runs scored and a stolen base in 25 games for Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Playoff highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Durham evened the first-round International League playoff series at one win a piece after sending the Louisville Bats to a 6-2 loss. The Bats tallied just four hits in the game.
- Former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief in AAA Tacoma’s 8-5 win over Sacramento in the IL playoffs.
- Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson took the loss after surrendering a run in AA New Hampshire’s 1-0 loss to Trenton in the Eastern League playoffs.
- Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus tripled, walked twice and scored for AA Springfield in the team’s 4-2 win in the Texas League playoffs.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock pitched just one perfect inning in his start for high A Bradenton in its 2-1 loss to Charlotte in the Florida State League playoffs. Adcock did not return following a two-hour rain delay, and Bradenton was eliminated from the playoffs.
- Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 2-5 for low A West Michigan in its 8-0 win over Lake County in the Midwest League playoffs.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDA Marcus Nidiffer was 0-3 but short-season Tri-City advanced to the second round of the Northwest League playoffs with a 1-0 win over Batavia.
- Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark walked three times in short-season Spokane’s 4-1 win in the second round of the Northwest League playoffs.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 0-4 in high A High Desert’s 7-1 loss to Rancho Cucamonga in the California League playoffs. The Mavericks were eliminated with the loss.
Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics
League playoffs from across Minor League Baseball are set to begin this week. Last week we looked at the Kentucky alumni participating in rookie league playoffs, so I thought I’d do the same for the other minor leagues:
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
- Tacoma Rainers — Josh Lueke
International League (AAA)
- Louisville Bats — Matt Klinker
- Columbus Clippers — Jeremy Sowers (DL)
Texas League (AA)
- Springfield Cardinals — Antone DeJesus
Eastern League (AA)
- New Hampshire Fisher Cats — Trystan Magnuson
- Harrisburg Senators — Zach Dials
Southern League (AA)
- Tennessee Smokies — Chris Rusin (DL)
- Jacksonville Suns — Graham Taylor (DL)
- Mobile BayBears — Collin Cowgill, Sean Coughlin, Josh Ellis
California League (High A)
- Stockton Ports — Justin Marks
- High Desert Mavericks — Jake Shaffer
- Ranch Cucamonga Quakes — Jon Townsend
Florida State League (High A)
- Dunedin Blue Jays — Justin McClanahan
- Bradenton Marauders — Jordan Newton, Nathan Adcock
Carolina League (High A)
- Winston-Salem Dash — Logan Johnson, Nathan Jones, Greg Paiml
- Kinston Indians — Marty Popham
Midwest League (Low A)
- Great Lakes Loons — J. B. Paxson
- Quad City River Bandits — Dean Kiekhefer, Daniel Calhoun
- Clinton Lumber Kings — Tyler Blandford (DL)
- West Michigan Whitecaps — Wade Gaynor, Patrick Cooper
South Atlantic League (Low A)
- Hickory Crawdads — Jonathan Roof
Northwest League (Short-Season)
- Spokane Indians — Andrew Clark, Josh Richmond
Pioneer League (Rookie)
- Great Falls Voyagers — Thomas Royse
Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats opened their three-game series against Toledo with an 8-3 loss. First baseman Todd Frazier was 2-3 with a run scored.
- The Lexington Legends couldn’t salvage a series split in its final road game of the season after suffering a 6-5 loss to Kannapolis. Catcher Ben Heath was 2-3 with a triple and two RBI.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened their four-game series with Fort Wayne with a 3-2 loss. No Hot Rods batter tallied multiple hits in the game.
- Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 4-5 with a run scored and three stolen bases for AA New Britain.
- Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus was 3-4 with a double, triple and two runs scored.
- Former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting was 3-4 with a run scored for AAA Syracuse.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer slugged his ninth home run of the season for high A High Desert.
- Covington native Neil Wilson slugged his fifth home run of the season for AAA New Orleans.
- St. Mary’s alum Shawn Roof was 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored for AAA Toledo.
- Louisville native Stephen Shackleford earned his second win of the season after throwing three scoreless innings for short-season Salem-Keizer.
- Former Murray St. first baseman and 2010 Padres draftee Wes Cunningham singled in four at-bats to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for short-season Eugene.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats pounded out 11 hits behind recently demoted Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Micah Owings en route to an 8-3 win over Gwinnet. Owings surrendered just one run on one hit in three innings, and shortstop Zack Cozart, third baseman Juan Francisco, right fielder Daniel Dorn and catcher Corky Miller each homered for Louisville.
- The Lexington Legends tallied seven hits but couldn’t score a run in a 3-0 loss to Savannah. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue took the loss despite surrendering just two runs in six innings and striking out six batters.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods pitching was no match for the Cedar Rapids offense in a 7-2 loss to the Kernels. Third baseman Julio Cedeno was 2-4 with a run scored for the Hot Rods.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged his eighth home run of the season, drove in three runs and scored twice for rookie-level Greeneville.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock earned his eighth win of the season after holding Dunedin scoreless for six innings on just two hits for high A Bradenton.
- Louisville native and 2010 Astros draftee Jason Chowning picked up his first professional win with three scoreless innings of relief for short-season Tri-City.
- Boyd County High School alum and 2010 Royals NDFA Tyler Gatrell earned his eighth save of the season for the rookie-level AZL Royals and still hasn’t surrendered an earned run in his professional career over 13 and one-third innings.
- Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus was 3-4 with a walk, run scored and one RBI for AA Springfield.
- Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 3-4 with a double, run scored and RBI for low A Augusta.
- Former EKU infielder Neil Sellers was 3-4 with a double and two RBI for AAA Lehigh Valley.
- Ballard High School alum Jeremy Sowers earned just his second win of the season for AAA Columbus with two scoreless innings of relief Sunday.
- Paducah native and 2010 Rangers draftee Jonathan Roof was 2-5 with three RBI and one run scored for low A Hickory.
Jayson Langfels; EKU photo
An abbreviated roundup of Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action as most leagues did not play yesterday:
- Each of the three Kentucky MiLB teams had the day off.
- Former UofL right-handed pitcher and 2010 Nationals draftee Neil Holland pitched a scoreless inning for short-season Vermont and hasn’t surrendered an earned run in his first seven professional outings over nine and two-third innings. On the season he has struck out 10 batters and walked just one.
- Former UofL infielder and 2010 Rays draftee Phil Wunderlich extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- Former EKU third baseman and 2010 Rockies draftee Jayson Langfels slugged his first professional home run for short-season Tri-City.
- In that same game, Boyd County native and 2010 Royals NDFA Tyler Gatrell picked up his fifth save with a scoreless inning for the AZL Royals. Gatrell hasn’t surrendered an earned run in his first eight professional outings and has struck out 15 while walking just three in eight and one-third innings.
- Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus was 1-2 with a triple and two RBI for AA Springfield.
- Frankfort native and 2010 Royals draftee Cameron Conner was 1-3 with a triple, walk, RBI and run scored for the rookie-level AZL Royals.
UK Athletics Wallpaper
The 2006 season was the crowning achievment in the revitalization of UK baseball. The Cats won the Southeastern Conference Championship and featured the 2006 SEC player of the year in 1b Ryan Strieby and national coach of the year John Cohen. The 2008 minor league sesaon has seen a reunion of Strieby and 3b Michael Bertram at AA Erie. With that reunion in mind I thought we’d look at where the members of the 2006 championship team are in the minor leagues.
- 1B Ryan Strieby — AA Erie Sea Wolves — .302, 14 home runs, 53 RBI — 2006 Stats — .343, 20 home runs, 77 RBI
- 3B Michael Bertram — AA Erie Sea Wolves — .282, 12 home runs, 55 RBI — 2006 Stats — .340, 5 home runs, 37 RBI
- C Sean Coughlin — AA Mobile BayBears — .287, 11 home runs, 40 RBI — 2006 Stats — .325, 17 home runs, 55 RBI
- OF Antone DeJesus — AA Springfield Cardinals — .229, 1 home run, 19 RBI — 2006 Stats —.323, 5 home runs, 36 RBI
- OF John Shelby — AA Birmingham Barons — .242, 8 home runs, 46 RBI — 2006 Stats — .291, 18 home runs, 56 RBI
- OF Collin Cowgill — High A Visalia Rawhide — .277, 6 home runs, 36 RBI — 2006 Stats — .298, 16 home runs, 61 RBI
- RHP Zach Dials — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 1-4, 2.36 ERA, 28 SO, 42 IP — 2006 Stats — 1-1, 3.97, 25 SO, 34 IP
- LHP Chris Rusin — Short-Season Boise Hawks — 0-3, 2.74 ERA, 20 SO, 23 IP — 2006 Stats — 5-0, 4.03 ERA, 25 SO, 38 IP
- RHP Greg Dombrowski — Rookie GCL Reds — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 10-2, 2.83 ERA, 54 SO, 101.2 IP
- LHP Andrew Albers — Rookie AZL Padres — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 3-3, 5.40 ERA, 28 SO, 30 IP