Kentucky rookie league playoff participants

Minor League Baseball
Matt Payton bats against UK: BluGrass Baseball photo

Matt Payton: BluGrass Baseball photo

The 2010 MiLB season is winding down with league playoffs set to start over the next week. The three rookie-level leagues have finalized their playoff participants with four Kentucky minor leaguers qualifying for postseason play. Check out a quick break down of each below:

Gulf Coast League

  • Matt Payton — The former Western Kentucky University infielder and 2010 Phillies draftee batted leadoff for the GCL Phillies in the team’s semifinal victory. Payton didn’t record a hit but scored twice. The Phillies face the GCL Rays in a best-of-three series starting tonight.

Appalachian League

  • Logan Darnell, Gunner Glad — Former University of Kentucky teammates Darnell and Glad will look to lead the Elizabethton Twins to victory in the Appalachian League playoffs. Glad is batting .240 with two home runs and 14 RBI for the Twins, and Darnell is 2-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 10 games. Since moving to the starting rotation, Darnell is 2-2 with a 1.44 ERA in five games. The Twins face the Pulaski Mariners in the first round.
  • Bob Revesz — The former University of Louisville left-handed reliever and 2010 Cardinals draftee is 4-2 with a 4.84 ERA in 16 appearances for the Johnson City Cardinals. Revesz will look to be a valuable southpaw out of the Cardinals’ bullpen during the team’s first round series against the Burlington Royals.

Two teams still haven’t qualified for the rookie Pioneer League playoffs.

Revere, Nidiffer, Lee named postseason all-stars

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Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Leagues around minor league baseball are revealing their postseason all-star teams, and three Kentucky alumni were selected to two teams announced Thursday. Lexington Catholic alum and Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Ben Revere was named to the AA Eastern League all-star team. Former University of Kentucky catcher Marcus Nidiffer and former Morehead State University shortstop Drew Lee were named to the rookie-level Appalachian League all-star team.

Revere batted .297 with one home run and 22 RBI in 86 games for AA New Britain. The Lexington native was hit in the face by a pitch on Aug. 3 and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Nidiffer, playing mostly first base, batted .303 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI for rookie-level Greeneville before being promoted to the short-season Northwest League. Lee, playing second base, is batting .286 with five home runs, 36 RBI and 31 runs scored in 55 games for rookie-level Bristol. (Eastern Leage team) (Appalachian League team)