Small college spotlight: Northern Kentucky University

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Most of the focus of the site has been on the six Division one schools in the state, but as a recent commenter pointed out, Northern Kentucky University deserves some praise as well. The Norse are 16-6 on the season and 7-1 in their conference with a 3-0 record at home. NKU took three of four games from Bellarmine this weekend.

The Norse are the two-time defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions, and have the fourth most active Minor League alumni of any school in the state behind UK, UofL and WKU. Senior left-handed pitcher Kevin Jordan recently was named GLVC pitcher of the week. (Read more)

Ellis to fill in at catcher for Dodgers; Darnell named SEC pitcher of week; Updates on Blanton, Wellemeyer, Rosenberg

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A. J. Ellis; Photo by frankat1stbase3 via Flickr

Lots of major league news to pass along including a surprising major league job for a Kentucky high school alum:

  • Kevin Gurnick of MLB.com reportsĀ PLD alum A. J. Ellis has been named the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers while All-Star Russell Martin misses 4-6 weeks after a groin injury.
  • University of Kentucky left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell was named Southeastern Conference pitcher of the week after his complete game shutout performance Saturday.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports University of Kentucky alum Joe Blanton offseason adjustments paid dividends in his first spring appearance.
  • Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News breaks down the Giants fifth starter race, which includes Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer.
  • Jim Salisbury of Baseball America profiles University of Louisville alum B. J. Rosenberg and his attempt to stick out in Phillies camp. (Subscription required.)

Henderson looks to 2010; Small college honors for Bellarmine, NKU, Campbellsville; WKU postponed

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Gary Henderson; Photo: UK Athletics

Several morning notes to pass along, including a couple of profiles of UK coach Gary Henderson and some small college awards:

  • University of Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson talks about a variety of topics with Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports including the bullpen, James Paxton and Taylor Rogers.
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel profiles Henderson’s transition as a second-year head coach.
  • John Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, born in Pikeville, will not negotiate a long-term deal with the team after Opening Day.
  • Bellarmine senior shortstop Patrick Brady was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the week.
  • The same story from the Courier Journal reports Northern Kentucky University junior Dave Middendorf was named the GLVC pitcher of the week.
  • Campbellsville has also been ranked No. 3 in the preseason National Christian College Athletic Association.
  • Western Kentucky University‘s game at Belmont, originally scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed until March 3.

Wellemeyer signs minor league deal with Giants

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Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area is reporting (Via Twitter) that the San Francisco Giants have signed Louisville-native and Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Wellemeyer experienced a down 2009 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, but was 13-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 2008.

Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com tweets the deal is confirmed and would be worht over $1 million if Wellemeyer makes the big league roster.

Wellemeyer files for free agency; More schedule breakdown

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Todd_Wellemeyer

Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Another Bluegrass native has filed for free agency. Check out that story and more in some Tuesday morning links:

  • Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer has filed for free agency, and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports he is unlikely to return to St. Louis following a disappointing season.
  • In a related not, Wellemeyer is on Twitter, but hasn’t tweeted since June. His silence roughly coincides with the decline of his season.
  • WKUSports.com has a breakdown of Western’s fall baseball series.
  • The Lexington Herald Leader looks at UK’s 2010 baseball schedule.
  • The estate of baseball’s first free agent Curt Flood will auction off Flood memorabilia at the Louisville Slugger Museum Saturday.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Hesiey was 0-5 and teammate Yonder Alonso was 1-4 for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League. Louisville reliever Sean Watson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and closer Logan Ondrusek allowed two unearned runs in one frame.

Monday Links: MLB regular season ends, mostly

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Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

The 2009 MLB regular season is officially over for all but two teams. The Twins and Tigers will play on Tuesday to determine the winner of the AL Central, and Kentucky native Jon Rauch should play a key role if the Twins get a lead in that game. Today, check out the BluGrass Baseball players making an impact in the final regular season games:

  • 2009 Louisville Bat Homer Bailey won his eighth game for Cincinnati, putting him in good shape for a 2010 Reds’ rotation spot. 2009 Bat Drew Stubbs was 3-4, bringing his average to .267 in his time with the Reds.
  • Morehead alum Jon Rauch earned his 17th hold of the season for Minnesota, helping the Twins force a one-game playoff on Tuesday.
  • Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer took his tenth loss of the season for St. Louis, finishing 2009 at 7-10, 5.89 ERA.
  • Former Bat Edwin Encarnacion hit his 13th home run for Toronto.