Drew Lee; BluGrass Baseball photos
Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats swept a double-header from Durham with a 3-2 win in game one and an 11-5 win in game two. Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney surrendered one run on three hits in his first start of the season for the Bats in game one. Center fielder Dave Sappelt was 2-4 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored in game two.
- The Lexington Legends split a double-header with Kannapolis with a 3-2 win in game one and a 3-1 loss in a rain-shortened game two. Right-handed pitcher Carlos Quevedo surrendered two runs on five hits in five innings while striking out eight batters and walking none in game one. Right-handed pitcher Ruben Alaniz took the loss in game two after surrendering two runs in three innings.
- Mt. Sterling native and former Morehead St. infielder Drew Lee was 3-6 with one home run, one double, one RBI and two runs scored for Kannapolis in the double-header.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods never overcame a five-run first inning from Great Lakes in a 12-5 loss. Third baseman Robi Estrada was 3-4 with one home run, one double, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 4-7 with two home runs, two RBI and four runs scored for AAA Reno.
- Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 1-5 performance for AA Jackson.
- Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 4-4 with one run scored for AAA Rochester.
- Former UK outfielder Lance Ray was 2-4 with one home run, one double, one RBI and one run scored for low A Beloit.
- Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby was 3-4 with one RBI for AA Montgomery.
- Former UK left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell took a no decision after surrendering two runs on two hits in six and one-third innings while striking out four batters and walking one.
- Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 2-5 with one run scored for AAA Toledo.
- Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with two runs scored for high A San Jose.
- Former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting was 2-5 with one run scored for AAA Syracuse.
- Hawesville native and former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 2-5 for high A Lakeland.
- Louisville native Zack Cox extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-4 performance for high A Palm Beach.
- Trinity alum Tyler Kuhn was 2-3 with one RBI for AA Birmingham and his hits in four consecutive games.
- Lexington native Robbie Ross took a loss for high A Myrtle Beach after surrendering six runs on eight hits in four innings.
- Danville native Patrick Cooper took a loss in his first start of the season for low A West Michigan after surrendering three runs on one hit in three and one-third innings.
Joe Blanton; Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Stats and highlights from Friday Kentucky Spring Training action:
- Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton earned a win after surrendering five hits in six shutout innings for the Philadelphia Phillies while striking out four batters and walking none.
- Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green earned the win after recording two outs without surrendering a run for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke surrendered two hits in a scoreless inning for the Seattle Mariners.
- PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 1-2 with one RBI and one run scored for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- After being added to the MLB roster for the game Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 1-1 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- After being added to the MLB roster for the game former UK outfielder Saywer Carroll was 1-2 with one double and one run scored for the San Diego Padres.
- In that same game offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney surrendered three runs on six hits in two innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
- After being added to the MLB roster for the game, former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting had a sacrifice bunt in a pinch hit appearance for the Washington Nationals.
- Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-3 with one walk versus the Tigers.
Sean Green; Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Stats and highlights from Friday Kentucky Spring Training action:
- Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green was credited with a hold after pitching two scoreless innings for the Milwaukee Brewers.
- PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-2 with one strikeout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- After being assigned to the Diamondbacks from minor league camp for Friday’s game, Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 0-1 as a late-inning replacement.
- After being assigned to the Nationals from minor league camp for Friday’s game, former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting was 0-1 as a late-inning replacement.
- Lexington native Austin Kearns was 0-3 with one RBI for the Cleveland Indians.
- Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 0-1 for the Minnesota Twins.
- In that same game Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 0-3 with one run scored and two strikeouts.
- Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney was credited with a hold despite surrendering three runs on five hits in two innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
- Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, surrendered one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning versus the Mets.
During the college season BluGrass Baseball publishes a weekly leaderboard for all Kentucky collegians. Minor League Baseball is less conducive to such an arrangement because players are scattered across several leagues and ability levels, but I thought I’d publish the end of season statistical leaderboard in advance of the MiLB pitcher and player of the year awards coming out later this week. Remember stats from higher-level leagues are more impressive, but this is a good place to start in examining the best 2010 MiLB performances.
I’ll post a separate leaderboard for short-season players later this week in advance of the “Rookie of the Year” award.
Batting Average (2.7 PA/team game)
- Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .336
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – .307
- Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – .305
- Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – .286
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .285
- Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .386
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – .386
- Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – .371
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .360
- Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – .354
- Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .511
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – .492
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .464
- Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – .456
- Seth Bynum (AAA Syracuse) — .436
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 96
- Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – 91
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 89
- Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 85
- Boomer Whiting (AAA Syracuse) – 66
- Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 101
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 83
- Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – 80
- Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – 78
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 74
- Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 21
- Chad Cregar (Low A Greensboro) – 17
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 16
- Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 16
- Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) — 14
- Seth Bynum (AAA Syracuse) – 14
- Boomer Whiting (AAA Syracuse) – 48
- Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – 36
- Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 25
- John Shelby (AA Birmingham) – 15
- Cameron Conner (R Idaho Falls) – 15 *
* — Nidiffer and Conner played in short-season leagues.
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.
John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker picked up his fourth win of the season for the Louisville Bats in the team’s 8-4 victory over Charlotte. Center fielder Michael Griffin was 2-2 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored.
- Lexington Legends right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue scattered three hits in seven shutout innings to lead the Legends to a 3-1 win over Rome. Bushue struck out five and walked just one in the game to earn his fifth win of the season.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods were off Tuesday.
- Former UK outfielder John Shelby slugged his seventh home run of the season for AA Birmingham and was 2-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
- London native Jon Townsend slugged his fourth home run of the season, drove in four runs, tallied two hits and scored twice for high A Rancho Cucamonga.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged his seventh home run in just 26 professional games for rookie-level Greeneville.
- Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 3-4 with a double, triple, one RBI and two runs scored for AA Mobile.
- Former UK infielder Michael Bertram was 3-4 with a double, three RBI and one run scored for AA Erie.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher and 2010 Cardinals draftee Bob Revesz pick up his first professional win with a scoreless inning and one-third for rookie-level Johnson City.
- Former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting scored three times for AAA Syracuse and was 2-4 with a stolen base.
- Former WKU infielder and 2010 Phillies draftee Matt Payton scored three times and was 2-4 with two walks and a stolen base for the rookie-level GCL Phillies.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock took the loss for high A Bradenton despite allowing just three runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked just one.
Sawyer Carroll; Photo: UK Athletics
A little late today, but here are highlights from Friday MiLB action:
- Cuban phenom Aroldis Chapman pick up his sixth win of the season for the Louisville Bats in the team’s 7-3 victory over Lehigh Valley. Chapman struck out all four batters he faced. Gary Matthews Jr. and Juan Francisco each homered for the Bats.
- The Lexington Legends couldn’t muster any more offense than a single second inning run in their 3-1 loss to Hickory. Left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz took the loss despite surrendering just three runs in six and two-third innings.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods dropped a 6-3 decision to Burlington. First baseman Ryan Wiegand was 2-3 with a double and two RBI.
- Danville native Patrick Cooper earned his second professional win after surrendering just one run in six innings. Cooper struck out seven and walked just three.
- Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll was 3-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored for AA San Antonio.
- Former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting was 3-5 with a double, two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base for AAA Syracuse.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar slugged his tenth home run of the season for low A Greensboro.
- Former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones surrendered just one unearned run in five innings for high A Winston-Salem but still took a no decision.
- Former Campbellsville University outfielder Chris Curley slugger his first home run of the season for low A Rome.
- Lafayette High School alum Chaz Roe lost his tenth game of the season for AAA Colorado Springs after surrendering six runs in five innings.
- Paducah native Daniel Webb pitched four shutout innings for short-season Auburn but didn’t qualify for the win.
- Paducah native and 2010 draftee Jonathan Roof was promoted to low A Hickory where he went 1-4 in his debut.
- Hawesville native and 2010 draftee Michael Mosby was reassigned to the rookie-level GCL Orioles where he went 2-4 in his debut.
- Louisville native Richard Sullivan earned his third win of the season for AA Mississippi with three and one-third scoreless innings of relief.
- Lexington native and 2010 draftee Tyler Oliver slugged his first professional home run for the rookie-level GCL Nationals.
Last week we looked at the 2006 SEC Champion UK baseball team and where in the minor leagues the members of that team were playing. In the interest of fair coverage today we’ll look at the 2007 College World Series final eight and Big East Champion UofL Cardinals team.
- RHP Trystan Magnuson — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 4-1, 2.55 ERA, 41 games, 48 SO, 67 IP — 2007 Stats — 3-3, 1.83 ERA, 36 games, 58 SO, 59 IP
- OF Isaiah Howes — Rookie GCL Yankees — Hasn’t played since being drafted in 2007 after shoulder surgery — 2007 Stats — .396, 18 home runs, 69 RBI
- C Logan Johnson — High A Winston-Salem Dash — .257, 10 home runs, 33 RBI — 2007 Stats — .364, 16 home runs, 64 RBI
- OF Boomer Whiting — High A Potomac Nationals — .255, 62 runs, 50 SB — 2007 Stats — .373, 80 runs, 73 SB
- RHP Zach Pitts — Short-Season Batavia Muckdogs — Hasn’t pitched in 2009 — 2007 Stats — 10-3, 2.52 ERA, 91 SO, 121.2 IP
- SS Chris Cates — High A Fort Myers Miracle — .244, 38 runs, 8 stolen bases — 2007 Stats — .298, 74 runs, 17 stolen bases
- C Derrick Alfonso — Low A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — .211, 5 runs, 3 RBI — 2007 Stats — .276, five home runs, 31 RBI
- 3B Chris Dominguez — Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — .273, 11 HR, 35 RBI — 2007 Stats — .266, 15 home runs, 61 RBI
- LHP Justin Marks — Rookie AZL Athletics — 1 game, 0 IP, 6 R — 2007 Stats — 9-2, 2.67 ERA, 87 SO, 104.2 IP
- 2B Justin McClanahan — Low A Lansing Lugnuts — .265, 13 home runs, 52 RBI — 2007 Stats — .250, 5 home runs, 24 RBI
The MLB trade season is officially in full gear with three major moves Wednesday. We told you about the Mariners/Pirates deal that sent Hardin County native Nathan Adcock to Pittsburgh, but the biggest trade of the day may also have Kentucky implications. The Phillies received reigning AL Cy Young winner Cliff Lee for four prospects. With Lee and Pedro Martinez joining the Philadelphia rotation, two pitchers must move to the pen and one candidate is UK alum Joe Blanton. Blanton leads the team in innings, has a 4.11 ERA and has a history of good second halves so hopefully his spot is safe.
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