MiLB roundup: Bats, Hot Rods, Legends all lose; Shaffer, Duvall homer; Six Ky. alumni have three hits on Wed.

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Recaps and highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats tied its game versus Columbus with a single run in the ninth inning, but Columbus scored a run in the bottom of the frame to send the Bats to a 4-3 loss. Two-time National League All-Star Dontrelle Willis surrendered one run on six hits in five innings while striking out four batters and walking two in a no decision.
  • Dayton used a four-run fourth inning to send the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 4-1 loss. Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich tallied the Hot Rods’ only RBI, and left-handed pitcher Braulio Lara took the loss after surrendering three runs on two hits in three and one-third innings.
  • The Lexington Legends jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but surrendered four runs in the fifth inning to lose the lead in a 5-4 loss to Savannah. Catcher Roberto Pen was 2-2 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored.
  • Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 3-6 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored for AA Jackson.
  • Lafayette High School alum Chaz Roe surrendered two runs on four hits in six innings while striking out two batters and walking four for AAA Tacoma.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 3-5 with two RBI for AAA Reno.
  • Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 3-4 with two runs and one stolen base.
  • Louisville native and former UofL infielder Adam Duvall slugged his third home run of the season and drove in three runs for low A Augusta.
  • Former UofL outfielder Josh Richmond was 3-5 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored.
  • One-time UofL left-handed pitcher Zach Jackson lost his no hitter in the eighth inning but still earned a win after surrendering three runs on four hits in eight and one-third innings while striking out five batters and walking three.
  • Former Union College right-handed pitcher Marty Popham struck out three batters in four hitless innings in a start for high A Kinston.
  • Paducah native Jonathan Roof was 3-4 with one run scored for low A Hickory.
  • Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 3-5 with one double, one triple and two runs scored for AA Birmingham.

Mesoraco headlines top Kentucky MiLB team prospects

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Throughout the minor league season BluGrass Baseball maintains a list of the top 10 prospects on the three Kentucky minor league teams and the top 10 prospects among Kentucky alumni. With the 2011 season underway it is time to update the top 10 prospects list for the three minor league teams. Check out the list below, remembering that the top prospect list is always available on the “Top Prospects” page on the left sidebar here.

  1. C Devin Mesoraco — Louisville Bats
  2. 1B Yonder Alonso — Louisville Bats
  3. 2B Delino Deshields Jr. — Lexington Legends
  4. RHP Mike Foltynewicz — Lexington Legends
  5. LHP Enny Romero — Bowling Green Hot Rods
  6. SS Zach Cozart — Louisville Bats
  7. 3B/LF Todd Frazier — Louisville Bats
  8. RHP Tanner Bushue — Lexington Legends
  9. LHP Braulio Lara — Bowling Green Hot Rods
  10. OF Dave Sappelt — Louisville Bats

MiLB roundup: Bats, Hot Rods, Legends win; Kuhn has four hits; Glad has three hits in support of Darnell’s stellar start

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Logan Darnell; BluGrass Baseball photo

Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats w0n their seventh consecutive game with a 5-2 victory over Indianapolis. Right-handed pitcher Chad Reineke improved to 2-0 after surrendering two runs on six hits in six and two-third innings. Left fielder Dave Sappelt, third baseman Todd Frazier and center fielder Kris Negron all homered for Louisville.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods used a three-run fifth inning to earn a 4-1 win over Fort Wayne. Left-handed pitcher Braulio Lara earned the win after surrendering one run on two hits in five innings, and left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick earned the save after surrendering one hit in four shutout innings.
  • The Lexington Legends held 2010 No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to just one hit in a 7-0 shutout win over Hagerstown. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue improved to 2-0 after surrendering five hits in eight shutout inning while striking out four and walking two. Designated hitter Telvin Nash and center fielder Daniel Adamson each homered for Lexington.
  • Louisville native Tyler Kuhn was 4-4 with one stolen base for AA Birmingham.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 3-6 with one RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base.
  • Former UK third baseman Gunner Glad was 3-6 with one double for low A Beloit.
  • Glad’s performance backed a stellar pitching performance from former UK left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell, who took a no decision despite surrendering just two hits in eight shutout innings while striking out six batters and walking none for Beloit.
  • Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich took a loss after surrendering seven runs on eight hits in six innings in a start for AA Tulsa.
  • One-time UofL left-handed pitcher Zach Jackson, who transferred to Texas A&M from UofL, took a no decision after surrendering five runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out four batters and walking none.

Phil Wunderlich headlines Hot Rods’ Opening Day roster

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The Bowling Green Hot Rods have released the team’s 2011 Opening Day roster, which is headlined by a former UofL slugger. Check out the roster below with the town where the player resides and information about how he was acquired by the Rays:


  • RHP Jairo De La Rosa — Santo Domingo, DR — FA (2002)
  • RHP Nate Garcia — San Jose, Cal. — 16th round (2010)
  • RHP Stephen Hiscock — Beacon Falls, Conn. — FA (2010)
  • RHP Austin Hubbard — Auburn, Ala. — 14th round (2010)
  • RHP George Jensen — Eagen, Minn. — 46th round (2010)
  • RHP William Kline — Belden, Miss. — 2nd round (2007)
  • LHP Braulio Lara — San Pedro de Macoris, DR — FA (2008)
  • RHP Victor Mateo — Santo Domingo, DR — FA (2006)
  • LHP Jimmy Patterson — Tempe, Ariz. — 18th round (2010)
  • LHP Chris Rearick — Pooler, Ga. — 41st round (2010)
  • LHP C. J. Riefenhauser — Mahopac, N.Y. — 20th round (2010)
  • RHP Wilking Rodriguez — Puerto Cabello, VZ — FA 2007
  • LHP Enny Romero — Santo Domingo, DR — FA 2008
  • LHP Matthew Stabelfield — Turlock, Cal. — 41st round (2009)
  • RHP Eliazer Suero — Haina, DR — FA 2007


  • Lucas Bailey — LaGrange, Ga. — 4th round (2009)
  • Kyle Holloway — Deerfield Beach, Fla. — FA (2001)
  • Alejandro Torres — Caracas, VZ — FA (2006)


  • Phil Wunderlich — Louisville, Ky. — 12th round (2010)
  • Derek Dietrich — Clermont, Fla. — 2nd round (2010)
  • Robi Estrada — El Segundo, Cal. — 19th round (2006)
  • Hector Guevara — San Felix, VZ — FA (2008)


  • Todd Glaesmann — Woodway, Tex. — 3rd round (2009)
  • Kevin Klermaier — Ft. Wayne, Ind. — 31st round (2010)
  • Cody Rogers — White Oak, Tex. — 7th round (2009)
  • Nick Schwaner — Slidell, La. — 30th round (2010)