KHSBCA All-State Teams

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Check out the first and second Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State teams:

First Team

  • Brock Downey — Murray High School
  • Justin Hageman — Hopkinsville High School
  • Kyle Gibson — Henderson County High School
  • Cole Isom — Christian County High School
  • Cole Sturgeon — Owensboro Catholic High School
  • Ty Downing – Greenwood High School
  • Shane Waldrop — Warren Central High School
  • Brandon Alphin — Bullitt East High School
  • Corey Littrell – Trinity High School
  • John Fidanza – Ballard High School
  • Kyle Cornett – Eastern High School
  • Brian Doering – Manual High School
  • Jared Martin — Harrison County High School
  • Trevor Gott — Tates Creek High School
  • J.T. Riddle — Western Hills High School
  • Lucas Witt — Lexington Christian Academy
  • Louie Helmburg — West Jessamine High School
  • Duran Elmore — Danville High School

Second Team

  • Tyler Saltsman — Grayson County High School
  • Mikey Scott — Grayson County High School
  • Matt Bowles — Bullitt East High School
  • Taylor Banks — Pleasure Ridge Park
  • Ryan Messex — Louisville Male High School
  • Matt Spalding — St. X
  • Spencer Drake — Eastern High School
  • Corey Bays — Henry Clay High School
  • Eric Standafer — Shelby County High School
  • Austin Pugh — Conner High School
  • Brice Smallwood — Dixie Heights High School
  • Logan Dailey — Harrison County High School
  • Taylor Martin — Lexington Catholic High School
  • Evan Stephens — Lexington Christian Academy
  • Aaron Watts — McCreary Central High School
  • Noah Smallwood — West Jessamine High School
  • Chandler Shepherd — Lawrence County High School
  • Gavin Miller — Pikeville High School

You can see the honorable mention team with player’s from each region here.

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Early signing period breakdown: UofL

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This post has been pushed back several times for the Winter Meetings, some graduate school work, and UofL’s staggered announcement of the class, but finally we’ll finish the early signing period college recruiting classes with the University of Louisville. UofL has signed 13 players, including two Kentucky high school products, during the fall period. Included below are some 2009 highlights for each player and an interesting fact about the player

INF/RHP Brandon Alphin — Bullitt East High School

  • 2009: 8-4, 2.40 ERA, 67 SO; .477, 7 HR, 65 RBI, 21 doubles
  • 2009 First team All-State, 6th region player of the year

OF/LHP Cole Sturgeon — Owensboro Catholic High School

  • 2009: .389, 30 SB, 26 runs; 4-3, 0.59 ERA, 62 SO
  • 2009 Second team all-state, Third Region POY

SS Alex Chittenden — Indiana

  • 2009: .455, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 14 doubles
  • #3 prospect in Indiana

C Jake Depew — Illinois

  • 2009: .555, 7 HR, 53 RBI, 21 doubles, 46 runs
  • #4 prospect in Illinois

RHP Dace Kim — Ohio

  • 9-0, 0.70 ERA, 105 SO
  • #5 prospect in Ohio

RHP Jeff Thompson — Indiana

  • 2009: 5-3, 2.09 ERA, 64 SO
  • #5 prospect in Indiana

OF/LHP Cody Edge — Iowa

  • 2009: .477, 4 HR, 30 RBI; 9-1, 0.22 ERA, 115 SO, 64 IP
  • Seventh best single-season ERA in Iowa prep history

INF Adam Engel — Ohio

  • 2009: .520, 17 doubles, 24 RBI, 24 runs, 13 SB
  • 2009 Ohio football player of the year as a QB

LHP/1B Brad Hedden — New Jersey

  • 2009: .418, 4 HR, 23 RBI
  • All-Conference, All-Area, All-County as a junior

LHP Joel Bender — Ohio

  • 2009: Not Available
  • First team Ohio by ESPN Rise Magazine

INF Ty Young — Pennsylvania

  • 2009: .444, 4 HR, 53 runs, 23 RBI
  • High school team finished 2009 ranked No. 8 nationally by BA

RHP Chad Green — Illinois

  • 2009: 9-2, 2.33 ERA, 107 SO
  • 2 time All-Conference, 2009 All-Area
  • From Effingham, Ill., which is subject of the Ben Folds song “Effington”

3B Ryan Seiz — Pennsylvania

  • 2009: .456, 13 HR, 36 RBI
  • 2009 preseason High School Under Armour All-American

You can see UofL’s four-part news release here, here, here and here.


Webb throws; Local products sign LOIs

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

News continues to trickle in about signees for the state colleges, but they were overshadowed by one of the most high-profile Kentucky major leaguers working back from injury. Check out those stories and more in some Friday links, and keep checking back for more signing news later:

  • Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports Ashland-native Brandon Webb has a pain-free first throwing session since having shoulder surgery in August.
  • Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal reports that UofL signed Bullitt East pitcher/infielder Brandon Alphin. He also writes that Trinity pitcher Corey Littrell signed with UK.
  • Granite City (Ill.) standout Jake DePew also signed with the Cards.
  • Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports rumors of a Albert Callaspo trade from the Royals to the Dodgers for PLD-alum A. J. Ellis appear unfounded.
  • Michael Johnson of Examiner.com reports Ballard catcher John Fidanza signed with Coastal Carolina.
  • Jason Stella of Examiner.com writes about 2009 Bats Wes Bankston‘s and Adam RosalesWinter League performances.
  • The Courier-Journal has further breakdown of the Curt Flood memorabilia auction at the Louisville Slugger Museum this weekend.
  • Stan McNeal and Ryan Fagan of The Sporting News look at what were learned from the 2009 baseball season and conclude that Louisville-native Aaron Cook‘s success at home means pitchers really can pitch well at Coors Field.