Kentuckians among MiLB All-Stars


Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

With today’s announcement of the AAA All-Star game rosters each of the full-season Minor Leagues has unveiled its All-Star roster. I’ve listed the Kentucky-related players below on each team with links to the full roster:

International League (AAA)

  • 2B — Chris Valaika — Louisville Bats*
  • LHP — Travis Wood — Louisville Bats

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

  • OF — Brian Bogusevic — Former Lexington Legend — Round Rock

Texas League (AA)

  • RHP — Jordan Lyles — Former Lexington Legend — Corpus Christi
  • 1B — Koby Clemens — Former Lexington Legend — Corpus Christi*

Eastern League (AA)

  • RHP — Trystan Magnuson — UoL — New Hampshire
  • OF — Ben Revere — Lexington Catholic HS — New Britain

Carolina League (High A)

  • RHP — Jose Duran — Former Lexington Legend — Frederick

California League (High A)

  • OF — Jay Austin — Former Lexington Legend — Lancaster

Florida State League (High A)

  • RHP — Joshua Satow — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • RHP — Marquis Fleming — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • LHP — Neil Schenk — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • OF — Isaias Velasquez — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • DH — Henry Wrigley — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte

Midwest League (Low A)

  • RHP — Alexander Colome — Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • RHP — Wilking Rodriguez — Bowling Green Hot Rods

South Atlantic League (Low A)

  • LHP — Robbie Ross — Lexington Christian Academy
  • RHP — Kirk Clark — Lexington Legends
  • 1B — Kody Hinze — Lexington Legends
  • 2B — Jose Altuve — Lexington Legends
  • OF — J. D. Martinez — Lexington Legends
  • 3B — Chris Dominguez — UofL — Augusta

Popham, Altuve named league players of week

Minor League Baseball

Union College alum Marty Popham was named the high A Carolina League pitcher of the week, and Lexington Legends second baseman Jose Altuve was named the South Atlantic League player of the week for their performances June 7-13. Popham, a Louisville native, was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts for the Kinston Indians. Popham struck out 12 and walked just one in 13 innings.

Altuve, a SAL All-Star, was 7-19 (.368) with three home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored on the week. Altuve also stole two bases and legged out a triple and a double. His week was highlighted by a four-hit, four-RBI performance on Saturday. (Read more)

Frazier, Heisey, Wood among top AA prospects

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Todd FrazierBaseball America has ranked 2009 Bats Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey and Travis Wood among the top 20 prospects in the AA Southern League. The trio each spent time at AA Carolina before second-half promotions to Louisville. Heisey spent the most time with Louisville, but Frazier and Wood both made key contributions during the late-season playoff hunt. (Read more)

Here’s a look at each player’s AA stats and a snippet of Ben Badler’s analysis:

12) 2B Todd Frazier

  • .290/.350/.481, 14 HR, 68 RBI
  • “He has the hand-eye coordination, athleticism and knack for the barrel to allow him to cover the plate. He’s strong, but his swing is more conducive to generating drives in the gap than loft.”

14) OF Chris Heisey

  • .347/.426/.572, 13 HR, 40 RBI
  • “Thanks to his all-around instincts, Heisey gets the most out of his raw tools. He routinely puts together solid plate appearances with a good approach at the plate.”

20) LHP Travis Wood

  • 9-3, 1.21, 103 SO, 119 IP
  • “His best pitch is his changeup, with plus to occasional plus-plus action, showing outstanding late sink and separation from his fastball at 75-79 mph. He uses his 83-86 mph cutter, which he first started throwing at the end of 2008, to jam righthanders.”