MiLB roundup: Bats win; Jake Shaffer streak hits 10 games; Collin Cowgill, Seth Bynum homer; Rusin takes no decision

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Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats received a strong start from rehabbing Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey and pounded out 13 hits in a 9-0 win over Toledo. Bailey surrendered three hits in five and one-third shutout innings while striking out six batters and walking one. Designated hitter Yonder Alonso, first baseman Eric Eymann and second baseman Kris Negron each homered in the game.
  • Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer extended his hitting streak to 10 games and was 3-6 with one double, two RBI and two runs scored for AA Jackson. Shaffer is batting .368 with three home runs, 10 RBI and 13 runs scored on the season.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 2-5 with one triple, one home run, one RBI and two runs scored for AAA Reno.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin took a no decision after surrendering three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits in five innings while striking out three batters and walking one for AA Tennessee.
  • Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his second home run of the season for AAA Syracuse.
  • Trinity alum Tyler Kuhn was 2-4 with one double, one triple, one RBI, one walk and two runs scored for AA Birmingham.
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Adcock overcomes two hits in MLB debut; Friedrich excels in scrimmage; Ellis to serve as Dodgers’ primary backup

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Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Latest links and notes from around Kentucky baseball:

 

  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock surrendered two hits in a scoreless inning in his MLB debut in the Kansas City Royal’s loss to the Angels on Opening Day.
  • Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports PLD alum A. J. Ellis will serve as the Dodgers’ primary backup catcher until Dioner Navarro returns from injury.
  • Barry Lewis of the Tulsa World reports former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich impressed Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy by throwing six shutout innings in a start against the big league team to end Spring Training.
  • John Fay, writing for Baseball America, profiles Louisville Bats outfielder Dave Sappelt, who impressed the Reds with a .564 batting average in Spring Training. (Subscription required)

Spring roundup: Lueke surrenders one run in two innings

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Austin Kearns; Photo by Scott Ableman via Flickr

Stats and highlights from a rain-shortened schedule of Monday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Lexington native Austin Kearns was 1-4 with one RBI for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke surrendered one run on three hits in two innings of relief for the Seattle Mariners.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney surrendered three hits but no runs in one and one-third innings of relief for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 1-4 with one double and one run scored versus the Tigers.

Wade sent to MiLB camp; Ellis appears unlikely to make Dodgers roster; Adcock still in running for Royals’ bullpen

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A. J. Ellis; Photo by frankat1stbase3 via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Marc Tompkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Rays have re-assigned former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade to minor league camp.
  • Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports it appears the Los Angeles Dodgers will keep Hector Gimenez as the team’s backup catcher instead of PLD alum A. J. Ellis to start the season.
  • Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star reports Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock has a good shot to make the Royals’ bullpen if the team carries two long relievers, and the Royals must keep him on the MLB roster as a Rule 5 draft pick if the team wants to keep him.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb hopes to be back on the mound on Monday after a setback in his rehab set him back to long toss this week.
  • Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports Webb will travel with the Texas Rangers when the team breaks camp and will continue his rehab in Arlington until he is ready to go on a minor league rehab assignment.
  • Murray St. alum Mark Riggins‘ tenure as the Chicago Cubs pitching coach hit its first speed bump this weekend when Carlos Silva criticized him for not being straight about Silva’s demotion and said Riggins “has to learn in the big leagues now.” Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports Cubs GM Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade were quick to defend Riggins on Saturday and Silva was released in part because of his comments.
  • Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News previews the Cincinnati Reds’ season and notes the Louisville Bats will have so much talent that the AAA team might be able to finish third in the National League Central Division.

Spring roundup: Blanton earns win with six shutout innings; Green earns win; Ellis continues hot streak

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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.

Spring roundup: Nathan Adock surrenders three runs in start

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Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Stats and highlights from Thursday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock‘s scoreless spring came to an end after he surrendered three runs on four hits in two innings for the Kansas City Royals.
  • Louisville native Trever Miller surrendered two runs on one hit in one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney pitched a scoreless inning for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, struck out two batters in a scoreless inning versus the Marlins.
  • In that same game Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 0-3 with two strikeouts.
  • Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, was 0-3 and is batting just .196 this spring.

Robbins named Sun Belt POW; Riddle named SEC FOW; A’s option Magnuson to AAA; Reds option seven to Louisville

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Logan Robbins bats vs. UK in 2010; BluGrass Baseball photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Western Kentucky University junior shortstop Logan Robbins was named Sun Belt Conference player of the week.
  • University of Kentucky freshman right fielder J. T. Riddle, who was the BluGrass Baseball freshman of the week, has been named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week.
  • The Oakland Athletics have optioned former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson to AAA Sacramento.
  • The Louisville Bats‘ 2011 roster is starting to take shape after the Cincinnati Reds optioned left-handed pitcher Daniel Ray Herrera, shortstop Kris Negron, infielder Zack Cozart, first baseman Yonder Alonso, right-handed pitcher Carlos Fisher, right-handed pitcher Jordan Smith and utility man Todd Frazier to Louisville.
  • Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports the Rangers pushed back Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb‘s batting practice session to Wednesday or Thursday due to rain. Grant notes Webb will begin his rehab by alternating starts between AAA Round Rock and AA Frisco depending on which team is home.
  • John Wagner, writing for Baseball America, reports now that former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby is healthy his path to the Tigers’ MLB roster is still blocked by Miguel Cabrera. (subscription required)
  • Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock is among eight candidates still in the running for the final five spots in the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen.

Spring roundup: Jon Rauch’s win highlights poor day of Ky. spring performances; Ryan Strieby tallies RBI

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Jon Rauch; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Stats and highlights from Saturday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch earned a win after striking out one batter in a scoreless inning.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 1-1 with one RBI for the Detroit Tigers.
  • Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer took a loss after surrendering three runs on four hits in two innings for the Chicago Cubs.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was hitless in two at-bats for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was hitless in three at-bats for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson surrendered two runs on two hits in one inning for the Oakland Athletics.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 0-1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney was charged with a blown save after surrendering two runs on three hits in two innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Jonny Venters, who was born in Pikeville, pitched a scoreless inning versus the Mets.
  • In that same game Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 1-4.

Spring roundup: Scott Downs, Sean Green and Matt Maloney post scoreless outings; Ben Revere leads off for Twins

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Scott Downs; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Stats and recaps from Tuesday Kentucky Spring Training action:

  • Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs struck out one batter in a scoreless inning for the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green pitched a scoreless inning for the Milwaukee Brewers and not surrendered a run in four innings this spring.
  • Offseason Louisville resident Matt Maloney was credited with save after striking out one batter in two perfect innings for the Cincinnati Reds.
  • Batting leadoff, Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 1-3 with one run scored for the Minnesota Twins.
  • Lexington native Austin Kearns was 0-4 with one strikeout for the Cleveland Indians.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby struck out in a pinch-hit appearance for the Detroit Tigers.
  • Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, was 1-2 with one walk and one run scored versus the Yankees.

Paxton in Seattle for physical; Friedrich among Rockies’ top prospects; D’Backs release former Campbellsville catcher

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Richie Rowland; Photo: Campbellsville University

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton will be in Seattle Wednesday to take a physical in advance of signing his contract with the Mariners as the team’s fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft.
  • Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranks former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich the No. 3 prospect in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports the Arizona Diamondbacks have released former Campbellsville University catcher Richie Rowland, who signed with the team as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and batted .291 with five home runs, 34 RBI and 19 runs scored in 67 games for rookie-level Missoula during his professional debut.
  • Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb is taking his return from injury one step at a time and for now pitching in a Spring Training game still isn’t on the radar.
  • Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer has no hard feelings toward the San Fransisco Giants after the team released him last August. “I was the biggest fan of them in Kentucky, guaranteed,” Wellemeyer told Muskate of his rooting interest during the playoffs last season.
  • Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today reports Cincinnati Reds left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman had a difficult time adapting to U.S. culture while in Louisville last season, but Louisville Bats trainer Tomas Vera has become a friend and confidant for the Cuban defector.