Joe Blanton leads Kentucky major leaguers in salary

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Joe Blanton; Photo via Wikimedia Commons

With Opening Day upon us its time for the annual look at the contracts of each of Kentucky’s major league players. The group added two new members in Josh Lueke and Nathan Adcock this season, but is still dominated by the familiar names. Check out the full list of 2011 salaries below with contract data via USA Today‘s MLB  salary database:

  • Joe Blanton (Phillies) — Franklin-Simpson HS, UK — $10.5 million
  • Aaron Cook (Rockies) — Born in Ft. Campbell — $9.875 million
  • Dan Uggla (Braves) — Born in Louisville — $9.15 million
  • Corey Hart (Brewers) — Greenwood HS — $6.833 million
  • Mark Reynolds (Orioles) — Born in Pikeville — $5.333 million
  • Scott Downs (Angels) — PRP, UK — $5 million
  • Jon Rauch (Blue Jays) — Oldham Co. HS, Morehead St. — $3.5 million
  • Brandon Webb (Rangers) — Paul Blazer HS, UK — $3 million
  • Trever Miller (Cardinals) — St. X HS — $2 million
  • Austin Kearns (Indians) — Lafayette HS — $1.3 million
  • Sean Green (Brewers) — Male HS, UofL — $875,000
  • Tyler Clippard (Nationals) — Born in Lexington — $443,000
  • Jonny Venters (Braves) — Born in Pikeville — $429,500
  • A. J. Ellis (Dodgers) — PLD HS — $421,000
  • Nathan Adcock (Royals) — North Hardin HS — $414,000
  • Josh Lueke (Mariners) — Scott HS, NKU — $414,000
 

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Kentuckians on MLB Opening Day rosters

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You can always see the list of Kentucky MLB players on the “Ky. in the Majors” page here, but with Opening Day upon us I thought it would be a good idea to post the list on the home page. Check out the Kentuckians starting the 2011 season on MLB rosters below:

National League

  • RHP Aaron Cook — Born in Ft. Campbell — Colorado Rockies (15-day DL)
  • C A. J. Ellis — PLD — Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF Corey Hart — Greenwood HS — Milwaukee Brewers (15-day DL)
  • 2B Dan Uggla — Born in Louisville — Atlanta Braves
  • RHP Joe Blanton — Franklin-Simpson HS, UK — Philadelphia Phillies
  • LHP Jonny Venters — Born in Pikeville — Atlanta Braves
  • RHP Sean Green — Male HS, UofL — Milwaukee Brewers
  • LHP Trever Miller — St. X HS — St. Louis Cardinals
  • RHP Tyler Clippard — Born in Lexington — Washington Nationals

American League

  • OF Austin Kearns — Lafayette HS — Cleveland Indians
  • RHP Brandon Webb — Paul Blazer HS, UK — Texas Rangers (15-day DL)
  • RHP Jon Rauch — Oldham Co. HS, Morehead St. — Toronto Blue Jays
  • RHP Josh Lueke — Scott HS, NKU — Seattle Mariners*
  • 3B Mark Reynolds — Born in Pikeville — Baltimore Orioles
  • RHP Nathan Adcock — North Hardin HS — Kansas City Royals*
  • LHP Scott Downs — PRP, UK — Los Angeles Angels (15-day DL)
  • RHP Shawn Kelley — Ballard HS — Seattle Mariners (60-day DL)

* — Lueke and Adcock are MLB rookies and will make their MLB debuts with first appearance in 2011.

Lueke will open season with Mariners; Blanton on SI cover

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Sports Illustrated cover

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times reports the Mariners have informed Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke he will open the season in the MLB bullpen.
  • Colin Fly of The Associated Press reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart is secure with his spot with the Brewers following his breakout 2010 season and contract extension.
  • Dennis Punzel of Madison.com reports Louisville native and former UofL right-handed pitcher Sean Green may be in danger of losing his spot on the Milwaukee Brewers’ roster when a few pitchers return from injury.
  • Michael Grant of the Courier-Journal recaps the University of Louisville‘s 3-1 win over Western Kentucky University, noting the Cards’ freshmen batters were able to contribute unlike they have through most of the season.
  • Former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton and the rest of the Phillies’ starting rotation appear on the cover, right, of Sports Illustrated this week.

Ijames, Davis earn conference weekly honors; Adcock wins Royal’s bullpen job; Downs, Hart hope for April returns

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Taylor Davis; Morehead St. photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • University of Louisville redshirt junior outfielder Stewart Ijames was named the Big East Conference player of the week.
  • Morehead State University junior catcher Taylor Davis was named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week.
  • Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star reports Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock, a Rule 5 Draft pick, will open the season in the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen.
  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA lists the UofL and Western Kentucky University among the 25 teams to watch outside of the website’s top 25 ranking.
  • Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times reports Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs threw off a mound on Monday for the first time since breaking his left big toe in March and hopes to return by mid-April.
  • Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart hopes to return from his strained rib-cage muscle in time for the Brewers series versus the Cubs April 8-10.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb was pleased with his Monday bullpen session.
  • Jeff Schuler of The Morning Call profiles Louisville native Matt Anderson who hopes to continue his comeback with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Kentucky collegians among top draft prospects; Wellemeyer hopes to return this week; Cox to start 2011 at high A

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Alex Meyer; UK Athletics photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Allan Simpson of Perfect Game USA ranks University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer, University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych, Lexington Catholic alum Nick Maronde, UK sophomore outfielder Brian Adams and Western Kentucky University junior outfielder Kes Carter among the top 100 college draft prospects regardless of class. (Subscription required)
  • Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports Louisville native and former Bellarmine right-handed pitcher Todd Wellemeyer had a cortisone shot for his ailing hip on Sunday and hopes to get back on the mound for the Cubs this week.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart may return from an oblique injury next week but is still questionable to open the season with the Brewers.
  • Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun reports Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds, who was born in Pikeville, has abandoned an offseason mechanics tweak to his swing after a poor offensive spring.
  • Kary Booher of the News-Leader reports Louisville native Zack Cox will start the season with high A Palm Beach.

Ben Revere optioned to AAA; Hart may start season on DL

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Ben Revere; Photo by Pat Neshek

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The Minnesota Twins optioned Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere to AAA Rochester.
  • Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirms what we’ve expected, that Bowling Green native Corey Hart is expected to start the season on the disabled list.
  • In his breakdown of the Florida and LSU game, Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA notes Lexington Catholic alum Nick Maronde’s impressive relief appearance on Saturday. (Subscription required)
  • Rogers also touched on Maronde and University of Louisville redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung in his 27 Takes column centered on Saturday NCAA baseball.

Hart worried he might start season on DL; Cowgill impresses D’Backs with spring performance; Lueke still has a chance

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Corey Hart; Photo by Steve Paluch via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart is afraid he will not be ready for Opening Day due to a lingering oblique injury.
  • Jack Magruder of FoxSportsArizona.com reports Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill made a strong impression on the Diamondbacks this spring and will likely start 2011 at AAA Reno.
  • Brad Stephens of the College Heights Herald recaps the recruitment of Western Kentucky University sophomore left-handed pitcher Tanner Perkins, who was the top Kentucky high school pitcher in 2009, and notes a fishing trip sealed Perksins’ decision to sign with WKU.
  • Geoff Baker of The Seattle Times reports Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke is still in the running for a bullpen spot after the latest round of Mariners’ roster cuts.
  • Louisville native and rehabbing Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley breaks down his NCAA basketball tournament bracket for the Herald Net of Everett Washington. Kelley says his is a huge UofL fan, so he is probably unhappy with the Cards’ Thursday loss to Morehead St.

Downs to start season on DL with broken toe; Albers signs minor league contract with Twins; Wade excels for Rays

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Scott Downs; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times reports Louisville native and former UK left-handed pitcher Scott Downs will start the season on the disabled list after breaking his left big toe on Sunday. Downs would only say he injured the toe while “playing around with the kids,” and DiGiovanna notes the injury will likely keep him out till at least mid April.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports former UK left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers has signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. Albers spent 2010 in the independent Can-Am League and last appeared in affiliated ball in 2008 when he appeared in five games for the AZL Padres before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
  • Josh Caldwell of The News-Enterprise in Hardin County catches up with Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock who has pitched well in his audition to make the Kansas City Royals MLB roster this spring.
  • Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com breaks down former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade‘s attempt at a comeback with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is still uncertain as to when Bowling Green native Corey Hart will return from injury and whether he can get the outfielder enough at-bats in Spring Training to be ready for Opening Day.

UK players among those to watch from Houston tournament; Corey Hart growing frustrated with slow return from injury

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Brian Adams; BluGrass Baseball photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA recaps last weekend’s Houston College Classic, giving the University of Kentucky a C+ grade. Rogers also lists UK junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer, sophomore outfielder Brian Adams and freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott among the players to watch from the tournament. (Subscription required)
  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart is growing more frustrated with his oblique injury.
  • Dave Krieger, a columnist for The Denver Post, writes the Colorado Rockies should take their time bringing back right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, who was born in Fort Campbell.
  • Anthony Andro, writing for The Dallas Morning News, reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb is still on track to throw live batting practice today.
  • Baseball America has published its 2011 bat guide, including information about Louisville Slugger bats that meet new college and high school regulations.
  • I’ve posted a Eastern Kentucky University photo gallery from Tuesday’s game versus UK on the BluGrass Baseball Flickr page.

Meyer impresses scouting directors; Cox optioned to minor league camp; Hart may miss more time with injury

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Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Aaron Fitt of Baseball America recaps University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer‘s performance on Saturday and quotes one National League scouting director as projecting some team “to bite hard on Meyer” in the 2011 draft.
  • Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Cardinals have optioned PRP alum Zack Cox to minor-league camp.
  • Tim Booth of the Tri-City Herald profiles Louisville native Shawn Kelley‘s return from Tommy John surgery and reports Kelley hopes to be able to throw off a mound by June.
  • The Associated Press reports Bowling Green native and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart may miss more time than originally anticipated after straining his left oblique.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb felt fine during his latest bullpen session but was a little wild. Webb said he hopes to throw to live batters possibly after his next bullpen session.
  • Nick Piecoro of the The Arizona Republic reports Webb said he has no hard feelings toward the Diamondbacks.