Morehead signs JUCO pitcher; Lexington youth teams qualify for World Series; Wright, Ijames square off in Cape final

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Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Morehead State University signed Oklahoma junior college left-handed pitcher Matt Cartwright to complete its 2010 signing class.
  • The Lexington Herald-Leader reports three Lexington youth baseball teams have qualified for their respective division’s World Series.
  • Jason Stella of the Louisville Bats’ media relations department profiles third baseman/ left fielder Todd Frazier and his recent improvements that have helped propel the Bats into first place in their division.
  • Brent Ingram of the University of Kentucky media relations department is listing the 20 most memorable Bat Cats’ games since 2006 for “Cat Scratches,” starting with No. 16-20.
  • Joe Capozi of the Palm Beach Post reports Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, born in Louisville, has experience a recent surge during the best season of his career after moving to the cleanup spot in the lineup.
  • The finals of the prestigious Cape Cod League have reached a decisive game three with an interesting UK/UofL subplot. Yarmouth-Dennis, featuring University of Louisville outfielder Stewart Ijames, is matched against Coutit, featuring UK outfielder Chad Wright in the championship series. Neither player recorded a hit in game two, but Wright scored two of Cotuit’s three runs in it’s game one win. You can watch the final game of the series here at 3 p.m.

Wright, Zych, Kapteyn, Self named Cape Cod All-Stars

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Chad Wright; Photo: UK Athletics

University of Kentucky outfielder Chad Wright has been named a starter for the West Division All-Star team in the Cape Cod League and will be joined in the game by three other Kentucky reserves. UK right-handed pitcher Braden Kapteyn and University of Louisville right-handed pitcher Derek Self will pitch out of the East Division bullpen. UofL right-handed pitcher Tony Zych serve as a West Division reliever. Wright, who is playing for the Cotuit Kettleers this summer, ranks seventh in the league with a .292 batting average.

Wright, a rising junior, has scored 11 times for Cotuit, driven in five runs and stolen six bases. Zych, who is playing for the Bourne Braves this summer, will join Wright on the West Division roster as one of the team’s top relievers. On the Cape season, Zych, a rising junior, has not allowed a run in 15 and one-third innings and has recorded nine saves for Bourne. He has struck out 22 batters and walked just three. Zych’s nine saves lead the Cape Cod League.

Self, pitching for the Chatham Anglers, is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA in six games, including five starts. The UofL rising redshirt junior has struck out 13 and walked three over 36 innings. Self will be joined in the East bullpen by UK rising junior Braden Kapteyn, who is 2-1 with a 0.81 ERA over 12 relief appearances for the Harwich Mariners. Kapteyn has struck out 21 and walked nine in 22 and one-third innings pitched. A two-way player at UK, Kapteyn has three hits in 17 at-bats for Harwich. The Cape Cod League All-Star game will be played July 28 at Fenway Park. (East Roster) (West Roster)

Kentuckians in the Cape

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Chad Wright; Photo: UK Athletics

Last week we began a series of posts informing you where some of Kentucky’s college baseball players were spending their summer with Western Kentucky University. Today we’ll look at the most prestigious collegiate summer league: the Cape Cod League. I’ve listed Kentucky collegians playing in the Cape below with their school and Cape team.

  • RHP Tony Zych — University of Louisville — Bourne Braves
  • SS Ryan Wright — UofL — Bourne Braves
  • 3B Andy Burns — University of Kentucky — Brewster Wildcats
  • OF Chad Wright — UK — Cotuit Kettleers
  • RHP/1B Braden Kapteyn — UK — Harwich Mariners
  • SS Zach Osborne — Pleasure Ridge Park High School (Tennessee) — Hyannis Harbor Hawks
  • OF Josh Richmond — UofL — Wareham Gatemen
  • RHP Alex Meyer — UK — Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
  • RHP Derek Self — UofL — Chatham Anglers

UK OF Lance Ray, UofL 3B Phil Wunderlich and OF Stewart Ijames were originally scheduled to play in the Cape Cod League this summer, but have since left their teams. Ray signed with the Minnesota Twins as their eighth round pick. Wunderlich was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 12th round, and Ijames was selected by the New York Yankees in the 29th round.

UK Baseball Summer League Wrap-Up

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Photo: UK Athletics

Photo: UK Athletics

With the Cape Cod League championship in the book, the UK summer league action has concluded for the season.  Braden Kapteyn’s MVP performance in the New York Collegiate Baseball League highlighted the summer, but his performance wasn’t the only one worth noting this summer.

UPDATE 1:25 P.M. — ADDED NAVARRO HALL/ NYCBL ALL-LEAGUE INFO

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  • INF/RHP Braden Kapteyn — Amsterdam Mohawks — Kapteyn led the Mohawks in homeruns (4), batted .319 on the season and posted a 2.47 ERA on the mound.  Had a singled, double and home run in the NYCBL finals to lead Amsterdam to the title.  Named league MVP after leading league in strikeouts on the mound (72) and ranking third in total bases at the plate (66).  Braden was named the utility player on the NYCBL first team all league.
  • RHP Sean Bouthilette — Amsterdam Mohawks — 4-3 with a 2.02 ERA in nine starts with two complete games.  Sean had 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in 49 innings.  Sean was named to the NYCBL second team all league at pitcher.
  • OF Cory Farris — Amsterdam Mohawks — Farris batted .280 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 34 games.  Cory started 32 games for Amsterdam.
  • RHP Chase Green — Amsterdam Mohawks — 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in 15 games with 25 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.  Started one game for Amsterdam and held opponents to a .128 batting average.  Green was named NYCBL first team all league at relief pitcher.
  • INF Neiko Johnson — Watertown Wizards — Johnson batted .343 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 39 games for Watertown.  Neiko stole 21-22 bases, but had 13 errors in the field.  Johnson was named NYCBL second team all-league at second base.
  • OF Navarro Hall — Mohawk Valley — Sophomore outfielder Navarro Hall batting .289 with one home run and nine RBI in 39 games for Mohawk Valley.  Hall started 38 games and scored 28 runs.

Thursday Links: Cotuit Kettleers Eliminated

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Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics

Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics

Wednesday was a losing night for Bluegrass Baseball teams, and Kentucky connections.  Check out the Cape Cod League finals and other storylines in Thursday morning’s hot links.

  • UK infielder Chris Bisson and the Cotuit Kettleers lost in game two of the Cape Cod League finals, giving the title to the Bourne Braves.  Bisson was 0-3 with a walk in the 5-1 loss.
  • Phillies top prospect Michael Taylor hit for the cycle to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to their first win in seven games against Louisville this season with a 10-9 victory Wednesday.
  • Pirates first round pick Tony Sanchez and the West Virginia Power defeated Lexington 9-2 in the series opener.
  • “Cat Scratches” reports on Braden Kapteyn’s NYCBL MVP, which was first reported here and on the BluGrass Baseball twitter.
  • Baseball America named Louisville outfielder Drew Stubbs best baserunner, best defensive outfielder and best outfield arm in the International League in a survey of IL managers.  (Subscriber only)
  • EKU Alum Christian Friedrich and Lexington Legend Jordan Lyles both received votes in the South Atlantic League best pitcher poll conducted by Baseball America to SAL managers.
  • Will Graves (Former Kernelite) at the Associated Press reports on UK Athletics 15x15x15 plan.
  • Jason Stella profiles Louisville Bat Kevin Barker at Examiner.com.

Summer League News: Kapteyn NYCBL MVP

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Braden Kapteyn; Photo: UK Athletics

Braden Kapteyn; Photo: UK Athletics

UK rising sophomore Braden Kapteyn was named the MVP of the New York Collegiate Baseball League Wednesday.  Kapteyn batted .319 with four home runs and 24 RBI for the NYCBL champion Amsterdam Mohawks.  Braden also starred on the mound with 2.47 ERA in 47 innings for the Mohawks.  Kapteyn came a triple shy of the cycle in the NYCBL championship clinching game and drove in six runs.  Braden was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and contributed to UK as a two-way player during his freshman season.

In other UK related Summer League news, second baseman Chris Bisson was 1-4 with a run scored in the Cotuit Kettleers’ 15-5 loss in game one of the Cape Cod League finals Tuesday.  Cotuit will try and even the series against the Bourne Braves in game two tonight.  The Cape Cod League championship series is a best of three contest.

Wednesday Links: Kentucky Starters Dominate

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Jordan Lyles

How about this pitching line for an evening?  18.1 innings pitched, eight hits, two runs, one earned run, 16 strikeouts and eight walks.  That’s the combined pitching line of the three starting pitchers for Kentucky minor league teams Tuesday.  Only one of the pitchers picked up a win, but a 0.50 ERA and 2-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio isn’t bad.

  • Travis Wood picked up the win for Louisville with six innings pitched, six hits, one earned run, three walks and one strikeout against Lehigh Valley.
  • Nick Barnese took a no decision after pitching six and one-third innings and allowing two hits, one unearned run, three walks and eight strikeouts against Greenville.
  • Jordan Lyles also received a no decision, in a 1-0 Legends’ loss to Asheville, after pitching six shutout innings and allowing one hit, two walks and striking out seven.
  • The Legends also dropped the suspended game finished Tuesday night 5-0 to Asheville.  The two losses drop Lexington to 8.5 games out of first place (into a tie for sixth) and may end any hopes of a playoff run for the Legends.
  • UK Athletics has a story about Chris Bisson leading the Cotuit Kettleers to the Cape Cod League championship series.
  • According to BlueJays.com Toronto GM J. P. Ricciardi is still hopeful that the team will sign its first five draft picks before the Monday deadline, including UK pitcher James Paxton.
  • The Columbus Dispatch profiles AAA Indianapolis manager Frank Kembas Jr., an EKU alum and former Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross surrendered three runs, including an RBI to UofL alum Chris Dominguez, in five innings to earn a no-decision for short-season Spokane.
  • UK alum Ryan Strieby was back in the lineup for AA Erie and playing first base again Tuesday.  Strieby had been out of action since July 20 with a wrist injury.  He went 1-4 with a run scored and a walk in his return.
  • UK alum Sawyer Carroll is 4-12 with a double and a triple in his first four games for AA San Antonio.

Tuesday Links: Brown SAL Player of Week

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Steve Brown

Legends outfielder Steve Brown was named South Atlantic League player of the week after a week that saw him go 12-28 (.429) with three home runs and 11 RBI.  Check out more on Brown’s honor and other BluGrass Baseball storylines in this mornings hot links:

  • Minorleaguebaseball.com has a breakdown of each league’s player of the week including Brown.
  • The Legends’ game was suspended due to rain with one out in the fifth inning.  Lexington and Asheville will resume that game where it left off at 6:05 p.m. today before playing tonight’s scheduled game which has been shortened to seven innings.
  • Kevin Barker’s home run gave Louisville a 4-3 victory over Lehigh Valley.
  • The “Other Beckham” (Jeremy, Tim’s brother) hit his first professional home run in an 8-4 Bowling Green victory over Greenville.
  • UK second baseman Chris Bisson was 1-6 with two runs scored in the Cotuit Kettleers’ series clinching victory against Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League semi-finals.  UK pitcher Matt Little surrendered two runs in the game in 2.2 innings of relief for Yarmouth-Dennis.
  • UK baseball has announced a “5-Tool Camp” scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
  • The Associated Press reports that Toronto Blue Jays GM J. P. Riccardi wants MLB to move up the signing deadline for draft picks after the team has failed to sign eight of its first 10 picks, including UK pitcher James Paxton, so far.
  • Here is a piece I wrote for Examiner.com about the top prospects on the Lexington Legends’ roster.
  • EKU alum Christian Friedrich continued his domination of California League opponents by striking out eight in 6.2 innings to lower his ERA to 1.32 and earn his third win in the league.
  • According to Baseball America, the Tigers placed former UK pitcher Scott Green on the 7-day disabled list and the Padres placed former UK pitcher Andrew Albers on the 60-day DL.