Wednesday Links:

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juan francisco

  • Bats third baseman Juan Francisco was promoted to Cincinnati to learn left field according to the wonderful Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News.
  • Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer also writes about Francisco’s first taste of the big leagues.
  • Former Bat Drew Stubbs hit his sixth home run since being promoted to Cincinnati.
  • Louisville native Dan Uggla’s 29th home run of the season kept the Marlins’ playoff hopes alive.
  • Mark Reynolds, born in Pikeville, hit his 42nd home run of the season.
  • The CollegeBaseballBlog weighs in on the start of fall practice for UofL. (Thanks to Shelby Co. Coach Bart Roettger for the tip)

BluGrass Baseball Awards: Louisville Bats

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Kevin Barker

Offensive Player of the Year — 1B Kevin Barker

  • If this award were for the top prospect on the team minor-league veteran Barker would have no shot.  Kevin was playing in his 13th minor league season in 2009 with only 97 major-league games to show for his perseverance. Barker led qualifying Bats with a .285 batting average and 22 home runs.  His 69 RBIs were second-most on the team.  Barker’s .376 on-base percentage, .551 slugging percentage and .927 OPS were also team highs for qualifying players.
  • Outfielder Chris Heisey might be the favorite for Reds’ minor-league player of the year after his Future Game selection, but he played less than half his season in Louisville, penalizing him for this award. He batted .278 with nine home runs and 37 RBI for Louisville to bring his season totals to .314, 22 home runs and 77 RBI for the season.
  • Outfielder Drew Stubbs led the International League with 46 stolen bases, and top prospects Juan Francisco and Todd Frazier contributed in Louisville over the last month.

Pitcher of the Year — LHP Matt Maloney

  • Maloney was 9-9 with a 3.08 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 143 innings for Louisville. Matt also made one late-season tuneup for AA Carolina and has made five starts for Cincinnati. Maloney’s 3.08 ERA was second lowest in the International League and his 125 strikeouts were tied with teammate Sam LeCure for fourth-most in the League.
  • Justin Lehr won an International League-high 13 games before a late-season callup to Cincinnati.  Sam LeCure led the team with 143.1 innings pitched and 125 strikeouts. Travis Wood, favorite for Reds’ pitcher of the year, was 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA in eight games with Louisville.

Baseball America Does BluGrass Baseball (Part 2)

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Photo: Lexington Legends

Photo: Lexington Legends

Earlier this week we brought you some links of Baseball America’s coverage of the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  We told you then that BA writer Ben Badler was currently covering the Lexington Legends’ series in Greensboro, N. C.  Well, Badler’s reports are in an on the Web.

Stubbs Sends Reds To Victory

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Drew Stubbs

Former Bat Drew Stubbs is living up to his college nickname already in his short stint in the big leagues.  Stubbs sent the Cincinnati Reds to victory today with a home run in the 10th inning.  The home run was Stubbs’ first in his major league career.  Fantasy sports expert Will Carroll also tweeted Thursday that Stubbs was worth a flier for some cheap steals.

Thursday Links: Kang Goes Deep Twice

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Kang, Kyeong 7905(Priddy).jpgWednesday wasn’t a pretty night on the diamond for Kentucky minor league teams.  Each team lost, and Lexington lost its ninth straight.  Check out those storylines and more in today’s hot links:

Stubbs Promoted to Big Show

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Drew Stubbs

The Cincinnati Reds finally made the move they had been putting off all season in calling up outfielder Drew Stubbs to the majors Wednesday.  Stubbs was promoted after the Reds placed outfielder Willy Taveras on the disabled list with a leg injury.  The Reds had resisted promoting Stubbs or teammate Chris Heisey several times this season after injuries to outfielders.  Drew was batting .268 with three home runs and 39 RBI for Louisville at the time of his callup.  His 46 stolen bases lead the Reds organization and the International league and rank 11th among minor leaguers.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer also tweeted Wednesday that Reds thirdbaseman and former All-Star Scott Rolen would join AAA Louisville for a rehab assignment starting Thursday.  Rolen should be activated from the disabled list by the Reds on Sunday.

Game Time Notes


Travis Wood

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians

  • Full-season minor league ERA leader Travis Wood takes the mound tonight in game one of a four-game set with Indianapolis.  Wood is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Louisville and is with a 1.44 ERA on the season between AA Carolina and Louisville.  Wood has struggled with his conrol in AAA with 14 strikeouts compared to 12 walks, but on the season he has 117 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 143.2 innings.
  • Louisville infielder Wes Bankston is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in each of his last two games.  During the streak, Bankston is 10-22 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI.
  • Outfielder Drew Stubbs will be among the Bats happy to see the Indians return to town.  Stubbs is 10-28 (.357) with two double and four runs scored in nine games against Indianapolis this season.  Starting pitcher Ben Jukich is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two games against the Indians.
  • Indianapolis will send Pirates prospect Virgil Vasquez to the mound in the series opener tonight.  Vasquez is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis this season.  Virgil has 64 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.

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

Game Time Notes

Minor League Baseball

Matt Maloney

Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs

  • Louisville looks for the series victory against Lehigh Valley with Matt Maloney on the mound tonight.  Maloney received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season, but has spent most of the year with the Bats.  Matt is 8-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 19 games for Louisville this season.  Maloney’s 2.71 ERA ranks fifth best in the International League and his 106 strikeouts are tied for fourth most.  Matt has shown exceptional control this season with only 19 walks in 126 innings.
  • Bats outfielder Darnell McDonald had only three hits in seven games in August entering Tuesday’s game, but he broke out of that slump in a big way.  McDonald finished the game 4-4 with a double.  The four hits tie a season high for McDonald achieved previously on July 6 against Indianapolis with a 4-5 performance.
  • Outfielder Drew Stubbs stole his 46th base of the season Tuesday.  The 46 steals lead the International league and rank 11th in minor league baseball.  Stubbs should easily break the 50 steal plateau with just under a month left in the season.  Think 50 steals might be a Bats record? Think again, Vince Coleman stole 101 bases in 1984 for the franchise.
  • The IronPigs will counter with left-handed pitcher Gustavo Chacin.  Chacin was once a top prospect, winning the AA Eastern League Pitcher of the Year award in 2004, but he has failed to make a dent past AAA in his career.  This season Chacin is excelling with Lehigh Valley with a 7-3 record and 3.09 ERA in 13 games.  Chacin has 48 strikeouts and 29 walks in 84.1 innings this season.

Sunday Afternoon Notes

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Dan Uggla

With the Kentucky minor league teams playing afternoon games today we have an abbreviated notes post.

  • First I’d like to welcome Rob Gidel to BluGrass Baseball.  Rob gave me my first job in baseball and knows as much about the sport as anyone I know.  He was the former director of media relations for the Lexington Legends, and was the youngest solo play-by-play man in minor league baseball in 2008.  Rob will be posting here from time to time.  His first post below first appeared on Kentucky Sports Radio, a UK sports blog that Rob helped found.
  • Louisville native and member of the All-Time BluGrass Baseball Team, Dan Uggla hit his 20th home run of the season on Aug. 5.  According to the Phil Rogers at the Chicago Tribune, Uggla became just the second 2nd baseman in major league history to hit at least 20 home runs in his first four seasons.  The other was 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Gordon.
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods outfielder Kyeong Kang’s 10-game hitting streak ended Saturday with an 0-2 performance.  Kang did reach base via a walk.
  • Louisville Bats outfielder Drew Stubbs stole his 44th base of the season Saturday.  The 44 steals lead the International League, Reds organization and rank 11th among all minor leaguers.
  • Legends’ prospect Ross Seaton had a rare bad start Saturday.  Seaton allowed six runs (2nd most on the season) in just four innings (shortest start of the season).