Saturday Links: Pellegrini Four from Record

College Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Brian Pellegrini

Lexington Legends slugger Brian Pellegrini launched his 21st home run of the season for Lexington Saturday to move within four home runs of the franchise record 25 long balls in a season.  Astros outfielder Hunter Pence and former Legend Beau Herod currently hole the record of 25 home runs.

  • Pellegrini’s home run wasn’t enough for the Legends’ victory.  West Virginia scored four runs in the last three innings to win 5-2.
  • Matthew Klinker and Pedro Viola combined on a three-hit shutout to give Louisville a 4-0 victory over Toledo in the series opener.
  • Chris Andujar allowed one run in six innings to lead Bowling Green to a 3-1 victory over Hickory.
  • EKU Sports writes about Christian Friedrich’s performance in high A ball.
  • Friedrich checks in at number six and Lexington Legend Jordan Lyles ranked number 11 on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.  Bowling Green pitcher Matt Moore was listed “In the Team Photo.”
  • WKU sports reports that ground has been broken on the new Hilltoper clubhouse.
  • Don’t forget, the Russellville Little League team plays on ESPN at 7:00 in the finals of the Great Lakes Region tonight.

Wednesday Links: Kentucky Starters Dominate

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

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 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.

Friday Hot Sheet

Minor League Baseball

Matt Moore

Three players earned consideration for this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.  Bowling Green LHP Matt Moore checked in at number two after a week that saw him go 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in nine innings.  According to BA his 12.6 strikeouts  per nine innings leads all full-season minor leaguers.

Lexington RHP Jordan Lyles checks in at number seven on the list after a 1-1 week with a 2.08 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched.  BA compares Lyles’ domination of SAL hitters this season to top prospect Madison Bumgarner’s performance in 2008.

Former EKU Colonel Christian Freidrich checks in in the “others in the team pitcture” section.  Friedrich struck out 10 in five innings of work in his only start his week for high A Modesto.

Thursday Links: Lehr Dominates

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Justin Lehr

With one Kentucky minor league team rained out Wednesday and another with an off day, the lead BluGrass Baseball story of the day goes to former Louisville Bat Justin Lehr and his dominate performance against the Cubs.

  • Lehr pitched a complete game shutout to end an eight-game losing streak for the Reds.  Wednesday was his second major league start after going 13-3 in AAA this season.
  • Jordan Lyles allowed three runs in seven innings while striking out six and walking none for the Legends, but Lexington still fell 3-1 to Greenville.
  • Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich profiles four St. Matthews Little League alumni (Scott Green, Tyler Kuhn, Richard Sullivan, David Slovak) in the minor leagues.
  • Michael Grant at the Courier Journal profiles Bats outfielder Darnell McDonald.
  • EKU alum Christian Friedrich struck out 10 in five and two-thirds inning for high A Modesto.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 3-6 with his 34th stolen base for high A Fort Meyers.

Tuesday Links: Langfels Named All-American

College Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Jayson Langfels

Friday Links: Another UK Pro

College Baseball, Minor Leagues

chris rusin

UK now has three alumni from the 2008 draft playing in the minor leagues.  Which lefty starting pitcher joined Clint Tilford and Chris Wade as professional from the 2009 Cats?  Check out these Friday links to find out.

Thursday Links: Stubbs Stars In AAA All-Star Game

College Baseball, High School Baseball, Minor Leagues

Wednesday was a big night for Louisville outfielder Drew Stubbs at the AAA All-Star Game.  He was 2-5 with a home run and two RBI in the game.  Louisville pitcher Justin Lehr earned the start for the International League and pitched a 1-2-3 first inning.

  • provides a recap of the game including quotes from Lehr and Stubbs.
  • Here is the box score of Louisville manager Rick Sweet International League 6-5 victory.
  • The Bowling Green bullpen blew a lead in the ninth inning to deny Chris Andjuar his SAL-leading 10th victory in a 4-3 loss to Lakewood.
  • Delmarva clinched the series victory with a 3-1 win over Lexington Wednesday.
  • UofL Sports passes on some updates of Cardinals in summer league action.
  • EKU Sports reports that former Colonel Tyler Sellers was named to the AA Eastern League All-Star Team.
  • Sellers was 0-2 in the game.
  • Jody Demling at the Courier-Journal passes on information about Tates Creek High School two-sport star Ryan Fucci in his recruiting notebook.  Fucci is being recruited by UK, UofL, Michigan, Butler and Illinois in baseball.
  • David Thomas at the Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tenn., profiles Louisville Bats infielder Drew Sutton.