Revere, Alonso ranked as Carolina League top prospects

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Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Baseball America ranked Lexington native Ben Revere as the eighth best prospect in the Florida State League and Cincinnati Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso, who made a playoff cameo with the Bats, as fourth best. Revere was the Twins’ second-best prospect according to BA following the 2008 season after flirting with .400 for most of the season in low A ball. He didn’t quite reach that lofty number this season but held his own with a .311 batting average, league-leading 145 hits and 45 stolen bases.

Alonso picked up 175 at-bats in the Florida State League for Sarasota before being promoted to AA Carolina and eventually AAA Louisville.  Look for Alonso to make his 2010 debut for the Bats, barring an epic spring training performance for the Reds. (Read more)

Here’s a brief taste of the BA analysis:

#4 Yonder Alonso — Sarasota Reds

  • .303/.383/.497, 7 home runs, 38 RBI
  • “Alonso should hit for power and average, and he’ll have to. He lacks speed and agility, so he’s limited to first base, where he’s an adequate defender.”

#8 Ben Revere — Fort Meyers Miracle

  • .311/.372/.369, 145 hits, 45 stolen bases, 75 runs scored
  • “If you asked FSL managers, Revere’s picture could be slapped onto a roll of Tums. He caused more heartburn than anyone else in the league because of his ability to scratch out base hits, then cause all kind of havoc on the bases.”

BluGrass Baseball Minor League Playoff Action

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Christian Friedrich

Louisville isn’t the only team competing in the Minor League playoffs with BluGrass Baseball connections.¬† Here is a rundown of some other Kentucky players’ postseason performances.

  • EKU alum Christian Friedrich surrendered three runs in five innings while striking out 10 for high A Modesto in the California League playoffs Thursday.
  • Former UofL standout Chris Dominguez was 1-17 in Salem-Keizer’s tun to the Northwest League Championship.
  • Lexington native Ben Revere was 4-12 with two runs scored and two RBI in high A Fort Meyer’s first round elimination in the Florida State League playoffs.
  • UofL alum Chris Cates was 0-3 for Fort Meyers.
  • Trinity High alum Tyler Kuhn is 1-8 for high A Winston-Salem in the Carolina League playoffs.
  • NKU alum Nathan Jones allowed two hits in one-third of an inning for Winston-Salem.
  • UK alum Sawyer Carroll is 0-8 for San Antonio in the AA Texas League playoffs.