The Louisville Bats are set to start play today and will feature two Kentucky natives in the lineup as well as several of the best prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Check out the roster below via the Courier-Journal. I’ve included Baseball America prospect rankings for the Reds organization. Remember top prospects Juan Francisco and Mike Leake are starting the season with the Reds but might appear in Louisville at some point if they struggle, and Yonder Alonso is starting the season in AA but should earn a callup to Louisville early this season.
The always useful Baseball America has published the full list of minor league free agents. As you might expect several players with Kentucky ties are looking for work this offseason. I’ve listed them below, with their 2009 organization, classification and Kentucky tie.
2B Chris Burke — Louisville, Ky. — Braves (AAA)
RHP Greg Atencio — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
RHP Frederico Baez — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
RHP Jeff Kennard — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
LHP Camilo Vazquez — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
C Korey Feiner — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
1B Wes Bankston — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
2B Luis Bolivar — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
OF Lew Ford — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
RHP Ryan Speier — Frankfort, Ky. — Rockies (AAA)
RHP Matt Wilhite — Franklin, Ky. — Rockies (AAA)
SS Ronald Ramirez — Lexington Legends — Astros (Hi A)
It’s a long list so I might have missed one or two. If you see an omission shoot me an email or comment on the post.