2006 Cats: Where Are They Now?

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The 2006 season was the crowning achievment in the revitalization of UK baseball.  The Cats won the Southeastern Conference Championship and featured the 2006 SEC player of the year in 1b Ryan Strieby and national coach of the year John Cohen.  The 2008 minor league sesaon has seen a reunion of Strieby and 3b Michael Bertram at AA Erie.  With that reunion in mind I thought we’d look at where the members of the 2006 championship team are in the minor leagues.

  • 1B Ryan StriebyAA Erie Sea Wolves — .302, 14 home runs, 53 RBI — 2006 Stats — .343, 20 home runs, 77 RBI
  • 3B Michael Bertram — AA Erie Sea Wolves — .282, 12 home runs, 55 RBI — 2006 Stats — .340, 5 home runs, 37 RBI
  • C Sean Coughlin — AA Mobile BayBears — .287, 11 home runs, 40 RBI — 2006 Stats — .325, 17 home runs, 55 RBI
  • OF Antone DeJesus — AA Springfield Cardinals — .229, 1 home run, 19 RBI — 2006 Stats —.323, 5 home runs, 36 RBI
  • OF John Shelby — AA Birmingham Barons — .242, 8 home runs, 46 RBI — 2006 Stats — .291, 18 home runs, 56 RBI
  • OF Collin Cowgill — High A Visalia Rawhide — .277, 6 home runs, 36 RBI — 2006 Stats — .298, 16 home runs, 61 RBI
  • RHP Zach Dials — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 1-4, 2.36 ERA, 28 SO, 42 IP — 2006 Stats — 1-1, 3.97, 25 SO, 34 IP
  • LHP Chris Rusin — Short-Season Boise Hawks — 0-3, 2.74 ERA, 20 SO, 23 IP — 2006 Stats — 5-0, 4.03 ERA, 25 SO, 38 IP
  • RHP Greg Dombrowski — Rookie GCL Reds — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 10-2, 2.83 ERA, 54 SO, 101.2 IP
  • LHP Andrew Albers — Rookie AZL Padres — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 3-3, 5.40 ERA, 28 SO, 30 IP

Wednesday Afternoon Notes

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor Leagues

Just a few afternoon notes to pass along:

  • Louisville junior pitcher Justin Marks signed a professional contract to play baseball with the Oakland Athletics.  Marks was named a third-team All-American by Baseball America and signed for a $375,300 signing bonus according to the Web site.  Marks was the A’s third round pick, but second pick overall.
  • Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin will participate in the AA Southern League home run derby on July 12.
  • The Reds added former UK pitcher Greg Dombrowski to the 60-day DL.
  • The Rockies placed former EKU pitcher Christian Friedrich on the 7-day DL.
  • Lexington Legends’ pitcher Jordan Lyles garnered a tweet from BA writer Ben Badler this morning for his 10-strike out performance last night.  Badler said Lyle’s was “bumgarner-ing” his way through the SAL in honor of Giants’ top prospect Madison Bumgarner.