The Legends moved a game ahead of Bowling Green in the full-season standings with a 3-1 victory in the “Battle for the BluGrass” Sunday. Bowling Green has to win the final two games of the season to finish ahead of their state rivals.
- The Legends report Brandon Wikoff’s two-run single in the seventh was the difference in their 3-1 victory.
- The Hot Rods report Shane Dyer held the Legends to one run in six innings in the 3-1 loss.
- Rehabbing Reds Jay Bruce and Ryan Hannigan were 6-10 with four runs scored in a 7-4 victory over Indianapolis.
The Logan County Little League team fell victim to the powerful team from California in their first round of the round robin portion of the Little League World Series. Logan County will play the team from San Antonio, Tex., at 2 p.m. on ABC Sunday.
Kentucky minor league teams were 1-2 on a day that was dominated by MLB draft deadline news. Checkout those storylines and more in Wednesday’s hot links:
Photo: UK Athletics
Monday’s midnight deadline for MLB teams to sign their draft picks was newsworthy for surprising reasons in the Bluegrass. While Kentucky natives Tyler Blandford and Daniel Webb both signed with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays respectively, the news of the day was the improbable return of LHP James Paxton to UK. The rising seniors turned down first-supplemental round money from the Blue Jays and elected to return to UK to pair with Alex Meyer for one of the top one-two punches in the country. We’ll break down the Paxton news later, but rest assured that his is monumental news for the 2010 Cats.
- Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt reports Paxton will return to UK.
- UK Athletics provides a press release about Paxton returning for his senior season.
- Jim Callis reported that Owensboro native Tyler Blandford (5th Round) signed with the Mariners for $325,000.
- 18th round pick and Paducah native Daniel Webb signed with the Toronto Blue Jays.
- The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that UK signee and top Kentucky high school prospect Luke Maile would attend college and not sign with the Boston Red Sox.
- Kannapolis shut out Lexington 6-0 in game one of a four-game series.
- Bowling Green took game one 6-5 against Greensboro.
- Reds prospect Juan Francisco hit his first AAA home run to lead the Bats to a 7-6 victory over Indianapolis.
We’ll let you know about any confrimation that some of the later round picks are heading to campus this fall as we hear it today.
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.
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 BlueJays.com 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.