All BluGrass Baseball Team: KY Minor Leagues

Minor League Baseball

Brian Pellegrini

Today I’m unveiling the first of two All BluGrass Baseball teams for the 2009 season. As with most features on the site, we’ll divide BluGrass players into two divisions: one made of rosters of the state’s three minor league teams and the other made of Kentucky natives and college alums. The first team comes from the rosters of the Louisville Bats, Bowling Green Hot Rods and Lexington Legends.

  • Catcher: Jake Jeffries, Bowling Green Hot Rods — .261, eight home runs, 50 RBI
  • First Base: Brian Pellegrini, Lexington Legends — .291, 27 home runs, 74 RBI
  • Second Base: Isaias Velasquez, Bowling Green Hot Rods — .278, two home runs, 40 RBI
  • Third Base: Juan Francisco, Louisville Bats — .359, five home runs, 19 RBI
  • Shortstop: Tim Beckham, Bowling Green Hot Rods — .275, five home runs, 63 RBI
  • Left Field: Daniel Dorn, Louisville Bats — .275, 14 home runs, 47 RBI
  • Center Field: Drew Stubbs, Louisville Bats — .268, three home runs, 39 RBI
  • Right Field: Kyeong Kang, Bowling Green Hot Rods — .307, five home runs, 42 RBI
  • Starting Pitcher 1: Matthew Moore, Bowling Green Hot Rods — 8-5, 3.15, 176 SO
  • Starting Pitcher 2: Jordan Lyles, Lexington Legends — 7-11, 3.24, 167 SO
  • Starting Pitcher 3: Matt Maloney, Louisville Bats — 9-9, 3.08, 125 SO
  • Starting Pitcher 4: Chris Andujar, Bowling Green Hot Rods — 10-4, 2.70, 79 SO
  • Starting Pitcher 5: Justin Lehr, Louisville Bats, 13-3, 3.31, 60 SO
  • Closer: Henry Villar, Lexington Legends, 3-4, 2.60, 109 SO

Notes: Third base was, by far, the worst position among the three teams. Francisco wins due to his domination of AAA pitching in his brief audition for Louisville. The rotation had plenty of competition with as many as five other starters having an argument for inclusion.  If we’d included multiple relievers, Logan Ondrusek, Patrick Urckfitz and Josh Roenicke could have all made the team. Arguably the state’s top position prospect (Chris Heisey) didn’t make the cut because of spending half the season in AA and posting worse numbers than his teammate Dorn in the half season of AAA.

Game Time Notes

Minor League Baseball

I’m going to try a new daily post of game notes for each of the minor league teams that will go up on the site around 6 p.m. EST.  The purpose of these posts is to let you know what storylines each team faces going into the game and provide a brief look at the opposition.

Lexington Legends vs. Lake County Captains

  • The Legends are only 3-7 in their last 10 games, and only one batter is batting at least .300 in that span.  Second baseman Andrew Simunic is 6-20 with 6 runs scored in that span.  The only other hitter batting over .250 in those ten games is right fielder Eric Suttle who is batting .273 after appearing in seven of those games.
  • David Duncan is finding his stride after being promoted from short-season Tri-City to Lexington.  Duncan is 0-1 in his last two starts but has only surrendered three runs in 13 innings of work with 14 strikeouts and just one walk.  Duncan pitched seven innings, allowed one run and struck out seven while walking one in a no decision Thursday.
  • Kyle Greenwalt will look to end a two-game losing streak when he takes the mound for Lexington tonight.  Greenwalt has allowed 12 runs over nine and one-third innings in his last two starts.  Greenwalt will likely factor in the decision tonight as he has either a win or loss in each of his last 11 starts.
  • Lake County’s big hitter is right fielder Abner Abreu.  Abreu is batting .305 on the season with seven home runs and 30 RBI.  Danny Salazar gets the start for the Captains tonight.  Salazar is 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 13 starts this season.  Opponents are batting .295 against Salazar.