Reds Caravan to stop in Ky.; Hot Rods participate in Offseason prospects camp; Eastern gets indoor facility

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The hot stove league is still chugging along at a snails pace as Spring Training gets closer by the day. Check out some offseason updates from local media below:
  • The Cincinnati RedsĀ Winter Caravan will stop in Louisville on Jan. 28 and in Lexington on Jan. 31. The Louisville stop will be at the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Lexington visit will be at the Fayette Mall.
  • Manager Dusty Baker, outfielder Jay Bruce and 2009 Louisville Bat Todd Frazier will be among those participating in the Kentucky events.
  • Former UK pitcher Adam Revelette is now blogging for University of Kentucky Athletics at “Cat Scratches.”
  • Carrie Muskat of the MLB.com reports 2009 Louisville Bats reliever Jeff Kennard has signed a Minor League contract with the Chicago Cubs and received and invitation to Spring Training.
  • 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods Tim Beckham, Jake Jefferies, Nick Barnese and Matt Moore participated in the Tampa Bay Rays Winter Development Program according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com.
  • Eastern High School in Louisville has opened just the third indoor high school batting facility in the city, Derek Poore of The Courier Journal reports.

BluGrass Baseball Minor League Free Agents

Minor League Baseball

 

Chris Burke; Photo by grovesa16 via Flickr

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.