Monday Morning Links: Futures Game Recap

College Baseball, High School Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor Leagues

Sunday’s Futures Game will be remembered for its four-hour rain delay, and the representatives from Kentucky minor league teams would probably prefer it remain that way.  The two Bluegrass representatives combined to go 0-3 with a strikeout and four men left on base.  Bowling Green right fielder Kyeong Kang popped out in a pinch hit appearance in the top of the seventh before remaining in the game to play left field in the bottom of the inning, and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey earned the start in left field for the U. S. team, but was 0-2 with a strikeout in the game.

  • Here is the complete box score for the Futures Game.
  • Jim Callis at Baseball America also has a recap of the World team’s 7-5 victory.
  • The MLB All-Star break will be interesting for both Futures Game outfielder Chris Heisey and Louisville outfielder Drew Stubbs.  Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce broke his wrist and will be out for an extended time.  John Fay at the Cincinnati Enquirer breaks down the likelihood of the Reds calling up one of the two Louisville prospects to replace Bruce.
  • The Reds did recall Adam Rosales from Louisville to take Bruce’s roster spot Sunday.
  • Ross Bagienski recaps the Bats’ 8-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers Sunday.
  • The Legends and Hot Rods were off Sunday.  Lexington opens a four-game series in Delmarva tonight, and Bowling Green starts a four-game set in Lakewood.
  • Georgetown College will host tryouts for the Under Armour Baseball Factory for high school baseball players.
  • Mark Story at the Herald-Leader has a column about Legends executive Alan Stein.
  • I missed this Friday, but Mark Maloney profiles Lexington outfielder Jay Austin’s power surge.
  • Fordham Athletics ran a story about the school’s reaction to alum John Mollicone being named SAL player of the week for Bowling Green.
  • Lafayette alum Chaz Roe lowered his ERA to 2.85 with seven strong innings for AA Tulsa, and UK alum Scott Green earned his ninth save for High A Lakeland.

Mollicone named SAL Player of Week

Minor Leagues

John Mollicone, catcher for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, became the first player in franchise history to be named South Atlantic League player of the week.

Mollicone earned the award after batting .500 with 5 home runs and 10 RBI between June 29 and July 5.  On Tuesday Mollicone became the first Hot Rod to record a mult-home run game with two home runs against the Rome Braves.

Monday Morning Links

High School Baseball, Minor Leagues

Look for an update of Bluegrass Baseball ties to the MLB All-Star game later, but for now start your week with some morning links to get you caught up with all the Bluegrass Baseball action over the holiday weekend.

  • John Mollicone finished a 9-18 week with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in the Hot Rods’ double-header Sunday.
  • The Herald-Leader details the Legends’ 6-5 loss to Rome Sunday.
  • The Courier-Journal recaps the Bats’ losses in both ends of a doubleheader to Indianapolis.
  • RHP Justin Lehr and OF Drew Stubbs will represent the Bats at the AAA All-Star Game.  Louisville manager Rick Sweet will lead the International League team.
  • The Bowling Green Daily News reports on the Hot Rods’ rain-out Saturday.
  • Former Louisville Cardinal Chris Dominguez hit his first professional home run in the AZL Giants’ 9-5 loss to the AZL Mariners Sunday.
  • LCA alumnus Robbie Ross struck out ten in five shutout innings to earn a no-decision Sunday.