In the third July awards post we’ll look at the best performances from the Lexington Legends for the month:
Hitter of the month: INF Andrew Simunic
- The Legends don’t boast many standout performances from July with two of their better hitters receiving promotions by the end of the month. However second baseman Andrew Simunic stands out above the remaining Legends with a .333 batting average, one home run, 13 RBI, 19 runs scored and three stolen bases in 24 July games.
- Honorable Mention: Jonathan Meyer, Jonathan Fixler, Jose Altuve, Jacob Goebbert
Pitcher of the month: LHP Luis Cruz
- Legends pitcher fared much better than their offensive counterparts during July with several standout performances. Chief among those performances was left-handed starting pitcher Luiz Cruz, who finished July at 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA in five starts. Cruz struck out struck out 28 and walked just five in 32 and one-third innings.
- Honorable Mention: Jose Cisnero, Juan Minaya, Wander Alvino, Kirk Clark
Christian Friedrich; Photo by Matt McGee via Flickr
Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats were shutout 6-0 by the Durham Bulls despite a strong pitching performance from Matt Maloney, who surrendered just three runs on six hits in seven and one-third innings. Maloney struck out four and walked one.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods were blown out 9-2 by the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Shortstop Robi Estrada was 2-3 with a run scored.
- The Lexington Legends opened July with a 6-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads and LCA alum Robbie Ross in his return to Lexington. Third baseman Jonathan Meyer was 4-5 with two doubles and three runs scored.
- Ross surrendered six runs, four of which were earned, in four and two-third innings. He struck out two Legends and walked one.
- Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich earned his first AA win with six strong innings for Tulsa. Friedrich surrendered two runs on four hits and struck out nine while walking three.
- Former Campbellsville catcher Richie Rowland extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-4 performance for rookie-level Missoula.
- Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich was 2-4 with one RBI for short-season Hudson Valley to extend his hitting streak to five games. Wunderlich is 8-22 since an 0-4 performance to start his professional career.
- Former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham had his best game to-date for short-season Eugene with a 3-4, two RBI performance.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop Drew Lee was 3-6 with two RBI and three runs scored for rookie-level Bristol and is five for his last 11.
The second of our monthly awards posts will look at the low A Lexington Legends. Lexington was 11-12 in April and sits in fourth place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. Check out the BluGrass Baseball April awards for the team below:
Hitter of the Month: OF J. D. Martinez
- Stats: .365/.419/.521 — 2 HR, 19 RBI, 21 R
- Martinez leads the Legends in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and OPS. The 2009 20th-round pick out of Nova Southeastern University was one of three Legends to play in all 23 games in April.
- Honorable Mention: 1B Kody Hinze, 3B Jonathan Meyer, 2B Jose Altuve
Pitcher of the month: RHP Tanner Bushue
- Stats: 1-1, 2.81 ERA, 5 GS, 26 SO/11 BB, 25.2 IP
- Bushue entered 2010 as the Legends’ most highly touted pitcher and has done nothing to disappoint so far this season. He led Lexington starters in ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched in April.
- Honorable Mention: RHP Robert Donovan, RHP Arcenio Leon
Josh Anderson; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Some MiLB links and updates to pass along for your Monday morning:
- Michael Grant of the Courier Journal profiles Somerset native, Lexington Legends hall of famer and Eastern Kentucky University alum Josh Anderson‘s slow start for the Louisville Bats.
- Michael Compton of the Bowling Green Daily News profiles Western Kentucky University alum Wade Gaynor and his return to Bowling Green with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Gaynor was 3-15 in the three-game set against the Hot Rods.
- Mark Maloney of the Lexington Herald-Leader recaps the Lexington Legends home opener. Be sure to check out the photo gallery from the game to see the Legends “tuxedo jerseys.”
- Standings Update: The Bats currently sit in last place of the International League west division at 4-7. The Hot Rods are seventh in the Midwest League eastern division at 3-8, and the Legends are third in the South Atlantic League southern division at 6-5.
- Outfielder Daniel Dorn leads the Bats with a .343 average, four home runs and seven RBI. Third baseman Jonathan Meyer leads the Legends with a .386 average, first baseman Kody Hinze leads the team with three home runs and outfielder Jacob Goebbert leads Lexington with 12 RBI. Catcher Mark Thomas leads the Hot Rods with a .417 average in six games, two home runs and five RBI.
The Lexington Legends have announced their 2010 Opening Day roster after the parent club Houston Astros confirmed Minor League player assignments Sunday. The team will be headlined by 2009 first-round pick shortstop Jiovanni Mier, ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Astros’ organization by Baseball America. Fourteen of the new Legends were 2009 draft picks. Pitchers David Duncan, Arcenio Leon and Jose Trinidad, infielder Kody Hinze and infielder-outfielder Andy Simunic each spent part of 2009 with the Legends and catcher Jonathan Fixler was a Legend in 2008. Four Opening Day Legends were ranked by Baseball America as one of the top 30 prospects in the Astros’ organization, and I’ve included their rankings in parentheses when applicable. Each pitcher is listed by throwing arm, and batters’ information is listed bats/throws. (Numbers have not yet been assigned.)
- RHP — Bushue, Tanner (BA #7) — 2nd round (2009)
- RHP — Cisnero, Jose — NDFA (2007)
- RHP — Clark, Kirk — FA (2009)
- RHP — Donovan, Robert — 23rd round (2009)
- LHP — Duncan, David — 5th round (2008)
- RHP — Leon, Arcenio (BA #19) — NDFA (2005)
- RHP — MacDonald, James — 18th round (2009)
- RHP — Minaya, Juan — NDFA (2008)
- LHP — Pitkin, Colton — 41st round (2007)
- RHP — Sarisky, Daniel — 40th round (2009)
- RHP — Schurz, Michael — 44th round (2009)
- RHP — Trinidad, Jose — NDFA (2006)
- RHP — Walker, Brandt — 8th round (2009)
- Fixler, Jonathan — R/R — 19th round (2007)
- Garcia, Rene — R/R — 35th round (2008)
- Altuve, Jose — R/R — NDFA (2006)
- Arrendell, Miguel — L/R — NDFA (2006)
- Bray, Aaron — L/R — 27th round (2009)
- Hinze, Kody — R/R — FA 2008
- Meyer, Jonathan (BA #18) — S/R — 3rd round (2009)
- Mier, Jiovanni (BA#2) — R/R — 1st round (21st overall pick) (2009)
- Simunic, Andrew — R/R — 17th round (2008)
- Goebbert, Jacob — L/L — 13th round (2009)
- Hogue, Grant — S/R — 35th round (2009)
- Kemp, Brian — R/R — 19th round (2009)
- Martinez, Julio — R/R — 20th round (2009)