The Lexington Legends have released the team’s Opening Day roster, which is highlighted by three former first-round picks and an Eastern High School alum. Louisville native Jason Chowning will become the second Kentucky native to play for the team when the season begins, joining Lexington Legends Hall of Famer Josh Anderson. Check out the full roster below with each player’s hometown and acquisition info listed.
RHP Jason Chowning — Louisville, Ky. — 28th round (2010)
RHP Ruben Alaniz — La Grulla, Tex. — NDFA (2008)
RHP Tanner Bushue — Kinmundy, Ill. — 2nd round (2009)
The Louisville Bats pulled a game closer to the International League playoffs with a 16-6 win over Indianapolis. Left fielder Michael Griffin was 4-5 with two home runs, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored.
The Lexington Legends tallied just five hits in a 1-0 loss to Rome. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya fell to 4-12 on the season despite surrendering just one run on four hits in eight innings.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished a series sweep of Dayton with a 7-1 win Friday. Second baseman Kyle Spraker homered and drove in three runs.
Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs scored for low A Augusta.
Frankfort native and 2010 Royals draftee Cameron Connerreached base four times, scored once and drove in one run for rookie-level Idaho Falls.
Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his 14th home run of the season for AAA Syracuse.
Braves right-handed pitching prospect Michael Broadway, born in Paducah, earned his fifth win of the season despite surrendering four runs in two innings for AAA Gwinnett.
The Louisville Bats moved into first place in the International League’s West Division with a 10-4 win over Toledo. Outfielder Wladimir Balentien and second baseman Chris Valaika each tallied four hits in the game.
Former UK infielder Michael Bertram was 2-4 with a double and RBI for Toledo in the game.
Left-handed pitcher Brad Dydalewicz walked two batters and hit one without recording an out in the sixth inning to send the Lexington Legends to a 4-2 loss to West Virginia. Right-handed starting pitcher Juan Minaya surrendered two runs on six hits in six innings and struck out five while walking one.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost their second straight game to West Michigan with a 4-1 loss Thursday. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein lost his sixth game of the season despite surrendering three runs on six hits in six and one-third innings.
North Hardin alum Nathan Adcock improved to 9-7 on the season for high A Bradenton after surrendering just three hits in six shutout innings. Adcock struck out six and walked one.
Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich took a no decision for AA Tulsa after surrendering four runs on nine hits in six innings.
Louisville native Seth Bynum was 3-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and one run scored for AAA Syracuse.
One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis was 3-5 with a triple, run scored and RBI for AA Akron.
Former UK outfielder John Shelby was 3-5 with a double, run scored and RBI for AA Birmingham.
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
The Lexington Legends were shutout for the second consecutive night with their second straight 3-0 loss to Savannah. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya suffered his tenth loss of the season despite surrendering just one unearned run in six innings. Minaya struck out seven batters and walked three.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods made it a scoreless night for Kentucky minor league teams with a 6-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. Right-handed reliever Scott Shuman recorded all six out in two innings pitched via strikeouts.
The Louisville Bats game at Gwinnet was rained out.
Former UK infielder and 2010 Twins NDFA Gunner Glad slugged his first professional home run for rookie-level Elizabethton.
Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll slugged his sixth home run of the season for AA San Antonio.
Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark was 2-2 with two walks and two runs scored for short-season Spokane.
Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks experienced his first poor start in July for low A Kane County after surrendering five runs in six and two-third innings. Marks fell to 3-12 on the season.
Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar slugged his twelfth home run of the season for low A Greensboro.
Former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee shortstop Drew Lee was 3-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored for rookie-level Bristol.
Former Bellarmine infielder and 2010 Mariners draftee Patrick Brady was 3-4 with a run scored for the rookie-level AZL Mariners. Brady was 1-26 on the season entering the game.
Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his ninth home run of the season for AAA Syracuse and fifth since returning from a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Paducah native Daniel Webb fell to 0-4 on the season after surrendering six runs in four innings for short-season Auburn.
The Louisville Bats tallied just four hits in a 2-1 loss to Charlotte. Left-handed pitcher Ben Jukich surrendered just one unearned run in five innings and struck out eight while walking four.
Just one Lexington Legends pitcher didn’t surrender a run in a 9-5 loss to Rome. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya took the loss after surrendering six runs in four and two-third innings.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods tallied eight hits but couldn’t score a run in a 10-0 shutout loss to Quad Cities. Right-handed pitcher Kirby Yates suffered through his worse start of the season after surrendering eight runs in four and two-third innings for the Hot Rods.
Former UofL left-handed pitcher and 2010 Cardinals draftee Dean Kiekhefer recorded two shutout innings for Quad Cities and struck out five Hot Rods.
Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks took the loss for low A Cane County despite surrendering just two runs in seven innings. Marks struck out six and walked one.
Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was a single shy of the cycle for high A High Desert. Shaffer finished the game 3-4 with a double, triple, home run, three RBI and one run scored.
Former UK infielder Andy Green was 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored for AAA Buffalo.
Former UK left-handed pitcher and 2010 Twins draftee Logan Darnell made his professional debut by retiring two of the three batters he faced for rookie-level Elizabethton.
Former UofL outfielder and 2010 Rangers draftee Josh Richmond slugged his first professional home run for short-season Spokane.
Former WKU infielder Terrence Dayleg was 3-4 with a double and two RBI for low A Greensboro.
Former EKU infielder Neil Sellers was 2-2 with two walks and three runs scored for AAA Lehigh Valley.
Lafayette High School alum Chaz Roefell to 6-11 on the season after surrendering five runs in five innings for AAA Colorado Springs.
Paducah native Daniel Webb fell to 0-3 for short-season Auburn after surrendering five runs in three innings in his seventh professional start.
Right-handed pitcher Matt Klinker surrendered just one hit in six innings in the Louisville Bats6-1 win over Indianapolis. Shortstop Zack Cozart was 2-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya struck out six batters in five innings in the Lexington Legends‘ 4-1 win over Augusta.
Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with a home run for Augusta.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods wasted a strong performance from starting pitcher Wilking Rodriguez when the bullpen blew a late lead in a 5-4 loss to Dayton. Left-fielder Cody Rogers was 3-4 with two runs scored.
Former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Henry Mabee extended his scoreless innings streak to 13 and one-third innings with a two and one-third innings appearance for AA Birmingham.
Former Campbellsville catcher Richie Rowland‘s 13-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-3 performance, but he did reach base via walk for rookie-level Missoula.
Former UK outfielder Lance Ray was 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base rookie-level Elizabethton.
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.)