Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics
League playoffs from across Minor League Baseball are set to begin this week. Last week we looked at the Kentucky alumni participating in rookie league playoffs, so I thought I’d do the same for the other minor leagues:
Pacific Coast League (AAA)
- Tacoma Rainers — Josh Lueke
International League (AAA)
- Louisville Bats — Matt Klinker
- Columbus Clippers — Jeremy Sowers (DL)
Texas League (AA)
- Springfield Cardinals — Antone DeJesus
Eastern League (AA)
- New Hampshire Fisher Cats — Trystan Magnuson
- Harrisburg Senators — Zach Dials
Southern League (AA)
- Tennessee Smokies — Chris Rusin (DL)
- Jacksonville Suns — Graham Taylor (DL)
- Mobile BayBears — Collin Cowgill, Sean Coughlin, Josh Ellis
California League (High A)
- Stockton Ports — Justin Marks
- High Desert Mavericks — Jake Shaffer
- Ranch Cucamonga Quakes — Jon Townsend
Florida State League (High A)
- Dunedin Blue Jays — Justin McClanahan
- Bradenton Marauders — Jordan Newton, Nathan Adcock
Carolina League (High A)
- Winston-Salem Dash — Logan Johnson, Nathan Jones, Greg Paiml
- Kinston Indians — Marty Popham
Midwest League (Low A)
- Great Lakes Loons — J. B. Paxson
- Quad City River Bandits — Dean Kiekhefer, Daniel Calhoun
- Clinton Lumber Kings — Tyler Blandford (DL)
- West Michigan Whitecaps — Wade Gaynor, Patrick Cooper
South Atlantic League (Low A)
- Hickory Crawdads — Jonathan Roof
Northwest League (Short-Season)
- Spokane Indians — Andrew Clark, Josh Richmond
Pioneer League (Rookie)
- Great Falls Voyagers — Thomas Royse
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats‘ winning streak was snapped at 11 games in a 9-8 loss to Columbus. Center fielder Michael Griffin was 3-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored, and third baseman Todd Frazier tallied three hits and homered.
- Rehabbing Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Garrett Mock combined with three other Hagerstown pitchers on a 2-0 shutout win over the Lexington Legends. Lexington right-handed pitcher Zachary Grimmett took the loss despite surrendering just two runs on six hits in six innings.
- South Bend scored three runs in the ninth inning to hand the Bowling Green Hot Rods an 8-7 loss. Center fielder Ty Morrison slugged his sixth home run of the season, and right-handed pitcher Jason McEachern took a no decision after surrendering three runs in seven innings.
- Lexington native Robbie Ross suffered a loss for high A Bakersfield after surrendering six runs in four innings.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar was 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for low A Greensboro.
- Former UofL infielder Justin McClanahan slugged his fifth home run of the season high A Dunedin.
- One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis slugged his 13th home run of the season for AA Akron.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock fell to 8-7 on the season after surrendering four runs in five innings.
- Louisville native Richard Sullivan earned his fourth win of the season with three shutout innings of relief for AA Mississippi.
Drew Lee; Morehead St. photo
Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games with a 3-2 win over Charlotte. Left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman recorded his eighth win of the season with two scoreless innings of relief. In his last 10 games, Chapman is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched.
- The Lexington Legends broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to earn a 7-2 win over Delmarva. First baseman Kody Hinze was 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods evened its series with Lansing at one win a piece with a 10-8 victory over the Lugnuts. Designated hitter Tyler Bortnick was 3-5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
- Former UofL infielder Justin McClanahan was 2-5 with a home run, four RBI and one run scored for high A Dunedin.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer tallied three hits in four at-bats for high A High Desert.
- Former Morehead St. infielder and 2010 White Sox draftee Drew Lee extended his hitting streak to 14 games for rookie-level Bristol with a 1-4 performance.
- Former Campbellsville outfielder Chris Curley slugged his second home run of the season for low A Rome.
- Paducah native Daniel Webb took a no decision for short-season Auburn despite pitching five shutout innings. Webb struck out six and walked three in five innings.
- London native Jon Townsend was 3-4 with a double, RBI and run scored for high A Ranch Cucamonga.
Jordan Newton; Photo by MWLguide via Flickr
Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Louisville Bats right-handed pitcher Matt Maloney earned his third consecutive win in three starts after pitching seven shutout innings in Louisville’s 2-0 win over Charlotte. Maloney surrendered just two hits and struck out five batters while walking none.
- Lexington Legends left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz struck out ten batters and surrendered just one run in seven and two-third innings to lead the Legends to a 4-1 win over Delmarva. Left fielder Jacob Goebbert was 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI in the win.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished the perfect night for Kentucky minor league teams with a 6-3 win over Dayton. Left fielder Cody Rogers and designated hitter Bennett Davis both homered for the Hot Rods.
- LCA alum Robbie Ross picked up his third consecutive win for high A Baskersfield after surrendering two runs on three hits in seven innings. Ross struck out five and walked two.
- Boyle County native and 2010 Tigers draftee Patrick Cooper was promoted to low A West Michigan where he took a no decision in his first start after surrendering one run in five innings.
- Former UofL infielder Justin McClanahan slugged his third home run of the season for high A Dunedin.
- Former WKU catcher Jordan Newton was 3-6 with four RBI for high A Bradenton.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 3-5 with a double and four RBI for high A High Desert.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee Drew Lee extended his hitting streak to 11 games for rookie-level Bristol.
- Paducah native and Shawn Roof was promoted to AAA Toledo where he went 2-4 in his debut.
Edison Volquez; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Friday highlights from Kentucky MiLB baseball:
- Cincinnati Reds rehabbing starting pitcher Edison Volquez allowed just one hit in seven innings in his third start for the Louisville Bats, who defeated the Toledo Mud Hens 3-0. Designate hitter Drew Sutton tallied two hits in the game.
- Left-handed pitcher Luis Cruz earned his fourth win of the season for the Lexington Legends who defeated the West Virginia Power 4-1. Second baseman Jose Altuve and left fielder Jacob Goebbert each homered for the Legends.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods mustered just three hits in a 6-0 shutout loss to the Dayton Dragons. Right-handed pitcher Kirby Yates took the loss despite allowing just one run in five innings.
- Former UK infielder Michael Bertram launched his tenth home run of the season for AA Erie.
- Former UofL infielder Adam Duvall slugged his second professional home run for short-season Salem-Keizer.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks took a no decision for low A Cane County after allowing just two runs in five and two-third innings.
- Former UofL second baseman Justin McClanahan was 2-5 with a home run and three RBI for high A Dunedin.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop Drew Lee was 3-4 with a double for rookie-level Bristol.
Last week we looked at the 2006 SEC Champion UK baseball team and where in the minor leagues the members of that team were playing. In the interest of fair coverage today we’ll look at the 2007 College World Series final eight and Big East Champion UofL Cardinals team.
- RHP Trystan Magnuson — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 4-1, 2.55 ERA, 41 games, 48 SO, 67 IP — 2007 Stats — 3-3, 1.83 ERA, 36 games, 58 SO, 59 IP
- OF Isaiah Howes — Rookie GCL Yankees — Hasn’t played since being drafted in 2007 after shoulder surgery — 2007 Stats — .396, 18 home runs, 69 RBI
- C Logan Johnson — High A Winston-Salem Dash — .257, 10 home runs, 33 RBI — 2007 Stats — .364, 16 home runs, 64 RBI
- OF Boomer Whiting — High A Potomac Nationals — .255, 62 runs, 50 SB — 2007 Stats — .373, 80 runs, 73 SB
- RHP Zach Pitts — Short-Season Batavia Muckdogs — Hasn’t pitched in 2009 — 2007 Stats — 10-3, 2.52 ERA, 91 SO, 121.2 IP
- SS Chris Cates — High A Fort Myers Miracle — .244, 38 runs, 8 stolen bases — 2007 Stats — .298, 74 runs, 17 stolen bases
- C Derrick Alfonso — Low A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — .211, 5 runs, 3 RBI — 2007 Stats — .276, five home runs, 31 RBI
- 3B Chris Dominguez — Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — .273, 11 HR, 35 RBI — 2007 Stats — .266, 15 home runs, 61 RBI
- LHP Justin Marks — Rookie AZL Athletics — 1 game, 0 IP, 6 R — 2007 Stats — 9-2, 2.67 ERA, 87 SO, 104.2 IP
- 2B Justin McClanahan — Low A Lansing Lugnuts — .265, 13 home runs, 52 RBI — 2007 Stats — .250, 5 home runs, 24 RBI