Top 25 Ky. Collegians Recap

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Check back later for some breakdown of the omissions from the top 25 list, but for now here is the list in one post:

  1. Ryan Wright
  2. Matt Rice
  3. Tony Zych
  4. Stewart Ijames
  5. Rye Davis
  6. Alex Meyer
  7. Kes Carter
  8. Richie Rodriguez
  9. Taylor Black
  10. Jordan Cooper
  11. Matt Koch
  12. Jared Andreoli
  13. Braden Kapteyn
  14. Justin Amlung
  15. Chad Wright
  16. Derek Self
  17. Taylor Davis
  18. Casey Lucchese
  19. Dave Middendorf
  20. Rich Witten
  21. Justin Riddell
  22. Brian Edelen
  23. Jason Crisper
  24. Brandon Elliott
  25. Tyler Fisher

Ky. collegians among top draft prospects; UofL to host weekend scrimmages; Kipnis to compete for MLB job

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Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Baseball America has released its top 50 draft prospect rankings for each class with several Kentucky players included on the lists. Western Kentucky University senior catcher Matt Rice; University of Kentucky senior shortstop Taylor Black, junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer and sophomore right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper; and University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych and junior infielder Ryan Wright were ranked among the top 50 prospects in their respective classes. (subscription required)
  • UofL will host two intra-squad scrimmages at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The games are open to the public.
  • Stephanie Storm, writing for BA, reports one time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis has worked his way into consideration for a spot on the Cleveland Indians’ MLB roster. (Subscription required)
  • Brian Foley of College Baseball Daily previews the Big East Conference, picking the University of Louisville to finish third in the conference. Foley also lists Lexington native Justin Riddell among the key returnees for Cincinnati.

Top 2011 Ky. Collegians — No. 18 RHP Casey Lucchese

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Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with a returning draftee who will likely close for one of the top teams in the country this season.

No. 19 — RHP Casey Lucchese — College of Charleston (Paul Laurence Dunbar HS)

Casey Lucchese; College of Charleston photo

Senior right-handed pitcher Casey Lucchese returns to college after being selected in the 39th round of the 2010 draft by the Chicago Cubs. Lucchese was 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 21 relief appearances in 2010. The Paul Laurence Dunbar High School alum struck out 52 batters and walked 16 in 39 and two-third innings. He held opponents to a .222 batting average last season. Lucchese appeared in one game for the Lexington Hustlers during the summer.

College of Charleston enters the 2011 season ranked No. 20 team in the country as ranked by Baseball America. Aaron Fitt of BA projects Lucchese as the team’s primary 2011 closer writing Lucchese “was the team’s most reliable reliever last year, and he should do fine as the closer thanks to an 88-92 fastball and a swing-and-miss curve.” The Lexington Herald-Leader included Lucchese on its 2007 all-city team, which also included minor leaguers Ben Revere, Robbie Ross, Jayson Langfels, Tyler Oliver and Thomas Royse and current college standouts Nick Maronde, Cameron Flynn, Justin Riddell and Travis Redmon.

Top 2011 Ky. Collegians: No. 21 Justin Riddell

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Justin Riddell; Cincinnati photo

Inspired by College Baseball Daily’s list of the top 100 college baseball players, BluGrass Baseball is counting down the top 25 returning Kentucky collegians in advance of the 2011 season. We continue the list today with a look at our first Kentucky native attending an out-of-state college on the list.

No. 21 — OF Justin Riddell — Cincinnati (Lexington Catholic HS)

Cincinnati senior outfielder Justin Riddell batted .313 with eight home runs, 29 RBI, 26 runs scored and 10 doubles during the 2010 season. His .313 batting average led the Bearcats. Riddell appeared in 53 games for Cincinnati last season, including 45 starts. During the summer 2010 Riddell excelled for the Lexington Hustlers, being named a Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star. Riddell batted .385 with five home runs, 28 RBI and 28 runs scored during the summer.

His 17 doubles and 89 total bases led the summer league. Baseball America ranked Riddell the No. 9 draft prospect in the league following the summer season. Tyler Jett wrote of the Lexington native: “Riddell doesn’t have a great profile but should be a solid senior draft because he can hit.”

UK catcher, Hustlers OF named top summer prospects; Kipnis named MiLB all-star; Rays, Hot Rods extend contract

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Jason Kipnis; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Baseball America ranked University of Kentucky junior catcher Michael Williams the No. 4 prospect in the New England Collegiate League. (subscription required)
  • In its top 10 prospects list for the Great Lakes League, BA ranks Lexington native and Lexington Hustlers infielder Justin Riddell the No. 9 propsect in the league. (subscription required)
  • One-time UK infielder Jason Kipnis was named the second baseman on BA’s 2010 Minor League all-star team. Former Bowling Green Hot Rods left-handed pitcher Matt Moore was included on the first-team as a starting pitcher, and Louisville Bats catcher Devin Mesoraco was selected to the second team.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays announced they have extended their player development contract with the Bowling Green Hot Rods through the 2012 season.

Lexington Hustlers Redmon and Riddell named to Great Lakes League postseason All-Star team

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Lexington Hustlers designated hitter Travis Redmon and outfielder and Lexington native Justin Riddell were selected to the first team All Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League postseason team. Redmond batted .343 with a home run, 14 RBI and 18 runs scored for Lexington this summer. Riddell finished the season fourth in the league in batting with a .385 batting average. He also slugged five home runs and drove in 28 in 39 games.

As a junior in the 2010 season Redmon, a Lexington Catholic graduate, batted .333 with seven home runs for Morehead State University. Riddell, a rising senior and Redmon’s former teammate at Lexington Catholic, led all University of Cincinnati batters with a .313 batting average. He slugged eight home runs and drove in 29 in 53 games. (All GLSCL Team)

Lexington Hustlers Roster

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In the earlier links post I directed you to Lexington Hustlers General Manager Adam Revelette’s post on revealing the 2010 Hustlers’ roster, but I thought I’d also post it here. Players are listed with their last college and high school.


  • Koby Hearn — Union — Bourbon Co. HS
  • Todd Duff — Alice Lloyd — Breathitt Co. HS
  • Max Saxman — Mount Aloysius — Chestnut Ridge HS (Penn.)
  • Jon Wes Adams — Asbury — Lafayette
  • Gardner Adams — Asbury — Lafayette
  • Shane Crain — Indiana St. — LCA
  • Austin Johnson — Lincoln Memorial — LCA
  • K. C. Massie — Georgetown College — Lexington Catholic
  • Wade Bush — Indiana State — North Vigo HS (Ind.)
  • Richard Kestner — Bluefield State — Ripley HS (W.V.)
  • Tanner Perkins — Western Kentucky University — Rockcastle Co. HS
  • Alex Blodgett — University of Louisville* — Tates Creek HS
  • Andy Heston — Northern Kentucky University — West Jessamine HS


  • Micheal Thomas — University of Kentucky — Elizabethtown HS
  • Michael Schornik — Georgetown College — Lexington Catholic
  • Dain McNabb — Middle Tennessee — Loudon HS (Tenn.)


  • Tyler Oliver — 1B — Wabash Valley — LCA
  • Ken Riley — 1B — Transylvania — Lexington Catholic
  • Ben Hartley — 2B — Union — LCA
  • Travis Redmon — 2B — Morehead State University — Lexington Catholic
  • Casey Dishman — 3B — Morehead State University — Saline HS (Mich.)
  • Jordan Queen — SS — Murray State University — Western Hills HS (Ky.)


  • Dalton Henzman — Middle Tennessee — LCA
  • Justin Riddell — Cincinnati — Lexington Catholic
  • Taylor Russell — Northern Kentucky University — Loveland HS (Ohio)
  • Thomas Tolliver — Transylvania — Raceland HS

* — Blodgett transfered from UofL but hasn’t committed to a new school yet.

You can see the roster in spreadsheet form here.