Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker couldn’t earn a victory in his return to the Louisville Bats, who suffered a 6-2 loss to Indianapolis. Third baseman Juan Francisco and left fielder Todd Frazier each homered in the game.
- The Lexington Legends surrendered over 10 runs in a game for the second time this month in a 13-1 loss to Kannapolis. Center fielder Grant Hogue was 2-3 for Lexington.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened their final homestand of the season with a 3-1 loss to Lake County. Center fielder Dustin Bell homered for Bowling Green.
- PRP alum and 2010 Cardinals first-round pick Zack Cox made his professional debut with a 4-5 performance for the rookie-level GCL Cardinals.
- One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis was 3-5 with a double and two runs scored for AA Akron.
- Former UK outfielder and 2010 Braves NDFA Keenan Wiley was 4-5 with a double and run scored for rookie-level Danville.
- Former WKU left-handed pitcher and 2010 Twins draftee Bart Carter earned his second win of the season with four scoreless innings of relief for the rookie-level GCL Twins.
- Former Union College right-handed pitcher Marty Popham posted a quality start for high A Kinston but took a no decision after surrendering three runs in six innings.
- Former Bellarmine infielder and 2010 Mariners draftee Patrick Brady slugged his first professional home run for the rookie-level AZL Mariners.
- Hawesville native and 2010 Orioles draftee Michael Mosby was 3-4 for the rookie-level GCL Orioles.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Late highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats opened their three-game series with Syracuse with an 8-5 win. First baseman Yonder Alonso was 3-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.
- Lexington Legends right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue surrendered two runs in five innings but still took the loss in the Legends’ 5-0 loss to Greenville. Bushue struck out five and walked three.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods were off.
- Central Hardin alum Nathan Adcock improved to 10-7 on the season after surrendering one run in seven innings for high A Bradenton.
- Former UK right-handed pitcher and 2010 Tigers draftee Matt Little was promoted to high A Lakeland where he earned the win in his debut.
- Former UK outfielder and 2010 Braves NDFA Keenan Wiley was 3-4 with a RBI and run scored for rookie-level Danville.
- Former UofL infielder and 2010 Giants draftee Adam Duvall slugged his fifth home run of the season and drove in three runs for short-season Salem-Keizer.
- Former Union College right-handed pitcher Marty Popham improved to 6-6 on the season after surrendering three runs in five innings in a start for high A Kinston.
- Lafayette High School alum Chaz Roe took a loss for AAA Colorado Springs after surrendering five runs in six innings.
Chris Dominguez; UofL Photo
Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats opened their road trip with a 6-5 win over Toledo. Right fielder Daniel Dorn homered and drove in three runs, and first baseman Yonder Alonso was 2-4 with two double, RBI and run scored.
- The Lexington Legends held off a late Delmarva rally to record a 6-4 win over the Shorebirds. Second baseman Jimmy Paredes was 3-5 with a double, run scored, RBI and his 42nd stolen base of the season. Right-handed pitcher Zachary Grimmett improved to 5-2 on the season after surrendering one run in seven innings.
- Bowling Green Hot Rods center fielder Ty Morrison singled with two outs in the ninth inning to break up a no-hitter, but was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double to end the game in the Hot Rods’ 2-0 loss to Fort Wayne. Right-handed pitcher Jason McEachern took the loss despite surrendering just two runs in five innings.
- Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 3-4 with his 17th home run of the season, four RBI and two runs scored for low A Augusta.
- Former UK infielder and 2010 Twins NDFA Gunner Glad was 3-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored for rookie-level Elizabethton.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged his third home run in four games and 11th home run of the season for rookie-level Greeneville.
- Former UofL outfielder and 2010 Rangers draftee Josh Richmond slugged his third home run of the season for short-season Spokane.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar homered for the second consecutive game and 16th time this season for low A Greensboro.
- Former Murray St. left-handed pitcher Daniel Calhoun moved to 7-0 on the season after picking up the win with two and two-thirds innings on one-run relief for low A Quad Cities.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee Drew Lee was 3-5 with a double and three RBI for rookie-level Bristol.
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker took the loss for AA Carolina after surrendering five runs in seven innings.
- Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 3-3 with two runs scored and one RBI for AA Birmingham.
- Former UK outfielder and 2010 Braves NDFA Keenan Wiley made his professional debut with a 1-2 performance for rookie-level Danville.
Keenan Wiley; UK photo
Former University of Kentucky outfielder Keenan Wiley has signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Braves. Wiley batted .324 with four home runs and 37 RBI as a redshirt senior for UK in 2010. The Richmond native and Madison Central High School alum also stole 14 bases in 19 attempts for UK. In four seasons at UK Wiley played in 214 games and compiled a .306 batting average with 36 stolen bases.
Wiley’s signing brings the total number of Kentuckians signing professional contracts from the 2010 draft class to 35. The Kentuckians in the class have signed with 17 different teams. With just over a week until the signing deadline 18 drafted Kentuckian remain unsigned. (Read more)
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While the Cats missed out on the NCAA tournament they will compete with the University of Louisville for most players selected in the MLB draft over the next three days. Even without senior left-handed pitcher James Paxton, the University of Kentucky should enjoy another impressive draft. Check out some of the UK players with the most hope of hearing their names called below:
The sure thing
- Junior second baseman Chris Bisson is ranked No. 149 on Baseball America‘s top 200 draft prospects list and represents the best prospect among current Kentucky collegians. BA writes that Bisson is likely the best second baseman in the draft that is likely to stay at that position as a professional. After being hit by a pitch in the face early in the 2010 season, Bisson missed only a week but struggled for several weeks following the injury at the plate. Bisson’s intangibles are off the charts and he demonstrated plus speed leading the Southeastern Conference in 2010 and Cape Cod League in summer 2009 in stolen bases. Bisson profiles as a leadoff hitter as a professional and should go in the first five rounds.
Other prospects of note:
- Junior left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell struggled as a weekend starting pitcher for UK in 2010, but a late-season move to the pen will likely foreshadow his professional role. Darnell enjoyed mixed success as a reliever in 2009, so he has shown he can perform admirably in the role. A mid-season bout with shoulder tendonitis has to scare teams a little, but Baseball America projects Darnell will likely be drafted in the first ten rounds.
- Junior closer Matt Little burst onto the scene in 2010 after sitting out 2009 following his transfer from Louisberg Junior College and was nearly unhittable for much of the year. Little struggled late in the conference schedule, but still stands a good chance of being selected in the mid-rounds of the draft after striking out 52 batters in 42 innings. Little pitched in the prestigious Cape Cod League during summer 2009.
- Junior outfielder Lance Ray was among the SEC’s best hitters in the second half of 2010, slugging .720 in just 118 at-bats. He’ll need to find a full-time position to succeed in professional ball, but Ray could very well have slugged his way into a draft selection. He could boost his status even more by returning for his senior season and performing well for an entire year.
- Junior shortstop Taylor Black was the team’s best defender and even slugged 10 home runs. Black will likely return to UK for his senior year, but could be a valuable late-round pick for a professional team.
- Redshirt senior utility man Gunner Glad likely has a future as a professional after playing all over the diamond and leading the team with 12 home runs. Glad’s versatility will help him as a professional as he played first, second, third and outfield in 2010. Look for Gunner to come off the board after round 20.
- Redshirt senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer and redshirt senior outfielder Keenan Wiley have both experience mixed success at UK and should be late-round selections this week.
Other Eligible Juniors
- RHP Kyle Jackson
- INF Neiko Johnson
- LHP Mike Kaczmarek
- RHP Nick Kennedy
High School Signees
- Trinity LHP Corey Littrell is the best high school player in the state, but Baseball America reports he’s unlikely to forgo his commitment to UK.
- BA also ranks Tates Creek RHP Trevor Gott and LCA OF Lucas Witt among the top 25 Kentucky draft prospects.
- BA ranked Danville native RHP Blake Perry, who attends a prep school in Florida, as the No. 71 prospect in the Sunshine state. Perry has been rising up team’s draft boards with an impressive senior campaign where he hit 92 mph with his fastball and boasted a 76 mph curveball at a recent showcase.
Wednesday was a winless day on the diamond for Kentucky division one colleges with a 0-2 record. Morehead State University‘s game against Marshall was rained out an tentatively rescheduled for next Wednesday. Check out recaps and awards from the two games played below:
- The University of Kentucky surrendered 10 runs in the first six innings and couldn’t finish a late comeback in a 10-8 loss to Lipscomb. Senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer was 2-4 with two RBI, and freshman left fielder Brian Adams, making just his second start of the season, was 3-4 with one run scored and one RBI. Senior infielder Gunner Glad and senior center fielder Keenan Wiley also tallied two hits in the game. Freshman right-handed pitcher Sam Kidd took the loss after allowing seven runs in four innings. (Box Score)
- Murray State University snapped a five-game winning streak with a 10-1 blowout loss to Memphis. Freshman designated hitter Colton Moore, senior second baseman Kyle Tiernan and junior catcher Drew Pixley each recorded two hits in the game. Moore also drove in the Breds only run, scored by senior left fielder Bryan Propst. Senior right-handed pitcher Marc Harmon took the loss after allowing four runs in two innings. (Box Score)
Hitter of the day: OF Brian Adams (UK)
- Stats: 3-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 2B
- Honorable Mention: Marcus Nidiffer (UK), Lance Ray (UK), Keenan Wiley (UK), Colton Moore (Murray St.)
Pitcher of the day: RHP Sean Bouthilette (UK)
- Stats: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Honorable Mention: Matt McGaha (Murray St.)
After Saturday’s rain-shortened schedule the Sunday slate of Kentucky baseball was jam packed with five of six teams playing in doubleheaders. Check out recaps and awards from those games below:
- No. 13 University of Louisville dropped its series finale 8-6 to Seton Hall. Senior shortstop Adam Duvall, redshirt sophomore right fielder Stewart Ijames and freshmen third basemen Kyle Grieshaber and Cade Stallings each homered in the game for the Cards. Duvall led UofL with three hits. Junior right-handed pitcher Gabriel Shaw suffered his first loss of the season after allowing four runs in four innings. (Box Score)
- Western Kentucky University swept a doubleheader from Florida International with a walk-off 8-4 win in game one and an 8-4 win in game two. Sophomore center fielder Kes Carter was 6-9 with three runs scored and one RBI. Junior outfielder Monte Ketchum gave WKU the win in game one with a pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam. Relievers Rye Davis and Bart Carter were credit with the two wins. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
- The University of Kentucky rallied for an 8-7 win in game one of a double-header with Auburn, but dropped game two 6-5 to lose a pivotal conference series. Senior first baseman Gunner Glad was 4-7 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI. Junior right fielder Lance Ray homered in game two. Junior right-handed reliever Matt Little picked up the win in game one after allowing two unearned runs in four innings. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
- Morehead State University‘s recent offensive outburst was slowed Sunday as the Eagles were swept in a doubleheader by Tennessee Tech with a 5-3 loss in game one and a 12-4 defeat in game two. Sophomore outfielder Cameron Flynn homered and drove in three runs in game one. Senior right-handed pitcher Michael Bottoms and junior right-handed pitcher Matthew Robertson were handed the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
- Eastern Kentucky University swept its Sunday doubleheader against UT Martin with a 7-3 win in game one and a 7-4 victory in game two. Senior first baseman Anthony Ottrando drove in four in the doubleheader, and freshman designated hitter Austin Grisham tallied three hits in game one. Junior left-handed pitcher Paul Duncan allowed three runs in six innings for the game one win, and sophomore left-handed pitcher Greg Terry was credited with the game two win. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
- Murray State University was swept in its Sunday doubleheader by Eastern Illinois after a 8-6 loss in game one and a 7-4 defeat in game two. Senior first baseman Wes Cunningham and freshman shortstop Brandon Elliott each tallied four hits on the afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Chris Craycraft and redshirt junior left-handed pitcher Jake Donze were credited with the two losses. (Box Score GM 1) (Box Score GM 2)
Hitter of the Day: OF Jared Andreoli (WKU)
- Stats: 5-10, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
- Honorable Mention: Kes Carter (WKU), Kyle Grieshaber (UofL), Adam Duvall (UofL), Keenan Wiley (UK), Gunner Glad (UK), Taylor Davis (Morehead), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.)
Pitcher of the Day: LHP Paul Duncan (EKU)
- Stats: 1-0, 7 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
- Matt Little (UK), Brian Edelen (WKU), Shane Cameron (WKU), Tony Zych (UofL), Anthony Bazzani (EKU)
Wes Cunningham: BluGrass Baseball photo
Prior to the start of the 2010 college season I released the official BluGrass Baseball All-State team. With just over half the NCAA season in the books it’s time to look at the mid-season honorees. There are several changes from the initial list considering one of the players isn’t even in college anymore.
- C — Matt Rice — Western Kentucky University — .385, 7 HR, 43 RBI
- 1B — Wes Cunningham — Murray State University — .429, 13 HR, 46 RBI
- 2B — Matt Payton — WKU — .397, 7 HR, 43 RBI
- 3B — Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .441, 6 HR, 38 RBI
- SS — Drew Lee — Morehead State University — .383, 11 HR, 50 RBI
- OF — J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead — .459, 14 HR, 41 RBI
- OF — Chad Wright — University of Kentucky — .373, 2 HR, 27 RBI
- OF — Jared Andreoli — WKU — .361, 45 R, 12 SB
- DH — Jayson Langfels — Eastern Kentucky University — .406, 11 HR, 36 RBI
- SP — Thomas Royse — University of Louisville — 6-1, 2.84 ERA, 50 SO, 50.2 IP
- SP — Matt Ridings — WKU — 7-0, 3.46 ERA, 49 SO, 52 IP
- SP — Chris Craycraft — Murray St. — 5-2, 4.35 ERA, 40 SO, 51.2 IP
- RP — Neil Holland — UofL — 5-0, 1.14 ERA, 35 SO, 31.2 IP
- C — Taylor Davis — Morehead St. — .308, 7 HR, 36 RBI
- 1B — Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .354, 9 HR, 43 RBI
- 2B — Adam Duvall — UofL — .366, 9 HR, 37 R
- 3B — Phil Wunderlich — UofL — .347, 11 HR, 33 RBI
- SS — Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .397, 34 R, 11 SB
- OF — Kes Carter — WKU — .361, 5 HR, 37 RBI
- OF — Keenan Wiley — UK — .364, 4 HR, 11 SB
- OF — Ryan Faidley — EKU — .353, 8 HR, 31 RBI
- DH — Ryan Wright — UofL — .368, 9 HR, 36 RBI
- SP — Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — 3-2, 4.09 ERA, 28 SO, 44 IP
- SP — Logan Darnell — UK — 3-2, 4.62, 38 SO, 48.2 IP
- SP — Shane Cameron — WKU — 4-1, 4.34, 46 SO, 45.2 IP
- RP — Rye Davis — WKU — 2-0, 0.98 ERA, 37 SO, 27.2 IP
Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game, which means UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark is still not eligible in those categories after missing three weeks due to injury. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.
- Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .441
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .438
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .437
- Jayson Langfels — EKU — .415
- Matt Payton — WKU — .393
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 14
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 13
- Jayson Langfels — EKU — 11
- Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 11
- Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 10
- Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 47
- Matt Rice — WKU — 46
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 45
- Matt Payton — WKU — 41
- Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 39
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 39
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 53
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 46
- Matt Payton — WKU — 46
- Jared Andreoli — WKU — 44
- Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — 42
- Neiko Johnson — UK — 17/18
- Chris Bisson — UK — 15/19
- Logan Robbins — WKU — 13/14
- Jared Andreoli — WKU — 11/13
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 11/13
- Keenan Wiley — UK — 11/15
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .554
- Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .538
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .516
- Jayson Langfels — EKU — .500
- Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .486
- Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .889
- Jayson Langfels — EKU — .846
- J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .815
- Ryan Faidley — EKU — .724
- Adam Duvall — UofL — .715
Week eight of the college baseball season saw somewhat of an evening of the in-state teams as the University of Louisville (13) fell back to the pack with a midweek loss to the University of Kentucky and its first weekend series loss of the season. The Cats also scored a series victory against No. 24 Alabama. Western Kentucky University (19) scored an in-state win over Murray State University and series win over Sun Belt leader South Alabama, and Eastern Kentucky University enjoyed a perfect week on the diamond.
BluGrass Baseball Player of Week: 3B Jayson Langfels (EKU)
- Stats: 8-17 (.471), 2 HR, 8 R, 11 RBI
- Honorable Mention: J. D. Ashbrook (Morhead State), Keenan Wiley (UK), Anthony Ottrando (EKU), Michael Garcia (EKU), Matt Payton (WKU), Matt Rice (WKU), Wes Cunningham (Murray St.), Phil Wunderlich (UofL)
BluGrass Baseball Pitcher of Week: RHP Matt Ridings (WKU)
- Stats: 1-0, 1 CG, 9 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO
- Honorable Mention: Michael Bottoms (Morehead St.), Taylor Haydel (WKU), Taylor Rogers (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Neil Holland (UofL)
BluGrass Baseball Freshman of Week: LHP Taylor Rogers (UK)
- Stats: 1-0, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
- Honorable Mention: Taylor Haydel (WKU), Cade Stallings (UofL), Ryan Huck (WKU),