Jonathan Paquet; UK photo by Chet White
As part of BluGrass Baseball‘s ongoing college preview check out this team-by-team breakdown of 2011 Kentucky collegians who have been previously selected in the MLB draft. UofL freshman right-handed pitcher Dace Kime is the only player to have been drafted in the first 10 rounds of the draft, and UK freshman right-handed pitcher Jonathan Paquet is the only player to have been drafted multiple times. Players are listed with the school they were at when drafted, draft round and year.
University of Kentucky
- RHP Jordan Cooper — Shelbyville Central HS (Tenn.) — 17th round (2009) — Pirates
- RHP Alex Meyer — Greensburg HS (Ind.) — 20th round (2008) — Red Sox
- RHP Jonathan Paquet — Quebec/Cardinal Roy HS (Canada) — 22nd round (2010); 46th round (2009) — Phillies, Angels
- SS Taylor Black — UK — 28th round (2010) — Cardinals
- INF J. T. Riddle — Western Hills HS — 35th round (2010) — Red Sox
- LHP Taylor Rogers — Chatfield HS (Col0.) — 37th round (2009) — Orioles
- OF Lucas Witt — LCA — 38th round (2010) — Dodgers
- RHP Braden Kapteyn — Illiana Christian School (Ill.) — 39th round (2008) — Giants
- RHP Sam Kidd — Ohio County HS — 39th round (2009) — Phillies
- C Luke Maile — Covington Catholic HS — 43rd round (2009) — Red Sox
- LHP Corey Littrell — Trinity HS — 43rd round (2010) — Nationals
- OF Brian Adams — South Forsyth HS (Ga.) — 45th round (2009) — Reds
- INF Matt Reida — Western HS (Ind.) — 47th round (2010) — White Sox
University of Louisville
- RHP Dace Kime — Defiance HS (Ohio) — 8th Round (2010) — Pirates
- LHP Keith Landers — St. Peter Martin HS (Mass.) — 18th Round (2008) — Orioles
- 1B Zak Wasserman — Lakeshore HS (Mich.) — 21st round (2009) — Giants
- OF Stewart Ijames — UofL — 26th Round (2010) — Yankees
- RHP Matt Koch — Cherokee Washington HS (Iowa) — 27th round (2009) — Red Sox
- RHP Chad Green — Floyd Central HS (Ind.) — 37th round (2010) — Blue Jays
- C Asaad Ali — Niles HS (Mich.) — 40th round (2009) — Angels
- RHP Tony Zych — St. Rita HS — 46th round (2008) — Cubs
Western Kentucky University
- RHP Justin Hageman — Hopkinsville HS — 32nd round (2010) — Royals
- RHP Rye Davis — Edmonson County HS — 36th round (2010) — Indians
- OF Kes Carter — Ravenwood HS (Tenn.) — 43rd round (2008) — Marlins
- OF Chris Bullard — Harris Co. HS (Ga.) — 45th round (2007) — Angels
- C Matt Rice — WKU — 50th round (2010) — Yankees
Northern Kentucky University
- LHP Dave Middendorf — NKU — 44th round (2010) — Yankees
- LHP Jeremy Dobbs — Daviess Co. HS (Austin Peay) — 30th round (2008) — Orioles
- RHP Casey Lucchese — College of Charleston (PLD) — 39th round (2010) — Cubs
- OF Cory Farris — Boone Co. HS (Cumberland Univ.) — 43rd round (2008) — White Sox
- RHP Nick Maronde — Lexington Catholic HS (Florida) — 43rd round (2008) — Athletics
- OF Ronald Cotton — Boone Co. HS (Cincinnati) — 45th round (2010) — White Sox
Marcus Nidiffer, center; Photo: UK Athletics
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Brian Foley of College Baseball Daily reports University of Louisville sophomore left-handed pitcher Keith Landers is out until midseason after undergoing a second surgery on his throwing arm during the fall.
- The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association has released its preseason poll with UofL at No. 22.
- The Lexington Legends annual caravan will begin Wednesday in Danville. The Caravan will also make stops in Cynthiana, Lexington, Somerset, Columbia and Jackson. Kentucky minor leaguers Marcus Nidiffer, Ben Revere, Chaz Roe, Jeremy Shelby and John Shelby III will attend the Lexington event on Thursday. Former Kentucky major leaguers Willie Blair, Andy Green, John Shelby Jr., Jeff Parrett and Josh Anderson will also appear at one of the caravan stops.
- Larry Stone of The Seattle Times catches up with Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik about his negotiations with former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton. In summary, Zduriencik doesn’t sound very optimistic about Paxton signing before Spring Training.
- T. R. Sullivan of MLB.com recaps the Texas Rangers’ offseason, pointing to the team’s acquisition of Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb as one of the moves that will define the success of the offseason.
- In examining the Atlanta Braves’ offseason Steven Henson of Yahoo! Sports concludes second baseman Dan Uggla, who was born in Louisville, is the new face of the team.
- As noted by the Legends, Andy Green has retired and will serve as the hitting coach for the rookie-level Missoula Osprey in 2011.
- We’ve removed the Morehead State University lineup projection post after learning several of the choices were inaccurate. It appears Cody Gibson and Garrick Whittle are competing for a weekend rotation spot with Matthew Robertson being a midweek starting pitcher for the Eagles. Junior Matt Cartwright will likely replace Gibson as the Eagles closer. Senior Jeff Arnold may miss some time with an injury. Sophomore Austin Haney is the leading candidate to replace All-OVC shortstop Drew Lee, and freshman outfielder Duran Elmore appears unlikely to see early playing time. (I’ve decided to try the series again but remember the projections are just speculation on my part)
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 one of the 2010 BluGrass Baseball freshman of the year.
No. 14 — RHP Justin Amlung — University of Louisville
Justin Amlung; UofL photo
UofL redshirt sophomore right-handed pitcher Justin Amlung boasts the lowest 2010 ERA of any returning qualifying Kentucky collegiate pitchers. Amlung was 5-2 with a 4.27 ERA and 55 strikeouts to go with 11 walks in 65 and one-third innings pitched. The St. X alum started 10 games for the Cards last season, beginning the year as a midweek starter before finishing the season in the weekend rotation. Amlung surrendered just three home runs in 65 and one-third innings in 2010.
Amlung redshirted during the 2009 season but was named a Prospect League all-star during the summer 2009. Amlung was named the 2010 BluGrass Baseball freshman of the year following his strong redshirt freshman season. The right-handed pitcher returns as UofL top starting pitcher and will be counted on as a weekend starter especially with Keith Landers out until midseason.
Baseball America today selected the University of Louisville as its preseason Big East Conference favorites. The rankings were part of the magazine’s region-by-region 2010 NCAA baseball preview. In addition to being selected as preseason favorites, UofL also boasts for members of the preseason All-Big East team. First baseman Andrew Clark, outfielder Josh Richmond, designated hitter Phil Wunderlich and starting pitcher Thomas Royse headline the team. The four Cardinals were the most players from any school selected to the roster.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Matt Koch ranked second on the top newcomers list, and Richmond, Royse, outfielder Stewart IJames and Clark were included on the top 2010 draft prospects list for the conference. Right-handed pitcher Tony Zych, shortstop Ryan Wright, right-handed pitcher Derek Self and left-handed pitcher Keith Landers were selected as top 2011 draft prospects.
(Read BA’s entire north region preview, including the Big East, American East, A-10, Ivy, MAAC and Northeast conferences)