The Bowling Green Hot Rods digressed in their second season from a 64-74 record in 2009 to a 61-78 record in 2010. The Hot Rods were slightly worse in the second half of the season than the first, but were consistently below average for the whole year. The season wasn’t without its highlights though as the Hot Rods led the Midwest League with 249 stolen bases, 64 more than the second place team. In the second end of season awards post we’ll look at the best performances at the plate and on the mound from Bowling Green in 2010.
Hitter of the year: 2B Tyler Bortnick
- Infielder Tyler Bortnick spent all but 12 games in Bowling Green this season and finished the year as the only Hot Rod with a batting average above .300. Bortnick batted .303 with eight home runs, 45 RBI, 72 runs scored and 39 stolen bases in 113 games with the Hot Rods. Bortnick’s 39 steals were seventh most in the Midwest League, and he ranked tenth in batting average.
- Honorable mention — Outfielder Brett Nommensen led the team with 10 home runs and 68 RBI…Outfielder Ty Morrison ranked second in the Midwest League with 58 stolen bases…Outfielder Christopher Murrill stole 28 bases and batted .292 in 70 games.
Pitcher of the year: RHP Alexander Colome
- Right-handed starting pitcher Alexander Colome was the only Hot Rods’ pitcher with enough innings to qualify for the league ERA title to post an ERA below 4.00. On the season Colome was 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 22 starts for the Hot Rods. Colome struck out 118 batters and walked 45 in 114 innings.
- Honorable Mention — Right-handed pitcher Kirby Yates posted a 3.30 ERA in 27 games, including 12 starts…Reliever Scott Shuman led the team with 14 saves…Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein led the team with nine wins and 128 strikeouts.
In the third August awards post we’ll look at the month’s best performances from the Bowling Green Hot Rods:
Hitter of the month: 3B Julio Cedeno
- Stats: .352/.377/.533, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 13 R
- Honorable Mention: Ty Morrison, Robi Estrada, Tomas Francisco, Ty Bortnick
Pitcher of the month: LHP Kyle Lobstein
- Stats: 1-3, 3.74 ERA, 34 SO/11 BB, 33.2 IP, 6 GS
- Honorable Mention: Aaron Dott, Matthew Stablefeld, Albert Suarez
Trever Miller; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors reports Kentucky’s oldest major leaguer Trever Miller‘s 2011 contract option with the Cardinals vested with his 45th appearance of the season Saturday.
- Bowling Green Hot Rods left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week.
- Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports Paul Laurence Dunbar alum and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A. J. Ellis was optioned to AAA Albuquerque to make room for recently acquired Rod Barajas. Ellis will likely be recalled with MLB rosters expand on Sept. 1.
- Jason Stella of the Louisville Bats media relations department profiles outfielder Dave Sappelt and his contributions since his promotion from AA.
- Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, born in Louisville, is asking for a five-year contract extension worth between $55 and $65 million.
John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats used big nights from first baseman Yonder Alonso and catcher Corky Miller en route to a 6-3 win over Indianapolis. Alonso tallied three hits, including a home run, and Miller homered and drove in three runs.
- The Lexington Legends scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to earn a 8-6 come-from-behind win over Augusta. The first three batters in Lexington’s lineup combined to go 6-15 with five runs scored in the game.
- Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 2-5 with a run scored for Augusta.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods scored three runs in the ninth inning but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 6-4 loss to South Bend. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein took the loss after surrendering three runs in five innings.
- Former UK outfielder John Shelby slugged his ninth home run of the season for AA Birmingham.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer was 3-4 with two runs scored for short-season Tri-City.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 2-5 with a double, three RBI and a run scored for high A High Desert.
Christian Friedrich; Photo by Matt McGee via Flickr
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Catcher Devin Mesoraco sent the Louisville Bats to a 5-3 win over Syracuse with a walk-off grand slam in his AAA debut. First baseman Yonder Alonso also homered in the game.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum homered in the game for Syracuse.
- The Lexington Legends scored a go-ahead run in the eighth inning en route to a 4-3 win over Greenville. Shortstop Jiovanni Mier was 2-4 with a home run.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost a shutout in the ninth inning but held on for a 6-2 win over Lake County. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein improved to 8-6 by striking out seven and walking none while surrendering just four hits in seven shutout innings.
- Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich was injured once again, this time with a strained lat muscle in his start for AA Tulsa and had to leave after just 36 pitches.
- Former UK first baseman and 2010 Twins draftee Lance Ray was 3-3 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored for short-season Beloit.
- Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored for high A High Desert.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:
- 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.
Drew Lee; Morehead St. photo
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Three different Louisville Bats homered in the team’s 7-5 win over Charlotte. First baseman Yonder Alonso, third baseman Juan Francisco and designated hitter Wladimir Balentien each launched a long ball for Louisville.
- Bowling Green Hot Rods left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein earned his seventh win of the season in the Hot Rods’ 5-3 win over Dayton. Lobstein surrendered three runs in seven innings and struck out five while walking none.
- The Lexington Legends were off Wednesday.
- Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin took a no decision for high A Daytona despite surrendering just two unearned runs in five innings. Rusin struck out five and walked none.
- Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill slugged his 13th home run of the season for AA Mobile.
- Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin was 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored for AA Mobile.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher and 2010 Cardinals draftee Bob Revesz earned his second win of the season with three scoreless innings of relief for rookie-level Johnson City.
- Former UofL outfielder and 2010 Rangers draftee Josh Richmond was 3-3 with a walk and two runs scored for short-season Spokane.
- Former NKU left-handed pitcher and 2010 White Sox draftee Jarrett Casey recorded his longest outing of the season since being moved to the rookie-level Bristol starting rotation but still took a loss after surrendering one earned run in six innings.
- Also playing for rookie-level Bristol, former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee Drew Lee extended his hitting streak to ten games with a 2-3 performance.
Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics
Late highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats couldn’t muster any offense against Lehigh Valley in a 5-1 loss to the Iron Pigs. First baseman Yonder Alonso was 2-4 with a double for the Bats.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods tallied just two hits in a 5-0 shutout loss to Peoria. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein surrendered five runs in six innings to take the loss.
- Left-handed pitcher Brad Dydalewicz surrendered 10 runs in just four innings in the Lexington Legends 15-4 loss to Hickory. Left fielder Jacob Goebbert was 3-4 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored.
- Paducah native Jonathan Roof was 2-5 with one RBI and one run scored for Hickory in the game.
- Former UofL infielder and 2010 Rays draftee Phil Wunderlich was 2-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored for short-season Hudson Valley.
- Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin fell to 3-3 on the season for high A Daytona after surrendering seven runs, two of which were earned, in four and two-third innings.
- Lexington native Jeremy Shelby tripled and drove in three runs for rookie-level Bluefield.
Marcus Nidiffer, center; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Check out our recap from the MLB Futures Game in the All-Star Game links post below.
- The Columbus Clippers scored two runs in the top of the tenth inning to defeat the Louisville Bats 7-5. Bats designated hitter Daniel Dorn launched his sixth home run of the season, and right-handed pitcher James Avery surrendered just three runs in six innings in his Bats’ debut.
- Lexington Legends outfielder J. D. Martinez continued his torrid hitting with an eighth inning home run to send the Legends to a 3-2 win over the West Virginia Power. Right-handed pitcher Robert Donovan took a no decision despite surrendering just two runs in five and one-third innings.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods scored four runs in the first inning and held off a Lansing Lugnuts rally to record a 6-4 win. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein earned his sixth win of the season after allowing two runs in six innings and striking out seven batters.
- Former UK catcher Marcus Nidiffer homered for the second consecutive game for rookie-level Greeneville and was 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
- Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich was 3-6 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored for low A Hudson Valley.
- Former Morehead St. outfielder J. D. Ashbrook slugged his first professional home run for rookie-level Bristol.
- Paducah native Daniel Webb took a no-decision for short-season Auburn after allowing two runs in five and one-third innings. Webb struck out five and walked none.
- Lexington native Jeremy Shelby followed his monster performance from Saturday with a 2-5 performance Sunday and has multiple hits in each of his last six starts to raise his batting average to .417 in 12 games.
- Hawesville native Michael Mosby launched his first professional home run for rookie-level Bluefield.
- Danville native Patrick Cooper fell to 1-1 on the season after surrendering five runs in five innings in his third professional start for short-season Connecticut.
- Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin took a no decision for high A Daytona after surrendering four runs in five innings.
Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- Six different Louisville Bats‘ batter tallied two hits and three hit at least one home run in the Bats’ 9-7 loss to Indianapolis. Third baseman Juan Francisco was 2-5 with two solo home runs.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods scored a single run in the top of the 11th inning to record a 3-2 win over Fort Wayne. Right fielder Brett Nommensen was 3-5 and homered for the third time in four games, and starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein struck out eight battes in six and one-third innings.
- Lexington Legends right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue fell to 4-5 on the season in the Legends’ 9-5 loss to Augusta. Legends center fielder Grant Hogue was 3-4 with a run scored.
- Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez was 1-5 with a double and two RBI for Augusta.
- Former UK second baseman Chris Bisson recorded his first multi-hit game as a professional with a 3-5 performance for short-season Eugene.
- Former UK right-handed pitcher Chris Rusin earned his third win of the season for high A Daytona after surrendering just one hit in seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
- Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 4-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored for AA Mobile. He has hits in four straight games and has homered in his last two contests.
- Former EKU infielder Neil Sellers was 3-4 with a double, RBI and run scored for AAA Lehigh Valley.
- Former Campbellsville catcher Richie Rowland was 1-5 for rookie-level Missoula to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
- Paducah native and 2010 draftee Jonathan Roof made his professional debut for the AZL Rangers with a pinch-hit RBI double.