Before we get to this morning’s links I’d just like to pass on congratulations to Lexington Legends outfielder Brian Pellegrini for becoming the franchise’s all-time home run leader with 33 long balls. Pellegrini hit 21 home runs in his first season in Lexington in 2008 and has added 12 home runs since returning to Lexington in 2009 after starting the season with High A Lancaster. The “Big Pelli” broke the record on June 15 with his first home run in a two-homer game against Asheville. Tommy Whiteman previously held the record with 28 career home runs. While working the media relations department for the Legends last summer I found Pellegrini to be a refreshing change from the usual minor leaguer. Brian embraced Lexington and didn’t just view it as a minor step on the way to millions.
Now for the links:
I’m going to try and make this a weekly or semi-weekly post with the intention of letting you know where members of each of the state’s three minor league teams rank statistically in both their respective league and organizations. Stats are current as of July 7, 2009.
Louisville Bats (AAA Cincinnati Reds)
Baseball America’s mid-season all-star Chris Heisy paces the Bats’ offense by ranking first in batting average in the Reds’ farm system. Heisy has posted a .341 average between Louisville and Carolina. He also is tied for farm system lead in home runs (14) and is second in RBI (47). Louisville outfielder Norris Hopper ranks ninth in batting average (.280) in the farm system and Kevin Barker is part of the four-way tie for the farm system lead in home runs (14). Outfielder Drew Stubbs ranks tenth in batting average (.279) and first in stolen bases (32). The Bats rank second in team batting average (.257), runs scored (361), hits (710) and stolen bases (79) in the organization.
Pitcher Zachary Stewart ranks fourth in the Reds’ farm system in ERA (1.17), Matt Moloney ranks fifth (2.28) and Homer Bailey ranks seventh (2.71). The Bats have the market cornered on wins in the organization: Bailey leads the farm system with eight wins, and Sam LeCure and Justin Lehr rank third and fourth with seven and six wins respectively. Louisville closer Josh Roenicke leads the farm system with 11 saves. Bailey (82), LeCure (79) and Moloney (71) rank third, fourth and fifth in strikeouts.
Barker’s 14 home runs rank second in the International League, and Stubbs is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 32. Despite a big-league promotion Matt Moloney ranks fourth in the IL in ERA (2.28); Homer Bailey ranks eighth (2.71). Justin Lehr leads the IL in wins (11) and Bailey ranks second (8). Bailey is tied for fourth in the league in strikeouts (82).
Hit the jump to see the stats update for Bowling Green and Lexington.
Look for an update of Bluegrass Baseball ties to the MLB All-Star game later, but for now start your week with some morning links to get you caught up with all the Bluegrass Baseball action over the holiday weekend.
- John Mollicone finished a 9-18 week with 3 home runs and 10 RBI in the Hot Rods’ double-header Sunday.
- The Herald-Leader details the Legends’ 6-5 loss to Rome Sunday.
- The Courier-Journal recaps the Bats’ losses in both ends of a doubleheader to Indianapolis.
- RHP Justin Lehr and OF Drew Stubbs will represent the Bats at the AAA All-Star Game. Louisville manager Rick Sweet will lead the International League team.
- The Bowling Green Daily News reports on the Hot Rods’ rain-out Saturday.
- Former Louisville Cardinal Chris Dominguez hit his first professional home run in the AZL Giants’ 9-5 loss to the AZL Mariners Sunday.
- LCA alumnus Robbie Ross struck out ten in five shutout innings to earn a no-decision Sunday.