Kentucky Rookie MiLB Leaderboard

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Yesterday we looked at the hitting and pitching leaderboards for full-season Kentucky minor leaguers in advance of the BluGrass Baseball MiLB awards post. If you saw that post you already know former UK catcher Marcus Nidiffer was named the rookie of the year, but looking at the statistical leaders among players that made their professional debuts in 2010 is still helpful.

Batting Average (2.7 PA/team game)

  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – .330
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – .295
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – .291
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .290
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .289

On-base Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .415
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – .401
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .372
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – .372
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – .372

Slugging Percentage

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – .535
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) — .478
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .449
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – .435
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .417

Runs

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 40
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – 34
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – 32
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 32
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 31

HR

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 14
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 5
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – 5
  • Adam Duvall (SS Salem-Keizer) – 4
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 4
  • Jayson Langfels (SS Tri-City) – 4

RBI

  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – 41
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 39
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 36
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 36
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – 34

Stolen Bases

  • Cameron Conner (R Idaho Falls) – 15
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 9
  • Matt Payton (R GCL Phillies) – 9
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – 7
  • Chris Bisson (SS Eugene) – 5
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 5

Hit the jump to see the pitching leaders.

Adcock, Shaffer, Nidiffer win BluGrass Baseball MiLB awards

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Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

The 2010 MiLB season is over for all but a handful of Kentucky minor leaguers still active in the playoffs, so it is time for the BluGrass Baseball 2010 MiLB awards.

Hitter of the year: OF Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert)

  • Former NKU outfielder and Walton native Jake Shaffer excelled during his first full professional season in 2009 but brought his game to a new level in 2010. Shaffer led all Kentucky minor leaguers in batting average (.336), on-base percentage (.388) and slugging percentage (.511). The left-handed batter spent all but three games of 2010 at High Desert and slugged nine home runs, drove in 78 runs and scored 58 times.
  • Honorable Mention: Former UK outfielder, turned second baseman, Jason Kipnis finished second to Shaffer in batting average (.307), on-base percentage (.386) and slugging percentage (.492) and led Kentucky minor leaguers with 96 runs scored…Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill slugged 16 home runs, drove in 83 runs and scored 89 times…Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez led the state with 21 home runs and 101 RBI.

Pitcher of the year: RHP Nathan Adcock (High A Bradenton)

  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock has struggled since being drafted out of North Hardin High School in 2006, but came into his own this season. Adcock finished the season 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 141 and one-third innings. The right-handed pitcher ranked among the top five Kentucky MiLB pitchers in ERA, strikeouts, batting average against, wins and innings pitched.
  • Honorable Mention: LCA alum Robbie Ross was 12-11 with a 3.58 ERA and 111 strikeouts…Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin was 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA in an injury-shortened season…One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker was 11-10 with a 3.79 ERA between AA Carolina and the Louisville Bats.

Rookie of the year: C/1B Marcus Nidiffer (Short-season Tri-City)

  • Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros non-drafted free agent Marcus Nidiffer spent his debut season proving he deserved to be selected in the 2010 draft. In 69 games between rookie Greeneville and short-season Tri-City, Nidiffer batted .286 with 14 home runs, 36 RBI and 40 runs scored. Nidiffer’s 14 home runs ranked fifth among all Kentucky MiLB players, including full-season ones.
  • Honorable Mention: Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich led Kentucky rookies with a .330 batting average…Former UK left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell was 2-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 games for rookie-level Elizabethton…Boyd County native Tyler Gatrell saved 13 games for the GCL Royals

Kentucky MiLB Hitting Leaderboard

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During the college season BluGrass Baseball publishes a weekly leaderboard for all Kentucky collegians. Minor League Baseball is less conducive to such an arrangement because players are scattered across several leagues and ability levels, but I thought I’d publish the end of season statistical leaderboard in advance of the MiLB pitcher and player of the year awards coming out later this week. Remember stats from higher-level leagues are more impressive, but this is a good place to start in examining the best 2010 MiLB performances.

I’ll post a separate leaderboard for short-season players later this week in advance of the “Rookie of the Year” award.

Batting Average (2.7 PA/team game)

  • Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .336
  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) –  .307
  • Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – .305
  • Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – .286
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .285

On-base Percentage

  • Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .386
  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – .386
  • Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – .371
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .360
  • Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – .354

Slugging Percentage

  • Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – .511
  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – .492
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – .464
  • Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – .456
  • Seth Bynum (AAA Syracuse) — .436

Runs

  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 96
  • Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – 91
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 89
  • Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 85
  • Boomer Whiting (AAA Syracuse) – 66

RBI

  • Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 101
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 83
  • Wade Gaynor (Low A West Michigan) – 80
  • Jake Shaffer (High A High Desert) – 78
  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 74

Home Runs

  • Chris Dominguez (Low A Augusta) – 21
  • Chad Cregar (Low A Greensboro) – 17
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 16
  • Jason Kipnis (AA Akron) – 16
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) — 14
  • Seth Bynum (AAA Syracuse) – 14

Stolen bases

  • Boomer Whiting (AAA Syracuse) – 48
  • Ben Revere (AA New Britain) – 36
  • Collin Cowgill (AA Mobile) – 25
  • John Shelby (AA Birmingham) – 15
  • Cameron Conner (R Idaho Falls) – 15 *

*  — Nidiffer and Conner played in short-season leagues.

MiLB Playoff Roundup: Bats lose to even series at 2 wins each; Nidiffer homers; Clark reaches base five times

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Marcus Nidiffer, center; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB playoff action:

  • Durham evened the International League playoff series with the Louisville Bats at two wins each after sending Louisville to an 8-1 loss. Left fielder Todd Frazier homered for the Bats.
  • Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged a home run to help short-season Tri-City to a 5-2 win in game one of the second round of the New York-Penn League playoffs.
  • Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark was 3-3 with two walks for short-season Spokane in the team’s 4-3 loss in the second round of the Northwest League playoffs.

MiLB Roundup: Bats lose game two, series even at 1; Lueke gets save in playoff win; Nidiffer advances; Shaffer eliminated

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Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Playoff highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Durham evened the first-round International League playoff series at one win a piece after sending the Louisville Bats to a 6-2 loss. The Bats tallied just four hits in the game.
  • Former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief in AAA Tacoma’s 8-5 win over Sacramento in the IL playoffs.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher Trystan Magnuson took the loss after surrendering a run in AA New Hampshire’s 1-0 loss to Trenton in the Eastern League playoffs.
  • Former UK outfielder Antone DeJesus tripled, walked twice and scored for AA Springfield in the team’s 4-2 win in the Texas League playoffs.
  • Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock pitched just one perfect inning in his start for high A Bradenton in its 2-1 loss to Charlotte in the Florida State League playoffs. Adcock did not return following a two-hour rain delay, and Bradenton was eliminated from the playoffs.
  • Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 2-5 for low A West Michigan in its 8-0 win over Lake County in the Midwest League playoffs.
  • Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDA Marcus Nidiffer was 0-3 but short-season Tri-City advanced to the second round of the Northwest League playoffs with a 1-0 win over Batavia.
  • Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark walked three times in short-season Spokane’s 4-1 win in the second round of the Northwest League playoffs.
  • Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 0-4 in high A High Desert’s 7-1 loss to Rancho Cucamonga in the California League playoffs. The Mavericks were eliminated with the loss.

Revere, Nidiffer, Lee named postseason all-stars

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Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Leagues around minor league baseball are revealing their postseason all-star teams, and three Kentucky alumni were selected to two teams announced Thursday. Lexington Catholic alum and Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Ben Revere was named to the AA Eastern League all-star team. Former University of Kentucky catcher Marcus Nidiffer and former Morehead State University shortstop Drew Lee were named to the rookie-level Appalachian League all-star team.

Revere batted .297 with one home run and 22 RBI in 86 games for AA New Britain. The Lexington native was hit in the face by a pitch on Aug. 3 and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Nidiffer, playing mostly first base, batted .303 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI for rookie-level Greeneville before being promoted to the short-season Northwest League. Lee, playing second base, is batting .286 with five home runs, 36 RBI and 31 runs scored in 55 games for rookie-level Bristol. (Eastern Leage team) (Appalachian League team)

MiLB Roundup: Bats, Legends win; Hot Rods lose; Shelby homers; Nidiffer, Shaffer have big nights

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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.

MiLB Roundup: Bats, Legends win; Hot Rods lose; Rusin injured; Green returns to mound; Holland gets win

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Chris Rusin; Photo by UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Very late highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Catcher Devin Mesoraco launched his second grand slam in as many games to lead the Louisville Bats to a 6-2 win over Syracuse. Third baseman Juan Francisco also homered.
  • The Lexington Legends scored four runs in the seventh inning to earn a come-from-behind 5-2 win over Greenville. Right-handed pitcher Jose Cisnero took a no decision despite surrendering just two runs in six innings.
  • Lake County scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 5-4 last at-bat loss. Right fielder Brett Nommensen and first baseman Kyle Wiegand each homered for the Hot Rods.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin surrendered two unearned runs in two innings before leaving with an injury, thought the Cubs have since said it was a precautionary move.
  • Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged his 14th home run of the season for short-season Tri-City.
  • Pitching for the first time this season former UK right-handed pitcher Scott Green struck out two in a scoreless inning on a rehab assignment for the rookie-level GCL Tigers.
  • Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin was 3-4 with two RBI for AA Mobile.
  • Former UofL right-handed pitcher and 2010 Nationals draftee Neil Holland earned his third win of the season with three scoreless innings for short-season Vermont.
  • Former EKU infielder Neil Sellers slugged his fifth home run of the season for AAA Lehigh Valley.

MiLB Roundup: Bats, Hot Rods lose; Nidiffer hits 2 HRs; Gatrell, Broadway, Klinker, Jones, Revesz get wins

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Marcus Nidiffer, center; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats dropped consecutive games for the first time since the end of June and were shutout first the first time since July 1 with a 1-0 loss to Columbus. Left-handed pitcher Matt Maloney surrendered just one run in six innings of relief of Travis Wood.
  • Great Lakes scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to break open a tied game and hand the Bowling Green Hot Rods a 10-5 loss. Shortstop Tyler Bortnick was 2-6 with a home run.
  • The Lexington Legends‘ game with the West Virginia Power was rained out.
  • In his second game for short-season Tri-City, former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer was 3-4 with two home runs, five RBI and two runs scored.
  • Former UK outfielder and 2010 Twins draftee Lance Ray was 3-4 with a double for low A Beloit.
  • Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin slugged his fifth home run of the season for AA Mobile.
  • Former UofL left-handed reliever and 2010 Cardinals draftee Bob Revesz earned his third win of the season for rookie-level Johnson City.
  • Former UofL infielder and 2010 Rays draftee Phil Wunderlich was 3-4 with two doubles for short-season Hudson Valley.
  • Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 3-6 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored for low A West Michigan.
  • Former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones earned his ninth win of the season after surrendering one run on five hits in seven innings for high A Winston-Salem.
  • One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker picked up his 10th win of the season for AA Carolina with seven innings of one-run ball. Klinker struck out seven and walked none.
  • Paducah native Michael Broadway picked up his third win of the season for AAA Gwinnett.
  • Boyd County native and 2010 Royals NDFA Tyler Gatrell picked up his first career win for the rookie-level AZL Royals.

MiLB Roundup: Legends catcher hits three HRs in loss; Cooper defeats Hot Rods; Bats lose; Rusin, Marks win

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Chris Rusin; Photo by UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Friday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats snapped their eight-game winning streak with a 12-4 loss to Columbus. Designated hitter Wladimir Balentien was 2-4 with a triple, home run, two RBI and two runs scored.
  • The Lexington Legends blew an 8-2 sixth inning lead in an eventual 10-8 loss to West Virginia. Catcher Ben Heath posted one of the best performances of the season, going 3-4 with three home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored.
  • Danville native and 2010 Tigers draftee Patrick Cooper held the Bowling Green Hot Rods scoreless for six and one-third innings in a 4-2 West Michigan win. Cooper surrendered just two hits in the start.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin won his second consecutive start for AA Tennessee after surrendering two unearned runs in six innings. Rusin struck out six and walked one.
  • One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis was 2-5 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored for AA Akron.
  • Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer was promoted to short-season Tri-City of the New York-Penn League where he went 1-3 in his debut.
  • Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll slugged his seventh home run of the season for AA San Antonio.
  • Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez slugged his 18th home run and drove in four runs for low A Augusta.
  • Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks picked up his second consecutive win after surrendering one run in six innings for high A Stockton.
  • Former NKU left-handed pitcher and 2010 White Sox draftee Jarrett Casey surrendered just five hits in 10 shutout innings but still took a no decision for rookie-level Bristol.