Kentucky minor league free agent update

Minor League Baseball

News of minor league free agent signings is always scarce unless a player signs with an invitation to Spring Training like Somerset-native Josh Anderson or Louisville-native Chris Burke. For lower level minor league free agents spots contracts are signed as teams seek to fill organizational holes. The best resource for following these signings is usually Baseball America‘s weekly minor league transaction feature.

With that in mind here my most up-to-date Kentucky minor league free agents list with the players 2009 organization and level listed.

  • C Neil Wilson — Covington, Ky. — Florida  Marlins — AAA
  • 3B Tanner Townsend — WKU — Florida Marlins — 2009 DNP
  • LHRP John Switzer — Covington, Ky. — New York Mets — AAA
  • RHRP Matt Ginter — Winchester, Ky. (Morehead) — Milwaukee Brewers — AAA
  • RHRP Zack Pitts — Elizabethtown, Ky. (UofL) — St. Louis Cardinals — 2009 DNP
  • RHRP Matt Wilhite — Bowling Green, Ky. (WKU) — Colorado Rockies — AAA
  • RHRP Andrew Albers — UK — San Diego Padres — 2009 DNP
  • SS Ryan Wilkes — UK — New York Yankees — 2009 DNP
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College rankings; Ginter signs; Patterson released

College Baseball, Minor League Baseball
The preseason college baseball rankings are starting to be released and two Kentucky colleges are appearing among the top teams in the country. Check out those rankings, some minor league transactions and some Kentucky small college rules
  • The University of Louisville is ranked 13th in Ping! Baseball‘s preseason top 30.
  • The University of Kentucky ranked 22nd.
  • UofL checks in at No. 19 in College Baseball Newspaper’s preseason rankings. UK is in the “other’s receiving votes” category.
  • Some Kentucky roster moves to pass along via Baseball America‘s minor league transactions:
  • Winchester-native Matt Ginter signed with the Houston Astros.
  • The New York Yankees released Northern Kentucky University alum Paul Patterson.
  • Louisville-native Steven Shackleford was named the pitching captain at the Savannah College of Art and Design.