The Louisville Bats have unveiled the team’s Opening Day roster, which is highlighted by five of the Cincinnati Reds’ top 10 prospects according to Baseball America. The Bats will also feature right-handed pitcher Matt Klinker, who spent some time at Madisonville North Hopkins High School before moving to Ohio. Check out the full roster below:
- RHP — Scott Carroll — Kansas City, Mo. — 3rd Round (2007)
- LHP — Tom Cochran — Wilmington, Del. — 20th round, Red Sox (2003)
- RHP — Carlos Fisher — West Covina, Cal. — 11th round (2005)
- RHP — Jerry Gil — San Pedro de Macoris, DR — FA, D’Backs (1999)
- LHP — Daniel Ray Herrera — Odessa, Tex. — 45th round (2006)
- LHP — Jeremy Horst — Cheyenne, Wyo. — 21st round (2007)
- RHP — David Johnson — Los Angeles, Cal. — 15th round, Brewers (2004)
- RHP — Matt Klinker — Peru, Ind. (Madisonville, Ky.) — 15th round (2007)
- LHP — Joseph Krebs — Denton, Tex. — 14th round (2007)
- RHP — Kyle McCulloch — Houston, Tex. — 1st round, White Sox (2006)
- RHP — Chad Reineke — Defiance, Ohio — 13th round, Astros (2004)
- LHP — Dontrelle Willis — Oakland, Cal. — 8th round, Cubs (2000)
- Devin Mesoraco — Dubois, Penn. — 1st round (2007)
- Corky Miller — Yucaipa, Cal. — NDFA (1998)
- 1B — Yonder Alonso –Havana, Cuba — 1st round (2008)
- SS — Zack Cozart — Memphis, Tenn. — 2nd round (2007)
- 1B — Daniel Dorn — San Dimas, Cal. — 32nd round (2006)
- 1B — Michael Griffin — Corpus Christi, Tex. — 14th round (2005)
- SS — Kris Negron — Willingboro, N. J. — 7th round, Red Sox (2006)
- 2B — Chris Valaika — Santa Monica, Cal. — 3rd Round (2006)
- Brian Barton — Los Angeles, Cal. — NDFA (2004)
- Todd Frazier — Point Pleasant, N. J. — 1st supp. round (2007)
- Jeremy Hermida — Atlanta, Ga. — 1st round, Marlins (2002)
- Dave Sappelt — Graham, N. C. — 9th round (2008)
Chris Dominguez; UofL Photo
Highlights to Friday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats pulled a game closer to the International League playoffs with a 16-6 win over Indianapolis. Left fielder Michael Griffin was 4-5 with two home runs, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored.
- The Lexington Legends tallied just five hits in a 1-0 loss to Rome. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya fell to 4-12 on the season despite surrendering just one run on four hits in eight innings.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished a series sweep of Dayton with a 7-1 win Friday. Second baseman Kyle Spraker homered and drove in three runs.
- Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs scored for low A Augusta.
- Frankfort native and 2010 Royals draftee Cameron Conner reached base four times, scored once and drove in one run for rookie-level Idaho Falls.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his 14th home run of the season for AAA Syracuse.
- Braves right-handed pitching prospect Michael Broadway, born in Paducah, earned his fifth win of the season despite surrendering four runs in two innings for AAA Gwinnett.
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats held Toledo scoreless through eight innings and held on for an 8-3 win. Shortstop Zack Cozart and outfielder Michael Griffin each slugged a home run in the game, and left-handed pitcher Ben Jukich earned the win with seven shutout innings.
- Neither team scored for the first six innings, but a late offensive onslaught sent the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 5-3 win over Dayton. Catcher Mark Thomas was 2-4 with two RBI.
- Hagerstown scored six times in the first two innings and sent the Lexington Legends to a 9-1 loss. The Legends mustered on four hits in the game.
- Former UK infielder Michael Bertram homered for the second consecutive game and drove in three runs for AAA Toledo.
- Former Campbellsville outfielder Chris Curley slugged his third home run of the season for low A Rome.
- Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored for AA New Britain.
- Lafayette alum Chaz Roe improved to 8-13 on the season after surrendering three runs in six and two-third innings for AAA Colorado Springs.
- Frankfort native Cameron Conner was promoted to rookie-level Idaho Falls where he went 1-3 with a double in his debut.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum was 3-3 with a walk for AAA Syracuse.
Nathan Adcock; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats‘ winning streak was snapped at 11 games in a 9-8 loss to Columbus. Center fielder Michael Griffin was 3-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored, and third baseman Todd Frazier tallied three hits and homered.
- Rehabbing Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Garrett Mock combined with three other Hagerstown pitchers on a 2-0 shutout win over the Lexington Legends. Lexington right-handed pitcher Zachary Grimmett took the loss despite surrendering just two runs on six hits in six innings.
- South Bend scored three runs in the ninth inning to hand the Bowling Green Hot Rods an 8-7 loss. Center fielder Ty Morrison slugged his sixth home run of the season, and right-handed pitcher Jason McEachern took a no decision after surrendering three runs in seven innings.
- Lexington native Robbie Ross suffered a loss for high A Bakersfield after surrendering six runs in four innings.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar was 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for low A Greensboro.
- Former UofL infielder Justin McClanahan slugged his fifth home run of the season high A Dunedin.
- One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis slugged his 13th home run of the season for AA Akron.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock fell to 8-7 on the season after surrendering four runs in five innings.
- Louisville native Richard Sullivan earned his fourth win of the season with three shutout innings of relief for AA Mississippi.
John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics
Highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker picked up his fourth win of the season for the Louisville Bats in the team’s 8-4 victory over Charlotte. Center fielder Michael Griffin was 2-2 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored.
- Lexington Legends right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue scattered three hits in seven shutout innings to lead the Legends to a 3-1 win over Rome. Bushue struck out five and walked just one in the game to earn his fifth win of the season.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods were off Tuesday.
- Former UK outfielder John Shelby slugged his seventh home run of the season for AA Birmingham and was 2-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
- London native Jon Townsend slugged his fourth home run of the season, drove in four runs, tallied two hits and scored twice for high A Rancho Cucamonga.
- Former UK catcher and 2010 Astros NDFA Marcus Nidiffer slugged his seventh home run in just 26 professional games for rookie-level Greeneville.
- Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 3-4 with a double, triple, one RBI and two runs scored for AA Mobile.
- Former UK infielder Michael Bertram was 3-4 with a double, three RBI and one run scored for AA Erie.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher and 2010 Cardinals draftee Bob Revesz pick up his first professional win with a scoreless inning and one-third for rookie-level Johnson City.
- Former UofL outfielder Boomer Whiting scored three times for AAA Syracuse and was 2-4 with a stolen base.
- Former WKU infielder and 2010 Phillies draftee Matt Payton scored three times and was 2-4 with two walks and a stolen base for the rookie-level GCL Phillies.
- Elizabethtown native Nathan Adcock took the loss for high A Bradenton despite allowing just three runs in six innings. He struck out six and walked just one.
The Louisville Bats are set to start play today and will feature two Kentucky natives in the lineup as well as several of the best prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Check out the roster below via the Courier-Journal. I’ve included Baseball America prospect rankings for the Reds organization. Remember top prospects Juan Francisco and Mike Leake are starting the season with the Reds but might appear in Louisville at some point if they struggle, and Yonder Alonso is starting the season in AA but should earn a callup to Louisville early this season.
- LHP Travis Wood (BA #7) (SP) — 2nd Round (2005)
- RHP Sam LeCure (SP) — 4th Round (2005)
- LHP Matt Maloney (BA #8) (SP) — Phillies 3rd Round (2005)
- RHP Federico Baez — Cubs NDFA (2002)
- RHP Jon Adkins — Athletics 9th Round (1998)
- RHP Chad Reineke — 2005 Lexington Legend — Astros 13th Round (2004)
- RHP Enerio Del Rosario (BA # 19) — NDFA 2005
- LHP Lee Tabor — 30th Round (2006)
- RHP Justin Lehr (SP) — Athletics 8th Round (1999)
- LHP Pedro Viola (BA # 22) — NDFA (2005)
- RHP Carlos Fisher — 11th Round (2005)
- RHP Jared Burton — Athletics 8th Round (2002)
- LHP Aroldis Chapman (BA #1A*) (SP) — Cuban FA (2009)
- Corky Miller — Amateur FA (1998)
- Wilkin Castillo — NDFA 2002
- Jake Long — 37th Round (2005)
- 2B — Chris Burke — St. X High School — Astros 1st Round (2004)
- 3B — Michael Griffin — 14th Round (2005)
- 3B — Drew Sutton — 2005 Lexington Legend — S/R — Astros 15th Round (2005)
- 2B — Chris Valaika (BA #12) — 3rd Round (2006)
- SS — Zach Cozart (BA #10) — 2nd Round (2007)
- 3B/LF — Todd Frazier (BA #1B) — 1st Supp. Round (2007)
- RF — Josh Anderson — Pulaski Co., EKU, 2004 Lexington Legend — 4th Round (2003)
- LF/1B — Daniel Dorn — 32nd Round (2006)
- LF — Chris Heisey (BA #4) — 17th Round (2006)
- OF — Luis Terrero — D’Backs NDFA (1997)
* — Chapman signed after Baseball America released its Reds top 10 prospects list, but is ranked higher than No. 1 Frazier on the overall top 100 prospects list published by the magazine.