UofL suspends Stewart Ijames for violation of team rules; UK equipment bags stolen from bullpen during Saturday loss

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Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide

Latest links and notes from around Kentucky baseball:

  • The University of Louisville confirmed to BluGrass Baseball that redshirt junior outfielder Stewart Ijames is not playing this weekend due to a violation of team rules.
  • According to University of Kentucky baseball SID Brent Ingram several UK players, including Sunday starting pitcher Alex Meyer, had their equipment bags stolen from the bullpen during Saturday’s loss to Marshall.
  • Sheldon S. Shafer of the Courier-Journal reports the Nations Park project, which would have built a state-of-the-art youth baseball complex in Louisville, appears dead after the lead developer dropped an option on a parcel of land in southeast Jefferson County.
  • Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that so far this spring former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby has been hitting without any sign of the wrist problems that have plagued him in recent seasons.
  • Nick Baumgardner of the Bowling Green Daily News recaps Western Kentucky University’s walk-off win over BGSU, noting WKU head coach Chris Finwood was surprised BGSU intentionally walked Kes Carter and Ryan Hutchinson to face Matt Rice.
  • Brad Stephens of the College Heights Herald notes WKU sophomore first baseman said of BGSU’s decision to face Rice, “He’s an All-American catcher. I don’t know what they were thinking pitching to him.”
  • In a rare out-of-state matchup between two Kentucky starting pitchers, Valparaiso senior right-handed pitcher Damon McCormick, a St. X alum, and Austin Peay redshirt senior left-handed pitcher Jack Snodgrass, a Bowling Green High School alum, both pitched well though neither pitcher ended up with a win. McCormick surrendered four runs on 11 hits in seven innings while Snodgrass surrendered one run on two hits in four innings. Austin Peay won the game in extra innings.

Albers to work out for MLB teams; Probable 2011 Legend arrested; Louisville finalizes plan for youth baseball complex

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Anderew Albers; Photo: UK Athletics

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Toronto Sun columnist Bob Elliot reports former UK left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers will throw bullpen sessions for the Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies after a strong season for Quebec of the independent Can-Am League.
  • Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports Houston Astros 2010 first-round pick Delino DeShields Jr., a likely 2011 Lexington Legend, was arrested Sunday morning in Georgia and charged with driving under the influence.
  • Last week we linked a report about Louisville’s planned state-of-the-art youth baseball complex. Now Sheldon S. Shafer of the Courier-Journal has more details about the Nations Park project, reporting it will include 25 baseball fields and 25 softball fields.
  • In the online chat accompanying the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top 10 prospects list, Bill Mitchell of Baseball America comments on a few Kentucky prospects including Danville native right-handed pitcher Blake Perry. (subscription required)
  • Adam Revelette of Examiner.com finishes out his five-year anniversary Kentucky Baseball Club team.

Cox ranked No. 2 Cardinals prospect; Zych ranked No. 12 NCAA player; Rauch gains interest from AL East teams

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Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Derrick Goold of Baseball America ranks Louisville native Zack Cox the No. 2 prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system.
  • Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports via Twitter the Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and other teams have expressed interest in Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch.
  • College Baseball Daily continues its countdown of the top 100 college baseball players with University of Louisville junior right-handed pitcher Tony Zych at No. 13.
  • Danville High School junior catcher Andrew Lasure will participate in the 2011 Under Armour Pre-Season All-American Tournament Jan. 14-16 in Tuscon, Ariz.
  • WDRB-TV in Louisville reports on the $45 million, state-of-the-art youth baseball complex planned for the city.