Former No. 1 attempts comeback with Phillies; Friedrich, Kipnis among top prospects; At least 6 2010 Cats transfer

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Christian Friedrich; Photo by Matt McGee via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Jerry Crasnick of profiles Louisville native and St. X alum Matt Anderson‘s attempted return to MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies. Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft, and is 15-7 with a 5.19 ERA in 257 career games. A shoulder injury derailed his career in 2003.
  • Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America ranks former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich the No. 4 prospect in the Colorado Rockies system.
  • Jonathan Mayo of ranks one-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis the No. 4 second base prospect in MiLB.
  • On Tuesday we linked comments from Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, who said he would not trade former UK right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton before Opening Day. Todd Zolecki of reports the Phillies have decided Blanton’s role as rotation depth is worth more than his trade value.
  • Derek Poore of the Courier-Journal reports Blue Jays farmhand Trystan Magnuson, former major league pitcher Paul Byrd, UofL head coach Dan McDonnell, former Astro Chris Burke and others will speak at the BaseballCon held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville on Jan. 28-29.
  • Yesterday we listed the newcomers on the newly released University of Kentucky roster, but also of interest were the 2010 players no longer on the roster. BluGrass Baseball has confirmed third baseman Andy Burns transferred to Arizona, outfielder Cory Farris transferred to Cumberland University, right-handed pitcher Joe Devine transferred to Georgetown College, outfielder Navarro Hall transferred to Columbus State University, right-handed pitcher Chase Greene transferred to Eastern Kentucky University and right-handed pitcher Sean Bouthilette transferred to Campbellsville University. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Jackson and left-handed pitcher Jon Carlson are also no longer on the roster.

Live Blog: UK vs. Bowling Green State (UK 6 — BGSU 3)

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UK second baseman Chris Bisson bats in the first inning against Bowling Green State

I’m on official assignment at Cliff Hagan Stadium for BluGrass Baseball and will keep an inning-by-inning updated of the game below:

Top of First Inning

  • BGSU sophomore shortstop Jon Berti strikes out swinging.
  • Senior second baseman Logan Meisley walks.
  • Senior first baseman Dennis Vaughn fouls out to third base.
  • Senior third baseman Derek Spencer grounds out third baseman Andy Burns to first baseman Gunner Glad.

Bottom of First Inning

  • UK junior second baseman Chris Bisson flies out to to left field.
  • Sophomore left fielder Chad Wright grounds out, shortstop to first base.
  • Sophomore third baseman Andy Burns walks.
  • Senior catcher Marcus Nidiffer walks, Burns to second.
  • Senior first baseman Gunner Glad flies out to center field.

Top of the Second Inning

  • Senior catcher Tyler Elkins grounds out shortstop Taylor Black to first baseman Gunner Glad.
  • Senior right fielder Mark Galvin doubles to left-center field gap.
  • Senior designated hitter Brandon McFarland flies out to left fielder Chad Wright.
  • Sophomore left fielder Patrick Martin struck out swinging.

Bottom of the Second Inning

  • Senior center fielder Keenan Wiley grounds out 4-3.
  • Redshirt junior right fielder Neiko Johnson flies out to deep center where BGSU senior T. J. Blanton makes a Willie Mays-like catch.
  • Redshirt sophomore designated hitter Navarro Hall, making his first career start, flies out to left field.