BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: April 13

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Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game, which means UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark is still not eligible in those categories after missing three weeks due to injury. The college leaderboard is now permanently accessible on its own page on the left sidebar here.

Batting Average

  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .441
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .438
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .437
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .415
  • Matt Payton — WKU — .393

Home Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 14
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 13
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — 11
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 11
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 10

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 47
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 46
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 45
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 41
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 39
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 39

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 53
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 46
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 46
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 44
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — 42

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 17/18
  • Chris Bisson — UK — 15/19
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 13/14
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 11/13
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 11/13
  • Keenan Wiley — UK — 11/15

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .554
  • Zack  Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .538
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .516
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .500
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .486

Slugging Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .889
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .846
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .815
  • Ryan Faidley — EKU — .724
  • Adam Duvall — UofL — .715

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: April 6

College Baseball

Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game, which means UofL senior first baseman Andrew Clark is still not eligible in those categories after missing three weeks due to injury.

Batting Average

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .455
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .420
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .426
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .424
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .406

Home Runs

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 13
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 12
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 10
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 10
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — 9
  • Cameron Flynn — Morehead St. — 9

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 47
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 42
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 38
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 35
  • Cameron Flynn — Morehead St. — 35
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 34

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 49
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 41
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 40
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 38
  • Adam Duvall — UofL — 36
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 36

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 17/18
  • Chris Bisson — UK — 13/17
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 11/13
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 10/10
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 10/12
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 10/12

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .547
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .488
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .484
  • Daniel Pugh — Morehead St. — .479
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .479

Slugging Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .955
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .821
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .800
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .742
  • Ryan Faidley — EKU — .741

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: March 30

Uncategorized

Check out the hitting BluGrass Baseball leaderboard updated through Sunday’s games. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game.

Batting Average

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .439
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — .435
  • Jayson Langfels — .424
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .416
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — .411

Home Runs

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 12
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 11
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 10
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 9
  • Cameron Flynn — Morehead St. — 8

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 41
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 36
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 35
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 33
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 30
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 30
  • Cameron Flynn — Morehead St. — 30
  • Matt Payton — WKU — 30

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 43
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 38
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 34
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 32
  • Adam Duvall — UofL — 29

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 15/16
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 9/9
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 9/11
  • Drew Haynes — UofL — 9/14
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 8/10
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 8/10
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 8/10
  • Chris Bisson — UK — 8/12

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .550
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .495
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .491
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .485
  • Chris Bisson — UK — .476

Slugging Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .918
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .826
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .802
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — .766
  • Bryan Propst — Murray St. — .720

BluGrass Baseball Hitting Leaderboard: March 16

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Now that we’re four weeks into the college season I’m going to start a weekly In-State statistics leaderboard. We’ll post the hitting and pitching leaderboard on Tuesday each week. To be eligible for the percentage categories (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage) a player must have at least 2.5 at-bats per team game. (That rules out Ryan Huck from WKU and Chris Bisson from UK this week)

Batting Average

  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .455
  • Kes Carter — WKU — .426
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .420
  • Ryan Faidley — EKU — .419
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — .411

Home Runs

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 7
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 6
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 6
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 6
  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 6

RBI

  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 28
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — 21
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — 21
  • Matt Rice — WKU — 20
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 19
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — 19

Runs

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — 27
  • Adam Duvall — UofL — 21
  • Drew Lee — Morehead St. — 21
  • Jared Andreoli — WKU — 19
  • Zack Cox — Arkansas (PRP) — 18
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 17
  • Zach Noonan — Murray St. — 17

Stolen Bases

  • Neiko Johnson — UK — 15/15
  • Logan Robbins — WKU — 7/7
  • Richie Rodriguez — EKU — 7/12
  • Ryan Wright — UofL — 6/6
  • Taylor Black — UK — 6/6
  • Kes Carter — WKU — 6/7
  • Drew Haynes — UofL — 6/11

On-Base Percentage

  • J. D. Ashbrook — Morehead St. — .541
  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .492
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .491
  • Jeff Arnold — UofL — .484
  • Kes Carter — WKU — .481

Slugging Percentage

  • Jayson Langfels — EKU — .909
  • Anthony Ottrando — EKU — .822
  • Wes Cunningham — Murray St. — .812
  • Ryan Faidley — EKU — .774
  • Phil Wunderlich — UofL — .758

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.

Gidel: Mid-Afternoon UK Baseball Fix

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UK Athletics Wallpaper

Mid-Afternoon Baseball Fix

1)      Disappointed that the Wildcats were not included in the first batch of rankings released after the weekend, despite sweeping all three games. From what I understand, some in the media are still not sold on the Wildcats pitching depth without senior James Paxton and junior Nick Kennedy. The good news is that Kennedy appears to be on course to return, at worst case, by conference play. According to SID Brent Ingram, while blogging during Sunday’s weekend finale, Kennedy threw from flat ground for the first time in pregame on Sunday and the hope is that Kennedy will be back by midseason.

2)      So what did we learn from the first weekend of the season? UK can survive without Paxton for now. No doubt that Taylor Rogers was going to be a special pitcher, but after his starting performance against West Virginia on Saturday, it will be tough to send him back to the bullpen.  Rogers retired the first 13 batters he faced, but most impressively he threw first pitch strikes to 25 of 29 batters. That is an incredible number. Everyone had commented on Rogers’ poise and he certainly did not disappoint throughout, limiting one of the nation’s best hitting teams from 2009 to just six hits in the shutout win. Not bad for a true freshman. As for the bullpen without Rogers, UK managed just fine. Freshman Jordan Cooper and transfer Matt Little were as impressive as most expected they’d be. If UK can continue to get some great stop-gap work out of its bullpen, the naysayers will be few and far between by the time conference play rolls around. Make no mistake about it, though, this team can make it to Omaha with Paxton and needs him to talk to the NCAA and get back on the mound.

3)      With all the talk focused around the super sophomores, utility man Neiko Johnson continues to find ways to get on-base, drawing two walks, garnering three hits and getting plunked by three pitches for an on-base percentage of .62% over the weekend. He was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts and scored 2 runs. If Neiko continues to find ways to get on, he’ll be a valuable weapon throughout the season. With his speed, UK really has a valuable weapon on the base paths and they’ll need him often if they have any hopes of manufacturing runs when the bats go cold at some point this summer.

4)      Former Madison Central star Keenan Wiley continues to mash, adding one of the two home-runs hit in the 15-6 spanking of Virginia Tech on Friday. The redshirt senior came on late last year in SEC play and is hoping to keep his bat hot in the early going of 2010. With so much talent on the squad, sometimes Wiley gets lost in the shuffle, but he brings valuable leadership to the batting order and will continue to see some good pitches, as teams will look to pitch around Gunner Glad and Andy Burns, who hit ahead of him.

5)      Disappointingly the Wildcats didn’t face off against a righty all weekend, so the lineup didn’t offer up the chance to see Cory Farris or Lance Ray, yet. Farris really came on at the end of last year and is another sophomore from the heralded 2009 class that will have an opportunity to do big things this year. Ray was a junior college addition out of Las Vegas. Both should see some AB’s this week.

Rob Gidel is a University of Kentucky football and baseball analyst for The Cat’s Pause.

Rogers leads Cats to shutout in collegiate debut

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Freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Rogers had about as good a collegiate debut you could ask for with seven and two-third shutout innings in a 6-0 University of Kentucky victory over West Virginia. Rogers allowed six hits on the game and struck out two while walking just one. Freshman right-handed reliever Jordan Cooper finished the game with one and two-thirds shutout innings. Cooper allowed two hits and one walk and struck out one.

At the plate the Cats were led by senior center fielder Keenan Wiley who was 3-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Redshirt junior designated hitter Neiko Johnson was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Junior second baseman Chris Bisson, sophomore left fielder Chad Wright and sophomore first baseman Braden Kapteyn each drove in a run for the Cats. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Taylor Rogers — There’s really no competition for this award. If Rogers had only kept his team in the game today you could have considered that a success for his collegiate debut, but he did much better while being almost unhittable on the afternoon. If the Cats can get close to this kind of production from the freshman lefty this season the loss of James Paxton will be easier to absorb.

UK Baseball Summer League Wrap-Up

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Photo: UK Athletics

Photo: UK Athletics

With the Cape Cod League championship in the book, the UK summer league action has concluded for the season.  Braden Kapteyn’s MVP performance in the New York Collegiate Baseball League highlighted the summer, but his performance wasn’t the only one worth noting this summer.

UPDATE 1:25 P.M. — ADDED NAVARRO HALL/ NYCBL ALL-LEAGUE INFO

New York Collegiate Baseball League

  • INF/RHP Braden Kapteyn — Amsterdam Mohawks — Kapteyn led the Mohawks in homeruns (4), batted .319 on the season and posted a 2.47 ERA on the mound.  Had a singled, double and home run in the NYCBL finals to lead Amsterdam to the title.  Named league MVP after leading league in strikeouts on the mound (72) and ranking third in total bases at the plate (66).  Braden was named the utility player on the NYCBL first team all league.
  • RHP Sean Bouthilette — Amsterdam Mohawks — 4-3 with a 2.02 ERA in nine starts with two complete games.  Sean had 42 strikeouts and 14 walks in 49 innings.  Sean was named to the NYCBL second team all league at pitcher.
  • OF Cory Farris — Amsterdam Mohawks — Farris batted .280 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 34 games.  Cory started 32 games for Amsterdam.
  • RHP Chase Green — Amsterdam Mohawks — 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in 15 games with 25 strikeouts in 25.1 innings.  Started one game for Amsterdam and held opponents to a .128 batting average.  Green was named NYCBL first team all league at relief pitcher.
  • INF Neiko Johnson — Watertown Wizards — Johnson batted .343 with two home runs and 24 RBI in 39 games for Watertown.  Neiko stole 21-22 bases, but had 13 errors in the field.  Johnson was named NYCBL second team all-league at second base.
  • OF Navarro Hall — Mohawk Valley — Sophomore outfielder Navarro Hall batting .289 with one home run and nine RBI in 39 games for Mohawk Valley.  Hall started 38 games and scored 28 runs.

Friday Links: Johnson Named NYCBL All-Star

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With the MLB All-Star Game scheduled for next week, one of the minor league’s shining events the Futures Game is Sunday.  Look for a Kentucky Futures Game preview later today, but for now here are some morning links to hold you over:

  • UK junior infielder Neiko Johnson has been named a NYCBL All-Star according to UK Athletics.  Johnson appears to be performing his way into the shortstop battle for next season.  UK Athletics also summarizes the other Cats’ performances in summer leagues.
  • Futures Game representative Chris Heisey was the hero for Louisville last night with a 3-6, 1 home run, 4 RBI performance in the Bats’ 5-3 12-inning victory at Toledo.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost 9-5 to the Charleston RiverDogs.
  • David Duncan earned the win in his Lexington Legends debut, a 9-5 victory over Savannah.
  • Former Cat Scott Green picked up his seventh save for High A Lakeland Thursday.