BluGrass Baseball rankings in BA’s 2010 Prospect Handbook

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The Baseball America Prospect Handbook is simply a must-have for any minor-league baseball fan. My handbook, in which Baseball America ranks the top 30 prospects in each organization, came in today, and since I ordered it straight from BA they included a 31st prospect supplement for each team. I’m listing where Kentucy players rank in their organizations below, but I’ll leave all BA’s analysis out as incentive for you to go buy their great product.

Houston Astros

  • 3) — RHP Jordan Lyles — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 4)  — RHP Sammy Gervacio — 2005/2006 Lexington Legends
  • 6) — RHP Ross Seaton — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 8 — OF Jay Austin — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 11) — SS Tommy Manzella — 2006 Lexington Legends
  • 12) — RHP Daniel Meszaros — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 14) — LHP Fernando Abad — 2008 Lexington Legends
  • 15) — RHP Matt Nevarez — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 19) — RHP Arcenio Leon — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 20) — C/OF Koby Clemens — 2006/2007 Lexington Legends
  • 21) — OF Brian Bogusevic — 2006 Lexington Legends
  • 23) — RHP Evan Englebrook — 2005 Lexington Legends
  • 25) — OF Collin DeLome — 2008 Lexington Legends
  • 26) — LHP Polin Trinidad — 2007 Lexington Legends
  • 27) — RHP Henry Villar — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 28) — RHP Ashton Mowdy — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 29) — LHP Brad Dydalewicz — 2009 Lexington Legends
  • 30) — RHP Kyle Greenwalt — 2009 Lexington Legends

Oakland Athletics

  • 27) — LHP Justin Marks — University of Louisville

Toronto Blue Jays

  • 1) — RHP Zach Stewart — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 7) — RHP Josh Roenicke — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 20) — RHP Daniel Webb — Ashland, Ky. (Blazer)
  • 22) — RHP Trystan Magnuson — University of Louisville

Atlanta Braves

  • 22) — LHP Richard Sullivan — Louisville, Ky. (Ballard)

St. Louis Cardinals

  • 27) — LHP Ben Jukich — 2009 Louisville Bats

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 9) — OF Collin Cowgill — University of Kentucky

San Francisco Giants

  • 18) — 3B Chris Dominguez — University of Louisville

Baltimore Orioles

  • 31) — C Craig Tatum — 2009 Louisville Bats

Philadelphia Phillies

  • 24) — RHP B. J. Rosenberg — University of Louisville

Texas Rangers

  • 7) — LHP Robbie Ross — Lexington, Ky. (LCA)

Tampa Bay Rays

  • 4) — LHP Matt Moore — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 6) — SS Tim Beckham — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 10) — RHP Nick Barnese — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 13) — RHP Joe Cruz — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 26) — LHP Frank De Los Santos — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 29) — C Jake Jefferies —  2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • 31) — OF Keyong Kang — 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods

Cincinnati Reds

  • 1) — INF/OF Todd Frazier — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 2) — 1B Yonder Alonso — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 4) — OF Chris Heisey — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 5) — 3B Juan Francisco — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 7) — LHP Travis Wood — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 8 — LHP Matt Maloney — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 12) — SS/2B Chris Valakia — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 14) — RHP Logan Ondrusek — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 19) — RHP Enerio Del Rosario — 2009 Louisville Bats
  • 22)  — LHP Pedro Viola — 2009 Louisville Bats

Colorado Rockies

  • 2) — LHP Christian Friedrich — Eastern Kentucky University
  • 24) — RHP Chaz Roe — Lexington, Ky. (Lafayette)

Kansas City Royals

  • 19) — OF Jordan Parraz — 2007 Lexington Legends

Detroit Tigers

  • 11) — 1B Ryan Strieby — University of Kentucky
  • 24) — 3B Wade Gaynor — Western Kentucky University
  • 28) — RHP Scott Green — University of Kentucky

Minnesota Twins

  • 5) — OF Ben Revere — Lexington, Ky. (Lex Cath)

Chicago White Sox

  • 25) — OF John Shelby — University of Kentucky
  • 26) — RHP Nathan Jones — Northern Kentucky University
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Reds Caravan to stop in Ky.; Hot Rods participate in Offseason prospects camp; Eastern gets indoor facility

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The hot stove league is still chugging along at a snails pace as Spring Training gets closer by the day. Check out some offseason updates from local media below:
  • The Cincinnati Reds Winter Caravan will stop in Louisville on Jan. 28 and in Lexington on Jan. 31. The Louisville stop will be at the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Lexington visit will be at the Fayette Mall.
  • Manager Dusty Baker, outfielder Jay Bruce and 2009 Louisville Bat Todd Frazier will be among those participating in the Kentucky events.
  • Former UK pitcher Adam Revelette is now blogging for University of Kentucky Athletics at “Cat Scratches.”
  • Carrie Muskat of the MLB.com reports 2009 Louisville Bats reliever Jeff Kennard has signed a Minor League contract with the Chicago Cubs and received and invitation to Spring Training.
  • 2009 Bowling Green Hot Rods Tim Beckham, Jake Jefferies, Nick Barnese and Matt Moore participated in the Tampa Bay Rays Winter Development Program according to Bill Chastain of MLB.com.
  • Eastern High School in Louisville has opened just the third indoor high school batting facility in the city, Derek Poore of The Courier Journal reports.

Moore, Beckham, Barnese make Rays top ten

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Matt Moore; Photo from tedkerwin via Flickr

BluGrass Baseball is making its triumphant return from a weekend power outage just in time to break down Baseball America‘s top ten prospects list for the Tampa Bay Rays system with three Bowling Green Hot Rods making the cut. Hot Rods ace Matt Moore ranked fourth on the list, shortstop Tim Beckham checked in at six and right-handed pitcher Nick Barnese ranked tenth on the list. I’ve included each player’s 2009 statistics below and a snippet of BA analysis.

4) LHP Matt Moore

  • 8-5, 3.15 ERA, 123 IP, 176 SO/70 BB, .195 BA against
  • BA: “If Moore can locate his pitches better, he can be a frontline starter. Only 19, he’s headed to high Class A and the Rays may not be able to hold him back much longer.”

6) SS Tim Beckham

  • .275, 5 HR, 63 RBI, .275/.328/.389
  • BA: “The Rays’ present plan is to keep Beckham at shortstop, and third base isn’t much of an option with Evan Longoria already in Tampa Bay. Beckham will spend 2010 in high Class A at age 19.”

10) RHP Nick Barnese

  • 6-5, 2.53 ERA, 75 IP, 62 SO/25 BB, .202 BA against
  • BA: “Some minor refinements and more consistency will enable Barnese to emerge as a No. 2 or 3 starter in the big leagues. Tampa Bay can continue to be patient with his development, which will continue in high Class A this year.”

BluGrass Baseball among top SAL prospects

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Matt Moore; Photo from tedkerwin via Flickr

Matt Moore; Photo from tedkerwin via Flickr

Baseball America’s list of the top 20 South Atlantic League prospects is out and several members of the Hot Rods and Legends were included. Check out the full list here, but you can see some analysis of the Kentucky players below.

#3 — LHP Matt Moore — Bowling Green Hot Rods

  • 8-5, 3.15 ERA, 176 SO, 123 IP
  • Moore led the minors with 176 strikeouts, receiving lavish praise from the BA staff: “If he can continue to refine his command, he profiles as a top-of-the-rotation starter.

#5 — SS Tim Beckham — Bowling Green Hot Rods

  • .275, 5 HR, 63 RBI
  • While Beckham’s number won’t blow anyone away, the 2008 first-overall pick was playing in his first full season of professional baseball. BA writes: “With his plus bat speed and strong wrists, he projects to hit .300 with 20 home runs in the big leagues.”

#6 — RHP Jordan Lyles — Lexington Legends

  • 7-11, 3.24, 167 SO, 145 IP
  • The Astros shocked the baseball world when they took Lyles in the first-supplemental round in 2008, but he’s done nothing but make them look like geniuses since. BA writes: “Lyles showed the stuff of a potential frontline starter this season. His fastball now sits at 89-91 mph and touches 93.”

#16 — RHP Nick Barnese — Bowling Green Hot Rods

  • 6-5, 2.53, 62 SO, 75 IP
  • Barnese spent part of the season in BG’s bullpen, but BA writes that as a starter he and Moore gave the Hot Rods the best lefty/righty combo in the league. BA writes: “His best attribute might be his ability to throw any of his pitches in any count with confidence.”

BA is hosting a chat with Matt Forman at 3 p.m. about SAL prospects, so more Bowling Green and Lexington prospects might come up then.

Baseball America Does BluGrass Baseball

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Matt MooreThe wonderful folks at Baseball America are saturated with BluGrass Baseball content after a week that saw several of their correspondents watching the Legends and Hot Rods.  First up on the list is a pair of features about Bowling Green pitchers.  Both articles are “subscriber only” but I thought I’d point you in that direction in case you were interested.  Ben Badler of BA also tweeted over the weekend that he was watching Lexington while they were in Greensboro and planned to have coverage of the series on the Web site later this week.  When those stories are up I will link them here.

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Travis Wood

Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians

  • Full-season minor league ERA leader Travis Wood takes the mound tonight in game one of a four-game set with Indianapolis.  Wood is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Louisville and is with a 1.44 ERA on the season between AA Carolina and Louisville.  Wood has struggled with his conrol in AAA with 14 strikeouts compared to 12 walks, but on the season he has 117 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 143.2 innings.
  • Louisville infielder Wes Bankston is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in each of his last two games.  During the streak, Bankston is 10-22 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI.
  • Outfielder Drew Stubbs will be among the Bats happy to see the Indians return to town.  Stubbs is 10-28 (.357) with two double and four runs scored in nine games against Indianapolis this season.  Starting pitcher Ben Jukich is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two games against the Indians.
  • Indianapolis will send Pirates prospect Virgil Vasquez to the mound in the series opener tonight.  Vasquez is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis this season.  Virgil has 64 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.

Wednesday Links: Kentucky Starters Dominate

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Jordan Lyles

How about this pitching line for an evening?  18.1 innings pitched, eight hits, two runs, one earned run, 16 strikeouts and eight walks.  That’s the combined pitching line of the three starting pitchers for Kentucky minor league teams Tuesday.  Only one of the pitchers picked up a win, but a 0.50 ERA and 2-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio isn’t bad.

  • Travis Wood picked up the win for Louisville with six innings pitched, six hits, one earned run, three walks and one strikeout against Lehigh Valley.
  • Nick Barnese took a no decision after pitching six and one-third innings and allowing two hits, one unearned run, three walks and eight strikeouts against Greenville.
  • Jordan Lyles also received a no decision, in a 1-0 Legends’ loss to Asheville, after pitching six shutout innings and allowing one hit, two walks and striking out seven.
  • The Legends also dropped the suspended game finished Tuesday night 5-0 to Asheville.  The two losses drop Lexington to 8.5 games out of first place (into a tie for sixth) and may end any hopes of a playoff run for the Legends.
  • UK Athletics has a story about Chris Bisson leading the Cotuit Kettleers to the Cape Cod League championship series.
  • According to BlueJays.com Toronto GM J. P. Ricciardi is still hopeful that the team will sign its first five draft picks before the Monday deadline, including UK pitcher James Paxton.
  • The Columbus Dispatch profiles AAA Indianapolis manager Frank Kembas Jr., an EKU alum and former Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross surrendered three runs, including an RBI to UofL alum Chris Dominguez, in five innings to earn a no-decision for short-season Spokane.
  • UK alum Ryan Strieby was back in the lineup for AA Erie and playing first base again Tuesday.  Strieby had been out of action since July 20 with a wrist injury.  He went 1-4 with a run scored and a walk in his return.
  • UK alum Sawyer Carroll is 4-12 with a double and a triple in his first four games for AA San Antonio.

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Travis Wood

Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs

  • The Bats will send minor-league ERA leader Travis Wood to the mound tonight against the IronPigs.  Wood has a 1.14 ERA between Carolina and Louisville.  Travis is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts for Louisville with 13 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched.  Wood is finally cashing in on the talent that caused Baseball America to rank him as the third best prospect in the Reds organization in 2006 behind Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce.  Wood has struck out 116 in 137 innings on the season, and opponents are only batting .191 against the lefty.
  • The Bats picked up their 2,000th win since returning to Louisville in 1982 on Sunday.  Louisville was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the city has had a professional team in all but 20 years since.
  • Bats’ slugger Kevin Barker launched his 22nd home run of the season Monday.  Barker’s 22 home runs are second most in the International League, and his 65 RBI rank fifth in the league.  Barker is batting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in eight games in August.
  • The IronPigs will try and earn their first win of the season against Louisville with LHP Brian Mazone on the mound tonight.  Mazone is 1-4 with a 5.16 ERA for Lehigh Valley on the season and is 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 20 games this season between the IronPigs and Albany of the AAA Pacific Coast League.  Mazone took the loss in his last start after allowing five runs in four innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Matt Maloney

Louisville Bats @ Rochester Red Wings

  • Louisville sends its ace Matt Maloney to the mound in the opening game of a four-game series in Rochester.  Maloney is 7-8 with a 2.72 ERA for the Bats with 97 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 119.1 innings pitched.  Matt received a brief callup to Cincinnati earlier this season where he went 0-2 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts for the Reds.  Maloney’s 2.72 ERA is eight best in the International League.
  • Futures Game representative and Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey is 6-12 in his past three games.  During the three-game hitting streak, Heisey has two runs scored and an RBI.
  • Among current Bats Drew Stubbs had the best performance in Louisville’s first series against Rochester.  Stubbs was 4-15 (.267) with a double and an RBI in the first meeting.  Sam LeCure recorded the Bats’ only win in the earlier series with seven shutout innings, eight strikeouts and no walks against the Red Wings.
  • Rochester will send RHP Kevin Mulvey to the mound against the Bats.  Mulvey is 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA on the season.  Kevin earned the win with six innings of two-run ball in his last start.  In that game Mulvey struck out nine Gwinnett Braves and walked four.  Mulvey is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in nine starts at home this season.

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Jordan Lyles

Lexington Legends vs. Greenville Drive

  • The Legends send top prospect Jordan Lyles to the mound tonight to open a four-game series with Greenville and an eight-game homestand.  Lyles is 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA on the season.  The 19-year-old right-handed pitcher ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 133 strikeouts.  Jordan won his last start with six shutout innings against Charleston.
  • Shortstop Brandon Wikoff resumed his assault on SAL pitching since his recent callup with a 2-5 performance Tuesday.  Wikoff had gone hitless in his previous two games, but is 14-32 (.438) with five runs scored and six RBI in 8 games with Lexington.  The 2009 fifth-round pick has at least two hits in six of eight games with the Legends.
  • Lexington closer Patrick Urckfitz recorded his first save in over a month Monday.  Urckfitz has 11 saves in 13 opportunities in 2009, but hadn’t pitched in a save situation since July 5 and hadn’t recorded a save since July 2.  Patrick actually allowed one run in his save opportunity Monday, ending a seven outing scoreless streak.  Urckfitz was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA in July.
  • The Drive will send recently converted starting pitcher Fabian Wilson to the mound against the Legends.  Wilson is 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA on the season but has only started five games for Greenville.  Fabian’s last two appearances have come out of the Drive starting rotation, but he hasn’t pitched longer than five innings in a game this season.  Wilson has 77 strikeouts in 72 innings and opponents are only batting .176 against him.