Most of the focus of the site has been on the six Division one schools in the state, but as a recent commenter pointed out, Northern Kentucky University deserves some praise as well. The Norse are 16-6 on the season and 7-1 in their conference with a 3-0 record at home. NKU took three of four games fromBellarmine this weekend.
The Norse are the two-time defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champions, and have the fourth most active Minor League alumni of any school in the state behind UK, UofL and WKU. Senior left-handed pitcher Kevin Jordan recently was named GLVC pitcher of the week. (Read more)
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.
The James Paxton trial will be the big event of the day, but check out some small college and high school news to tide you over until the court news breaks this afternoon.
Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports names Morehead State shortstop Drew Lee one of the country’s top returning seniors and says Lee is “by far the nation’s best player most people probably have never heard about.”
Kentucky Kernel sports columnist Kenny Colston gives a thorough recap of the James Paxton legal situation in advance of today’s hearing.
Northern Kentucky University was picked to finish first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division. Bellarmine was picked third and Kentucky Wesleyan was picked sixth in the East.
Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports longtime Henry Clay baseball coach Herb Hammond has been fired despite an impending high school baseball Hall of Fame induction.
Nick Johnson of The Eastern Progress (EKU’s student newspaper) profiles former Colonel and current Red Josh Anderson.
The preseason college baseball rankings are starting to be released and two Kentucky colleges are appearing among the top teams in the country. Check out those rankings, some minor league transactions and some Kentucky small college rules
The University of Louisville is ranked 13th in Ping! Baseball‘s preseason top 30.
The ranks of BluGrass Baseball gained another playoff participant with the AL Central clinching victory Tuesday. Check out that story and more in today’s links:
Morehead alum Jon Rauch recorded two outs in the Twins’ epic 12-inning tie-breaking victory over the Tigers.
Tony Mullane, who pitched a no-hitter for the Louisville Eclipse of the American Association in 1882, was named to the Cincinnati Reds’ Hall-of-Fame.
UofL Sports reports former Cardinal Trystan Magnuson was named the top relief pitcher at the recently completed World Cup.
Ben Badler of Baseball America had this to say about NKU alum Nathan Jones in BA’s Carolina League chat: “White Sox reliever Nathan Jones was a last-minute cut, but he has outstanding arm strength. His fastball ranges from 94-98 mph, while some people have seen him sitting at 96-98. So that’s always going to give him a chance, but he’s more of a thrower than a pitcher right now. The command needs work, his breaking ball is a power pitch in the low- to mid-80s but still gets slurvy, and doesn’t have much deception, which is one reason why his strikeout rate isn’t as high as you might expect for a guy who can pump it into the high-90s.”