Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo
Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:
- One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker couldn’t earn a victory in his return to the Louisville Bats, who suffered a 6-2 loss to Indianapolis. Third baseman Juan Francisco and left fielder Todd Frazier each homered in the game.
- The Lexington Legends surrendered over 10 runs in a game for the second time this month in a 13-1 loss to Kannapolis. Center fielder Grant Hogue was 2-3 for Lexington.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened their final homestand of the season with a 3-1 loss to Lake County. Center fielder Dustin Bell homered for Bowling Green.
- PRP alum and 2010 Cardinals first-round pick Zack Cox made his professional debut with a 4-5 performance for the rookie-level GCL Cardinals.
- One-time UK outfielder Jason Kipnis was 3-5 with a double and two runs scored for AA Akron.
- Former UK outfielder and 2010 Braves NDFA Keenan Wiley was 4-5 with a double and run scored for rookie-level Danville.
- Former WKU left-handed pitcher and 2010 Twins draftee Bart Carter earned his second win of the season with four scoreless innings of relief for the rookie-level GCL Twins.
- Former Union College right-handed pitcher Marty Popham posted a quality start for high A Kinston but took a no decision after surrendering three runs in six innings.
- Former Bellarmine infielder and 2010 Mariners draftee Patrick Brady slugged his first professional home run for the rookie-level AZL Mariners.
- Hawesville native and 2010 Orioles draftee Michael Mosby was 3-4 for the rookie-level GCL Orioles.
Gunner Glad, left; UK Athletics photo
Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Lexington Legends were shutout for the second consecutive night with their second straight 3-0 loss to Savannah. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya suffered his tenth loss of the season despite surrendering just one unearned run in six innings. Minaya struck out seven batters and walked three.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods made it a scoreless night for Kentucky minor league teams with a 6-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. Right-handed reliever Scott Shuman recorded all six out in two innings pitched via strikeouts.
- The Louisville Bats game at Gwinnet was rained out.
- Former UK infielder and 2010 Twins NDFA Gunner Glad slugged his first professional home run for rookie-level Elizabethton.
- Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll slugged his sixth home run of the season for AA San Antonio.
- Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark was 2-2 with two walks and two runs scored for short-season Spokane.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks experienced his first poor start in July for low A Kane County after surrendering five runs in six and two-third innings. Marks fell to 3-12 on the season.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar slugged his twelfth home run of the season for low A Greensboro.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee shortstop Drew Lee was 3-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored for rookie-level Bristol.
- Former Bellarmine infielder and 2010 Mariners draftee Patrick Brady was 3-4 with a run scored for the rookie-level AZL Mariners. Brady was 1-26 on the season entering the game.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his ninth home run of the season for AAA Syracuse and fifth since returning from a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
- Paducah native Daniel Webb fell to 0-4 on the season after surrendering six runs in four innings for short-season Auburn.
Marcus Nidiffer; BluGrass Baseball photo
Most of the 2010 draftees who have already signed professional contracts have a few Minor League games under their belt by now so I thought I’d update you on their early performances. Check out the list below, organized by draft position, with Minor League team listed and Kentucky connection in parentheses:
- RHP Thomas Royse (UofL) — Great Falls Voyagers — 0-0, 1 GS, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 SO
- 2B Chris Bisson (UK) — Eugene Emeralds — Has not played
- OF Lance Ray (UK) — Elizabethton Twins — 5-23 (.217), 2 RBI, 2 R
- SS Jonathan Roof (Paducah) — AZL Rangers — Has not played
- RHP Neil Holland (UofL) — Vermont Lake Monsters — 0-0, 2 G, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
- 2B Adam Duvall (UofL) — Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — 2-11 (.182), 3 R
- SS Drew Lee (Morehead St.) — Bristol White Sox — 8-23 (.348), 5 RBI, 3 R
- 1B Andrew Clark (UofL) — Spokane Indians — 11-28 (.393), 2 RBI, 3 R
- 3B Michael Mosby (Hawesville) — Bluefield Orioles — 4-10 (.400), 1 RBI, 3 R
- RHP Patrick Cooper (Danville) — Not assigned to a team
- 3B Jayson Langfels (EKU) — Tri-City Dust Devils — 2-15 (.133), 1 RBI
- 1B Wes Cunningham (Murray St.) — Eugene Emeralds — 1-14 (.071), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
- OF Cameron Conner (Frankfort) — AZL Royals — 3-18 (.167), 1 RBI
- C Jeff Arnold (UofL) — Salem-Keizer Volcanoes — 4-14 (.286), 2 R
- 2B Matt Payton (WKU) — GCL Phillies — 2-19 (.105)
- RHP Matt Little (UK) — Connecticut Tigers — 0-0, 4 G, 1 SV, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
- LHP Jarrett Casey (NKU) — Bristol White Sox — 0-1, 2 G, 1 SV, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
- 1B Tyler Oliver (Lexington) — 7-18 (.389), 5 RBI, 2 R
- RHP Stephen Shackleford (Louisville) — 0-1, 2 G, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
- LHP Dean Kiekhefer (UofL) — 0-1, 1 G, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
- OF Jeremy Shelby (Lexington) — Bluefield Orioles — 1-8 (.125), 2 R, 1 SB
- LHP Bart Carter (WKU) — Fort Myers Miracle — 3 G, 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
- RHP Matt Ridings (WKU) — Out for season after Tommy John Surgery
- 2B Patrick Brady (Bellarmine) — AZL Mariners — 0-4, 1 R
- LHP Bob Revesz (UofL) — Johnson City Cardinals — 0-0, 1 G, 2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
- C Marcus Nidiffer (UK) — Greenville Astros — 7-16 (.438), 2 RBI, 2 R
- 3B Gunner Glad (UK) — Elizabethton Twins — 5-20 (.200), 3 R
- RHP Tyler Gatrell (Boyd Co.) — AZL Royals — 0-0, 2 G, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
- OF J. D. Ashbrook (Morehead St.) — 2-11 (.182), 1 R
- C Richie Rowland (Campbellsville) — 9-17 (.529), 3 RBI, 3 R
Chris Bisson; Photo: UK Athletics
Minor League Baseball short-season league play began over the weekend, and rookie leagues are set to start this week so most of the 2010 Kentucky draftees have been given their first professional assignments. You can always access these assignments for all Kentucky minor leaguers on the “Ky. in the Minors” page, but here’s a rundown of the players making their professional debuts listed in draft order:
- Thomas Royse — University of Louisville — Rookie Great Falls Voyagers
- Chris Bisson — University of Kentucky — Short-Season Eugene Emeralds
- Jonathan Roof — Paducah, Ky., Michigan St. — Rookie AZL Rangers
- Neil Holland — University of Louisville — Short-Season Vermont Lake Monsters
- Adam Duvall — University of Louisville — Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
- Drew Lee — Morehead State University — Rookie Bristol White Sox
- Andrew Clark — University of Louisville — Short-Season Spokane Indians
- Jayson Langfels — Eastern Kentucky University — Short-Season Tri-City Dust Devils
- Wes Cunningham — Murray State University — Short-Season Eugene Emeralds
- Jeff Arnold — University of Louisville — Short-Season Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
- Matt Little — University of Kentucky — Short-Season Connecticut Tigers
- Jarrett Casey — Northern Kentucky University — Rookie Bristol White Sox
- Dean Kiekhefer — University of Louisville — Rookie Johnson City Cardinals
- Patrick Brady — Bellarmine University — Rookie AZL Mariners
- Bob Revesz — University of Louisville — Rookie Johnson City Cardinals
- Marcus Nidiffer — University of Kentucky — Rookie Greenville Astros
- Daniel Webb — Paducah, Ky., (2009 Draftee) — Short-Season Auburn DoubleDays
There are nine other confirmed Kentucky signees from the 2010 draft that have yet to be assigned a team so look for an update later this week when Rookie level rosters are finalized.
Matt Rice bats for WKU: BluGrass Baseball photo
Kentucky selections from the third and final day of the MLB amateur player’s draft:
- 31st Round (943) — RHP Matt Little — UK — Tigers
- 32nd Round (959) — RHP Justin Hageman — Hopkinsville High School — Royals
- 32nd Round (968) — LHP Jarrett Casey — NKU — White Sox
- 35th Round (1046) — 1B Tyler Oliver — Wabash Valley JC (LCA, UK verbal) — Nationals
- 35th Round (1068) — RHP Stephen Shackleford — Savannah College of Art & Design (Trinity HS) — Giants
- 35th Round (1073) — SS J.T. Riddle — Western Hills High School (UK signee) — Red Sox
- 36th Round (1080) — RHP Rye Davis — WKU — Indians
- 36th Round (1099) — LHP Dean Kiekhefer — UofL — Cardinals
- 37th Round (1116) — RHP Chad Green — Effingham, Ill. (UofL signee) — Blue Jays
- 38th Round (1138) — CF Jeremy Shelby — Grambling St. (Lexington) — Orioles
- 38th Round (1162) — OF Lucas Witt — Lexington Christian Academy (UK signee) — Dodgers
- 39th Round (1180) — RHP Casey Lucchese — College of Charleston (Paul Laurence Dubar) — Cubs
- 39th Round (1185) — LHP Bart Carter — WKU — Twins
- 41st Round (1229) — RHP Matt Ridings — WKU — Royals
- 42nd Round (1286) — LHP Corey Littrell — Trinity High School (UK signee) — Nationals
- 44th Round (1345) — LHP David Middendorf — NKU — Yankees
- 45th Round (1358) — OF Ronald Cotton — Boone County HS — White Sox
- 47th Round (1418) — 2B Matt Reida — Indiana (UK signee) — White Sox
- 48th Round (1452) — INF Patrick Brady — Bellarmine — Mariners
- 49th Round (1489) — LHP Bob Revesz — UofL — Cardinals
- 50th Round (1525) — C Matt Rice — WKU — Yankees
Northern Kentucky University will begin the 2010 NCAA Division II tournament Thursday as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region. NKU opens with No. 4 Wayne State at 3 p.m. The Norse finished the season in first place in the East division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and the league’s second best record. Outfielder Jason Crisper was named the GLVC player of the year, and reliever Kevin Jordan was named the conference pitcher of the year. NKU head coach Todd Asalon was named GLVC coach of the year. Crisper and Jordan have also been named semifinalists for the Tino Martinez Award, which goes to the top NCAA Division II player.
NKU, Bellarmine University and Kentucky Wesleyan College also had several players named to the Great Lakes Valley all conference team. I’ve listed them with position at team below:
- First Team — 2B Jeff Bohlen (NKU), 3B Shannon McCormick (NKU), OF Jason Crisper, UT Patrick Brady (Bellarmine), SP Dave Middendorf (NKU), RP Kevin Jordan (NKU)
- Second Team — C Brian Erie (NKU), 1B Evan McDole (NKU), 2B Luke Garmon (Kentucky Wesleyan), DH Pat Muth (NKU), SP Jarrett Casey (NKU), SP Ryan Schmidt (NKU)
- Third Team — OF Bryan Rose (NKU), OF Jordan White (Kentucky Wesleyan), RP Cory Thomas (Bellarmine)
Gary Henderson; Photo: UK Athletics
Several morning notes to pass along, including a couple of profiles of UK coach Gary Henderson and some small college awards:
- University of Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson talks about a variety of topics with Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports including the bullpen, James Paxton and Taylor Rogers.
- Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel profiles Henderson’s transition as a second-year head coach.
- John Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, born in Pikeville, will not negotiate a long-term deal with the team after Opening Day.
- Bellarmine senior shortstop Patrick Brady was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference player of the week.
- The same story from the Courier Journal reports Northern Kentucky University junior Dave Middendorf was named the GLVC pitcher of the week.
- Campbellsville has also been ranked No. 3 in the preseason National Christian College Athletic Association.
- Western Kentucky University‘s game at Belmont, originally scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed until March 3.