Christian Friedrich; Photo by Matt McGee via Flickr
Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:
- Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com 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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com 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.
Pee Wee Reese baseball card
Bowling Green native and Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart introduced himself to casual baseball fans last night with his impressive home run derby first-round, but he’ll look to add to his reputation tonight when he starts the MLB All-Star game for the National League. Tonight marks Hart’s second all-star selection putting him in an exclusive club of Kentuckians with multiple all-star appearances. Check out that state and others below in an All-Star edition of facts and figures:
- In total, 16 players born in Kentucky have been selected as MLB all-stars.
- Just 11 have been selected to multiple all-star teams.
- Hall-of-famer Pee Wee Reese leads all Kentuckians with 10 all-star selections.
- Ashland native and Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb leads active Kentuckians with three selections.
- Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, born in Louisville, and Colorado Rockies right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook, born in Fort Campbell, are the other active Kentuckian all-stars.
- Former MLB outfielder David Justice, who was born in Cincinnati but attended high school in Covington and college at Thomas More was selected to three all-star games.
- Webb (UK), Justice and Paul Derringer (Georgetown College) are the only alumni of Kentucky colleges to be selected as all-stars.
Check out the full list of all-stars born in Kentucky with number of appearances below with active players in italics:
- Pee Wee Reese — 10
- Jim Bunning — 9
- Paul Derringer — 6
- Travis Fryman — 5
- Stan Spence — 4
- Gus Bell — 4
- Brandon Webb — 3
- Dan Uggla — 2
- Mike Greenwell — 2
- Woodie Fryman — 2
- Corey Hart — 2
- Aaron Cook — 1
- Len Barker — 1
- Jay Buhner — 1
- Vern Bickford — 1
- Paul Byrd — 1
* Stats are via Baseball-Reference.com
UK Athletics Wallpaper
Major league hot stove, minor league prospects, college signees and high school commitments all in some Thursday links for your pleasure:
- UK Athletics provides an update on the progress of filling contracts to upgrade its facilities including a new baseball stadium.
- J. J. Cooper at Baseball America answers a number of Louisville Bats questions during the Reds top prospects chat. (Subscription required)
- EKU Sports reports the baseball Colonels have signed Fairfield, Ohio, corner infielder Mitchell Durbin as part of the 2011 freshman class.
- Chad Bishop of the Bowling Green Daily News reports Greenwood outfielder Hunter Thompson has signed his LOI to play college baseball at Western Kentucky.
- Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com includes Louisville-natives Paul Byrd and Todd Wellemeyer on the list of free agent veteran pitchers the Indians might look at this offseason.
When the 2009 playoffs began four of eight teams had a Kentucky native on the roster, two more had one on the 40-man, but not active. Now with the championship series slated to start tonight we have only one team left with a Kentucky native. Morehead alum Jon Rauch and the Twins were swept by the Yankees, Louisville-native Paul Byrd and the Red Sox were swept by the Angels, while Fort Campbell-native Aaron Cook and the Rockies fell in four games to the Phillies. Louisville-native Todd Wellemeyer didn’t make the Cardinals’ NLDS roster, but he watch his team lose three straight to the Dodgers.
So only one remains. Joe Blanton, the Franklin-Simpson High School and UK alum, earned his first world series ring in 2008, but now he’s the only Kentucky chance to win the 2009 title. Blanton appeared in the Phillies bullpen in the NLDS despite being Philadelphia’s most consistent starting pitcher in the regular season. Manager Charlie Manuel hasn’t named his starting pitchers past game one, but Blanton seems in line to make a start in the NLCS, maybe even in game two. Paul Lawrence Dunbar graduate A.J. Ellis isn’t on the Dodgers’ postseason roster, but did appear with the team in September, so he’s probably in line for a ring if the Dodgers win.
So there you have it. If you’re rooting for Kentucky this postseason, you should probably buy a Phillies shirt.
Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
The Kentucky impact on day one of the playoffs was minimal, and that small impact wasn’t exactly positive. Bluegrass fans will look to the Rockies tonight to reverse that trend. Check out those stories and more in today’s hot links:
- Morehead alum Jon Rauch gave up a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning in the Twins’ 7-2 loss to New York
- Fort Campbell-native Aaron Cook will start game two for Colorado tonight.
- EKU sports has a news release about Christian Friedrich being named the second-best prospect in the California League.
- ESPN Boston reports Louisville-native Paul Byrd was selected as the final pitcher on the Red Sox roster.
- Byrd and other Red Sox share their childhood October baseball memories with the Boston Globe.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods are a finalist for minor-league promotion of the year, you can vote here.