Madison Central is No. 1 in latest KHSBCA poll

High School Baseball

The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its weekly top 25 poll. Check out the rankings below:

  1. Madison Central
  2. St. Xavier
  3. Eastern
  4. Central Hardin
  5. Lafayette
  6. Lexington Catholic
  7. Paul Laurence Dunbar
  8. Male
  9. Apollo
  10. Pleasure Ridge Park
  11. Covington Catholic
  12. Tates Creek
  13. Hopkinsville
  14. Ballard
  15. Bryan Station
  16. Harrison County
  17. Allen County Scottsville
  18. Woodford County
  19. Lawrence County
  20. Danville
  21. Ryle
  22. Pikeville
  23. Trinity
  24. Henderson County
  25. Warren East
You can see the other schools receiving votes here.

St. X remains No. 1 in latest KHSBCA top 25 poll

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The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released an update on its top 25 high school poll. Check out the rankings below, noting ties at No. 18 and No. 25:

  • 1. St. Xavier
  • 2. Madison Central
  • 3. Eastern
  • 4. Lexington Catholic
  • 5. Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • 6. Ballard
  • 7. Male
  • 8. Pleasure Ridge Park
  • 9. Apollo
  • 10. Central Hardin
  • 11. Lafayette
  • 12. Harrison County
  • 13. Hopkinsville
  • 14. Tates Creek
  • 15. West Jessamine
  • 16. Woodford County
  • 17. Danville
  • 18. Covington Catholic
  • 18. Daviess County
  • 20. Butler
  • 21. Pikeville
  • 22. Lawrence County
  • 23. Clay County
  • 24. Trinity
  • 25. Allen County Scottsville
  • 25. Bryan Station

St. X remains No. 1 in latest KHSBCA top 25

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The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its latest top 25 ranking last week. Check out the rankings below, noting the ties at No. 4 and No. 9:

  • 1 — St. Xavier
  • 2 — Lexington Catholic
  • 3 — Eastern
  • 4 — Male
  • 4 — Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • 6 — Apollo
  • 7 — Harrison County
  • 8 — Ballard
  • 9 — Central Hardin
  • 9 — Pleasure Ridge Park
  • 11 — Madison Central
  • 12 — West Jessamine
  • 13 — Lafayette
  • 14 — Trinity
  • 15 — Daviess County
  • 16 — Hopkinsville
  • 17 — Henderson County
  • 18 — Clay County
  • 19 — Beechwood
  • 20 — Somerset
  • 21 — Tates Creek
  • 22 — Danville
  • 23 — Covington Catholic
  • 24 — Pikeville
  • 25 — Woodford County
You can see the other schools receiving votes here.

St. Xavier headlines latest KHSBCA top 25 poll

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The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its first in-season top 25 rankings. Check out the top 25 below (Note the ties for No. 11, 20 and 22):

  • 1) St. Xavier High School
  • 2) Harrison County High School
  • 3) Male High School
  • 4) Apollo High School
  • 5) Lexington Catholic High School
  • 6) Eastern High School
  • 7) Pleasure Ridge Park High School
  • 8 ) Central Hardin High School
  • 9) Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
  • 10) Lawrence County High School
  • 11) Madison Central High School
  • 11) Trinity High School
  • 13) Ballard High School
  • 14) West Jessamine High School
  • 15) Lafayette High School
  • 16) Daviess County High School
  • 17) Clay County High School
  • 18) Henderson County High School
  • 19) Lexington Christian Academy
  • 20) Beechwood High School
  • 20) Tates Creek High School
  • 22) Christian County High School
  • 22) Somerset High School
  • 24) Russell County High School
  • 25) Pikeville High School

You can see the top 25 with the “others receiving votes” here.

EKU signs six, including two Kentucky natives

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More Kentucky early signing period classes are coming in with Eastern Kentucky University signing six players, including two Kentucky natives. Check out some statistics from each signee with a new release quote from EKU head coach Jason Stein.

RHP Cody Creamer — John Hardin High School

  • 2010 Stats: 7-5, 1.95 ERA, 84 SO, 74.2 IP
  • Stein: “Cody is a big, strong right-handed pitcher with a high ceiling. He is a strike-thrower, and he should compete for a starting job early in his career as well.”

RHP Cameron Langfels — Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

  • 2010 Stats: 4-2, 3.20 ERA, 25 IP
  • Stein: “Cameron is a right-handed pitcher with a very high ceiling. His size, loose arm and worth ethic make it so that he will also compete for a starting gig. His baseball pedigree is also very impressive as he is the cousin of Jayson Langfels, who was an All-American here at EKU.”

LHP Nick Bozman — Huntsville, Ohio

  • Pitched limited innings in high school
  • Stein: “Nick is a lefty with a lot of potential, whose loose arm and size projects him to throw even harder in the future. He throws three pitches for strikes and he should in the mix to compete for a starting role early.”

RHP Andrew Wilson — Heartland Community College

  • 2010 Stats: 3-0, 1.69 ERA, 19 SO, 16 IP
  • Stein: “Andrew is one of the most polished JUCO pitchers we saw this fall. He showed the ability to throw four pitches for strikes and that ability will lead him to immediately compete for a weekend spot.”

INF/OF Shaun Ball — Walters St. Community College

  • 2010 Stats: .379 BA, 59 R, 16 2bs, 6 HR
  • Stein: “Shaun comes to us after playing two years at Walters State Community College, which is a powerhouse baseball program at the JUCO level. He is a very versatile athlete who can play the outfield or the infield. He runs well, and his left-handed bat will help us at the top of our lineup.”

OF — Demetrius Moorer — Homestead, Fla.

  • 2010 Stats: .400 BA, 23 R, .503 OBP
  • Stein: “Demetrius is a talented outfielder who can play all three spots. His best tool is his speed, and because he can handle the bat and has a great feel for the short game, we feel he could be at the top of our lineup someday.”

You can read the full EKU news release here.

Revere may return early from injury; Friedrich shut down; Wright named top Team USA prospect

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Christian Friedrich; Photo by Matt McGee via Flickr

Latest links from around Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has ranked the top 20 prospects on the collegiate Team USA and lists University of Louisville infielder Ryan Wright at No. 10 on the list. (subscription required)
  • Ken Lipshez of the New Britain Herald reports Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere, thought to be out for the season after being hit in the face by a pitch earlier this month, was in the lineup for AA New Britain Thursday before being scratched due to an equipment issue.
  • Also apologies to Lexington Catholic fans after a commenter pointed out I’ve incorrectly being labeling Revere as a LCA alum recently. The problem has been corrected.
  • Troy E. Renck of The Denver Post reports former EKU left-handed pitcher and top Rockies prospect Christian Friedrich has been shut down for the season after his latest arm injury.
  • Brett Dawson of the Courier-Journal writes University of Kentucky outfielder Brian Adams is in the running for playing time at wide receiver for the UK football team, though he is having some trouble transitioning from baseball to football.
  • Mike Fields of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports Paul Laurence Dunbar senior pitcher Cameron Langfels has committed to play collegiately at Eastern Kentucky University.
  • Fields also notes Forcht Bank has extended its its title sponsorship of the KHSAA state baseball tournament through 2013.

Mr. Ky. Baseball: Where are they now?

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Austin Kearns; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

We did this last summer, but with Monday’s announcement that Western Hills shortstop J. T. Riddle had been named the 2010 Mr. Baseball it’s always fun to look back on previous Mr. Baseballs and see where they are today. Check out the list below with each player’s most recent baseball affiliation:

  • 2010: J. T. Riddle (Western Hills) — Riddle has signed to play college ball at the University of Kentucky in 2011 and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB draft.
  • 2009: Luke Maile (Covington Catholic) — Maile is a rising sophomore at UK and was 7-25 with three home runs and six RBI in limited action as a freshman.
  • 2008: Zack Cox (Pleasure Ridge Park) — Spent 2010 as a sophomore at Arkansas where he was named an All-American by several outlets after batting .429. Cox was the first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 MLB draft.
  • 2007: Ben Revere (Lexington Catholic) — Revere was the Minnesota Twins’ first round pick in 2007 and has done nothing but hit in his Minor League career. Revere is currently batting .307 with 21 stolen bases for the AA New Britain Rock Cats and was named the fifth best prospect in the Twins’ system by Baseball America prior to the 2010 season.
  • 2006: Nathan Adcock (North Hardin) — After three and one-half mediocre season in the Seattle Mariners’ organization Adcock was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009 as part of the Jack Wilson trade. Adcock is having his best season to date in 2010 for the high A Bradenton Marauders where he is 6-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 13 starts.
  • 2005: Chaz Roe (Lafayette) — Roe was the Colorado Rockies’ first-supplemental round pick in the 2005 MLB draft and has worked his way through the Minor Leagues to AAA. Last year was Roe’s best season to date when he went 7-3 with a 3.15 ERA for AA Tulsa, but he has struggled so far in 2010 to the tune of a 5-7 record and 5.86 ERA in hitter-friendly AAA Colorado Springs.
  • 2004: Collin Cowgill (Henry Clay) — Cowgill was a standout in his four seasons at UK and has continued to excel in professional baseball after the Arizona Diamondbacks took him with their fifth-round pick in 2008. Named the ninth best prospect in the D’Backs farm system by Baseball America prior to the 2010 season, Cowgill is batting .280 with five home runs and 43 RBI for AA Mobile this season.
  • 2003: Josh Ellis (Paul Laurence Dunbar) — While older brother A.J. Ellis has carved a niche for himself as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ backup catcher this season, Josh is still working his way through the Diamobacks system after the team selected him in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. Ellis is 1-0 with a  2.86 ERA in 18 relief appearances between AAA Reno and AA Mobile this season.
  • 2002: Brad Corley (Pleasure Ridge Park) — Corley was the Pirates second-round pick as an outfielder in 2005 and was named the tenth best prospect in the team’s system by Baseball America entering the 2008 season. Corely’s career stalled after that honor. and he hasn’t advanced past AA since. He was acquired by Colorado in 2009 and is currently playing for short-season Tri-City as he attempts to become a full-time pitcher.
  • 2001: Jeremy Sowers (Ballard) — Sowers was the Indian’s first-round pick in 2004 out of Vanderbilt University and has appeared in 72 games over parts of four season with the Indians. Sowers is 18-30 as a MLB starting pitcher, and he is currently struggling to the tune of a 1-4 record and 6.49 ERA as a left-handed reliever for AAA Columbus.
  • 2000: Spencer Graeter (Ballard) — Greater batted .307 with 14 home runs and 98 RBI in four seasons for UK from 2001-2004 but never appeared in affiliated ball.
  • 1999: Joe Blanton (Franklin-Simpson) — Blanton has appeared in two World Series and even earned a victory in game four of the Philadelphia Phillies World Series win in 2008. Blanton is just 2-5 with a 6.96 ERA in eight starts for Philadelphia this season, but is 65-59 with a 4.34 ERA in seven MLB seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Phillies.
  • 1998: Austin Kearns (Lafayette) — Kearns won a job as a reserve outfielder with the Cleveland Indians in Spring Training and has worked his way into a starting role. On the season Kearns is batting .288 with seven home runs an 32 RBI. In nine MLB seasons, Kearns has batted .258 with 112 home runs and 454 RBI with the Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals and Indians.
  • 1997: Scott Hodges (Henry Clay) — Hodges was the Montreal Expos’ first-round pick in 1997 and spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues appearing as high as AAA. In 2005 he was diagnosed with lymphoma, ending his career.
  • 1996: Aaron McGlone (Greenup Co.) — McGlone batted .345 with eight home runs and 51 RBI for UK in 2000, but never appeared in affiliated ball.
  • 1995: Brad Wilkerson (Apollo) — Wilkerson spent parts of eights season in the Major Leagues, batting .247 with 122 home runs and 399 RBI for the Expos, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. He retired in 2008 before briefly making a comeback with the Phillies during Spring Training this season only to announce his retirement for good.
  • 1994: Scott Downs (Pleasure Ridge Park) — Downs was the Chicago Cubs’ third-round pick in 1997 out of UK, and has spent parts of ten season in the big leagues. Over the past four seasons he has carved out a niche as one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2010 he is 2-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 34 games for the Blue Jays.
  • 1993: Dion Newby (Harrison Co.) — Newby played collegiately at North Alabama but never appeared in affiliated ball.
  • 1992: Shon Walker (Harrison Co.) — Walker was the Pirates first-round pick in 1992 and last appeared in affiliated ball in 1998 at High A Lynchburg.
  • 1991: Trever Miller (Trinity) — Miller’s long Major League career is still going strong as a left-handed reliever in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen. Miller is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 25 games for the Cardinals this season and is 18-16 with a 4.17 ERA over 12 MLB seasons. Miller was the Detroit Tigers’ first-round pick in 1991.
  • 1990: Darren Burton (Pulaski Co.) — Burton was the Royals’ fifth-round pick in 1990 and last appeared in affiliated ball at AA Altoona in 2001. He spent parts of six seasons in AAA.
  • 1989: Tab Brown (St. Xavier) — Brown was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1989 and spent at least two seasons in the Braves’ organization.

Webb throws off mound; Wellemeyer to get look as long-reliever; Ky. alums get NRIs

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Check out several major league updates below plus a minor league and college link. Also, remember Bowling Green-native Corey Hart has an arbitration hearing scheduled with the Brewers today.

  • Steve Gilbert of reports Ashland-native and University of Kentucky alum Brandon Webb threw off the mound for the first time since having shoulder surgery Tuesday.
  • Chris Haft of reports the Giants will primarily look at Louisville-native and Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer as a long-reliever.
  • UK alums Collin Cowgill and Sean Coughlin, and Paul Laurence Dunbar alum Josh Ellis have been given non-roster invitations to Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training.
  • Michael Grant of the Courier Journal talks to 2010 Louisville Bats manager Rick Sweet about the upcoming season.
  • UK Athletics reports has ranked the Cats’ 2010 schedule as the 22nd most difficult in the nation. Western Kentucky University checks in at No. 82 on the list and the University of Louisville checks in at No. 117.