A BluGrass player was recognized by his major league team and several players with Kentucky ties had major-league impact. Check those stories in today’s links:
- The Tampa Rays named LHP Matt Moore the MVP of the Bowling Green Hot Rods.
- Jeff Wallner of MLB.com profiles former Bat Juan Francisco.
- Lexington Legends Hall of Famer Hunter Pence hit his 24th home run of the season for Houston.
- 2009 Bats Drew Stubbs (8) and Ryan Hannigan (3) both went deep for Cincinnati and Ramon Ramirez pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
- Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 0-4, 2 K’s
Tuesday marked the official expansion of MLB rosters from 25 to 40. While no team actually carries 40 players during the “September Callup” period, many teams bring some young players up from the minor leagues to either reinforce their team for a playoff run or have and extended audition for next season. We’ll use this post to keep track of any players with Kentucky ties that are called up to the big leagues as minor league seasons end. Major-league players who were activated from the disabled list because of the expanded rosters are also noted. New additions are bolded.
- C A. J. Ellis — Los Angeles Dodgers — Dunbar Class of 1999
- RHP Matt Belisle — Colorado Rockies — 2003-2004 Louisville Bats
- C Ryan Hannigan — Cincinnati Reds — 2007-2009 Louisville Bats
- OF Corey Hart (DL) — Milwuakee Brewers — Greenwood High
- LHP Matt Maloney — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
- RHP Carlos Fisher — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
- 3b Chris Johnson — Houston Astros –2007 Lexington Legends
- SS Tommy Manzella — Houston Astros — 2006 Lexington Legends
- 3b Edwin Encarnacion (DL) — Toronto Blue Jays — 2005-2007 Louisville Bats
- RHP Todd Wellemeyer (DL) — St. Louis Cardinals — Bellarmine
- LHP Pedro Viola — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
- 2B Brooks Conrad — Atlanta Braves — 2003 Lexington Legend
- RHP Matt Albers — Baltimore Orioles — 2004 Lexington Legends
- 1B Kevin Barker — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
- RP Ramon Ramirez — Cincinnati Reds — 2009 Louisville Bats
The Bats team that will take the field in the International League playoffs will look little like the one that took the field for most of the 2009 season. Louisville lost two more regulars Monday when the Cincinnati Reds promoted slugger Kevin Barker and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez to the big leagues. Barker led the Bats in home runs and RBI. Ramirez appeared in 31 games for Louisville including 20 starts.