Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post is reporting the Houston Astros today traded 2009 Lexington Legend Robert Bono and two other minor leaguers to the Tampa Bay Rays for relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom. Bono was 10-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 25 games for the Legends this season. The right-hander had 66 strikeouts in 143.1 innings pitched and completed three games for Lexington. (Read more)
Now that the minor-league season is officially over for the three teams in the Bluegrass I thought we’d look at where their players ranked in various categories among full-season minor leaguers. Players were on the roster of each team at the end of the season unless noted; the ranking number is among all full-season players.
- 2) Brian Pellegrini — LEX — 34
- 11) Chris Heisey — LOU — 162
- 3) Todd Frazier — LOU — 45
- 2) Travis Wood — LOU — 1.77
- 1) Matt Moore — BG — 176
- 4) Jordan Lyles — LEX — 167
- 1) Matt Moore — BG — 12.88
- 6) Jordan Lyles — LEX — 10.39
Batting Average Against
- 1) Matt Moore — BG — .195
- 4) Travis Wood — LOU — .204
Hit the jump to see more rankings.
The Legends’ season ended Monday with a 5-1 victory over Bowling Green. Lexington finished the season at 68-72, the best full-season record of any Astros’ affiliate. The Legends roster showed a vast improvement in talent from 2008 to 2009 as its record showed, but I thought we’d highlight a few specific performances from the 2009 Legends.
Offensive Player of the Year — 1B Brian Pellegrini
- This wasn’t even close. Pellegrini led the Legends in batting average (.291), home runs (27), RBI (74), total bases (203), on-base percentage (.396) and slugging (.578). Brian ranked second in the minor leagues in home runs (34) behind fellow Astros’ farmhand Jonathan Gaston. Pellegrini also set the Legends’ records for single-season home runs (27), career home runs (48) and career RBI (143).
- Outfielder Jay Austin was the only other Legend to record at least 100 hits (106). Second baseman Albert Cartwright led the team in runs scored (65).
Pitcher of the Year — RHP Jordan Lyles
- The race for pitcher of the year was much more heated than the offensive award. Four Legends starting pitchers had sub-4 ERAs, and five pitchers logged over 100 innings. Lyles takes the award after leading the team in innings (144.2), strikeouts (167) and games started (26). Jordan also ranked second among Legends’ starting pitchers in ERA (3.24) and third in wins (7). Lyles’ 167 strikeouts are second most in one season by a Legends starting pitcher.
- Robert Bono led the Legends starters with 10 wins and a 3.20 ERA. Relief pitcher Henry Villar posted a 2.60 ERA in 43 games and struck out 109 batters in 90 innings pitched.
The 2009 season is officially in the books for the Lexington Legends and Bowling Green Hot Rods. Lexington defeated Bowling Green 4-1 in the final game of the season to earn a series sweep of the cross-state rivals. Legends outfielder Eric Suttle waited till the final game to hit his first home run of the year, a ninth inning solo shot. Lexington finished its season at 68-72 and Bowling Green finished 64-74. The Legends were led home runs, batting average and RBI by Brian Pellegrini, and in wins and ERA by Robert Bono. Bowling Green was led in OPS by Kyeong Kang and in wins and ERA by Chris Andujar.
Lexington’s losing streak reached 11 games and all three Kentucky minor league teams lost again Thursday. Check out those storylines and more in Friday’s hot links:
- Louisville surrendered five runs after the sixth inning and lost 8-3 to Indianapolis.
- Robert Bono surrendered two runs in five innings, but Lexington lost its 11th straight game 7-5 to Kannapolis.
- Kyeong Kang followed his two home run night with a double and triple, but the Hot Rods lost 6-2 to Greensboro.
- Louisville Sports reports that Trystan Magnuson and B. J. Rosenberg were both promoted to AA.
- WKU assistant coach Matt Myers was promoted to associate head coach.
- The Legends released their 2010 schedule.
Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians
- Full-season minor league ERA leader Travis Wood takes the mound tonight in game one of a four-game set with Indianapolis. Wood is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Louisville and is with a 1.44 ERA on the season between AA Carolina and Louisville. Wood has struggled with his conrol in AAA with 14 strikeouts compared to 12 walks, but on the season he has 117 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 143.2 innings.
- Louisville infielder Wes Bankston is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in each of his last two games. During the streak, Bankston is 10-22 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs will be among the Bats happy to see the Indians return to town. Stubbs is 10-28 (.357) with two double and four runs scored in nine games against Indianapolis this season. Starting pitcher Ben Jukich is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two games against the Indians.
- Indianapolis will send Pirates prospect Virgil Vasquez to the mound in the series opener tonight. Vasquez is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis this season. Virgil has 64 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.
Bowling Green Hot Rods vs. Hickory Crawdads
- Bowling Green ace Matthew Moore will open the series against Hickory tonight on the mound for the Hot Rods. Moore is 7-4 with a 2.68 ERA and 141 strikeouts in 100.2 innings this season. His 141 strikeouts rank third in the South Atlantic League, five behind Lexington’s Jordan Lyles for most in the league. Moore’s 2.68 ERA is fourth lowest in the league.
- Hot Rods catcher Tyler Hauschild has one of the strangest hitting streaks you’ll ever see. Hauschild is currently enjoying a seven-game hitting streak stretched over 25 days. Hauschild joined the Hot Rods on July 14 and began his hitting streak on July 18. Tyler has found playing time hard to come by behind Rays prospect Jake Jeffries, who does most of the catching for Bowling Green. Hauschild has played in 11 games for Bowling Green this season and has at least one hit in nine of them.
- The Hot Rods are 1-3 against Hickory on the season. Starting pitcher Chris Andujar has the only win for the Hot Rods and it came while he was pitching out of the Bowling Green bullpen. No Hot Rod with more than two games played against the Crawdads is batting over .250 against Hickory.
- Hickory will send right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham to the mound to open the series with Bowling Green tonight. Brigham is 2-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 19 games this season. One of Brigham’s two wins on the year came against Bowling Green when he shutout the Hot Rods through 5.1 innings on April 11, his first start of the season. As a starting pitcher Bigham is 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA in 11 games.
Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists
- The Legends will send top prospect Ross Seaton to the mound for the opener of the homestand tonight against Asheville. Seaton is 8-8 with a 2.67 ERA on the season. The right-handed pitcher has 69 strikeouts in 111.1 innings pitched. Seaton’s 2.67 ERA is fourth best in the South Atlantic League.
- Outfielder Brian Pellegrini leads the Legends offensive attack against Asheville. In five games against the Tourists this season, Pellegrini is 8-20 (.400) with three home runs and six RBI. Kyle Greenwalt, Patrick Urckfitz and Robert Bono have Lexington’s three wins against Asheville.
- Lexington will have to watch out for Asheville shortstop Thomas Field. Field is 6-17 (.353) with three RBI in five games against the Legends this season. Parker Frazier, Dan Houston and Juan Nicasio each have a win for Asheville against the Legends.
- Asheville will send Houston to the mound tonight against the Legends. Houston is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA against Lexington this season and is 5-8 with a 3.95 ERA for the season. Dan has 92 strikeouts in 109.1 innings and is holding opponents to a .269 batting average.
Lexington Legends @ Greenville Drive
- The Legends send right-handed starting pitcher Robert Bono to the mound tonight against the Drive. Bono has been the forgotten man in the Legends rotation behind more highly touted pitchers Ross Seaton, Jordan Lyles and Brad Dydalewicz, but Robert has impressed on the mound with a 8-7 record and 2.94 ERA. Bono has two complete games on the season, but has lost each of his last three decisions. Robert’s last win came on Independence Day.
- Second baseman Albert Cartwright extended his hitting streak to five games with a 1-4 performance Thursday. Cartwright is 9-20 (.450) with two doubles and two RBI during the streak. On the season Albert is batting .229 with five home runs and 26 RBI. After batting .328 in 20 games in April, Cartwright’s monthly batting average was below .200 in both month that he played regularly.
- Outfielder Steve Brown was the offensive star Thursday with a triple and home run. Brown is batting .244 with four home runs and 31 RBI on the season. 2009 is Steve’s second stint in Lexington after he spent the entire 2008 season with the Legends. Brown is batting .368 with one home run and five RBI in six games in August.
- Greenville will send Brock Huntzinger to the mound tonight against the Legends. Huntzinger is 7-8 with a 4.17 ERA on the season. Brock has won each of his last two starts and has recorded a decision in each of his last 11 starts. Huntzinger is 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in the second half of the season.