UK moves to 7-0 with 5-2 win over Morehead State

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The University of Kentucky earned its seventh victory of the season with a 5-2 win over Morehead State University behind two home runs from its slugging third baseman. UK sophomore Andy Burns put the Cats ahead with a first inning homer and added a second long ball in the fifth inning. Morehead received a 3-3 performance from senior first baseman Michael Bottoms, and three other Eagles recorded multiple hits in the game. UK scored three runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach early.

UK freshman right-handed pitcher/outfielder Sam Kidd recorded his first career victory after allowing one run in two innings of relief out of the Cats’ bullpen. Freshman relievers Jordan Cooper and Walter Wijas also recorded scoreless relief appearances, and junior right-handed reliever Matt Little earned his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Junior second baseman Chris Bisson was 2-4 for the Cats, and junior right fielder Lance Ray and senior first baseman Gunner Glad also drove in runs for UK.

Morehead Sophomore right-handed starting pitcher Josh Scneider took the loss for the Eagles after allowing three runs in one and one-third innings. Relievers Trey Smith, Casey Branham and Michael Fahs held UK scoreless over the last three and two-third innings. Senior shortstop Drew Lee, senior center fielder J. D. Ashbrook and sophomore catcher Taylor Davis each had two hits in the game for the Eagles. (Box Sc0re)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Andy Burns — The sophomore slugger launched his second and third home runs of the season and finished the afternoon at 3-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and two RBI. Burns also stole a base for good measure and is batting .333 with three home runs and four RBI on the season and leads UK with nine runs scored.

UK clobbers Virginia Tech 15-6 in season opener

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The University of Kentucky couldn’t have asked for a much better start to its 2010 season after the Cats defeated Virginia Tech 15-6 in game one of the Caravelle Resort Invitational. The Cats were paced by junior leadoff man and second baseman Chris Bisson who was 4-5 with a two runs scored and two RBI. Redshirt senior Gunner Glad added three RBI in his first career start in right-field, and all but one UK batter recorded at least one hit. Sophomore third baseman Andy Burns and senior outfielder Keenan Wiley both homered for the Cats.

Sophomore ace Alex Meyer was lights out early and finished the afternoon with four hits and two earned runs allowed in five innings for his first win of the season. Meyer walked three and struck out eight batters. UK head coach Gary Henderson used the blowout to get freshman reliever Sam Kidd his first collegiate action out of the pen. (Box Score)

BluGrass Baseball POG: Chris Bisson — The preseason All-American lived up to his high billing in the first game of 2010 with four hits, two runs and two RBI. Bisson added a walk and a stolen base for good measure.

UK Nabs Sixth Ranked Recruiting Class

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The 2010 UK baseball newcomers have been ranked the sixth best recruiting class in the country by Collegiate Baseball. According to a news release from UK Athletics, the Cats ranked behind Florida (1) and LSU (3) among SEC teams. UofL ranked 28th on the list.

The 13-man class is headlined by five 2009 MLB draft picks including RHP Jordan Cooper, the top-ranked high school pitching prospect in Tennessee according to Baseball America, and catcher Luke Maile, the top high school prospect from Kentucky. Outfielders Sam Kidd and Brian Adams (a football signee) and LHP Taylor Rogers were also selected in the 2009 draft. UK will welcome four transfers to campus, including 2008 freshman All-American shortstop Taylor Back, who previously played at Charleston Southern. (Read more)

More Signing Deadline News

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UK Coach Gary Henderson; Photo: UK Athletics

UK Coach Gary Henderson; Photo: UK Athletics

The good news keeps coming today for UK head coach Gary Henderson and the Bat Cats.  UK Athletics has confirmed that, in addition to the return of rising senior James Paxton (1st Supp., Toronto Blue Jays), five of the seven drafted members of UK’s 2009 recruiting class have chosen to attend college instead of signing a professional contract.

  • Eric Lindsey at “Cat Scratches” reports that RHP Stephen Inch and RHP Keith Butler were the only UK signees to choose pro ball over the Cats.
  • Baseball America lists the Toronto Blue Jays as one of its deadline losers for failing to sign Paxton.  Also there is bad news for the 2010 Bowling Green Hot Rods as Tampa Bay failed to sign its first two picks in the draft.

Click the jump to see the complete list of drafted players with Kentucky ties that did not sign a professional contract.

Draft Deadline: Webb Signs

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Daniel Webb

We’re just under 12 hours from the midnight deadline for MLB teams to sign their 2009 draft picks, and the first signing-day deal with Kentucky ties has gone down.  According to Baseball America, The Toronto Blue Jays have signed 18th round pick Daniel Webb from Northwest Florida State Junior College.  Webb was a 2008 graduate of Heath High School in Paducah, Ky., and was originally committed to attend UK in 2009 before enrolling at junior college because of academic and draft issues.

The Jays also have yet to sign first-supplemental round pick James Paxton, the UK pitcher, so this may not be the last we here from Toronto on deadline day.  Click the jump to see the full list of draftees with Kentucky ties who have yet to sign their contract.

Draft Update: Friday Aug. 14

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Photo: UK Athletics

So far, so good on the wisdom teeth recovery, so I’m cranking out more posts than I anticipated today.  With just three days left until the Aug. 17 deadline for MLB draft picks to sign, I thought we’d check in on the unsigned Kentucky players againg.  Baseball America reported today the UK pitcher James Paxton was seeking an over-slot bonus and that Davies County alum Tyler Blandford might receive an over-slot bonus.  (Contract status is according to Baseball America’s draft database)

UK Players and Signees

  • LHP James Paxton — 1st Supp. (37) Toronto Blue Jays
  • RHP Jordan Cooper — 17th Round Pittsburgh Pirates — Central HS, Shelbyville, Tenn.
  • LHP Taylor Rogers — 37th Round Baltimore Orioles — Chatfield HS, Littleton, Colo.
  • RHP Sam Kidd — 39th Round Philadelphia Phillies — Ohio County High School, Hartford, Ky.
  • C Luke Maile — 43rd Round Boston Red Sox — Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.
  • OF Brian Adams  (Football)– 45th Round Cincinnati Reds — South Forysth HS, Cumming, Ga.

UofL Players and Signees

  • 1b Andrew Clark — 31st Round Chicago Cubs
  • RHP Matt Koch — 37th Round Boston Red Sox — Washington HS, Cherokee, Iowa

WKU Players and Signees

  • RHP Matt Ridings — 25th Round Washington Nationals

Other Kentucky Natives

  • RHP Tyler Blandford — Davies County High School; Oklahoma State — 5th round Seattle Mariners
  • RHP Daniel Webb — Heath High School, Paducah, Ky.; Northwest Florida State JC — 18th round Toronto Blue Jays
  • RHP Patrick Cooper — Boyle County, Ky.; Des Moines Area CC — 34th round Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 1b Jon Hedges — Owensboro, Ky., Olney Central College — 43rd round Minnesota Twins
  • RHP James Jones — Ballard County High School, John A Logan College — 45th round Cleveland Indians
  • RHP Tim Dunn — Carlisle County High School, Tevecca Nazarene University — 46th Round Cincinatti Reds

Kentucky pitcher James Paxton is the only one of the listed players who is almost certain to sign, and Davies County product Tyler Blandford was said to have second-round talent so the Mariners might offer him over slot money to not return to Oklahoma State.  The news about UK football recruit Brian Adams’ blood clot most likely ends any chance of him signing with the Reds.

Draft Update: Aug. 10, 2009

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Photo: UK Athletics

The deadline for major league teams to sign draft picks is a week away.  Kentucky lost one signee last week (RHP Stephen Inch) to the Phillies and Louisville lost one (SS Jason Thompson) to the Red Sox. We also learned that UK football signee Brian Adams will miss the football season after suffering a blod clot this summer.  Adams met with the UK baseball staff this week, and UK coach Gary Henderson is excited about Brian possibly playing baseball in the spring.  I’ve updated the list of unsigned players with Kentucky ties below.  (Contract status is according to Baseball America’s draft database)

Draft Update

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James Paxton

With the non-waiver trade deadline officially in the past the next important date on the baseball calendar is the Aug. 17 deadline to sign draft picks. 2009 is the second year that teams have faced an August deadline to sign draft picks, but the date was pushed back from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17 because of the 15th falling on a weekend.  With that deadline just  two weeks from today, I thought we’d look at the remaining unsigned players with Kentucky ties.  (Contract status is according to Baseball America’s draft database)

ADDED: JON HEDGES, JAMES JONES, TIM DUNN 8/5/09

UK Players and Signees

  • LHP James Paxton — 1st Supp. (37) Toronto Blue Jays
  • RHP Stephen Inch — 6th Round Philadelphia Phillies — Vauxhall Academy, Edmonton
  • RHP Jordan Cooper — 17th Round Pittsburgh Pirates — Central HS, Shelbyville, Tenn.
  • LHP Taylor Rogers — 37th Round Baltimore Orioles — Chatfield HS, Littleton, Colo.
  • RHP Sam Kidd — 39th Round Philadelphia Phillies — Ohio County High School, Hartford, Ky.
  • C Luke Maile — 43rd Round Boston Red Sox — Covington Catholic HS, Park Hills, Ky.
  • OF Brian Adams  (Football)– 45th Round Cincinnati Reds — South Forysth HS, Cumming, Ga.

UofL Players and Signees

  • SS Jason Thompson — 11th Round Boston Red Sox — Germantown (Tenn.) HS
  • 1b Andrew Clark — 31st Round Chicago Cubs
  • RHP Matt Koch — 37th Round Boston Red Sox — Washington HS, Cherokee, Iowa

WKU Players and Signees

  • RHP Matt Ridings — 25th Round Washington Nationals

Other Kentucky Natives

  • RHP Tyler Blandford — Davies County High School; Oklahoma State — 5th round Seattle Mariners
  • RHP Daniel Webb — Heath High School, Paducah, Ky.; Northwest Florida State JC — 18th round Toronto Blue Jays
  • RHP Patrick Cooper — Boyle County, Ky.; Des Moines Area CC — 34th round Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 1b Jon Hedges — Owensboro, Ky., Olney Central College — 43rd round Minnesota Twins
  • RHP James Jones — Ballard County High School, John A Logan College — 45th round Cleveland Indians
  • RHP Tim Dunn — Carlisle County High School, Tevecca Nazarene University — 46th Round Cincinatti Reds

Kentucky pitcher James Paxton is the only one of the listed players who is almost certain to sign, and Davies County product Tyler Blandford was said to have second-round talent so the Mariners might offerr him over slot money to not return to Oklahoma State.  The Phillies and Red Sox will likely make a late push to sign UK recruit Stephen Inch and UofL recruit Jason Thompson, their sixth and 11th round picks respectively.  You can probably feel safe counting on the rest of these players to end up on campus in the fall, but that won’t make sleeping any easier for the state’s college coaches over the next two weeks.