The Bowling Green Hot Rods digressed in their second season from a 64-74 record in 2009 to a 61-78 record in 2010. The Hot Rods were slightly worse in the second half of the season than the first, but were consistently below average for the whole year. The season wasn’t without its highlights though as the Hot Rods led the Midwest League with 249 stolen bases, 64 more than the second place team. In the second end of season awards post we’ll look at the best performances at the plate and on the mound from Bowling Green in 2010.
Hitter of the year: 2B Tyler Bortnick
- Infielder Tyler Bortnick spent all but 12 games in Bowling Green this season and finished the year as the only Hot Rod with a batting average above .300. Bortnick batted .303 with eight home runs, 45 RBI, 72 runs scored and 39 stolen bases in 113 games with the Hot Rods. Bortnick’s 39 steals were seventh most in the Midwest League, and he ranked tenth in batting average.
- Honorable mention — Outfielder Brett Nommensen led the team with 10 home runs and 68 RBI…Outfielder Ty Morrison ranked second in the Midwest League with 58 stolen bases…Outfielder Christopher Murrill stole 28 bases and batted .292 in 70 games.
Pitcher of the year: RHP Alexander Colome
- Right-handed starting pitcher Alexander Colome was the only Hot Rods’ pitcher with enough innings to qualify for the league ERA title to post an ERA below 4.00. On the season Colome was 6-6 with a 3.95 ERA in 22 starts for the Hot Rods. Colome struck out 118 batters and walked 45 in 114 innings.
- Honorable Mention — Right-handed pitcher Kirby Yates posted a 3.30 ERA in 27 games, including 12 starts…Reliever Scott Shuman led the team with 14 saves…Left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein led the team with nine wins and 128 strikeouts.
In the fourth July awards post we’ll look at the month’s best performances from the Bowling Green Hot Rods:
Hitter of the month: 2B Tyler Bortnick
- Hot Rods speedster Tyler Bortnick will probably never confuse anyone for a middle-of-the-order slugger, but he does his job well at the top of the Bowling Green lineup. In July he led all Hot Rods with a .341 batting average. He also scored 12 times, drove in eight runs and stole 11 bases.
- Honorable Mention: Cody Rogers, Bennett Davis, Gabe Cohen, Brett Nommensen
Pitcher of the month: RHP Scott Shuman
- July was not kind to Hot Rods starting pitcher, but several relievers posted standout performances headlined by closer Scott Shuman. The right-handed pitcher went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and two saves in nine appearances. Shuman struck out 20 and walked eight in 12 and two-thirds innings.
- Honorable Mention: Jake Sullivan, Deivis Mavarez, Alex Koronis, Aaron Dott, Tyree Hayes
Gunner Glad, left; UK Athletics photo
Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Lexington Legends were shutout for the second consecutive night with their second straight 3-0 loss to Savannah. Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya suffered his tenth loss of the season despite surrendering just one unearned run in six innings. Minaya struck out seven batters and walked three.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods made it a scoreless night for Kentucky minor league teams with a 6-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. Right-handed reliever Scott Shuman recorded all six out in two innings pitched via strikeouts.
- The Louisville Bats game at Gwinnet was rained out.
- Former UK infielder and 2010 Twins NDFA Gunner Glad slugged his first professional home run for rookie-level Elizabethton.
- Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll slugged his sixth home run of the season for AA San Antonio.
- Former UofL first baseman and 2010 Rangers draftee Andrew Clark was 2-2 with two walks and two runs scored for short-season Spokane.
- Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks experienced his first poor start in July for low A Kane County after surrendering five runs in six and two-third innings. Marks fell to 3-12 on the season.
- Former WKU outfielder Chad Cregar slugged his twelfth home run of the season for low A Greensboro.
- Former Morehead St. shortstop and 2010 White Sox draftee shortstop Drew Lee was 3-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored for rookie-level Bristol.
- Former Bellarmine infielder and 2010 Mariners draftee Patrick Brady was 3-4 with a run scored for the rookie-level AZL Mariners. Brady was 1-26 on the season entering the game.
- Louisville native Seth Bynum slugged his ninth home run of the season for AAA Syracuse and fifth since returning from a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
- Paducah native Daniel Webb fell to 0-4 on the season after surrendering six runs in four innings for short-season Auburn.
Standout Bowling Green Hot Rods performances from June:
Hitter of the month: C Mark Thomas
- Stats: 27-77 (.351), 2 HR, 13 RBI, 12 R
- Honorable Mention: Tyler Bortnick, Brett Nommensen, Ty Morrison, Ryan Wiegand
Pitcher of the month: LHP Kyle Lobstein
- Stats: 4-0, 1.19 ERA, 27 SO/10 BB, 30.1 IP
- Honorable Mention: Kirby Yates, Alex Koronis, Shane Dyer, Scott Shuman
May’s standout performances from the Bowling Green Hot Rods:
Hitter of the month: SS Tyler Bortnick
- Stats: 31-94 (.330), 2 HR, 12 RBI, 18 R, 6 SB
- Honorable Mention: Christopher Murrill, Brett Nommensen, Tyler Morrison
Pitcher of the month: RHP Alexander Colome
- Stats: 4-1, 0.93 ERA, 5 GS, 26 SO, 29 IP
- Honorable Mention: Jason McEachern, Shane Dyer, Kirby Yates, Scott Shuman
The Bowling Green Hot Rods have released their 2010 Opening Day roster for its first season in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods will feature four players, right-handed pitchers Shane Dyer, Jairo De La Rosa and Deivis Mavares and infielder Robi Estrada, who spent part of 2009 with the team. Five 2010 Hot Rods were ranked by Baseball America on the Tampa Bay Rays’ top 30 prospects list, and I’ve included those rankings next to the players’ name below.
- RHP Alexander Colome (BA #7) — NDFA (2007)
- RHP Jairo De La Rosa — NFDA (2002)
- RHP Shane Dyer — 6th Round (2008)
- LHP Kyle Lobstein (BA #11) — 2nd Round (2008)
- RHP Deivis Mavares — NDFA (2007)
- RHP Jason McEachern (BA #25) — 13th round (2008)
- RHP Wilking Rodriguez (BA #17) –NDFA (2007)
- RHP Scott Shuman — 19th Round (2009)
- LHP Matthew Stabelfeld — 41st Round (2009)
- LHP Jake Sullivan — 22nd Round (2009)
- RHP Kirby Yates —
- Mayobanex Acosta — R/R — NDFA (2006)
- Tomas Francisco — R/R — NDFA (2006)
- Mark Thomas — R/R — 22nd Round (2006)
- SS — Tyler Bortnick — R/R — 16th round (2009)
- 3B — Julio Cedeno — R/R — NDFA (2006)
- 2B — Robi Estrada — S/R — 19th round (2006)
- SS — Diogenes Luis — S/R — NDFA (2006)
- 1B — Eli Sonoqui — L/L — 9th round (2006)
- 2B — Kyle Spraker — R/R — 34th round (2009)
- 1B — Ryan Wiegand — L/R — 25th round (2009)
- CF — Dustin Bell — L/R — 5th Round (2007)
- LF — Ty Morrison (BA #14) — L/R — 4th Round (2008)
- CF — Christopher Murrill — L/L — 35th Round (2009)
- RF — Brett Nommensen — L/L — 8th Round (2009)