Arizona Fall League Bluegrass wrap-up

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The Arizona Fall League regular season officially wrapped up Thursday. No Kentucky players are represented in the championship game to be played tomorrow, so their AFL seasons are now over. With that in mind here’s a look at each BluGrass Baseball AFL season:

RHP Chaz Roe — Lexington, Ky. — Scottsdale Scorpions

  • 0-2, 4.50 ERA, 10 SO/4 BB
  • 5 GS, 12 IP, .365 BA against

OF Chris Heisey — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguaros

  • .297, 5 home runs, 14 RBI
  • .297/.379/.593

1B Yonder Alonso — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguaros

  • .267, 2 home runs, 23 RBI
  • .267/.353/.395

RHP Logan Ondrusek — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguaros

  • 2-1, 13.50 ERA, 8 SO/2 BB
  • 10 games, 10 IP, 1 save

RHP Sean Watson — Louisville Bats — Peoria Saguaros

  • 0-1, 7.11 ERA, 12 SO/6 BB
  • 10 games, 12.2 IP, .371 BA against

RHP Daniel Meszaros — Lexington Legends — Peoria Saguaros

  • 0-0, 4.63 ERA, 15 SO/3 BB
  • 12 games, 11.2 IP, 1 save
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Arbitration raises; trade rumors; recruiting classes

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Hunter Pence; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Lots of news in on a Friday morning. Check back this afternoon for updates on a couple of the these stories as we start breaking down the early signing period baseball classes of the state universities.

  • Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports arbitration raises to Lexington Legends Hall of Famers Hunter Pence and Wandy Rodriguez will limit the Houston Astros’ offseason moves.
  • Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes in the Marlins do trade Louisville-native Dan Uggla they might be more active in the free agent market.
  • Former WKU pitcher Brady Frey has transferred to Nicholls State.
  • 2009 Bat Yonder Alonso was 1-5 with a double and two RBI in the Arizona Fall League finale. Teammate Sean Watson pitched two scoreless innings for Peoria. 2009 Legend Daniel Meszaros struck out the side in a scoreless inning.
  • WKU baseball reports it signed five incoming freshmen for 2011. (Check back later for further breakdown)
  • Morehead State also announced six signees for 2011.

Winter League roundup

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Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey; Photo via Flickr

Not many stories to link on a Sunday morning, so here’s a look at some of the Kentucky minor leaguers in Winter League action. Most of these players are 2009 Louisville Bats, but one Legend, two Kentucky college alums and one high school alum are also accounted for.

  • 2009 Bat Chris Heisey was 1-4 with three strikeouts for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League Friday. He’s now batting .308 with five home runs an 14 RBI in the fall season.
  • His teammate Yonder Alonso was 0-3 in the game and is batting .290 with two home runs and 17 RBI.
  • 2009 Bat Wes Bankston is batting .229 in 13 games in the Caribbean League.
  • Bats’ outfielder Daniel Dorn has four home runs in 17 game in the Venezuelan Winter League.
  • Late-season Louisville pickup Lew Ford is batting .276 in the VWL.
  • Bats slugger Juan Francisco has three home runs in 18 games in the Dominican Winter League.
  • Adam Rosales is batting .304 in 29 games in the Caribbean League.
  • Louisville starting pitchers Ben Jukich (2.87) and Sam LeCure (8.59) are both pitching in the DWL.
  • Relievers Logan Ondrusek (2-1, 13.50) and Sean Watson (0-1, 8.44) are struggling in the AFL.
  • 2009 Legends reliever Daniel Meszaros has a 5.59 ERA in 10 games in the AFL.
  • Lafayette alum Chaz Roe allowed two runs in four innings for Scottsdale in the AFL. In four starts, Roe is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
  • Phillies farmhand and EKU alum Neil Sellers is batting .371 with three home runs and 18 RBI in 23 games in the Caribbean Winter League.
  • UofL alum, and Sellers’ teammate B. J. Rosenberg is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in seven games with two saves.

Wellemeyer files for free agency; More schedule breakdown

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Todd_Wellemeyer

Todd Wellemeyer; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Another Bluegrass native has filed for free agency. Check out that story and more in some Tuesday morning links:

  • Bellarmine alum Todd Wellemeyer has filed for free agency, and Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports he is unlikely to return to St. Louis following a disappointing season.
  • In a related not, Wellemeyer is on Twitter, but hasn’t tweeted since June. His silence roughly coincides with the decline of his season.
  • WKUSports.com has a breakdown of Western’s fall baseball series.
  • The Lexington Herald Leader looks at UK’s 2010 baseball schedule.
  • The estate of baseball’s first free agent Curt Flood will auction off Flood memorabilia at the Louisville Slugger Museum Saturday.
  • 2009 Bat Chris Hesiey was 0-5 and teammate Yonder Alonso was 1-4 for Peoria of the Arizona Fall League. Louisville reliever Sean Watson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and closer Logan Ondrusek allowed two unearned runs in one frame.

Paxton misses fall practice; former PLD coach pleads guilty

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James Paxton; Photo: UK Athletics

Tuesday was officially the last off day of the baseball season. The World Series returns to action Wednesday. The Yankees could clinch in game six, or the Phillies could force a game seven. Either way the next break from baseball will last until Spring Training.

  • Aaron Fitt of Baseball America checks in with several college teams fall practices including UK. He reports UK ace James Paxton missed most of fall practice after having his knee scoped.
  • Fitt also writes that the Cats could feature three future first-round picks in Paxton, Alex Meyer and freshman Taylor Rogers in their weekend rotation.
  • 2009 Bats Sean Watson and Logan Ondrusek each pitched a scoreless inning for Peoria in the AFL Tuesday. 2009 Legend Daniel Meszaros also pitched a perfect inning
  • Lafayette alum Chaz Roe allowed three runs in two and one-third innings for Scottsdale in the AFL.
  • Valarie Honeycutt Spears of the Lexington Herald Leader reports that former Ky. High School Coach of the Year at PLD Mickey Marshall plead guilty to two theft charges relating to funds he took from the baseball booster club.
  • Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, also former Hall of Fame pitcher for the Phillies, threw out the first pitch in game five of the World Series.
  • Former UK point guard Rajon Rondo, who is friends with Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, was also at the game.

Saturday Links: Webb inducted into UK Hall of Fame

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Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Brandon Webb; Photo by SD Dirk via Flickr

Brandon Webb and the rest of the 2009 UK Hall of Fame class were inducted last night, and will be recognized at halftime of the UK/ULM football game today. Here’s that story and more for a Saturday morning:

  • Kyle Graham of the Kentucky Kernel reports on the 2009 UK Hall of Fame class.
  • Chris Bahr of SportingNews.com asks six questions about the Phillies, and doesn’t like the look of their rotation with Joe Blanton.
  • WBKO in Bowling Green reports on local fans watching Blanton, a Franklin native make it back to the World Series.
  • Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds was named a postseason Sporting News National League All-Star.
  • MLB.com reports on Reynolds’ honor.
  • 2009 Legend Daniel Meszaros pitched a scoreless inning and 2009 Bat Sean Watson allowed three runs without recording an out in the AFL Friday.

Wednesday Links: College roundup

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UK Athletics Wallpaper

UK Athletics Wallpaper

If you missed it, the Yankees are now up 3-1 in the ALCS against the Angels. With New York and Philadelphia both just a victory away from the world series we may be looking at a Joe Blanton game three or four start in Philadelphia against the Yankees. But Tuesday was full of Kentucky college news, so here are some links to get you caught up:

  • Aaron Fitt at Baseball America answers a question from a Lexington reader about former UK coach John Cohen in his college recruiting chat.
  • UK Athletics has a news release about the BA recruiting class rankings.
  • The Swiss Cheese team, behind freshman Kyle Grieshaber, earned the win in game one of UofL Baseball’s Fall Pizza Bowl scrimmage.
  • WKU Baseball is continuing fall practice before its fall scrimmage on Nov. 5-7.
  • Murray State baseball has released its 2010 schedule.
  • Chris Heisey was 3-4 with two runs and a double for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. Yonder Alonso was 1-5. Bats reliever Sean Watson pitched two scoreless innings while former Legend Daniel Meszaros surrendered two runs in one-third inning.

Wednesday Links: Blanton may get start in NLCS

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Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Joe Blanton; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

As we wait for the league championship series to start tomorrow here are some more links to get you through the morning. Check back this afternoon for a reset of a pretty dismal divisional series round for Kentucky natives.

  • Marcus Hays of the Philadelphia Daily News thinks that UK alum Joe Blanton’s days in the Phillies’ bullpen are behind him. He likes Blanton as Philadelphia’s game two starter against the Dodgers.
  • Todd Zolecki of MLB.com also lists Blanton as a candidate for the game two start with Pedro Martinez.
  • UK Baseball has announced the schedule for its Wildcat Winter Camps.
  • Chris Hesiey was 2-4 and Yonder Alonso was 1-4 in their offensive debuts for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
  • On the mound, Sean Watson took the loss for Peoria after allowing three runs in one inning. Daniel Meszaros pitched a scoreless inning, but Logan Ondrusek allowed three runs in one inning.

Arizona Fall League Rosters

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Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

We let you know about some of the BluGrass Baseball players that would be participating in the prestigious Arizona Fall League when preliminary rosters were first released, but with the league starting its schedule Tuesday I thought we’d look at the final rosters. Clicking on the team name will take you to its full roster.

Mesa Solar Sox

  • NONE

Peoria Javelinas

  • NONE

Peoria Saguaros

  • RHP Daniel Meszaros — Lexington Legends
  • RHP Logan Ondrusek — Louisville Bats
  • RHP Sean Watson — Louisville Bats
  • 1B Yonder Alonso — Louisville Bats
  • OF Chris Heisey — Louisville Bats

Phoenix Desert Dogs

  • NONE

Scottsdale Scorpions

  • RHP Chaz Roe — Lafayette High School
  • OF Collin Cowgill — UK

Surprise Rafters

  • NONE

Three Bats Headed to AFL

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Chris Heisey

Chris Heisey, Logan Ondrusek and Sean Watson won’t be heading home for the winter when Louisville’s season ends in September.  Heisey, an outfielder, and the two pitchers will join the Peoria Saguaros of the prestigious Arizona Fall League following the season.  Former Legend Dan Meszaros will also play for the Saguaros.

The Arizona Fall League is designed for some of the top prospects in the minor leagues to get some extra baseball action following the completion of their full-season leagues.  Reds top prospect Yonder Alonso will also play in the Fall League before he likely heads to Louisville in 2010.