University of Kentucky freshman left-handed starting pitcher Taylor Rogers has been named the Southeastern Conference freshman of the week. Rogers tossed 7.2 shutout innings in his collegiate debut Saturday against West Virginia. Rogers earned the win after allowing six hits and one walk while striking out two. (Read more)
New Rankings Released
The two college baseball polls we follow most closely have been updated after the weekend action. The University of Louisville stayed at No. 13 in the Baseball America poll and moved up to No. 11 in the Rivals rankings. No other Kentucky team was included in the rankings.
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Apologies for missing the usual morning links post today, but I decided to group the several University of Kentucky baseball stories I had together in a late post and hold the few other stories until tomorrow. Some of this is a little old, but they are still worth passing along.
- Kendall Rogers of Yahoo! Sports picks UK to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference East Division, but places LHP James Paxton on his All-Conference team and writes the Bat Cats should be in the running for a NCAA tournament bid. Rogers selected Alex Meyer on his rising stock list.
- Rogers writes much of UK’s 2010 success may depend on James Paxton’s eligibility. (At this point I have to imagine UK should start preparing like Paxton won’t be eligible.)
- Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford writes of UK alum Joe Blanton: “Not exactly a Ferrari, but Blanton is reliable.”
- Former UK pitcher Adam Revelette talks to some former and current Cats about proposed rule changes for “Cat Scratches.”
- Brent Ingram of UK Athletics has a blog post on “Cat Scratches” about former Cat Ryan Strieby‘s Baseball America honor we reported last week.
The NCAA has released the college baseball attendance figures for the 2009 season, and two Kentucky universities ranked in the top 40. The University of Kentucky ranked 34th with a season attendance of 53,646 and the University of Louisville ranked 38th with a season attendance of 50,989. UK averaged 1,850 fans were each of its 29 home games, and UofL averaged 1,545 per game in 33 home dates.
UK ranked in the top 35 for the fourth consecutive season and ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference. UofL led the Big East in attendance. Louisiana State University led the country with 394,068 total fans through the turnstiles.
You can see a UK news release about the ranking here and check out the entire list via The College Baseball Blog here.
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The 2006 season was the crowning achievment in the revitalization of UK baseball. The Cats won the Southeastern Conference Championship and featured the 2006 SEC player of the year in 1b Ryan Strieby and national coach of the year John Cohen. The 2008 minor league sesaon has seen a reunion of Strieby and 3b Michael Bertram at AA Erie. With that reunion in mind I thought we’d look at where the members of the 2006 championship team are in the minor leagues.
- 1B Ryan Strieby — AA Erie Sea Wolves — .302, 14 home runs, 53 RBI — 2006 Stats — .343, 20 home runs, 77 RBI
- 3B Michael Bertram — AA Erie Sea Wolves — .282, 12 home runs, 55 RBI — 2006 Stats — .340, 5 home runs, 37 RBI
- C Sean Coughlin — AA Mobile BayBears — .287, 11 home runs, 40 RBI — 2006 Stats — .325, 17 home runs, 55 RBI
- OF Antone DeJesus — AA Springfield Cardinals — .229, 1 home run, 19 RBI — 2006 Stats —.323, 5 home runs, 36 RBI
- OF John Shelby — AA Birmingham Barons — .242, 8 home runs, 46 RBI — 2006 Stats — .291, 18 home runs, 56 RBI
- OF Collin Cowgill — High A Visalia Rawhide — .277, 6 home runs, 36 RBI — 2006 Stats — .298, 16 home runs, 61 RBI
- RHP Zach Dials — AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats — 1-4, 2.36 ERA, 28 SO, 42 IP — 2006 Stats — 1-1, 3.97, 25 SO, 34 IP
- LHP Chris Rusin — Short-Season Boise Hawks — 0-3, 2.74 ERA, 20 SO, 23 IP — 2006 Stats — 5-0, 4.03 ERA, 25 SO, 38 IP
- RHP Greg Dombrowski — Rookie GCL Reds — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 10-2, 2.83 ERA, 54 SO, 101.2 IP
- LHP Andrew Albers — Rookie AZL Padres — Disabled List — 2006 Stats — 3-3, 5.40 ERA, 28 SO, 30 IP