Players of Week, Top 25 rankings, WKU and UK profiles

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Zack Cox; University of Arkansas photo

Lots of college news to get you through the morning:

  • Pleasure Ridge Park alum and Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after batting .556 and stretching his hitting streak to 23 games.
  • Morehead State University sophomore outfielder Cameron Flynn was named Ohio Valley Conference player of the week, and Eastern Kentucky University sophomore right-handed reliever Matt Harris was named OVC pitcher of the week. (Both players were also honored with the BluGrass Baseball weekly honors)
  • Northern Kentucky University ace was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference pitcher of the week for the second time this season.
  • The University of Louisville moved up to No. 11 in the latest Baseball America top 25, and Western Kentucky University moved up to No. 18.
  • UofL stayed at No. 7 in the latest Rivals.com top 25 and WKU moved into the rankings at No. 24.
  • NKU moved up to No. 19 in the latest Division II poll from The College Baseball Newspaper.
  • Mike Stunson of the College Heights Herald reports on WKU’s best start in school history.
  • Stunson also profiles WKU senior second baseman Matt Payton.
  • Herald columnist Jonathan Lintner writes WKU coach Chris Finwood is building a baseball powerhouse.
  • Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel profiles the University of Kentucky bullpen.
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Rogers named SEC freshman of week; UofL holds ground in new top 25 rankings

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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.

Hart’s arbitration hearing scheduled; UK baseball previews

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Corey Hart; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Before we get to today’s links I have one administrative note to pass along. A commenter on a previous post brought up the distinction between being born in a state and living there (i.e. Dan Uggla, Mark Reynolds, Aaron Cook). I’ve been struggling with this since starting the site, but now will officially make a distinction by only referring to these players as being born in a specific city, not a native of that city.

  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Bowling Green-native Corey Hart‘s arbitration hearing with the Brewers has been scheduled for Thursday in Tampa, Fl. The two sides are $650,000 apart in their exchanged salary proposals.
  • University of Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson previews the season for SECSports.com.
  • The Web site also has an in-depth preview of the team.
  • Eric Mack of CBSSports.com looks at the 2010 Cincinnati Reds fantasy prospects including a host of former Louisville Bats.
  • UK Baseball SID Brent Ingram tweeted the Cats have announced two televised games with five more on the way.

Mid-Afternoon UK baseball links roundup

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UK Athletics Wallpaper

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.

Marlins may add payroll but still move Uggla; College roundup

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Dan Uggla; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Lots of college baseball news as the Spring Semester starts at UK on a Wednesday. Also check out more speculation about Dan Uggla and an update on a former college coach.

  • John Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com doubts pressure from MLB and the MLBPA on the Marlins to spend more of their revenue sharing money on payroll will lead to the team keeping Louisville-native Dan Uggla.
  • Brent Ingram of University of Kentucky Athletics profiles UK second baseman an preseason All-American Chris Bisson for the UK blog “Cat Scratches.”
  • Morehead State has a news release about shortstop Drew Lee being named a Ping! Baseball All-American.
  • Brian Foley of The College Baseball Blog previews the Southeastern Conference East and picks UK to finish third.
  • Former UK baseball coach Keith Madison is now working for SCORE International, a sports missionary organization, that has just joined with Dayton University to supply baseball gloves to needy children.

UK and UofL rank in the top 40 in total attendance

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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.

2006 Cats: Where Are They Now?

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UK Athletics Wallpaper

UK Athletics Wallpaper

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 StriebyAA 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