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)
Some afternoon UK baseball notes to pass along:
- Philadelphia Phillies sixth round pick and UK signee Stephen Inch has signed with the Phillies according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The note is about half way through the story. Inch could have followed in the steps of James Paxton and Chris Bisson in being the next Canadian star for UK.
- I’m told the Cats have received a commitment for the 2011 season from Danville, Ky., native RHP Blake Perry. Perry will graduate from the Pendelton School at IMG Baseball Academy in Brandenton, Fla., in the Spring of 2010.
- Still looks like James Paxton will sign an above-slot deal with the Blue Jays just before the Aug. 17 deadline. James is one of the youngest juniors in the draft so there remains a slim possibility he could return to UK or pitch in Independent ball for a year.
- The UK coaching staff is working hard re-recruiting their remaining drafted commitments from 2009. The next 12 days will be very important for the pitching depth of the 2010 Cats. Remember UK currently has only one of its weekend starting pitchers returning if Paxton signs, and it lost its top mid-week starter to the draft in junior Clint Tilford.
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.