BluGrass Baseball on MLB leaderboard

Major League Baseball
Joey Votto; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Joey Votto; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

When the minor league season ended we checked where BluGrass Baseball player ranked on the minor-league leaderboard, so now we’ll do the same for major league players. I’ve broken down the leaderboards by league and added the player’s total MLB rank in parentheses afterward.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Batting Average

  • 5) Joey Votto (9) — Reds — 2007 Bats — .322
  • 10) Felipe Lopez (18) — Brewers — 2004 Bats — .310

Home Runs

  • 4) Mark Reynolds (4) — D’Backs — Pikeville — 44

Hits

  • 5) Felipe Lopez (13) — Brewers — 2004 Bats — 187

On-Base Percentage

  • 4) Joey Votto (5) — Reds — 2007 Bats — .414

AMERICAN LEAGUE

On-Base Percentage

  • 4) Ben Zobrist (11) — Rays — 2005 Legends — .405
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Saturday Links: Blanton, Lehr finish seasons

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Justin Lehr
Lots of major league storylines in today’s links. Here’s some morning reading for you before a day full of college football:
  • UK alum Joe Blanton finished the season 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA after a loss to the Marlins.
  • 2009 Bat Justin Lehr finished his major league season 5-3 with a 5.37 ERA after a loss to the Pirates.
  • Jason Grey of ESPN.com calls Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds the biggest 2009 fantasy baseball surprise. Ashland-native Brandon Webb was named the most crushing fantasy injury of the season.
  • In the SAL league prospects chat (subscriber only), Baseball America touches of UofL alum B. J. Rosenberg, Legend Ross Seaton and Hot Rod Tim Beckham.
  • The Kansas City Star reports the Royals might look to move original Lexington Legend John Buck this offseason.

Bluegrass players among ESPN’s top 100 keepers

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Photo by angela n. via Flickr

Photo by angela n. via Flickr

ESPN has released its list of top 100 fantasy keepers for 2010. Keepers in fantasy baseball are players that a fantasy owner has control of for multiple seasons. The list doesn’t necessarily reflect the best fantasy players, because youth is rewarded since an owner will control the player for multiple years. You can see the full list here, but these are the Kentucky players and their rankings:

  • 23 — Mark Reynolds — Arizona Diamondbacks — Pikeville, Ky.
  • 40 — Joey Votto — Cincinnati Reds — Louisville Bats
  • 56 — Adam Dunn — Washington Nationals — Louisville Bats
  • 69 — Hunter Pence — Houston Astros — Lexington Legends
  • 80 — Ben Zobrist — Tampa Rays — Lexington Legends
  • 83 — Jay Bruce — Cincinnati Reds — Louisville Bats
  • 92 — Drew Stubbs — Cincinnati Reds — Louisville Bats
  • 99 — Dan Uggla — Florida Marlins — Louisville, Ky.

Friday Links: Cook helps Rockies clinch Wild Card

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Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Aaron Cook; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

More major league action as the season winds down in today’s links, and a story about one Kentucky native being extremely underrated.

  • Fort Campbell native Aaron Cook won the Wild Card-clinching game for the Rockies, his 11th win of the season.
  • Legends’ Hall-of-Famer Ben Zobrist hit his 27th home run of the season.
  • Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-4, 2 SO
  • Pikeville-native Reynolds was ranked tenth on Yahoo Sports’ list of sports’ most underpaid athletes.

Thursday Links: UK opens practice

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UK Athletics Wallpaper

UK Athletics Wallpaper

Lots of college news in today’s links, so get started reading on this Thursday morning.
  • WKU has announced its 2010 schedule, including a game against UK at the Hot Rods’ park.
  • Congress recognized the 125th anniversary of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co.’s Louisville Slugger bats.
  • UK has opened fall practice and set times for weekend scrimmages which are open to the public.
  • Murray State Athletics profiles former pitchers Daniel Calhoun and Mike Perconte.
  • Lexington Legends Hall-of-Famer Ben Zobrist hit his 26th home run of the season.

Tuesday Links: Zobrist Hits Number 25

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Ben Zobrist; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Ben Zobrist; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

About half the major league teams were off Monday, and the minor leagues season is officially over so it was a very slow day for BluGrass Baseball news. But, I do have a couple of links for you on this Tuesday morning.

  • Legends’ Hall-of-Famer Ben Zobrist hit his 25th home run of the season for Tampa.
  • We told you Pikeville-native Mark Reynolds tied Jay Buhner’s single-season Kentucky home run record, but he also broke his own single-season major league strikeout record.

Friday Afternoon Links: Rusin to Instructional League

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Sorry for the late links, but here there are for your Friday afternoon:

  • In the final organizational standings the state’s major league affillitates finished in the lower half of the league: Rays (17), Reds (27) and Astros (30 of 30).
  • Jiovanni Mier (2), Juri Perez (10) and Jonathan Meyer (18) each were ranked on BA’s top 20 prospects list for the rookie Appalachian League. The three Astros’ farmhands may all end up in Lexington in 2010.
  • UK alum Chris Rusin was on invited to the Arizona Instructional League for top prospects by the Cubs.
  • WKU sports reports PGCrosschecker named Kes Carter the 19th best prospect in the Coastal Plains Summer League.
  • The Bats have released their 2010 schedule.
  • The Legends 2010 schedule is out as well.
  • Synthetic turf has been installed at EKU’s Turkey Hughes field.

Thursday Links: Bailey Wins Number Six for Cinci

College Baseball, Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball
Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

Homer Bailey; Picture from Wikimedia Commons

A former Bat was in action on the mound, and the state’s college and minor league teams had several announcements. Check out those stories in today’s hot links:

  • Former Bat Homer Bailey picked up his sixth win for Cincinnati.
  • Mark Reynolds Home Run Record Watch: 1-4, 2 SO
  • UK Baseball will host alumni weekend during the football Homecoming Game on Oct. 31.
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods media relations introduces fans to the Midwest League, where BG will move next season.
  • RaysProspects.com profiles the Hot Rods.