The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its preseason top 25 rankings. Check out the list below or at the KHSBCA website here. (Note the two-way tie for No. 14 and three-way tie for No. 19)
Predictions, based on pure speculation, for 2011 Kentucky baseball that are sure to go wrong:
University of Kentucky junior right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer finally cashes in on the promise that had him ranked among the top prospects to attend college in 2008 with an All-SEC season. Meyer’s performance secures his status as a first-round pick this June.
Ashland native and 2006 Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb rebounds after missing most of two seasons with a shoulder injury to win 15 games for the reigning American League champion Texas Rangers.
University of Louisville junior infielder Ryan Wright is named a postseason first-team All-American after leading the Cards to their third consecutive Big East Conference championship.
The Lexington Legends unveil the new “Ale-8-One Ballpark.”
The National League all-star team features three players born in Kentucky: Corey Hart, Dan Uggla and Jonny Venters.
Western Kentucky University wins the Sun Belt Conference and enters the NCAA tournament as a two seed.
UofL (Stewart Ijames, Tony Zych, Derek Self, Ryan Wright, Drew Haynes and Gabriel Shaw) and WKU (Jared Andreoli, Kes Carter, Ivan Hartle, Matt Rice, Rye Davis and Brian Edelen) both have six players drafted in June.
Four members of UK’s vaunted junior class are selected in the draft: Meyer, Cory Farris, Chad Wright and Braden Kapteyn. Senior Taylor Black is also selected.
Kentucky’s three Ohio Valley Conference schools each see one player drafted: Eastern Kentucky University junior shortstop Richie Rodriguez, Murray State University junior catcher Jacob Rhodes and Morehead State University senior infielder Travis Redmon.
Morehead St. infielder Bud Morton wins the 2011 BluGrass Baseball freshman of the year award, Meyer wins pitcher of the year and Wright wins player of the year.
PRP alum Zack Cox wins BluGrass Baseball MiLB player of the year and former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin wins MiLB pitcher of the year.
Nine Kentucky minor leaguers make their MLB debuts in 2011: Matt Klinker, Josh Lueke, Trystan Magnuson, Collin Cowgill, Christian Friedrich, Jason Kipnis, Nathan Adcock, Chaz Roe and Ryan Strieby.
Harrison County High School repeats as KHSAA state baseball champions.
Tates Creek High School outfielder and WKU signee Ryan Fucci wins Mr. Kentucky Baseball.
After losing much of its recent talent to the majors the Louisville Bats run of playoff appearances ends.
Boosted by the Tampa Bay Rays signing six players from the first three rounds of the 2010 draft, the Bowling Green Hot Rods finish 2011 as the state’s best minor league team.
In the latest early signing class breakdown we’ll look at Western Kentucky University. The Hilltoppers signed five players during the early period. Check out some 2010 stats from each player below with a news release quote from WKU coach Chris Finwood.
RHP/INF/OF Matt Spalding — St. Xavier High School
2010 Honors: No. 1 prospect in state according to Perfect Game
Finwood: “Matt is a true two-way player. He can really swing the bat and projects as a very productive hitter in college. He can play outfield and infield as well. Matt is also an exceptional talent on the mound and has been clocked as high as 94-95 this fall. He is an outstanding student as well.”
LHP Ian Tompkins — St. Xavier High School
2010 Honors: All-State in 2010
Finwood: “Finding a quality high school lefty was a big priority for us this fall and Ian has been a bit of a late bloomer but by the middle of the summer, everyone was on him. We got on Ian early and stayed the course and we are excited to add him to our pitching staff.”
OF Ryan Fucci — Tates Creek High School
2010 Honors: All-City in baseball, All-State in basketball
Finwood: “Ryan is a tremendous athlete and one of the better basketball players in the state as well as an outstanding baseball player. Ryan projects as a centerfielder and once he commits himself to playing baseball full time, he will become a pretty good professional prospect as well.”
RHP Jerad Eickhoff — Olney Central CC
2010 Honors: 46th Round pick of Cubs
Finwood: “Jerad is a big strong hard throwing righty who is playing for former Hilltopper great Casey Hamilton at Olney. Jared was drafted by the Chicago Cubs last year in the 46th round. Jerad is a great student and should vie for a rotation spot right away.”
SS Steve Hodgins — Wabash Valley CC
2010 Honors: JC team finished season ranked No. 5 in country
Finwood: “Steve is an energy type player who really can play shortstop and has a quality left-handed bat. He is the son of a major league scout and has grown up around the game. Steve handles the bat well, can bunt and run and is very solid on defense. He was exactly what we were looking for to solidify our middle infield situation for next year.”
In the last of the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association 2010 awards we’ll look at the players of the year from each of the 16 regions. You can also see the coach and assistant coach of the year for each region here.
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association released its latest top 25 poll on May 6. Lexington Catholic is holding steady in the No. 1 spot as the regular season winds down but several teams can challenge the Nights. Check out the most rankings below with each team’s total points listed and number of first place votes in parentheses:
1. Lexington Catholic — 218 — (16)
2. Eastern — 200 — (4)
3. Lexington Christian — 194
4. St. Xavier — 159
5. West Jessamine — 156 — (2)
6. Apollo — 155
7. Pleasure Ridge Park — 150
8. Tates Creek — 144
9. Harrison County — 122
10. Male — 114
11. Trinity — 108
12. Western Hills — 105
13. Elizabethtown — 97
14. DeSales — 96
15. Henderson County — 93
16. Lafayette — 88
17. DuPont Manual — 85
18. Central Hardin — 73
19. Franklin County — 70
20. Madison Central — 64
21. Russell County — 63
22. George Rogers Clark — 55
23. Mercer County — 50 — (1)
24. Butler — 44
25. Glasgow — 43