Chris Wallace, Tanner Bushue win April Legends’ awards

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Chris Wallace; BluGrass Baseball photo

In the third April MiLB awards post, we will look at the best hitting and pitching performances from the Lexington Legends:

Hitter of the month: C Chris Wallace

  • Stats: .398, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 20 R
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Adamson, Adam Bailey, Telvin Nash
Pitcher of the month: RHP Tanner Bushue
  • Stats: 3-0, 2.70 ERA, 11 SO/5 BB, 26.2 IP
  • Honorable Mention: Carlos Quevedo, Gabriel Garcia, Jason Chowning

MiLB roundup: Legends, Hot Rods win; Bats lose; Lee homers again; Cowgill on fire for Reno; Shelby, Kipnis homer


Delino Deshields Jr; BluGrass Baseball photo

Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Despite another excellent performance from Mt. Sterling native Drew Lee the Lexington Legends earned a 10-9 win over Kannapolis on a walk-off home run from catcher Roberto Pena. Right fielder Adam Bailey, first baseman Telvin Nash and second baseman Delino Deshields Jr. also homered for the Legends.
  • Former Morehead St. infielder Drew Lee was 3-5 with one home run, two RBI and three runs scored for Kannapolis. He is batting .591 in six games this season and was 8-15 with two home runs, five RBI and six runs scored during the Lexington series.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods tallied 12 hits in a 5-2 win over Great Lakes. Catcher Lucas Bailey was 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Left-handed pitcher C. J. Riefenhauser earned the win after surrendering one run on four hits in six innings while striking out 11 batters and walking one. Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich was 2-4 with one double and two RBI.
  • The Louisville Bats scored two runs in the second inning but could not muster any more offense in a 3-2 loss to Durham. Right-handed pitcher Chad Reineke took a no decision after surrendering two runs on nine hits in five innings.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-3 performance for AAA Reno. Cowgill is 19-34 (.559) with four home runs, nine RBI and 11 runs scored during the streak.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 2-4 with one run scored and one stolen base for AAA Rochester.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby was 2-4 with one home run, four RBI and one run scored for AA Montgomery.
  • One-time UK infielder turned outfielder Jason Kipnis, who transferred to Arizona St., was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and three runs scored for AAA Columbus.
  • Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a 1-5 performance for AA Jackson.
  • Paducah native Daniel Webb earned his second consecutive win despite surrendering six runs on 10 hits in five and two-third innings in a start for low A Lansing.

Corey Hart to begin rehab assignment Tues.; Jon Rauch may stick as Blue Jays’ closer; Legends’ duo just misses record

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Corey Hart; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Latest links from around Kentucky baseball:

  • Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports Bowling Green native Corey Hart will begin a rehab assignment with AAA Nashville on Tuesday.
  • LEX18-TV reports University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips singled out UK baseball sophomore outfielder Brian Adams as a wide receiver who has shown playmaking ability during spring football practice. Adams has been splitting time between football and baseball practice this spring.
  • Gregor Chisholm of reports Louisville native and former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Jon Rauch may remain the Blue Jays’ closer even after Frank Francisco returns from the disabled list.
  • T. R. Sullivan of reports Ashland native and former UK right-handed pitcher Brandon Webb is still 4-6 weeks away from pitching in the Major leagues.
  • John Park of recaps the Lexington Legends’ Sunday offensive outburst, noting teammates Chris Wallace and Telvin Nash finished the game one base shy of the South Atlantic League record for total bases by a duo in a game, and Wallace missed the SAL single-game RBI record by one.

MiLB Roundup: Two Legends slug three HRs in win; Bats, Hot Rods win; Shelby, Wunderlich, Roof homer; Ross wins

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John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Sunday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Lexington Legends had a rare offensive outburst in an 18-9 win over Asheville. Both catcher Chris Wallace and designated hitter Telvin Nash each slugged three home runs. Wallace was 5-6 with nine RBI and four runs scored, and Nash was 5-6 with four RBI and four runs scored.
  • The Louisville Bats returned to its winning ways with a 6-4, 13-inning victory over Indianapolis. Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Homer Bailey surrendered two hits in five scoreless innings in a rehab appearance for the Bats. Second baseman Kris Negron was 3-5 with one double and two runs scored, and outfielder Brian Barton slugged a home run.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods rallied for a 7-6 win over Lake County. Former UofL infielder Phil Wunderlich was 2-4 with one home run, one double, three RBI and one run scored. Left fielder Cody Rogers and second baseman Hector Guevara both homered.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross earned his first win of the season after surrendering four hits in six shutout innings while striking out four batters and walking three for high A Myrtle Beach.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and one run scored for AA Montgomery.
  • Former UofL outfielder Josh Richmond was 2-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, one walk and one stolen base for low A Hickory.
  • Former UofL first baseman Andrew Clark was 2-4 with one RBI, one walk and one run scored for low A Hickory.
  • Hawesville native and former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor extended his hitting streak to six games with a single and two RBI for high A Lakeland.
  • Paducah native Jonathan Roof slugged his first professional home run and scored twice for low A Hickory.

MiLB roundup: Bats, Hot Rods, Legends win; Kuhn has four hits; Glad has three hits in support of Darnell’s stellar start

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Logan Darnell; BluGrass Baseball photo

Highlights from Thursday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats w0n their seventh consecutive game with a 5-2 victory over Indianapolis. Right-handed pitcher Chad Reineke improved to 2-0 after surrendering two runs on six hits in six and two-third innings. Left fielder Dave Sappelt, third baseman Todd Frazier and center fielder Kris Negron all homered for Louisville.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods used a three-run fifth inning to earn a 4-1 win over Fort Wayne. Left-handed pitcher Braulio Lara earned the win after surrendering one run on two hits in five innings, and left-handed pitcher Chris Rearick earned the save after surrendering one hit in four shutout innings.
  • The Lexington Legends held 2010 No. 1 pick Bryce Harper to just one hit in a 7-0 shutout win over Hagerstown. Right-handed pitcher Tanner Bushue improved to 2-0 after surrendering five hits in eight shutout inning while striking out four and walking two. Designated hitter Telvin Nash and center fielder Daniel Adamson each homered for Lexington.
  • Louisville native Tyler Kuhn was 4-4 with one stolen base for AA Birmingham.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 3-6 with one RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base.
  • Former UK third baseman Gunner Glad was 3-6 with one double for low A Beloit.
  • Glad’s performance backed a stellar pitching performance from former UK left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell, who took a no decision despite surrendering just two hits in eight shutout innings while striking out six batters and walking none for Beloit.
  • Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich took a loss after surrendering seven runs on eight hits in six innings in a start for AA Tulsa.
  • One-time UofL left-handed pitcher Zach Jackson, who transferred to Texas A&M from UofL, took a no decision after surrendering five runs on nine hits in seven innings while striking out four batters and walking none.

Chowning, three first rounders highlight Legends 2011 roster

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The Lexington Legends have released the team’s Opening Day roster, which is highlighted by three former first-round picks and an Eastern High School alum. Louisville native Jason Chowning will become the second Kentucky native to play for the team when the season begins, joining Lexington Legends Hall of Famer Josh Anderson. Check out the full roster below with each player’s hometown and acquisition info listed.


  • RHP Jason Chowning — Louisville, Ky. — 28th round (2010)
  • RHP Ruben Alaniz — La Grulla, Tex. — NDFA (2008)
  • RHP Tanner Bushue — Kinmundy, Ill. — 2nd round (2009)
  • RHP Jorge DeLeon — La Cega Azua, DR — FA (2006)
  • LHP Brad Dydalewicz — Spicewood, Tex. — 8th round (2008)
  • RHP Mike Foltynewicz — Minooka, Ill. — 1st round (2010)
  • LHP Gabriel Garcia — Charallave, VZ — FA (2007)
  • RHP Murilo Gouvea — Sau Paulo, Brazil — FA (2010)
  • RHP David Martinez — Cumana, VZ — FA (2005)
  • RHP Juan Minaya — Maimon, DR — FA (2008)
  • RHP Carlos Quevedo — Valencia, VZ — FA (2006)
  • LHP Alexander Sogard — Austin, Tex. — 26th round (2010)
  • RHP Brian Streilein — Point Pleasant, N. J. — 37th round (2010)


  • Roberto Pena — Caguas, PR — 7th round (2010)
  • Chris Wallace — Cypress, Tex. — 16th round (2010)


  • Telvin Nash — Belleview, Fla. — 3rd round (2010)
  • Jhonny Medrano — Tucupita, VZ — FA (2005)
  • Delino Deshields Jr. — Ocala, Fla. — 1st round (2010)
  • Enrique Hernandez — Toa Baja, PR — 6th round (2009)
  • Jiovanni Mier — Las Vegas, Nev. — 1st round (2009)
  • Mike Kvasnicka — Lakeville, Minn. — 1st supplemental round (2010)
  • Tyler Burnett — Murfreesboro, Tenn. — 17th round (2010)
  • Ben Orloff — Simi Valley, Cal. — 9th round (2009)


  • Adam Bailey — Monument, Colo. — 23rd round (2010)
  • Daniel Adamson — Spring, Ala. — 20th round (2010)
  • Bryce Lane — Phoenix City, Ala. — 41st round (2010)