2011 Lineup projections: University of Kentucky

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Following the completion of the “offseason position battle” series we will post a lineup project for each of the five division one schools this week. The lineups are based on the position battle posts and are my projection with a little background research of what the Opening Day lineup might look like. Note that while some positions were not included in the offseason battle series because they had an incumbent starter those starters can still change. We will also include weekend rotations, midweek starters and closers for good measure. In the next-to-last projection we will look at the University of Kentucky.


  • C — Luke Maile
  • 1B — Michael Williams
  • 2B — Matt Reida
  • 3B — Thomas McCarthy
  • SS — Taylor Black
  • LF — Chad Wright
  • CF — Brian Adams
  • RF — Neiko Johnson
  • DH — Braden Kapteyn

Weekend rotation

  • RHP Jordan Cooper
  • LHP Taylor Black
  • RHP Alex Meyer

Midweek starting pitchers

  • LHP Corey Littrell
  • RHP Tyler Dunaway


  • RHP Braden Kapteyn

*Note that both Maile and Williams will catch for UK, with the one who isn’t catching in a given game seeing time at first base. Kapteyn is probably UK’s best defensive first baseman, but by starting him at designated hitter head coach Gary Henderson gains the flexibility of warming Kapteyn up in the bullpen while the Cats play defense.

2011 Newcomers: University of Kentucky

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The University of Kentucky has released its official 2011 roster meaning we can restart the 2011 newcomer series from earlier this offseason. I’ve listed new Cats below with their most recent school.

  • RHP Kevin Bein — Fr. — Franklin High School (Tenn.)
  • INF/C Thomas Bernal — Fr. — Paso Robles High School (Calif.)
  • OF Lucas Witt — Fr. — Lexington Christian Academy
  • RHP Trevor Gott — Fr. — Tates Creek High School
  • C/OF Steven Hoagland — Fr. — Lexington Christian Academy
  • OF Damon Sanders — Fr. — Butler High School
  • INF/RHP J. T. Riddle — Fr. — Western Hills High School
  • RHP Alex Lester — Fr. — West Jessamine High School
  • LHP Corey Littrell — Fr. — Trinity High School
  • INF Matt Reida — Fr. — Western High School (Ind.)
  • INF Paul McConkey — Fr. — Halls High School (Tenn.)
  • INF/OF Dallen Reber — Fr. — Western High School (Ind.)
  • RHP Jonathan Paquet — Fr. — Cardinal Ray High School (Canada)
  • LHP/1B Tyler Ramond — Fr. — Grove City High School (Ohio)
  • 1B/OF Ryan Mossakowski — R-Fr. — UK (Football team)
  • LHP Alex Phillips — Jr. — Lower Columbia College
  • INF Thomas McCarthy — Jr. — Feather River College
  • RHP Tyler Dunaway — R-Jr. — Wabash Valley Junior College