July Awards: Bowling Green Hot Rods

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In the fourth July awards post we’ll look at the month’s best performances from the Bowling Green Hot Rods:

Hitter of the month: 2B Tyler Bortnick

  • Hot Rods speedster Tyler Bortnick will probably never confuse anyone for a middle-of-the-order slugger, but he does his job well at the top of the Bowling Green lineup. In July he led all Hot Rods with a .341 batting average. He also scored 12 times, drove in eight runs and stole 11 bases.
  • Honorable Mention: Cody Rogers, Bennett Davis, Gabe Cohen, Brett Nommensen

Pitcher of the month: RHP Scott Shuman

  • July was not kind to Hot Rods starting pitcher, but several relievers posted standout performances headlined by closer Scott Shuman. The right-handed pitcher went 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and two saves in nine appearances. Shuman struck out 20 and walked eight in 12 and two-thirds innings.
  • Honorable Mention: Jake Sullivan, Deivis Mavarez, Alex Koronis, Aaron Dott, Tyree Hayes

MiLB Roundup: Legends win; Hot Rods lose; Wunderlich, Gaynor have big nights; Ross loses in high A debut

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Jordan Newton; Photo by MWLguide via Flickr

Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Lexington Legends scored seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat the West Virginia Power 12-8. Outfielder Jacob Goebbert blasted his fifth home run of the season and drove in three runs for Lexington.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods mustered just five hits in a 1-0 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts. Right-handed pitcher Tyree Hayes recorded his second straight scoreless appearance since joining the Hot Rods with two and two-third innings of five-hit ball.
  • The Louisville Bats were off for the AAA All-Star break.
  • Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill was 0-2 for the South Division team in the Southern League All-Star game.
  • Former UofL infielder and 2010 draftee Phil Wunderlich had his best game to-date with a 4-5, one home run, two double, five RBI, two run scored performance for short-season Hudson Valley. Wunderlich has hits in eight straight games and is batting .358 on the season.
  • Former UofL infielder Logan Johnson was 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for high A Winston-Salem.
  • Former WKU catcher Jordan Newton extended his hitting streak to five games for high A Bradenton since being signed out of independent league ball by the Pirates last week. Newton was 2-4 with a double Monday and is 8-17 (.471) in five games.
  • Former WKU third baseman Wade Gaynor was 3-5 with four RBI for low A West Michigan.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross made his debut for high A Bakersfield but took the loss after surrendering four runs, two of which were earned, in four and one-third innings.

Season-Review Minor League Overall Leaderboard

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Matt Moore

Now that the minor-league season is officially over for the three teams in the Bluegrass I thought we’d look at where their players ranked in various categories among full-season minor leaguers. Players were on the roster of each team at the end of the season unless noted; the ranking number is among all full-season players.

Home Runs

  • 2) Brian Pellegrini — LEX — 34


  • 11) Chris Heisey — LOU — 162


  • 3) Todd Frazier — LOU — 45


  • 2) Travis Wood — LOU — 1.77


  • 1) Matt Moore — BG — 176
  • 4) Jordan Lyles — LEX — 167

Strikeouts/Nine Innings

  • 1) Matt Moore — BG — 12.88
  • 6) Jordan Lyles — LEX — 10.39

Batting Average Against

  • 1) Matt Moore — BG — .195
  • 4) Travis Wood — LOU — .204

Hit the jump to see more rankings.