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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.