Chris Burke; Photo by grovesa16 via Flickr
The always useful Baseball America has published the full list of minor league free agents. As you might expect several players with Kentucky ties are looking for work this offseason. I’ve listed them below, with their 2009 organization, classification and Kentucky tie.
- 2B Chris Burke — Louisville, Ky. — Braves (AAA)
- RHP Greg Atencio — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- RHP Frederico Baez — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- RHP Jeff Kennard — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- LHP Camilo Vazquez — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- C Korey Feiner — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- 1B Wes Bankston — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- 2B Luis Bolivar — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- OF Lew Ford — Louisville Bats — Reds (AAA)
- RHP Ryan Speier — Frankfort, Ky. — Rockies (AAA)
- RHP Matt Wilhite — Franklin, Ky. — Rockies (AAA)
- SS Ronald Ramirez — Lexington Legends — Astros (Hi A)
It’s a long list so I might have missed one or two. If you see an omission shoot me an email or comment on the post.
Ben Jukich (9-6, 4.10) gets the start for Louisville tonight in game two of the five-game series against Durham in the first round of the International League playoffs. Louisville lost 8-4 in game one despite Juan Francisco’s two home runs in game one. Francisco leads the Bats’ attack tonight alongsid Chris Heisey and Todd Frazier. Shortstop Wes Bankston has been Louisville’s best batter against Durham this season with a .270 average, one home run and five RBI. Jukich is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA against the Bulls this season in three games, including one start. You can watch the minorleaguebaseball.com gamecast here.
Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians
- Full-season minor league ERA leader Travis Wood takes the mound tonight in game one of a four-game set with Indianapolis. Wood is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Louisville and is with a 1.44 ERA on the season between AA Carolina and Louisville. Wood has struggled with his conrol in AAA with 14 strikeouts compared to 12 walks, but on the season he has 117 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 143.2 innings.
- Louisville infielder Wes Bankston is currently enjoying a five-game hitting streak and has three hits in each of his last two games. During the streak, Bankston is 10-22 (.455) with two home runs and five RBI.
- Outfielder Drew Stubbs will be among the Bats happy to see the Indians return to town. Stubbs is 10-28 (.357) with two double and four runs scored in nine games against Indianapolis this season. Starting pitcher Ben Jukich is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two games against the Indians.
- Indianapolis will send Pirates prospect Virgil Vasquez to the mound in the series opener tonight. Vasquez is 7-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for Indianapolis this season. Virgil has 64 strikeouts and just 13 walks in 92.2 innings pitched.
Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Despite Reds’ manager Dusty Baker’s suggestion that injured starting pitcher Micah Owings might not have to make a rehab start, Cincinnati decided to send Owings to Lehigh Valley tonight for a tuneup with the Bats. Owings will be the third Red to make a rehab appearance with Louisville this week. Relief pitcher Jared Burton will take the Reds’ roster spot of recently traded reliever David Weathers today, and outfielder Chris Dickerson will be activated by the Reds in time for Tuesday’s game. Owings is 6-11 with a 5.35 ERA for the Reds this season.
- Right-handed pitcher Logan Ondrusek extended his scoreless innings streak to 7.1 to start his Bats’ career. Ondrusek made his first appearance for Louisville on July 27 and has yet to surrender a run in six games. Logan began the season with high A Sarasota before being called up to AA Carolina. Between the three teams, Ondrusek is 4-1 with a 1.23 ERA.
- Wes Bankston was the offensive star for Louisville in the Bats’ first series against Lehigh Valley this season. Bankston was 7-16 (.438) with a home run and four RBI in four games against the IronPigs. Homer Bailey, Sam LeCure, Justin Lehr and Ben Jukich each picked up a win in Louisville’s four-game sweep of Lehigh Valley.
- The IronPigs will send Drew Carpenter to the mound in the series opener tonight. Carpenter is 9-2 with a 2.72 ERA in 19 games for Lehigh Valley. Drew has 94 strikeouts in 119 innings and has held opponents to a .245 batting average. Carpenter’s 2.72 ERA ranks sixth in the International League.
I’m going to try a new daily post of game notes for each of the minor league teams that will go up on the site around 6 p.m. EST. The purpose of these posts is to let you know what storylines each team faces going into the game and provide a brief look at the opposition.
Lexington Legends vs. Lake County Captains
- The Legends are only 3-7 in their last 10 games, and only one batter is batting at least .300 in that span. Second baseman Andrew Simunic is 6-20 with 6 runs scored in that span. The only other hitter batting over .250 in those ten games is right fielder Eric Suttle who is batting .273 after appearing in seven of those games.
- David Duncan is finding his stride after being promoted from short-season Tri-City to Lexington. Duncan is 0-1 in his last two starts but has only surrendered three runs in 13 innings of work with 14 strikeouts and just one walk. Duncan pitched seven innings, allowed one run and struck out seven while walking one in a no decision Thursday.
- Kyle Greenwalt will look to end a two-game losing streak when he takes the mound for Lexington tonight. Greenwalt has allowed 12 runs over nine and one-third innings in his last two starts. Greenwalt will likely factor in the decision tonight as he has either a win or loss in each of his last 11 starts.
- Lake County’s big hitter is right fielder Abner Abreu. Abreu is batting .305 on the season with seven home runs and 30 RBI. Danny Salazar gets the start for the Captains tonight. Salazar is 2-3 with a 4.97 ERA in 13 starts this season. Opponents are batting .295 against Salazar.