MiLB Roundup: State teams rained out; Cowgill’s streak at 11 games; Wiley, Ellis each have three hits; Revere heating up

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A. J. Ellis; Photo by frankat1stbase3 via Flickr

Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats, Bowling Green Hot Rods and Lexington Legends all saw their games either postponed or suspended due to rain.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double for AAA Reno.
  • Richmond native and former UK outfielder Keenan Wiley was 3-4 with one RBI and one run scored for high A Lynchburg.
  • PLD alum A. J. Ellis was 3-4 with two doubles, three RBI and one run scored for AAA Albuquerque Isotopes.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby was 2-4 with one double for AA Montgomery.
  • Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll was 2-5 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored for AA San Antonio.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 2-5 with one run scored and one stolen base for AAA Rochester and has hits in six consecutive games.
  • Louisville native Zack Cox was 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored for high A Palm Beach.
  • Louisville native and former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham reached base four times with three walks and one single for low A Fort Wayne.
  • One-time UK outfielder turned infielder Jason Kipnis reached base three times, drove in two runs and scored three times for AAA Columbus.

MiLB roundup: Paxton posts quality start in debut; Strieby homers; Cunningham has three hits; Townsend streaking

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James Paxton; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Wednesday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Each of the state’s three minor league teams’ games were rained out.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher James Paxton took a loss but posted a quality start in his MiLB debut. Paxton surrendered three runs, one of which was earned, on five hits in six innings while striking out six batters and walking four.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby slugged his third home run of the season and went 2-3 in game one of a double-header for AAA Toledo.
  • London native Jon Townsend was 2-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, one walk and one RBI for high A Inland Empire to extend hits hitting streak to six games.
  • Louisville native and former Murray St. infielder Wes Cunningham was 3-5 with two doubles for low A Fort Wayne.
  • Former UK infielder Chris Bisson was 2-5 with one double, two RBI and two runs scored for low A Fort Wayne.
  • Lexington Catholic alum Ben Revere was 2-3 with one RBI, one walk and one stolen base for AAA Rochester.
  • Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 2-4 with one double, one walk and one run scored for high A Lakeland.
  • One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker took a loss but surrendered just two runs on three hits in six innings while striking out four batters and walking two for AA Carolina.
  • Former UofL left-handed pitcher Justin Marks took a loss after surrendering five runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out two batters and walking one.
  • Former EKU left-handed pitcher Christian Friedrich took a loss after surrendering seven runs on 10 hits in four innings while striking out four batters and walking two.
  • Richmond native and former UK outfielder Keenan Wiley was promoted to high A Lynchburg where he went 0-3 in his debut.

MiLB roundup: Bats, Hot Rods win; Legends lose to Lee, Kannapolis; Townsend has four hits; Shelby, Kipnis homer

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John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats held Durham scoreless through the first seven innings and held on for an 8-3 win over the Bulls. Cincinnati Reds right-handed pitcher Johnny Cueto surrendered three hits in four and two-third innings in a rehab start. Right fielder Fred Lewis was 3-3 with one home run, three RBI and three runs scored.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods rallied from a two-run deficit with three runs in the ninth inning to earn a 5-4 walk-off win over South Bend. Catcher Lucas Bailey slugged a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Hot Rods the win.
  • The Lexington Legends scored six runs over the first two innings and could not finish the rally in a 13-6 loss to Kannapolis. Second baseman Ben Orloff was 3-5 with one RBI and two runs scored, and center fielder Daniel Adamson was 3-4 with one double, two RBI and one run scored.
  • Mt. Sterling native and former Morehead St. infielder Drew Lee was 2-4 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored for Kannapolis in the game.
  • London native Jon Townsend was 4-4 with one double, one run scored and one stolen base for high A Inland Empire.
  • Paducah native Jonathan Roof was 2-4 with one home run, five RBI and two runs scored for low A Hickory.
  • St. Mary’s alum Shawn Roof was 2-2 with one walk and one run scored for AA Erie.
  • Lexington native and former UK outfielder John Shelby was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored for AA Birmingham.
  • Louisville native and former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham was 2-4 with one double, one triple, one RBI and one run scored for low A Fort Wayne.
  • One-time UK infielder turned outfielder Jason Kipnis, who transferred to Arizona St., was 2-5 with one triple, one home run, two RBI and one run scored for AAA Columbus.

MiLB roundup: Bats, Hot Rods, Legends lose; Jones, Albers credited with wins; Shaffer, Strieby homer; Kuhn has 3 hits

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Ryan Strieby; Photo via Flickr by mwlguide

Highlights from Monday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • Indianapolis scored seven runs over the final two innings to send the Louisville Bats to a 10-4 loss. One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker took the loss for the Bats after surrendering seven runs on five hits in two innings.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods tallied just three hits in an 8-2 loss to Dayton. Left-handed pitcher Enny Romero took the loss after surrendering five runs on five hits in three and two-third innings.
  • One day after two players each hit three home runs, the Lexington Legends also tallied just three hits in a 4-1 loss to Asheville. Right-handed pitcher Michael Foltynewicz took the loss despite surrendering three runs on six hits in six innings while striking out three batters and walking three.
  • Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 3-4 with one home run, two RBI and one run scored for AA Jackson and is batting .400 on the season.
  • Covington native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones earned his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless inning of relief for AA Birmingham.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 2-4 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored for AAA Toledo.
  • Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 3-5 with one double, one triple, three RBI and one run scored for AA Birmingham.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Andrew Albers eared his first win since 2008 after surrendering one run in one and one-third innings of relief for high A Fort Meyers.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin took a no decision after surrendering two runs on six hits in five innings while striking out four batters and walking one in a start for AA Tennessee.
  • Former UK infielder Chris Bisson was 2-5 with two stolen bases for low A Fort Wayne.
  • Louisville native and former UofL infielder Adam Duvall was 2-4 with two doubles and one run scored for low A Augusta.
  • Louisville native and former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham was 2-4 with one RBI and one run scored for low A Fort Wayne.

MiLB roundup: Hot Rods win; Bats, Legends lose; Strieby, Bynum homer; Rusin gets win in Opening Day start

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Chris Rusin; Photo by UK Athletics

Chris Rusin; Photo: UK Athletics

Check out the first daily summary of Kentucky MiLB action below. Links take you to the player’s MiLB.com page:

  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods opened the 2011 season with a 4-0 win over Dayton. Enny Romero surrendered one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out eight batters and walking one to earn the win. Former UofL third baseman Phil Wunderlich was 0-4 in his Hot Rods’ debut.
  • The Lexington Legends suffered a 6-1 loss in the team’s season opener versus Charleston. Eastern High School alum Jason Chowning struck out one batter in a scoreless inning in his Legends’ debut.
  • The Louisville Bats dropped their Opening Day game 11-6 to Toledo. Catcher Devin Mesoraco was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and one run scored in the game.
  • Former UK first baseman Ryan Strieby was 1-5 with one home run, three RBI and one run scored for AAA Toledo.
  • Former UK left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin earned the win after surrendering three runs on four hits in five innings while striking out four batters and walking one for AA Tennessee in his Opening Day start.
  • Butler High School alum Seth Bynum was 2-4 with one home run, five RBI, one run scored and one double for AAA Syracuse.
  • Former UK infielder Michael Bertram was 2-3 with one double for AA Erie.
  • Former UK outfielder Sawyer Carroll was 2-3 for AA San Antonio.
  • Former UofL first baseman Andrew Clark was 2-4 with one run scored for low A Hickory.
  • Covington native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones struck out two batters in two scoreless innings for AA Birmingham.
  • Former Kentucky Wesleyan right-handed pitcher Cory Wade surrendered one hit in two scoreless innings for AAA Durham.
  • Louisville native and former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham was 1-2 with one walk, one run scored and one stolen base for low A Fort Wayne.
  • PRP alum Zack Cox was 2-4 with one double for high A Palm Beach.

Kentucky Baseball 2010 Year in Review

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Corey Hart; Photo by Steve Paluch via Flickr

We are a couple of days late with our look back at Kentucky baseball in 2010, but hopefully you can spare one more retrospective with this look at the year’s best highlight from each level of baseball in the Bluegrass State.

MLB Highlight: Corey Hart completes breakout season

  • Bowling Green native and Greenwood High School alum Corey Hart batted .283 with 31 home runs, 102 RBI, 91 runs scored and 158 hits in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Along the way Hart started for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game, signed a three-year contract extension and participated in the home run derby. Hart recorded career highs in home runs, RBI and runs scored in 2010 and finished the year in the running for Kentucky’s best MLB hitter.
  • One-time Louisville Bats Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto named MLB MVPs.

MiLB Highlight: Kipnis caps season with AAA playoff cycle

  • One-time UK outfielder turned second baseman Jason Kipnis ended an impressive 2010 season by hitting for the cycle for the Columbus Clippers after being promoted to AAA for the team’s playoff run. Kipnis batted .307 with 16 home runs, 74 RBI and 96 runs scored across two levels during the regular season. Kipnis finished his college career as an all-American after transferring to Arizona State and has certainly followed through on the promise that led Cleveland to select him in the second round of the 2009 draft. Kipnis enters 2011 with a chance to make the Indians’ MLB roster out of Spring Training.
  • Non-drafted free agents Richie Rowland, Marcus Nidiffer and Tyler Gatrell excel in professional debuts.

College Highlight: UofL wins second consecutive Big East title

  • The University of Louisville clinched its second straight Big East Conference championship with a double-header sweep of Notre Dame on May 23. The Cards were eliminated from the NCAA tournament one win shy of the super regional, but were on cloud nine after outscoring the Fighting Irish 23-6 in the championship-clinching series. UofL sophomore second baseman Ryan Wright put together an All-American season, and the Cards boasted a state-high 10 MLB draftees.
  • Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham completes All-American season.

High School Highlight: Harrison County wins fourth title

  • Freshman starting pitcher Jordan Martin led Harrison County High School to its fourth KHSAA baseball championship with a complete-game championship-clinching win. The champions defeated Butler County High School 2-1 to win the title and ended the season on a 24-game winning streak. Harrison County placed two players on the KHSBCA all-state teams and three players on the KHSAA All-Tournament  team during the state playoffs. Junior outfielder Eric Sanders was named the MVP of the state tournament.
  • Honorable Mention: Western Hills shortstop J. T. Riddle wins “Mr. Baseball.”

Kentucky Rookie MiLB Leaderboard

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Yesterday we looked at the hitting and pitching leaderboards for full-season Kentucky minor leaguers in advance of the BluGrass Baseball MiLB awards post. If you saw that post you already know former UK catcher Marcus Nidiffer was named the rookie of the year, but looking at the statistical leaders among players that made their professional debuts in 2010 is still helpful.

Batting Average (2.7 PA/team game)

  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – .330
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – .295
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – .291
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .290
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .289

On-base Percentage

  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .415
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – .401
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .372
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – .372
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – .372

Slugging Percentage

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – .535
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) — .478
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – .449
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – .435
  • Lance Ray (Low A Beloit) – .417

Runs

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 40
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – 34
  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – 32
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 32
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 31

HR

  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 14
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 5
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – 5
  • Adam Duvall (SS Salem-Keizer) – 4
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 4
  • Jayson Langfels (SS Tri-City) – 4

RBI

  • Andrew Clark (SS Spokane) – 41
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 39
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 36
  • Phil Wunderlich (SS Hudson Valley) – 36
  • Richie Rowland (R Missoula) – 34

Stolen Bases

  • Cameron Conner (R Idaho Falls) – 15
  • Marcus Nidiffer (SS Tri-City) – 9
  • Matt Payton (R GCL Phillies) – 9
  • Wes Cunningham (SS Eugene) – 7
  • Chris Bisson (SS Eugene) – 5
  • Drew Lee (R Bristol) – 5

Hit the jump to see the pitching leaders.

August Awards: Kentucky MiLB Alumni

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Logan Darnell; BluGrass Baseball photo

In the fourth August awards post we’ll look at the month’s best performances from alumni of Kentucky schools and those born in the state from around Minor League Baseball:

Hitter of the month: OF Jake Shaffer (High  Desert Mavericks)

  • The former NKU outfielder has been among Kentucky’s best minor leaguers all season and August was no exception. Shaffer batted .356 with three home runs, 20 RBI and 16 runs scored for the month. The Walton native boasted a 1.038 OPS for the month.
  • Honorable Mention: Tyler Kuhn, Shawn Roof, Wade Gaynor, Wes Cunningham, Phil Wunderlich, Lance Ray, Keenan Wiley, John Shelby, Jason Kipnis

Pitcher of the month: LHP Logan Darnell (Elizabethton Twins)

  • The former UK left-handed pitcher struggled as a starter in college, but has been lights out since moving to the rotation for rookie-level Elizabethton. Darnell was 2-2 with a 1.33 ERA and 25 strikeouts compared to just five walks in 27 August innings. Darnell made five starts in the month and has a 1.44 ERA as a starter on the season.
  • Honorable Mention: Chris Rusin, Justin Marks, Bart Carter, Nathan Adcock, Nathan Jones, Marty Popham

MiLB Roundup: Legends win; Bats, Hot Rods lose; Jones, Casey, Popham earn wins; Gaynor, Cowgill, Shelby homer

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Chris Dominguez; UofL Photo

Highlights from Tuesday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats fell out of first place in the International League West Division after a 4-1 loss to Toledo. Right fielder Danny Dorn homered for Louisville.
  • Former UK infielder Michael Bertram homered for Toledo in the game.
  • The Lexington Legends closed out August with back-t0-back 10-run games in a 10-7 win over Hagerstown. Designate hitter Ben Heath slugged his fourth home run for Lexington and tenth home run of the season.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished their 2010 home schedule with a 13-9 loss to Fort Wayne. Right fielder Burt Reynolds hit a grand slam in his only at-bat for the Hot Rods.
  • Former UofL infielder Chris Dominguez was 4-4 with a double, triple and four RBI for low A Augusta.
  • Former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 4-5 with a home run, double, three RBI and two runs scored for low A West Michigan.
  • Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill slugged his 16th home run of the season for AA Mobile.
  • Former UK outfielder John Shelby slugged his tenth home run of the season for AA Birmingham.
  • Former NKU left-handed pitcher and 2010 White Sox draftee Jarrett Casey earned his first professional win after pitching six shutout innings in a start for rookie-level Bristol.
  • Former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones improved to 11-5 on the season after pitching seven shutout innings in a start for high A Winston-Salem.
  • Former Murray St. first baseman and 2010 Padres draftee Wes Cunningham slugged his fifth home run for short-season Eugene.
  • Former Union College right-handed pitcher Marty Popham improved to 7-6 on the season after surrendering just two unearned runs in six innings for high A Kinston.
  • LCA alum Robbie Ross took a loss despite surrendering just two runs in six innings for high A Bakersfield.
  • Louisville native Seth Bynum was 3-4 with a double and run scored for AAA Syracuse.
  • Paducah native Daniel Webb was promoted to low A Lansing where he debuted with a loss after surrendering six runs, only two of which were earned, in five innings.

MiLB Roundup: Bats, Hot Rods win; Cooper gets victory; Shelby, Kuhn have big games; Blevins promoted

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John Shelby; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Sunday MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats evened its series with Toledo with a 8-0 shutout win. First baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Devin Mesoraco and right-fielder Danny Dorn each homered for Louisville.
  • Kentuckians Michael Bertram and Shawn Roof were each 1-4 in the game for Toledo.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods evened its series with Fort Wayne with a 7-5 win. Right-handed pitcher Albert Suarez earned his first win of the season after surrendering one run in five innings.
  • The Lexington Legends were off Sunday.
  • Former UK outfielder John Shelby was 3-5 with two runs scored for AA Birmingham.
  • Former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham extended his hitting streak to 12 games for short-season Eugene with a 2-4 performance.
  • Danville native and 2010 Tigers draftee Patrick Cooper improved to 4-2 on the season after surrendering one run in six and two-third innings for low A West Michigan.
  • Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 4-5 with a home run, five RBI and three runs scored for AA Birmingham.
  • Louisa native Steven Blevins was promoted to AA New Britain where he pitched three and two-third scoreless innings in his debut.
  • Paducah native Michael Broadway earned his fourth win of the season for AAA Gwinnett with two scoreless innings of relief.
  • Boyd County native Tyler Gatrell picked up his 12th save of the season for the rookie-level AZL Royals.