MiLB Roundup: Bats, Legends, Hot Rods lose; Cowgill, Coughlin homer for Mobile; Ramos, Kuhn each tally 3 hits

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Colling Cowgill; Photo: UK Athletics

Highlights from Friday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • The Louisville Bats couldn’t finish a four-game sweep of Syracuse after suffering an 8-1 loss in the series finale. Rehabbing Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Aaron Harang took the loss after surrendering six runs in six innings.
  • The Lexington Legends couldn’t secure a series victory against Greenville after a 4-3 loss Friday. Right fielder Renzo Tello was 3-4 with a home run, double, RBI and run scored.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods dropped the rubber game of its three-game series with Lake County with a 5-3 loss Friday. Right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez took a no decision after surrendering three hits in four shutout innings.
  • Former UK outfielder Collin Cowgill slugged his 14th home run of the season for AA Mobile.
  • Former UK catcher Sean Coughlin also homered in the game for Mobile.
  • Former UK first baseman and 2010 Twins draftee Lance Ray was 3-5 with a double, RBI and run scored for low A Beloit.
  • Former NKU right-handed pitcher Nathan Jones surrendered five runs in four and two-third innings for high A Winston-Salem but escaped with a no decision.
  • Former Union College infielder Kevin Ramos was 3-4 with a RBI for high A Rancho Cucamonga.
  • One-time Madisonville resident Matt Klinker earned a win for AA Carolina after surrendering four runs in six innings.
  • Trinity High School alum Tyler Kuhn was 3-4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored for AA Birmingham.

MiLB Roundup: Bats win, Legends overcome Dominguez homer; Hot Rods lose; Rowland’s streak snapped

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Matt Klinker; Photo by mwlguide via Flickr

Highlights from Wednesday MiLB action:

  • Right-handed pitcher Matt Klinker surrendered just one hit in six innings in the Louisville Bats 6-1 win over Indianapolis. Shortstop Zack Cozart was 2-5 with a home run and three RBI.
  • Right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya struck out six batters in five innings in the Lexington Legends4-1 win over Augusta.
  • Former UofL third baseman Chris Dominguez was 2-4 with a home run for Augusta.
  • The Bowling Green Hot Rods wasted a strong performance from starting pitcher Wilking Rodriguez when the bullpen blew a late lead in a 5-4 loss to Dayton. Left-fielder Cody Rogers was 3-4 with two runs scored.
  • Former Morehead St. right-handed pitcher Henry Mabee extended his scoreless innings streak to 13 and one-third innings with a two and one-third innings appearance for AA Birmingham.
  • Former Campbellsville catcher Richie Rowland‘s 13-game hitting streak was snapped with an 0-3 performance, but he did reach base via walk for rookie-level Missoula.
  • Former UK outfielder Lance Ray was 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base rookie-level Elizabethton.

MiLB Roundup: Bats win big; Hot Rods, Legends lose; Kuhn, Rowland, Shaffer streaking; Cunningham heating up

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Wes Cunningham: BluGrass Baseball photo

Highlights from Friday Kentucky MiLB action:

  • First baseman Yonder Alonso led the Louisville Bats recorded a 10-5 blowout victory over the Durham Bulls. Alonso was 3-6 with a home run, five RBI and one run scored.
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods right-handed pitcher Wilking Rodriguez couldn’t hold an early lead in a 6-4 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Second baseman Tyler Bortnick was 3-4 with two RBI and one run scored.
  • The Lexington Legends offense couldn’t muster anything in a 5-0 shutout loss to the Hickory Crawdads. Right-handed pitcher Jose Cisner0 surrendered just two earned runs in six innings.
  • Former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer extended his hitting streak to five games with a 2-5 performance for high A High Desert. Schaffer is 12-21 during the streak.
  • Former Murray St. first baseman Wes Cunningham was 2-5 with a double, triple, two RBI and two runs scored for short-season Eugene.
  • Former Campbellsville catcher Richie Rowland extended hits hitting streak to nine games with a 2-4 performance for rookie-level Missoula. He has multiple hits in seven games during the streak.
  • Former Trinity High School outfielder Tyler Kuhn was 2-4 with a home run, three RBI, double and one run scored for AA Birmingham and has hit in five straight games.

Kentuckians among MiLB All-Stars


Ben Revere; Photo from Wikimedia Commons

With today’s announcement of the AAA All-Star game rosters each of the full-season Minor Leagues has unveiled its All-Star roster. I’ve listed the Kentucky-related players below on each team with links to the full roster:

International League (AAA)

  • 2B — Chris Valaika — Louisville Bats*
  • LHP — Travis Wood — Louisville Bats

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

  • OF — Brian Bogusevic — Former Lexington Legend — Round Rock

Texas League (AA)

  • RHP — Jordan Lyles — Former Lexington Legend — Corpus Christi
  • 1B — Koby Clemens — Former Lexington Legend — Corpus Christi*

Eastern League (AA)

  • RHP — Trystan Magnuson — UoL — New Hampshire
  • OF — Ben Revere — Lexington Catholic HS — New Britain

Carolina League (High A)

  • RHP — Jose Duran — Former Lexington Legend — Frederick

California League (High A)

  • OF — Jay Austin — Former Lexington Legend — Lancaster

Florida State League (High A)

  • RHP — Joshua Satow — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • RHP — Marquis Fleming — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • LHP — Neil Schenk — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • OF — Isaias Velasquez — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte
  • DH — Henry Wrigley — Former Bowling Green Hot Rod — Charlotte

Midwest League (Low A)

  • RHP — Alexander Colome — Bowling Green Hot Rods
  • RHP — Wilking Rodriguez — Bowling Green Hot Rods

South Atlantic League (Low A)

  • LHP — Robbie Ross — Lexington Christian Academy
  • RHP — Kirk Clark — Lexington Legends
  • 1B — Kody Hinze — Lexington Legends
  • 2B — Jose Altuve — Lexington Legends
  • OF — J. D. Martinez — Lexington Legends
  • 3B — Chris Dominguez — UofL — Augusta

BluGrass Baseball Hot Rods April Awards

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We’re back on the April minor league award series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The first month of the season wasn’t kind to the Hot Rods, who stumbled out of the gate to the tune of a 5-17 record. Check out Bowling Green’s standout April performances below:

Hitter of the month: C Mark Thomas

  • Stats: .298/.365/.426 — 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R
  • It says a lot about the Hot Rods’ first month that the team’s most productive hitter played in just 14 of 23 games. Thomas led Bowling Green with two home runs, ranked second on the team with seven RBI and if he would have played in enough games to qualify for the percentage categories he would have led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS.
  • Honorable Mention: OF Christopher Murrill, 1B Ryan Wiegand

Pitcher of the month: RHP Shane Dyer

  • Stats: 1-2, 2.17 ERA, 20 SO/3 BB, 29 IP
  • If Dyer was upset at being sent back to Bowling Green to start 2010 he’s making his case for a promotion. The 2008 6th-round pick led the team in ERA and innings pitched. He even tallied a complete-game shutout in the month.
  • Honorable Mention: RHP Alexander Colome, RHP Wilking Rodriguez, RHP Kirby Yates

Bowling Green Hot Rods 2010 Opening Day Roster

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The Bowling Green Hot Rods have released their 2010 Opening Day roster for its first season in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods will feature four players, right-handed pitchers Shane Dyer, Jairo De  La Rosa and Deivis Mavares and infielder Robi Estrada, who spent part of 2009 with the team. Five 2010 Hot Rods were ranked by Baseball America on the Tampa Bay Rays’ top 30 prospects list, and I’ve included those rankings next to the players’ name below.


  • RHP Alexander Colome (BA #7) — NDFA (2007)
  • RHP Jairo De La Rosa — NFDA (2002)
  • RHP Shane Dyer — 6th Round (2008)
  • LHP Kyle Lobstein (BA #11) — 2nd Round (2008)
  • RHP Deivis Mavares — NDFA (2007)
  • RHP Jason McEachern (BA #25) — 13th round (2008)
  • RHP Wilking Rodriguez (BA #17) –NDFA (2007)
  • RHP Scott Shuman — 19th Round (2009)
  • LHP Matthew Stabelfeld — 41st Round (2009)
  • LHP Jake Sullivan — 22nd Round (2009)
  • RHP Kirby Yates —


  • Mayobanex Acosta — R/R — NDFA (2006)
  • Tomas Francisco — R/R — NDFA (2006)
  • Mark Thomas — R/R — 22nd Round (2006)


  • SS — Tyler Bortnick — R/R — 16th round (2009)
  • 3B — Julio Cedeno — R/R — NDFA (2006)
  • 2B — Robi Estrada — S/R — 19th round (2006)
  • SS — Diogenes Luis — S/R — NDFA (2006)
  • 1B — Eli Sonoqui — L/L — 9th round (2006)
  • 2B — Kyle Spraker — R/R — 34th round (2009)
  • 1B — Ryan Wiegand — L/R — 25th round (2009)


  • CF — Dustin Bell — L/R — 5th Round (2007)
  • LF — Ty Morrison (BA #14) — L/R — 4th Round (2008)
  • CF — Christopher Murrill — L/L — 35th Round (2009)
  • RF — Brett Nommensen — L/L — 8th Round (2009)