South Atlantic League baseball
West Virginia Power
at Lexington Legends
What: Four-game series
When: Friday through Monday (7:05 Friday and Saturday nights, 1:35 Sunday afternoon, 12:05 Monday afternoon)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates (Power)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, RH Greg Billo (3-2, 1.02) vs. RH Tyler Glasnow (8-3, 2.29); Saturday, RH Matt Murray (1-5, 3.22) vs. RH Clay Holmes (5-6, 4.19); Sunday, RH Miguel Almonte (6-8, 3.18) vs. RH John Kuchno (9-5, 4.01) or RH Jason Creasy (5-4, 2.79); Monday LH Daniel Stumpf (10-9, 3.03) vs. RH Luis Heredia (6-3, 2.85).
Power to watch: RF Josh Bell (6-foot-3, 213 pounds, age 21, bats both, throws right, from Irving, Texas) was named this week to the SAL post-season all-star team. Through Wednesday, Bell ranked 14th in the SAL with a .281 batting average, tied for seventh in runs (74), tied for ninth in hits (127), tied for second in doubles (37), sixth in RBI (75), 10th in total bases (204), 12th in on-base percentage (.354), 11th in slugging (.451) and 10th in OPS (.806). Selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2011 draft, out of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, he received a $5 million signing bonus. As a high school senior, he hit .556 with 14 homers, 55 RBI and 57 runs. Last year, with the Power, he finished with a .274 average, one homer, 11 RBI and six runs over 15 games.
Legend to watch: RHP Zeb Sneed (6-4, 194, 22, from Twin Falls, Idaho) is 1-1 with one save and a 5.30 ERA over seven games and 18 2/3 innings of relief with the Legends. Selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 2012 draft, out of Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) University, he is a 2009 graduate of Twin Falls High School. With Northwest Nazarene, he was Great Northwest Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010. Last year, with Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, Sneed went 2-2 with a 7.43 ERA over 13 games, including 12 starts. He struck out 47, walked 28 and uncorked 16 wild pitches. He began this season with Idaho Falls, going 2-1, 4.50 over eight relief appearances and 18 innings. Combined with Idaho Falls and Lexington this year, Sneed has struck out 45 and walked nine. His father, Bob, pitched for Purdue University. A brother, Cy, pitches for Dallas Baptist University.
Radio: WLXG-AM 1300
Promotions — Friday: Hall of Fame night, with induction of pitcher Jordan Lyles. … Saturday: Fan Appreciation Night (free giveaways) and Jersey Off Our Back Night (silent auction of the night’s game-worn shirts, and post-game fireworks. … Sunday: Kids Club Ice Cream Social (post-game party with Legends players); all kids may run the bases after the game. … Monday: Bark In The Park ($2 admission for each dog, with proceeds going to Lexington Humane Society) and “Kids Eat Free” day (kids 12-under get a voucher good for a meal and drink). In recognition of “Labory Day,” all expectant mothers may get a box seat free of charge. Everyone may run the bases after the game.tant mothers may get a box seat free of charge. Everyone may run the bases after the game.