Legends open first homestand of year vs. Tourists

South Atlantic League Baseball

logo sal asheville-2011legends-logo-13Asheville Tourists
at Lexington Legends

What: Three-game series

When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 Monday and Tuesday nights; 10:05 Wednesday morning)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends); Colorado Rockies (Tourists)

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, LH Daniel Stumpf (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Shane Broyles (0-0, 0.00); Tuesday, RH Aroni Nina (0-0, 0.00), vs. RH Eddie Butler (1-0, 0.00); Wednesday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (0-1, 0.00) vs. RH T.J. Oakes (0-0, 8.10).

Rosell Herrera

Rosell Herrera

Tourist to watch: SS Rosell Herrera (6-foot-3, 180 pounds, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; age 20; bats both, throws right) signed for $800,000 in 2009 and debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2010 (.237, 1 HR, 26 RBI), earning all-star honors. He made his U.S. debut in 2011 with the Casper Ghosts of the Pioneer League (284-6-34). He split last year between the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League (.284-1-30, 47 games) and Asheville (.202-1-26, 63 games). Through three games this season, he’s off to a .308 start (3-for-13) with a double and solo homer.

Michael Antonio

Michael Antonio

Legend to watch: DH/3B Michael Antonio (6-1, 195, from New York; 21; bats  right, throws right) knocked an eighth-inning, two-out double to break a 2-2 tie Sunday as the Legends score their first victory of the season, 5-2 at Augusta. Antonio also drove in a run with a first-inning single. A third-round 2010 draft pick out of George Washington High School — the school that produced Manny Ramirez — Antonio batted .500 with 31 runs and 19 RBI. He passed on an offer to play for St. John’s University and signed for $411,000. He played 40 games for the Arizona League Royals in 2010, tying for sixth in the league in doubles (14) and eighth in triples (5) while batting .264 with a homer and 12 RBI. In 2011, Antonio played eight games for the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League (.303-1-5) and 55 for the Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League (.262-10-37), tied for 10th in the league in homers and RBI. Last year, with the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, he batted .213 with five homers and 64 RBI over 123 games.

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