Legends open 7-game road trip with 3 at Delmarva

South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-delmarvaLexington Legends
at Delmarva Shorebirds

What: Three-game series

When: Wednesday through Friday (7:05 each night)

Where: Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Salisbury, Md.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Baltimore Orioles (Shorebirds)

Legends probable pitchers: Wednesday, RH Miguel Almonte (0-3, 5.50); Thursday, RH Christian Binford (1-2, 3.74); Friday, LH Colin Rodgers (1-1, 3.66).

Alec Mills

Alec Mills

Legend to watch: RHP Alec Mills (6-foot-4, 187 pounds, age 21, from Clarksville, Tenn.) is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and two saves over seven relief appearances spanning 13 2/3 innings. Mills has struck out 19 and walked two while holding opponents to a .149 batting average. Selected in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft out of Tennessee-Martin, he set a UTM record with 30 appearances as a sophomore in 2011. As a junior, he struck out 74 over 89 innings, compiling a 3.94 ERA. As a high school athlete in Cunningham, Tenn., he was Male Athlete of the Year all four years at Montgomery Central. He made his pro debut last year with Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, getting seven starts in 17 appearances. He finished 1-4 with three saves and a 4.62 ERA over 50 2/3 innings, with 50 strikeouts to 17 walks.

Christian Walker

Christian Walker

Shorebird to watch: 1B Christian Walker (6-0, 220, age 22, from Limerick, Pa., bats and throws right) shares the lead or has it outright for Delmarva in average (.360), games (24), runs (17), hits (31), total bases (44), walks (10), on-base percentage (.440) and OPS (.952). He is second on the team with 16 RBI and three home runs. A 2012 fourth-round draft pick out of South Carolina, Walker is rated by Baseball America as the 12th-best prospect in the Orioles system. He turned down the Dodgers when he was drafted in the 49th round out of high school, going on to win two NCAA titles with the Gamecocks. He tied the College World Series record for career hits (28), then signed with the Orioles for $349,000. He spent last season with Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League, batting .284 with two homers and nine RBI over 22 games.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

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