South Atlantic League baseball
What: Four-game series
When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 1:35 Sunday 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): Thursday,RH Christian Binford (1-2, 3.71) vs. LH Orlando Castro (3-2, 1.36); Friday, LH Colin Rodgers (2-1, 2.84) vs. RH John Kuchno (1-1, 4.33); Saturday, LH Daniel Stumpf (3-0, 1.03) vs. TBA; Sunday, RH Aroni Nina (0-1, 5.03) vs. TBA.
Power to watch: RF Josh Bell (6-foot-3, 213 pounds, age 20, bats both, throws right, from Irving, Texas) leads West Virginia in runs (25), doubles (12) and RBI (league-leading 32). Bell is batting .295 with five homers, a .343 on-base percentage and slugging .516. He’s batting .409 against left-handers, .270 versus righties. Over his last four games, Bell is 6-for-16 with eight runs. A 2011 second-round draft pick out of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, Bell hit .556 with 14 homers, 55 RBI and 57 runs as a senior. He received a $5 million signing bonus. He broke into pro ball with the Power last season, batting .274 with a homer, 11 RBI and six runs over 15 games.
Legend to watch: 2B/SS Humberto Arteaga (6-3, 183, 19, bats and throws right, from Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela) is 11-for-38 (.289) over his last nine games, raising his batting average 49 points to .177, with nine RBI and five runs. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in July 2010, Arteaga has been rated by Baseball America as the Royals’ best defensive infielder entering each of the last three seasons. He broke in with the Arizona League Royals in 2011, batting .254 with 28 RBI and 30 runs over 47 games. Last year, with Burlington of the Appalachian League, Arteaga hit .274 with two homers, 29 RBI and 40 runs over 58 games.
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