South Atlantic League baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 Monday and Tuesday nights, 12:05 Wednesday afternoon)
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, RH Miguel Almonte (2-4, 3.11) vs. RH Matt Carasiti (0-0, 9.00); Tuesday, RH Christian Binford (3-2, 3.18) vs. RH T.J. Oakes (4-3, 5.54); Wednesday, LH Colin Rodgers (3-1, 2.25) vs. RH Ben Hughes (3-4, 7.34).
Tourist to watch: C Tom Murphy (6-foot-1, 220 pounds, age 22, bats and throws right, from West Monroe, N.Y.) began this season as the No. 14 prospect in the Rockies system, according to Baseball America. Signed for $454,000 as a third-round pick in 2012, out of Buffalo, he broke into pro ball last season with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League. There, he hit .288 with six homers, 38 RBI and 26 runs over 55 games. This season, he’s batting .348 with eight homers, 31 RBI and 24 runs over 26 games. After batting .408 in May, he has dropped to .275 thus far in May. He has 12 RBI in his last 10 games.
Legend to watch: Utility IF/OF Nick Cuckovich (6-1, 199, 21, bats and throws right, from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) has played first, second and third base this season. His last seven games, though, have found him in right field. Although struggling with a .180 average, his bat has come around the last five games (5-for-15, .333, 3 RBI, 3 R). Selected in the 17th round of the 2011 draft, he earned an associate degree from Riverside (Calif.) Community College and had signed a letter of intent with Hawaii before opting to turn pro. He batted .288 over two seasons and 103 pro games with the Arizona League Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars. He led the Arizona League in stolen bases in 2011 with 24, while finishing ninth in on-base percentage (.418) and tied for ninth in walks. Last year, he was fourth in the Pioneer League with eight triples. Cuckovich is a 2009 graduate of Lambrick Park Secondary School in Saanich, British Columbia.
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