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), Chicago White Sox (Intimidators)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Christian Binford (3-2, 2.76) vs. RH Brandon Brennan (1-7, 7.74); Tuesday, LH Colin Rodgers (3-2, 2.48) vs. RH Kyle Hansen (0-1, 7.88); Wednesday, LH Daniel Stumpf (3-2, 1.96) vs. RH Jake Cose (3-3, 1.95).
Intimidator to watch: 2B Micah Johnson (6-foot, 190 pounds, age 22, bats left, throws right, from Indianapolis) leads Kannapolis in hits (56), runs (45), triples (5), games (44), at-bats (175), total bases (80), walks (26) and stolen bases (45), while batting .320 with two homers and 22 RBI. Rated by Baseball America as the 26th-best propect in the White Sox system to begin the season, Johnson was a 2012 ninth-round draft pick out of Indiana University. Signed for $127,600, he switch-hit last year and batted .273 with four homers, 25 RBI and 19 stolen bases for Great Falls, earning Pioneer League all-star honors. This season, he’s batting .226 against left-handers, .340 versus righties, .286 at home and .343 on the road.
Legend to watch: Tuesday starter Colin Rodgers (5-10, 181, 19, from Baton Rouge, La.) was selected in the third round of last June’s draft, out of Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge,. He led his team to a 3A state championship in 2009. Rodgers passed on a scholarship to Auburn in order to turn pro for $700,000 and was named Pitcher of the Year for the Burlington Royals of the Appalachian League, going 3-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 11 starts. Thus far with the Legends, he’s 3-2 with a 2.48 ERA over eight starts and 40 innings. He has struck out 32 and walked 17, holding opponents to a .236 batting average. Baseball America rates him the 25th-best prospect in the Royals system.
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