Legends, Power in 6-game battle of division leaders

South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-wvaLexington Legends
vs. West Virginia Power

What: Six-game series (includes completion of suspended game*)

When: Thursday through Sunday (*5:05 and 7:05 p.m. Thursday; 7:05 Friday night; 5:35 Saturday doubleheader; 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 Aroni Nina (7-3, 4.29) vs. RH Ryan Hafner (6-0, 3.03), and RH Greg Billo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Clay Holmes (3-5, 4.69); Friday, RH Miguel Almonte (4-7, 3.36) vs. RH John Kuchno (5-4, 4.43); Saturday, LH Daniel Stumpf (7-7, 3.06) vs. RH Jason Creasy (2-2, 2.99), and RH Matt Murray (1-0, 1.25) vs. RH Kyle Haynes (1-1, 2.54); Sunday, RH Christian Binford (6-4, 2.00) vs. TBA.

Walker Gourley

Walker Gourley

Power to watch: All-star utility player Walker Gourley (6 feet, 185 pounds, age 22, bats and throws right, from Goldsboro, N.C.) leads West Virginia in hits (101) and stolen bases (28). Splitting most of his time between first base and right field, Gourley also has played at second, third, left field and DH. Batting .329, he has four homers, 31 RBI and 56 runs over 83 games. He is batting .381 at home, .281 on the road. Selected in the 13th round of the 2009 draft, Gourley spent: 2009 with the Gulf Coast League Pirates (.220, 2 RBI, 6 runs, 18 games); 2010 with the New York-Penn League’s State College Spikes (.168, 23 RBI, 20 runs, 61 games) and the Florida State League’s Bradenton Marauders (.125, 8 games); 2011 with State College (.180, 10 RBI, 11 runs, 42 games); and 2012 with State College (.253, 27 RBI, 28 runs, 64 games). His 28 stolen bases this season are one more than he totaled over his first four years.

Mark Threlkeld

Mark Threlkeld

Legend to watch: 1B Mark Thelkeld (6-1, 201, 23, right-right, from Monroe, La.) suffered a broken left forearm on his first at-bat of the season on May 5. The injury kept him out until June 11. Now, he leads the Legends in on-base percentage (.352) and slugging (.403). Batting .252 over 35 games, Threlkeld has three homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs. Nine of his 30 hits have been doubles. Valedictorian of his class at Sterlington High School in Louisiana, he batted .500 with 13 homers as a senior. He went on to Louisiana Tech, batting .335 with 14 homers and a team-leading 62 RBI as a sophomore in 2010. In 2011, he led Tech with 71 hits and 45 runs. Selected in the 25th round of the 2011 draft, he batted .271 with four homers, 31 RBI and 23 runs over 57 games for Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League. Last year, with Burlington of the Appalachian League, Threlkeld improved to .283 with 10 homers, 40 RBI and 37 runs over 62 games. He currently has a six-game hitting streak (7-for-20).

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