South Atlantic League baseball
What: Three-game series
When: Tuesday through Thursday (7:05 Tuesday and Thursday nights, 10:05 Wednesday morning)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Philadelphia Phillies
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, LH Matt Tenuta (2-1, 1.09) vs. RH Alejandro Arteaga (1-3, 9.18); Wednesday, RH Luis Santos (2-0, 1.69) vs. RH Drew Anderson (0-1, 7.20); Thursday, RH Jake Junis (1-2, 2.78) vs. RH Ranfi Casimiro (0-3, 9.00).
BlueClaw to watch: SS J.P. Crawford (6-foot-2, 180 pounds, age 18, bats left, throws right, from Lakewood, Calif.) is 11-for-33 (.333) over his last 10 games. Overall, he is batting .288 with two homers, five RBI, 15 runs and six stolen bases over 21 games. Selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2103 draft, he is rated by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Philadelphia system. He is a cousin of Dodgers OF Carl Crawford, and his father played football for Iowa State University and in the Canadian Football League. He split last season between the Gulf Coast League Phillies (39 games, league-leading .345) and the BlueClaws (14 games, .208). Baseball America writes, in part: “He gets plus marks for his play at shortstop, where he has soft hands, an above-average arm and a good knack for the game. Although his left-handed swing can get long at times, he has a good feel to hit, hand-eye coordination and plenty of bat speed to make evaluators believe he will hit for average.”
Legend to watch: OF Dominique Taylor (6-1, 200, 21, right, right, from Newport Beach, Calif.) has raised his average 54 points over his last eight games, going 9-for-27 (.333). That puts his overall average at .294, with a homer, 11 RBI, nine runs and four stolen bases over 16 games. Taylor is batting .313 against left-handers and at home, .286 versus righties and on the road. He has played all three OF positions. Selected in the 15th round of last year’s draft, he is a 2010 graduate of Northridge High School in Layton, Utah, where he set a school record with a .578 career average. Taylor earned an associate degree from Salt Lake Community College, where he set school records for hits, RBI and stolen bases. He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft but did not sign. Instead, he transferred to Cal Irvine, where he batted .309 with 34 RBI to earn All-Big West honors last year. Assigned by the Royals to Idaho Falls, he finished among the Pioneer League leaders in average (fifth at .322), runs (T8th), steals (T9th) and hits (T10th).
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