South Atlantic League baseball
What: Five-game series
When: Saturday through Tuesday (7:05 Saturday and Tuesday nights, 6:05 Sunday, 5:05 doubleheader Monday)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: New York Mets (Sand Gnats), Kansas City Royals
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Saturday, RH Pedro Fernandez (0-6, 6.32) vs. RH Robert Gsellman (8-4, 2.77); Sunday, LH Luis Rico (3-7, 4.43) vs. RH John Gant (10-5, 2.76); Monday, RH Matt Alvarez (4-4, 4.52) vs. LH Alex Panteliodis (3-2, 4.01); Monday, game two, RH Alec Mills (0-0, 1.80) vs. RH Miller Diaz (5-1, 2.26); Tuesday, RH Jake Junis (8-5, 3.87) vs. RH Robert Whalen (5-0, 2.10).
Sand Gnat to watch: 3B Nelfi Zapata (6-foot, 185 pounds, age 23, bats and throws right, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is leading Savannah with a .356 average for 13 games since stepping down from Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League. Over those 13 games, he has seven doubles, a triple, three RBI and eight runs. Over 14 games at Binghamton, Zapata hit .185 with an RBI and five runs. Selected by the Mets in the 19th round of the 2009 draft, out of Lynn English (Mass.) High School, he broke in that year with the Gulf Coast League Mets. Since then, he has had stops with Kingsport of the Appalachian League, Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League and St. Lucie of the Florida State League. His best season average came with Brooklyn in 2011, when he hit .269 with two homers and 14 RBI.
Legend to watch: INF Kevin Kuntz (6-1, 180, age 24, bats both and throws right, from Overland Park, Kansas) is 5-for-25 (.200) since joining the Legends. He has two doubles, two RBI and five runs in 11 games. Selected in the 28th round of the 2013 draft, he is a 2009 graduate of Tulsa’s Union High, where he batted .430 as a senior. The Royals drafted him that year in the 48th round, but he did not sign. He went on to play collegiate ball for Kansas, earning All-Big 12 Tournament honors in 2013. He is the son of Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz. Kevin broke into pro ball last year with Burlington of the Appalachian League. He batted .208 with six RBI and nine runs over 36 games.
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