Legends hop down for four at Greensboro

June 24, 2012

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
at Greensboro Grasshoppers

What: Four-game series

When: Monday through Thursday (7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 12:30 p.m. Wednesday)

Where: NewBridge Bank Park (Greensboro, N.C.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Miami Marlins

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-1, 2.13) vs. LH Charlie Lowell (3-3, 4.35); Tuesday, LH Luis Cruz (5-4, 3.70) vs. RH Jose Urena (5-4, 3.36); Wednesday, RH Luis Ordosgoitti (1-2, 4.40) vs. RH Austin Brice (5-2, 4.26); Thursday, RH Jonas Dufek (5-1, 4.72) vs. RH Josh Hodges (5-5, 3.78).

Jonas Dufek

Legend to watch: Thursday starting RHP Jonas Dufek (6-foot-5, 218 pounds, will turn 24 Saturday, from Omaha, Neb.) has earned wins in his last four games. At 5-1, 4.72 overall, he has appeared in 14 games, including one in relief. Over 74 1/3 innings, Dufek has 59 and walked 20, holding opponents to a .277 batting average. In June, he is 4-0, 2.52 with 23 strikeouts to four walks, holding foes to a .236 average. Selected by the Astros in the ninth round of the 2011 draft, out of Creighton University, Dufek played last year for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He made 11 starts, going 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA, one complete game, 37 strikeouts and 16 walks over 51 innings. With Creighton, Dufek was named first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference last year and was MVP of the conference tournament. In addition, he was named third-team All-American.

Brent Keys

Grasshopper to watch: SAL all-star Brent Keys (6-1, 210, age 21, bats/throws L, from Simi Valley, Calif.) is batting .355 with four homers and 32 RBI through Saturday. He leads the Grasshoppers in average, runs (53), hits (89), stolen bases (15), on-base percentage (.427) and OPS (.893), and is second in total bases (117 games). Over 66 games and 251 at-bats, Keys has more walks (32) than strikeouts (22). Selected by the Marlins in the 17th round of the 2009 draft, out of Simi Valley High School, Keys broke in with the Gulf Coast League Marlins in 2009, then advanced to the NYPL’s Jamestown Jammers in 2010. He divided time last season between Jamestown and Greensboro. For three minor-league seasons leading into this year, Keys batted .282 with a homer, 61 RBI, 81 runs and 35 stolen bases in 158 games.

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Can Legends intimidate Kannapolis?

April 11, 2010

Coming up

South Atlantic League baseball

Lexington Legends at Kannapolis Intimidators

What: Four-game series

Where: Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium (Kannapolis, N.C.)

When: Monday through Thursday (7:05 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights; 10:05 a.m. Wednesday)

Probable starters (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Brandt Walker (season debut) vs. RH Justin Collop (season debut); Tuesday, RH Tanner Bushue (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Matt Hopps (0-0, 0.00); Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (0.0, 2.70) vs. RH Joe Serafin (0-1, 6.00); Thursday, RH Robert Donovan (0-0, 1.80) vs. RH Terry Doyle (0-1, 1.50).

Intimidator to watch: 2B Daniel Wagner (6-feet, 185 pounds, from Kannapolis) is off to a solid start with his hometown team. A 16th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in last June’s draft, Wagner is a left-handed hitter out of Belmont University. Through four games, he is 6-for-15 (.400), with two RBI and a stolen base. All of his hits have come in a pair of three-hit games. Last season, Wagner hit .258 over 56 games for Bristol of the Appalachian League, with a homer, 26 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He also hit .293 and homered over 11 games with Kannapolis.

Kirk Clark

Kirk Clark

Legend to watch: RHP Kirk Clark (6-2, 202, from Moline, Ill.) has come out of the bullpen in two of the team’s first four games. Over 2 2/3 innings he has given up three hits and two walks, but no runs. He has struck out four and was the winner in Saturday’s win over Charleston. Signed by the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent last August, Clark played for Creighton University. He made 10 relief appearances for Tri-City of the New York-Penn League last season, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA. Over 19 innings, he struck out 24 and walked three

Wander Alvino

Wander Alvino

Roster move: RHP Wander Alvino was added to the Legends roster Sunday, called up from extended spring training. He takes the place of LHP David Duncan, who moves to the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, due to a sore arm. Alvino surrendered three runs over three innings in relief Sunday. Last season with Tri-City, Alvino was 4-7 with a 5.17 ERA over 13 starts.

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