Legends open road trip at Lakewood

June 5, 2012
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
at Lakewood BlueClaws

What: Three-game series

When: Tuesday through Thursday (7:05 each night)

Where: FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood, N.J.)

Major League affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends), Philadelphia Phillies

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, LH Luis Cruz (5-1, 2.84) vs. LH Ethan Stewart (0-6, 4.21); Wednesday, RH Jonas Dufek (1-1, 5.84) vs. RH Colin Klevan (3-4, 3.59); Thursday, RH Nick Tropeano (4-3, 2.94) vs. LH Lino Martinez (3-3, 6.79).

Drew Muren

Legend to watch: OF Drew Muren (6-foot-6, 195 pounds, from Ramona, Calif.), who bats left-handed and throws righty, takes a .289 batting average into the series, with 13 RBI and 22 runs. Among his 44 hits are 11 doubles, a triple and two homers. He’s riding a four-game hitting streak, going 7-for-17 (.412). He has four stolen bases, a .341 on-base percentage and .414 slugging. Against right-handed pitchers, Muren is batting .321; against lefties, .200. Selected by the Astros in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft, Muren was an All-Big West selection for Cal State Northridge last year. He also was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the 35th round of the 2010 draft. Last summer, the Astros placed him with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. He was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Month for July and finished the season with a .257 average, two homers, 21 RBI and eight stolen bases over 67 games.

Aaron Altherr

BlueClaw to watch: OF Aaron Altherr  (6-5, 190, from Buckeye, Ariz.) leads the BlueClaws in hits (49), doubles (13) and total bases (78), and shares the lead in triples (2). Batting .241, with four homers, 24 RBI, 23 runs and 17 stolen bases, he has not committed an error. Selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, out of Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Ariz., Altherr is rated by Baseball America as the 15th-best prospect in the Philadelphia system. He spent 2009 and part of 2010 with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, parts of 2010 and 2011 with the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League, and part of last season with the BlueClaws. He earned mid-season all-star honors with the Crosscutters. For those three combined seasons, he batted .255 with eight homers, 82 RBI, 94 runs and 55 stolen bases over 195 games. This season, he’s batting .272 at home, .216 on the road. He bats and throws right-handed.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends visit BlueClaws for three games

June 13, 2010
Baseball

South Atlantic      League

Lexington Legends vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

What: Three-game series

Where: FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood, N.J.)

When: Monday through Wednesday (7:05 each night)

Affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends); Philadelphia Phillies

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Colby Shreve

Colby Shreve

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Robby Donovan (6-4, 2.63) vs. RH Jared Cosart (7-1, 3.34); Tuesday, RH Tanner Bushue (3-3, 3.95) vs. RH Brody Colvin (3-6, 4.99); Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (1-7, 5.34) vs. RH Colby Shreve (4-3, 4.24).

Jonathan Singleton

Jonathan Singleton

BlueClaw to watch: 1B Jonathan Singleton (6-foot-2, 215 pounds, from Lakewood, Calif.) comes in with hits in his last five games (8-for-20) and seven of his last eight games (12-for-30). An eighth-round draft pick last year out of Long Beach High School, Singleton is batting .407 over 30 games, with seven homers, 33 RBI and 22 runs. He has 20 walks to 22 strikeouts, a .500 on-base percentage, .704 slugging and 1.204 OPS.  He’s batting. 477 at home, a “mere” .359 on the road. Singleton made his pro debut last summer with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, hitting .290 with two homers and 12 RBI over 31 games. The son of former Oregon quarterback Herb Singleton, he is rated by Baseball America as the 20th-best prospect in the Phillies system.

Jose Trinidad

Jose Trinidad

Legend to watch: RHP Jose Trinidad (5-11, 150, from Sabana Grande de Palenque, Domincan Republic) leads Lexington pitchers in appearances — 22, all in relief. Overall, he is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA, three holds and eight games finished. Over 43 1/3 innings, Trinidad has struck out 32 and walked 10. In five appearances this month, he is 1-0 and has allowed only one unearned run, holding opponents to a .179 batting average. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in February of 2006, he led all Astros minor-leaguers in 2008 with a 2.73 ERA (17 earned runs in 56 innings). With the Legends last year, he was shut down after 13 relief stints and 21 innings due to injury. He was 0-3 with a save and a 4.71 ERA. His four-season minor-league totals, beginning with two years in the Dominican Summer League: 9-11, 10 saves, 2.92 ERA, 134 strikeouts, 51 walks, 160 1/3 innings.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300