Legends, Power in 6-game battle of division leaders

July 24, 2013
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).

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends take a trip to West Virginia for 4 games

July 3, 2013
South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-wvaLexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (6:05 Thursday night, 7:05 Friday and Saturday nights, 2:05 Sunday afternoon)

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates (Power)

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Leonel Santiago (0-0, 2.25) vs. RH Jason Creasy (2-0, 3.21); Friday, RH Miguel Almonte (3-6, 3.39) vs. RH Clay Holmes (2-5, 4.98); Saturday, LH Daniel Stumpf (6-6, 3.30) vs. RH John Kuchno (3-4, 5.10); Sunday RH Christian Binford (5-3, 2.08) vs. RH Tyler Glasnow (4-2, 2.69).

Bubba Starling

Bubba Starling

Legend to watch: CF Bubba Starling (6-foot-4, 210 pounds, age 20, bats and throws right, from Gardner, Kan.) has come to life after struggling much of the first half of the season. At the all-star break, Starling was batting .213, with seven homers, 29 RBI, 30 runs and eight stolen bases. Since then, he is batting .310 with nine RBI, three runs and a steal (through Tuesday). He is 7-for-18 (.389) over his last six games. Overall, Starling is batting .229 with seven homers, 38 RBI, 33 runs and nine steals in 11 attempts. Having difficulty seeing the ball during night games, he underwent lasik eye surgery in mid-May. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated him the No. 2 prospect in the Royals organization. A 2011 first-round draft pick, fifth overall, he signed for $7.5 million, turning down an offer to play quarterback at Nebraska. He also was an all-state basketball player for Gardner-Edgerton High School. His final two seasons of high school, he hit 17  homers, batting .481 as a senior. He also played for Team USA’s under-18 squad in 2010, batting .339 with a .474 on-base percentage. With the Burlington Royals last year, he hit .275 with 10 homers, 33 RBI, 35 runs and 10 steals over 53 games. He was Burlington’s Player of the Year, as well as an Appalachian League all-star.

Dilson Herrera

Dilson Herrera

Power to watch: All-star 2B/SS Dilson Herrera (5-10, 150, 19, right-right, from Cartagena, Colombia) is batting .270 through Tuesday, with seven homers, 37 RBI, 46 runs and nine stolen bases. Although batting .336 on the road, Herrera is only .197 at home. Rated by Baseball America as the No. 20 prospect in Pirates system coming into this season, he signed in 2010 for $220,000. With the Venezuelan Summer League Pirates in 2011, he hit .308 with two homers, 27 RBI, 42 runs and 16 steals over 65 games. Herrera made his U.S. debut last year with the Gulf Coast League Pirates (53 games) and State College Spikes (7 games) of the New York-Penn League. He led the GCL in runs (41), extra-base hits (22) and total bases (96). He finished with averages of .281 in the GCL and .321 with State College.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends pay a visit to West Virginia Power

May 15, 2013
South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-wvaLexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 Sunday afternoon)

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates (Power)

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Colin Rodgers (3-1, 2.30) vs. RH Clay Holmes (1-3, 6.10); Friday, LH Daniel Stumpf (3-0, 1.19) vs. RH Tyler Glasnow (3-0, 1.80); Saturday, RH Aroni Nina (0-2, 4.74) vs. RH Jake Burnette (0-0, 49.1); Sunday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (1-3, 2.33) vs. LH Joely Rodriguez (2-2, 3.14).

Bryan Brickhouse

Bryan Brickhouse

Legend to watch: Sunday starter Bryan Brickhouse (6-foot, 212 pounds, age 20,  from Charlotte, N.C.) is reigning SAL Pitcher of the Week (1 GS, 6.2i, 0r, 2h, 9k, 2w), having pitched Lexington to a 2-0 road victory over Lakewood. In one start this week, against Kannapolis, Brickhouse threw five innings of one-run, seven-hit ball. Overall, his 1-3, 2.33 mark comes over seven starts and 38 2/3 innings. He has 34 strikeouts to nine walks, holding opponents to a .231 average. His ERA is 3.18 at home, 1.66 on the road. A third-round draft choice in 2011, he went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA and 129 strikeouts over 72 innings as a high school senior in The Woodlands, Texas. His teammates included Jameson Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. Brickhouse passed on a chance to play collegiate ball for North Carolina and signed with the Royals for $1.5 million. His grandfather, Norman Brickhouse, was a catcher for North Carolina State. The Legends’ Brickhouse (no relation to Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse) played one game for the Idaho Falls Chukars last season and 10 for the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League, going a combined 3-3, 6.62, with 41 strikeouts and 26 walks. Coming into this season, Baseball America rated him the 17th best prospect in the Royals system.

Allie Stetson

Allie Stetson

Power to watch: 1B Allie Stetson (6-2, 238, 22, bats and throws right, from Olmstead Falls, Ohio) leads or shares the team lead in games (36), average (.316), hits (43), homers (8), total bases (76), slugging (.559) and OPS (.961) through Tuesday. Out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, he also pitched and went 9-1 with a 1.29 ERA as a senior. He also struck out 134 in 60 innings. The Pirates selected him in the second round of the 2010 draft. He played last season with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, batting .213 with three homers, 19 RBI and 23 runs. He earned SAL Player of the Week honors in mid-April.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends open second half of season at West Virginia

June 20, 2012
(Updates Power rotation)
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 p.m. Sunday)

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Luis Cruz (5-3, 3.49) vs. LH Zack Dodson (1-5, 6.12); Friday, RH Luis Ordosgoitti (1-1, 4.38) vs. RH Robby Rowland (2-1, 3.12); Saturday, RH Jonas Dufek (4-1, 4.87) vs. RH Ryan Hafner (0-4, 6.34); Sunday, RH Nick Tropeano (5-4, 2.99) vs. RH Zack Von Rosenberg (0-1, 4.73). 

Murilo Gouvea

Legend to watch: RHP Murilo Gouvea (6-foot-2, 210 pounds, from Sao Paulo, Brazil) has become a force in the bullpen.  In addition to his 2-3 record, one save and 2.66 ERA, Gouvea leads the team with eight holds. All of his 26 appearances have come in relief, spanning 40 2/3 innings. He has notched 48 strikeouts to 11 walks, holding opponents to a .211 batting average. Although he has made 13 appearances each home and away, all of his decisions have come at home, where he has a 3.92 ERA. On the road, his ERA is 1.35. Gouvea has improved each month, posting a 4.11 ERA in April, 2.25 in May and 0.96 so far in June. Originally signed as free agent Nov. 17, 2006,  by the White Sox, he pitched for the Dominican Summer League White Sox in 2007, Bristol of the Appalachian League in 2008, Bristol, the SAL’s Kannapolis Intimidators and Greeneville Astros in 2009, the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League in 2010, and Tri-City and Lexington in 2011. Combined, he went 10-16 with three saves and a 5.09 ERA, striking out 292 and walking 116 over 252 2/3 innings. With the Legends last year, Gouvea was 1-3 with a 3.98 ERA in 30 relief appearances spanning 74 2/3 innings, with 83 strikeouts.

Jose Osuna

Power to watch: 1B Jose Osuna (6-2, 213, from Trujillo, Venezuela), batting .267, ranks fourth on the team in homers (4), RBI (29) and total bases (97). He also is tied for second in doubles (20) and is third in hits (65) and runs (34). Signed by the Pirates as an undrafted free agent for $275,000 in 2009, Osuna, 19, is rated by Baseball America as the 30th-best prospect in the Pittsburgh system. He hit .251 with 10 homers and 43 RBI in 64 games with the Venezuelan Summer League Pirates in 2010. Last year, he hit .331 with four homers and 32 RBI over 48 games with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, and went 2-for-8 (.250) in two games with the NYPL’s State College Spikes. Osuna, who bats and throws right-handed, is hitting .204 versus left-handed pitchers this season, .286 against righties.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends open 3-game home series vs. Power on Monday

June 10, 2012
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. West Virginia Power

What: Three-game series

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

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Jonas Dufek (2-1, 5.30) vs. RH Zack Von Rosenberg (0-0, 0.00); Tuesday, RH Nick Tropeano (5-3, 2.82) vs. RH Nicholas Kingham (1-4, 5.51); Wednesday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (8-1, 2.07) vs. LH Zack Dodson (1-4, 5.61).

Willy Garcia

Power to watch: OF Willy Garcia (6-foot-3, 180 pounds, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is batting .274 with eight homers and 41 RBI going into play Sunday. He went 3-for-5 Friday and again Saturday. In seven June games, Garcia is 10-for-28 (.357). He leads the Power in RBI, ranks second in homers and third in hits (59) and total bases (93). Garcia, who throws and bats righty, is at his best against left-handed pitchers, batting .341 (.257 vs. RHP). Signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent, Garcia made his pro debut in 2010 with the Dominican Summer League Pirates, batting .250 with a homer and 22 RBI for 51 games. Last year, over 47 games with the Gulf Coast League Pirates and three games with the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League, he batted .266 with five homers and 35 RBI.

Carlos Quevedo

Legend to watch: RHP Carlos Quevedo (6-2, 239, from Valencia, Venezuela) is one of seven Legends selected for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Going into play Sunday, Quevedo had made 19 appearances, including two starts, and worked 44 2/3 innings. At 4-1 overall, with three saves and a 2.82 ERA, Quevedo had piled up 49 strikeouts and walked only five, while holding opponents to a .222 batting average. Exclude his two starts and his numbers are even more impressive: 4-0, three saves, 0.96 ERA, .171 batting average. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in 2007, he spent the 2007-08 seasons with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros, combining to go 8-2, with 78 strikeouts and 26 walks over 122 2/3 innings. He moved to the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League in 2009 (2-7, 5.6), the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League in 2010 (7-3, 3.06) and to the Legends last year (8-6, 4.53). Starting in 26 of 27 appearances, he led the 2011 Legends in victories and innings pitched (151). He also had the lowest walks-per-nine-innings ration in the SAL, yielding 19 walks all year.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

Promotions: Monday is “Kids Eat Free” night; children 12 and under get a food voucher. Tuesday is “35-cent hot dog” night; enough said. Wednesday is “free hot dog” night for kids 12 and under; fans must pick up a hot dog voucher at a Lexington Meijer location.


Legends back at home for three vs. Power

May 20, 2012
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. West Virginia Power

What: Three-game series

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

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Jonas Dufek (1-0, 4.96) vs. RH Ryan Hafner (0-3, 8.24); Tuesday, RH Nick Tropeano (2-3, 2.91) vs. TBA; Wednesday, RH Luis Ordosgoitti (0-1, 8.49) vx. LH Zack Dodson (1-4, 6.17).

Alen Hanson

Power to watch: Switch-hitting 2B Alen Hanson (5-foot-11, 152 pounds, from La Romana, Dominican Republic) leads the Power in games played (42), at-bats (177), average (.339), hits (60), runs (40), doubles (16), triples (6), stolen bases (13), total bases (106) and OPS (.984), and shares the team lead in walks (14). He is second on the team in homers (6) and third in RBI (21). Signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent July 14, 2009, Hanson hit .324 and had two homers, 28 RBI, 48 runs and 20 stolen bases for the 2010 Dominican Summer League Pirates. Last year, in 52 games with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, Hanson led the league in triples (7), was second in steals (24) and fourth in runs (42), while batting .263 with two homers and 35 RBI. He also played three games for State College of the New York-Penn League. This season, he’s batting .355 against left-handers, .336 versus righties; .376 at home, and .304 on the road.

Delino DeShields Jr.

Legend to watch: 2B Delino DeShields Jr. (5-9, 203, from Ocala, Fla.) leads the league in stolen bases, swiping 26 in 27 attempts. Batting .239 with two homers and 15 RBI, the 19-year-old right-hander leads the Legends with 30 runs and shares the team lead with 26 walks. His father, Delino Sr., played 13 seasons in the Major Leagues and stole 463 bases. Both father and son were first-round draft picks — Senior went 12th in the 1987 draft; the Astros selected Junior with the eighth pick of the 2010 draft, then signed him for a franchise-record $2.125 million. He played only 18 games in the summer of 2010, two for the Gulf Coast League Astros and 16 for Greeneville of the Appalachian League, batting .289 with eight RBI, 14 runs and five stolen bases. With the Legends last year, as the sixth-youngest player in the SAL, DeShields Jr. learned his new position (moving from center field) while batting .220, with nine homers, 48 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 41 attempts.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends hit the road for three at West Virginia

May 13, 2012
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
at West Virginia Power

What: Three-game series

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

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (4-1, 1.60) vs. RH Nicholas Kingham (1-2, 7.43); Tuesday, LH Luis Cruz (2-1, 3.47) vs. RH Matt Benedict (2-2, 2.89); Wednesday, RH Jonas Dufek (0-0, 5.06) vs. RH Ryan Hefner (0-2, 6.75).

Dayan Diaz

Legend to watch: RHP Dayan Diaz (5-foot-10, 188 pounds, from Cartagena, Colombia) has been a solid performer over 12 relief appearances. Diaz is 4-2, with four saves and an 0.81 ERA over 22 1/3 innings. He has struck out 25 and walked nine, while holding opponents to a .155 batting average. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 6, 2005, at age 16, Diaz spent the 2006 through 2008 seasons with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros. He moved to the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2010, then to the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League last year. With Tri-City, Diaz appeared in 19 games, including one start. He wound up with a 7-3 record, two saves and a 1.98 ERA. He also struck out 70 and walked 30, holding foes to a .158 batting average.

Gregory Polanco

Power to watch: RF Gregory Polanco (6-4, 170, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) leads West Virginia in homers (7) and ranks second in runs (22), triples (2), RBI (21), total bases (66) and stolen bases (10). He also ranks third in hits (38), average (.304), slugging (.528) and OPS (.879), and is fourth in on-base percentage (.351). Signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on April 11, 2009, Polanco hit .267 that year for the Dominican Summer League Pirates, with 24 RBI and 34 runs in 64 games. In 2010, with the Gulf Coast League Pirates, he batted .202, with three homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs in 53 games. Last year, over 48 games with the GCL Pirates and three games with State College of the New York-Penn League, Polanco hit .229, with three homers, 35 RBI and 34 runs in 51 games. Polanco, who bats and throws left-handed, is 12-for-34 (.353) in the first nine games of May. He has hits in his last seven games.

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300


Legends head east to visit West (Virginia)

June 26, 2011
Baseball

                                 South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends vs. West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

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

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Foltynewicz

Foltynewicz

Alaniz

Alaniz

Quevedo

Quevedo

Cruz

Cruz

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (4-6, 4.54) vs. LH Zac Fuesser (2-2, 2.20); Tuesday, RH Ruben Alaniz (5-5, 4.55) vs. RH Colton Cain (5-5, 3.04); Wednesday, LH Luis Cruz (1-0, 2.19) vs. RH Tyler Waldron (6-3, 4.11); Thursday, RH Carlos Quevedo (5-4, 4.74) vs. RH Zack Von Rosenberg (3-5, 6.75).

David Martinez

David Martinez

Legend to watch: RHP David Martinez (6-foot-2, 215 pounds, from Cumana, Venezuela) has appeared in 19 games, including one start. Over 31 innings, he is 3-0 with a 4.06 ERA, 25 strikeouts and six walks. His four June outings have spanned 7 1/3 innings, during which time he is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA, while holding opponents to a .179 batting average. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent March 3, 2005, at age 17, Martinez spent four seasons with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros. He made his North American debut in 2009 with Greeneville of the Appalachian League, where he went 1-4 with a save and a 4.50 ERA. Last year, with Tri-City, he improved to 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA and finished on a high note by earning ValleyCats Pitcher of the Month honors in August. His overall minor-league totals coming into this season included 89 games, 26 starts, a 22-11 record, 3.44 ERA, 261 1/3 innings, 196 strikeouts and 63 walks.

Colton Cain

Colton Cain

Power to watch: Tuesday starting pitcher Colton Cain (6-3, 225, from Waxahachie, Texas) leads the Power in starts (14) and innings pitched (74), and his 58 strikeouts are one less than team leader Von Rosenburg. Cain has made four starts in June, going 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA over 24 innings. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated Cain the 13th-best prospect in the Pirates system. Wrote BBA: “Signed to an eight-round record $1.15 million bonus in 2009, Cain had back surgery last winter and spent much of 2010 rehabilitating what the Pirates called a minor issue. He did get back on the field by the end of June, and management was impressed with his intense work ethic and delighted that his stuff bounced back to near-peak form.” With the Gulf Coast League Pirates (four starts) and State College Spikes (11 games, nine starts) last year, Cain went 1-2 with a 4.66 ERA over 48 innings. He struck out 47, walked 19 and held opponents to a .197 batting average (.163 vs. left-handers).  

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends head east to meet West (Virginia)

July 7, 2010
Baseball

South Atlantic
      League

Lexington Legends
                                 vs. West Virginia Power

What: Five-game series

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

When: Thursday through Monday (7:05 nightly except Sunday, 2:05 p.m.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

Brad Dydalewicz

Brad Dydalewicz

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

 

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-5, 4.40) vs. RH Brett Lorin (0-0, 0.00) or RH Brandon Holden (1-8, 7.16); Friday, LH Luis Cruz (3-1, 3.12) vs. RH Kyle McPherson (5-7, 4.09); Saturday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-2, 7.11) vs. RH Jason Erickson (5-5, 3.74); Sunday, RH Robby Donovan (7-5, 3.67) vs. LH Nathan Baker (6-5, 3.21); Monday, RH Tanner Bushue (4-5, 4.76) vs. RH Phillip Irwin (3-1, 2.64).

Jarek Cunningham

Jarek Cunningham

Power to watch: 2B Jarek Cunningham (6-foot-1, 185 pounds, from Spokane, Wash.) is hitting .265 with six homers, 28 RBI, 35 runs and a team-leading 28 doubles through Tuesday. Six of his 72 games have come against the Legends, with six hits in 24 at-bats, including a double, triple and homer. Cunningham, who will turn 21 on Christmas Day, was selected by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 2008 draft out of Mead (Wash.) High School. He signed for $300,000, passing up on a committment to Arizona State University. Assigned to the Gulf Coast League Pirates that summer, he hit .318 with five homers and 22 RBI over 43 games. However, he missed the entire 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a conditioning drill. He had the same injury earlier, costing him his senior year of high school ball. Coming into this season, Baseball America ranked him No. 20 among Pirates prospects. Baseball America’s summation reads, in part: “He has a short stroke, makes consistent hard contact and figures to develop at least slightly above-average power. He has a solid approach for a young player, so he should hit for average as well. Cunningham is a good athlete with above-average speed, range and arm strength.”

Wander Alvino

Wander Alvino

Legend to watch: RHP Wander Alvino (5-11, 159, from Nizao, Dominican Republic) has provided solid relief all season. Over 24 appearances and 52 2/3 innings, Alvino is 3-1 with three holds and a 2.91 ERA, with 48 strikeouts to 16 walks. Included are two outings versus the Power, spanning 3 2/3 innings, with a 1-0 record and a 2.45 ERA. Over his last 10 games, Alvino is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA. Signed by the Astros Feb. 22, 2006 as a non-drafted free agent, Alvino spent the 2006 and ’07 seasons with the Dominican Summer League Astros, going 1-2 with a 2.82 ERA in his debut season, 2-4 with a 3.16 in 2007. Then came a season with Greeneville of the Appalachian League (1-6, 5.79) and a 2009 campaign with Tri-City of the New York-Penn League (4-7, 5.17).

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends are out to pull the plug on Power

August 11, 2009

South Atlantic League baseball

Coming up

Lexington Legends vs. West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

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

Where: Applebee’s Park

Tickets: Call   (859) 422-7867  

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Wednesday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (7-4, 3.36) vs. RH Quinton Miller (1-3, 6.19); Thursday, RH Robert Bono (8-7, 3.24) vs. RH Brett Lorin (0-0, 1.50); Friday, RH Ross Seaton (8-9, 2.89) vs. RH Hunter Strickland (7-4, 3.05); Saturday, LH David Duncan (2-3, 4.67) vs. RH Aaron Pribanic (1-1, 3.00) or RH Gabriel Alvarado (5-9, 4.95).

Quincy Latimore

Quincy Latimore

Power to watch: LF Quincy Latimore (5-foot-11, 191 pounds, from Apex, N.C.) leads the Power in hits (107), doubles (19), triples (9), RBI (57), total bases (174), games (93) and at-bats (379), and shares the team lead in homers (10) through Monday. Batting .282, he is second on the team with 53 runs scored. Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, he hit .257 in 45 games that season for the Gulf Coast League Pirates. He also had three homers, 17 RBI and 13 stolen bases, with a .429 on-base percentage over 59 at-bats in the leadoff position. In 2008, playing for State College of the New York-Penn League, Latimore hit .244 with three homers, 20 RBI and 25 runs scored over 59 games. This season, he hit .249 over 58 games before the all-star break. In 35 games since the break, he is batting .331. 

Wilder Parra

Wilder Parra

Legend to watch: C Wilder Parra (6-0, 175, from Guigue, Venezuela) was assigned to the Legends last Thursday. Parra, now 18, signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros on Jan. 27, 2008. He spent last season with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros, going 26-for-111 (.234) over 32 games, with a homer, 12 RBI and six runs scored. This season, before joining the Legends, Parra played 13 games for the Gulf Coast League Astros. He went 9-for-39 (.231), drove in six runs and scored seven. Through Monday, his only appearance with the Legends came Friday at Greenville, where he struck out in a pinch-hit role.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300