Legends come home to face BlueClaws

April 27, 2014

South Atlantic League baseball

sal-logo-lakewoodlegends-logo-13Lakewood BlueClaws
at Lexington Legends

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).

J.P. Crawford

J.P. Crawford

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.”

Dominique Taylor

Dominique Taylor

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).

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 


Legends wrap up road trip with 4 at Lakewood

May 3, 2013
South Atlantic League baseball

lexington-legends-new-logosal-logo-lakewoodLexington Legends
at Lakewood BlueClaws

What: Four-game series

When: Saturday through Tuesday (4:05 Saturday and 1:05 Sunday afternoon, 6:35 Monday and Tuesday nights)

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

Major League affiliates: Kansas City Royals (Legends), Philadelphia Phillies (BlueClaws)

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Saturday, LH Daniel Stumpf (2-0, 1.33) vs. RH Shane Watson (1-2, 5.40); Sunday, RH Aroni Nina (0-1, 3.71) vs. RH Kevin Brady (1-2, 5.24); Monday, RH Bryan Brickhouse (0-3, 3.00) vs. LH Yoel Mecias (0-1, 6.16); Tuesday, RH Miguel Almonte (1-3, 4.13) vs. RH Nicholas Hanson (1-0, 4.35).

Ethan Chapman

Ethan Chapman

Legend to watch: OF Ethan Chapman (5-foot-9, 166 pounds, age 23, from Pomona, Calif., bats left, throws right) leads the Legends with a .275 batting average through Thursday. Over 27 games, Chapman is 22-for-80, with three doubles, 10 walks, five RBI, 10 runs and 14-for-17 in stolen-base attempts. Selected in the 30th round of last June’s draft, he attended Cal State San Bernadino, where he was a teammate of fellow Royals prospect Aaron Brooks. Chapman scored a school-record 60 runs as a freshman in 2010. He also tied the school record for home runs in a season (14), earned second-team All-West Region and, in 2012, won an ABCA West Region Gold Glove. Assigned to Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League last summer, he was the Chukars’ Player of the Year. He finished second in the league in stolen bases (25), third in triples (9), tied for fourth in runs (58), sixth in hits (88) and tied for ninth in doubles (9).

Mitch Walding

Mitch Walding

BlueClaw to watch: 3B Mitch Walding (6-3, 190, 20, from Lodi, Calif., bats left, throws right) is hitting .267 through 25 games, with five doubles, two triples, 16 RBI and 12 runs. Selected in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, out of St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif., where he also starred in football, he turned down a scholarship to Oregon and signed for $800,000. Rated by Baseball America as the No. 16 prospect in the Phillies system, and No. 20 by MLB.com, he made his pro debut last year with Williamsport of the New York-Penn League. He batted .233 for the Crosscutters, after starting his first month at .383. Notes Baseball America: “… He ran into some struggles that snowballed as he got down on himself. Walding is learning how to translate his tools into baseball ability, but his upside is significant. He has a sweet left-handed swing that generates natural backspin, and he projects to have above-average raw power as he grows into his broad-shouldered frame.”

Radio: WLXG-AM 1300

 


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 takes their sticks to Hickory

August 17, 2011
Baseball

                               South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Hickory Crawdads

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7 Thursday through Saturday nights, 5 p.m. Sunday)

Where: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, N.C.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Texas Rangers

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, TBA vs. RH Luke Jackson (4-4, 5.28); Friday, RH Carlos Quevedo (7-5, 4.08) vs. RH Joe Van Meter (5-5, 4.09); Saturday, RH Tanner Bushue (6-5, 4.30) vs. RH Cody Buckel (6-3, 2.40); Sunday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (5-10, 4.69) vs. RH Ben Henry (5-2, 2.92).

Domingo Santana

Domingo Santana

Legend to watch: OF Domingo Santana (6-foot-5, 200 pounds, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) joined the Legends after being acquired by the Astros on Monday as the “player to be named” in the July 30 trade of former Legend Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. (Earlier, the Astros received RHP Jarred Cosart, OF Jonathan Singleton and RHP Josh Zeid.) Santana, who bats and throws right-handed, hit .269 over 96 games with Lakewwood, with 29 doubles, four triples, seven homers, 32 RBI and four stolen bases. He made his Legends debut Tuesday, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout at Hagerstown. Entering the season, Baseball America rated him as the ninth-best prospect in the Phillies system. Born in the Bahamas, he signed with Philadelphia as a free agent for $330,000. He made his pro debut in 2009 with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, batting .288 with six homers and 28 RBI over 37 games. Last year, he struggled in 49 games with Lakewood, hitting .182 with three homers and 16 RBI over 49 games. Dropped to Williamsport of the New York-Penn League, he improved to .237-5-20 over 54 games with the Crosscutters.

Jonathan Roof

Crawdad to watch: IF/OF Jonathan Roof (6-1, 165, from Paducah) is Mr. Versatile for the Crawdads, who have played him at second base, third, shortstop, left field and right field. Out of St. Mary High School and Michigan State University, he is batting .262 with two homers, 32 RBI, 25 runs and 14 stolen bases in 65 games with Hickory. He also has played 12 games for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League, hitting .186 and scoring five runs. An eighth-round draft pick last year, he played six games in the Arizona League in 2010 and 38 games with the Crawdads. His combined totals came to .266, 13 RBI, 19 runs and four SB. Roof’s father Gene and uncle Phil both played in the big leagues, while brothers Eric and Shawn are Tigers prospects. 

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Four Legends head to All-Star Game

June 20, 2011

Baseball

South Atlantic All-Star Game

Northern Division vs. Southern Division

Where: Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Salisbury, Md.)

When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Probable pitchers: RH David Buchanan, Northern/Lakewood BlueClaws (8-4, 3.21) vs. RH Taylor Whitenton, Southern/Savannah Sand Gnats (3-1, 3.34)

Legends to watch

Adam Bailey

Adam Bailey

RF Adam Bailey (6-foot-1, 192 pounds, from Monument, Colo.) is one of the Southern Division’s five participants in the pre-game Home Run Derby. Bailey leads the Legends in runs (40), hits (79), total bases (135) and games played (68). Overall, he is batting .293 with 13 homers, 44 RBI, .337 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. He’s not all offense, either, as he has a league-leading 12 outfield assists. A 38th round draft pick in 2009, Bailey opted to play his senior year at the University of Nebraska and became a 23rd round draft pick in 2010. At Nebraska, he was All-Big 12 while batting .368 with 18 homers, 69 RBI and 57 runs over 54 games. In the Astros system last year, he went 55-for-234 (.235) over 66 games with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. Included were four homers, a triple and 15 doubles, with 33 RBI, 20 runs and three stolen bases.

Mike Kvasnicka (Maloney photo)

Mike Kvasnicka (Maloney photo)

Mike Kvasnicka

Mike Kvasnicka

3B Mike Kvasnicka (6-2, 208, from Lakeville, Minn.) became a late addition to the all-star roster due to an injury suffered by Charleston RiverDogs infielder Kyle Roller. Kvasnicka leads the Legends in doubles (17) and is tied for the lead in triples (3). A switch-hitter, Kvasnicka is batting .286 with three homers, 37 RBI and 37 runs over 64 games, with a .346 on-base percentage and .419 slugging. A first-round suplemental draft pick (33rd overall) in 2010, Kvasnicka followed in the footsteps of his father Jay by playing collegiate ball for Minnesota. (Jay was an eighth-round pick of the Twins in 1988 and advanced to Triple-A ball.) Mike was a three-year starter for the Golden Gophers, a two-time All-Big Ten outfielder and led the conference in doubles as a junior. He also has significant experience as a catcher. Signed for $936,000, he reported to Tri-City last summer and hit .234 with five homers, 36 RBI and 31 runs over 68 games. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated him as the 14th-best prospect in the Astros system.

Jiovanni Mier (Maloney photo)

Jiovanni Mier (Maloney photo)

Mier

Jiovanni Mier

SS Jiovanni Mier (6-2, 180, from Las Vegas) is tied for the league lead in double plays turned by a shortstop (35). With 10 errors in 266 total chances, Mier has a .962 fielding percentage. On offense, he leads Legends in walks 37, while carrying a .245 batting average. Over 57 games, Mier has five homers, 29 RBI, 39 runs, 14 doubles, six stolen bases, a .354 on-base percentage and .380 slugging percentage. Houston’s 2009 first-round draft pick (21st overall), he came into this season rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Astros system. Wrote Baseball America: “The first prep shortstop drafted in 2009, Mier signed for $1.358 million, then ranked as the top position prospect in the Rookie-level Appalachian League after hitting .276/.380/.485 (average, on-base percentage, slugging with Greeneville). His first full pro season was rougher, as he was hitting .199 as late as June 17. He grinded his way through the season, however, batting .260 in the second half and rankein sixth in the low Class A South Atlantic League with 63 walks.”

Chris Wallace (Maloney photo)

Chris Wallace (Maloney photo)

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace

C/DH Chris Wallace (6-0, 212, from Cypress, Texas) will join Bailey in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby. Wallace leads the Legends and is tied for third in the league with 14 homers. He also leads Legends in RBI (49) and extra-base hits (33), and is tied with Kvasnicka for the lead in triples (3). Overall, Wallace is batting .285 with 37 runs, 16 doubles and 133 total bases over 66 games. He has a .356 on-base percentage and .550 slugging. In April, he hit .398 with seven homers. A 16th round pick in the 2010 draft, he hit a team-leading 10 homers with a .388 on-base percentage and .486 slugging as a senior at the University of Houston. He then reported to Greeneville, earning Appalachian League all-star honors while batting .310 with eight homers and 32 RBI over 47 games. He also had three stolen bases and three triples, and was the team’s Offensive Player of the Month for July. Wallace also played 20 games with Tri-City, batting .250 with two homers and eight RBI.

 


J.D. Martinez is league MVP; Altuve an all-star

September 4, 2010

J.D. Martinez did just about everything he could for the Lexington Legends during his half-season-plus with the team.

J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez

He did so well enough that he has been named Most Valuable Player in the South Atlantic League.

Martinez is joined on the SAL post-season all-star team by another since-promoted Legend, second baseman Jose Altuve.

Martinez, a right fielder and designated hitter during his time with the Legends, hit .362 over 88 games, with 15 homers, 31 doubles and three triples among his 126 hits. He drove in 64 runs and scored 83. He finished with a .433 on-base percentage, .598 slugging and 1.030 OPS.

Promoted to Class Double-A Corpus Christi on July 16, Martinez is batting .302 with three homers, 25 RBI and 24 runs scored over 47 games.

Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

Altuve stayed with the Legends through July 30, batting .308 with 11 homers, 45 RBI, 75 runs, 39 stolen bases and an .809 OPS.

Since being promoted to High-A Lancaster, Altuve is batting .272 with three homers, 18 RBI, 15 runs and three stolen bases.

The SAL post-season awards were determined by a vote of league field managers, general managers, sportswriters and broadcasters.

Most Outstanding Pitcher honors went to James Fuller (8-3, 1.93 ERA, 19 games) of the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Lakewood BlueClaws first baseman Jonathan Singleton is the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect, hitting .297 with 107 hits and 14 homers over 98 games.

Lakewood’s Mark Parent is Manager of the Year and Marc Valdes of Savannah is Coach of the Year.

All-star selections included Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Chris Dominguez, out of the University of Louisville.

2010 South Atlantic League All-Star Team

Manager – Mark Parent (Lakewood BlueClaws)
Coach — Marc Valdez (Savvanah Sand Gnats)
Right-handed pitcher — Jorge Bucardo (Augusta GreenJackets)
Left-handed pitcher — James Fuller (Savannah)
Catcher — Sebastian Valle (Lakewood)
First baseman — Jared Clark (Asheville Tourists)
Second basemanJose Altuve (Lexington Legends)
Shortstop — Jonathan Villar (Lakewood)
Third baseman — Chris Dominguez (Augusta GreenJackets)
Utility infielder — Robert Lyerly (Charleston RiverDogs)
OutfielderJ.D. Martinez (Lexington Legends)
Outfielder — Eliezer Mesa (Asheville)
Outfielder — Jeremy Hazelbaker (Greenville Drive)
Utility outfielder — Destin Hood (Hagerstown Suns)
Designated hitter — Justin Bloxom (Hagerstown)

Most Valuable Player J.D. Martinez (Lexington Legends)
Most Outstanding Pitcher — James Fuller (Savannah)
Most Outstanding MLB Prospect — Jonathan Singleton (Lakewood)


Revere, Friedrich, Lyles in Futures Game

June 22, 2010

Three players with Kentucky ties have been named to the United States roster for the 12th annual All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 11 at Anaheim, Calif.

Ben Revere

Ben Revere

Lexington Catholic graduate Ben Revere, a Minnesota Twins prospect with the New Britain Rock Cats of the Eastern League (Class Double-A) is among five outfielders on the roster.

Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles

Christian Friedrich

Christian Friedrich

The 10-man pitching staff includes Double-A right-handers Christian Friedrich and Jordan Lyles. Friedrich, out of Eastern Kentucky University, is a Colorado Rockies prospect who is with the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League. Lyles, who played for the Lexington Legends last season, is with the Texas League’s Corpus Christi Hooks.

Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso

Phillippe Valiquette

Phillippe Valiquette

The World roster includes a pair of Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds: Cuban-born infielder Yonder Alonso and Canadian-native left-handed pitcher Phillippe Valiquette.

No Lexington Legends were named, but the South Atlantic League will be represented by a pair of players. Hagerstown Suns outfielder Eury Perez, a Dominican, is on the World roster. Lakewood BlueClaws right-hander Jarred Cosart is on the U.S. pitching staff.

The Futures Game, held in conjunction with the Major League All-Star Game, is a showcase event for top minor-league prospects. The July 11 game is part of “All-Star Sunday” and is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and MLB.TV. The Major League All-Star Game will be played at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, July 13.

The first 11 editions of the Futures Game has produced 62 Major League all-stars, including Bowling Green native Corey Hart and former Legends slugger Hunter Pence. There are 201 Futures Game graduates currently on big-league rosters, including Hart, Pence, University of Kentucky product Joe Blanton and former Legends John Buck and Fernando Nieve.


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


Legends open final week of season at Asheville

August 31, 2009
South Atlantic League baseball

Coming up

Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists

What: Three-game series

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

Where: McCormick Field (Asheville, N.C.)

 

Robert Bono

Robert Bono

Ross Seaton is scheduled to start Wednesday. (Staff photo/Mark Cornelison)

Legends RHP Ross Seaton is set to start Wednesday. (Staff photo/Mark Cornelison)

David Duncan

David Duncan

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Robert Bono (8-8, 3.41) vs. RH Alan DeRatt (2-3, 4.91); Wednesday, RH Ross Seaton (8-10, 3.31) vs. RH Carlos Luna (0-0, 7.56); Thursday, LH David Duncan (4-3, 4.24) vs. RH Juan Nicasio (8-3, 2.41).

Tourist to watch: Switch-hitting CF Delta Cleary Jr. (6-foot-3, 180 pounds, from Jonesboro, Ark.) entered the season as the 11th-best prospect in the Rockies system, according to Baseball America. Through Sunday, he is hitting .258 with seven homers and 43 RBI over 100 games. He has stolen 31 bases in 42 attempts and scored 50 runs. He had three hits in each game, Saturday and Sunday, at Bowling Green. Rated by Baseball America as “best athlete” in the Rockies system, Cleary is a cousin of NBA pro Shawn Marion. Cleary, a guard, averaged 13 points a game to help his high school to the Arkansas Class 6A state title. He also quarterbacked the football team. Cleary then led his junior-college baseball team to the Division II national championship. Selected by Colorado in the 37th round of the 2008 draft, out of Louisiana State-Eunice JC, Cleary broke in to pro ball last year with Casper of the Pioneer League. There, he hit .276 with three homers, nine RBI and four stolen bases in 27 games.

Michael Hacker

Michael Hacker

Legend to watch: LHP Michael Hacker (5-9, 175, from Folsom, Calif.) struck out two Saturday in a scoreless inning of relief against the Hickory Crawdads. That was his first appearance since July 16 and bodes well after a horrendous season up to that point. His numbers: 0-1, 2.69 ERA, 20 strikeouts, 15 walks. Selected by the Houston Astros in the 25th round of the 2008 draft, out of Cosumnes River (Calif.) Junior College, Hacker played for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League last year. Over 23 appearances, all in relief, Hacker went 1-3 with five saves and a 2.73 ERA. He worked 26 1/3 innings, striking out 27 and walking 17. He held opposing batters to a .187 average and did not allow an earned run in his first 17 games. He was especially tough on the road, with an ERA of 1.08.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300

MVP Jordan Pacheco

MVP Jordan Pacheco

Derek Norris, top prospect

Derek Norris, top prospect

Also of note: Former Lafayette High School and University of Kentucky standout Michael Bertram is the Eastern League Player of the Week. Bertram, a third baseman for the Double-A Erie (Pa.) SeaWolves, went 9-for-26 (.346) with two doubles, two triples and two homers. He drove in 11 runs, scored eight times, walked three times and finished with an .808 slugging percentage for six games. … No Legends were on the annual list of SAL all-stars revealed Monday. The Charleston RiverDogs led the way with three selections: RHP David Phelps, 3B Corban Joseph and Melky Mesa (utility OF). West Virginia’s Rudy Owens was named Most Outstanding Pitcher, going 10-1 with a 1.70 ERA over 19 games before being promoted to Lynchburg of the Carolina League. Hagerstown Suns catcher Derek Norris, batting .288 with 122 hits and 23 homers in 121 games, was tabbed Most Outstanding Major League Prospect. Asheville catcher Jordan Pacheco, batting .325 with 139 hits and 13 homers through 111 games, was named MVP. Selections came from a vote of SAL field managers, general managers, sportswriters and broadcasters. Lakewood’s Dusty Wathan was selected as manager, Greenville’s Bob Kipper as coach. Other players picked: Asheville’s Scott Robinson (OF); Hagerstown’s Stephen Lombardozzi (2B); Augusta’s Josh Mazzola (1B); Bowling Green’s Tim Beckham (SS); Delmarva’s Ronnie Welty (OF); Hickory’s Erik Morrison (utility IF), and Lakewood’s Anthony Gose (OF).


Four games at Lakewood next for Legends

July 16, 2009

South Atlantic League baseball

Coming up

 

Lexington Legends vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

What: Four-game series

When: Friday through Monday (7:05 each night except Sunday, 5:05 p.m.)

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

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, RH Ross Seaton (6-8, 2.57) vs. RH Jason Knapp (2-7, 4.01); Saturday, RH Kyle Greenwalt (7-8, 3.62) vs. RH Jesus Sanchez (5-5, 3.90); Sunday, RH Jordan Lyles (5-7, 2.92) vs. RH Heitor Correa (6-3, 3.56); Monday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (5-4, 3.47) vs. RH Trevor May (1-1, 3.34).

Travis d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud

BlueClaw to watch: C Travis d’Arnaud (6-foot-2, 195 pounds, from Lakewood, Calif.) leads Lakewood in RBI (49) and doubles (21), and shares the lead in homers (9). Hitting .236over 81 games, d’Arnaud ranks third on the club in runs scored (46) and walks (25). Rated by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Phillies organization when the season began, d’Arnaud was drafted out of Lakewood (Calif.) High School in 2007, a supplemental first-round pick and 37th overall. (His older brother Chase, a shortstop, was a 2008 fourth-round pick of the Pirates.) Travis made his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2007, hitting .241 with four homers and 20 RBI over 41 games. Last year, he earned New York-Penn League all-star honors with the Williamsport Crosscutters, hitting .309 with four homers and 25 RBI over 48 games. He finished the season by playing 16 games with the BlueClaws, batting .297 with two homers and five RBI. What really attracted the Phillies, according to Baseball America, is d’Arnaud’s “premium catch-and-throw tools, such as soft hands, quick feet and plenty of arm strength.”

Brian Wabick

Brian Wabick

Legend to watch: RHP Brian Wabick (6-0, 180, from Des Plaines, Ill.) had one of his worst outings of the season (2.2 innings, 3 ER) Tuesday at Delmarva. As his record shows, though, most often he has been effective. He’s 5-0 with two holds and a 4.78 ERA over 24 games, including one spot start. Over 49 innings, he has 40 strikeouts to 14 walks. Over five July appearances, he is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. Selected by the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the 2007 draft, out of Oakton Community College in suburban Chicago, Wabick spent 2007 with Greeneville of the Appalachian League, then split 2008 between Greeneville and Tri-City of the New York-Penn League. His combined totals for those two seasons included a 3-4 record, eight saves, 4.11 ERA, 39 games, 81 innings, 67 strikeouts and 23 walks.

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