South Atlantic League
What: Four-game series
When: Wednesday through Saturday (10:05 Wednesday morning, then 7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights)
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867
Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Atlanta Braves
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Wednesday, RH Ruben Alaniz (2-3, 5.01) vs. LH Carlos Perez (3-4, 4.59); Thursday, RH Tanner Bushue (5-1, 3.72) vs. RH David Filak (2-3, 6.82); Friday, RH Carlos Quevedo (4-1, 5.24) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (1-2, 3.08); Saturday, RH Juan Minaya (1-3, 6.08) vs. RH Ryan Weber (0-0, 2.08).
Brave to watch: 2B/SS Matt Lipka (6-foot-1, 188 pounds, from Frisco, Texas) is rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Atlanta system. A supplemental first-round draft pick last June out of McKinney High School in Texas, Lipka is batting .264, with 12 RBI, 27 runs and 11 stolen bases over 43 games. After an 0-for-5 game on May 14, he has hits in nine consecutive games, going 15-for-39 (.385), with eight RBI and nine runs. Last season, Lipka played 48 games with the Gulf Coast League Braves and four with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League, hitting a combined .288 with a homer, 25 RBI, 34 runs and 24 stolen bases. He also earned all-star honors in the GCL. In high school, he was a two-time all-state 4A wide receiver in football, with Dodgers first-round draft pick Zach Lee at quarterback. Lipka turned down a baseball scholarship to Alabama and signed with the Braves for $800,000.
Legend to watch: 2B/LF Enrique “Kike” Hernandez (5-11, 170, from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) has hits in his last four games, going 7-for-16 (.437). Overall, he is 14-for-55 (.255) over 16 games, with two RBI, seven runs, five walks and five strikeouts. However, he missed nearly a month (April 16 until May 14) due to injury. Since returning, he is 9-for-33 (.273). Hernandez, who bats and throws right, is hitting .313 against left-handers and .231 versus righties. A 2009 sixth-round draft pick ou of the American Military Academy school in Puerto Rico, Hernandez went 61-for-207 (.295) over 53 games with the Gulf Coast League Astros that summer, with a homer, three triples, 12 doubles, 27 RBI, 35 runs and eight stolen bases. Last year, with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League, he was the team’s Offensive Player of the Month for August. Overall, he hit .280 with three homers, 33 RBI, 31 runs and three stolen bases over 60 games.
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