For Legends, all roads lead to Rome

July 19, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Rome Braves

What: Four-game series

Where: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, Ga.)

When: Tuesday through Friday (7 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights; 1 Wednesday afternoon)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Atlanta Braves

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Tanner Bushue (4-5, 4.95) vs. RH Cory Rasmus (6-5, 3.16); Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (4-8, 5.35) vs. LH Brett DeVall (5-6, 4.23); Thursday, RH Jose Cisnero (4-5, 4.14) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (3-1, 4.30); Friday, LH Luis Cruz (4-2, 3.04) vs. LH Chris Masters (1-5, 3.27).

Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg

Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg

Brave to watch: 1B/DH Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg (6-foot-2, 235 pounds, from Pretoria, South Africa) was a 16th round draft pick last year out of Nova Southeastern in Florida, the same alma mater as Legends recent callup J.D. Martinez. He went 2-for-7 in two games with the Gulf Coast League Braves this season and is 32-for-109 (.294) with 10 RBI and 14 runs over 29 games with Rome. Spanjer-Furstenburg came into this season ranked by Baseball America as the 29th-best prospect in the Atlanta Braves’ system. At Coral Glades (Fla.) High School, he also played football. Last season, Spanjer-Furstenburg was Player of the Year and battinig champion in the Appalachian League, hitting .359 with eight homers 53 RBI and 36 runs over 62 games for Danville. He was on his native South Africa’s provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Legend to watch: Wednesday starter Juan Minaya (6-4, 192, from Maimon, Dominican Republic) lost his first seven decisions of the season but is 4-1 over his last seven starts. Over 17 starts this season, Minaya has 62 strikeouts, 47 walks and 17 hit batsmen, but has surrendered only three home runs. Over his last seven starts, he has struck out 29 and beaned six, with an ERA of 4.06. Throw out his one bad showing during that stretch — six runs and three walks over two-third of an inning — and Minaya’s recent ERA drops to 2.37. However, that one bad start came against Rome. By month this season, Minaya’s ERA has dropped from 6.75 in April to 5.93 in May, 5.40 in June and 2.51 thus far in July. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in September of 2008, Minaya made 12 starts for the Gulf Coast League Astros in 2009. Over 52 2/3 innings, he was 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA, issuing 18 walks while striking out 30.  

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Legends open second-half play against Rome

June 23, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Rome Braves

What: Five-game series

Where: Applebee’s Park

When: Thursday through Monday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, 12:05 p.m. Monday)

Tickets: Call  (859) 422-7867 

Major-League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Atlanta Braves

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Brad Dydalewicz

Brad Dydalewicz

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Tanner Bushue (3-3, 3.63) vs. RH Robinson Lopez (3-3, 2.88); Friday, RH Juan Minaya (2-7, 5.20) vs. LH Brett DeVall (3-5, 4.13); Saturday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-4, 4.45) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (2-0, 0.56); Sunday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-1, 11.57) vs. LH Chris Masters (1-3, 1.93); Monday, RH Robby Donovan (7-4, 2.61) vs. RH Cory Rasmus (4-4, 2.78).

Christian Bethancourt

Christian Bethancourt

Brave to watch: C Christian Bethancourt (6-foot-2, 175 pounds, from Panama) is batting .340 with nine RBI over 15 games this month. On the heels of a .200 average in May, he has raised his season statistics to .245 with two homers, 18 RBI and 10 doubles over 50 games. On the road, Bethancourt is batting .304. Now 18, he starred for Panama in the 2004 Little League World Series. Signed by the Atlanta Braves as a free agent on March 12, 2008, he was named the 30th-best prospect in the Atlanta system after hitting .267 with 17 RBI over 34 games with the Dominican Summer League Braves in 2008. He split last season between the Gulf Coast League Braves and Danville of the Appalachian League, batting a combined .277 with four homers and 27 RBI over 46 games. He came into this season rated by Baseball America as the sixth-best prospect in the Braves system.

Miguel Arrendell

Miguel Arrendell

Legend to watch: IF Miguel Arrendell (6-0, 165, from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is producing in June with a .324 batting average, two homers, eight RBI and seven runs over 12 games. Overall, he is batting .270 with two homers, 15 RBI, 17 runs and 11 stolen bases over 41 games, while being used as a second baseman, third baseman, shortstop and designated hitter. Signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent in July, 2006, he hails from the same hometown as Manager Rodney Linares. In 2008, Arrendell was MVP of the Dominican Summer League, hitting .284 with 14 RBI, 37 runs and 20 SB over 57 games. He drew nearly twice as many walks as strikeouts (57-30). Last year, he hit .235 with three HR, 14 RBI, 24 runs and four SB for Greeneville. His .394 on-base percentage ranked No. 5 among Astros minor leaguers.

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