Legends open 8-game homestand with 4 vs. Braves

July 27, 2011
Baseball

                                 South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Rome Braves

What: Four-game series

When: Thursday through Sunday (7:05 Thursday through Saturday nights, 5:05 p.m. Sunday)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

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

Cruz

Cruz

Quevedo

Quevedo

Foltynewicz

Foltynewicz

Sogard

Sogard

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, LH Luis Cruz (2-2, 4.27) vs. RH Aaron Northcraft (3-6, 3.18); Friday, RH Carlos Quevedo (6-4, 4.28) vs. RH Caleb Brewer (5-8, 5.26); Saturday, LH Alex Sogard (1-4, 4.60) RH Gary Moran (4-1, 3.11); Sunday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (5-8, 4.43) vs. LH Carlos Perez (4-7, 5.02).

Edward Salcedo

Edward Salcedo

Brave to watch: 3B/SS Edward Salcedo (6-foot-3, 195 pounds, from La Vega, Dominican Republic), leads the Braves in runs (64), hits (99), doubles (25), RBI (48) and totals bases (166), shares the team lead in triples (6), ranks second in walks (32) and stolen bases (14), and is third in homers (10) and slugging percentage (.451). Signed by Atlanta for $1.6 million, the most they’ve ever payed to a foreign amateur, in 2010, the right-handed batting and throwing teen — he’ll turn 20 on Saturday — played 23 games for the Dominican Summer League Braves and 54 games for Rome last year. He finished with combined totals of three homers, 27 RBI, 39 runs and 14 stolen bases, while batting .225. Coming into this season, Baseball America rated him as the 16th-best prospect in the Braves system. He is batting .269 through 96 games and has committed a team-high 33 errors.

Roberto Pena

Roberto Pena

Legend to watch: C Roberto Pena (6-0, 210, from Caguas, Puerto Rico) has raised his average 22 points this month, from .199 to .221. He is 13-for-44 (.295) in July. Overall, he three homers, 23 RBI and 21 runs over 58 games. He ranks third in the league in throwing out base-stealers, catching 22 of 56 (39.3 percent) runners. Pena, who bats and throws right-handed, was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Baseball America rated him as the best defensive player in Houston’s 2010 draft class, noting that he “shows flashes of plus-plus arm strength and threw out 44 percent of basestealers in his pro debut. He’s also intelligent and bilingual, and he has a feel for game-calling.” His father, Bert, is a former major leaguer. Roberto played four games for the Legends last year, plus 23 with the Gulf Coast League Astros and 12 games with the Greeneville Astros. Overall last season, he hit .227 over 39 games and drove in 17 runs.

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Legends come home for four games vs. Braves

May 24, 2011
Baseball

                            South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Rome Braves

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

Alaniz

Alaniz

Bushue

Bushue

Minaya

Minaya

Quevedo

Quevedo

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).

Matt Lipka

Matt Lipka

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.

Kike Hernandez

Kike Hernandez

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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