Legends welcome Tourists for four games

August 21, 2011
Baseball

                      South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Asheville Tourists

What: Four-game series

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

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Colorado Rockies

Bushue

Quevedo

Cruz

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, LH Luis Cruz (3-3, 4.50) vs. RH Nick Schnaitmann (4-1, 1.80); Tuesday, TBA vs. RH Peter Tago (3-4, 6.21); Wednesday, RH Carlos Quevedo (8-5, 3.99) vs. RH Josh Mueller (6-6, 5.15); Thursday, RH Tanner Bushue (6-6, 4.66) vs. RH Josh Slaats (7-2, 4.37).

Corey Dickerson

Tourist to watch: LF Corey Dickerson (6-foot-2, 210 pounds, from Brookhaven, Miss.) leads the league in homers (26) and extra-base hits (57), is second in slugging (.612) and fourth in total bases (213). He also has a five-game hitting streak, going 11-for-23 (.478), with three homers, nine RBI and seven runs. That streak has raised his season average from .271 to .284. Overall, he has driven in 72 runs and scored 69. Dickerson, who bats left-handed and throws righty, was selected by the Rockies in the eighth round of the 2010 draft, out of Meridian (Miss.) Community College. He earned Pioneer League all-star honors last year, batting .348 with 13 HR, 61 RBI and 54 runs over 69 games with the Casper Ghosts.

Ruben Sosa

Legend to watch: Switch-hitting LF/CF Ruben Sosa 5-7, 170, from Lawrence, Mass.) is 3-for-15 (.200), with a double, two RBI, two stolen bases and three runs since joining the Legends. All three hits have come against right-handers. Before coming to Lexington, Sosa played 39 games for the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League, batting .248, with six doubles, a triple, 17 RBI, 12 steals and 25 runs. The 20-year-old split time between second base and center field while in the Appalachian League. Selected in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft, out of Oklahoma City University, Sosa is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He moved to the U.S. at age 12. Sosa batted .389 with five homers and 42 RBI last season, leading Oklahoma City in hits (78), triples (5) and steals (44). He led the Stars to the NAIA World Series, batting .375, with nine hits, three RBI and six runs over nine post-season games.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends welcome Tourists for four games

May 12, 2011
Baseball

                                  South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists

What: Four-game series

When: Friday through Monday (7:05 Friday and Saturday nights, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, 10:05 a.m. Monday)

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Tickets: Call  (859) 422-7867 

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Colorodo Rockies

Foltynewicz

Foltynewicz

Minaya

Minaya

Dydalewicz

Dydalewicz

Quevedo

Quevedo

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-3, 8.57) vs. RH Ricardo Ferrer (0-3, 9.00); Saturday, RH Carlos Quevedo (3-1, 5.40) vs. RH Erik Stavert (1-2, 8.54); Sunday, RH Juan Minaya (0-3, 6.67) vs. RH Josh Mueller (1-1, 3.12); Monday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (0-6, 6.63) vs. LH Edwar Cabrera (2-1, 4.03).

Bryce Massanari

Bryce Massanari

Tourist to watch: C Bryce Massanari (6-foot-1, 225 pounds, from Las Vegas) is batting .369 with a team-leading seven homers and 26 RBI over 28 games (through Thurday). A 2009 30th round draft choice out of the University of Georgia, Massanari didn’t make his pro debut until 2010. He hit .242 for the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League, with six homers and 23 RBI. This season, 16 of his 41 hits have been for extra bases. He carries a whopping 1.076 OPS, with an on-base percentage of .437 and slugging of .640. He is batting .344 against left-handers, .380 versus right-handers, and won SAL Player of the Week honors on April 25.

Delino DeShields Jr.

Delino DeShields Jr.

Legend to watch: 2B Delino DeShields Jr. (5-9, 203, from Ocala, Fla.) has been heating up over his last eight games, going 11-for-35 (.314) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, five walks and two stolen bases. He also has driven in eight runs and scored six times during that span. A first-round pick (eighth overall) last June, he was recruited by LSU for baseball and by Georgia and Ole Miss for football. His father, Delino Sr., also was a first-round draft pick (12th overall in 1987) and stole 463 bases over 13 seasons in the major leagues. Delino Jr., rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Houston system, signed for an Astros draft-record $2.125 million out of Woodward Academy. He played two games in the Gulf Coast League last summer and 16 with Greeneville of the Appalachian League, combining to hit .289 with eight RBI, 11 runs, six doubles, a triple and five stolen bases in six attempts. Baseball America rates his as the fastest runner, best athlete and best pure hitter in Houston’s 2010 draft class. Overall this season, DeShields is batting .236 with four homers, 11 RBI, 15 runs and eight stolen bases.

Transaction: Legends RHP Yordany Ramirez has been promoted to High-A Lancaster. Filling his roster spot is C Ryan McCurdy, who has been reassigned from extended spring training. Ramirez was 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA over four relief appearances totaling seven innings for the Legends. McCurdy, out of Duke University, was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent last June. Over six games with Greeneville and 14 with the Tri-City ValleyCats last season, McCurdy his .148 with one RBI and four runs scored.

Promotions: Here’s what is in store for the series. Friday — Blue Grass Energy Night, featuring The Last American Cowboy (rope-twirling act) and Ford Fireworks Night. Saturday — Bark In The Park, presented by IncrediPet and ABC 36; all well-behaved, non-aggressive dogs on leashes allowed in general admission and lawn areas only. Minimum donation of $1 per dog, proceeds to benefit the Lexington Humane Society. Sunday — JIF Kids Club Sunday. Kids Club members may buy a box seat for $2. Monday — Education Day, welcoming students from throughout Kentucky.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300