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.

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Legends will be the tourists at Asheville

May 19, 2011
Baseball

                                South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists

What: Four-game series

When: Friday through Monday (7:05 Friday night, 6:05 p.m. Saturday, 2:05 p.m. Sunday, 11:05 a.m. Monday)

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

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

Alaniz

Alaniz

Quevedo

Quevedo

Foltynewicz

Foltynewicz

Minaya

Minaya

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, RH Ruben Alaniz (2-2, 5.81) vs. RH Peter Tago (0-0, 0.00); Saturday, RH Carlos Quevedo (3-1, 5.50) vs. LH Edwar Cabrera (3-1, 4.14); Sunday, RH Juan Minaya (1-3, 5.94) vs. RH Albert Campos (2-2, 6.63); Monday, RH Mike Foltynewicz (1-6, 6.05) vs. RH Joshua Slaats (0-1, 10.07).

Jiovanni Mier (Maloney photo)

Jiovanni Mier (Maloney photo)

Mier

Mier

Legend to watch: SS Jiovanni Mier (6-foot-2, 180 pounds, from Las Vegas) 8-for-25 (.320) over seven games against the Tourists. He has a double, two homers, six RBI and eight runs against Asheville, with five walks and four strikeouts. For 35 games overall, Mier is batting .271 with four homers, 17 RBI, 27 runs and four stolen bases. Mier has a .394 on-base percentage, .442 slugging. He is tied for second in the league with 26 walks (through Wednesday). A 2009 first-round draft pick (21st overall), he was the first high school shortstop selected that year and signed for $1.358 million. Playing with the Greeneville Astros in 2009, he ranked as the top position prospect in the Appalachian League after hitting .276 with seven homers, 32 RBI, a .380 on-base percentage adn .484 slugging. With the Legends last year, he was hitting below .200 as late as June 17 before a strong finish lifted his final totals to .235 with two homers, 53 RBI, .323 on-base and .314 slugging for 131 games. Baseball America rates him as the fifth-best prospect in the Astros system.

Cabrera

Cabrera

Edwar Cabrera (Maloney photo)

Edwar Cabrera (Maloney photo)

Tourist to watch: LHP Edwar Cabrera (6-0, 187, from Bani, Dominican Republic) is 2-0 in two starts against the Legends, allowing only an unearned run and eight hits over 13 1/3 innings. He has struck out 17 Legends and issued seven walks (six coming in a 1-0 victory Monday), holding Lexington to a .182 batting average. Cabrera, 23, is 3-1 overall with a 4.14 ERA over eight starts. He has 68 strikeouts and 11 walks, holding opponents to a .234 batting average. He leads the league in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (12.24), and ranks second in innings pitched (50.0). Signed as a free agent in 2008, Cabrera is rated by Baseball America as the 30th-best prospect in the Rockies system. He played for both the Dominican Summer League Rockies and Casper of the Pioneer League in 2008 and 2009, then stepped up a level to the Tri-City Dust Devils of the Northwest League last year. He led the league in strikeouts (87) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.7). He had a 3.07 ERA, although he finished with a 1-8 record in 14 starts.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300