Legends host Crawdads in five-game series

July 13, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic
    League

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Lexington Legends vs. Hickory Crawdads

What: Five-game series

When: Wednesday through Sunday (7:05 each night except Sunday, 2:05 p.m.)

Where: Applebee’s Park

Tickets: Call (859) 422-7867

Affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends), Texas Rangers (Crawdads)

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

Brad Dydalewicz

Brad Dydalewicz

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (3-8, 5.72) vs. RH Matt Thompson (6-6, 4.06); Thursday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-5, 4.46) vs. RH Neil Ramirez (7-5, 5.24); Friday, LH Luis Cruz (4-1, 2.88) vs. RH Braden Tullis (3-0, 2.18); Saturday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-2, 8.06) vs. LH Robbie Erlin (4-2, 1.63); Sunday, RH Robby Donovan (7-5, 3.65) vs. RH Jake Brigham (1-1, 2.00).

Jared Bolden

Jared Bolden

Crawdad to watch: CF/1B Jared Bolden (6-foot-2, 205 pounds, from Lynchburg, Va.) is 16-for-43 (.372) in 11 games since being demoted from Bakersfield of the California League. He has multiple hits in four of his last five games. Bolden went 1-for-4 against the Legends on July 3. Selected by the Rangers in the ninth round of the 2008 draft, out of Virginia Commonwealth, Bolden hit .263 with three homers and 28 RBI for the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League in 2008. Last year, playing 107 games for the Crawdads and six contests for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bolden hit a combined .244 with two homers and 35 RBI. This season, over 62 games with Bakersfield, Bolden hit .219 with a homer and 15 RBI.

Renzo Tello

Renzo Tello

Legend to watch: CF Renzo Tello (6-1, 210, from Puerto Cabello, Venezuela) joined the Legends on Sunday, promoted from Tri-City of the New York-Penn League. Over his first two games, he is 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. With Tri-City, Tello went 10-for-47 (.213) with a homer, five RBI and five runs. Signed at 17 by the Astros as a non-drafted free agent after the 2004 season, Renzo hit .264 with 15 homers, 82 RBI and 88 runs scored over three seasons with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros. He came to the United States in 2008, compiling a .288 average with three homers and 25 RBI over 44 games with Greeneville of the Appalachian League. Last year, Tello dropped to .197 with a homer and 13 RBI over 45 games with Tri-City.

J.D. Martinez (Mark Maloney photo)

J.D. Martinez (Mark Maloney photo)

Another Legend to watch: RF J.D. Martinez (6-3, 215, from Pembroke PInes, Fla.) is the SAL Player of the Week. For the period of July 5-11, Martinez went 10-for-20 (.500) with four homers, two doubles, eight RBI and seven runs scored. Through Monday, he led the league in batting (.358), hits (122), doubles (31), on-base percentage (.427), slugging percentage (.589), extra-base hits (58), runs (80) and totals bases (201). He ranked second to teammate Kody Hinze in RBI (68-62) and third in the league in homers (14).

Radio: WLXG AM-1300

Homestand highlights

WednesdayLadies Night. Sun Tan City club members, with presentation of pass, can buy one ticket and get one free.

Thursday“Thirsty Thursday” beer and Pepsi, $1 each through the seventh inning.

FridayBluegrass State Games “Celebration of Athletes Night,” Fritos Family Friday and ADI post-game fireworks.

SaturdayMarine Night, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps and featuring the Legends in camouflage jerseys. Fans presenting military identification can buy one ticket, get one free. Entertainment throughout the game provided by the Zooperstars, sponsored by LBX. ADI post-game fireworks.

SundayJewish Heritage Day and JIF Kids Club Sunday.


Legends head east to meet West (Virginia)

July 7, 2010
Baseball

South Atlantic
      League

Lexington Legends
                                 vs. West Virginia Power

What: Five-game series

Where: Appalachian Power Park (Charleston, W.Va.)

When: Thursday through Monday (7:05 nightly except Sunday, 2:05 p.m.)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Pittsburgh Pirates

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

Brad Dydalewicz

Brad Dydalewicz

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

 

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-5, 4.40) vs. RH Brett Lorin (0-0, 0.00) or RH Brandon Holden (1-8, 7.16); Friday, LH Luis Cruz (3-1, 3.12) vs. RH Kyle McPherson (5-7, 4.09); Saturday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-2, 7.11) vs. RH Jason Erickson (5-5, 3.74); Sunday, RH Robby Donovan (7-5, 3.67) vs. LH Nathan Baker (6-5, 3.21); Monday, RH Tanner Bushue (4-5, 4.76) vs. RH Phillip Irwin (3-1, 2.64).

Jarek Cunningham

Jarek Cunningham

Power to watch: 2B Jarek Cunningham (6-foot-1, 185 pounds, from Spokane, Wash.) is hitting .265 with six homers, 28 RBI, 35 runs and a team-leading 28 doubles through Tuesday. Six of his 72 games have come against the Legends, with six hits in 24 at-bats, including a double, triple and homer. Cunningham, who will turn 21 on Christmas Day, was selected by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 2008 draft out of Mead (Wash.) High School. He signed for $300,000, passing up on a committment to Arizona State University. Assigned to the Gulf Coast League Pirates that summer, he hit .318 with five homers and 22 RBI over 43 games. However, he missed the entire 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a conditioning drill. He had the same injury earlier, costing him his senior year of high school ball. Coming into this season, Baseball America ranked him No. 20 among Pirates prospects. Baseball America’s summation reads, in part: “He has a short stroke, makes consistent hard contact and figures to develop at least slightly above-average power. He has a solid approach for a young player, so he should hit for average as well. Cunningham is a good athlete with above-average speed, range and arm strength.”

Wander Alvino

Wander Alvino

Legend to watch: RHP Wander Alvino (5-11, 159, from Nizao, Dominican Republic) has provided solid relief all season. Over 24 appearances and 52 2/3 innings, Alvino is 3-1 with three holds and a 2.91 ERA, with 48 strikeouts to 16 walks. Included are two outings versus the Power, spanning 3 2/3 innings, with a 1-0 record and a 2.45 ERA. Over his last 10 games, Alvino is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA. Signed by the Astros Feb. 22, 2006 as a non-drafted free agent, Alvino spent the 2006 and ’07 seasons with the Dominican Summer League Astros, going 1-2 with a 2.82 ERA in his debut season, 2-4 with a 3.16 in 2007. Then came a season with Greeneville of the Appalachian League (1-6, 5.79) and a 2009 campaign with Tri-City of the New York-Penn League (4-7, 5.17).

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends back in town for Fourth of July series

July 4, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic 
    League

Lexington Legends
      versus
                                      Augusta GreenJackets

What: Four-game series

When: Sunday through Wednesday (7:05 Sunday through Tuesday nights, 12:05 p.m. Wednesday)

Where: Applebee’s Park

Tickets: Call   (859) 422-7867  

Major League affiliates: Astros (Legends), Giants (GreenJackets)

Brad Dydalewicz

Brad Dydalewicz

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Sunday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-2, 8.36) vs. RH Brian Irving (4-1, 4.24); Monday, RH Robby Donovan (7-4, 3.12) vs. RH Chris Heston (2-9, 5.21); Tuesday, RH Tanner Bushue (4-4, 4.29) vs. RH Jorge Bucardo (8-3, 2.23); Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (2-8, 6.01) vs. LH Craig Clark (0-1, 3.60).

Chris Dominguez

Chris Dominguez

GreenJacket to watch: 3B Chris Dominguez (6-foot-3, 215 pounds, from Los Angeles) came into the season rated by Baseball America as the 18th-best prospect in the Giants system. A third-round draft choice last year out of the University of Louisville, Dominguez twice won Big East Player of the Year honors and set a U of L record his senior season by socking 25 home runs. He broke into pro ball last year with the Arizona League Giants and Salem-Keizer of the Northwest League, combining for a .263 average, 11 homers and 40 RBI over 56 games. Over 79 games with Augusta, Dominguez is batting .273 — .236 at home and .308 on the road. In nine games since the all-star break, he is 12-for-38 (.316). He leads the GreenJackets in homers (12), RBI (53), hits (89) and total bases (146), and shares the team lead in runs (48).

Jiovanni Mier

Jiovanni Mier

Legend to watch: SS Jiovanni Mier (6-1, 200, from Pomona, Calif.) is 16-for-45 (.355) over his last 13 games, raising his batting average 26 points to .225. Rated by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in the Astros system, Mier was a 2009 first-round draft pick (21st overall) out of Bonita High School and signed for $1.358 million. Baseball America’s report reads, in part: “Mier has an advanced feel for the game at the plate and in the field. He has a good eye, works deep counts and shows good pitch recognition. He has a smooth, loose, line-drive stroke with quick hands and solid bat speed. He projects to stat at shortstop with a plus arm, great actions, good hands and above-average range to both sides.” With the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League last year, Mier hit .276 with seven homers, 32 RBI and 32 runs over 51 games. Over 73 games with the Legends, Mier has 34 RBI and 39 runs. In 10 games since the all-star break, he is 12-for-36 (.333) with six RBI and five run.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends take first road trip of season’s second half

June 28, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends
vs. Hickory Crawdads

What: Five-game series

Where: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, N.C.)

When: Tuesday through Saturday (7 each night)

Affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends), Texas Rangers (Crawdads)

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, RH Robby Donovan (7-4, 2.61) vs. RH Neil Ramirez (6-5, 5.22); Wednesday, RH Tanner Bushue (4-3, 3.63) vs. TBA; Thursday, RH Juan Minaya (2-8, 6.00) vs. LH Robbie Ross (8-6, 2.32); Friday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-4, 4.52) vs. LH Robbie Erlin (3-1, 1.34); Saturday, LH Luis Cruz (2-1, 3.77) vs. RH Matt Thompson (5-4, 3.88).

Miguel Velazquez

Miguel Velazquez

Crawdad to watch: CF Miguel Velazquez (6-foot-2, 205 pounds, from San Juan, Puerto Rico) is batting .267 with 10 homers and 12 stolen bases over 68 games, while leading the Crawdads in RBI (51) and runs (44). Selected by the Rangers in the 19th round of the 2006 draft, Velazquez came into the season ranked by Baseball America as the 22nd-best prospect in the Texas system. Baseball America sums up his unusual career start this way: “Velazquez was projected as a top-three-rounds pick out of high school in Puerto Rico, but his stock plummeted when he was involved in a shooting with his brother in March 2006. Velazquez has told reporters that he was with his brother when his brother shot and seriously injured their neighbor, who they say was trying to kill their sister. The Rangers looked into the case and decided to take Velazquez in the 19th round that June, signing him for $72,000. He made a strong pro debut in 2007 but missed all of 2008 because of a parole violation that required him to spend time in a juvenile detention center. He returned to action last summer and picked up where he left off, showing true five-tool potential. …” He hit .330 with two homers and 21 RBI over 24 games with the Arizona League Rangers in 2007. Last year, in ine games with the AZL Rangers, he hit .294 with a homer and six RBI; and in 54 games with Spokane of the Northwest League, he hit .297 with 10 homers and 40 RBI.

Zach Grimmett

Zach Grimmett

Legend to watch: RHP Zach Grimmett (6-3, 199, from Beggs, Okla.) is 1-0 with a save, three holds and a 2.51 ERA over 15 games, including one start. Over 43 innings, Grimmett has struck out 39 while walking 13, holding opponents to a .186 batting average. He has been especially effective on the road — 1-0 with a 1.87 ERA. Selected by the Astros out of Beggs High School in the 28th round of the 2008 draft, Grimmett broke into pro ball with the Greeneville Astros that year, going 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA over 13 relief appearances and 31 2/3 innings. Last year, with the Tri-City ValleyCats, he went 0-7 with a 7.34 ERA over 12 starts and 41 2/3 innings.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


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.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends close first half with four at Delmarva

June 17, 2010

                 
Baseball

South Atlantic           League

Lexington Legends
                                     vs. Delmarva Shorebirds

What: Four-game series

Where: Arthur W. Perdue Stadium (Salisbury, Md.)

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

Affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends); Baltimore Orioles

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero


Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz


Brad Dydalewicz

B. Dydalewicz


Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Thursday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-3, 4.29) vs. LH Nathan Moreau (1-2, 3.35); Friday, LH Luis Cruz (2-0, 4.34) vs. RH Matt Hobgood (3-6, 4.48); Saturday, LH Brad Dydalewicz (0-0, 4.15) vs. RH Jesse Beal (4-3, 2.98); Sunday, RH Robby Donovan (6-4, 2.41) vs. RH Kenny Moreland (2-2, 3.70).

Kieron Pope

Kieron Pope

Shorebird to watch: LF Kieron Pope (6-foot-1, 195 pounds, from Gray, Ga.) is batting .360 with three homers and 20 RBI over 22 games. Ten of his 31 hits have been for extra bases. Pope has hits in his last 10 games (17-for-38). Selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, his most productive minor-league season came with Delmarva in 2008, when he hit .232 with 12 homers and 45 RBI. He also earned Appalachian League All-Star honors with Bluefield in 2006.

Aaron Bray

Aaron Bray

Legend to watch: 1B Aaron Bray (6-0, 180, from Charlotte, N.C.) takes a 12-game hitting streak (18-for-43) into the final series of the first half of the season. Overall, Bray is batting .243 with 18 RBI over 39 games. In June, though, the left-handed hitter is 15-for-33 (.455), including two doubles and two triples, and has half his season RBI total. Drafted by the Astros, out of North Carolina Charlotte, in the 27th round of last year’s draft, Bray hit .278 with 20 RBI over 48 games last season with Greeneville of the Appalachian League.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends visit BlueClaws for three games

June 13, 2010
Baseball

South Atlantic      League

Lexington Legends vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

What: Three-game series

Where: FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood, N.J.)

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

Affiliations: Houston Astros (Legends); Philadelphia Phillies

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Colby Shreve

Colby Shreve

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Robby Donovan (6-4, 2.63) vs. RH Jared Cosart (7-1, 3.34); Tuesday, RH Tanner Bushue (3-3, 3.95) vs. RH Brody Colvin (3-6, 4.99); Wednesday, RH Juan Minaya (1-7, 5.34) vs. RH Colby Shreve (4-3, 4.24).

Jonathan Singleton

Jonathan Singleton

BlueClaw to watch: 1B Jonathan Singleton (6-foot-2, 215 pounds, from Lakewood, Calif.) comes in with hits in his last five games (8-for-20) and seven of his last eight games (12-for-30). An eighth-round draft pick last year out of Long Beach High School, Singleton is batting .407 over 30 games, with seven homers, 33 RBI and 22 runs. He has 20 walks to 22 strikeouts, a .500 on-base percentage, .704 slugging and 1.204 OPS.  He’s batting. 477 at home, a “mere” .359 on the road. Singleton made his pro debut last summer with the Gulf Coast League Phillies, hitting .290 with two homers and 12 RBI over 31 games. The son of former Oregon quarterback Herb Singleton, he is rated by Baseball America as the 20th-best prospect in the Phillies system.

Jose Trinidad

Jose Trinidad

Legend to watch: RHP Jose Trinidad (5-11, 150, from Sabana Grande de Palenque, Domincan Republic) leads Lexington pitchers in appearances — 22, all in relief. Overall, he is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA, three holds and eight games finished. Over 43 1/3 innings, Trinidad has struck out 32 and walked 10. In five appearances this month, he is 1-0 and has allowed only one unearned run, holding opponents to a .179 batting average. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in February of 2006, he led all Astros minor-leaguers in 2008 with a 2.73 ERA (17 earned runs in 56 innings). With the Legends last year, he was shut down after 13 relief stints and 21 innings due to injury. He was 0-3 with a save and a 4.71 ERA. His four-season minor-league totals, beginning with two years in the Dominican Summer League: 9-11, 10 saves, 2.92 ERA, 134 strikeouts, 51 walks, 160 1/3 innings.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Legends take their sticks on trip to Hickory

June 4, 2010

Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends vs. Hickory Crawdads

What: Four-game series

Where: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, N.C.)

When: Saturday through Tuesday (7 Saturday night, 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. Monday and Tuesday)

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends); Texas Rangers

Luis Cruz

Luis Cruz

David Duncan

David Duncan

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Saturday, LH Luis Cruz (0-0, 5.40) vs. RH Joe Wieland (4-3, 4.06); Sunday, LH David Duncan (3-1, 3.86)  vs. LH Robbie Ross (7-4, 1.96); Monday, RH Robby Donovan (5-4, 2.44) vs. LH Robbie Erlin (1-1, 1.34); Tuesday, RH Juan Minaya (0-7, 5.68) vs. RH Matt Thompson (4-3, 3.51).

Robbie Ross

Robbie Ross

Crawdad to watch: Sunday starter Robbie Ross (5-foot-11, 185 pounds, from Nicholasville) passed on the University of Kentucky and signed with the Rangers for $1.575 million after being selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. The former Lexington Christian Academy standout is tied for second in the SAL in wins (7), tied for third in innings pitched (64 1/3) and is ninth in ERA (1.96). In 11 starts, he has struck out 46, walked 14 and hit four batters. He is holding opponents to a .230 batting average and is the only Crawdad starter yet to allow a home run. Ross has a decision in all 11 games and has won six of his last seven. In five home games, he is 4-1 with a 0.30 ERA. Rated by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Rangers system, Ross will turn 21 on June 24. He earned all-star honors in the Northwest League last season with Spokane, going 4-4 with a 2.66 ERA over 15 starts, while striking out 76 and walking 17. He ranked second in the league in strikeouts per nine innings (9.2) and fourth in ERA.

David Duncan (monkeyalarm.com photo)

Legends lefty David Duncan (monkeyalarm.com photo)

Legend to watch: Sunday starter David Duncan (6-9, 230, from New Richmond, Ohio) has decisions in all four of his starts. A fifth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech in 2008, he is coming off his worst outing of the season — Tuesday’s six-inning, five-run loss to West Virginia. After starting the season on the disabled list due to a sore arm, Duncan has struck out 13 and walked only one. He has given up five homers, but four have been solo shots and the other came with only one man aboard. Duncan split last season between Tri-City, Lexington and Lancaster, going a combined 4-14. With the Legends, Duncan was 4-4 with a 4.29 ERA, 52 strikeouts and nine walks over 56 2/3 innings.

Brandt Walker

Brandt Walker

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Coming and going: The Legends have activated RHP Brandt Walker from the disabled list. Moving from the rotation to the DL is RH Tanner Bushue. Walker is 1-3 with a 9.72 ERA over six starts, with more walks (18) than strikeouts (16). Bushue is 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA over 11 starts, leading the team in strikeouts (55) while issuing 21 walks.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Power visits Legends for four-game series

May 31, 2010
Baseball

South Atlantic League

Lexington Legends vs. West Virginia Power

What: Four-game series

When: Tuesday through Friday (7:05 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights; 10:05 Wednesday morning)

Where: Applebee’s Park

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends); Pittsburgh Pirates

Tickets: Call         (859) 422-7867        

David Duncan

David Duncan

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Brandon Holden

Brand. Holden

Phillip Irwin

Phillip Irwin

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Tuesday, LH David Duncan (3-0, 2.40) vs. RH Phillip Irwin (1-0, 1.50); Wednesday, RH Robby Donovan (4-4, 2.55) vs. RH Brandon Holden (0-3, 3.72); Thursday, RH Juan Minaya (0-7, 6.22) vs. LH Nathan Baker (4-3, 3.27); Friday, RH Jose Cisnero (3-2, 4.82) vs. RH Kyle McPherson (3-5, 4.00).

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Kyle McPherson

Kyle McPherson

Nathan Baker

Nathan Baker

Aaron Baker

Aaron Baker

Power to watch: 1B Aaron Baker (6-foot-3, 232 pounds, from Denton, Texas) leads West Virginia in RBI (28), hits (47), doubles (16), total bases (79) and slugging percentage (.470) (all statistics through Sunday). He ranks second in OPS (.804) and third in batting (.280), homers (4) and triples (2).  A 2009 11th round draft pick out of Oklahoma University, Baker led the New York-Penn League last season with seven triples, while batting .247 with three homers and 32 RBI over 62 games. Baseball America rates him as the “best power hitter” in the Pirates’ 2009 draft class. A left-handed batter, he is hitting .316 against right-handers and .196 versus lefties.

Andy Simunic

Andy Simunic

Legend to watch: IF/OF Andy Simunic (6-0, 170, from Collierville, Tenn.) is 5-for-11 (.455) in three games against West Virginia. Overall, he’s hitting .218 with five RBI, 16 runs and six stolen bases in seven attempts. A 2008 17th round draft pick out of the University of Tennessee, he hit .234 with 14 RBI in 53 games with Tri-City of the NYPL in 2008. Last year, Simunic played 55 games with the Legends (.287, 6 RBI) and 21 games with High-A Lancaster (.286, 4 RBI). After hitting only .152 in April, Simunic is hitting .259 in May. The Legends have used him at every position except pitcher and catcher, primarily in right field, left and at third base.

Radio: WLXG AM-1300


Updated: Greensboro visits Legends for four games

May 27, 2010


Baseball


South Atlantic
    League

Lexington Legends vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers

What: Four-game series

Where: Applebee’s Park

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

Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends); Florida Marlins

Tickets: Call  (859) 422-7867 

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Tanner Bushue

Tanner Bushue

Jose Cisnero

Jose Cisnero

Juan Minaya

Juan Minaya

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Friday, RH Robby Donovan (4-3, 2.63) vs. RH Curtis Petersen (1-4, 6.75); Saturday, RH Juan Minaya (0-6, 6.00) vs. LH Chad James (0-3, 5.23); Sunday, RH Jose Cisnero (2-2, 4.97) vs. LH Edgar Olmos (2-1, 3.43); Monday, RH Tanner Bushue (3-2, 3.23) vs. RH Matthew Montgomery (3-5, 3.18).

Chris Wade at Applebee's Park

Chris Wade at Applebee's Park.

Grasshopper to watch: SS Chris Wade (6-foot, 170 pounds, from Lexington) is hitting .254 since joining the team earlier this month. An 11th round draft pick last June, Wade played for Lexington Christian Academy and the University of Kentucky. Last summer, he hit .277 with 18 RBI, 24 runs and five stolen bases over 47 games with Jamestown of the New York-Penn League. He also went 1-for-5 in one game with the Gulf Coast League Marlins. Wade opened this season with High-A Jupiter of the Florida State League. He hit .164 with a homer, seven RBI and three runs over 19 games. Reassigned to Greensboro, he has a homer, six RBI and three stolen bases over 16 games.

Robby Donovan

Robby Donovan

Legend to watch: Robby Donovan (6-5, 230, from Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) comes into Friday’s start with a string of 17 scoreless innings. He has allowed two unearned runs over his last three starts (20 innings), all wins. Over four starts in May, he is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA. Overall, he has pitched 48 innings over nine starts, with 24 strikeouts to 15 walks, while holding opponents to a .240 batting average. A 23rd round draft pick last year out of Stetson University, Donovan broke in with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the NYPL. He appeared in 19 games, including four starts, for Tri-City and finished 2-5 with four saves and a 3.74 ERA. He struck out 28 and walked 21.

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