Posts from Friday, Aug. 21
End of the week is opening to 2009-10 athletic season
Posted at 12:40 p.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations
Apologies for the lack of morning updates the past few days. We're preparing for the 2009-10 athletic season so it's been pretty busy around here. Just a couple of notes to go over before lunch.
The Wildcats don't feel like missing a regional berth again next season. They had one of the nation's most talented weekend rotations this past season with left-hander James Paxton leading the charge. Paxton was a first-round supplemental pick and was expected to sign a pro contract. However, the talented veteran decided to return to college for another season. His return is icing on the cake for the `Cats, who already welcome back sophomore stud pitcher Alex Meyer. UK also is excited about the addition of high school pitcher Jordan Cooper, a 17th-round selection of the Pirates. The Wildcats should be in great shape next spring with Paxton's return.
Lefthander James Paxton, a supplemental first-round pick (37th overall), was the highest-drafted college player to return to school. He has an electric arm capable of reaching 97 mph with good life, and sometimes he flashes a plus curveball as well. Kentucky might have benefited from Paxton's affiliation with Scott Boras Corp., which had other big fish to fry right before the deadline (Strasburg, Dustin Ackley, Donavan Tate, Grant Green and Jacob Turner, to name a few). Paxton will rejoin Alex Meyer to form perhaps the most electric mound duo in college baseball next season. Meanwhile, the Wildcats also landed their top recruit in righthander Jordan Cooper (17th round, Pirates), whose velocity jumped into the 92-94 range late in the spring. In Luke Maile (43rd round, Red Sox), the Wildcats hauled in the best prep catcher in the state of Kentucky.