Baseball Notebook: Four Wildcats Ink Pro Contracts
June 25, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- All four of Kentucky’s 2013 MLB Draft selections have inked professional contracts and three Wildcats have made their professional debuts. In addition, several Kentucky standouts are excelling throughout minor league baseball. Learn more in this Kentucky MiLB summer notebook.
FOUR WILDCATS SIGN PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTS
GOTT, GRUNDY, RIDDLE MAKE PRO DEBUTS
Gott, the UK school-record holder for saves in a season (12) and career (23), has appeared in three games with the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League, working 3.1 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, walking two and striking out seven. After allowing two runs in his professional debut on June 16, Gott has worked two shutout frames over his last two outings, striking out five. Gott’s next level in the San Diego Padres organization would reunite him with former UK outfielder Brian Adams, who is in low class-A Fort Wayne. Adams is hitting .233 in 62 games of his first professional season, with 12 doubles, two triples, five homers and 32 RBI, stealing seven bases.
Grundy, a transfer from Miami (Fla.) and Heartland Community College, has appeared in his first two professional games in the New York-Penn League. Grundy’s professional debut came in 1.2 innings on June 19, surrendering three hits and two earned runs. Grundy returned to the bump on Monday, working two perfect innings, striking out one.
Riddle, the former Kentucky Mr. Baseball out of Western Hills High School, has appeared in six games to open his professional career with the Miami Marlins organization. The 6-foot-3 infielder made his professional debut on June 17 in the New York-Penn League, and after a 0-for-14 start to the summer, had a hit on June 21 and a two-hit game with an RBI and a walk on June 22.
ALBERS DOMINATES THROUGH TRIPLE A
RUSIN WORKING ON CHICAGO CALL-UP
DARNELL FIRES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT IN DOUBLE A, CALLED UP TO TRIPLE A
A native of Joelton, Tenn., Darnell dominated in double-A, earning a 6-6 record and a 2.61 ERA in 15 starts. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder has tossed 96.2 innings, allowing 96 hits and walking 23, striking out 77. Over his last 10 starts, Darnell had a 2.56 ERA in 70.1 innings, including a complete-game shutout in his last double-A start on June 20, allowing four hits and one walk and striking out nine.
MAILE EARNS ALL-STAR HONORS
Maile is off to a strong start to his first full professional season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the low class A Midwest League. The 6-foot-3 catcher has appeared in 57 games and hit .273, with 11 doubles, two triples, one homer and 26 RBI, sporting a .332 on-base percentage.
ROGERS CRUISING THROUGH CLASS A
Rogers earned the starting assignment in the FSL All-Star Game, tossing a shutout frame for the South All-Stars in an eventual 8-1 win. Rogers all-star game start was not the first of his career, as the southpaw started the Cape Cod League All-Star Game in 2011 at Fenway Park.
FLYNN AMONG SALLY LEAGUE LEADERS
A native of Lexington, Ky., Flynn has hit .314 in his first professional season, with eight doubles, two triples, four homers and 26 RBI, owning a .386 on-base percentage. Flynn ranks 17th in the SAL with a .826 OPS (on-base + slugging percentage).