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June 19th, 2017

De’Aaron Fox: John Wall said Lonzo Ball will have a target on his back next season

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

De’Aaron Fox is making the rounds at ESPN today, and just said on SportsCenter that he’s heard rival point guard Lonzo Ball will have a target on his back in the league next season. Fox, who expects to go anywhere from second to eighth in Thursday’s draft, said his friend and mentor John Wall told him Ball will have an especially tough rookie season in part because of his outspoken father, LaVar.

“I’ve heard it,” Fox said. “Playing point guard [in the NBA] is going to be tough anyways, but what’s been said is — it’s going to be tough…John said you have a few other players who have actually said it.”

“Lonzo is a quiet kid, I’ve known him for years. I didn’t know his dad until our senior year of high school but he does things his own way, let’s put it that way.”

As we all know, Fox outplayed Ball in both head-to-head showdowns last season, putting up 29.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 turnovers per game to Ball’s 12.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 5.0 turnovers. Most pundits believe the Los Angeles Lakers will still take Ball with the second pick in the draft, but Fox worked out for LA last week, and, as he said repeatedly, no one knows what will happen until the names are called on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, when pressed, De’Aaron didn’t give away any secrets about his draft night attire, except that JC Penny will outfit him and fellow Cat Malik Monk.

“JC Penny is who me and Malik’s, our suits are by. I’m not going to tell you what it looks like, the color or anything.”

What about his famous hair?

“Actually, right now, I got it done yesterday. It actually just does its own thing. Thursday, it’ll be different and I won’t even do anything to it, but it’ll be different than this.”

Just please not the ponytail/man bun.

 


Kentucky targets make up the top 5 of ESPN’s updated 2018 Top 100

ESPN just updated its Top 100 rankings for the 2018 class and, not surprisingly, every player in the top five has an offer from Kentucky. Marvin Bagley leads the way at #1, followed by Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish, Bol Bol, and Romeo Langford. How good is Bagley? Paul Biancardi said the 6’11” power forward is a “once-in-a-lifetime talent” that would go number one in THIS year’s draft.

“The 2017 NBA Draft could be one of the best in a long time and could have the most one-and-done picks since the inception of the rule in 2005. Even with top talents like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and others, Bagley would go before all of them. Bagley is the best pro prospect in the last 10 years. The NBA looks hard at position size combined with athletic ability, measurables, scoring skills and basketball knowledge. Bagley’s game has a maturity with high end results as he flirts with a triple-double on some nights. He will be the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft if he continues to do his job.”

Here’s the rest of the top 15 for 2018 (players with confirmed UK offers in bold):

1. Marvin Bagley, III
2. Zion Williamson
3. Cameron Reddish
4. Bol Bol
5. Romeo Langford
6. Moses Brown
7. Nazreon Reid
8. Jordan Brown
9. Simisola Shittu
10. Jontay Porter (commited to Missouri)
11. Darius Garland
12. Emmitt Williams
13. Keldon Johnson
14. Immanuel Quickley
15. Jahvon Quinerly

Keep in mind that Cameron Reddish, Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, and Immanuel Quickley are all in Colorado Springs to try out for Calipari’s U19 National Team this week. Read more of Biancardi’s takeaways on the 2018 class and see the full rankings below. And then watch Bagley take on Bol Bol.

[ESPN]

 


KSR is live from DANVILLE (Monday Show Thread)

Welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from Dexter Insurance in Danville. Come on out to enjoy the show and register for the chance to win some basketball tickets in one of the best small towns in the state of Kentucky. Of course, it’s my hometown, so I’m biased.

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course
06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters
06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply
06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore
06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance
06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials
06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors
06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

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Monday’s Top 10: All eyes on Colorado Springs

Good morning, friends. Hope you had a nice weekend. This week, our focus will be training camp for the U19 National Team, which started last night in Colorado Springs. What does Colorado Springs look like in the summer? According to Google, something like the picture you see up there. Hopefully John Calipari and his squad can get out and enjoy the views, although I have a feeling they’ll spend most of their time in the Olympic Training Center. That’s where we’ll start today’s top 10.

1. Training Camp has begun for Calipari’s U19 National Team

Last night, the 28 players invited to try out for the U19 National Team arrived in Colorado Springs to begin training camp. That group includes current Cats Hamidou Diallo, Kevin Knox, and PJ Washington, and 2018 targets Bol Bol, Immanuel Quickley, Romeo Langford, and Cameron Reddish. Last night, the team practiced for two and a half hours, and today, they’ll go from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. this evening. Finalists will be announced tomorrow. In the meantime, we’ll bring you any news, pictures, or videos that leak out. Some already have…

2. Diallo to Knox sure looks nice

3. Bol Bol looks great as well

Calipari said the transformation the 7’2″ Bol has made since he watched him last year to when he saw him this spring is unbelievable. Look how easily he handles the ball in transition, an impressive feat considering his ridiculous size:

Plenty of more highlights like that in the post directly below this one, so scroll on down to get your first sneak peek of Diallo, Knox, Washington, and the 2018 recruits.

4. Keep an eye on Immanuel Quickley

The 2018 point guard has already narrowed his list to four (Kentucky, Maryland, Kansas, and Miami), and the Cats seem to be the overwhelming favorite. Last week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Quickley admitted that being around Calipari this week is a huge plus for Kentucky.

“Actually, I can’t lie,” Quickley said, via Adam Zagoria. “It does give him an advantage just because I get to spend more time [with him] but all the coaches tell me they’ll be able to see me in Colorado.”

With unprecedented access to many of his top 2018 prospects, it will be fascinating to watch Calipari recruit over the next month.

5. The Celtics and the 76ers have agreed to trade picks

The big news on Twitter this weekend was the Boston Celtics reportedly agreeing to trade the #1 pick in Thursday’s draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the Sixers’ 3rd pick. The Celtics will also receive a protected 2018 first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, or the Sacramento Kings’ first-rounder in 2019. The trade should become final today, and the Sixers reportedly plan to take Markelle Fultz.

6. Boston fans seem to be taking it well

What does this mean for De’Aaron Fox? The Sixers hosted Fox this weekend for a solo workout before deciding to trade up, and the Celtics don’t need another guard, so if the Lakers pick Lonzo Ball, look for the Phoenix Suns to take Fox at four, opening the door to trade Eric Bledsoe. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, Sacramento will be waiting at five.

7. Stoops got some big Yahtzees over the weekend

It was a good weekend for Mark Stoops and staff, who pulled in commitments from 2018 4-star outside linebacker DeAndre Square and 2019 4-star safety Keontra Smith. On Friday, Square picked the Cats over programs like Michigan State, Wisconsin, Arizona, Iowa, and LSU, becoming the 12th commitment in Kentucky’s 2018 class. Smith is a 2019 prospect, so it’s early, but the Hollywood, Florida native picked Kentucky over Auburn, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, and others.

On Thursday, UK landed a commitment from 2018 JuCo defensive back Domonique Williams, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Jack Pilgrim’s interview with him from yesterday.

8. Kroger Field is one step closer to reality

The old Commonwealth Stadium sign is officially gone, as captured by Jen Smith last night:

Sigh. I guess it’s really happening.

9. J.B. Holmes finishes 12th at the US Open

Congrats to the former Wildcat, who finished 12th at the US Open this weekend, his best finish in that major ever. Holmes was one stroke off the lead going into Sunday, but no one could stop Brooke Koepka, who finished the final round -5 for a final score of -16. Meanwhile, Stephan Jaeger, caddied by KSR’s Aaron Flener, tied for 60th at +9. Someone remind Flener to take the flag back before they leave Erin Hills, please:

10. The KSR Summer Tour is in DANVILLE

In about an hour, the gang will be live from Dexter Insurance in my hometown. Who’s bringing the Burke’s Bakery?


June 18th, 2017

The early Kentucky highlights from Team USA camp are awesome

The Team USA camps to decide Coach Cal’s U19 national team in Egypt have begun, and the future Wildcats in attendance are already impressing.

UK signees Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington, and Kevin Knox are participating, along with several Kentucky targets.

Check out some of the videos from reporters out in Colorado Springs:

Diallo with the no-look pass to Kevin Knox for the Kentucky connection:

Future Kentucky guard Quade Green said he might have to move over to shooting guard if Diallo keeps making plays like these:

Diallo throws down the lob above the rim:

PJ Washington comes from the baseline to punish the rim:

Knox with the step-back jumper over Washington:

Diallo showing off his 45-inch vertical on the slam:

Diallo showing off his updated (and impressive) jumper:

Knox finishes on the defense with his left at the rim:

Special thanks to SEC Country’s @KyleTucker_SEC and @Overtime for the footage.


Bam Adebayo’s stock is skyrocketing, Charlotte interested at No. 11

Photo credit: Charlotte Observer

Once considered a fringe first-rounder, Bam Adebayo is looking as a likely lottery selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Over the past few weeks, we have heard Adebayo has dominated in his workouts with teams throughout the league. His physicality has always been impressive, but most franchises are enamored with the former Wildcat’s ability to shoot, with his range extending beyond the three-point line.

A team with significant interest? The Charlotte Hornets, who hold the No. 11 selection in the draft.

In his recent workout with the Hornets, Adebayo went 13 for 25 in his shots behind the arc in front of Charlotte personnel.

Check out this excerpt on his visit and workout from the Charlotte Observer:

Three-point shooting range isn’t required of NBA centers, but in these days when spacing and versatility are at premium, it can only help Edrice “Bam” Adebayo.

Adebayo, who played his final high school season in High Point before entering Kentucky, was one of six draft candidates at a Charlotte Hornets workout Sunday. At the end of each pre-draft workout, the Hornets have all players take five NBA 3-pointers from each of five semi-circle spots.

Adebayo, who missed his only 3-pointer in his single college season, swished 13 of 25 attempts in that drill. Granted, Adebayo was shooting unguarded, but that accuracy didn’t surprise him.

“I’ve been shooting the ball since I was 12 years old. I was always getting better,” said Adebayo. “I wasn’t asked to do it (from the perimeter) at Kentucky because we all played our parts; we all sacrificed certain stuff.

“In these workouts, I can more do what I want, so I show them what I can do.”
You can read the entire article here.

Karl-Anthony Towns, DeMarcus Cousins, and Anthony Davis all showed off impressive jumpers when they reached the NBA, and it looks like Bam Adebayo is following suit.


Louisville City FC does game day right

Photo by: Bee Buck Photography

Two weeks ago I had never attended a Louisville City FC game at Louisville Slugger Field.
Now, I wouldn’t miss one for the world.
I’ve spent all 21 years of my life attending games in Commonwealth Stadium and Rupp Arena. I never once thought I would find a group of people that love their team as much as the 61,000 and 24,000 that pack into those venues each week, but I did.
I’m currently in the middle of spending my summer as a media relations intern for LouCity, and I spent last night’s match against Pittsburgh on the field and in the crowd taking pictures and video. The excitement and love for the team is something I have never before seen.

Ten minutes before kickoff, the team’s supporters, including a large group called The Coopers, march along the stadium’s concourse to their section banging on drums and chanting. And for the next hour and half, they don’t stop. I got exhausted just watching these guys. They spent the entire 90 minutes cheering at the top of their lungs, jumping around, setting off purple and yellow smoke bombs after each goal and, yes, banging on their drums. Their energy is infectious throughout all of Slugger Field.
What’s more remarkable than the love for this team from the fans is how it is reciprocated from the players. Having spent the last five weeks with this team, I’ve seen first hand how much they care about the city of Louisville, their fans and each other. They’ll sign an autograph for every kid lined up with a poster and pen until they’re all gone, and they’ll take every picture for every fan who waits outside their locker room after each game. And trust me, it’s not a small number.
I knew I was going to get great experience going into this internship, but I didn’t know it was going to be an absolute blast working on a Saturday night – and the crowd was having way more fun than I was.
If you’ve never been to a LouCity game, you seriously don’t know what you’re missing out on. Fill the void of summer months without college sports and head on out to a game. Get tickets at a discounted price for KSR readers here by using promo code KSR.

INTERVIEW: KSR sits down with new UK football commitment Domonique Williams

Last Thursday, 2018 JUCO DB Domonique Williams pledged his commitment to Kentucky over offers from Iowa State, UNLV, and Colorado State, among others.

Williams became the twelfth recruit to join UK’s heralded 2018 recruiting class, moving the Wildcats into the top-25 of the recruiting rankings.

In case you didn’t see his commitment, you can watch it below:

KSR sat down with Williams to discuss his commitment to Kentucky, his future role on the defense, his relationship with the Wildcat coaching staff, and how excited he is to play in front of the Big Blue Nation.

When it came to UK, Williams says his fit on the defense and his opportunity to make it to the NFL under Mark Stoops separated the Wildcats from the pack.

“I chose Kentucky because I feel like I fit in there extremely well. I can do big things to help make Kentucky a better team in the future. I know that playing for Coach Stoops and Coach Clinkscale will help me get to the next level,” Williams said.

The 6’0, 190-pound defensive back had an extremely impressive camp last week at UK, causing the Wildcat coaching staff to pull the Tennessee native aside and offer him a scholarship on the spot. He said his versatility in the secondary turned heads.

I think the coaching staff loves the fact that I can play multiple positions in the secondary. At camp last week I was playing regular CB, but during 1-on-1 drills, I played some nickel as well. I do a great job of guarding slot receivers,” said Williams.

With so much talent at camp last week, Williams said he wanted to make sure he did his part recruiting some high-level prospects to join him as a Kentucky Wildcat.

Two of those recruits? Four-star athlete Quindarious Monday and cornerback Jalen Huff. 

“I was with (Quindarious) Monday & Jalen (Huff) for the most part. They both have offers from UK as well. They were both cool and we follow each other on Twitter and everything to stay in contact. We have a really good relationship.”

After recording 49 tackles, ten pass breakups, and three interceptions last season for Highland CC, Williams says he knows exactly what he needs to work on in the near future to thrive at the next level.

“I need to work on attacking and playing the ball better while it’s in the air. Last year I had a lot of deflections, but I couldn’t convert them all to interceptions. If I can turn all of them into interceptions, I know I will be able to make an impact and change the game a lot more.”

When asked about the Kentucky fanbase, Williams says they played a big part in his decision to attend UK next season.

The BBN is absolutely crazy,” Williams said. “They show major love and I love it. I can’t wait to make plays in front of all of them at Kroger Field next fall”

With college football recruiting being a never-ending cycle, Williams wants the Kentucky fanbase to know he is here to stay.

“I am 100% committed to the University of Kentucky.”

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR


The 2017 KSR Summer Tour continues tomorrow in Danville

 

The 2017 Kentucky Sports Radio Summer Tour continues its June schedule live from Dexter Insurance in Danville, Ky. on Monday at 10 a.m. ET. Matt & Co. will proceed with the remote radio tour with a trip to Leitchfield on Tuesday, before heading to Louisville on Wednesday, Henderson on Thursday, and finishing the week in the Owensboro area on Friday morning.

 

Mark your calendar with the complete KSR Summer Tour schedule, separated into two nonstop legs over the months of June and August:

 

JUNE

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course

06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters

06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply

06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore

06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

 

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance

06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials

06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors

06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters

06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

 

AUGUST

08/03/17: Lexington – TBD

08/04/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors

 

08/07/17: Loretto – Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc.

08/08/17: Monticello – Monticello Banking Company

08/09/17: McKee – TBD

08/10/17: Flemingsburg – Peoples Bank

08/11/17: Pikeville – BANK 253 Restaurant and Nightlife

 

08/14/17: Cynthiana – Maiden City Brewing Company

08/15/17: Somerset – Sleep Outfitters

08/16/17: Campbellsville – Gatti’s Pizza

08/17/17: Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop

08/18/17: Madisonville – Watermark Toyota

 

08/21/17: Hopkinsville

08/22/17: Louisville – Kentucky State Fair

08/23/17: Fort Wright – Dickmann’s Sports Cafe

08/24/17: Richmond – Mann Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Richmond

08/25/17: Louisville – KSR Golf Outing


UK Makes Top 10 For Number 1 In-State 2019 Player

@EvanPetzold

4-star defensive end Stephen Herron, Jr. out of Trinity released his top ten college choices today. UK made the cut, along with a laundry list of elite schools:

Funnily enough, hometown Louisville didn’t make the cut.

@JayWinkKSR


From “Get Off Our Backs” to “Get Over It”: The Journey of Steve Beshear

One of my most awkward moments in my political career came near its end.

Perched in the front row of the balcony in the chambers of the Kentucky House of Representatives, I was participating in an annual rite of passage for Frankfort: the 2011 State of the Commonwealth Address.  The man at the microphone, Governor Steve Beshear, had appointed me to his Cabinet several months after I had abandoned my own 2007 bid for the Mansion and threw my support to him.  Leaving the race was agony, but the endorsement was easy: He was a good and decent man; and we shared similar values and positions on most issues.  One exception: After cutting my political teeth as a young aide to Al Gore, climate change remediation was a personal passion; and Beshear’s campaign rhetoric hewed closer to the traditional pro-coal boosterism of our black gold-rich state.

Midway through the speech, the Governor turned to my sore spot.  Jabbing his forefinger in the air, he twice yelled four words aimed squarely at the Obama Administration’s clean air regulators: “Get off our backs!”

The crowd erupted in a rare bipartisan display usually reserved only for military heroes.  Like the rest of those in attendance, my fellow Cabinet members stood to their feet and clapped uproariously.

Realizing I could be captured by the TV cameras airing to a statewide audience, I panicked: If I didn’t stand, I would be seen as disloyal and perhaps even justify a few unsavory press tweets.  If I cheered, I’d not only be intellectually dishonest; I might upset some friends watching from home.  So this future crisis manager came up with an awkward solution: I stood up, and pretended to look at my phone.

And, of course, like much of my political career, no one was paying attention.

One of the more fascinating revelations in Steve Beshear’s just-released new autobiography, People Over Politics, was that the Governor also was internally contradicted at that moment, and came to regret it:

Because it was too simplistic a message.  Because it reduced a complex issue into a four-word, black-and-white sound bite.  Because it settled on a singular explanation for coal’s decline at the expense of all others.  And because it helped further the deceptive message to the Eastern and Western Kentucky coalfields that the best way to build a vibrant future was to simply cling to the past.

People Over Politics contains all of the usual traits of standard political autobiography: Litanies of policy accomplishments to craft the first draft of history. Shout-outs to mentors, staffers, and family that propelled him on his path.  Shade thrown at rivals and adversaries (the nectar of press attention and book sales.)

But what’s most remarkable about People Over Politics is what’s atypical of the genre…and frankly, what’s atypical of politics circa 2017: Self-criticism. Nuance.  Humility.  As the country hurdles breathlessly through scandal, tweetstorms and hyperbolic shouting, Steve Beshear and his approach to government emerge as a sort of Bizarro Trumpism — and not simply as a quaint nostalgic reminder of a halcyon bygone era, but rather as a potential elixir for today’s toxicity.

Steve Beshear tried something nearly impossible in today’s polarized and paralyzed politics:  Securing center-left progress in a bright red state.  Beshear inherited a dispirited body politic, made cynical by the ethical scandals of prior administrations.  Further, just a few months into his first term, the Governor’s expansive campaign promises were undermined profoundly by the worst national economic crisis since the Great Depression.  For most of his time in office, Beshear continually was forced to thread the tiniest needle: Creating jobs and maintaining safety net services with scarce resources, while protecting progressive values in a Bible Belt climate.

It was the latter social-issue struggle that helped precipitate a premature undoing to Beshear’s early political career. The young Attorney General’s 1980 opinion that prohibited courthouse postings of the Ten Commandments haunted him in future unsuccessful bids for Governor and the U.S. Senate.  Some of the more interesting sections of his book relate to how the late-20th century religious wars informed the older and wiser Beshear on the social hot buttons of the new millennium.  While at the time, many liberals chastised the Governor for appealing a federal judge’s marriage equality ruling, and for signing off initially on tax incentives for a Noah’s Ark theme park, the reader will catch a rare behind-the-curtains glimpse of how the pro-LGBT, pro-science Beshear tried to subtly square the policy circle to protect progressive interests while retaining political capital.

Ultimately, of course, Steve Beshear used that political capital for his most progressive and consequential accomplishment, in the process making him a national hero for Democrats.  It is hard to over-estimate the political risks the Governor assumed by embracing the Affordable Care Act.  There have been few modern politicians less popular in the Commonwealth than the 44th President, and his local popularity was at its nadir during the rollout of Obamacare.  Yet, in the most challenging moment of his Administration, Beshear went all-in, expanding Medicaid and opening up the South’s only state-based exchange.  He rolled out the initiative with a coordinated and targeted communications strategy, articulating the benefits in a manner that transcended the deep political divide.  For those who could not accept any program associated with the President, he responded simply and clearly: “Get over it.”  Whatever your view of the action’s substance, it’s hard to deny that Beshear’s signature moment was a case study of putting people over politics.

It’s only been a few years since Steve Beshear left the state capital, but they’ve been some of the most tumultuous in our nation’s political history.  The political figure tapped to deliver the Democrats’ response to our new President’s first State of the Union address is revealed in People Over Politics to be the ultimate anti-Trump: a careful deliberator, operating in gray areas of our black and white political system, tempered by genuine humility.  Steve Beshear won’t be running for office again.  But any of the large and growing cavalry looking to pursue the White House in 2020, and once again recapture the great swath of red states in the center of our nation, would be wise to follow his example.


Current and Future Cats Celebrate Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, whether you’ve spent your day grilling, napping, watching golf, or just doing regular dad things.

Some of your favorite UK players are surely putting in work, while others are probably celebrating with their dads. A few took to social media to sound off on the holiday:

@JayWinkKSR


The Reds Report: June 18

Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It’s going to be difficult to find a silver lining in this edition of the Reds Report. Cincinnati lost every game they played this week, and the team is currently on a nine-game losing streak. This run has left them in last in the NL Central. The Reds trail the first-place Brewers by seven and a half games.

The End of the Line for Bronson Arroyo?

The biggest piece of news from Sunday is that Bronson Arroyo might have pitched his final major league game. In today’s start against the Dodgers, Arroyo threw three innings and gave up five earned runs. That ran his ERA to 7.35 for the season. Arroyo made a few postgame comments that suggested this could have been the final appearance of his career.

It was easy for fans to be frustrated with Arroyo’s performance this season, but it’s pretty remarkable he was able to return to a major league rotation at age 40 given his injury history. Arroyo accomplished a lot of good during his time in Cincinnati. Everyone will be wishing him well if this was, in fact, his last time on the mound.

Cincinnati Gets Rave Reviews at the MLB Draft

The MLB Draft took place this week, and the Reds entered with the second overall pick. They selected Hunter Greene from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. Mark Sheldon has a helpful breakdown of the 17-year-old’s potential. At least once, he was clocked throwing 102 mph.

Reds fans, I think you’re going to love this kid.

Doug Gray of RedsMinorLeagues.com provided a helpful roundup of what other executives thought of Cincinnati’s draft. Gray cites a Jon Heyman interview where an unnamed executive said, “Cincinnati won the draft by far.” You can read more quotes from around the league in Doug’s write-up. 

A Few Pitching Updates

As of now, the thing most Reds fans are looking forward to is the return of a few key starters. This week Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan both took a few steps forward.

  • On Wednesday, Bailey started for low-Class A Dayton. He pitched six shutout innings and struck out six. According to Zach Buchanan, Bailey threw a bullpen session in Cincinnati on Friday, and he’s slated to start for Louisville at some point this week. If that start goes well, then it’s possible he could be back in a Reds uniform sooner rather than later.
  • Brandon Finnegan also made a rehab start this week. He pitched four scoreless innings for Double-A Pensacola. Mark Sheldon notes that Finnegan will make a start for Louisville this week, and he’s expected to make at least two appearances at that level. Check out Sheldon’s article for more details on Finnegan and Bailey.

Zack Cozart Takes the Lead

Why don’t we end with a little bit of good news? Zack Cozart’s impressive play is finally being rewarded. In the most recent NL All-Star voting, Cozart took the lead as the potential starter at shortstop for the National League. Zach Buchanan has details on all of the voting, including Joey Votto’s current status.

Speaking of Votto, he continues to insist that if Cozart makes the All-Star team he’ll buy Cozart a donkey.

“I don’t have the internet.” You know, Votto is the one guy I kind of believe when he says that.

This Week

The Reds head to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays on Monday. They’ll finish the week with a trip to Washington for a three-game series against the Nationals.

You can read Eric’s writing all season long at The Sporting NewsRed Reporter and Baseball Prospectus. He also hosts the On Baseball Writing Podcast and appears on the Red Reporter podcast.


An Insane Baseball Throw

@SPORTalkOrioles

Sometimes, a single play reminds you why these people are professionals and you’re not.

Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles threw a baseball from a wacky position with an accuracy and power that should not be possible.

@JayWinkKSR


VOTE for the winner of the KSR Summer Host contest

We had over 40 submissions in our KSR Summer Host contest, which the lovely Maria narrowed to a group of nine, and Ryan Lemond to a group of five. Which fans deserve the chance to host KSR one day during Matt’s vacation? That’s where you come into play. Listen to the five auditions below and vote for your favorite. The winner will get one hour on the most popular radio show in the state. Matt will listen to the submissions and pick his favorite for the second hour.

#1: Brian Ross/Josh Sharp, CaliforniaTucky

UK fans/Kentucky natives now working in Los Angeles


#2 Mike Meyer/Eric Comley/Ryan Farley, The Bottom Line

Cynthiana affiliate WCYN 1400


#3 David/Stephen/Brandon, Homers Radio

Owensboro, KY


#4: Bryant Stockton/Josh Hurt, KYSPORTSGUYS

99.1 The Hoss in Edmonton, KY


#5: Dwayn Chambers/Gary Collins, Old Dudes New Tricks podcast

 

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