Luke Maile batting for Hudson Valley
Former Kentucky basketball players aren’t the only Cats making their professional debuts this summer. Eight Kentucky stars from the ball field have inked their name to the professional ranks after being drafted in the 2012 MLB Draft last month, and have made their mark.
— As a member of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, power hitting Luke Maile crushed his first home run as a pro Tuesday. Maile has hit .256 in his first 24 games playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades, in the Class-A short-season league. He has added four doubles and 11 RBI to his career. Maile was invaluable as a leader for the Cats last season, taking point on the charge into the post season.
— Former two-sport standout Brian Adams is lighting it up for the Eugene Emeralds, the Class-A short-season affiliate for the San Diego Padres. Adams has his .321 in his first 12 professional games, contributing two doubles, three home runs, seven RBI and four stolen bases. Adams never saw significant playing time for Kentucky, but professional scouts has drooled over his potential — the biggest reason why he stopped playing football to focus on baseball.
— Relief pitcher Tim Peterson has appeared in four games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Class-A team for the New York Mets. Peterson was a huge contributor for the Cats coming out of the bullpen, and is trying to find his rhythm for the Cyclones. He has pitched seven innings of relief, allowing two runs for a 2.57 ERA, owning a 1-0 record.
— Former Ace of the pitching staff Taylor Rogers is tearing it up on the hill for the Elizabethtown Twins of the Rookie Appalachian League. Rogers was drafted in the 11th round by the Minnesota Twins and has tossed in five starts for their farm club. He owns a 1-1 record with a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings, allowing only 17 hits while striking out 29 batters.
— Other former Cats who have made their professional debut: Cameron Flynn for the Jamestown Jammers, hitting .231 in 19 games; Thomas McCarthy for the Great Falls Voyagers, also hitting .231 in 15 games; Michael Williams, playing alongside former teammate Luke Maile in Hudson Valley, hitting .189 in 20 games; and Alex Phillips, the southpaw reliever tossing for the Connecticut Tigers has pitched 10.2 innings, allowing seven hits while striking out seven.