When the MLB starts back up next month, ten former Kentucky baseball players will be eligible to participate.
Major League Baseball announced its 60-man team summer player pools today, where ten former Wildcats made the cut, including three players who could make their big league debut.
Established major leaguers Trevor Gott, Luke Maile, James Paxton, J.T. Riddle and Taylor Rogers highlight the group, while Chris Rusin and Chandler Shepherd each are looking to return to The Show. Two stars from UK’s 2017 Super Regional club – Zach Reks and Evan White – as well as 2016 alum Zack Brown are on the cusp of earning their first crack at the highest level.
The Wildcats set to report this week include:
- Zack Brown, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
- Trevor Gott, pitcher (San Francisco Giants)
- Luke Maile, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- James Paxton, pitcher (New York Yankees)
- Zach Reks, outfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- J.T. Riddle, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Taylor Rogers, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
- Chris Rusin, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
- Chandler Shepherd, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
- Evan White, first baseman (Seattle Mariners)
MLB is set to open the 2020 season on July 23, with teams setting a 60-player pool from which they could fill their big league roster this season. Initial opening day rosters are set at 30, while the remaining players will train off-site in preparation for a potential call-up to the majors.