LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The Kentucky baseball team has brought in the 6th-best transfer class in college baseball, according to rankings by Baseball America, a leading amateur baseball publication. Head coach Nick Mingione had to hit the transfer portal to replace last year’s departures.
The Wildcats had a number of players selected in the MLB Draft in July, headlined by Ryan Ritter and Chase Estep among others. Ritter was picked in the 4th round by the Colorado Rockies and hit for a .320 average in rookie ball. Estep was selected by the New York Mets in the 9th round and ripped four home runs and 13 RBI for the Single A St. Lucie Mets.
Kendal Ewell headlines this new transfer class, a star for Eastern Kentucky last spring as he heads up I-75 from Richmond to Kentucky. The leftfielder hit .361 last year for the Colonels with 14 home runs and and 51 RBI, also adding 11 stolen bases and boasting an OPS of an eye-popping 1.089.
Ewell was a Golden Spikes semifinalist, the award given to the top amateur baseball player, and was a first-team all-ASUN selection. He should slide in at left field with the Wildcats losing most of its outfield production with Hunter Jump (LF), John Thrasher (CF) and Adam Fogel (RF).
A play between two transfers scored the scrimmage’s first run, with Chase Stanke (catcher from Minnesota) driving in Ryan Waldschmidt, a transfer from Charleston Southern who was a strong freshman last year with 18 stolen bases.
Patrick Herrera also arrives to Lexington from Northwestern where he was a second-team all-Big Ten selection. Freshman Lukas Schramm drove him in later in the scrimmage to tie the game up.
Kentucky will play an exhibition game against Marshall next Sunday at Kentucky Proud Park, one of two exhibitions scheduled for the fall.
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