New-look Legends unveil 'fun-to-watch' roster

mmaloney@herald-leader.comApril 2, 2013 

  • Upcoming games

    Season opener: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Legends at Augusta (WLXG-AM 1300)

    Home opener: 7:05 p.m. Monday, Asheville at Legends (WLXG-AM 1300)

  • 2013 Lexington Legends

    Pitchers

    No. Ht. Wt. B/T Age Birthplace

    4 Scott Alexander 6-1 186 L/L 23 Santa Rosa, Calif.

    27 Miguel Almonte 6-2 180 R/R 19Santiago, Dominican Rep.

    30 Christian Binford 6-6217 L/R 20 Boynton Beach, Fla.

    31 Bryan Brickhouse 6-0 212 R/R 20 Charlotte, N.C.

    40 Cory Hall 6-2 220 R/R 24 Regina, Saskatchewan

    29 Daniel Hernandez 6-1 185 R/R 23 Union City, N.J.

    14 Alec Mills 6-4 187 R/R 21 Clarksville, Tenn.

    34 Aroni Nina 6-4 181 R/R 22 Bani, Dominican Rep.

    15 Mark Peterson 6-0201 R/R 22 Raleigh, N.C.

    22 Colin Rodgers 5-10 181 L/L 19 Baton Rouge, La.

    18 Clayton Schulz 6-2 180 L/L 22 West Palm Beach, Fla.

    9 Daniel Stumpf 6-1 209 L/L 22 Humble, Texas

    7 Ali Williams 6-1 191 R/R 23 Sumter, S.C.

    Catchers

    25 Cameron Gallagher 6-2 220 R/R 20 Lancaster, Pa.

    12 Alexander Marquez 5-10 220 R/R 20 Caguas, Puerto Rico

    32 Jin-Ho Shin 6-1 212 R/R 21Hwasun-gun, South Korea

    Infielders

    16 Michael Antonio6-1 195 R/R 21 New York, N.Y.

    1 Humberto Arteaga 6-3 183 R/R 19 Valencia, Venezuela

    21 Nic Cuckovich 6-1 199 R/R 21 Victoria, British Columbia

    3 Yowill Espinal 5-11 189 R/R 22Santiago, Dominican Rep.

    2 Raul Mondesi 6-1 166 S/R 17 Los Angeles, Calif.

    8 Adrian Morales 5-8 197 R/R 24 Hialeah, Fla.

    26 Mark Threlkeld 6-1 201 R/R 22 Monroe, La.

    Outfielders

    23 Ethan Chapman 5-9 166 L/R 23 Pomona, Calif.

    19 Fred Ford 6-5 206 R/R 20 St. Louis, Mo.

    6 Terrence Gore 5-7 159 R/R 21 Macon, Ga.

    11 Bubba Starling 6-4 210 R/R 20 Gardner, Kan.

    Coaching staff

    44 Brian Buchanan Manager 39 Miami, Fla.

    17 Justin Gemoll Hitting coach 35 South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

    24 Jerry Nyman Pitching coach 70 Logan, Utah

Meet the new Lexington Legends.

Emphasis on new.

The Legends, who reported Tuesday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, are all new.

After 12 seasons with the Houston Astros, the Legends now are affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.

With that transition, the Legends have new uniforms, including a road hat that sports a "Big L" moustache.

The team held its first home-field workout Tuesday, will have another Wednesday morning, then bus to Georgia for Thursday's season opener at Augusta.

"It's a special group of young talent," Manager Brian Buchanan said. "I told these guys in the clubhouse — we had a meeting today — it's one of the best minor-league teams I've ever been a part of.

"It's going to be exciting. There's going to be some power, there's going to be some speed, we're going to have some real good pitching. The excitement that they're going to bring to the yard every night is going to be extremely fun to watch."

Buchanan managed Royals prospects at this level last season, too, with Kane County of the Midwest League.

This is his fourth year as a manager in the Royals organization, including two seasons with rookie-level Idaho Falls.

So, although these Legends are new to Lexington, Buchanan has a good idea of what he has in the fold.

"Up and down the lineup we've got a lot of guys that can run," he said. "From (Raul) Mondesi to (Humberto) Arteaga; Bubba Starling's going to steal some bases. Terrence Gore is the fastest guy I've ever seen in baseball. Ethan Chapman's going to run.

"We've got solid defense up the middle. Our catching is solid. Our outfield defense is going to be unbelievable. We're going to hit some balls in the gap. We're going to be a doubles-triples type team. A few balls might go over the fence, but the Royals' main thing hitting-wise is stay gap-to-gap. ... Not try and hit home runs, but just have a good, solid swing."

Buchanan will go with a six-man starting rotation, giving the ball to right-hander Bryan Brickhouse for the season opener.

"Yeah, I'm excited," said Brickhouse, a 6-foot, 212-pounder. "But it's just another start. Just got to go out there and treat it like any other start."

A 2011 third-round draft pick out of The Woodlands (Texas) High School, Brickhouse had one no-decision for Idaho Falls and went 3-3 over 10 starts for Kane County.

"I like to move the fastball," he said. "I've got a decent change, curveball; like to work in and out."

After Brickhouse, the rotation will be right-handers Miguel Almonte and Christian Binford, lefties Colin Rodgers and Daniel Stumpf, and righty Aroni Nina.

The new Legends have an old-school leader in Buchanan.

"I tell the guys — I say, 'I've got two rules. Don't be late. And play their rear ends off.'" he said. "Go out and play and try and beat the you-know-what out of the other team. That's basically what I try to drive into these guys is play the game the right way, respect the game.

"Fans are coming out here, they don't want to see people not running. They don't want to see people not backing up bases. Which is how the Royals teach. Just play the game the right way."


Upcoming games

Season opener: 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Legends at Augusta (WLXG-AM 1300)

Home opener: 7:05 p.m. Monday, Asheville at Legends (WLXG-AM 1300)


2013 Lexington Legends

Pitchers

No. Ht. Wt. B/T Age Birthplace

4 Scott Alexander 6-1 186 L/L 23 Santa Rosa, Calif.

27 Miguel Almonte 6-2 180 R/R 19Santiago, Dominican Rep.

30 Christian Binford 6-6217 L/R 20 Boynton Beach, Fla.

31 Bryan Brickhouse 6-0 212 R/R 20 Charlotte, N.C.

40 Cory Hall 6-2 220 R/R 24 Regina, Saskatchewan

29 Daniel Hernandez 6-1 185 R/R 23 Union City, N.J.

14 Alec Mills 6-4 187 R/R 21 Clarksville, Tenn.

34 Aroni Nina 6-4 181 R/R 22 Bani, Dominican Rep.

15 Mark Peterson 6-0201 R/R 22 Raleigh, N.C.

22 Colin Rodgers 5-10 181 L/L 19 Baton Rouge, La.

18 Clayton Schulz 6-2 180 L/L 22 West Palm Beach, Fla.

9 Daniel Stumpf 6-1 209 L/L 22 Humble, Texas

7 Ali Williams 6-1 191 R/R 23 Sumter, S.C.

Catchers

25 Cameron Gallagher 6-2 220 R/R 20 Lancaster, Pa.

12 Alexander Marquez 5-10 220 R/R 20 Caguas, Puerto Rico

32 Jin-Ho Shin 6-1 212 R/R 21Hwasun-gun, South Korea

Infielders

16 Michael Antonio6-1 195 R/R 21 New York, N.Y.

1 Humberto Arteaga 6-3 183 R/R 19 Valencia, Venezuela

21 Nic Cuckovich 6-1 199 R/R 21 Victoria, British Columbia

3 Yowill Espinal 5-11 189 R/R 22Santiago, Dominican Rep.

2 Raul Mondesi 6-1 166 S/R 17 Los Angeles, Calif.

8 Adrian Morales 5-8 197 R/R 24 Hialeah, Fla.

26 Mark Threlkeld 6-1 201 R/R 22 Monroe, La.

Outfielders

23 Ethan Chapman 5-9 166 L/R 23 Pomona, Calif.

19 Fred Ford 6-5 206 R/R 20 St. Louis, Mo.

6 Terrence Gore 5-7 159 R/R 21 Macon, Ga.

11 Bubba Starling 6-4 210 R/R 20 Gardner, Kan.

Coaching staff

44 Brian Buchanan Manager 39 Miami, Fla.

17 Justin Gemoll Hitting coach 35 South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

24 Jerry Nyman Pitching coach 70 Logan, Utah

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229 Twitter: @MarkMaloneyHL Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.comUpcoming games Season opener Thursday, 7:05 p.m. — Legends at Augusta (WLXG-AM 1300) Home opener Monday, 7:05 p.m. — Asheville at Legends (WLXG-AM 1300)

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