Minor-league notes: Ex-Cat J.T. Riddle continues hot streak with another 3-hit game

dvarney@herald-leader.comJuly 22, 2014 

Riddle said he had never played third base before his pro debut last June. "I was like, 'All right, we'll see how this goes,'" he said.

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Former Western Hills and University of Kentucky standout J.T. Riddle went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Class A Greensboro's 10-4 loss to Hickory on Monday night.

The Miami Marlins prospect has been on a tear of late, going 8-for-12 in the past three games. He has batted .385 in the past 10 games to boost his average for the season to .279.

Riddle has six home runs, 12 doubles and 39 RBI in 70 games this season.

Luke Maile, who played at Covington Catholic and UK, was 2-for-4 with an RBI single and two runs scored in Double-A Montgomery's 9-2 win at Chattanooga.

Maile, a Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer, is batting .269 with five home runs, 12 doubles and 26 RBI in 68 games.

Kes Carter (WKU) added two hits and an RBI for the Biscuits. He's batting .238 with two homers and 11 RBI in 22 games.

AJ Reed (UK) was 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game back with short-season Class A Tri-City since accepting the Golden Spikes Award on Thursday as college baseball's top player this past season. The ValleyCats, a Houston Astros affiliate, defeated State College 4-1.

Reed is batting .302 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 29 games.

Corey Littrell (Louisville Trinity and UK) gave up two runs — one unearned — in 51⁄3 innings and didn't factor in the decision in Class A Advanced Salem's 5-2 loss to Potomac.

Littrell, who gave up seven hits and struck out three, is 5-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 starts for the Boston Red Sox affiliate.

Jack Snodgrass (Bowling Green) pitched seven shutout innings with five strikeouts in Double-A Richmond's 2-0 defeat of Akron.

The San Francisco Giants prospect improved to 9-3 with a 2.99 ERA in 18 starts.

Cody Forsythe (Marshall County) pitched 12⁄3 scorless innings and earned his first save in Class A Advanced Clearwater's 4-3 victory against Charlotte.

Forsythe, who pitches in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, has a 0.66 ERA in nine appearances for the Threshers.

He had nine saves and a 2.45 ERA in 23 games earlier this season for Class A Lakewood.

Zack Cox (PRP) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Triple-A New Orleans' 5-4 defeat of Iowa.

Cox, playing third base for the Marlins-affiliated Zephyrs, is batting .279 with seven home runs and 25 RBI in 72 games.

Tyler Young (U of L) was 3-for-4, including his seventh home run of the season, in Class A Bowling Green's 7-3 win at Beloit.

Young, who knocked in two runs in the game, is batting .272 with seven home runs and 42 RBI for the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate.

Steve Delabar (Central Hardin) struck out four in two innings of relief and earned the win in Triple-A Buffalo's 11-4 win at Lehigh Valley.

Grant Kay (U of L) was named player of the week in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League after batting. .458 with three doubles, two home runs and four RBI in his first six games as a professional.

That included hitting for the cycle in his first game for the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate. He finished 5-for-6 with five runs scored in that game.

Dennis Varney: (859) 231-3514. Twitter: @ExCats.

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