Minor league notes: Ross Jr. throws complete game; ex-Cat Meyer pitching in Louisville on Sunday

dvarney@herald-leader.comAugust 2, 2014 

Former Lexington Christian star Robbie Ross Jr. continued his bid to return to the majors by pitching a complete game in Triple-A Round Rock's 5-2 win against Memphis on Saturday night.

Ross, who started the season in the Texas Rangers' starting rotation, made his fourth straight quality start for the Express. He gave up two earned runs on five hits and no walks with five strikeouts.

The past four starts have been quite a turnaround for Ross Jr. He's 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 18 strikeouts in that span.

That uptick came after he was 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA in 18 games (nine starts) for the Rangers. He followed that up by giving up 16 earned runs in his first four appearances at Round Rock.

Alex Meyer, a former University of Kentucky standout who is one of the top prospects in minor league baseball, is scheduled to pitch at Louisville.

Meyer, an imposing 6-foot-9 right-hander, will start for Triple-A Rochester against the Bats in the game, which will start at 6:05 p.m.

He's 6-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 21 starts this season for the Minnesota Twins affiliate.

Meyer has 120 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings. He was ranked 32nd in Baseball America's midseason list of top prospects in the minors.

Collin Cowgill (Henry Clay, UK) was 2-for-5 with a single and a double in his second rehab appearance for Triple-A Salt Lake. The Bees lost 11-7 at Fresno.

Cowgill, a Los Angeles Angels outfielder who is recovering from a facial fracture and broken nose suffered after taking a pitch to the face while trying to bunt, is batting .375 for the Bees. He is expected to play at least one more game at Salt Lake before returning to the Angels.

Chris Dominguez hit a three-run home run, his 18th of the season, for Fresno.

Austin Cousino was 3-for-4 and also drew a bases loaded walk in short-season Class A Everett's 6-5 loss at Eugene.

The Seattle Mariners prospect is batting .292 with five home runs, 19 stolen bases and 19 RBI in 44 games.

Andy Burns (UK) hit his 12th home run of the season in Double-A New Hampshire's 14-3 loss to Reading.

The Toronto Blue Jays prospect was 2-for-4 and is batting .263 with with 50 RBI in 108 games. Burns is 11-for-21 (.524) during a five-game hitting streak.

Grant Kay (U of L) was 2-for-5 with an RBI double in short-season Class A Hudson Valley's 5-2 win at State College.

Kay, an outfielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, is batting .431 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 17 games for the Renegades.

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

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