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Guide: Kentuckians in Major League Baseball

The Houston Astros’ AJ Reed batted against the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game on March 11 in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Houston Astros’ AJ Reed batted against the Detroit Tigers in a spring training game on March 11 in Kissimmee, Fla. Associated Press

Our guide to the players with Kentucky connections on Major League Baseball rosters.

(Note: Last updated on Sept. 27, 2016)

Andrew Albers

Team/position: Minnesota Twins pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Joe Blanton

Team/position: Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher

Kentucky connections: Franklin-Simpson (Mr. Baseball in 1999), University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Had to make adjustments to get back in majors (3-9-2016) / Signs with Dodgers (1-19-2016)

Andy Burns

Team/position: Toronto Blue Jays third baseman

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky (transferred to Arizona)

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Tyler Clippard

Team/position: New York Yankees pitcher

Kentucky connection: Lexington native

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @TylerClippard

Stories: Traded to Yankees (7-31-2016)

Adam Duvall

Team/position: Cincinnati Reds first baseman/outfielder

Kentucky connections: Butler, University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @aduvall123

Stories: John Clay on Duvall’s fast start to June (6-14-2016) / John Clay: Duvall making most of opportunity with Reds (6-5-2016)

Cody Ege

Team/position: Miami Marlins pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

A.J. Ellis

Team/position: Philadelphia Phillies catcher

Kentucky connection: Paul Laurence Dunbar

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @AJEllis17

Stories: Ellis has made career of making himself useful (4-5-2016) / First career stolen base in 537th game (7-27-2016) / Ellis’ long road to big league success (3-18-2013)

Mike Fiers

Team/position: Houston Astros pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of the Cumberlands

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @Fiers64

Story: Pitches no-hitter against Dodgers (8-22-2015)

Christian Friedrich

Team/position: San Diego Padres pitcher

Kentucky connection: Eastern Kentucky University

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @CFRIED12

Story: Wins MLB debut for Rockies (5-10-2012)

Trevor Gott

Team/position: Washington Nationals pitcher

Kentucky connections: Tates Creek, University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Gott always threw hard, then learned how to pitch / Traded to Nationals / Gott talks about early MLB success with Angels / Perfect inning in major league debut / Called up to majors for first time

Twitter: @Trevor_Gott

Chad Green

Team/position: New York Yankees pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Nate Jones

Team/position: Chicago White Sox pitcher

Kentucky connections: Pendleton County, Northern Kentucky University

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Shawn Kelley

Team/position: Washington Nationals pitcher

Kentucky connection: Ballard

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Dean Kiekhefer

Team/position: St. Louis Cardinals pitcher

Kentucky connection: Oldham County, University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Jason Kipnis

Team/position: Cleveland Indians second baseman

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky (transferred to Arizona State)

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @TheJK_Kid

Matt Koch

Team/position: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Luke Maile

Team/position: Tampa Bay Rays catcher

Kentucky connections: Covington Catholic, University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Impresses early with Rays (7-29-2016) / MLB debut (9-1-2015)

Justin Marks

Team/position: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher

Kentucky connections: Owensboro Catholic, University of Louisville

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Alex Meyer

Team/position: Los Angeles Angels pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @Meyer17A

James Paxton

Team/position: Seattle Mariners pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @James_Paxton

AJ Reed

Team/position: Houston Astros first baseman

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Called up to majors for first time / First spring training HR / Inside-the-park spring training HR / Astros’ 2015 minor league player of the year / 2014 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year / Reed locks up minor league baseball’s 2015 HR and RBI titles

Ben Revere

Team/position: Washington Nationals outfielder

Kentucky connection: Lexington Catholic (Mr. Baseball in 2007)

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Traded to Nationals / First major league HR

Mark Reynolds

Team/position: Colorado Rockies first baseman

Kentucky connection: Pikeville native

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Chaz Roe

Team/position: Atlanta Braves pitcher

Kentucky connection: Lafayette (Mr. Baseball in 2005)

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Taylor Rogers

Team/position: Minnesota Twins pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Called up to majors for first time / MLB debut

Twitter: @trogers34

Robbie Ross Jr.

Team/position: Boston Red Sox pitcher

Kentucky connection: Lexington Christian

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Stories: Signs new deal with Red Sox / Traded to Red Sox

Twitter: @Ross_108

Chris Rusin

Team/position: Colorado Rockies pitcher

Kentucky connection: University of Kentucky

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @C_RusIn

Daniel Webb

Team/position: Chicago White Sox pitcher

Kentucky connection: Heath

More links: Baseball Reference / ESPN game log

Twitter: @BubWebb

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