UK Baseball

Ex-Cat Strieby excelling in minors

Former University of Kentucky standout Ryan Strieby has already turned his stellar college career into a promising showing in the pros.

But the transition isn't complete if Strieby wants to work his way up to the majors.

The regular first baseman will see some time in left field this season for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, according to the Erie Times-News (Pa.).

Strieby, the Detroit Tigers' 2008 minor-league player of the year, opened the season by going 6-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI in a four-game series with Altoona.

He's picked up where left off last year, when he batted .278 with 29 homers and 94 RBI for High-A Lakeland.

The problem for Strieby is the Tigers already have one of baseball's best first basemen in Miguel Cabrera. That means the former Wildcat will probably have to break into the big leagues at another position if he's going to do it with the Tigers.

"He's made adjustments at the plate since last year that have really changed him, from being back a little bit to getting through the ball a little bit better," SeaWolves Manager Tom Brookens said. "The sky's the limit for him right now, and he will see a little playing time in left field for us. That mainly is because of Miguel Cabrera at first with Detroit. If Strieby gets to the big leagues in a hurry, he may end up playing some left field up there."