Former Kentucky Wildcats in Major League Baseball

Opening Day kicked off the 2013 Major League Baseball season last week.

Apr 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Collin Cowgill (4) prior to a game with San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Image Credit: Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports


With the retirement of Brandon Webb during the offseason, there are currently 3 former Wildcats that are active at the Major League level as all the others are in the minor leagues. There is, technically, a fourth Wildcat active in the major leagues but it should be noted that they are a former Wildcat as they transferred to another program.

Collin Cowgill won a job with the New York Mets and is their starting center fielder. Cowgill was acquired by the Mets during the offseason after being traded from the Oakland Athletics. Cowgill has appeared in 5 games this season, where he is batting .176 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.

Joe Blanton signed with the Los Angeles Angels over the offseason. Blanton started the April 4th game against the Cincinnati Reds. He picked up the loss after going five innings into the game. The Kentucky native allowed 7 hits, 5 runs, and 4 earned runs. He walked one and struck out four. After throwing 89 pitches to 23 batters, his ERA is 7.20. WBN spoke with Blanton a few weeks ago and the transcript will be put up on these pages this week.

Scott Downs is currently a reliever for the Angels. It’s very fitting that the two players who played for different Keith Madison teams are teammates. The Louisville native has made apperaances in 3 games last week against the Reds. He has an 0-2 record with a 7.71 ERA.

Topics: Kentucky Wildcats, Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets

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