The regular season for Major League Baseball came to an end on Sunday. For many Kentucky Wildcats alumni, their season is over. For pitcher Scott Downs, his season continues as the Atlanta Braves are playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.
Collin Cowgill is the only position player to have played in the big leagues this season. He started the offseason with the Oakland Athletics before being traded to the New York Mets. On June 25, 2013, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Overall, Cowgill hit .211/.245/.349 in 73 games between the Mets and Angels.
Two Wildcats made their debuts this season. Andrew Albers made his debut for the Minnesota Twins on August 6, 2013. In ten starts, Albers finished his first season with a 2-5 record and a 4.05 ERA.
James Paxton made his debut for the Seattle Mariners on September 7, 2013. He finished the year with a 3-0 record over four starts and a 1.50 ERA.
Chris Rusin, who got the call in 2012, spent some time playing in the minors and major leagues this past season. In 13 starts, the second-year pitcher finished with a 2-6 record and a 3.93 ERA.
Scott Downs started the season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where he appeared in 43 games with a 1.84 ERA. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves on July 19, 2013. With the Braves, Downs appeared in 25 games with a 3.86 ERA.
Amongst all the Cats in the MLB, Joe Blanton had the worst season by far. In his first season with the Angels, he finished the year with a 2-14 record and a 6.04 ERA over 28 games (20 starts).