Ten former Wildcats selected for MLB summer player pools

Players must be included in team player pools to be eligible to make 2020 MLB appearance


LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Ten former Kentucky baseball players have been selected as part of Major League’s Baseball initial 60-man team summer player pools, including three who could make their big league debut this summer.


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With MLB tentatively set to open the 2020 season on July 23 teams were allotted a 60-player pool from which they could fill their big league roster this season. Initial opening day rosters are set at 30 with remaining players training off-site in preparation for a potential call-up.


Established major leaguers Trevor Gott, Luke Maile, James Paxton, J.T. Riddle and Taylor Rogers highlight the group, while Chris Rusin and Chandler Shepherd each are looking to return to The Show. Two stars from UK’s 2017 Super Regional club – Zach Reks and Evan White – as well as 2016 alum Zack Brown are on the cusp of earning their first crack at the highest level.


The Wildcats set to report this week include:


  • Zack Brown, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Trevor Gott, pitcher (San Francisco Giants)
  • Luke Maile, catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • James Paxton, pitcher (New York Yankees)
  • Zach Reks, outfielder (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • J.T. Riddle, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Taylor Rogers, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Chris Rusin, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Chandler Shepherd, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Evan White, first baseman (Seattle Mariners)
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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com