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Ten former Wildcats selected for MLB summer player pool

Players must be included in team player pools to be eligible to make 2020 MLB appearance
Louisa native Chandler Shepherd picthing for the Baltimore Orioles (Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon)
Louisa native Chandler Shepherd picthing for the Baltimore Orioles (Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon)(PHOTO CREDIT: JOY R. ABSALON)
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 6:26 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – 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.

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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