Wildcat Summer baseball update

Kentucky junior pitcher Matt Little and freshman pitcher/infielder Braden Kapteyn have both had a successful start in summer league ball this season.

Little, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., threw 2.1 innings on June 25, allowing no runs on two hits while walking only one and striking out three. Little came in the game in the fifth inning getting the final out with two runners on to stop a rally. On the season, Little has pitched 11.2 innings, striking out 11 batters. Little, who transferred to UK in January of 2009 from Louisburg College, is playing for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the prestigious Cape Cod League. Last summer, Little was named the sixth-best prospect in the Coastal Plains League in the summer of 2008 by PGcrosschecker.com.

Kapteyn, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right hander, has been pitching brilliantly this summer for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. In his last appearance, on June 25, the freshman went six scoreless innings allowing one hit, while striking out 10 and only walking three. Previous to that outing, Kapteyn pitched on June 16, going six scoreless innings allowing one hit and striking out 13.

On the season, Kapteyn has an ERA of 1.29 with a 3-1 record. The native of Lansing, Ill., has made four appearances this season, all starts, throwing 21 innings allowing only seven hits, three earned runs, while striking out an impressive 33 batters. Of the seven hits allowed this summer, only two were extra base hits, with one being a double and the other a home run. Offensively on the summer, Kapteyn has hit .321 (17-for-53) in 13 games, adding two doubles, one homer and seven RBI, stealing 4-of-4 bases. In 2009 on the mound for UK, Kapteyn charted a team-high four saves and a 5-0 record, notching a 6.06 ERA in 23 relief appearances. In 32.2 innings as a freshman, Kapteyn struck out 42 and walked 16. Offensively for UK in 2009, Kapteyn hit .319 in 37 games, leading UK with 11 doubles, adding four homers and 27 RBI.

Also playing in the Cape Cod League for UK are sophomore shortstop Chris Wade, an 11th round MLB Draft pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2009 June draft, catcher Marcus Nidiffer, and 2008 Cape Cod League All-Star outfielder Keenan Wiley. Wade is hitting .260 (13-for-50) in 13 games, adding one double and one triple, driving in three RBI and stealing 3-of-5 bases. Wiley, a three-year starter in centerfield for UK, has hit .208 (10-for-48) in 13 games, while Nidiffer has batted .160 (4-for-25) in seven games, adding two RBI.

UK pitcher Sean Bouthillette, playing on the same team as Kapteyn and UK outfielder Cory Farris in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, has also excelled, posting a 1.80 ERA and a 1-2 record in four starts for Amsterdam. Bouthilette , a native of Elizabethtown, Ky., tossed a gem Tuesday night, going seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, striking out four. Farris, a native of Florence, Ky., has hit .296 (16-for-54) in 13 games for Amsterdam, adding two doubles, one triple, one homer and five RBI.

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