Wildcats delay trip to the League

Last year it was highly touted freshman Alex Meyer (# 2 ranked prospect, Baseball America) who shunned Major League Baseball in favor of heading to Lexington to play for the Wildcats. With senior southpaw James Paxton (supplemental first round pick) choosing the same path, there are some Wildcats waiting in the wings for MLB.

"Kentucky is a great place," James Paxton said Tuesday afternoon. "I love the people there – the coaches, the staff and my teammates. I feel like with the Blue Jays, we just couldn't come to an agreement and going back to Kentucky is going to be a great option for me. I am going to get a lot better working with the coaches there and hopefully have a great season and year at Kentucky."

A 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Paxton was the highest drafted college player to choose to return to school in the 2009 MLB Draft. Paxton joins Tennessee pitcher Bryan Morgado and Arizona State pitcher Josh Spence as the only college players drafted in the first three rounds to return to school.

"(James coming back to school) helps a lot; how much it helps for the season you never know until you get to the season, but it is clearly a tremendous statement for the program," Henderson said. "James' decision speaks to the value that he places on his experience at Kentucky. It is a statement to the kids that are coming in and it continues to be a statement about the number of kids we have had come back for their fourth season here."

Five UK incoming freshman were also drafted and opted to attend Kentucky, including right-hander Jordan Cooper (17th round), left-hander Taylor Rogers (37th round), right-hander Sam Kidd (39th round), catcher Luke Maile (43rd round) and freshman wide receiver/outfielder Brian Adams (45th round).

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