PIKEVILLE – Josh Bailey, a senior on the University of Pikeville baseball team, is headed to the Cape Cod League for the final half of the season after a stellar showing with the Sabetha Lobos of the Mid-Plains League.
Bailey is set to join the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the cape after both pitching and playing in the outfield for Sabetha where he was an All-Star while hitting .324 in 19 games with a home run, triple, 14 RBIs, nine walks and 10 steals. On the mound, Bailey appeared in seven games, putting together a 4.78 ERA in over 32 innings. Before leaving for the cape, he was tied for the team lead with 31 strikeouts.
With the Harbor Hawks, the Angels Camp, Calif. native will be showcasing his skills each night in front of major league scouts from all 30 MLB teams. Bailey will spend the majority of his playing time in the outfield for Hyannis, with spot pitching duties when needed.
With 15 games left in the Cape Cod League regular season, Bailey will factor into the final push for the Harbor Hawks to claim first place in the division.
Of the 28 players on the Hyannis roster, Bailey is one of two not currently playing at the NCAA Division I level. The team includes five Southeastern Conference players and four from the Atlantic Coast Conferece.
Bailey helped UPIKE to its best season in 14 years in 2016, finishing 25-23 overall and a program-best 11-10 in the MSC. As a junior, he hit .343 with two home runs, 28 RBIs, a triple, 11 doubles and a team-high 20 stolen bases on 22 attempts.