With the California League and Carolina League taking the day off in preparation for today’s Carolina League-California League all-star game, it’s a very light schedule in high Class A.
PROSPECT OF THE DAY
Todd Frazier (Reds) got off to a scorching start with low Class A Dayton, and has been very solid since being promoted to high Class A Sarasota. But like many other Florida State League hitters, he has found that the hot, muggy summer days does make hitting home runs a little more difficult.
Frazier went deep on Monday for his sixth home run since being promoted to Sarasota in early May. After hitting four home runs in May, it was only Frazier’s second homer this month. While his power may have dropped, Frazier has sharpened his batting eye. He’s hitting .344 this month, and has only 13 strikeouts in 61 at-bats, after striking out 21 times in 74 at-bats last month.
There was a time when Rafael Gonzalez was considered one of the Reds’ top pitching prospects. Those days are gone. His fastball doesn’t have the zip it used to have, which explains why opponents are hitting .309 against him. The righthander has not made it through the sixth inning in any of his 10 starts, as he dropped to 3-5, 7.63 on Monday . . . Zach McAllister, the Yankees third-round pick in 2006, was in command as usual Monday night. McAllister held to one hit and one earned run in six innings, but he was a tough luck loser as Tampa was held scoreless. . . Daytona catcher Blake Lalli (Cubs) threw out all five attempted basestealers in the nightcap last night . . . Talk about all or nothing. Jeremy Laster (Tigers) hit his 16th and 17th home runs of the season. That’s the good news, the bad news is that he’s hitting .231 with 110 strikeouts in 264 at-bats . . . Kevin Randel (Marlins) had two home runs and a double for Jupiter.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
Deolis Guerra (Twins) will face Palm Beach in one game of today’s doubleheader.
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