Prospect Of The Day
Syracuse lefthander Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) broke out of his Triple-A funk in a big way, tossing seven shutout, two-hit innings at Rochester in the Chiefs’ 2-0 win. The 22-year-old lefty, a supplemental first-round pick just last year, did the things he always does when he’s successful—he struck out six and walked one, while generating twice as many groundouts as fly outs (10-to-5). Cecil came into the game having gone 1-2, 7.94 in his first three starts for Syracuse. Regarding his initial struggles at Triple-A, he told The (Syracuse) Post-Standard:
“I was trying to throw strikes with all my pitches, which I hadn’t been doing. My fastball has been up. My slider has been up. I wasn’t nervous. I was just trying to work on a couple of things. It takes a little time.”
In his rematch with Cecil and the Chiefs, Rochester RHP Philip Humber (Twins) tossed an 88-pitch complete game, allowing two runs on four hits in eight innings of a 2-0 road defeat. While facing Syracuse last week, Humber struck out a season-high 11 batters. This time he fanned three and walked three . . . The Red Wings quieted Syracuse RF Travis Snider’s (Blue Jays) bat, limiting him to 0-for-1, but the 20-year-old drew two walks and scored a run . . . Indianapolis CF Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) was 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, as the Indians routed Durham 12-5. The 21-year-old went 5-for-12 with two walks in the first three games of the four-game set, and he’s now batting .280/.374/.394 in 457 at-bats for the season, with 64 walks and 78 strikeouts.
What To Watch For Today
Durham LHP David Price (Rays) takes his show on the road, taking his second Triple-A start at Indianapolis.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Prospect Of The Day
In a slow day for PCL prospects, Colorado Springs 1B Joe Koshansky’s (Rockies) monster season continued unabated with a 2-for-4 performance that included a home run (28), a double (34) and three RBIs. The 26-year-old pushed his RBIs total to 110 and his extra-base hits total to 65. Both figures lead the league.
Colorado Springs RHP Greg Reynolds (Rockies) tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings in his first start back from a shoulder impingement. He threw 64 pitches, striking out three, walking one and allowing four hits . . . Portland 2B Matt Antonelli (Padres) has endured a brutal year, but with his 2-for-5 showing yesterday, he improved his August line to .294/.419/.471 in 51 at-bats . . . Like Antonelli, Salt Lake RHP Nick Adenhart (Angels) has had a tough go of things in the PCL. Yesterday was no exception, as the 21-year-old gave up five runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He had two strikeouts and three walks . . . Las Vegas RHP James McDonald (Dodgers) struck out six and walked two in 3 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, he also gave up five runs on six hits to fall to 1-1, 4.70.
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