A pair of picks from the 2010 draft continued having fun in the warm California League sun. Since the beginning of May, high Class A Lake Elsinore third baseman Jedd Gyorko ranks third in the minors with his 1.247 OPS. San Jose center fielder Gary Brown checks in at No. 6 with a 1.181 mark.
Gyorko, a Padres' second-rounder from West Virginia, upped his seasonal average to .396 with a 4-for-5 game that included two doubles and two RBIs in a 16-4 win for Lake Elsinore against Lancaster. He leads the Cal League with 45 RBIs and 34 extra-base hits, but after going 0-for-7 over the weekend, Gyorko trails Visalia's Adam Eaton (.402) for the top spot in the batting race.
The Giants' first-round pick in 2010, Brown also went 4-for-5 with two doubles, but he upped the ante with a pair of stolen bases, giving him a Cal League-leading 28 on the year. However, Brown still trails the Reds' Billy Hamilton for the minor league leads. Remarkably, Hamilton has collected 37 stolen bases despite a .197 average and .291 on-base percentage. Contrast that with Brown's work: .378 and .451.
• Las Vegas third baseman Brett Lawrie's mugging of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League continued yesterday. The 21-year-old hitting machine went 2-for-4 with a homer (12), a double (16) and a steal (10) to run his hit streak to a lucky seven games. Lawrie leads the PCL with 67 hits, 31 extra-base hits, 43 runs scored and 125 total bases. He carries his show on the road, too—he's batting .391/.447/.707 in 21 games away from Vegas' Cashman Field.
• High Class A Lynchburg righthander Arodys Vizcaino stymied Winston-Salem over seven innings yesterday, allowing just three hits to go with five strikeouts. While the punchout totals have not been gaudy, the 20-year-old Braves farmhand has been in complete control during his past three starts—19 innings, seven hits, one run, three walks, 15 strikeouts. Opponents have gone just 7-for-63 (.111) without a home run against Vizcaino in that time.
• Hard-hitting Nicaraguan third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert joined the Royals' low Class A Kane County affiliate on Friday and already has made himself at home by batting 6-for-19 (.316) with two homers and a triple. Not bad for an 18-year-old with all of 32 games of pro experience to his name entering the season.
• Diamondbacks ’09 first-rounder Bobby Borchering went 4-for-5 for high Class A Visalia to push his average to .300 for the first time as a pro. (He hit .241 in the ’09 Pioneer League and .270 in the ’10 Midwest League.) Balls in play fall for hits much more frequently in the Cal League than in any other full-season circuit, a trait that has benefited Borchering. He has collected a hit about 43 percent of the time he puts the ball in the field of play. (The average Cal Leaguer did so about 33 percent of the time last year.) But it's not the singles that Arizona is paying for, and Borchering obliged yesterday with three doubles (10), a triple (his first) and six RBIs. The run production is welcome (he ranks 10th in the minors with 40 RBIs), but the 63 strikeouts (fourth in the minors) are not.
• Lefty Aaron Miller, a Dodgers' supplemental pick in ’09, returned from the disabled list (groin pull) to strike out nine over six innings for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
• Congratulations to Triple-A Omaha manager Mike Jirschele, who collected his 1,000th career victory with a 2-1 win at home against Tucson. The 52-year-old skipper has managed the Royals' PCL affiliate every season since 2003, but he traces his roots in the organization back deeper than that. Jirschele also managed in the system from 1992-97 after retiring as a player in ’90. He owns a career 1,000-955 (.512) record. Minor League Baseball credits Stan Wasiak (2,530 wins) as the all-time leader for managerial wins.
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