AA Dish: Anderson Still Dominant In AA

The of the best pitching prospects in baseball showed why they are held in such high regard, Carlos Carrasco impressed an opposing manager and Brandon Allen continued to destroy Southern League pitching since his recent promotion.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Dan Haren is pitching well for the Diamondbacks, but trading Haren may end up bringing back plenty in return for Oakland. Lefthander Brett Anderson, one of the players the Athletics netted in return for Haren, has emerged as one of the game’s best prospects with his advanced command and three quality pitches. Yesterday Anderson had eight strikeouts and two walks in seven innings for Midland, limiting Frisco to three runs (two earned). Through five starts with Midland since his promotion from high Class A Stockton, Anderson now has a 29-8 K-BB ratio and a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings.

Prospect Nuggets

Midland left fielder Aaron Cunningham helped out Anderson, going 3-for-4 with three singles … Northwest Arkansas righthander Dan Cortes (Royals) allowed three runs in five innings with a 3-3 K-BB mark, while first baseman Kila Ka’aihue went 1-for-2 with a walk and smashed his 25th home run, bringing him to a whopping .309/.466/.625 in 269 at-bats … San Antonio lefty Steve Garrison allowed just one run (it was unearned) in six innings, striking out five and walking two.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander James Simmons (A’s) gets the start for Midland at home against Frisco, while Blake Wood (Royals) takes the ball against Tulsa in Northwest Arkansas.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

They were all singles, but Akron center fielder Trevor Crowe (Indians) went a clean 4-for-4 yesterday. Crowe, 24, is a little bit old for his level, but his .320/.402/.479 performance in 194 at-bats (and impressive 27-28 BB-K numbers) this year have been an encouraging sign for the former Arizona Wildcat.

Prospect Nuggets

Reading righthander Carlos Carrasco (Phillies) faced New Britain righty Anthony Swarzak (Twins) yesterday. Both pitchers lasted six innings and allowed three runs, with Swarzak walking two and Carrasco issuing one free pass. While Swarzak didn’t record a single strikeout, Carrasco punched out seven Rock Cats, which made an impression on the opposing dugout.

"About the third inning or so, he started getting his stuff together," Cats manager Bobby Cuellar said. "He’s one of the top prospects. I thought he threw some very, very good curveballs. His changeup was okay and he had decent command of his fastball. Some of those curveballs he threw are as good as you’re gonna see."

New Hampshire lefthander Ricky Romero (Blue Jays) only struck out three, but Romero went eight innings and held Trenton to one run … Reading center fielder Greg Golson, an EL all-star and Futures Gamer, went 2-for-5 with his ninth home run.

What To Watch For Today

Lefthander Jon Niese (Mets) starts for the Mets in game two of a doubleheader at Erie.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

The Rays made lefty David Price the No. 1 pick in the draft last June, and he’s quickly become one of the top few prospects in the game. Pro batters haven’t given Price too many problems this year, as the 22-year-old now has a combined 2.01 ERA, 68 strikeouts and 19 walks in 71 2/3 innings between high Class A and Double-A. Yesterday Price held Tennessee to two runs in six innings, walking two and striking out six.

Prospect Nuggets

At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Brandon Allen (White Sox) has plenty of power, which he showed by hitting .279/.372/.527 with 26 doubles, four homers and 15 home runs for high Class A Winston-Salem. Allen, 22, has only played in six games since his promotion to Birmingham, but he already has four home runs. Of his eight hits, seven of them are extra-base hits, including two doubles and a triple, leading to a .348/.375/1.043 line in 23 at-bats … Chattanooga (Reds) shortstop Chris Valaika and center fielder Drew Stubbs each had two hits and a stolen base. Through his first seven games since his promotion from high Class A Sarasota, Stubbs is 11-for-25 (.440) with two doubles and six walks … Tennessee left fielder Tyler Colvin (Cubs) went 2-for-4 and drew a walk … West Tenn center fielder Greg Halman has plus power, which he showed yesterday by going 2-for-5 with his sixth home run in 121 Double-A at-bats. Halman, 20, is now batting .281/.320/.512 with five walks and 34 strikeouts for West Tenn.

What To Watch For Today

Lefthander Aaron Poreda (White Sox) starts tonight at home for Birmingham against Mississippi.

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