AA Dish: Andrus Does It All

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus put his tools on display, Rays first baseman Rhyne Hughes slugged a crucial home run and Nationals right fielder Justin Maxwell added his seventh home run in yesterday’s Double-A action. 
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Elvis Andrus
has the tools that has scouts imagining a future big league star when they watch him play. Those tools were on display yesterday, as the Frisco (Rangers) shortstop went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, three stolen bases and three runs scored. Andrus did a bit of everything, and he did most of it off of Midland righthander James Simmons, Oakland’s first-round pick in 2007. Andrus, the second-youngest player in Double-A, hit one of his doubles and stole all three bases against Simmons, including two steals of third base.

Prospect Nuggets
After looking so good to start the year, Simmons has had two consecutive poor outings. Simmons, who had a 1.13 ERA and a 22-2 K-BB ratio in 24 April innings, allowed seven runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed two home runs and didn’t strike out any of the 20 batters he faced, though he didn’t walk anyone either . . . Andrus’s Frisco teammates got in on the action as well. DH Max Ramirez went 2-for-4 and first baseman Chris Davis went 2-for-5 with his seventh double . . . San Antonio (Padres) lefthander Steve Garrison was solid against Corpus Christi (Astros). The 21-year-old Garrison tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with no walks and four strikeouts . . . Tulsa (Rockies) shortstop Chris Nelson went 2-for-4 with his first triple, but he was also picked off first base. Nelson is now hitting .247/.301/.384 in 146 at-bats.
 
What To Watch For Today
Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Dan Cortes returns to the mound tonight in his first game since April 18.
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Justin Maxwell
had a hit for his sixth straight game and his third multi-hit game in his last four games. The Harrisburg (Nationals) right fielder went 2-for-5 with his seventh home run and 11th stolen base, bringing his averages up to .246/.389/.493 in 134 at-bats. Given how low Maxwell’s batting average is, it’s quite remarkable that his on-base and slugging averages have remained so strong. Perhaps that’s partly because of the patience Maxwell has shown this year, drawing more walks (31) than strikeouts (27). It’s a bit of a divergence from Maxwell’s previously established marks; last year between low and high Class A, Maxwell had 50 walks and 122 strikeouts.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Reading (Phillies) center fielder Greg Golson went 2-for-4 and stole his 13th base in 16 attempts. The 22-year-old Golson also struck out two times . . . New Hampshire (Blue Jays) DH Travis Snider drove in four runs, going 2-for-4 with a walk . . . Bowie (Orioles) right fielder Nolan Reimold recorded a hit for his seventh straight game and had a mult-hit game for the second straight day. Reimold, 24, went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
 
What To Watch For Today
There are a few noteworthy pitchers throwing today, including New Hampshire lefthander Brett Cecil, Akron (Indians) lefty David Huff and Reading righthander Carlos Carrasco.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

There weren’t any elite prospects who stood out from the pack last night, but Montgomery (Rays) first baseman Rhyne Hughes came through in a criticial high-leverage situation for the Biscuits. Hughes, the Rays’ No. 28 prospect and the top first base prospect in the system, went 2-for-5 with a walk and slugged a home run in the top of the 10th to give the Biscuits an 11-10 victory at Mississippi (Braves) in 10 innings. Hughes is now batting .301/.378/.589 in 73 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Chattanooga (Reds) shortstop Chris Valaika went 2-for-4, his second multi-hit game in seven Double-A games since his promotion from high Class A Sarasota . . . Jacksonville (Dodgers) shortstop Ivan DeJesus went 2-for-4 and drew a walk.

What To Watch For Today
Carolina (Marlins) righthander Ryan Tucker, who is second in the SL with a 0.97 ERA in 46 1/3 innings, is scheduled to pitch at Huntsville.

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