AA Dish: Another Day, Another Star

It was another great night for a couple of Huntsville batters, Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak struck out 10 and Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay homered in yesterday’s Double-A slate.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Pick a Star, any Star. If anyone wants to go through the Double-A Dish archives and tell me how many times a Huntsville Star has been the Southern League Prospect Of The Day, then . . . well, I can’t offer you anything, other than a mention in the Prospects Blog. But with Matt LaPorta, Mat Gamel, Alcides Escobar and Cole Gillespie, among others, it seems that there’s always at least one hitter putting up big numbers for the Brewers affiliate. Yesterday it was Escobar (4-for-4 with his fifth double) and Gamel (2-for-5 with home run No. 12) getting it done. We’ll give the nod to Escobar, since there will be plenty more written about Gamel today in Hot Sheet from the man who hit .484/.500/.806 in 32 trips to the plate in the last seven days.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Carolina (Marlins) righthander Brett Sinkbeil strung together his third consecutive encouraging start. Sinkbeil lowered his ERA to 5.09 by holding Tennessee (Cubs) to two runs in six innings, striking out five and walking one with a 10-3 groundout-airout ratio. Carolina third baseman Gaby Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer . . . Tommy Hanson has had three good outings and one bad outing since his promotion to Double-A Mississippi (Braves). Yesterday was the righthander’s best performance yet: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 SO.

What To Watch For Today
Which Huntsville bat will Star tonight? The team travels to Mobile, where it will try to improve upon its 33-21 record.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
New Britain (Twins) righthander Anthony Swarzak was mowing them down last night. The 22-year-old struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and two walks. The strikeouts tied a season-high for Swarzak, who now has a 55-18 K-BB mark in 56 innings and a 4.18 ERA.

Prospect Nuggets
Portland righthander Michael Bowden has been excellen all season. The Red Sox farmhand continued his excellence yesterday with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, two walks and five strikeouts . . . Reading (Phillies) shortstop Jason Donald reached base three times, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two doubles, putting his numbers at .296/.406/.441 in 152 at-bats. Reading center fielder Greg Golson chipped in with two hits (including a double) in five at-bats, giving him a multi-hit game for the fifth time in seven games . . . Nolan Reimold only had one hit, but the Bowie (Orioles) right fielder made it count, connecting for his seventh home run.

What To Watch For Today
New Hampshire (Blue Jays) lefty Ricky Romero will try to lower his 5.86 ERA against Portland.
 
TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
The Miami Hurricanes are making their march to Omaha, while former Hurricane outfielder Jon Jay is coming off a 2-for-4 night for Springfield (Cardinals). Jay, a 2006 second-rounder, hit his fifth home run, bringing him to .283/.339/.429 in 218 plate appeareanes.

Prospect Nuggets
Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Folwer went 2-for-4 with his ninth double . . . Frisco (Rangers) catcher Max Ramirez went 1-for-3, giving him 65 hits in 49 games . . . Midland (Athletics) center fielder Aaron Cunningham went 2-for-4 . . . Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Blake Wood had six strikeouts and two walks, but lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs.

What To Watch For Today
Frisco lefthander Matt Harrison pitches at home against Tulsa.

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