AA Dish: Colvin Slugs Two Homers

Cubs center fielder Tyler Colvin had one of the best single-game performances of anyone in the minor leagues this season, Marlins second baseman Chris Coghlan reached base in all five of his plate appearances and Blue Jays DH Travis Snider put together a nice game at the plate yesterday.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
It’s hard to imagine having a better game than the one Tyler Colvin had yesterday. The Tennessee (Cubs) center fielder went 4-for-4 with two home runs and two doubles at home against Huntsville (Brewers), driving in five of the Smokies’ seven runs. In 38 games, Colvin has struggled to get on base, posting a .302 on-base percentage to go with his .247 batting average and .411 slugging average. Even though Colvin has only drawn 10 walks, that still appears to be significant progress; last season with high Class A Daytona and Tennessee, Colvin drew just 15 walks in 519 plate appearances.

Prospect Nuggets
On any other day when a Top 100 prospect doesn’t mash two homers and two doubles, Carolina (Marlins) second baseman Chris Coghlan would have SL Prospect of the Day in his back pocket. Coghlan reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a stolen base. Both of his walks came against Chattanooga (Reds) righthander Daryl Thompson, whose control has been excellent this season. Aside from being an on-base machine, Coghlan came through in the clutch, hitting a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Mudcats a 9-7 lead that they did not relinquish. For the Lookouts, Thompson allowed one run (unearned) in six innings and struck out five. However, he also walked four, though he settled down for the most part after the first inning. The other Thompson—Carolina lefty Aaron Thompson—struck out five and walked two in five innings, but he also allowed 10 hits and six runs (five earned). The Carolina defense performed poorly, but Thompson also struggled to keep his fastball down, particularly with runners on base . . . After collecting four hits on Sunday, Huntsville shortstop Alcides Escobar went 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season yesterday . . . It wasn’t Clayton Kershaw’s night against Mobile (Diamondbacks). The lefthanded pitching prodigy had three strikeouts and no walks in 3 1/3 innings, but he also allowed five runs, raising his season ER to 2.21.

What To Watch For Today
Mobile righthander Matt Torra will pitch at home tonight against Jacksonville.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Travis Snider
has had a rough time trying to repeat the success he enjoyed last year in the low Class A Midwest League. Snider, the top prospect in the Blue Jays system, already has 54 strikeouts in just 37 games between high Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire, as the 20-year-old’s batting average is down at .231. Yet despite all the strikeouts and the low batting average, Snider’s OBP and slugging are still a respectable .331 and .435, respectively. That’s including last night’s game against New Britain (Twins), when Snider went 2-for-5 and clubbed his fourth homer of the year. Sure, Snider still struck out twice, but the last few games have been promising for the EL’s third-youngest hitter.

Prospect Nuggets
The New Hampshire-New Britain matchup was the only game of the day. New Britain righthander Anthony Swarzak allowed just one earned run in four innings, but he also allowed two unearned runs and issued four walks. The 22-year-old Swarzak also had three strikeouts.

What To Watch For Today
Reading (Phillies) lefthander Antonio Bastardo gets another crack at Double-A hitters at Harrisburg (Nationals) . . . Portland (Red Sox) righthander Michael Bowden will try to continue his recent success at Trenton (Yankees).

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Athletics righthander Vin Mazzaro allowed one run in six innings against Frisco (Rangers) and allowed just three hits. Mazzaro, 21, struck out eight and walked just one. It didn’t quite stack up to his 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on May 1 against Corpus Christi, but Mazzaro was also the first pitcher to hold Frisco catcher Max Ramirez hitless in two weeks, snapping Ramirez’s 13-game hitting streak.

Prospect Nuggets
Frisco shortstop Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 with a double . . . Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 with a walk and legged out his fourth triple . . . Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Julio Pimentel saw his ERA rise to 3.72 after he walked four and allowed five runs in six innings . . . Springfield (Cardinals) second baseman Jose Martinez went 3-for-4, including his eighth double.

What To Watch For Today
Springfield righthander Jess Todd struck out six in 3 1/3 in his first Double-A start. He throws again tonight at Arkansas (Angels).

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