AA Dish: Cortes Strikes Out 10

Royals righthander Dan Cortes had a 10-strikeout game, Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer and Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay each had big games, and Yankees outfielder Jose Tabata had one of his best games of the season in yesterday’s Double-A action.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Dan Cortes had his best outing of the season yesterday against Tulsa. Cortes, the top pitching prospect in the Royals organization, left after allowing one run and three hits through seven innings. The 21-year-old Cortes struck out 10 and walked just one, giving up season totals of 53 strikeouts and 21 walks in 50 1/3 innings with a 3.58 ERA.

Prospect Nuggets
Jon Jay put up a good fight for POTD honors by slamming four his in six at-bats for Springfield (Cardinals), including his 10th home run. Jay also drove in five runs and raised his line for the year to .319/.376/.496 in 270 at-bats . . . Frisco (Rangers) righthander Thomas Diamond’s return to the mound continued last night, although it hasn’t been easy after a year off following Tommy John surgery. Yesterday Diamond allowed five hits, three walks and three runs in five innings. Diamond struck out four, giving him a 27-22 K-BB ratio and a 6.08 ERA in 26 2/3 innings through six starts . . . Dexter Fowler extended his hitting streak to 12 games. The Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder hit a single in three at-bats . . . Will Inman is quietly having a good year for San Antonio (Padres) as one of the younger pitchers in Double-A. Yesterday the 21-year-old Inman had five strikeouts, two walks and allowed three runs in five innings, bringing his ERA to 3.00 in 78 innings with an 81-35 K-BB ratio.
 
What To Watch For Today
Fowler will try to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games against Springfield.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Nuggets
Yesterday was a banner night for prospects in the Southern League. Jordan Schafer separated himself from the pack, however, reaching base in five of his six plate appearances. The Mississippi (Braves) center fielder went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a couple of walks to raise his season averages to .227/.354/.445 in just 66 at-bats. Losing 50 games in the beginning of the year for an HGH-related suspension set Schafer’s timetable back a bit, but he’s still among the Braves’ better prospects and hitting third in the Mississippi lineup.
 
Prospect Nuggets
One of Schafer’s doubles came against BA Top 100 prospect Wade Davis, although Davis hasn’t dominated as much as expected. Last night was among the worst outings for the Montgomery (Rays) righthander, who allowed six runs and five hits, lasting just 2 1/3 innings. Davis didn’t strike anyone out and walked an alarming five batters. His ERA now sits at 4.04 in 82 2/3 innings with 58 strikeouts and 34 walks . . . Taking the ball for Mississippi was righthander Tommy Hanson, who is finding that life away from high Class A Myrtle Beach isn’t such a breeze. Hanson gave up three home runs, leaving after allowing six runs in five innings, walking three and striking out just one . . . Montgomery catcher John Jaso has struggled behind the plate and in the batter’s box this season, but last night he went 2-for-5 and hit a home run off Hanson. Jaso didn’t draw a walk, which has been his saving grace at the plate this year; he has 40 walks and 27 strikeouts . . . Jacksonville (Dodgers) righthander James McDonald tossed seven shutout innings against Birmingham. McDonald struck out four and didn’t issue a walk, lowering his ERA to 3.52 with a 79-25 K-BB mark in 79 1/3 innings . . . Carolina (Marlins) second baseman Chris Coghlan was among the Mudcats who had big nights, but Coghlan topped them all with four hits in five at-bats, including a double. Center fielder Cameron Maybin and third baseman Gaby Sanchez each added two hits for Carolina . . . Huntsville (Brewers) shortstop Alcides Escobar continued his excellent season by going 3-for-5 with a double, while catcher Angel Salome went 3-for-4 with a double. They each stole a base–Escobar his 19th, Salome his second.
 
What To Watch For Today
Tennessee (Cubs) righthander Jeff Samardzija looks to put his struggles behind him today at home against Mobile.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Jose Tabata’s season hasn’t gone as the Yankees would have scripted in an ideal yet realistic world. Of course it’s not easy for a 19-year-old in Double-A, but Tabata has struggled both in terms of performance with with issues of maturity. Yesterday, however, Tabata stood out among EL prospects, going 2-for-5 with a walk and a home run. The home run was Tabata’s second of the year, bringing him to .241/.319/.298 in 245 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Reading (Phillies) shortstop Jason Donald hit two doubles in one half of a doubleheader, giving him 13 doubles and an impressive .297/.396/.466 in 219 at-bats . . . Bowie (Orioles) righthander Chris Tillman limited Akron to one run in six innings. Tillman, who at 20 is the youngest pitcher in Double-A, struck out six and allowed three hits, but he did walk four. Normally more of a fly ball pitcher, Tillman induced 10 groundouts and two fly outs . . . Binghamton (Mets) righty Eddie Kunz blew his third save of the season. The 2007 supplemental first-round pick allowed two runs, three hits and a walk in his one inning of work, raising his ERA to 4.31 in 31 1/3 innings with a 27-19 K-BB ratio and a 2.61-to-1 groundout-to air out ratio . . . New Hampshire left fielder Travis Snider (Blue Jays) went a modest 1-for-4, but his single extended his hitting streak to nine games.
 
What To Watch For Today
Michael Bowden will continue to make his case for the best pitcher so far in the league when Portland (Red Sox) hosts New Britain, while Harrisburg (Nationals) righty Jordan Zimmermann goes against visiting Trenton.

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