AA Dish: Davis Scores Triple-Double

Frisco first baseman Chris Davis clocked three doubles, Orioles righthander Chris Tillman had his best outing of the year and Marlins righthander Ryan Tucker lowered his ERA to 1.03 yesterday.

TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
The Rangers moved Chris Davis from third base to first as soon as he arrived at spring training. The move means that Davis will have to create more runs at the plate to be a productive big leaguer, but run creation hasn’t been a problem for him so far with Frisco. Yesterday the 22-year-old Davis went 4-for-4 with three doubles, giving him 10 doubles and a .340/.384/.607 battling line in 150 at-bats. For his minor league career, Davis has 61 home runs in 986 plate appearances, or an average of 37 homers per 600 PAs.

Prospect Nuggets
Davis’ night overshadowed a nice game from Springfield (Cardinals) left fielder Allen Craig, who went 3-for-4 with his seventh home run and 11th double . . . Northwest Arkansas lost Carlos Rosa when the Royals promoted the righthander to Triple-A Omaha, but the Naturals got a boost last night when righthander Dan Cortes returned after being sidelined with a quad injury. Cortes allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked none . . . Aaron Cunningham has looked good with his new organization since returning from his injury. The Midland (Athletics) center fielder went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, raising his averages to .327/.390/.442 in 52 at-bats through 13 games.
 
What To Watch For Today
Midland (Athletics) righthander Henry Rodriguez tries to lower his 7.00 ERA at home against Corpus Christi (Astros), while Springfield righthander Adam Ottavino tries to lower his 7.06 ERA at home against Tulsa.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Let’s not spoil the fun–you’ll read more about Bowie righthander Chris Tillman later this afternoon on Hot Sheet after his performance last night. Tillman, the 20-year-old righthander who came to the Orioles as part of the package for Erik Bedard, threw six shutout innings last night. Tillman walked two, struck out nine and allowed three hits, improving to 4-0, 2.41.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold now has an eight-game hitting streak after going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk yesterday . . . Akron (Indians) lefthander David Huff continued his strong season yesterday against Altoona (Pirates), tossing a complete-game (in seven innings) shutout with three hits allowed, one walk and two strikeouts . . . New Britain (Twins) DH Luke Hughes got back into the lineup after missing a few games with a tweaked hamstring. The 23-year-old wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 17 games, hitting his 10th home run of the season in his first at-bat, finishing the game 1-for-5 . . . Binghamton (Mets) lefthander Jon Niese got hit around, as New Britain scored six runs in three innings against Niese, who had one walk and no strikeouts . . . Reading (Phillies) righthander Carlos Carrasco had six strikeouts and one walk as he allowed three runs in five innings at Harrisburg Nationals) . . . It was a rough night for Portland (Red Sox) righthander Justin Masterson, who despite a 10-5 groundout-airout ratio allowed seven runs in six innings, walking two with three strikeouts.
 
What To Watch For Today
Will Binghamton center fielder Fernando Martinez return to action this weekend? The top Mets prospect left Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury, though the 19-year-old Martinez downplayed its severity.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Whether he’s just had some good fortune on balls in play or if it’s his low- to mid-90s fastball that’s inducing weak contact, Carolina (Marlins) righthander Ryan Tucker has allowed just 35 hits in 52 1/3 innings. Last night Tucker faced Huntsville (Brewers), which boasts a dangerous lineup and was 17-4 at home entering the game. Tucker handled the Stars’ lineup well, allowing two runs (one earned) in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.03.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Huntsville right fielder Matt LaPorta and third baseman Mat Gamel have been the key offensive stalwarts for the Stars. Though the team scored just two runs, LaPorta got on base three times (0-for-3 with three walks), while Gamel went 2-for-6 and hit a double off Tucker, his 11th double of the year . . . The struggles continued last night for Tennessee righthander Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs farmhand left the game after giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings. Samardzija struck out one batter and had difficulties with his control, evidenced by the five walks he issued . . . Samardzija faced Montgomery (Rays), which sent lefthander Jacob McGee to the hill. McGee allowe four runs in 5 1/3 innings, though only one run was earned. McGee had three strikeouts and one walk, lowering his ERA to 4.20.
 
What To Watch For Today
Jacksonville (Dodgers) righthander James McDonald pitches at home against Birmingham (White Sox), while Carolina righthander Chris Volstad gets his crack at the Huntsville lineup tonight.

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