AA Dish: Diamond Shines For Frisco

Rangers righthander Thomas Diamond made his second start after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Brewers third basman Mat Gamel continued to tattoo the baseball and Indians shortstop Josh Rodriguez did what he does best–get on base.

TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Once considered one of the top arms in the Rangers system, righthander Thomas Diamond slipped all the way to a No. 19 ranking in the organization entering the season. Diamond, a 2004 first-round pick out of New Orleans, had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2007, one year after striking out 145 batters in 129 Double-A innings. Yesterday he made his second start of the season for Frisco: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Frisco catcher Max Ramirez went 0-for-2, but he reached base twice on walks . . . Midland (Athletics) center fielder Aaron Cunningham went 2-for-3 with a walk and his sixth double . . . On the bright side for Henry Rodriguez, the Midland righthander had four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two batters and he also allowed four runs, which if you can believe it lowered his ERA to 8.80 in 30 2/3 Double-A innings . . . Springfield (Cardinals) left fielder Shane Robinson had three singles in five at-bats, while second baseman Jose Martinez went 1-for-3 and homered for the second straight game, giving him four home runs in 188 at-bats.
 
What To Watch For Today
Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Blake Wood takes the ball tonight against Midland, which sends righthander Vin Mazzaro to the hill. 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Mat Gamel
is simply wearing out Southern League pitchers. The Huntsville (Brewers) third baseman reached based twice last night, going 1-for-3 with a walk and his 11th home run, putting him at .383/.444/.659 in 239 plate appearances on the season for the 22-year-old. 
 
Prospect Nuggets
Right fielder Matt LaPorta, Gamel’s Huntsville teammate, struggled at the plate (0-for-4, three strikeouts) . . . Jacksonville (Dodgers) righthander James McDonald walked four batters for his second straight start, but he also struck out five in six innings and held Birmingham (White Sox) to two runs . . . It’s been a rough season for Tennessee (Cubs) righthander Jeff Samardzija, who made his last appearance out of the bullpen. Yesterday, however, was a good day for Samardzija, who held Carolina to one three runs (two earned) on two hits with one walk and four strikeout in six innings . . . Carolina (Marlins) center fielder Cameron Maybin and second baseman Chris Coghlan each had two hits, with Maybin adding his 13th stolen base .
 
What To Watch For Today
Mississippi (Braves) has its best player, righthander Tommy Hanson, pitching today against West Tenn (Mariners) . . . Carolina sends righthander Brett Sinkbeil to the mound.
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Akron (Indians) shortstop Josh Rodriguez scored three times after reaching base via a double and two walks. Rodriguez, 23, has shown good selectivity at the plate this season with 30 walks and 35 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances, but he’s been mostly a singles hitter with a .261/.367/.352 line.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Two more hits (including a double) for Reading (Phillies) center fielder Greg Golson, who is now hitting .320/.355/.485 . . .  Reading lefty Antonio Bastardo didn’t fare so well, allowing six runs (four earned) in five innings with five walks and four strikeouts.
 
What To Watch For Today
Righthander Michael Bowden pitches for Portland (Red Sox) against Binghamton (Mets), while New Britain (Twins) righty Anthony Swarzak goes up against Connecticut (Giants).

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