AA Dish: F-Mart Back In Business

Mat Gamel went a clean 5-for-5 in front of a pack of scouts, Fernando Martinez is making sure people know he’s back and healthy, and Jess Todd had 10 strikeouts and just two hits allowed in eight shutout innings in yesterday’s Double-A action.
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Fernando Martinez is back.
 
Since returning from the disabled list to Double-A on June 27 (he also spent four games in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 6-for-13 with a double and a triple), Martinez has played in three games. On Friday, Martinez went 3-for-5. On Saturday, the 19-year-old went 1-for-3 with a home run (his fourth of the year) and a walk. Yesterday Martinez continued to hit well, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, raising his Double-A line to .302/.339/.450 in 169 at-bats. Of course, Martinez has just eight walks on the year, but his ability to hit for average and for some power as a teenager in Double-A has been remarkable. In fact, Martinez is currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, though that streak dates back to May 7, with a six-week gap in between games six and seven.


 
Prospect Nuggets
Martinez got some help from teammate Nick Evans, who drove in three runs hitting behind Martinez in the two-hole. Evans went 3-for-5 with a double and a homer, bringing him to .312/.372/.569 in 260 Double-A at-bats . . . Jeff Manship made his statement that the Fisher Cats are no match for this Rock Cat. The New Britain (Twins) righthander held New Hampshire to two runs in six innings, walking two with eight strikeouts. In his previous start, Manship also faced the Fisher Cats, holding them to one run in five innings with no walks and five strikeouts. On the season, Manship now has a 4.50 ERA in 94 2/3 innings between New Hampshire and high Class A Dunedin, with 82 strikeouts, 23 walks and an above-average 1.93-to-1 groundout-to-air out ratio . . . Harrisburg (Nationals) righthander Jordan Zimmermann had his worst outing of the year yesterday at Erie (Tigers). Zimmermann lasted just 4 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs, including a home run to left fielder Wilkin Ramirez, who went 2-for-5 . . .  Trevor Crowe has shown a keen eye at the plate this year (26 walks and 26 strikeouts). Yesterday he drew another walk, but he also went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple, bringing the 23-year-old’s season line to .313/.406/.391 in 163 at-bats . . . Bowie (Orioles) righthander Chris Tillman had six strikeouts and no walks in five innings, allowing two earned runs and three more unearned runs. 
 
What To Watch For Today
Lefthander Brett Cecil (3.21 ERA in 47 2/3 Double-A innings, 49-17 K-BB, 2.10-to-1 groundout-to air out ratio) pitches today at Connecticut.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Matt LaPorta has his usual good game, going 2-for-5 at Carolina, but the Huntsville (Brewers) right fielder couldn’t match the performance of teammate Mat Gamel. The third baseman went a perfect 5-for-5, scoring two runs and hitting his 27th double. There were approximately a dozen scouts in attendance throughout the course of this series, nearly eight more than I’ve seen at a game at Carolina all season. Part of that is because the draft is over, giving the area scouts an opportunity to do more pro coverage, but with a month to go before the trading deadline, teams were also in town to check out LaPorta and Gamel. With Prince Fielder at first base, Ryan Braun in left field and Gamel still struggling defensively at third base (he made his 22nd error yesterday and struggled throghout the series with his throws and fielding actions), it’s unclear how both Gamel and LaPorta will fit into the Brewers’ future plans.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Jacksonville (Dodgers) righthander James McDonald struck out nine and walked just one in six shutout innings against Chattanooga (Reds), though he didn’t pick up the win as the game remained scoreless until the 15th inning, when Chattanooga scored two runs in the top of the inning and held on for a 2-1 victory. Jacksonville shortstop Ivan DeJesus reached base five times, going 3-for-5 with a double and two walks . . . Wade Davis put up good peripheral numbers, but the Montgomery (Rays) righthander still allowed five runs in seven innings at Mobile. Davis did strike out seven and walked just one.
 
What To Watch For Today
Huntsville takes its offensive showcase to Tennessee (Cubs).
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Vin Mazzaro pitched well for Midland (Athletics), but he couldn’t match the performance from opposing starter Jess Todd. The Springfield (Cardinals) righthander struck out 10 in eight shutout innings, allowed just two hits and walked only one batter. Todd, a second-round pick out of Arkansas in 2007, now has a minute 1.56 ERA in 63 1/3 Double-A innings, with a 47-12 K-BB and an above-average 1.58-to-1 groundout-to- air out ratio.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Mazzaro tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Cardinals, walking none and striking out six . . . Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Fowler went 2-for-4 and hit his 22nd double . . . Fowler’s double came against San Antonio (Padres) righthander Will Inman, who allowed four runs in five innings. Inman struck out five, but he also walked four. San Antonio left fielder Chad Huffman went 2-for-4 in the game.
 
What To Watch For Today
Northwest Arkansas (Royals) ace Dan Cortes has struck out more than a batter per inning in his last three starts. He pitches again today at Corpus Christi (Astros).

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