AA Dish: Fowler Goes Deep Twice

Eastern League

Prospect of the Day

Akron third baseman Wes Hodges (Indians) had a big night. He batted 3-for-6 and made each of those three hits count, with two triples and a home run, his 10th of the season. The 2006 second-round pick out of Georgia Tech scored three times and knocked in four runs, and he’s now hitting .307/.383/.466 for the year through 86 games.

Prospect Nuggets

Bowie righthander Brade Bergesen (Orioles) had a strong start last night. He lasted seven innings and gave up five hits. Despite only striking out one batter, he gave up just one run and earned his 10th win of the season…Binghamton (Mets) leftfielder Nick Evans had a double and a home run to improve his averages to .312/.366/.562…New Hampshire second baseman Scott Campbell (Blue Jays) hit his fifth home run and knocked in three runs.

What to Watch for

Akron and Binghamton, the Eastern League’s top two hitting teams are batting .280 and .276, respectively. Binghamton will send lefty Jon Niese to the mound to try to foil the Aeroes… Righthander Anthony Swarzak (Twins) gets the start for New Britain at home against Connecticut.

Southern League

Prospect of the Day

Desite earning a no decision, Birmingham lefthander Aaron Poreda (White Sox) showed why he entered the year as the top prospect in his organization. He threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed a run on three hits and two walks, striking out five in the process. A first rounder (25th overall) drafted out of San Francisco in 2007, the 21-year-old throws hard and has hit 100 mph, but his secondary pitches still need some fine-tuning

Prospect Nuggets

A pair of Chattanooga teammates had similarly productive statlines. Shortstop Chris Valaika (Reds) had three hits and three RBIs, while rightfielder Sean Henry had four base knocks and two RBIs. They each hit their 14th doubles and the duo combined to score four runs…Montgomery DH John Jaso (Rays) reached base four times, with two singles and two walks…Tennessee centerfielder Tyler Colvin (Cubs) had four hits, including a double, and stole a base.

What to Watch for

The Dodgers sent lefthander Clayton Kershaw back to Jacksonville, and Kershaw will pitch for the Suns today at Mobile…Tennessee lefthander Donald Veal pitches at Carolina.

Texas League

Prospect of the Day

The book on Tulsa centerfielder Dexter Fowler is that he’s a great athlete with power potential who is willing to draw walks. This was all on display Sunday, as Fowler hit two bombs (his eighth and ninth of the season) and walked twice. A 14th round pick straight out of his Georgia high school, Fowler taught himself to switch hit and now has better power from the left side. He scored twice and had two RBIs Sunday, and he’s now hitting .330 for the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Frisco shortstop Elvis Andrus (Rangers) showed off his wheels Sunday. He swiped three bags to increase his season total to 30. Teammate Julio Borbon had three hits, including his first triple of the season…San Antonio first baseman Kyle Banks (Padres) didn’t start, but made the most of his pinch-hit opportunity, slugging a homer in his only at-bat.

What to Watch for

The Texas League’s two longest streaks collide today. Arkansas, losers of five in a row and the bottom-dwellers in the North, will match up against the Frisco RoughRiders, who have won three straight and sit atop the South. But today’s action will be more notable for the quality of pitching prospects taking the mound. Midland sends lefthander Brett Anderson to the mound to face Springfield (Cardinals), which will start righthander Adam Ottavino. For San Antonio, lefthander Steve Garrison (Padres) will start at Tulsa, while righthander Blake Wood (Royals) takes the ball for Northwest Arkansas against Corpus Christi.

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