AA Dish: Golson Gets Three

A pair of toolsy players stood out yesterday, as Phillies center field Greg Golson and Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar took home Prospect Of The Day honors in their respective leagues.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Reading (Phillies) center fielder Greg Golson has always been heavy on tools and a bit lighter on performance. While it’s too early to declare that a transformation has occurred, Golson has performed well in the season’s first six weeks. That includes yesterday’s game against Altoona (Pirates), in which Golson went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth home run of the year. Golson, 22, is now batting .313/.357/.486 in 144 at-bats. With 10 walks and 43 strikeouts, he hasn’t transformed into a patient, contact-hitting machine, but Golson’s speed will allow him to leg out an above-average percentage of infield hits and his power is another valuable tool in his possession.

Prospect Nuggets
Bowie (Orioles) right fielder Nolan Reimold hit his fourth home run of the season in his first at-bat against Portland (Red Sox) . . . Jordan Zimmermann flashed an 8-1 K-BB ratio against Erie (Tigers), as the Harrisburg (Nationals) righthander allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Zimmermann allowed a home run to Erie DH Wilkin Ramirez, who went 2-for-4.
 
What To Watch For Today
There are only two games scheduled for today: Altoona plays at Reading and New Britain (Twins) plays at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). New Britain righthander Anthony Swarzak is scheduled to pitch tonight.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
Huntsville (Brewers) third baseman Mat Gamel and right fielder Matt LaPorta have picked apart Southern League pitchers. Last night Huntsville shortstop Alcides Escobar got in on the action, going 4-for-5 at the plate and turning two double plays in the field. There are still plenty of questions about Escobar’s bat–he’s now hitting .263/.292/.342–but the 21-year-old shortstop’s performance stood out yesterday.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Escobar did much of his damage against Tennessee (Cubs) lefthander Donald Veal, who surrendered five runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Veal walked two and struck out five, but he also surrendered home runs to first baseman Chris Errecart in the second inning and again to left fielder Cole Gillespie in the third . . . Montgomery (Rays) righthander Wade Davis hasn’t dominated SL hitters, but he was effective last night in six innings, allowing three runs with three walks and six strikeouts at Mississippi (Braves). The Braves should receive a boost from righthander Tommy Hanson, who was promoted from high Class A Myrtle Beach . . . Birmingham (White Sox) righthander Kyle McCulloch tossed six shutout innings, allowing six hits with no walks and six strikeouts against West Tenn (Mariners) . . . Sporting a pink bat for Mother’s Day, Carolina (Marlins) center fielder Cameron Maybin homered in his first at-bat over the left field fence, his lone hit in four at-bats. Carolina righthander Chris Volstad had some difficulties with his curveball against a nasty crosswind, but he used his changeup as an out pitch to allow two runs in seven innings. Volstad finished with two walks, five strikeouts and a customarily strong 11-4 groundout-airout ratio . . . Jacksonville righthander James McDonald made the Hot Sheet on Friday. He followed that up with seven strikeouts and one walk yesterday against Mobile (Diamondbacks), allowing two runs in six innings.
 
What To Watch For Today
The fight for Thompson supremacy is tonight in Carolina, where lefthander Aaron Thompson tries to straighten out his recent control struggles against Chattanooga (Reds) righthander Daryl Thompson, who has been one of the top pitchers in the SL. Baseball America will have more on this matchup later in the week for subscribers . . . Jacksonville (Dodgers) lefty Clayton Kershaw makes his return to the starting rotation tonight after the Suns used him in the bullpen in their last series in an attempt to limit the 20-year-old’s workload.
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
The Texas League had a day off yesterday. Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Julio Pimentel pitches at Tulsa (Rockies), which sends righthander Brandon Hynick to the mound.

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