AA Dish: Golson Goes Yard Twice

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

When Reading center fielder Greg Golson (Phillies) puts the ball in play, good things tend to happen. Heading into this season, Golson, the 21st overall pick in the 2004 draft, was hitting .348 on balls in play. This season, that figure is up to a lofty .386. Yesterday Golson mostly didn’t bother putting the ball in play, instead hitting two balls over the fence for home runs 11 and 12 of the season. The problem for Golson has always been getting the ball in play; he has 122 strikeouts and his OBP will always be hindered by his lack of plate discipline, as he has drawn just 28 walks in 412 plate appearances. But Golson’s plus-plus speed make him a weapon on the basepaths and even moreso in center field, where scouts laud his defense, so his value isn’t tied exclusively to his bat.

Prospect Nuggets

Keep an eye on New Britain right fielder David Winfree (Twins), a former third baseman turned first baseman turned outfielder. Winfree, who turned 23 earlier this month, went 2-for-4 with a home run, his 18th of the season. Winfree is now hitting .251/.317/.447 in 120 games, including .350/.407/.620 in 27 games since the EL all-star break. Winfree will likely never be a high OBP player, but he does have some pop that could carry him at higher levels … J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) went 2-for-4 with a double as New Hampshire’s DH … Binghamton first baseman Mike Carp (Mets) went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk … Lefthander Chuck Lofgren was not having success as a starter with Double-A Akron, so the Indians moved him to the bullpen, and he came on in relief yesterday to throw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. As a starter this year, Lofgren has a 6.29 ERA in 58 2/3 innings with 54 strikeouts and 42 walks. In 10 relief outings, Lofgren has a 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings with a 16-4 K-BB mar … A pair of Trenton (Yankees) players had big nights at the plate, as second baseman Kevin Russo went 4-for-4 with a double and catcher Francisco Cervelli went 2-for-3 with two walks.

What To Watch For Today

Trenton at Reading is the only game on tonight’s EL slate.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

From marginal pitching prospect to suddenly very interesting hitting prospect, Brian Bogusevic (Astros) has become one of the best prospects in the Astros system. That’s somewhat faint praise for a player in an emaciated farm system, but the Corpus Christi center fielder has proven a quick study at the plate. Bogusevic, 24, went 3-for-5 yesterday with a homer, two doubles and a stolen base, making him a perfect five for five on the basepaths. Age still matters for Bogusevic, as he’s going to reach his physical peak in just a few years, but his unusual professional path forces a bit of leeway in assessing his hitting skills. It’s just 94 plate appearances, but .358/.447/.605 with 12 walks and 15 strikeouts–which is about where his K-BB ratio was as a pitcher–is an encouraging first step.

Prospect Nuggets

Frisco shortstop Elvis Andrus (Rangers) continued his second-half tear, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk … San Antonio’s (Padres) big boppers had big nights: outfielder Chad Huffman went 3-for-5 with a double and first baseman Kyle Blanks went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk … Tulsa shortstop Chris Nelson (Rockies) had a three true outcomes night, going 0-for-2 with three walks and two strikeouts. Overall it’s been an underwhelming campaign for Nelson, 22, who is batting .222/.300/.339 in 257 at-bats … The Athletics picked up Adrian Cardenas as the centerpiece of the trade that sent Joe Blanton to Philly, with whom Cardenas was a second baseman. Now in Oakland’s farm system, Cardenas has played exclusively at shortstop since Aug. 1, including yesterday when he went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Derek Holland (Rangers) continues his upward ascent in prospect status tonight for Frisco.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

The Southern League was off yesterday.

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