AA Dish: Hicks Getting Acquainted In Mississippi

Brandon Hicks and Lars Anderson are having success for their new Double-A teams, while Elvis Andrus and Julio Pimentel had big nights in the Texas League yesterday.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Brandon Hicks is a little bit like Brandon Wood Lite: lightning-quick bat speed, big-time power from shortstop and a batting average that probably won’t ever be higher than .260 without some luck thanks to plenty of strikeouts. Some teams are more willing than others to accept a player with that profile, but the Braves believed Hicks showed enough at high Class A Myrtle Beach to deserve a promotion to Double-A Mississippi despite a .232 batting average with the Pelicans (he still had a .328 OBP and slugged .478, a remarkable feat given his batting average and ballpark). Yesterday Hicks went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and a walk. Through seven games with Mississippi, Hicks is 8-for-25 (.320/.414/.640) with a home run, a triple, three doubles and four walks.

Prospect Nuggets

Chattanooga center fielder Drew Stubbs (Reds) has similar contact issues, but last night he also had three hits, all of which were singles … Carolina left fielder John Raynor (Marlins), 24, went 3-for-6 with his 10th home run of the season … Jacksonville shortstop Ivan DeJesus (Dodgers) reached base five times with a single and four walks … Huntsville (Brewers) shortstop Alcides Escobar and center fielder Lorenzo Cain each had two hits, with Cain clocking two doubles for the Stars.

What To Watch For Today

Keep on eye on Montgomery lefty David Price, the No. 1 overall pick by the Rays last year, as he makes the start at Birmingham (White Sox).

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Lars Anderson is so popular with Red Sox fans that they already named a park in Brookline after him. OK, so the park is really Larz Anderson’s former estate, but Lars Anderson looks poised to stamp out his own legacy in Boston. Yesterday Anderson went 2-for-3 with a home run for Portland, raising his line with the Sea Dogs to .346/.426/.596 through just 16 games. He’s still just 20 years old.

Prospect Nuggets

Bowie catcher Matt Wieters (Orioles) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with a walk … A pair of toolsy EL center fielders had two-hit games, as Trenton’s Austin Jackson (Yankees) went 2-for-4 and Reading’s Greg Golson (Phillies) went 2-for-4 with a triple, his fourth.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Brad Bergesen starts for Bowie at home against New Britain (Twins).

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Pay attention to what Frisco shortstop Elvis Andrus (Rangers) is doing because his numbers have improved precipitously since the Texas League’s all-star break. Andrus went 2-for-5 yesterday and hit his fourth home run, bringing him to .293/.346/.369 in 379 at-bats on the season.

Prospect Nuggets

Righthander Will Inman (Padres) pitched well for San Antonio, allowing one run in six innings. Inman struck out seven and did not issue a walk … Julio Pimentel’s (Royals) ERA is still at 5.63 in 126 1/3 innings, yesterday was one of the better outings for the 22-year-old Northwest Arkansas righthander: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO.

"I’m interested again," said a scout who saw Pimentel pitch at the Futures Game. "I’d seen him as a starter and never saw his stuff that good. He was up to 93-94 with that sink. His stuff played up out of the bullpen. He’s an early pronation guy in terms of his arm and he can really sink the ball, and if he’s doing that at 93-94, that’s interesting."

What To Watch For Today

Midland lefthander Josh Outman (Athletics) gets the start at Northwest Arkansas (Royals).

Contributing: John Manuel

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