AA Dish: Huff Has The Stuff

Allen Craig blasted a pair of home runs, David Huff and Michael Bowden threw a pair of gems in the Eastern League, Daryl Thompson finally struggled, John Jaso had a big night at the plate and Luke Hughes extended his hitting streak in yesterday’s Double-A action.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Akron (Indians) lefthander David Huff allowed seven earned runs through 8 2/3 innings in his first two outings. In his last five starts, Huff has been dominant, allowing just four earned runs in 30 2/3 innings for a 1.19 ERA with a 35-8 K-BB ratio. That stretch inludes last night’s performance against Altoona (Pirates), in which Huff allowed just one run in seven innings, allowing four hits, no walks and striking out eight. On the year, Huff has a 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings with a 41-10 K-BB ratio.

Prospect Nuggets
Portland (Red Sox) righthander Michael Bowden is having a more pleasant time in his second taste of Double-A. Yesterday against New Hampshire (Blue Jays), Bowden allowed just one hit in 6 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one . . . Binghamton (Mets) 19-year-old center fielder Fernando Martinez collected a pair of hits, going 2-for-5 with a double against Reading (Phillies), which got some nice contributions on offense from shortstop Jason Donald and center fielder Greg Golson. Donald (.350/.453/.488) went 1-for-2 with his second home run of the season and two walks, while Golson (.310/.350/.450) went 3-for-5, though his throwing error was his second error of the season . . . New Britain (Twins) center fielder Lukes Hughes extended his hitting streak to 16 games yesterday in a 1-for-2 night, although New Britain righthander Anthony Swarzak (4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) did not find similar success.
 
What To Watch For Today
Phillies lefthander Antonio Bastardo makes his second Double-A appearance at home against Binghamton. Bastardo dominated the high Class A Florida State League (1.17 ERA, 47-10 K-BB in 30 2/3 innings) and allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings in his first Double-A outing.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Montgomery (Rays) catcher John Jaso is hitting just .238/.344/.362 through 29 games, but his plate discipline remains strong with more walks (16) than strikeouts (13). Yesterday against Birmingham, Jaso didn’t draw any walks, but he didn’t really need to–he went 3-for-5 with a double. Fielding has been another issue for Jaso, who has struggled with his receiving skills and thrown out just six of 37 basestealers (16.7 percent).

Prospect Nuggets
Chatanooga’s (Reds) Daryl Thompson finally faced some adversity on the field this season. The righthander allowed four runs in six innings with two walks and just two strikeouts, though his ERA is still down at 1.45 with a 44-7 K-BB ratio through 43 1/3 innings. Tennnessee (Cubs) piled on the runs against Chatanooga in the Smokies’ 15-7 victory, as center fielder Tyler Colvin chipped in by going 2-for-4 and drew two walks, an unusual occurrence for the free-swinging Colvin . . . Carolina (Marlins) second baseman Chris Coghlan had his best game in a while, going 3-for-5 with a double. On the mound for Carolina was lefty Aaron Thompson, who allowed five runs (three earned) in six innings and struck out just two, though his recent battles with control were not present last night as he walked only two Jacksonville (Dodgers) hitters. For Jacksonville, lefthander Clayton Kershaw struck out one batter in a scoreless inning of relief. No, the Dodgers are not converting Kershaw to a closer; they’re simply trying to limit the 20-year-old’s workload . . . Montgomery (Rays) lefthander James Houser served his three-game suspension (and didn’t miss a start, of course), but perhaps he would have been better taking last night’s game against Birmingham (White Sox) off anyway. Houser allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, giving up a remarkable four home runs. He walked one and stuck out one.
 
What To Watch For Today
Carolina righthander Brett Sinkbeil takes the ball this evening at Jacksonville.
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Allen Craig was the star of the TL last night, blasting two home runs for Springfield (Cardinals) in a 2-for-4 night. An eighth-round pick out of California in 2006, the 23-year-old third baseman is now batting .284/.342/.493 in 134 at-bats.

Prospect Nuggets
Craig provided plenty of run support for Jess Todd in the righthander’s first appearance in Double-A since his promotion from high Class A Palm Beach. Todd got the start and went 3 1/3 innings and struck out six, although he did walk three batters . . . San Antonio (Padres) first baseman Kyle Blanks went 2-for-5 and blasted his second home run of the year . . . Frisco (Rangers) catcher Max Ramirez had a couple of nights off, but he was back in the lineup last night and went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He also committed his fourth error (throwing) of the year.
 
What To Watch For Today
Lefthander Matt Harrison returns to the hill for Frisco against Corpus Christi (Astros), which sends righthander Bud Norris to the mound.

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