AA Dish: Huntsville Still Has Plenty Of Stars

Eastern League

Prospect of the Day

Bowie rightfielder Nolan Reimold (Orioles) smashed his 12th and 13th home runs of the year and also doubled. The second round draft pick out of Bowling Green State went 4-for-4 on the night, scored two runs and knocked in three more. Although nagging injuries have slowed his progress, Reimold has been the Oriole’s best power prospect  ever since signing out of the 2005 draft.

Prospect Nuggets

Akron designated hitter Trevor Crowe (Indians) went 3-for-3 with a double. He also scored twice and is now hitting .325…Reading catcher Lou Marson (Phillies) hit his third home run of the season. He also walked and came around to score…Binghamton left fielder Mike Carp (Mets) walked three times and scored twice…Portland righthander Daniel Bard (Red Sox) made a nearly flawless relief appearance. He pitched one inning, allowed a hit and struck out the side. The first rounder out of North Carolina has a 3.28 ERA…New Britain righty Anthony Swarzak (Twins) was not quite as good. He lasted five innings and gave up six runs, all earned, on seven hits to pick up the loss. He struck out four, but also walked four and allowed two bombs.

What To Watch For Today

Portland sits four games behind the Northern-leading Trenton Thunder, but they have a chance to make up some ground, as the two teams will square off tonight at 7:05 p.m.

Southern League

Prospects of the Day

Huntsville prospects Alcides Escobar and Mat Gamel (Brewers) each had a big day. Hitting back-to-back in the order, Escobar and Gamel each produced two doubles. The duo combined for three runs and an RBI, and have now combined for 43 two-baggers on the year — 30 by Gamel. Escobar, a 21-year-old signed in 2003 and known for his defensive abilities at SS, is hitting .330 for the year. While less defensively inclined at third base, Gamel, a fourth-round pick out of Chipola (Fla.) JC has gotten it done at the plate, hitting .384 this year.

Prospect Nuggets

West Tennessee catcher Adam Moore (Mariners) came through in the clutch last night. With two outs and the score knotted in the ninth inning, Moore slammed his eighth home run of the year, a shot that would eventually be the game-winner. He went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and he’s now hitting .306 for the year…Jacksonville catcher Lucas May (Dodgers) also flashed some power, hittng a home run and a double last night…Birmingham lefthander Aaron Poreda (White Sox) threw 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out five, but got a no decision.

What To Watch For Today

Birmingham is the hottest team in the Southern League right now, with wins in each of its last three games. They’re now one game behind division-leading Mississippi, and they’ll look to keep it going tonight against Mobile, the losers of two in a row.

Texas League

Prospect of the Day

San Antonio lefthander Steve Garrison (Padres) got it done two ways last night. On the mound, he pitched seven strong innings. He picked up the win by allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk any batters, and his ERA is now 2.98. At the plate, Garrison helped his cause by going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Prospect Nuggets

Garrison’s teammate, first baseman Kyle Blanks, also helped out by hammering his fourth home run. A 42nd-round draft pick in 2004, Blanks had four hits, knocked in three runs and scored two of his own…Springfield third baseman Allen Craig (Cardinals) showed off the power tool that got him drafted in 2006 in the eighth round. He hit two home runs and tallied four RBIs…Tulsa center fielder Dexter Fowler (Rockies) went 2-for-4 with a triple, and he is now hitting .319

What To Watch For Today

There are no games in the Texas League today.
 

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