AA Dish: Kershaw Deals Again

Eastern League

Prospect of the Day

Trenton center fielder Austin Jackson (Yankees) stepped to the plate five times on Thursday and reached base all five times. Two singles, two doubles and a walk improved his numbers to .290/.368/.444. He also scored twice and knocked in a run. An eighth-round draft pick out of high school in 2005, Jackson is the best athlete in the Yankees system. After slow progress in his first couple years as a professional, Jackson gained some momentum last year and began to move through the system.

Prospect Nuggets

Two Binghamton prospects had a good day at the plate. Third baseman Emmanuel Garcia and second baseman Danny Murphy (Mets) each had multi-hit games that included a double. . . Bowie right fielder Nolan Reimold (Orioles) went yard for the 16th time this season. He was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. . . New Hampshire lefthander Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) pitched three innings Thursday. He gave up a run on five hits, but struck out seven.

What to Watch for

Four quality prospects will be starting today in the Eastern League. The New Britain-New Hampshire matchup will feature a duel between Anthony Swarzak (Twins) and Ricky Romero (Blue Jays). Jonathon Niese (Mets) will get the nod for Binghamton and Carlos Carrasco (Phillies) will be on the mound for Reading.

Southern League

Prospect of the Day

Jacksonville lefthander Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers top prospect, was nearly unhittable on Thursday. He pitched five shutout innings and only allowed two base runners on a hit and a walk. Kershaw struck out three in the process and got the win to move to 2-3, 1.91. The lefty mixes three future plus pitches—a fastball that sits at 93-94 mph and has reached 99, a curveball in the mid-70s with hard tilt, and an improving circle change.

Prospect Nuggets

After Kershaw’s departure, Scott Elbert (Dodgers) picked up where he left off. He threw three innings, allowed one hit and struck out three batters of his own to keep the shutout going. . . Huntsville’s feared trio Alcides Escobar, Mat Gamel and Angel Salome (Brewers) each contributed two hits Thursday. All three have batting averages above .340. . . Chattanooga right fielder Sean Henry (Reds) hit his eighth bomb of the year. . . Atlanta righthander Tommy Hanson (Braves) earned his fifth win by throwing six innings and giving up one run. He scattered five hits and three walks, but struck out eight batters.

What to Watch for

Birmingham lefthander Aaron Poreda (White Sox) will start today against Montgomery. Jacksonville’s James McDonald (Dodgers) also will be in action at West Tennessee.

Texas League

Prospect of the Day

A pair of Springfield prospects hit home runs Thursday night. Third baseman Allen Craig (Cardinals) blasted his 17th homer of the season, while second baseman Jose Martinez sent his sixth into the seats. Craig is known for having some power to all fields, and he hit 25 home runs in the big ballparks of the Florida State League last year. Martinez is regarded more as a contact hitter with a quality glove, but has also demonstrated some surprising pop. He hit 10 bombs in 66 games last year in Double-A.

Prospect Nuggets

Craig and Martinez provided the run support, and righthander Tyler Herron (Cardinals) took care of the defense. He threw six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, striking out three. . . Corpus Christi righthander Bud Norris (Astros) tossed four shutout innings. He allowed two hits, but struck out four and walked none. . . Tulsa center fielder Dexter Fowler (Rockies) reached base three times, with two singles and a walk.

What to Watch for

Midland lefthander Brett Anderson (Athletics) and Springfield righthander Jess Todd (Cardinals) will both be in action today in the Texas League.

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