AA Dish: Maybin Back At It

Carlos Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings, Trenton’s two talented young outfielders each had three hits, Alcides Escobar had a better night at the plate than Matt LaPorta and Mat Gamel, Carlos Rosa continued to deal and shortstop Chris Nelson collected three hits in yesterday’s Double-A action.
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Carolina (Marlins) righthander Ryan Tucker struck out five and walked one in seven shutout innings in an 11 a.m. game at Jacksonville, but he was upstaged by his own teammate, center fielder Cameron Maybin. In five at-bats, Maybin recorded four hits, including his fourth home run and second double of the season.

"I’ve never had five hits in a professional game before," said Maybin who spent the last two months of the 2007 season playing for the Detroit Tigers. "I think I wanted it [another hit] too bad in that last at-bat."

Maybin has had his share of ups and downs this season, but his youth–at 20 years old, he’s the third-youngest hitter in the Southern League–and five-tool package make him one of the top prospects in the game.

Prospect Nuggets
You can read more about West Tenn (Mariners) center fielder Michael Saunders later today on BaseballAmerica.com. Yesterday the 21-year-old went 2-for-4 with a walk, while catcher Adam Moore went 3-for-5 with a double and five RBIs . . . Tennessee (Cubs) righthander Jeff Samardzija had a nice day on the mound (5 2/3 innings, one run, two walks, five strikeouts) and at the plate (1-for-3 with a double) . . . Montgomery (Rays) lefthander Jacob McGee only had a 3-3 K-BB ratio, but he allowed just three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings against Birmingham (White Sox) . . . For at least one night, Huntsville’s (Brewers) Matt LaPorta and Mat Gamel took a back seat to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who went 3-for-5 with his fourth stolen base. Gamel also made a fielding error, giving him nine errors on the year.
 
What To Watch For Today
Rays righthander Wade Davis takes the ball today at home against Birmingham, but the pitching matchup of the night is Carolina righthander Chris Volstad against Jacksonville (Dodgers) righty James McDonald.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Reading (Phillies) righthander Carlos Carrasco has mixed very good performances with very bad performances this season. Carrasco can file last night’s outing against Binghamton under the good column–the 21-year-old tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, finishing with seven strikeouts and two walks.

“He pitched well today,” said (catcher Lou) Marson. “His changeup was good, like it always is, and he commanded his fastball. He threw some great curveballs to some right-handers.”

Prospect Nuggets
Portland (Red Sox) righthander Justin Masterson was excellent through five innings and not so excellent in the sixth inning. Masterson threw five scoreless innings, then recorded just one out in the sixth as he allowed four earned runs in that frame, finishing the night with six strikeouts, two walks and a 6-3 groundout-airout ratio. Masterson didn’t help himself either by comitting two errors on errant pickoff attempts. Masterson squared off against New Hampshire (Blue Jays) lefthander Brett Cecil, who in his second Double-A start allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk . . . After a nice start to the 2008 season, Binghamton (Mets) lefthander Jon Niese has cooled down. He allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings against Reading with two walks and two strikeouts. He did have a nice 8-2 groundout-airout ratio. Phillies shortstop Jason Donald accounted for a significant amount of the damage by going 2-for-3 with a walk, adding a home run and a double off of Niese . . . New Britain (Twins) third baseman Luke Hughes hit .354/.430/.677 in 24 games in April, and added a 2-for-3, one-walk performance last night to bring him to .385/.449/.697 . . . Trenton’s (Yankees) talented outfield duo of center fielder Austin Jackson (3-for-5 with a stolen base) and right fielder Jose Tabata (3-for-4 with a double) played well against at Erie, where Trenton righthander George Kontos struck out 11 batters in five innings, allowing three runs and one walk.

What To Watch For Today
Phillies righthander Drew Carpenter tries to lower his 6.25 ERA tonight at home against Binghamton.
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Tulsa (Rockies) shortstop Chris Nelson went 3-for-4 with his second home run and third stolen base of the season. Nelson has struggled to start the season, hitting ..258/.308/.367 in 120 at-bats through 29 games and commiting 13 errors in the field. With high Class A shortstop Hector Gomez out injured, big league shortstop Troy Tulowitzki out until at least the all-star break and the Rockies struggling to find a suitable option at second base, now would be a good time for Nelson to stand out with his on-field performance.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Nelson’s performance is even more impressive given the pitcher he was facing, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Carlos Rosa. Rosa’s fine performance in his last two outings was rewarded last week when he ranked second on the Prospect Hot Sheet. His success continued yesterday against Tulsa, as he allowed one run in five innings with one walk and six strikeouts . . . San Antonio (Padres) righthander made a strong push for Prospect Of The Day after his 8-1 K-BB ratio through six innings, during which he allowed two runs to Corpus Christi (Astros). For the Hooks, righthander Brad James allowed two runs in six innings, finishing with no walks and three strikeouts . . . Midland (Athletics) shortstop Cliff Pennington’s patience was on display again last night. Pennington improved his BB-K to 29-20 on the season after going 1-for-1 with a double and four walks. He remained perfect in stolen bases, stealing his 12th bag of the year. . . Don’t be alarmed if you’re used to seeing Frisco (Rangers) catcher Max Ramirez’s name in this spot — he just had the night off.
 
What To Watch For Today

Midland righthander Vin Mazzaro struck out 11 in his last outing. He pitches today at Frisco.

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