AA Dish: Maybin Homers Twice Off McGee

Yankees center fielder Austin Jackson had another seven-RBI night and Max Ramirez of the Rangers homered against Royals righthander Dan Cortes, but Sunday’s star was 21-year-old Marlins center fielder Cameron Maybin, who took Rays lefty Jake McGee deep not once but twice.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

The pitching matchup of the day yesterday in the minors was Ryan Tucker against Jake McGee, but Cameron Maybin stole the show. The Carolina (Marlins) center fielder went 3-for-4 and slugged two solo home runs, both of which came against the hard-throwing McGee. Maybin, 21, has struggled some with his pitch recognition and his ability to make contact this season but has been an above-average SL center fielder, batting .254/.359/.447 in 197 at-bats. The second home run was Maybin’s ninth of the season, meaning he has more home runs than doubles (five) and triples (three) combined.
 
Prospect Nuggets

The lefthanded McGee pitched relatively well for Montgomery (Rays) aside from his showdowns with Maybin. McGee had seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings, allowing four runs. For Carolina, Tucker had three walks and four strikeouts when he left after five innings. The 21-year-old righthander allowed one run . . . West Tenn (Mariners) center fielder Michael Saunders, 21, reached base three times, going 1-for-1 with two walks . . . Mobile (Diamondbacks) center fielder Gerardo Parra made his Double-A debut after being promoted from high Class A Visalia. Parra, hitting third in the lineup, went 0-for-4.
 
What To Watch For Today
Jacksonville (Dodgers) righthander James McDonald starts against Mobile . . . Montgomery righthander Wade Davis gets his crack at Maybin and the rest of the Carolina lineup tonight.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

For the second time in 11 games, Austin Jackson had a seven-RBI game. The Trenton (Yankees) center fielder went 3-for-5 and hit two doubles, giving him 17 doubles on the season. Through 249 plate appearances, Jackson is batting .281/.369/.429.
 
Prospect Nuggets
It was a good day for offense in New Hampshire (Blue Jays), where Portland (Red Sox) defeated the Fisher Cats 17-11. The game was the first Daniel Bard circa 2007-type outing this season for Bard, who allowed four runs in two innings of relief, though he only walked one and had three strikeouts. The game also featured a close call for New Hampshire DH Travis Snider, who was struck in the helmet by a foul ball while standing in the on deck circle in the fifth inning and had to leave the game.

"It kind of grazed off the side of his head," said manager Gary Cathcart. "You can never tell about those things so we kind of erred on the side of caution. . . . He seems to be fine so hopefully he’ll be right back in there tomorrow."
 

Bowie (Orioles) left fielder Nolan Reimold went 2-for-5 with his 14th double, putting the 24-year-old at .278/.373/.488 through 209 at-bats. Twenty-two-year-old Bowie righthander Brad Bergesen has succeeded this season by keeping the ball on the ground, posting a 2.31 ERA in 70 innings between high Class A Frederick and Bowie with a 1.7 groundout-airout ratio. Yesterday he held Akron (Indians) to one run and one walk in seven innings, and he also struck out seven to raise his punchout total to 41 on the season. For Akron, lefthander Chuck Lofgren allowed one run and one walk in five innings to lower his ERA to to 5.54 in 52 innings, though he only struck out two batters.
 
What To Watch For Today
There’s only one game on tap, as New Hampshire hosts Portland.
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Normally a catcher (though there are those who doubt he will play the position in the big leagues), Max Ramirez played first base last night. At the plate, however, not much changed as Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a walk and his 14th home run of the year. The home run came against Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Dan Cortes, who surrendered five runs in four innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
 
Prospect Nuggets

Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Fowler went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, his 13th in 17 attempts. Fowler, 22, is hitting an impressive .290/.380/.448 in 210 at-bats, recording at least one hit in 13 of his last 14 games . . . Adam Ottavino lasted just three innings, but it was still the Springfield (Cardinals) righthander’s best outing yet. Ottavino held Corpus Christi (Astros) scoreless and hitless, walking three and striking out three to lower his ERA to 7.89.
 
What To Watch For Today
There are a few noteworthy prospects on the mound tonight. San Antonio (Padres) righthander Will Inman pitches at Arkansas (Angels), Midland righthander Henry Rodriguez (Athletics) throws against Tulsa, while the Northwest Arkansas vs. Frisco (Rangers) matchup pits righthander Julio Pimentel against righty Thomas Diamond.

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