AA Dish: Pitchers Can’t Solve Wieters

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters continued his assault on all types of minor league pitching, Rays righthander Jeremy Hellickson had an excellent outing and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus continued to flash his outstanding potential in yesterday’s Double-A games.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Minor League Player of the Year? Matt Wieters (Orioles) is looking like a pretty good candidate right now. After proving that the high Class A Carolina League was no challenge for him, Wieters is showing that Double-A pitchers don’t have a clue how to stop him either. Yesterday Wieters went 4-for-5 with a double and a home run, his sixth in 100 at-bats with Bowie. With more walks (18) than strikeouts (16), Wieters is now batting .350/.449/.600 in Double-A.

Prospect Nuggets

Wieters’ teammate, 24-year-old right fielder Nolan Reimold, went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk to get to .289/.362/.498 in 402 at-bats … New Hampshire left fielder Travis Snider (Blue Jays) and catcher J.P. Arencibia each went 2-for-5 with a double … Akron shortstop Josh Rodriguez (Indians) went a clean 3-for-3 with a double and a walk … Portland center fielder Josh Reddick (Red Sox) hit his first Double-A home run since his promotion from high Class A Lancaster, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk.

What To Watch For Today

One of the few Nationals prospects enjoying a successful season is Harrisburg righthander Jordan Zimmermann, who pitches at home tonight against Reading.


SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Jeremy Hellickson (Rays) had a classic Jeremy Hellickson night yesterday: six innings, not a lot of runs, not a lot of walks, a bunch of strikeouts and a home run allowed. Hellickson allowed three hits, one walk and struck out nine in a six-inning, one-run performance against Huntsville for Montgomery yesterday. The one run Hellickson allowed came via the long ball. Hellickson rarely walks a player—his K-BB mark is 118-10 in 116 innings this year—but he’s also surrendered 17 home runs, even though he’s spent most of the season in the pitcher-friendly high Class A Florida State League.

Prospect Nuggets

Huntsville shortstop Alcides Escobar (Brewers) returned to the lineup after suffering a finger injury. Escobar served as the DH and went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in the first-half of a doubleheader … Birmingham lefty Aaron Poreda (White Sox) allowed just two runs in five innings, walking two and striking out three … The Marlins promoted righthander Ryan Tucker from Double-A Carolina to the big leagues earlier in the season after Tucker held down a miniscule ERA in the SL. But Tucker never showed big league command or a big league breaking ball while in Double-A, and he found little immediate major league success. The Marlins sent him back down to Double-A, and in his first appearance since his return he pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Mudcats.

What To Watch For Today

I’ll be at Carolina tonight to watch righthander Brett Sinkbeil pitch against Jacksonville righty James McDonald (Dodgers) … Righthander Tommy Hanson (Braves) throws for Mississippi at home against Chattanooga.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Elvis Andrus (Rangers) has endured his growing pains this season, not surprising for a 19-year-old shortstop in Double-A. After Andrus began the season hitting atop the Frisco lineup, manager Scott Little dropped Andrus to the bottom of the order. Who knows what effect that had on Andrus—perhaps he’s just as likely to have gotten his season turned around hitting at the top of the lineup—but he’s been one of the best players in the Texas League since the all-star breaking. After hitting .277/.335/.335 in 242 at-bats heading into the break, Andrus is batting .330/.383/.425 in 106 at-bats since the break, including a 2-for-4 game yesterday in which he hit his third home run and stole two bases, giving him 43 in 55 attempts (78.2 percent) this season.

Prospect Nuggets

With the trade of Casey Kotchman to the Braves, Mark Trumbo’s path to the big leagues just got a little bit easier, unless the Angels are able to sign free-agent-to-be Mark Teixeira. After going 5-for-5 with two homers in his Double-A debut two days ago, the 22-year-old Trumbo went 2-for-4 yesterday … Midland righthander James Simmons (Athletics) allowed three runs in seven innings, walked one and struck out seven.

What To Watch For Today

Midland righthander Vin Mazzaro (A’s) pitches at Frisco, which sends righthander Thomas Diamond (Rangers) to the mound.

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