AA Dish: Poreda Pushing For Promotion

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Aaron Poreda hasn’t overwhelmed hitters in his first full pro season, but he throws hard, he throws strikes, and he’s pitched very well in the last month. That could lead to a big league promotion for the White Sox’ stretch run, but for now Poreda will have to settle for shutting down Southern League hitters, which he’s done quite well lately. Yesterday Poreda shut down a strong Huntsville lineup, going six innings and allowing just one run, which was unearned. Poreda walked two and struck out six, lowering his ERA with Birmingham to 3.17 in 76 2/3 innings with 21 walks and 62 strikeouts. Poreda, 21, began the year in high Class A Winston-Salem, where he had a 3.31 ERA in 73 1/3 innings with a 46-18 K-BB mark. In each of his last five starts, Poreda has not allowed more than three earned runs in one outing.

Prospect Nuggets

Mobile center fielder Gerardo Parra (Diamondbacks) had an eventful night, going 1-for-3 with a walk, stealing his 15th base and also getting caught for the seventh time … When the season began, Rays pitching coordinator Dick Bosman made sure to point out that lefthander Heath Rollins, who turned 23 in May, was a player to keep an eye on. Rollins began the year in high Class A Vero Beach, where he had success by throwing strikes, posting a 3.30 ERA in 136 1/3 innings with just 27 walks (1.8 per nine innings). Upon his promotion to Double-A Montgomery, Rollins has continued his success. In two starts, including last night’s seven-inning stint in which he allowed three runs, one walk and struck out seven, Rollins has a 2.57 ERA with a 16-to-1 K-to-BB ratio in 14 innings … Tennnessee righthander Jose Ceda (Cubs) picked up the save for the Smokies, striking out four in two scoreless innings. Between high Class A Daytona and Tennessee, Ceda now has 90 strikeouts in 82 innings and a 3.95 ERA … Carolina center fielder Cameron Maybin (Marlins) reached base three times, going 1-for-1 with a triple and two walks.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Kris Medlen (Braves) starts for Mississippi at Carolina.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

At 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, James Skelton (Tigers) does not have an imposing physical presence. The 22-year-old Erie catcher isn’t an extra-base hit machine, but he has solid contact-hitting skills and very good plate discipline, leading to 76 walks and 61 strikeouts in 75 games between Erie and high Class A Lakeland. Now batting a composite .304/.464/.401 on the season, Skelton went 3-for-4 and stole a base last night, his 15th swipe in 20 attempts.

Prospect Nuggets

Nolan Reimold (Orioles) did not have one of his finer nights, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Reimold went up against 20-year-old Reading righthander Edgar Garcia (Phillies), who held Bowie to one run in six inning, walked two and struck out five … Center fielder Jose Tabata (Pirates) went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles and a strikeout for Altoona. Tabata turned 20 last week.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Dylan Owen (Mets) pitches for Binghamton, which hosts New Hampshire (Blue Jays).

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

Neftali Feliz (Rangers) has enjoyed a nice injection of helium this season, beginning the season in low Class A Clinton (fixed) and skipping right on up to Double-A Frisco after dominating the Midwest League. Yesterday the 20-year-old righthander tossed five no-hit innings, leaving without allowing a run and issuing two walks with three strikeouts.

Prospect Nuggets

Adrian Cardenas (Athletics) continued to play shortstop for Midland, and he also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double … Northwest Arkansas righthander Dan Cortes (Royals) allowed nine hits and three runs in four innings, leaving with one walk and three strikeouts … Frisco Elvis Andrus (Rangers) doesn’t turn 20 until Tuesday, but he’s making the best of his teenage years. Andrus went 2-for-3 yesterday, bringing his numbers since the all-star break to .307/.360/.402 in 179 at-bats.

What To Watch For Today

The TL has a pair of pitching prospect matchups tonight. In Northwest Arkansas, Naturals righthander Blake Wood (Royals) pitches against Springfield righty Adam Ottavino (Cardinals). In Corpus Christi, Hooks righthander Bud Norris (Astros) squares off against Midland righthander James Simmons.

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