AA Dish: Romero, Wood Earn Wins

Eastern League

Prospect Of The Day

On a day in which many top prospects were showcased at the Futures Game, some others had a chance to shine in their absence. One of them was New Hampshire starter Ricky Romero (Blue Jays). The lefthander was the first pitcher drafted in 2005, the sixth overall pick, but he has been plagued by injuries in his two seasons. He pitched well Sunday, though, lasting eight innings and giving up two runs on five hits. He also earned the win and evened his record at 5-5 as the all-star break approaches.

Prospect Nuggets

Romero’s teammate at New Hampshire, Travis Snider (Blue Jays), helped provide run support for the win. Snider, the organization’s top prospect, went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs…Akron first baseman Matt Whitney (Indians) hit his seventh home run of the season Sunday…Trenton pitcher Mark Melancon (Yankees) came on in relief and earned the win with three shutout innings. His record now sits at a perfect 4-0, with a 1.94 ERA.
What To Watch For Today

Portland pitcher Michael Bowden (Red Sox) will get the start at 12:05 p.m. against New Britain. Bowden will try to make up for the Sea Dogs’ loss Sunday at the hands of the Rock Cats.

Texas League

Prospect Of The Day

Northwest Arkansas righthander Blake Wood (Royals) made it an all-pitchers sweep of the Prospect of the Day award. Like Romero, Wood is the fifth-ranked prospect in his organization, and like Romero, he evened his record. Wood improved to 3-3 after pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up three runs (one earned). He walked one batter and struck out six. The righty continues to make strides after having surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in 2007.

Prospect Nuggets

San Antonio left fielder Chad Huffman (Padres) went 3-for-5 Sunday with his 23rd double of the season. He is now hitting .299 for the year. Teammate Kyle Blanks had a big extra-base hit as well, turning in his fifth triple. He also had an RBI and a run scored…Springfield third baseman Craig Allen (Cardinals) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.

What To Watch For Today

Springfield and Tulsa will square off in a doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m. Among the pitchers scheduled to start are Xavier Cedeno (Rockies) and Kyle Sadlowski (Cardinals).

Southern League

The SL had Sunday off in preparation for tonight’s All-Star game at Carolina.

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