AA Dish: Snider Comes Up Big

Eastern League

Prospect of the Day

The top prospect in the Blue Jays organization, New Hampshire outfielder Travis Snider came up big in the clutch Tuesday. In a tie game in the top of the ninth, the left handed slugger belted his 13th home run of the year for the go-ahead run. A first round pick out of Everett (Wash.) HS, Snider was considered the best hitter in the 2006 draft. Nights like Tuesday only serve to reinforce that notion, as he finished 2-for-5, with two runs and an RBI. His average now sits at .272.

Prospect Nuggets

New Britain (Twins) second baseman Luke Hughes went 2-for-4 and he roped two doubles. He also walked and scored…Trenton (Yankees) centerfielder Austin Jackson had a three-hit night, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and his 14th stolen base…Binghamton (Mets) centerfielder Fernando Martinez also had a multi-hit game, boosting his average to .298 with two singles.
What to Watch for

Michael Bowden (Red Sox) will get the start for Portland today in a game against New Hampshire. He is 8-4 on the season.

Southern League

Prospect of the Day

Despite not earning a decision, Birmingham (White Sox) starter Kyle McCulloch finished with an impressive line. He pitched seven innings and allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out four in the process. The first round pick from Texas, true to form, ate up a large chunk of innings, but there are concerns that he doesn’t quite have the stuff to be a front-line starter.

Prospect Nuggets

It was another solid night for the left side of Huntsville’s (Brewers) infield. Third baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alcides Escobar each had two hits and an RBI, and they are now batting .372 and .327, respectively…Chattanooga (Reds) centerfielder Sean Henry went 3-for-5 with his 15th double…Montgomery (Rays) catcher John Jaso laced a double and walked twice, coming around to score once…Tennessee (Cubs) outfielder Tyler Colvin hit his fifth triple of the year, but struck out in each of his other three at bats.

What to Watch for

Righthander Brett Sinkbeil (Marlins) will start tonight as Carolina and Birmingham square off. Sinkbeil has a 3-8 record this season.

Texas League

Prospect of the Day

Wins have not been easy to come by for Northwest Arkansas starter Julio Pimentel (Royals). The righthanded Dominican native got it done Tuesday night in an 18-10 shootout, though. It wasn’t too pretty — he gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings, and he struck out just three — but the win improves his record to  4-9.

Prospect Nuggets

Midland (Athletics) left fielder Aaron Cunningam hit his fourth triple, walked, and came around to score twice, improving his average to an even .300…Frisco (Rangers) center fielder Julio Borbon continued to get it done, this time with a double and a single…San Antonio (Padres) left fielder Chad Huffman also had two hits, including a double, and walked once.

What to Watch for

There are no Texas League games today.

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