AA Dish: Snider Making Noise

Travis Snider’s hitting is kicking into gear, Max Ramirez reached base four times and Dexter Fowler had another multi-hit game in yesterday’s action.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Have you been paying attention to what New Hampshire’s (Blue Jays) Travis Snider is doing? It’s pretty impressive. After playing exclusively at DH at the beginning of the season with a sore elbow, Snider has played nine of the last 10 games in the outfield, and he’s been pretty good at the plate, too. Yesterday, the 20-year-old Snider went 3-for-4 with a walk to raise his slash stats to .273/.373/.459 in 204 plate appearances. Not bad for one of the youngest players in Double-A.

Prospect Nuggets
Akron (Indians) third baseman Wes Hodges went 4-for-5, bringing his averages to .313/.373/.464 in 255 plate appearances . . . Trenton (Yankees) outfielders Austin Jackson and Jose Tabata each went 1-for-4, while Tabata stole his eighth base of the year.

What To Watch For Today
We expected a Chris Tillman-Carlos Carrasco rematch earlier, but the listed probable starters were incorrect. They’re listed again as probably starters in the first game of a doubleheader between Bowie (Orioles) and Reading (Phillies), so we’ll wait and see what happens . . . Binghamton (Mets) lefty Jon Niese also pitches tonight at home against Harrisburg (Nationals).

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
The trade last year that sent Kenny Lofton to the Indians and brought Max Ramirez to Texas is looking better every day for the Rangers. Yesterday Ramirez drew three walks and went 1-for-3, and that one hit was his 15th home run of the season. Sure, there may be some questions about Ramirez’s ability to stick at catcher—he’s last in the eight-team TL in caught stealing percentage, having nailed 25.4 percent of runners (15 of 44)—but a .360/.451/.650 line in 253 plate appearances for Frisco looks good at any position.

Prospect Nuggets
Springfield (Cardinals) outfielder Shane Robinson went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth home run . . . San Antonio (Padres) first baseman Kyle Blanks went 1-for-5 and hit his fifth home run . . . Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Fowler had his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles yesterday.

What To Watch For Today
San Antonio lefty Steve Garrison pitches tonight at Corpus Christi . . . Springfield righthander Jess Todd pitches at home tonight against Arkansas . . . Tommy Hunter takes the ball at noon today for Frisco at Midland.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
There was only one game in the SL yesterday: Jacksonville (Dodgers) at Carolina (Marlins). So the pickings were slim, which is why Gaby Sanchez (1-for-4 with his 20th double) takes the honor here.

Meanwhile, Scott Elbert came on for 1 1/3 innings of relief, but allowed three runs, three hits and a walk.

What To Watch For Today
He’s not officially a prospect, but 23-year-old righthander Rick VandenHurk pitches at home tonight against Birmingham (White Sox) for Carolina.

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