AA Dish: Three Hits, HR For Saunders

Michael Saunders homered, Huntsville’s Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta both had big nights, James McDonald struck out nine in seven shutout innings and Luke Hughes had a hit in his 15th straight game in yesterday’s Double-A action.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
There was plenty of competition for today’s SL honor,  but West Tenn’s (Mariners) Michael Saunders gets the nod with his performance yesterday. Saunders has seen his stock rise this season, and his early-season success continued last night as he went 3-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, knocking his stats up to .324/.402/.541 thus far. BA subscribers can read more in-depth about Saunders from this weekend’s series at Carolina.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Honorable mention goes to Jacksonville’s (Dodgers) James McDonald, an athletic righthander who had a 9-0 K-B ratio and allowed five hits in his seven shutout innings against Carolina. McDonald was much better than Carolina (Marlins) righthander Chris Volstad, who was uncharacteristically wild. Volstad walked seven batters in 7 1/3 innings, though he limited the damage to just two runs on three strikeouts and a 14-4 groundout-airout ratio . . . Huntsville’s Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta are making multi-hit games a routine occurence. Gamel went 4-for-5 with a double, while LaPorta went 3-for-5 with his 10th home run of the season. LaPorta also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home plate . . . Montgomery (Rays) righthander Wade Davis walked four Birmingham (White Sox) batters in six innings, but he allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out six.


What To Watch For Today
Carolina lefthander Aaron Thompson has had some problems this year with his control. He looks to reverse that pattern today at Jacksonville.

EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
New Britain (Twins) third baseman Lukes Hughes extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-5 performance. After going hitless in his first two games, Hughes has had at least one hit in 26 of his last 28 games, putting his season line at .386/.448/.685.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Harrisburg (Nationals) righthander Jordan Zimmermann made his Double-A debut. He lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs–though only one was earned–with three walks and four strikeouts . . . Some scouts believe Reading (Phillies) shortstop Jason Donald has a future as a utility player in the big leagues, but Donald is doing his best to make a case for himself as more than just a utility player. Donald collected two more hits last night and drew three walks–though he also committed his fourth error and was picked off first base–raising his averages to .346/.433/.449 through 21 games . . . Akron (Indians) lefty Chuck Lofgren struggled out of the gate, but he’s pitched well in his last two outings, including last night (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), lowering his ERA to 5.51 in 32 2/3 innings.
 
What To Watch For Today
Portland (Red Sox) righthander Michael Bowden starts today at Portland . . . Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak goes tonight against Bowie (Orioles)
 
TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
A 2006 eighth-round pick out of California, Allen Craig was the MVP of the high Class A Florida State league last year in his first professional season. He hit .312/.370/.530 in 423 at-bats last season for Palm Beach. Now with Springfield, the third baseman went 3-for-4 with two doubles yesterday to bring his numbers of to .277/.338/.446 in 130 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Frisco (Ranger) shortstop Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with his eighth stolen base, while first baseman Chris Davis even got in on the running action by stealing his fourth base in a 2-for-4, one-walk performance . . . Midland (Athletics) righthander Vin Mazzaro allowed two runs, though both were unearned, in five innings (5 Ks, 2 BBs) . . . Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder Dexter Fowler went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two stolen bases, giving him 10 steals this year . . . San Antonio (Padres) left fielder Chad Huffman went 3-for-4 with his third home run of the season

What To Watch For Today
The Cardinals promoted righthander Jess Todd to Double-A, where he will make his first start for Springfield at Northwest Arkansas (Royals) . . . Corpus Christi (Astros) righthander Bud Norris takes the ball tonight at home against Frisco.

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