AA Dish: Todd Provides Relief

Cardinals righty Jess Todd continued his dominance, Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler locked up a place on tomorrow’s Hot Sheet and Phillies righthander Carlos Carrasco was sharp in yesterday’s Double-A slate.

TEXAS LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Some see Jess Todd’s future as a reliever. He came in relief last night for Springfield, but only because Cardinals righthander Jason Isringhausen was making a rehab start. Isringhausen left after recording five outs before giving way to Todd, who dominated the final 7 1/3 innings. Todd allowed one run (unearned) on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts. Todd kept the ball on the ground, allowing 14 groundouts and two flyouts, lowering his ERA to 0.89 through 43 1/3 Double-A innings.

Prospect Nuggets

Frisco (Rangers) righthander Tommy Hunter allowed two runs and two walks in seven innings, though he struck out just one . . . Elvis Andrus returned to the lineup for the first time since May 25. Andrus served as the DH, going 0-for-2 with a couple of walks . . . Springfield third baseman Allen Craig had two hits to bring his season averages to .270/.330/.456 in 273 plate appearances . . . Dexter Fowler had his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. The Tulsa (Rockies) center fielder went 2-for-4 and hit his 14th double.
What To Watch For Today

Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Dan Cortes opposes Springfield righty Adam Ottavino.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Carlos Carrasco allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings yesterday, but only one of them was earned. More indicative of his dominance were the two walks and seven strikeouts that Carrasco recorded, lowering his ERA to 3.71 in 80 innings. Carrasco, 21, has 79 strikeouts and 30 walks this year.

Prospect Nuggets
It’s not a good sign when your ERA is closer to 12 than 0, but that’s the kind of year (and career) it’s been for Ricky Romero. The New Hampshire (Blue Jays) lefty allowed six runs in 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out just one and walked five, ballooning his ERA to 6.56 in 70 innings . . . Bowie (Orioles) played a doubleheader against Reading, and Baysox right fielder Nolan Reimold combined to go 3-for-5 with his fourth stolen base of the year . . . Binghamton (Mets) lefty Jon Niese allowed just one run (unearned) in six innings with a 7-2 K-BB mark, while left fielder Mike Carp (3-for-4 with a double and a walk) and first baseman Nick Evans (2-for-5 with a home run) had good games at the plate.

What To Watch For Today
Bowie righthander Chris Tillman is scheduled to face Reading lefty Antonio Bastardo.

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day
Matt LaPorta racks up another POTD honor, though the competition wasn’t as stiff as usual. The Huntsville (Brewers) right fielder reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a double, his 18th of the season. That brings LaPorta’s season line to .298/.412/.618 in 289 plate appearances . . . not too shabby

Prospect Nuggets
Chattanooga (Reds) shortstop Chris Valiaka hit his first Double-A triple in a 1-for-3 night . . . Carolina (Marlins) second baseman Chris Coghlan went 2-for-4 with a double, giving him 16 on the season . . . Birmingham (White Sox) righthander Kyle McCulloch shut out Carolina through seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk and striking out four . . . Tennessee (Cubs) lefty Donald Veal’s strikeouts are down this year and the control still hasn’t come around. Yesterday Veal allowed five walks, five runs (four earned) and struck out just one before leaving after two innings.

What To Watch For Today

It’s always worth watching the Huntsville lineup with LaPorta, Mat Gamel and company. The Stars play at Jacksonville tonight.

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