AA Dish: Wieters Continues ’08 Dominance

The Matt Wieters Express steamrolled through Trenton, while John Raynor flashed his wheels at West Tenn yesterday.

EASTERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

After the Orioles selected him with the fifth overall pick in the draft last June, Matt Wieters waited until the Aug. 15 deadline to sign. It’s just about one year later, and there probably aren’t four better prospects in all of the minors than Wieters. Yesterday the Bowie catcher went 2-for-4 with a triple and a double, bringing his composite line between high class A and Double-A to .353/.453/.602 with 24 home runs, 72 walks and 68 strikeouts. Not bad for a guy who is also one of the best defensive catchers in the minors.

Prospect Nuggets

Erie left fielder Wilkin Ramirez went 3-for-4 and walked but was also caught stealing. Ramirez has mixed great success at the plate with period of struggle. His plate discipline was exploited earlier in the season during a trial in Triple-A, when he wen 3-for-36 (.083) with one walk and 11 strikeouts, though his composite line this year is .293/.359/.517 … Harrsiburg righthander Jordan Zimmermann (Nationals) couldn’t make it out of the second inning last night, although he only allowed one run. Zimmermann battled control problems, walking two batters, hitting three more and getting called for a balk … Portland first baseman Lars Anderson (Red Sox) went 1-for-4 with a home run, his fourth since arriving from high Class A Lancaster.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Brad Bergesen pitches for Bowie tonight at Trenton (Yankees).

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

At 24, Carolina left fielder John Raynor (Marlins) is a touch old for Double-A, but he sure can fly. Raynor is one of the fastest players in the minors, a tool that was on display last night when he went 2-for-4 and stole his 43rd base of the season. Raynor leads the SL in steals and ranks 15th in all of the minors in that category, too. He’s hitting pretty well too: .317/.391/.491 in 109 games.

Prospect Nuggets

Righthander Ryan Tucker’s conversion to relief continued yesterday when he threw a scoreless inning of relief for Carolina. Tucker has allowed just one run in 10 relief innings, although he has more walks (five) than strikeouts (four) … Tennessee left fielder Tyler Colvin (Cubs) went 0-for-3 yesterday, dropping the 22-year-old’s season line to .246/.308/.407 in 119 games. But give Colvin credit: he drew a walk, raising his season total to 41 walks, a dramatic improvement from the 15 he drew (including two intentional walks) in 519 plate appearances last season.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Kyle McCulloch starts tonight for Birmingham (White Sox) in Tennessee.

TEXAS LEAGUE

What To Watch For Today

The TL was off yesterday but returns to action today. Two of the TL’s top teams play today in Midland (Athletics, 28-21), which hosts Northwest Arkansas (Royals, 32-18).

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