AA Dish: Wood K’s 10 In Complete-Game Shutout

Rarely does a player in either the minor or major leagues throw a complete-game shutout any more. It’s even less common to see a legitimate pitching prospect go a full nine innings. But Blake Wood accomplished the feat yesterday, economizing his pitches along the way.

TEXAS LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day
There were a couple of fine pitching performances in the Texas League yesterday, but neither could match Northwest Arkansas (Royals) righthander Blake Wood. In just his second start since his promotion from high Class A Wilmington, Wood used 99 pitches to throw a complete game, nine-inning shutout against Arkansas. Wood threw 71 strikes, leading to 10 strikeouts, no walks and just three hits allowed. The start lowered Wood’s Double-A ERA to 2.02 in 13 1/3 innings after posting a 2.67 ERA and a 63-15 K-BB mark in 57 1/3 innings with Wilmington.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Springfield (Cardinals) righthander Tyler Herron allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, while left fielder Shane Robinson went 2-for-5 with a home run to raise his batting line to .383/.426/.520 through 175 at-bats . . . Midland (Athletics) righty Vin Mazzaro limited Corpus Christi (Astros) to one run in 7 2/3 innings. He allowed just two hits and three walks, striking out six.
 
What To Watch For Today
Springfield righthander Jess Todd has some helium after the way he’s dominated hitters early this season. He starts tonight at Tulsa (Rockies).
 
SOUTHERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

I swear, I have no allegiance or bias towards Huntsville or the Milwaukee Brewers organization. I can’t help it if their hitters just constantly mash and force their way into Prospect Of The Day on nearly a daily basis. Yesterday it was Matt LaPorta’s turn. The right fielder went 2-for-4 and clubbed his Southern League-leading 16th home run. LaPorta is now batting .297/.403/.612 in 219 at-bats.

Prospect Nuggets
In today’s edition of Huntsville Nuggets, first baseman Michael Brantley hit his second home run, bringing the 21-year-old’s line to .332/.402/.410 in 229 at-bats. Third baseman Mat Gamel reached base twice via the walk, while shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-4, though he was caught stealing and picked off . . . Moving away from Huntsville, Jacksonville (Dodgers) lefthander Scott Elbert made his 2008 debut, tossing a scoreless inning of relief . . . Mobile (Diamondbacks) right fielder Gerardo Parra reached base three times in four plate appearances, going 1-for-2 with two walks . . . Tennessee (Cubs) center fielder Tyler Colvin had one of his better games of the season, going 3-for-5 with a double . . . Mississippi center fielder Jordan Schafer had two hits including his first home run since returning from his 50-game suspension for HGH.
 
What To Watch For Today
Lefthander Donald Veal takes the ball tonight against Chattanooga (Reds).
 
EASTERN LEAGUE
 
Prospect Of The Day

Erie (Tigers) had its game with Portland (Red Sox) ended early due to rain, but that didn’t stop Wilkin Ramirez from pouring it on the Sea Dogs. The Erie left fielder went 2-for-3 with a walk and two doubles, giving him 15 doubles this year. Ramirez, 22, doesn’t have the cleanest approach at the plate with 19 walks and 70 strikeouts, but he has still been productive by hitting .306/.364/.532 in 222 at-bats.
 
Prospect Nuggets
Trenton (Yankees) right fielder Jose Tabata missed yesterday’s game. He left Tuesday’s game after his first plate appearance after being hit by a pitch . . . Akron (Indians) third baseman Wes Hodges went 0-for-2 but drew a couple of walks, while left fielder Trevor Crowe went 2-for-5 with a walk and a pair of doubles out of the leadoff spot. Even more impressive was righthander Ryan Edell, who carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before issuing a one-out walk to New Hampshire’s Scott Patterson. Edell finished with five strikeouts, one walk and one run allowed in 7 2/3 innings for the Aeros.
 
What To Watch For Today
The pitching matchup of the day features a pair of righthanders, Reading’s (Phillies) Carlos Carrasco and Bowie’s (Orioles) Chris Tillman. The two squared off once already this season in each pitcher’s first game of the season. Tillman lasted just two innings, allowing two runs, four hits, three walks to go with three strikeouts. Carrasco shined in his five innings, allowing one run and two walks with seven strikeouts.

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