BAPR Plus: August 16

You would expect to see plenty of 95 mph fastballs in a matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Jacob McGee. One of the two pitchers lived up to expectations on Wednesday. Cameron Maybin keeps on slugging in Erie as well.

Triple-A

Nashville’s Adam Pettyjohn carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before Fernando Tatis spoiled his bid for perfection with a double. Pettyjohn improved to 10-3 with the win.

Chin Lung-Hu hit his fifth home run since being promoted to Triple-A. More interestingly, the Dodgers swapped their middle infielders for a day as Tony Abreu played shortstop while Hu moved over to second base. John Manuel fave Marshall McDougall hit his third home run in three games for the 51s as well.

Jason Pridie homered for a second-straight game and the Durham Bulls used a 12-run fifth-inning to beat Charlotte 15-5 despite Casey Rogowski’s pair of home runs for Charlotte.

John Ennis‘ days as a prospect ended during his career with the Braves, but no one was better on Wednesday. Ennis threw seven hitless innings before leaving. Geoff Geary gave up a single with one out in the eighth to break-up the no-hitter bid.

Andrew Miller’s suitcase has been busy. Miller pitched for his fourth different team this year when he made his Toledo debut. It wasn’t pretty as Miller gave up five runs in three innings.Craig Brazell hit his minor league leading 35th home run in a Omaha win. Brazell had been in a home run slump, hitting only five since July 1 after hitting 22 for Omaha durin May and June.

Kendry Morales could rightfully be criticized for his lack of power this season, but he’s trying to eliminate that criticism with a late power surge. Morales hit his third home run in three games–after hitting two home runs in his first 74 games.

Double-A

When Danny Dorn signed with the Reds, a couple of Pioneer League managers expected him to hit well until he reached Double-A where his all-out approach and baseball savvy might not be enough to make up for his average tools. Well, Dorn is exceeding expectations. Dorn hit his sixth home run in his 10th Double-A game. It was his third straight game with a home run. Catcher Miguel Perez hit a pair of home runs in his first game back at Chattanooga as he recovers from offseason surgery. But despite all that offense, Chattanooga lost as Carlos Fisher gave up eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.

If Cameron Maybin handles promotions like this than the Tigers should just keep sending him up the ladder to Detroit. Maybin hit another home run last night, his fourth in five games since being bumped up to Double-A Erie. Matt Joyce also homered for Erie.

Speaking of toolsy outfielders from the 2005 draft class, Andrew McCutchen hit his 10th home run for Altoona. McCutchen has hit four home runs this month for a nice late-season power surge.

Nick Adenhart’s in a race to see if his ERA will top 4.00 before the season ends. Adenhart had another poor start as he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’s posted an ugly 8.22 ERA in August.

Fans in Montgomery got to watch one of the better pitching matchups of the year when Clayton Kershaw faced Jacob McGee. Kershaw is finding the jump from low Class A to Double-A to be a chasm. He gave up four runs in four innings in his second Double-A start as his ERA with Jacksonville climbed to 6.48. The recently promoted McGee was in command from the start, holding the Suns to one hit in 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out seven. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that he consistently hit 96 mph with his fastball.

High Class A

Welcome to high Class A. Ross Detwiler was roughed up for a second straight start with Potomac. After giving up eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in his high A debut, Detwiler gave up eight hits and six runs in 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday night. Michael Penn threw 6 2/3 shutout innings for Frederick. There was a bright spot for the P-Nats. Justin Maxwell homered for a third straight game, which is his second three-game home run streak in the past 10 games. Maxwell now has 22 home runs for the season.

Clearwater’s Andrew Carpenter improved to 14-6 as he allowed only one run in a seven-inning complete game. Luis Villareal struck out eight in four innings in the nightcap to complete the sweep.

Matt Whitney’s attempt to resurrect his career keeps getting more impressive. Whitney hit three home runs in a doubleheader last night, giving him 12 home runs since being promoted to high Class A Kinston. He now has 28 home runs on the season.Despite walking six Adam Ottavino allowed no earned runs in six innings to lead Palm Beach past Vero Beach.

Erik Lis is another player who’s finishing strong. The Twins first base prospect hit his sixth home run of the month to lead Fort Myers to a 5-2 win over Tampa.

Elvis Andrus hit his first home run since being traded to the Rangers organization in a 9-0 win over High Desert.

Brad Correll hit another home run. The former indy leaguer now has 21 home runs in 42 games with Lancaster. Corell’s home run pace would give him 72 home runs (equal to Joe Bauman’s minor league home run record).

Low Class A

Jeremy Hellickson allowed two hits in six scoreless innings to improve to 12-2.

Quintin Berry got three hits again. The Lakewood center fielder now has seven multihit games in his last 10 games and is hitting .492 this month with 10 stolen bases.

A day after hitting his second home run Matt LaPorta hit a pair of doubles for West Virginia.

Tim Bascom’s solid pro debut has hit a wall. Bascom gave up seven runs for the second time in three starts, raising his ERA to 3.95.

Short-Season/Rookie League

Michael Burgess hit his seventh home run for the GCL Nationals. Atahualpa Severino threw four hitless innings for the Nationals. Severino has a 3.49 ERA for the GCL Nationals after compiling a sub 1.00 ERA in two stints with the Dominican Summer League Nationals.

Supplemental first-rounder Travis D’Arnaud hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs for the GCL Phillies.

First-rounder Kevin Aherns has had a rough introduction to pro ball, but Aherns hit his second home run of the season and raised his average to .212 in the GCL Blue Jays 7-2 win over the Tigers.

Jordan Walden held Missoula scoreless over six innings. The Orem righthander gave up one hit while striking out five. There was a scary moment in the game when Orem first baseman Jordan Brossman fell and hit his head while attempting to field a pop-up. Brossman laid on the field for nearly 25 minutes before being taken away by an ambulance. The Orem trainer said he had suffered a concussion but he should be fine.

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