HiA Dish: Tejada Has Turned It Around

California League

Prospect of the Day

A postgame scoring change helped Archie Gilbert (Mariners) hit for the cycle last night in a blowout win. Griffin started things off with a bang, smashing a three-run homer in the second inning. He tripled in the fourth and doubled in the fifth before his last at bat in the ninth. In the last frame, he hit a grounder to second that was bobbled and originally ruled an error, but a late change in the box score gave him the reverse cycle. The four hits and four RBIs were both career highs for the designated hitter. He also scored twice and raised his average to .278.

Prospect Nuggets

Gilbert’s teammates also had a big day in the 19-run outburst. Chris Carter (Mariners) hit two home runs and a triple in a four-RBI performance . . . Sean Doolittle (Mariners) added two hits, scored and knocked in a run to boost his average to .326…Jason Place (Red Sox) laced two doubles and scored twice…Sean O’Sullivan (Angels) got touched up for seven runs on nine hits in five innings, but still earned a win to improve to 8-4.

What to Watch For

Gilbert and Carter lit up High Desert pitching for seven hits and three home runs combined yesterday in a 19-7 drubbing. They’ll get another shot at the same staff at 10:05 p.m.

Carolina League

Prospect of the Day

Jared Goedert
(Indians) led off the second inning with a single, but he was far from done. After Kinston batted around in the frame (in which they would eventually put up 13 runs), Goedert stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and sent a grand slam into the left field seats. Goedert is the Indians’ top prospect at second base.

Prospect Nuggets

Gorkys Hernandez (Braves) had two hits and a walk, on his way to knocking in two runs and improving his average to .321…Billy Rowell (Orioles) hit a pair of doubles to snap a 2-for-16 slide… Nick Weglarz (Indians) went 2-5, hit his second triple of the year and scored a run in the Indians’ win.

What to Watch For

Kinston scored all 13 of its runs in one big second inning yesterday against Lynchburg. Today, they’ll square off against Salem, who was on the wrong end of a 10-2 game last night.

Florida State League

Prospect of the Day

A scout who saw Ruben Tejada (Mets) earlier in the season said he looked like a boy among men. The 18-year-old hit only .194/.257/.233 in May, and looked like he was just waiting to be sent to short-season ball or low Class A to face players closer to his age.

But just when it looked like Tejada was completely lost, he’s turned things around. Tejada had four hits last night and is now 6-for-7 over his past two games with a triple and a home run. He’s now hitting .361/.412/.475 (22-for-61) in June.

Prospect Nuggets

David Corrente (Blue Jays) homered in his first two at bats yesterday as part of a 2-4 day at the plate. He was accountable for seven runs on the day, as he scored four times and knocked in three; Corrente’s opponent, Clearwater, only scored six. Corrente is buried behind a lot of talent at the catcher’s position in the Blue Jays system, but power displays like yesterday’s will help …Drew Stubbs (Reds) stayed hot with two more hits. He doubled and knocked in two runs…Adrian Cardenas (Phillies) is now hitting .319 after notching two more hits yesterday…Rick Porcello (Tigers) left with the lead, but wound up with a no decision after allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings of work…Heath Rollins (Rays) had a less successful outing, getting knocked around for five runs on 10 hits and four walks in just four innings pitched.

What to Watch For

Clearwater was touched for 12 runs yesterday by Dunedin, including the big day from Corrente. They get a chance at redemption at 7 p.m.

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