High A Dish: Doolittle Does It Again

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Prospect of the Day

Stockton first baseman Sean Doolittle (Athletics) hit his 18th home run of the year in Stockton’s 5-3 loss to Modesto on Wednesday. Doolittle was 2-for-4 on the night and his solo shot in the sixth moved him into fourth place on the California League home run leader board.

Prospect Nuggets

Lake Elsinore (Padres) fell 11-5 to Visalia on Wednesday, but center fielder Cedric Hunter (Padres) chipped in a pair of hits in the loss. Hunter was 2-for-4 with a RBI in the defeat. Lake Elsinore right fielder Kellen Kulbacki hit his 11th home run of the year in the seventh inning. . . . Visaila right hander Wes Roemer (Diamondbacks) picked up his fourth win of the year, going seven innings. The Cal State Fullerton product allowed five hits and three runs, while striking out five. . . . Bakersfield first baseman Ian Gac (Rangers) was 2-for-4 in a 9-4 loss to San Jose. . . . Rancho Cucamonga was blown out 18-8 by Inland Empire Wednesday night, but Peter Bourjos (Angels) was 2-for-5 with a double on the night. The 21-year-old center fielder is now batting .349 with 18 doubles on the season.

What to Watch for Today

Bakersfield lefthander Kasey Kiker (Rangers) will draw the start against San Jose tonight. Kiker, the undersized lefty who the Rangers took in the first round in 2006, is 4-3 on the year.

CAROLINA LEAGUE

Prospect of the Day

Acquired from the Braves along with Adam LaRoche in 2007, Lynchburg right fielder Jamie Romak (Pirates) is enjoying his best year yet. Romak went 2-for-4 last night with his 15th home run of the year in a 10-4 win over Salem. Romak leads the Carolina League in home runs and his .308 average puts him in the top 10 in the league.

Prospect Nuggets

Frederick fell 3-1 to Winston-Salem on Wednesday, but right fielder Brandon Tripp (Orioles) went 2-for-4 with his 10th double of the season. . . . Gorkys Hernandez (Braves) continues to put up solid numbers for Myrtle Beach. The center fielder, acquired in the Edgar Renteria trade last winter, was 2-for-5 in a 8-0 victory against Potomac. . . . Brandon Hicks (Braves) had two RBIs and his second triple of the year in the victory. The Myrtle Beach shortstop raised his average to .248 and picked up his 43rd and 44th RBIs of the year..

What to Watch For Today

Potomac lefthander Ross Detwiler (Nationals) will look to reverse the Nationals’ fortunes against Myrtle Beach tonight. Detwiler is 5-4 on the year will face off against Scott Diamond (Braves) who brings a 6-1 record into the contest.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

Prospect Of The Day

It may have been spread over two days, but Jupiter first baseman Logan Morrison (Marlins) had an impressive game against Brevard County. Morrison was 3-for-4 in the game, raising his average to .326. The game began on Tuesday, but was suspended due to rain and was completed Wednesday.

Prospect Nuggets

Rain knocked out a pair of Florida State League games on Wednesday, but it didn’t stop St. Lucie’s Ruben Tejada (Mets) from notching his 12th double of the year. The shortstop was 1-for-4 on the day with a strikeout. . . . Fort Myers second baseman Steven Singleton (Twins) extended his modest hit streak to four games with a pair of doubles Wednesday night. Singleton was 2-for-4 on the evening and has reached base in 9 of his last 10 games. . . . Righthander Wade Townsend (Rays) continued his stint in Vero Beach with a scoreless inning in an 11-2 loss to Palm Beach. Townsend, the former Rice standout, has made six appearances in Vero Beach, allowing runs in only two of them. He struck out one in his outing Wednesday. . . . North Carolina product Jonathan Hovis (Yankees) pitched a scoreless inning for Tampa in a 4-0 loss to Fort Myers. Hovis struck out two of the three batters he faced, improving his K-BB mark to 20:3.

What to Watch for Today

Righthander Rick Porcello (Tigers) will draw the start for Lakeland tonight against Clearwater. Porcello picked up the win in his last outing, going six innings and allowing just one run against Daytona.

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