High A Dish: Hunter Keeps Hit Streak Alive

California League

Prospect of the Day

Padres 2006 third-round pick Cedric Hunter extended his hitting streak to 22 games on Wednesday as the Lake Elsinore center fielder had two hits. He also drove in a run and scored once. Hunter is hitting .322/.365/.444 for the season with 10 home runs, 30 doubles and 76 RBIs.

Prospect Nuggets

Jaime Pedroza had two hits, including a leadoff double that kick-started a three-run seventh, as Inland Empire (Dodgers) beat Lake Elsinore 5-3. The double was Pedroza’s 29th this season. … Lancaster’s Blake Maxwell (5-7) fired seven dominating innings, flashing pinpoint control as he struck out four, worked around five hits and did not issue a walk in his team’s 5-0 win at Bakersfield. Ryan Kaylish had a two-run  home run in the first and Yamaico Navarro had two hits and two runs scored. … Michael Anton prevented Jesse English from becoming the California League leader in wins as Anton pitched 6.1 innings, allowing one run despite allowing seven hits as Rancho Cucamonga beat San Jose 5-1. It was Anton’s third win in as many starts. English struck out eight but allowed four runs, all earned, on six hits and lasted just five innings. … James McCowen had three hits out of the leadoff spot, and James Davenport had two doubles in a 7-2 High Desert win against Visalia. … Jay Cox had three hits and shortstop Angel Cabrera had two hits in Modesto’s 5-4, 11-inning win against Stockton. Jose Fragoso’s wild pitch allowed Nick Haley to score the winning run.

What To Watch For Today

Rancho Cucamonga, a half-game behind first-place Lancaster in the South Division, will send righthander Sean O’Sullivan against San Jose tonight. O’Sullivan is 15-6, 4.54.

Florida State League

Prospect of The Day

Clearwater outfielder Michael Taylor, a fifth-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2007, suffered through a disappointing finish to last season as he hit .227//.300/.365 in 261 plate appearances in the New York-Penn League. Taylor, however, is having a grand finish this year and on Wednesday delivered two hits, including his 21st double of the season, in the Phillies’ 6-4 win against Sarasota. Taylor is hitting .429/.386/.539 in August (30-for-70) with three home runs, 13 doubles and nine RBIs.

Prospect Nuggets

Spike McDougall cracked his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Brett Carroll also drove in two runs, making a winner of righthander Jeff Allison (9-7) in a 5-4 Jupiter (Marlins) win against Brevard County (Brewers) in a scheduled seven-inning game. Amaury Rivas struck out six and yielded two runs, both earned, on seven hits as Brevard County won the other game of the doubleheader 3-2. … Tampa’s Yankees beat Dunedin 2-1 as Christian Garcia scattered three hits and struck out five over six innings, with the Yankees winning on Mitch Holligoss‘ double-play grounder after third baseman Jesus Gonzalez committed a throwing error. … Dunedin righthander Kenny Rodriguez also settled for a no-decision despite working six innings, striking out six and working around three walks. … Sarasota’s Todd Frazier had two hits, including a two-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh. It was his 12th home run this season. … Lakeland beat Fort Meyers 9-7, doing so thanks to a five-run third in which Justin Justice delivered a two-run triple. Justice, 23, is batting .306 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs this season. He is batting .338/4.140/.500 in August.

What To Watch For Today

The Palm Beach Cardinals at the St. Lucie Mets, as well as Daytona at Vero Beach, will have doubleheaders today after Tropical Storm Fay forced postponements on Wednesday. Daytona and Jupiter are trying to move into sole possession of first place in the FSL East.

Carolina League

Prospect of The Day

Second baseman Jeff Bianchi was hyped in 2005 when the Royals made the Pennsylvania high schooler their second-round pick. However, back and shoulder problems, including labrum surgery in 2006, cut into his development but he’s quietly putting together a nice finish to this season. Bianchi had two RBIs and three hits, including his 31st double of the season, in pacing Wilmington to a 7-3 win against Myrtle Beach.

Prospect Nuggets

Anthony Carter won his second consecutive start, firing six scoreless innings, and guiding Winston-Salem to a 3-2 victory against Salem … Carter scattered three hits, struck out five and walked one as the righthander improved to 6-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.52. … Jose De los Santos finished with three hits and Miles Durham hit a two-run home run, scored three times, and had four total bases in Lynchburg’s 11-5 thumping at Frederick. … Frederick’s Brandon Tripp, a 12th-round pick in 2006 from Cal State Fullerton and No. 17 on BA’s Orioles prospects this season, had three RBIs on a three-run home run, his 15th of the season. … Potomac’s Jeff Mandel and Clint Everts combined on a six-hitter as the Cannons beat Kinston 6-0. Mandel improved to 6-4 as he came within an out of working a full eight innings. He struck out four and issued a walk. It was the fourth time in four starts that he had pitched at least six innings.

What To Watch For Today

Myrtle Beach can take a step closer to wrapping up the Southern Division second-half title with a win at Winston-Salem. It’s a must-have, three-game series for Winston-Salem, which is five games back of Myrtle Beach with 11 games left.

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