High A Dish: Pucetas Wins Battle of Top Arms

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

Prospect of the Day

Stockton (A’s) second baseman Adrian Cardenas continues to adjust well to the California League, going 2-for-5 in a loss to Bakersfield on Sunday. Cardenas has hits in eight of his first nine games since coming to the Oakland organization in the Joe Blanton trade.  The second baseman had been batting .309 in the Florida State League, before the trade.

Prospect Nuggets

Sunday’s matchup between San Jose (Giants) and Modesto (Rockies) looked like it would be a duel between two of the Cal League’s best pitchers, but neither Kevin Pucetas (Giants) or Jhoulys Chacin (Rockies) was up to par in the start. Pucetas remained undefeated in the Cal League, moving his record to 8-0, but he gave up 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Pucetas did hold Modesto to just two runs, but he only struck out two. Chacin took his first Cal League loss, lasting just 4 1/3 innings, giving up three earned runs. Chacin struck out four, while walking three. . .Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) righthander Sean O’Sullivan continued his stellar month of July with eight shutout innings in a win Sunday. O’Sullivan allowed just six hits in the victory, while striking out three. The righthander has improved dramatically in July, picking up a win in all five of his starts. O’Sullivan has allowed just one run over his past 22 innings. . .Lancaster (Red Sox) centerfielder Jason Place was 2-for-4 on Sunday with two runs scored, raising his average to .248.

What to Watch For Today

Only one game is on the schedule for tonight, as Rancho Cucamonga (Angels) heads to San Jose (Giants).

CAROLINA LEAGUE

Prospect of the Day

Kinston (Indians) leftfielder Nick Weglarz was 2-for-4 in a 4-3 win over Wilmington on Sunday. Weglarz’s two-hit day raised his July batting average to .318. The leftfielder has had his best month of the year, getting on base at .431 clip, while batting .318.

Prospect Nuggets

Frederick (Orioles) designated hitter Brandon Snyder notched his tenth home run of the year on Sunday in a 15-5 loss to Potomac. Snyder’s two-run shot came in the seventh inning, as he finished the game 1-for-4. . .Frederick (Orioles) Third baseman Billy Rowell went 1-for-3 with a three run home run in the loss, but also made two errors in the field, bringing his season total to 18. . .Kinston (Indians) first baseman Beau Mills’ two-run home run in the first inning of a 4-3 win over Wilmington was his 16th of the year. . .Lynchburg (Pirates) lefthander Daniel Moskos’ struggles continued on Sunday as he lasted just four innings in an 11-3 loss to Salem (Astros). Moskos gave up three runs on four hits in the brief outing, walking three while striking out just one. The lefthander has given up 17 runs in his past 12 innings.

What to Watch for Today

Myrtle Beach (Braves) righthander Ryne Reynoso has won his last two starts and will look to extend that streak to three games against Kinston (Indians) tonight.

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

There was only one game on the slate in the FSL yesterday, as Dunedin (Blue Jays) downed Fort Myers (Twins) 7-3. Dunedin leftfielder Cory Patton served as the catalyst for the Blue Jay offense, going 3-for-4 on the day with a pair of RBI. Patton also scored a run in the victory, while raising his average to .316. Fort Myers catcher Danny Lehmann boosted his average 30 points with a 3-for-4 day in the loss. Lehmann has played sporadically since being called up from Low class A Beloit in mid-June.

What to Watch for Today

A full schedule is on tap in the FSL tonight as Palm Beach (Cardinals) heads to Daytona (Cubs) to open a three-game set. Palm Beach sits just three games behind Daytona in the East Division.

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