High A Dish: Rodriguez Shuts Down Lake Elsinore

California League

Prospect Of The Day

Stockton (Athletics) first baseman Sean Doolittle made his case, but we’ll go with yet another strong pitching performance in the California League. Righthander Aneury Rodriguez shut down the Lake Elsinore offense in Modesto’s 11-0 blowout.

Rodriguez, the No. 28 prospect in the Rockies system, pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout, while walking two and striking out six. The no-hit bid was lost with two outs in the sixth. This gem came after a May 6 outing in which he lasted just 2 2/3 against Bakersfield (Rangers) and gave up five runs on six hits. Rodriguez recognized the difference between the outings and said so to the Modesto Bee:

"In the last game, I couldn’t throw the curveball for strikes, and it left me with only one pitch, my fastball," Rodriguez said. "I can’t get hitters out if I have only one pitch, and today I threw the curveball with good location."

He is now 3-3, 3.11 on the season with a 36-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Prospect Nuggets

Doolittle went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBIs. The two-bagger and bomb were the 10th each for him…Bakersfield third baseman John Whittleman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, but committed his 10th error of the season…Third baseman Matt Mangini went 5-for-5 with a home run, two runs and two RBIs in a 10-7 High Desert (Mariners) win over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)…Visalia (Diamondbacks) righthander Wes Roemer went seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out two.

What To Watch For Today

San Jose’s (Giants) Ben Snyder goes up against Modesto with his 4-0 record and astounding 0.85 ERA.

Carolina League

Prospect Of The Day

He’s only on the depth chart for the Washington Nationals in the 2008 Prospect Handbook, but Edgardo Baez was the best player by far in a day that featured only two contests thanks to Mother Nature.

In Potomac’s (Nationals) 8-2 win over Kinston (Indians), Baez went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. His home run was of the two-run variety and came in the second inning.

Prospect Nuggets

Outfielder Nick Weglarz collected his first triple of the season for his only hit in the loss to the Nationals…First baseman Chris Marrero was 0-for-4 with a run scored, dropping his average to .215…In the other tilt, Myrtle Beach (Braves) second baseman Travis Jones was 1-for-4 with a double, run and RBI in a 3-1 win over Wilmington (Royals).

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Blake Wood almost went the distance in his last outing, but will face Kinston for the second time this season. He last just three innings the Indians on April 14. Also, Frederick (Orioles) righthander Brandon Erbe got roughed up in a two-inning outing last Wednesday. He faces Salem (Astros) tonight.

Florida State League

Prospect Of The Day

There was one only game in the FSL yesterday, but Fort Myers (Twins) third baseman Danny Valencia had a day that would have beat just about anyone on a full schedule.

A 19th-round pick in 2006, Valencia went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in a 7-5 win over St. Lucie (Mets).

Prospect Nuggets

St. Lucie first baseman Lucas Duda was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, while shortstop Ruben Tejada was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

What To Watch For Today

Fort Myers righthander Jeff Manship puts his perfect record (4-0) on the line against a formidable Sarasota (Reds) offense.

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