Low A Dish: Brown Shows Off Arm And Bat

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Lakewood (Phillies) center fielder Dominic Brown takes the prize after going 3-for-6 with a double and a stolen base in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to Hagerstown (Nationals). Brown was a central figure in what turned out to be a very dramatic game. Hagerstown jumped out to a 7-0 lead after five innings, but Lakewood scored once in the sixth and four times in the eighth, a rally which Brown helped set off with an RBI double to plate the first run of the inning. Lakewood took an 8-7 lead on a two-out three-run home run by first baseman Karl Bolt, but Hagerstown tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a Sean Rooney double and had the winning run on second with two outs. The Suns’ Tim Pahuta lined a single up the middle and Rooney tried to score, but Brown threw him out at the plate to send the game to extras.

Brown raised his line to .294/.366/.399 in 293 at-bats for the season. The speedy 20-year-old hasn’t hit for a lot of power, with only five home runs on the year–although Lakewood is one of the SAL’s least hitter-friendly parks–but he’s shown a good eye at the plate and has been more successful in stealing bases this year than last with 13 in 17 attempts.

Prospect Nuggets

Righthander Colton Willems started for Hagerstown and went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and one strikeout … Hickory (Pirates) catcher Andrew Walker went 4-for-5 and hit two home runs in a 7-1 win over Asheville (Rockies). Walker, 22, upped his numbers to .280/.304/.432 in 175 at-bats for the year … Augusta (Giants) DH Angel Villalona went 2-for-4 with a home run, his ninth, and a double in an 8-2 win over Greenville (Red Sox) … Lexington (Astros) third baseman Matt Cusick went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 12-7 loss to Kannapolis (White Sox).

What To Watch For Today

Rome (Braves) lefthander Jeff Locke (2-7, 4.06) will look to continue his string of solid outings as the Braves visit Charleston (Yankees) at 7:00 EDT. He’ll be opposed by righthander Jairo Heredia (2-1, 2.98).

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Peoria (Cubs) righthander Dae-Eun Rhee shut down Burlington (Royals) over six innings to pick up his fourth win of the year and take home MWL POTD honors. Rhee allowed the Bees only one run on two hits, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Rhee has slowly been getting stretched out over his five outings since he returned from triceps tendinitis on May 31. The run he allowed last night was the first time he’d been scored on since returning to the rotation, but last night also matched his longest outing of the year, which came when he went six innings on April 14, his third start of the season.

Prospect Nuggets

Rhee narrowly edged out Kane County (Athletics) center fielder Corey Brown for POTD honors. Brown went 3-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs in a 7-1 win over Quad Cities (Cardinals) … Great Lakes (Dodgers) righthander Justin Miller (not to be confused with the Justin Miller who pitches for Fresno State) went 8 2/3 innings last night against Lansing (Blue Jays). Miller held the Lugnuts’ offense to just one run on six hits, with four walks and six strikeouts … Clinton (Rangers) righthander Blake Beavan held Beloit (Twins) to one run–unearned–on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three, but was stuck with a no decision when his bullpen couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead.

What To Watch For Today

Beloit is off to a 6-0 start in the second half. They’ll look to continue that streak tonight in Clinton at 8:00 EDT.

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