Low A Dish: Enter Blake Beavan

Zach McAllister stifled Augusta, Michael Burgess keeps htting and Blake Beaven made a nice debut.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Charleston (Yankees) righthander Zach McAllister wins the prize for Tuesday. Going up against an Augusta (Giants) lineup loaded with prospects, McAllister tossed eight innings, and although he allowed three runs, only one was earned. He permitted only five hits, struck out six, and walked none. Reports entering the season said McAllister’s two-seam fastball had become more consistent with its sink, and it looks like those may have been further validated last night as McAllister induced 14 groundouts compared to only three fly outs. McAllister was a groundball machine in his first two starts especially, when his combined groundout-fly out total was 22-3. McAllister lowered his ERA to 1.13, second best in the SAL.

Prospect Nuggets

Asheville (Rockies) right fielder Brian Rike went 3-for-6 a triple, a home run, and a pair of RBIs as the Tourists pummeled Columbus (Rays) 16-1 … Hagerstown (Nationals) right fielder Michael Burgess continued swinging a hot bat as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Burgess has 13 RBIs in his last nine games, after getting only five in his first 15 games … Greenville (Red Sox) right fielder Ryan Kalish went only 1-for-2, but his plate discipline is already coming to the surface, as he’s drawn six walks in his last three games … Rome (Braves) first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4. He’s now on a seven-game hitting streak and has raised his average to .301 … Hickory (Pirates) right fielder Austin McClune went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs as the Crawdads piled up 19 hits against Savannah (Mets) … Greensboro (Marlins) right fielder Mike Stanton homered for the first time in 11 games … And the comeback of the night goes to Lakewood (Phillies), who scored four times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Kannapolis (White Sox) 5-4. Left fielder Michael Taylor‘s single up the middle was the winner.

What To Look For Today

A couple of pitching prospects will hook up in Charleston, where the RiverDogs’ Dellin Betances will oppose Augusta’s Madison Bumgarner.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Talk about starting your career with a bang, Clinton (Rangers) righthander Blake Beavan, the 17th overall pick in last year’s draft, tossed six shutout innings against Great Lakes (Dodgers) in his first professional start. After signing too late to make his debut last year, Beavan started 2008 in extended spring training before being called up to Clinton on April 24. The 19-year-old Beavan allowed only three hits, all singles, struck out three, and didn’t walk any. He retired eight of the first nine hitters he faced, and no Loons baserunner got farther than second base against him.

Prospect Nuggets

Dayton (Reds) DH Brandon Waring hit two home runs against Peoria (Cubs), the second of which was the game winner in the top of the ninth, a solo shot off Peoria lefty Zachary Ashwood that broke a 2-2 tie … Burlington (Royals) shortstop Mike Moustakas had a long night. His team lost in 14 innings to Cedar Rapids (Angels), and Moustakas went 0-for-6, dropping his average 15 points to .190.

What To Look For Today

Great Lakes will look to end its five game losing streak as they continue their series with Clinton … the top of the MWL’s Eastern Division is as tightly packed as can be, with West Michigan (Tigers), Lansing (Blue Jays), and Dayton all within a half game of each other. Today, West Michigan is in Wisconsin (Mariners), Lansing concludes their flood-transplanted series with Quad Cities (Cardinals), and Dayton continues its series with Peoria.

 

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