Low A Dish: Heyward Propels Braves

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Rome (Braves) right fielder Jason Heyward takes today’s honors after going 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs to lead Rome over Columbus (Rays) 11-6. The home run was his eighth of the season, a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth off Columbus lefthander Glenn Gibson which put the game away after Rome had come from behind to take a 7-6 lead. This was Heyward’s first home run since May 27 and just his fourth extra-base hit of the month. His power numbers dipped noticeably in June, although that’s most likely due to the minor shoulder and knee issues that plagued him early in the month, and he continued to hit for a high average and improve his OBP in spite of them. Heyward hit .315/.414/.425 in 73 June at-bats, putting his line for the year at .332/.394/.495 in 283 at-bats on the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Charleston (Yankees) righthander Jairo Heredia shut down Savannah (Mets) over seven innings, holding the Sand Gnats to one run–unearned–on two hits, with two walks and six strikeouts. This was Heredia’s longest outing of the year, and he bounced back from a couple of rough games in his last two starts in which he gave up a combined nine runs in 10 1/3 innings. He improved 3-2, 2.96 for the year … Greenville (Red Sox) right fielder Ryan Kalish went 3-for-4 with a double in a 9-3 loss to Asheville (Rockies), putting his line for the year at .279/.359/.363 in 226 at-bats … Augusta (Giants) second baseman Nick Noonan went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in the GreenJackets’ 7-2 win over Hickory (Pirates) …  Delmarva (Orioles) lefthander Zach Britton pitched six strong innings against Lake County (Indians), holding the Captains to one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Britton dropped his ERA to 2.85 but didn’t figure in the decision.

What To Watch For Today

The low Class A version of the Subway Series continues tonight as Charleston hosts Savannah at 6:35 EDT. The RiverDogs lead the season series 12-5 as they send righthander Lance Pendleton (6-3, 2.28) to the hill against Sand Gnats righthander Scott Moviel (8-7, 4.94).

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Kane County (Athletics) center fielder Corey Brown went 3-for-6 with a home run, a stolen base and two RBIs in the Cougars’ 11-7 loss to Peoria (Cubs). The homer was Brown’s sixth of June and 14th of the season, and he’s a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases on the season. He’s on an eight-game hitting streak and has raised his line to .275/.367/.507 in 276 at-bats for the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Beloit (Twins) center fielder Ben Revere went 3-for-4 with a stolen base in a 7-0 loss to Cedar Rapids (Angels). Revere is on a 21-game hitting streak and has kept his numbers up at a sparkling .418/.471/.567 through 201 at-bats. He’s improved his stolen base acumen as well, going 10 for his last 11 after starting 15-for-25 through the end of May … Clinton (Rangers) center fielder Engel Beltre went 2-for-5 with two runs scored as the LumberKings pounded out 17 runs and 26 hits against the Quad Cities (Cardinals) pitching staff … Mike Moustakas was back at shortstop for Burlington (Royals) last night, just his second start there in the last three weeks after he shifted to third base on June 8. He went 1-for-2 with three walks at the plate as the Bees topped Wisconsin (Mariners) 2-1 in 11 innings.

What To Watch For Today

Lefthander Trevor Reckling (5-2, 2.31) will go tonight for Cedar Rapids (Angels) against Quad CIties at 8:00 EDT.

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