Mike Moustakas is coming to life, Jose Martinez had a night, and Todd Frazier tried another new position in Monday's low Class A action.
Prospect Of The Day
Its taken awhile, but we finally get to show Mike Moustakas some love. The Burlingon (Royals) shortstop was the highest rated prospect in all of low Class A entering the season after he appeared at No. 18 on the Top 100 Prospects list, but he had a forgettable April, hitting only .190/.253/.226 for the month. However, the 19-year-old Moustakas appears to be coming around. Last night against Fort Wayne (Padres), Moustakas homered for the third time in six games, part of a 2-for-4 night in which he also added a double and an RBI. The double was his first extra-base hit of the year that wasn't a home run, and his season line still stands at only .210/.269/.310, but at last it looks like his bat might be showing signs of life.
Clinton (Rangers) righthander Blake Beavan's second start didn't go quite as well as his first, when he threw six shutout innings. This time around, Beavan allowed 4 runs (all earned) on six hits over six innings, with no walks or strikeouts, as the Lumberkings lost 7-1 to South Bend (Diamondbacks) … Beloit (Twins) DH Ben Revere went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in the Snappers' 4-2 win over Lansing (Blue Jays). Revere is 13-for-32 (.406) since joining Beloit on April 28 … Kane County (Athletics) center fielder Corey Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base against West Michigan (Tigers) … Another day, another new position for Dayton's (Reds) Todd Frazier, who started in left field last night against Quad Cities (Cardinals), his first career start in the outfield. He went 2-for-3 at the plate … Dayton third baseman Brandon Waring hit his eighth home run, giving him the second most in the MWL behind only Ian Gac's 11.
What To Watch For Today
Moustakas will look to keep his good trend going when Burlington continues its series against Fort Wayne. The pitching matchup will be Alexander Caldera (2-2, 2.67) for Burlington against Fort Wayne's Allen Harrington (1-0, 3.21).
South Atlantic League
Prospect Of The Day
Kannapolis (White Sox) right fielder Jose Martinez started the season slowly, hitting only .143 through the season's first 10 games. It took him until his 17th game to register his first extra-base hit of the year, but he's been coming around over the last couple weeks. He's increased his average to .277, and last night against Lake County (Indians), Martinez went 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Intimidators' 13-8 victory. He also hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth off Lake County's Josh Judy, which capped off a five-run inning that put the game away.
The most noteworthy pitching matchup of the night was in Asheville (Rockies), where the Tourists' Jhoulys Chacin faced off with Savannah's (Mets) Mike Antonini. Antonini (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) had the better night and departed the game with his team ahead 4-2, but the Sand Gnats' bullpen couldn't hold the lead as the Tourists came back to win 5-4, taking Chacin (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO) off the hook … Asheville right fielder Brian Rike went only 1-for-5 against Savannah, but the one hit was a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Savannah reliever Josh Stinson … Rome (Braves) right fielder Jason Heyward ended a 1-for-12 mini-slump with a 2-for-3 night against Augusta (Giants) … Charleston (Yankees) righthander Dellin Betances walked seven Hickory (Pirates) hitters over 5 2/3 innings on the night and allowed only three runs on three hits. The RiverDogs won 5-4 and Betances improved his record to 4-1 … Lexington (Astros) second baseman Matt Cusick went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in the Legends' 11-7 loss to Lakewood (Phillies). Cusick improved his average to .390, tied for second-best in the SAL … And lastly, Greenville (Red Sox) first baseman Michael Jones went 1-for-4 with a double in the Drive's 4-3 loss to Columbus (Rays), extending his hitting streak to 26 games. The streak appeared to be in serious jeopardy as Jones started the night 0-for-3, but he led off the bottom of the ninth with a ground-rule double to keep it going.
What To Watch For Today
The best prospect matchup of the night is in Rome, where Braves lefthander Jeff Locke will go against Augusta lefthander Madison Bumgarner … Lake County lefty Ryan Miller will take the hill in Game 1 of the Captains' doubleheader today against Kannapolis.