Low A Dish: It’s Miller Time

Its time to get to know Ryan Miller, Pete Kozma broke out of a brief slump, and Madison Bumgarner bested Jeff Locke for the second time.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Its time we gave some recognition to Lake County (Indians) lefthander Ryan Miller. Last night against West Virginia (Brewers), Miller tossed six innings, allowed one run on two hits, walked three, and fanned six. Rated as Cleveland’s No. 21 prospect entering the season, Miller is 6-0, leads the SAL in ERA with a 1.15 mark, and hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his seven starts. He’s also been quite consistent, as in each of those starts he’s gone at least five innings and has struck out at least five hitters.

Miller was one of the top lefties in the last ever class of draft-and-follows, when Cleveland nabbed him in the 36th round in 2006 before he returned to Blinn (Texas) JC, where he went 9-0, 2.05. The Indians signed him for $450,000 to prevent him from going back into the draft, and he proceeded to go 4-4, 3.83 over 12 appearances in the GCL and New York-Penn leagues in 2007. In the past, it was noted that Miller was a pitcher who a had control but lacked command, but it appears he may have turned that corner, as he’s only allowed 23 hits in 39 innings while compiling a 42-16 K-BB ratio.

Prospect Nuggets

For the second week in a row, Augusta’s (Giants) Madison Bumgarner hooked up with Rome’s (Braves) Jeff Locke in a battle of lefty prospects. And once again, it was Bumgarner who came out on top after he pitched six innings, allowed five hits, one run (unearned), walked one, and struck out seven. Locke held his own too, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings, but Bumgarner’s GreenJackets prevailed 2-1 … Augusta first baseman Angel Villalona hit his third home run of the season and second in four games, a solo shot off Locke which proved to be the difference in the Augusta-Rome game … About the only Rome hitter to figure out Bumgarner was right fielder Jason Heyward, who got two hits against him en route to a 3-for-4 night … Hagerstown (Nationals) right fielder Michael Burgess went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run against Lexington (Astros) … Kannapolis (White Sox) right fielder Jose Martinez went 3-for-4 and scored four runs as the Intimidators pounded Delmarva (Orioles) 17-3 … Greenville (Red Sox) center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin saw his 16game hitting streak snapped as he went 0-for-4 against Charleston (Yankees) … Columbus (Rays) righthander Alex Cobb (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) improved to 6-2 as the Catfish downed Hickory (Pirates) 6-4.

What To Watch For Today

The low Class A version of Yankees-Red Sox continues as Charleston hosts Greenville … Righthander Connor Graham, who’s won his last four decisions, takes the hill for Asheville (Rockies) against Savannah (Mets).

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Quad Cities (Cardinals) shortstop Pete Kozma had a tough stretch late last week when he went hitless in four straight games, but he pulled out of it last night. Kozma, who served as Quad Cities’ DH last night, went 3-for-5 with a stolen base against Peoria (Cubs), although the River Bandits lost 7-5. One of his hits came in the top of the fifth when he singled to help contribute to a four-run rally that got Quad Cities back in the game after they had fallen behind 6-1. In the seventh, he singled then stole second base representing the tying run, but he was stranded at second. Kozma raised his season line to .306/.390/.463.

Prospect Nuggets

Burlington (Royals) shortstop Mike Moustakas went 2-for-5 in the Bees’ 1-0, 10-inning victory against Wisconsin (Mariners) … Beloit (Twins) right fielder Joe Benson went 2-for-4 with a double against Clinton (Rangers) … Beloit center fielder Ben Revere went 0-for-3, his first hitless game since his season debut, ending his 11-game hitting-streak. Revere still made an impact, however, as he drew two walks, stole a base, and scored a run … Clinton center fielder Engel Beltre went 2-for-5 with a double.

What To Watch For Today

There’s a good matchup of pitching prospects tonight in Kane County (Athletics), where Craig Italiano will go against Cedar Rapids’ (Angels) Jordan Walden.


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