Low A Dish: Mattair Singin’ In The Rain

Travis Mattair had a nice night, Trevor Reckling was a hard-luck loser, and there were a couple of big pitching performances over the weekend, as seven of the 11 games on the low Class A schedule were wiped out by rain on Sunday.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Since only two games were played yesterday in the SAL thanks to the weather, the award goes to Lakewood (Phillies) third baseman Travis Mattair. In his first full professional season, Mattair got off to a slow start but has registered multiple hits in five of his last seven games to raise his line to .235/.311/.261. Yesterday against Kannapolis (White Sox), Mattair went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored as the BlueClaws pounded the Intimidators 11-2.

We’ll also go a little off the board here since there were a couple of pitching performances over the weekend that deserve recognition. One of them was the masterpiece thrown by Lakewood righthander Drew Naylor on Saturday in Kannapolis. The 21-year-old Australian native threw a complete-game two-hitter, with 12 strikeouts and only one walk. The only hits he allowed all game were a single and a triple in the fourth, and he retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced to finish the game. It was Naylor’s second straight double-digit strikeout performance, after he fanned 11 Lexington (Astros) hitters over eight innings on May 4. With 23 strikeouts over his last two starts, Naylor has surged to the top of the minor league leaderboard with 62 on the season.

Another outstanding performance was also turned in on Saturday by Asheville (Rockies) righthander Jhoulys Chacin. Going against one of the SAL’s best offenses in Charleston (Yankees), Chacin tossed seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits (all singles), two walks, and striking out five. He improved his record to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.87, good for third in the SAL.

Prospect Nuggets

Lake County (Indians) DH Chris Nash went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Captains’ 8-6 loss to Greensboro (Marlins) … Greensboro left fielder Tom Hickman went 1-for-2 with three RBIs, all of which came on a bases-loaded double in the fifth giving the Grasshoppers the lead … Lakewood right fielder Dominic Brown went 2-for-4 with an RBI, raising his average to .301.

What To Watch For Today

After taking three of four from Charleston over the weekend to move into first place in the SAL’s Southern Division, Asheville travels to Savannah (Mets) … Meanwhile, Charleston returns home to take on hot-hitting Che-Hsuan Lin and Greenville (Red Sox).

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Just like the SAL, only two MWL games were able to be played yesterday thanks to Mother Nature. So since there wasn’t a lot of competition, Cedar Rapids (Angels) lefthander Trevor Reckling gets the nod even though he took the loss yesterday as the Kernels fell to Wisconsin (Mariners) 3-1. Reckling threw an eight-inning complete game and allowed only three hits, three runs (two earned), two walks, and five strikeouts. He retired 12 of the last 13 hitters he faced, but it wasn’t enough as his record dropped to 2-2 on the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Clinton (Rangers) righthander Blake Beavan (5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) improved to 2-1 as the Lumberkings pounded Peoria (Cubs) 12-4 … Clinton first baseman Ian Gac hit two more home runs, giving him 14 on the season … Peoria catcher Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5, upping his average to .222.

What To Watch For Today

Justin Jackson and Lansing (Blue Jays) begin a four-game series with Devin Mesoraco and Dayton (Reds) tonight.


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