Low A Dish: On The Upswing

Kevin Ahrens and Jeff Locke have turned things around, Justin Jackson is back in the Lansing lineup, and Angel Villalona had a tough night.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Ever since Lansing (Blue Jays) third baseman Kevin Ahrens was named to the Not Hot list on our Prospect Hot Sheet a couple weeks ago, he’s turned things around quite markedly. Over his last ten games, Ahrens is hitting .351/.415/.595, and has raised his season line to .309/.404/.447, after his average had sunk to .261 as of April 16. Last night against Wisconsin (Mariners), Ahrens went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples, an RBI, and three runs scored in the Lugnuts’ 6-2 victory.

Prospect Nuggets

Lansing shortstop Justin Jackson was back in the starting lineup for the first time since April 21 after missing time with a minor shoulder injury. He went 1-for-4 … Lansing starter Kyle Ginley (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO) improved his record to 5-0 … Beloit (Twins) first baseman Chris Parmelee went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Snappers’ 5-2 win over Great Lakes (Dodgers), which was the only other game on the MWL’s schedule last night … Snappers right fielder Joe Benson went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple in that game as well.

What To Look For Today

First place in the MWL’s Western Division will be up for grabs as Engel Beltre and Clinton (Rangers) visit Corey Brown and Kane County (Athletics). Clinton leads Kane County by two games entering the series. Since starting the season 10-0, Kane County has gone only 7-8 in their last 15 games. Neftali Feliz (2-1, 4.64) is scheduled to take the hill in tonight’s opener for Clinton. He’ll be opposed by Scott Mitchinson (3-0, 2.57).

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

You can expect to see Rome (Braves) lefthander Jeff Locke appearing on today’s Prospect Hot Sheet, but he’s also getting the prize for the SAL’s Prospect Of The Day for Thursday. Locke tossed six shutout innings against Greenville (Red Sox). He allowed seven hits (all singles), but didn’t walk any and struck out six as he picked up his first win of the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Augusta (Giants) knocked off first-place Charleston (Yankees) for the second day in a row, but they did it without any offensive help from big first baseman Angel Villalona, who went 0-for-5, dropping his average to an even .200, right on the Mendoza Line … Rome (Braves) outfielders Jason Heyward and Cody Johnson each went 2-for-4 in the Braves’ win over Greenville … One of the hits Locke allowed was to Greenville first baseman Michael Jones, who went 1-for-4 to extend his Drive franchise-record hitting-streak to 22 games … Lake County (Indians) lefhander Ryan Miller allowed one run in five innings against Greensboro (Marlins), "raising" his ERA to a lofty 1.00 … Asheville’s (Rockies) 7-game winning streak was snapped as the Tourists were unable to solve Columbus (Rays) righthander Alex Cobb, who tossed six shutout innings on four hits, one walk, and with six strikeouts. Cobb compiled a 9-1 groundout-fly out total on the night, and was a very close runner-up for Prospect Of The Day.

What To Look For Today

Charleston will try to avoid its first three game losing streak of the season as they conclude their series with Augusta.

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