Low A Dish: Reckling Gets It Done Again

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

There were only three games in the SAL yesterday, none of which featured particularly standout performances by top prospects, so we’ll go a little off the board and give today’s POTD honors to West Virginia (Brewers) left fielder Eric Fryer, who went 5-for-5 with three doubles and six RBIs in a 16-1 win over Hagerstown (Nationals).

Fryer was the Brewers’ 10th-round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, but he hit only .209/.288/.324 in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in his pro debut. However, Fryer has been heating up with West Virginia since arriving there in early May. He hit .363/.438/.539 in June and he’s 13-for-19 (.684) so far in July, putting his line for the year at .363/.419/.581 in 179 at-bats.

Prospect Nuggets

Fryer’s teammate, West Virginia center fielder Lee Haydel went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored in the Power’s rout of Hagerstown … Asheville (Rockies) right fielder Brian Rike hit his 14th home run of the year in a 4-1 win over Rome (Braves). Rike finished the night 1-for-3 … Rome DH Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 in the loss, putting his line at .298/.356/.500 in 322 at-bats … Delmarva (Orioles) lefthander Zach Britton had his worst outing since late May, giving up seven runs (five earned) on five hits over 5 1/3 innings against Greensboro (Marlins). He only walked one but also struck out just one.

What To Watch For Today

The SAL returns to a full slate of action tonight. The best prospect matchup is in Lake County (Indians), where lefthander Kelvin De La Cruz (6-3, 1.74) will face off against Hickory’s (Pirates) Brad Lincoln (4-4, 4.50) at 7:00 EDT … Asheville looks like they’ve rebounded well from the loss of Jhoulys Chacin to a promotion. The Tourists have won six straight as they travel to Hagerstown for a 7:00 EDT game tonight.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Cedar Rapids (Angels) lefthander Trevor Reckling won his fifth straight decision and turned in his eighth straight quality start yesterday against Kane County (Athletics). Reckling, 19, gave up two runs on five hits over six innings, with three walks and four strikeouts. He improved his mark to 7-2, 2.46 in 16 starts for the season.

Prospect Nuggets

Beloit (Twins) third baseman Deibinson Romero went 3-for-6 with three runs scored in a 12-11 win over Wisconsin (Mariners) … Quad Cities third baseman Brett Wallace went only 1-for-4 in yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Peoria (Cubs), but he did hit his first professional home run over the weekend, a three-run shot in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 9-2 River Bandits win. Wallace is 4-for-17 (.235) in five games since arriving in Quad Cities last week … West Michigan (Tigers) righthander Scott Green pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Whitecaps’ 9-3 win over Dayton (Reds). Green, the Tigers’ third round pick from Kentucky, has made four relief appearances for West Michigan, all of them one-inning stints. He’s give up one run on four hits, with two strikeouts and no walks so far … Neftali Soto’s (Reds) stint in the Pioneer League didn’t last long. The 19-year-old shortstop hit .388/.423/.726 in 67 at-bats for Rookie-level Billings before being promoted to low Class A Dayton. Soto made his Dragons debut last night against West Michigan and went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

What To Watch For Today

Wisconsin, losers of 10 in a row, will try to pull out of their skid as they continue their series with Beloit. They’ll send righthander Juan Ramirez (3-7, 4.59) to the mound against Snappers righthander Steven Hirschfeld (5-2, 2.74) tonight at 8:00 EDT.

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