Low A Dish: Rike And Burke Star

Wednesday was a fairly slow day in low Class A, as weather truncated the MWL’s schedule and only six games were played between the two leagues. But there were still some noteworthy performances by prospects, led by the efforts of Brian Rike and Kyler Burke.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

Asheville (Rockies) right fielder Brian Rike wins the prize for Wednesday. Rike went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored in the Tourists’ 9-3 victory over Charleston (Yankees), pulling them within a half game of the first-place RiverDogs. This was Rike’s second three-hit game in a row after he went 3-for-5 on Wednesday night against Savannah (Mets), raising his season line to .311/.421/.557.

Prospect Nuggets

Columbus (Rays) lefthander Glenn Gibson worked five innings against Augusta (Giants), allowing three runs on four hits, with three walks and six strikeouts. Gibson received a No Decision as the Catfish eventually lost 4-3 … Augusta shortstop Charlie Culberson went 2-for-4 with a triple, ending an 0-for-19 drought … Greenville (Red Sox) righthander Daniel Bard’s shutout streak was snapped at 22 innings against Rome (Braves) yesterday. Interestingly, the first run Bard allowed was on a solo home run by an old UNC teammate, Rome catcher Benji Johnson … While Bard’s streak ended, his Greenville teammate Michael Jones went 1-for-3 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 28 games. Jones now stands 10 games away from the SAL record of 38 set just last year by Mitch Hilligoss.

What To Watch For Today

SAL home run leader Michael Burgess and Hagerstown (Nationals) travel to West Virginia (Brewers).

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Peoria (Cubs) right fielder Kyler Burke gets the nod for the MWL. Burke went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run yesterday against Cedar Rapids (Angels) in the Chiefs’ 13-7 win. The 20-year-old Burke has struggled at times so far this year, but he is riding an eight-game hitting-streak at the moment and has hits in 11 of his last 12 games, raising his average from .200 to .248 over that span.

Prospect Nuggets

Weather wiped out three of the five games on the MWL’s schedule yesterday. One of the casualties was the matchup between Quad Cities (Cardinals) and Dayton (Reds), meaning Devin Mesoraco’s season debut will have to wait a day … Burlington (Royals) center fielder David Lough went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored against Fort Wayne (Padres) … Burlington shortstop Mike Moustakas went 0-for-4, but did have an RBI … Cedar Rapids starter Robert Fish had a nightmare outing, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) over the first three innings against Peoria, although he did end up settling down and going six innings without allowing any more.

What To Watch For Today

Hot hitting Ben Revere and Beloit (Twins) visit Burlington … With any luck, the weather will cooperate this time so catcher Devin Mesoraco can make his season debut as Dayton hosts Great Lakes (Dodgers).

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