Prospect of the Day
Rashun Dixon (Athletics) could be sweating out two-a-days in Starkville, Miss. in preparation for the SEC Football season. Instead, Dixon is sweating it out underneath the Arizona sun for the AZL Athletics. The Athletics center fielder, who turned down a football scholarship to Mississippi State, had two home runs in the Athletics 10-3 win over the AZL Padres. Dixon, taken in the 10th round by the A’s this year, was 2-for-5 on the day with four RBI.
Kingsport (Mets) shortstop Wilmer Flores battled through an illness to provide Kingsport with the firepower to take a key weekend series against perennial Appalachian League power, Danville (Braves). Flores who sat out Friday’s game due to the illness, had a key triple in the Mets 2-1 win on Sunday. Flores was 1-for-4 on the night, notching his second triple of the year. . . Elizabethton (Twins) righthander Bobby Lanigan had the shortest outing of his pro career on Sunday. The Twins’ third-round pick out of Adelphi University went 1.2 innings, giving up three runs on three hits. Just one of the runs was earned, but Lanigan walked a man and hit a batter in the brief outing. . .Johnson City (Cardinals) shortstop Niko Vasquez paced the Cardinal attack in a 4-1 victory over Burlington. The 2008 third-round pick blasted a first inning solo home run to open up the scoring. Vasquez finished the game 2-for-3, with two runs, raising his average to .313. . .Burlington (Royals) right-hander Sam Runion made his Appalachian League debut on Sunday, picking up the loss. The Royal’s second-round pick in 2007, Runion had struggled at LoA Burlington before being sent to the Appalachian League. Pitching for the first time, professionally, in his home state, Runion went five innings while allowing four runs on seven hits. Runion who normally cruises between 90-94 mph, worked around 88 mph for much of the night. "He usually has more velocity,” Burlington manager Tony Tijerina told the Burlington Times-News. . . AZL Cubs left hander Rich Hill got back on track Sunday with a solid outing against the AZL Brewers. Hill who lasted just one-third of an inning in his first AZL start, worked four shutout innings on Sunday. Hill allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out six. . .Billings (Reds) right-hander Clayton Shunick was nearly flawless in his outing on Sunday. Shunick’s lone mistake was a fifth inning home run given up to Brock Kjeldgaard (Brewers). Kjeldgaard’s home run was the only hit given up by Shunick over six innings. Shunick struck out four without allowing any walks.
What to Watch for Today
It will be a quiet day in Rookie Leagues, as both the Appalachian and Pioneer Leagues are off. Marlins first-round pick, catcher Kyle Skipworth, will be looking to build off his three-hit game last Thursday as the GCL Marlins take on the GCL Dodgers in a double-header. Skipworth’s three hits against the GCL Nationals are his only professional hits in 22 at-bats.