Prospect Of The Day
Catcher Kyle Skipworth (Marlins) got off to a slow start as a professional but he ended on a positive, going 2-for-3 as the DH, helping the Marlins knock off the Nationals 5-4 on the last day of regular season play in the Gulf Coast League. Skipworth, the sixth-overall draft pick this June out of Patriot High School in Rubidoux, Calif., hit his sixth double of the season and drove in two runs. He was just beginning to heat up, hitting .313/.351/.563 over his last 10 games, but his season came to an end with a final line of .208/.263/.340.
GCL Nationals shortstop Esmailyn Gonzalez went 2-for-2 with his 12th double, capping off a great season where he hit .350/.436/.486. The batting average was 15 points higher than anyone else in the Gulf Coast League. . . The Yankees' fifth-round draft pick, DH Christopher Smith, went 1-for-4 with his first professional home run. Sixth-round pick Brett Marshall threw three innings, giving up one hit, one unearned run and striking out four. . . Casper DH Wilin Rosario (Rockies) went 2-for-3 with his 14th double of the season as the Ghosts defeated the Ogden Raptors (Dodgers) 7-5. Although he's a 19-year-old repeating the Pioneer League, Rosario has put up impressive numbers, hitting .336/.397/.562 on the season and playing most games behind the plate. . . Idaho Falls first baseman Eric Hosmer (Royals) went 1-for-5. . . AZL Giants catcher Buster Posey stayed hot with a 2-for-4 performance yesterday. . . A's outfielder Travis Buck continued to rehab in the Arizona League, going 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI. . . Cardinals prospect Colby Rasmus is also rehabbing and went 2-for-4 with a double as the GCL Cardinals' center fielder. . . Great Falls righthander Dan Hudson (White Sox) threw 6 2/3 innings against the Helena Brewers, giving up two hits and two runs while walking two and striking out 12. Hudson, who was drafted in the fifth round out of Old Dominion, improved to 4-4, 3.06 on the season.
What To Watch For Today
Rain prevented them from playing yesterday, but if it holds up tonight, Elizabethton (Twins) and Pulaski (Mariners) will begin the three-game Appalachian League championship series. . . In the Pioneer League, righthander Dexter Carter (5-1, 2.70) will take the mound for Great Falls (White Sox) as they face off against Billings (Reds).