Prospect Of The Day
Greeneville lefthander Jordan Lyles (Astros) had the best start of his professional career yesterday as he struck out 10 over five innings. Lyles, a 6-foot-4, 17-year-old from South Carolina, didn’t walk a batter and gave up just two hits against Kingsport, earning his third win of the season and lowering his ERA to 3.99.
Danville third baseman Jon Gilmore (Braves) received strong consideration for the Prospect Of The Day after a 3-for-4 night that included his fourth home run. Gilmore, the Braves’ supplemental first-round pick last season, is now hitting .337/.365/.473 in the Appalachian League this year. . . Eric Hosmer (Royals) made his professional debut with the Idaho Falls Chukars. Hosmer was hit by a pitch in his first professional plate appearance and went 1-for-3 on the night with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. . . Also making his debut on the other side of the country in the Gulf Coast League was Big Ten Player of the Year, Nate Recknagel (Indians). Drafted in the 19th round as a senior out of Michigan, Recknagel went 3-for-4 with a double. . . Cardinals top prospect Colby Rasmus was with the GCL Cardinals rehabbing his sprained left knee and went 3-for-4 with a home run. . . A’s outfielder Travis Buck, who has missed the past month after a concussion, went 4-for-5 with a double as the designated hitter for the AZL Athletics. . . Buck’s performance wasn’t enough, however, as the A’s got throttled by the AZL Padres, 16-5. Leading the charge was who else but center fielder Jaff Decker who went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. . . Princeton (Rays) shortstop Tim Beckham went 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 12 on the season. . . Princeton lefthander Matt Moore threw five innings, giving up three hits and just one unearned run. He only had four strikeouts but lowered his ERA to 1.66. . . Tigers lefthander Casey Crosby got his third start of the season after coming back from Tommy John surgery. He threw three innings, his longest start yet, giving up two hits, no runs and striking out one. Another lefthander, Jade Todd, relieved Crosby and threw four more scoreless innings, striking out eight in the process. Todd, the Tigers’ seventh-round pick this season, is now 3-1, 2.34 on the season with 48 strikeouts and 18 walks in 42 1/3 innings. . . GCL Pirates DH Jarek Cunningham went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the season. . . GCL Nationals lefthander Jack McGeary had another fine outing, striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings. He only gave up five hits and walked one for his second win of the season. . . The Reds drafted second baseman Alex Buchholz in the sixth round out of Delaware, where he hit .319/.401/.515 for the Fightin’ Blue Hens. Although the sample size is small, Buchholz’ professional stats have been even more impressive as he’s hitting a mammoth .372/.460/.616 through his first 86 at-bats in the Pioneer League.
What To Watch For Today
The Padres will try to continue their 10-game win streak as they face off against the Rangers in the Arizona League.