Prospect Of The Day
There are a great deal of hitting prospects playing for Boise, the Northwest League’s short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. We have noted many of them on occasion in the past, but today we will note hitters 2-7 in the order as the POTD, as each had a noteworthy performance yesterday. Left fielder Andrew Rundle has not done well at two other levels this season, but he is hitting .352 for Boise after a 4-for-5 day yesterday that included two doubles. Third baseman Josh Vitters capped a solid weekend at the plate, including a home run on Saturday, with a 1-for-6 day. His lone hit was a double. Shortstop Ryan Flaherty helped the cause with two doubles in a 2-for-4 effort. Designated hitter Sean Hoorelbeke waited until an opportune time to go deep for the first time this season. He was 1-for-5 with a grand slam. Ryan Keedy merited some Hot Sheet consideration last week. He is now hitting .571 (20-for-35) over his last eight games after a 2-for-5 day, that included a double, yesterday. After obtaining Kyler Burke in the Michael Barrett deal last year, the Cubs had him start the season in low Class A. But after hitting .206 at that stop, Burke was exiled to Boise, where he also started slow. He is getting hot now and hit a double and a home run, his second in three games. Finally, catcher Michael Brenly chipped in with a 2-for-4 day that included his seventh double and raised his average to .356. Add it all up and these hitters combined for 14 of the Hawks’ 15 hits, helping Boise score 13 runs in yesterday’s game.
Chris Carpenter (Cubs) came out of the bullpen and pitched three shutout innings for the win for Boise. He got into a bit of trouble, allowing two hits and walking three, but Carpenter struck out three in the effort. . . We all know that Brooklyn righthander Brad Holt (Mets) is better than his line of seven walks in three-plus innings last week. Holt was back to his Hot Sheet-producing line by going six innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. He walked just one this time out and struck out five. . . Mahoning Valley shortstop Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) is really coming around. The Indians first-rounder smacked his fourth home run and hit a triple, but he committed his 11th error on the year. . . Hudson Valley righthander Shane Dyer (Rays) had his best effort so far this season, throwing a season-high six innings and allowing just one hit. Dyer also reached a season-high in strikeouts with seven. . . There were a couple of noteworthy pitching performances on Friday and Saturday. Oneonta righthander Trevor Feeney (Tigers) would have been perfect through five on Friday, had there not been a fielding error with two out. Feeney walked one in the sixth, but took a no-hitter until there were two out in the eighth. The final line was eight innings, one hit, one walk and nine strikeouts. . . Saturday featured a matchup between Lowell’s 18-year old Stolmy Pimentel (Red Sox) and Vermont lefthander William Atwood (Nationals). Pimentel scattered just two hits in five innings and struck out a season-high eight, while Atwood threw four shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out six, while lowering his season ERA to 2.57.
What To Watch For Today
Eugene righthander Pablo Menchaca (Padres) squares off against Man Among Boys candidate, righthander Andrew Reichard (Giants). Each pitcher has given up just one run in his past three games.