Prospect Of The Day
It is time to acknowledge the feats of Staten Island’s Daniel Brewer (Yankees). Brewer went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI, giving himself a streak of eight straight games with a RBI. For good measure, Brewer also picked up his fourth stolen base of the season. The only thing that may be more impressive than his RBI streak is his five strikeouts in his last 31 at-bats after starting the season with 12 strikeouts in his first 31 at-bats.
Collin Cowgill’s (Diamondbacks) power stroke is no longer on display in the Northwest League. Cowgill was promoted to low Class A South Bend of the Midwest League. It will be interesting to see how long Cowgill can maintain his league lead in home runs and RBI. With 11 home runs, Cowgill’s closest followers are seven long balls behind. Meanwhile, his 28 RBI still have plenty of breathing room over Rebel Ridling’s (Cubs) 19. . . Steve Susdorf’s (Phillies) career at Fresno State ended with a National Championship. He debuted in left field for Williamsport on Thursday and proceeded to hit a grand slam in his first professional at-bat. The home run was his only hit in a 1-for-5 day. . . Everett’s Dennis Raben (Mariners) went 1-for-2 with two walks, lowering (yes, lowering) his OBP to .760. . . Josh Vitters (Cubs) was Boise’s DH last night and went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. . . Hudson Valley right fielder Jason Corder (Rays) hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 11th inning, his third of the season. Corder has multiple hits in his last five games. . . Ari Ronick (Giants), a 12th-round selection out of Portland, threw six shutout innings for Salem-Keizer. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five, lowering his ERA to 0.92 in 19 2/3 innings. . . Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow (Nationals) hasn’t signed yet, but his former teammate Richard Zagone (Orioles) has. Zagone, a sixth-round choice by the Orioles, had come out of the bullpen four times before earning a start. He pitched five shutout innings and struck out seven.
What To Watch For
Mike Loree (Giants) takes the mound for Salem-Keizer tonight. On June 30, he pitched six perfect innings. In his next start, on July 5, Loree was perfect again for 6 2/3 innings before allowing a solo home run. He retired the next batter he faced. Put it together and Loree has allowed just a solo homer in his last 13 innings. Salem-Keizer visits Yakima and Loree will face lefthander Pat McAnaney (Diamondbacks).