Prospect of the Day
Once a Dirtbag, now an AquaSox, Brett Lorin (Mariners) doesn’t seem to mind what the nickname of the team he is playing for may be. Lorin was sensational on Sunday for Everett, delivering six innings of one run ball in his first professional win. The Mariners’ fifth-round draft choice out of Long Beach State is an imposing presence on the mound at 6-foot-7, 245 pounds. and Northwest League batters will have even more to fear after his outing Sunday. Lorin struck out 13 Boise batters while not allowing a walk. A reliever at Long Beach State, Lorin struck out just 31 in 48 innings this spring.
While last Thursday’s drama of switching pitching hands against a switch-hitter has stolen all the headlines, Staten Island’s Pat Venditte (Yankees) has turned in three scoreless innings in relief. He picked up his first save Sunday and struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning . . . Tri-City’s Phil Disher (Astros), a 15th-round draft pick out of South Carolina, hit two home runs and had four RBI in Sunday’s loss to Oneonta. He hit a solo home run and a three-run home run, both off Mark Brackman . . . Tri-City has had lots of solid pitching so far. Shane Wolf, David Miller and Ashton Mowdy (Astros) combined on a no-hitter for Tri-City on Saturday . . . Brad Peacock (Nationals) shut down Lowell on one run on four hits in seven innings for Vermont. He walked one, struck out six, and allowed just one ball to get out of the infield from the fourth through the seventh innings . . . When the name Pedro Martinez was announced as the starter for Brooklyn, Mets fans probably look around with confused looks, wondering if the three-time Cy Young winner is on a rehab assignment. Martinez is in fact pitching for the Mets, but a pitcher of the same name, 22-year old Pedro P. Martinez (Mets), is off to a solid start for the Cyclones. He allowed one run on six hits in five innings and struck out five for the Cyclones and has a 0.87 ERA through two starts . . . Kevin Mattison (Marlins) is off to a fast start with Jamestown. He hit a home run and a triple in the first game of a doubleheader against Williamsport on Sunday, then got a pinch-hit RBI single in the second game. He has a hit in each of his first five games… David Cooper (Blue Jays) went 2-for-6 with a double and RBI after an 0-for-4 day cooled off his three-game hitting streak . . . Spokane righty Neil Ramirez (Rangers) garnered his first win of the Northwest League season on Sunday, scattering two hits over five innings while striking out six Eugene Emeralds. The Rangers’ supplemental first-round pick in 2007 made up for shaky debut on opening night when he walked four in three innings . . . Josh Vitters (Cubs) got a day off from third base on Sunday, appearing as Boise’s DH. Vitters went 1-for-3 on the day but also struck out twice, dropping his average to .304 . . . Vanderbilt product Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) had his first professional home run on Sunday in a 1-for-4 performance. The former Commodore has scuffled in his first week with Boise, batting just .125 . . . Yakima center fielder Colin Cowgill (Diamondbacks) went 1-for-3 with a home run on Sunday. Cowgill’s two run shot in the eighth tied up the game, before a walk-off home run in the ninth allowed the Bears to win 7-6 over Vancouver.
What to Watch for Today
Vancouver will look to avenge its 7-6 walk-off loss against Yakima on Sunday, as the Candians return to action in Yakima tonight.