Prospect of the Day
Harrisburg starter Jordan Zimmerman (Nationals) had a solid outing. The righthander pitched seven shutout innings to pick up the win and improve to 4-2 for the year. He allowed six hits and a walk, but struck out six to keep his shutout intact and lower his ERA to 3.68. A second round pick out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the former D-III College World Series MVP uses a fastball that can touch 94, as well as a plus downer curve with late bite.
Matt LaPorta played in his first game with his new organization after the Brewers packaged him in the C.C. Sabathia deal. Now roaming left field for Akron, LaPorta went 2-for-3 in his Indians debut…Portland (Red Sox) starter Michael Bowden pitched five strong innings and earned his ninth win of the year. He gave up one run on five hits and two walks, striking out eight…LaPorta’s new teammate, Josh Rodriguez smashed his fifth home run of the year and also walked once.
What to Watch for
Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) will get the start tonight for New Hampshire in a game against Portland. The lefthander, ranked as the second best prospect in the Toronto organization, is 3-2 this year.
Prospects of the Day
The Huntsville lineup is getting a little repetitive in this spot, but it just continues to put up huge numbers. The Brewers’ quartet of Alcides Escobar, Mat Gamel, Angel Salome and Cole Gillespie earned collective Prospect of the Day honors after the lineup exploded for 15 runs against Chattanooga. Escobar was 4-for-6 with four runs and a stolen base. Gamel had three hits, scored three times and knocked in three runs. Salome had three hits, scored twice and drove in three. And Gillespie doubled in a run and scored one of his own.
The Chattanooga team that was victimized by Huntsville produced some offense of its own. Shortstop Chris Valaika and centerfielder Sean Henry (Reds) each hit their seventh home run in the game…West Tenn catcher Adam Moore (Mariners) had two hits, including his ninth home run of the season. Montgomery’s John Jaso (Rays) and Mississippi’s Jordan Schafer (Braves) also went yard…It wasn’t all offense in the Southern League Wednesday, though. Montgomery starter Wade Davis (Rays) allowed one run in six innings of work, striking out six, and Ryan Reid closed out the game with two shutout innings of relief…Carolina starter Brett Sinkbeil (Marlins) also had a strong outing, lasting seven and giving up one run.
What to Watch for
Jacksonville righthander James McDonald (Dodgers) will start tonight against Mississippi.
The Texas League also gets back in action after an off-day, and it will feature a marquis pitching matchup. Midland starter Vincent Mazzaro (Athletics) and San Antonio’s Will Inman (Padres) will be featured in an 8:05 game.