AFL Dish: Mesa Pounds Surprise, 28-1

Prospect Of The Day
Anything Jason Donald does in the AFL is just icing on the cake on what has already been a successful season for the Phillies’ farmhand.

Donald was Philadelphia’s third-round draft pick in 2006 out of Arizona. This season, he hit .307/.391/.497 over 362 at-bats as a shortstop for Double A Redding in the Eastern League and in July he was one of only three U.S. players to muster a hit in the Futures Game.

But yesterday, the icing was extra sweet.

Playing third base for the Mesa, Donald went 4-for-7 with a double and a home run as the Solar Sox annihilated the Surprise Rafters, 28-1.

Other Notable Performances

Every Mesa starter had at least one hit and one RBI in the drubbing and catcher Steve Clevenger (Cubs) had a great game at the plate. After hitting .298/.374/.394 between Dayton and Tennessee, Clevenger went 4-for-7 yesterday with two doubles, giving him five in the AFL. . . Solar Sox right fielder Scott Cousins (Marlins) went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs. . . Their teammate Matt Young (Braves) also went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a stolen base and four RBIs. . . Surprise left fielder Nolan Reimold (Orioles) had one of the Rafters’ three hits on the day—a solo home run in the second inning, for the only run the team would plate all day. . . Peoria Saguaros righthander Adam Ottavino found his groove. Over his first two starts in the AFL, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2006 had given up five runs over 4 2/3 innings. But he started yesterday’s game and threw three scoreless innings, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out six. . . Scottsdale right fielder Drew Sutton (Astros) went 1-for-2 yesterday with his third home run in the AFL. Sutton, who normally plays second base, was old for the Texas League this year, but hit .317/.408/.523 with 39 doubles and 20 home runs. He’s leading the AFL in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and home runs.