BAPR Plus: August 13

Ryan Royster’s impressive run of six straight games with a home run finally ended, but Cameron Maybin is working on a streak of his own–he’s hit a home run in all three games since being promoted to Double-A.


Jeremy Sowers isn’t dominating, but he is showing signs of returning to form. Sowers allowed two runs in seven innings to beat Scranton thanks in part to Ben Francisco’s eighth home run. Sowers has now allowed two runs or less in four of his past five starts.

Ottawa beat Rochester despite Redhawks first baseman Garrett Jones‘ pair of home runs.

Many more days like Sunday and Tyler Lumsden will have the dubious honor of having more walks than strikeouts this year. Lumsden walked seven while striking out one in four innings in a win over Memphis. Lumsden’s ERA climbed to 6.33 and he now has 52 walks and 64 strikeouts. Over his last two starts Lumsden has walked 11 batters in seven innings.

Clay Buchholz hasn’t dominated Triple-A like he did Double-A, but he’s still been quite good. Buchholz picked up his first win in his fifth Triple-A start as he struck out nine while allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. Buchholz now has 48 strikeouts in 30 1/3 Triple-A innings.

Seth McClung has adjusted nicely to the Brewers’ decision to move him into the rotation since acquiring him from the Devil Rays. McClung threw five scoreless innings while allowing three hits and a walk while striking out seven. Since being traded to the Brewers, McClung has thrown 14 scoreless innings, including back-to-back scoreless starts.

It was a good day for Reds prospects in Louisville. Joey Votto and Chris Dickerson homered, Jay Bruce doubled and Johnny Cueto allowed only one run in six innings while fanning six.


Aaron Bates earned a promotion to Double-A by slugging 24 home runs in hitter-friendly Lancaster. In his second game with Portland, Bates hit his first Double-A home run in an 8-7 loss to Harrisburg.

Trenton’s Jeff Marquez allowed one earned run in six innings to pick up his 12th win.

Cameron Maybin is making this too easy. Maybin has homered in all three games since being promoted to Double-A Erie. On Sunday Maybin’s two-run homer led Erie to a one-run win over Connecticut.

Brooks Brown struck out 11 in seven shutout innings for Mobile.

Jacksonville reliever Cory Wade had an impressive line on Sunday. He recorded seven of his eight outs by strikeout as he threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a loss to the Carolina Mudcats.

Jeff Samardzija threw his second straight strong start since being promoted to Double-A. Samardzija had struggled all season in high Class A Daytona, but the former Notre Dame two-sport star allowed only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday to pick up his second win in two starts since being promoted. Interestingly, Samardzija succeeded despite not having as much success as usual at keeping the ball down. Samardzija recorded 11 of his 16 non-strikeout outs on fly balls while giving up two home runs

Reid Brignac has been in another slump, but he broke out of it a little on Sunday with his 16th home run of the season.

Chase Headley homered and Will Inman improved to 3-0, 1.89 since being traded to the Padres and assigned to San Antonio.

Gio Gonzalez is one of the best pitching prospects in the minors, but that didn’t awe Huntsville. The Stars roughed up Gonzalez for nine runs in 2 2/3 innings. Gonzalez had allowed eight runs in his previous five starts.

Colby Rasmus reached 20 home runs on Sunday with a solo shot in the eighth that was the game-winner in Springfield’s 8-7 win over Corpus Christi.

High Class A

Ben Jukich threw a complete-game shutout for Sarasota in the front end of a doubleheader, but St. Lucie got revenge when Jon Niese shut out Sarasota in the nightcap.

Joel Santo had the strange line of the day, Santo allowed only one hit and no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. That’s the good news, but it’s only half the story. The Daytona righthander also walked seven and allowed five unearned runs.

Josh Rodriguez is no longer hitting a home run a day, but after going homerless for two days, Rodriguez hit his 17th home run on Sunday. It was the Kinston shortstop’s seventh home run in the past 10 days.

Modesto’s Justin Nelson hit his fourth home run in five days.

John Whittelman hit his second home run since being promoted to Bakersfield 10 games ago.

Low Class A

Ryan Royster’s amazing run finally came to an end. Royster had homered in every game this week before his 1-for-3 day ended his home run streak at six games. Royster, the Devil Rays 2004 sixth-rounder, is now hitting .321/.369/.577. BA correspondent Marc Topkin has more on the emerging prospect.

Julio Pinto threw six scoreless innings while Travis Snider hit his 10th home run of the season in a 8-0 Lansing win over Beloit.

Ever since they were drafted, Snider and Bill Rowell have been compared. So fittingly on a day when Snider homered, Rowell tripled, homered and drove in five to lead Delmarva to a win.

Beau Jones allowed only one hit in five innings for Clinton to pick up his second win in three appearances since being traded from the Braves to the Rangers in the Mark Teixeira deal.

Robert Hernandez, an 18-year-old Venezuelan, allowed one hit in five innings for Peoria.

Lars Anderson hit his 10th home run of the season in a 3-2 Greenville win over Lakewood.

Short-Season/Rookie Leagues

J.P. Arencibia hit a pair of doubles in Auburn’s 4-2 loss to Brooklyn.

Kellen Kulbacki hit a pair of doubles and a triple and Mitch Canham hit his second home run, but that wasn’t enough as Spokane beat Eugene.

Kyler Burke hit his seventh home run in Boise’s loss to Salem-Keizer. Mark Pawelek picked up the loss as he gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning in relief.

Liam Hendriks improved to 3-1, 1.32 for the GCL Twins with five scoreless innings. The Australian righthander has struck out 40 in 31 innings.

Everything was working for Leandro Cespedes on Sunday. The Greeneville 20-year-old righthander allowed only two hits while striking out 11 in seven scoreless innings.