BAPR Plus: July 25

Philip Hughes is one step closer to New York, while Adam Miller is further away from Cleveland.


Indians prospect Adam Miller is sidelined for at least two weeks with a sore elbow. The righthander will be shut down for the next two weeks due to inflamation of the elbow. A similiar injury forced Miller to sit out much of the 2005 season.

Philip Hughes allowed two hits in six innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shut out Louisville. Jay Bruce’s double was one of the Bats pair of hits.

Travis Blackley and two relievers combined for a shutout as Fresno turned Nashville’s Zach Jackson into a tough luck loser with a 1-0 win.

Wladimir Balentien hit his 22nd home run of the season, but Kam Mickolio gave up a 12th inning home run as Tacoma fell to New Orleans.

Edinson Volquez struck out eight while allowing one run in six innings to beat Portland. Volquez is now 2-0, 1.38 since being promoted back to Triple-A, but the worries about his command continue–he’s walked seven in 13 innings.

Eric Patterson had five hits including a double and a triple in Iowa’s 10-3 win over Colorado Springs.

There are still concerns about Rick Ankiel’s ability to hit for average, but their can be no doubt that the former pitcher has major league power. Ankiel slugged his 28th home run of the season in a loss to Sacramento. J.J. Furmaniak had four hits including a homer for Sacramento.

Blake Dewitt hit his first Double-A home run in Jacksonville’s 6-3 loss to Huntsville.

Radhames Liz won for fourth straight start and is now 4-0, 1.46 in July. Liz struck out six while allowing one run in seven innings.

Adam Rosales had a pair of home runs, his fourth in four games, as Chattanooga topped Mississippi. Fresh off of a shutout in his last start, Carlos Fisher gave up one run in five innings.

The Tulsa Drillers returned to action for the first time since Mike Coolbaugh’s death on Sunday. The Drillers hit five home runs in a 12-6 win over Wichita. The Drillers won despite Franklin Morales’ struggles. Morales gave up six walks and five runs in 4 2/3 innings. As the Tulsa World pointed out, one of the toughest moments of the night was seeing who would handle the first base coaching box. For most of the game it ended up being Jon Asahina, a pitcher who has been sidelined since he suffered a fractured skull when he was struck by a line drive in April. A coroner’s report found that Coolbaugh died from loss of blood to the brain after the ball struck him in the neck and ruptured an artery.

The Arkansas Travelers, Tulsa’s opponent during Sunday’s tragedy, also dedicated their game on Tuesday to Coolbaugh. And like the Drillers, they responded with an impressive effort as Nick Adenhart handcuffed Springfield.

Justin Upton doubled again, but it was what he did with his glove that really impressed everyone at Tuesday’s Mobile-Montgomery game. Upton also threw out a runner at the plate, made a sliding catch and snagged another fly ball at the wall in Mobile’s 9-5 win.

High Class A

Rowdy Hardy became a 13-game winner with his third straight win in Wilmington’s 7-4 win over Salem. Hardy has given up three or more runs in each of his past five starts, but he’s 3-1 over that span.

Greg Golson had four hits including a home run for Clearwater.

Lynchburg’s Jose Diaz threw six shutout innings in his first high Class A start.

Tommy Hanson picked up his first high Class A loss as Frederick’s Chorye Spoone held Myrtle Beach to three hits.

We had one of our Lancaster specials on Tuesday. Brad Correll hit his 13th home run in 21 games to help lead the JetHawks to a 15-8 win over High Desert.

Former Texas Longhorn David Maroul is still best known for his work in the College World Series, but the third baseman has shown his power this season for San Jose. Maroul hit a pair of home runs, his 17th and 18th, to beat Visalia 6-3. Maroul may be hitting for power, but he’s struggled to make contact, which explains his .237 batting average.

Al Johnson silenced the Stockton bats to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Taylor Teagarden hit a pair of home runs, Chris Davis added another homer as part of Bakersfield’s six home run onslaught as the Blaze snapped Lake Elsinore’s 14-game winning streak.

Low Class A

John Raynor had two hits and stole his 46th base as Greensboro beat Lakewood.

Clayton Kershaw struck out seven in four innings 12-11 loss to Beloit.

West Virginia’s Brent Brewer stole his 36th base of the season, but Bill Rowell had three hits including a double as West Virginia lost its seventh-straight game.

Beau Mills homered for a second consecutive game, but Eric Taylor hit two home runs for Lexington in the Legends’ 6-3 win.

Kevin Pucetas picked up his 12th win as Augusta beat Rome.

Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing to pick up the win as Peoria beat Fort Wayne.

Short-Season/Rookie League

Boise’s Chris Huseby was one of the Cubs’ sleeper prospects from last year’s draft, a 11th-round draft pick who was paid a round-record $1.3 million signing bonus. Huseby has struggled at times this season, and he had a mediocre outing on Tuesday. Huseby struck out seven, but allowed four runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings of Boise’s loss to Spokane.

Dodgers first-round pick Chris Withrow struck out five in two scoreless innings in an outing with the team’s Gulf Coast League club. Withrow has now struck out 11 in six innings.