BAPR Plus: July 6

There’s been a Lastings Milledge sighting, Mat Gamel’s hitting streak continued in the year of the hitting streak and Drew Naylor is becoming a New York-Penn League star.

Adam Boeve hit his first Triple-A home run of the season after being promoted from Double-A Altoona. Bryan Bullington picked up his 10th win for Indianapolis despite giving up six runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Garrett Jones hit a pair of doubles and a triple as Rochester beat Ottawa.

Brian Anderson homered twice and recent acquisition Danny Richar added a homer of his own to help Charlotte beat Columbus 11-6. Anderson drove in six runs overall thanks in part to a grand slam. The White Sox also announced that Gavin Floyd has been promoted to Chicago to start the second game of a doubleheader against the Twins tonight.

Mitch Maier is loving July. The Omaha center fielder went 3-for-5 on Thursday, raising his average for July to .520 (13 for 25). It wasn’t enough for Omaha however as Round Rock won a shootout 14-11. Cody Ransom, the one-time light hitting Giants shortstop prospect has turned into a hard-hitting Round Rock utilityman. Playing third base, Ransom hit his 14th home run of the season, raising his batting average to .272 and his slugging percentage to .490. Ransom’s career minor league batting average coming into the season was .237.

Anyone looking for a sign that Phillip Humber is getting closer to the majors just has to keep on looking. The former Mets first-rounder has been extremely consistent this season, but consistency doesn’t equate with effectiveness. Humber allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings on Thursday raising his ERA to 4.48. The righthander has an ERA between 4.15 and 4.76 in April, May and June. Buck Coats led the hot-hitting Iowa club with four hits including a double and home run. The Des Moines Register also notes that Cory Bailey made his first start  in 666 minor league appearances.
Memphis won for the first time in 10 home games thanks in part to home runs by Rick Ankiel and Joe Mather.

On Sunday Wladimir Balentien and Craig Stansberry will be teammates on the World team in the Futures Game. Both showed glimpses of why they were selected on Thursday. Balentien doubled and tripled while Stansberry homered in Tacoma’s 6-1 win over Portland.

Bowie fans got to see a pair of top pitching prospects, although a doubleheader meant they didn’t get to face off. Thanks to Chuck Lofgren’s pitching, Akron won the opener while Radhames Liz led Bowie to a win in the nightcap.

Luke Hochevar’s struggles continued on Thursday. Hochevar gave up seven hits and five runs in four innings, raising his ERA to 4.69 in a loss to Corpus Christi. Hochevar has now given up 110 hits in 94 innings.

Jeff Marquez allowed one run in six innings as he outdueled Yoslan Herrera and Altoona on Thursday.

Lastings Milledge homered in a rehab appearance with Binghamton.

Montgomery got a home run from Reid Brignac while Carlos Gonzalez homered for Mobile in the Biscuits’ 7-5 win.

Kevin Hart isn’t nearly the prospect that Will Inman is, but on Thursday he was the better pitcher. Hart allowed only one hit in six innings while Inman gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Tyler Colvin hit his first Double-A home run while Jake Fox added one as well.

High Class A

Jeff Samardzija allowed one run in six innings as he outdueled Deolis Guerra. Samardzija has now allowed two runs in his past 11 innings as he credits a mechanical change with fixing some problems.

Zach Ward’s rough luck continued. Ward is 2-11 this season, but it’s more because of bad luck than bad pitching. Ward threw six shutout innings to lower his ERA to 3.08, but wasn’t involved in the decision in Dunedin’s 2-1 win over Fort Myers.

Mat Gamel’s hitting streak reached 32 games as he homered in Brevard County’s 12-3 loss to Jupiter.

Justin Maxwell’s 10th-inning home run gave Potomac a 6-5 win over Myrtle Beach. Eric Campbell and Chris Marrero also homered.

Chris Pettit had probably the best night of anyone around the minors. The Rancho Cucamonga left fielder went 5-for-5 with two doubles and two home runs to lead Rancho Cucamonga to a 10-3 win over High Desert.
Low Class A

Drew Stubbs scored four runs despite going 0-for-3 as Dayton pounded Great Lakes 20-3.

Cedar Rapids’ Trevor Bell struck out 10 in five innings as the Kernels beat Wisconsin 7-2.

Lars Anderson homered as part of a six run fifth inning as Greenville beat Greensboro.

After hitting one home run in his first 74 games, Gorkys Hernandez has now his two in two games. His home run helped make a winner of Jonah Nickerson, who threw seven scoreless innings.

Chris Vinyard, Bill Rowell, Miguel Abreu and Brandon Snyder all homered in Delmarva’s 20-6 win over Hagerstown. Three of the home runs came in a four-run first that helped put the game away early.

Julio Polanco was an unlikely hero for Savannah on Thursday. Polanco had a 9.45 ERA as recently as last Saturday, but he put together his second straight strong start, holding Rome to one hit in seven innings.

Omar Poveda has quietly been one of the best starters in the Midwest League this season. Poveda was at it again last night as he limited Quad Cities to two hits in seven shutout innings while striking out seven. Quad Cities rallied for three runs in the ninth for a 3-2 win.

Short Season/Rookie Leagues

Drew Naylor is dominating the New York-Penn League. Naylor struck out 11 in seven innings while allowing one run. Naylor’s ERA jumped to 0.62 in four starts and he’s struck out 32 while walking three in 29 innings. The 21-year-old Aussie signed with the Phillies in 2004, but didn’t make it over to the U.S until last year.

GCL Red Sox leadoff hitter Che-Hsuan Lin, an 18-year-old signed out of Taiwan, homered in the Red Sox’ 8-3 loss to the Orioles.

Ernesto Mejia had six hits and Adam Coe added a pair of doubles in Danville’s easy 15-3 win over Bristol.

The hottest team in baseball is traditional Appalachian League power Elizabethton. The Twins improved to 15-1 with an easy 6-1 win over Bluefield.