BAPR Plus: July 9

You won’t see many of the top prospects names in today’s BAPR Plus as they were busy with the Futures Game, but Adam Miller, Adam Jones and Colton Willems were among the prospects in action on Sunday.

Adam Miller didn’t get a chance to work out of trouble against Durham. The righthander gave up five runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings on Sunday and was ejected after plunking Joel Guzman.

John Nelson was an unlikely hero for the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. Nelson was traded to the Cubs from the Cardinals for cash considerations last week. Considering that Nelson had hit .162/.237/.333 in 105 at-bats with Memphis, it was more of a courtesy trade than a blockbuster move. But the change of scenery has done wonders for Nelson who hit a pair of home runs in Iowa’s 9-7 win over New Orleans. Tony Richie also hit a pair of home runs for Iowa. There was bad news for the Cubs as Les Walrond pulled a hamstring.

Ubaldo Jimenez held Salt Lake to one run in 6 2/3 innings as Colorado Springs topped the Bees 4-2.

Adam Jones may have missed the Futures Game, but he had a nice consolation prize with an outstanding day against Portland. Jones homered twice and doubled for the Rainiers.


Lastings Milledge is signaling he’s healthy and ready to return to the big leagues. Milledge went 3-for-5 on Sunday and is hitting .421 in four games. He’s expected to make one more start in Binghamton and then likely head to New York, where Carlos Gomez‘ broken hand has opened a spot in the outfield.
Jed Lowrie homered twice and every Portland batter had a hit in a 16-6 win over New Hampshire.

High Class A

Mat Gamel saw his 33-game hitting streak end on Saturday with an 0-for-3 night and followed it up with another 0-for-3 day on Sunday.
Brandon Hynick threw his third complete game of the season. Hynick struck out 11 and allowed one run while Eric Young Jr. stole two of the Nuts’ six stolen bases.

The 1,310 fans for Sunday’s Kinston-Winston Salem doubleheader had to have plenty of patience. The first game was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but wet grounds meant the game was pushed back to 3 p.m. Then after half an inning, the game was delayed for an hour and a half thanks to soft soil in the infield. After much drying agent, the field was finally ready for play. Matt Whitney hit his third home run in 10 high Class A games in the nightcap.

Burke Badenhop and Josh Rainwater combined to three hit Sarasota in a 1-0 Lakeland win. Wilkin Ramirez singled in the winning run in the ninth.

Rowdy Hardy just keeps rolling along. The soft-tosser picked up his 11th win with eight effective innings against Myrtle Beach to share a portion of the minor league lead in wins. The Myrtle Beach Sun News’ Sean Horgan explained that Hardy didn’t top 82 mph in the win, and spent most of the day throwing in the mid 70s, dropping down to the mid 60s at times.

Low Class A

Seth Fortenberry homered twice in Charleston’s sweep of Savannah.

In his last start Hector Rondon threw the first six innings of a no-hitter. Sunday didn’t go nearly as well for the righthander. Rondon gave up 10 hits and eight runs in four innings.

The wind was howling and baseballs were flying at Kane County yesterday. Five Wisconsin Timber Rattlers homered while Christian Vitters provided Kane County’s only home run, but Kane County still prevailed 11-8.

Kevin Pucetas saw his 21-inning scoreless streak snapped thanks to a home run in the sixth, but the GreenJackets’ ace still picked up his 10th win, improving to 10-1, 1.42.

Andy Underwood’s cutter was working as he allowed one run in seven innings as Fort Wayne beat Lansing.

Short Season/Rookie Leagues

Tri-City’s Bruce Billings and Cory Riordan combined on a perfect game for seven innings on Sunday before Boise finally got on the board in a 5-1 Tri-City win.

Colton Willems improved to 2-0 as he allowed one earned run in six innings.

Clint Robinson, a 25th-round pick out of Troy, hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven for the Idaho Falls Chukars.