BAPR Plus: June 28

A couple of top prospects who have had seasons to forget got a chance to shine on Wednesday. Larry Broadway had a big day for Columbus, while Trevor Crowe’s struggles in Akron took a day off.

Gregor Blanco and Brent Lillibridge swiped bases in the 10th inning to help set up Richmond’s 6-4 win over Louisville. Joey Votto homered in the loss for the Bats.

It’s been a rough year for Larry Broadway. The Nationals prospect has been dropped from the team’s 40-man roster, spent time on the disabled list and struggled to .192/.304/.400 numbers. But he did hit his sixth home run in Columbus’ 6-1 win on Wednesday.

John Ford-Griffin hit his 15th home run in Syracuse’s 7-2 win over Charlotte.

It’s becoming difficult to describe how impressive Craig Brazell’s season has been. The former Mets prospect has been the minors best power hitter this season–his 29 home runs are six more than anyone else, and his home run on Wednesday gave him the Pacific Coast League home run lead, even though he spent the first month of the season at Double-A Wichita.

A day after he had five hits and helped turn a triple play, Ronny Cedeno homered in Iowa’s 11-5 loss to Oklahoma. Cedeno is now hitting .388/.465/.588.

The only knock against Daric Barton’s amazing month has been that he hasn’t hit for the power expected from a first baseman. Barton had two hits including a home run on Wednesday. With four games left in the month, Barton has a chance to hit over .500 for the month–he’s hitting .505/.548/.731 in June.

Delwyn Young went 5-for-5 with three doubles but it wasn’t enough for Las Vegas. Alberto Callaspo went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles to help pace Tucson’s 12-7 win. Callaspo is hitting .500 in nine games since being demoted to Tucson.


Greg Jacobs hit a pair of doubles and Michael Garciaparra homered as Reading split with Harrisburg.

Reid Santos struck out 11 in five innings and Trevor Crowe had four hits in Akron’s 7-1 win over Binghamton. It was a rare highlight in what’s been a rough year for Crowe, who is now hitting .206/.302/.258.

Jair Jurrjens struck out nine and allowed only one run in seven innings to lead Erie over Bowie.

Tyler Colvin seems to be getting more comfortable in Tennessee. The outfielder started out with a rough 2-for-19 start after being promoted to Double-A, but Colvin has gone 6-for-13 over the past three games including a 3-for-5 night on Wednesday. Colvin doubled twice as Tennessee beat Carolina 2-1. Donald Veal (5 innings, 1 run, 11 strikeouts) and Rick Vandenhurk (7 innings, 0 runs) combined for an impressive pitching duel.

Max Scherzer’s amazing run continued on Wednesday. Scherzer allowed only two hits in six innings while striking out 11. The Mobile Register reported that Scherzer topped out at 93 mph while showing the ability to throw his slider and change for strikes as well.

High Class A

Sean Watson has found high Class A much tougher than low Class A. Watson was roughed up for the second straight start, giving up five earned runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 8.68.
Kevin Whelan was sent down to Tampa to try to improve his command. It worked on Wednesday as Whelan walked one while allowing no runs in four innings. He outdueled Jake McGee in Tampa’s 8-0 win over Vero Beach.

James Boone homered twice as part of a four-hit night to lead Lynchburg to a 14-5 thrashing of Wilmington.

Anywhere else, an eight-run deficit would seem daunting. But thanks to the mighty winds of Lancaster, it was a minor setback for the Jethawks who rallied for an 18-15 win over Bakersfield. Lancaster’s Bubba Bell had four hits including a home run for Lancaster while Chris Davis homered twice for Bakersfield.

Low Class A

Reid Engel had four hits and stole a base and Jason Place homered for Greenvile in the Drive’s 19-8 win over Lexington.

Steve Delabar came within one out of a no-hitter. The Fort Wayne starter carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but watched Eduardo Perez dump a single in front of center fielder Cedric Hunter to break up the no-hitter with two outs in the seventh. R.J. Rodriguez then came into complete the shutout as Fort Wayne swept Great Lakes.

Asheville’s all-stars were on display on Wednesday. Daniel Mayora, Michael Paulk and Michael McHenry, all South Atlantic League all-stars, homered to lead Asheville to its third straight win.

Short Season/Rookie League

For Jason Neighborgall the jersey has changed but the results are similar. Neighborghall worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and one walk in his first outing on Saturday, which was a sign of progress, but he walked three batters and threw a wild pitch in 2/3 of an inning last night in Yakima’s 9-7 loss to Vancouver.

First-rounder J.P. Arencibia had two hits including a double in Auburn’s 5-0 win over Mahoning Valley.

Balbino Fuenmayor, one of the highest profile signings from Venezuela last year, had two hits including a triple in the Gulf Coast League’s Blue Jays 4-0 win over the Indians.

After baffling ACC hitters, it’s no surprise that former Florida State star Bryan Henry is dominating the Pioneer League. Henry allowed one run in seven innings to raise his ERA to 0.82 as Missoula beat Helena.

Elizabethton rallied for five runs in the eighth inning to remain undefeated. The traditional Appalachian League power is now 7-0. Cory Gearrin was charged with the loss as he gave up three runs without recording an out.