David Price likely said farewell to the Florida State League with another dominating performance, while Hank Conger has gotten into midseason form quickly in the Florida State League.
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Prospect of the Day
David Price (Rays) gave up a run on two hits in the first inning, but settled down to deliver another solid performance for Vero Beach. He picked up the win by throwing five innings and allowing that one run on four hits and two walks, striking out seven in the process.
According to the Tampa Tribune, Price will likely be promoted to Double-A Montgomery before his next start. It’s pretty clear that the Florida State League wasn’t able to provide him with a challenge–he held opposing batters to a .225 average, allowed one or less runs in four of his five starts and did not allow a home run.
Duane Below (Tigers) earned a no-decision, but threw seven strong against Sarasota. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and struck out three…Todd Frazier (Reds) flashed his wheels in legging out his second triple of the season. The shortstop is hitting .302 for the year…Tony Thomas (Cubs) got out to a quick start yesterday. The leadoff batter doubled and scored in the first inning, and then singled in a run in the second frame to spark Daytona…Juan Francisco improved to .287 by going 1-3 with a run and an RBI for Sarasota . . . Rocco Baldelli (Rays) went 1-for-3 with two walks in his rehab debut. Baldelli is expected to play again on Wednesday and Friday.
What to Watch for Today
Jonah Nickerson (5-3, 3.89) will try to make it two in a row for Lakeland, as he will square off against a powerful Sarasota middle of the order that includes Frazier, Francisco and Drew Stubbs.
Prospect of the Day
In a matchup of the California League’s top two teams, Henry Sosa (Giants) delivered a strong outing for San Jose. Sosa went five innings, scattering five hits while striking out two, lowering his season ERA to 1.57. Sosa worked out of trouble in the first inning when he allowed Stockton runners to reach 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Sosa induced a foul pop out and a ground ball to retire the side without giving up a run. Sosa’s five-inning outing matched his longest of the year and although his two strikeouts were his season-low, he also didn’t allow a walk, for the first time in 2008.
Stockton left fielder Sean Doolittle (Athletics) extended his hit streak to seven games with a 2-3 night, including a double, his 22nd of the year, in the first inning of Monday’s come-from-behind win…Ports shortstop Josh Horton (As) had two singles in Monday’s win and turned a key 1-6-3 double play to help Stockton escape trouble in the second inning…Chris Carter (Athletics) was in line to take the blame for Stockton until the late rally. Carter went 0-4 at the plate with two strikeouts. His performance in the field wasn’t much better, as Carter committed two errors in the first two innings at first base. Carter is hitless in last three games…Lancaster right fielder Josh Reddick (Red Sox) rapped out three hits and a RBI in an 8-6 loss to High Desert while picking up his fourth stolen base of the year…Lake Elsinore catcher Mitch Canham (Padres) went 2-4 with two runs in a tight 5-4 win over Rancho Cucamonga . . . Erick Aybar (Angels) went 2-for-4 with a double in a rehab appearance . . . Hank Conger (Angels) is making up for lost time. After missing two months with a shoulder injury, Conger hit his seventh double in only 15 games . . . Aneury Rodriguez (Rockies) picked up his second straight loss, but even in a loss, it was hard not to be impressed with the 20-year-old righthander. Rodriguez allowed one run, four hits and two walks in six innings. Thanks to his impressive control (17 walks in 84 innings), Rodriguez has allowed just over a baserunner an inning (89 in 84 IP).
What To Watch For Today
The California League’s best overall record will be on the line in tonight’s matchup between San Jose and Stockton, as the two teams are tied after Stockton’s come from behind victories in the past two games.
Austin Maloney contributed to this report