High-A Dish: Can’t Hit Hanson

As we did last year, we’ll look around the minors every weekday with the Daily Dish, a supplement to the Baseball America Prospect Report, which is available by e-mail every weekday.

Reid Engel may be the minors’ hottest hitter; Henry Rodriguez was in control and Jeff Allison keeps trying to come back. But the high Class A star of the night was once again Tommy Hanson, who is proving nearly unhittable.


Bakersfield (Rangers) 2, Stockton (Athletics) 1

Stockton can put an ace on the mound nearly every night with their stacked rotation. On Wednesday it was Henry Rodriguez’s turn, as the righthander lowered his ERA to 0.82 as he struck out eight in six scoreless innings. Surprisingly, Rodriguez was overshadowed by Bakersfield starter Zach Phillips, who struck out 10 in five scoreless innings. Stockton catcher Jed Morris hit his first home run since returning from leukemia.

Visalia (Diamondbacks) 4, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 3

Wes Roemer pitched six strong innings and Gerardo Parra had a pair of triples as Visalia improved to 5-2 as they reached the halfway point of their 14-game season opening road trip. Mitch Canham homered for Lake Elsinore.

Lancaster (Red Sox) 4, Inland Empire (Mariners) 2

A day after finishing off a five-hit 18-inning game, Reid Engel had four more hits. Hot-hitting catcher Jon Still added three more in a win over Inland Empire.

Modesto (Rockies) 4, San Jose (Giants) 0

Aneury Rodriguez was bounced after three innings in his first start. He found much more success in his second start. Rodriguez handcuffed San Jose (6 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts) in a shutout.

"That was a different Rodriguez on the mound, and it was against a real good ballclub," pitching coach Butch Hughes said. "He pitched with confidence, he kept the ball down, and he changed speeds."


Winston-Salem (White Sox) 1, Lynchburg (Pirates) 0 (10 innings)

John Ely, the White Sox 2007 third-round pick out of Miami (Ohio), held Lynchburg to two hits over six innings, and the Winston-Salem bullpen threw four more scoreless innings. Paulo Orlando drove in C.J. Lang in the 10th for the game’s only run.

Salem (Astros) 8, Wilmington (Royals) 7

Wilver Perez gave up three runs in the ninth inning as Salem rallied to beat Wilmington.

Potomac (Nationals) 4, Myrtle Beach (Braves) 3

This is getting ridiculous. When compared to his five hitless innings in his first outing, Tommy Hanson was slacking off on Wednesday. This time he allowed one hit in six innings. For the season Hanson now has allowed one hit in 11 innings, no runs and three walks while striking out 20. Amazingly, he’s also winless. Potomac scored four runs in the final two innings for the win. Chris Marrero hit his first home run of the season and rehabbing closer Chad Cordero threw a scoreless ninth for the save for Potomac.


St. Lucie (Mets) 10, Brevard County (Brewers) 1

Dylan Owen has found the Florida State League to be just as easy as the New York-Penn League. Last year’s New York-Penn ERA leader baffled the Manatees for six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.64. Ruben Tejeda doubled and tripled for St. Lucie.

Fort Myers (Twins) 9, Clearwater (Phillies) 3

Adrian Cardenas continued his hot hitting with a three-hit night that raised his average to .448, but it wasn’t enough as Fort Myers cruised to a win.

Lakeland (Tigers) 4, Sarasota (Reds) 2

Duane Below struck out nine in six scoreless innings as Lakeland hung on to beat Sarsota. After whiffing in each of his first three at-bats, Juan Francisco hit a two-run home run in the ninth for Sarasota’s only runs.

Jupiter (Marlins) 3, Vero Beach (Rays) 2

Jeff Allison’s long road to recovery continues. After seeing his career sidelined multiple times because of drug addictions, Allison is back on the mound and pitching well. He threw four scoreless innings on Wednesday, although he did walk four. Jeremy Hellickson matched him pitch-for-pitch with six solid innings, but Jupiter jumped on Vero Beach’s bullpen in the end.

Daytona (Cubs) 7, Palm Beach (Cardinals) 4

Jose Ceda has an outstanding fastball. He’s struggling this year to aim it. Ceda’s lack of command came back to haunt him again on Wednesday, as he was limited to three innings in part because of four walks. But Daytona beat Palm Beach thanks to one of the weird lines of the day. Palm Beach’s Kyle Mura allowed seven runs, but only one of them was earned as Palm Beach committed four errors–shortstop Daniel Descalso was charged with three of them.