High A Dish: Hunter’s Streak Reaches 21 Games

California League

Prospect Of The Day

Lake Elsinore center fielder Cedric Hunter got a taste of the Double-A Texas League playoffs last year when the Padres sent their 2006 third-round pick to play a bench role for eventual champion San Antonio.
Hunter, in the California League all season, is making a case to get back to the TL. He extended his hitting streak to 21 games on Tuesday with a four-hit game that included his ninth home run of the season.
Hunter, 20, also scored another run and stole a base in an 8-6 win against Rancho Cucamonga.
Since July 1, he is hitting .351 (72-for-205) with 28 runs scored, five home runs, 12 doubles, three triples and 34 RBIs.

Prospect Nuggets

Archie Gilbert, 25, had a double, stolen base and threw out a runner at second in Stockton’s win. … Lancaster’s Kris Negron, batting leadoff, was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and outfielder Ryan Kalish was 2-for-5 with three RBIs in an 8-5 win against High Desert. … In the same game, High Desert catcher Travis Scott, 23, was 4-for-5 with two runs scored, two doubles and two RBIs. … San Jose’s Matt Downs, Brett Pill, Sharlon Schoop and Darren Ford each finished with three hits, and Daryl Maday (2-0) struck out five and allowed two runs, one earned, in six innings in a 6-2 win at Visalia. … Inland Empire outfielder Scott Van Slyke finished with a quartet of fours — four hits in four at-bats, four runs scored and four RBIs — as the 66ers ripped Modesto 11-4. Van Slyke delivered two home runs, including a three-run shot, as the 22-year-old outfielder continued a tear through August. He’s hit .308/.333/.367 (12-for-39) in 13 games this month. … Rancho Cucamonga’s Abel Nieves finished with four hits and Maicer Infante three hits.

What To Watch For Today

San Jose’s Jesse English goes for his 13th win today but will have to pitch against Rancho Cucamonga, which is a half-game behind first-place Lancaster in the South Division standings.

Carolina League

Prospect Of The Day

Michael Burgess, a first-round supplemental pick of the Nationals in 2007, managed to top everybody in a wild, 17-14 slugfest as Potomac beat Kinston on Tuesday night.

The teams combined for 32 hits, and Burgess had three of them and also finished with six RBIs. Two of his hits went for home runs, including a two-run shot in the decisive, six-run seventh. He also drew a walk.

Since joining Potomac on Aug. 11, the lefthanded hitting Burgess has hit .286/.405/.771 with five home runs, two doubles and 13 RBIs.

He had hit .249 with 18 home runs, 26 doubles and 60 RBIs for low Class A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.

Prospect Nuggets

Winston-Salem righthander Clevelan Santeliz worked six innings, striking out six and allowing one run on six hits, for hits first win since July 2 in a 10-1 thrashing of Salem. Third baseman C.J. Retherford had three hits, and Brett Bonvechio had two doubles. … Myrtle Beach shortstop Brandon Hicks, a third-round pick of the Braves out of Texas A&M in 2007, may be starting to get back on track. Hicks, who hit only .175 in July, hit the game-winning home run Tuesday, a two-run shot that sent Myrtle Beach to a 2-1 win against Wilmington. It was Hicks’ second hit of the game and his 18th home run this season. … Lynchburg’s Kent Sakamoto hit a game-winning home run in the 10th, and Jared Keel had three hits in a 5-4 win against at Frederick. Keel also had stole two bases. Lynchburg’s Brian Holliday, a 24-year-old lefthander, had nine strikeouts over eight innings, and allowed two runs (both earned) on eight hits in that game. … Kinston Indians’ Beau Mills had two hits four RBIs, and Niuman Romero was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

What To Watch For Today

Myrtle Beach’s Scott Diamond (11-1) can take the Carolina League lead in victories tonight at Wilmington. He is tied with Kinston’s Hector Rondon for the league lead.

Florida State League

The FSL was off Tuesday but will try to resume its schedule today. That is, if Tropical Storm Fay doesn’t wipe out several games.