Highs & Lows: April 14


HIGHS: Mets outfielder Carlos Gomez collected another two hits in New Orleans’™ 3-2 loss to Nashville on Friday, upping his average to .375. It was Gomez’™s third multi-hit game of the season . . . It’™s been a slightly different Craig Stansberry in 2007. An offseason waiver claim of the Padres from the Pirates, the fifth-round pick in 2003 out of Rice batted just .243/.345/.411 last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. But this season, the second baseman is hitting .312/.395/.438 at Portland. Stansberry went 3-for-6 with three RBIs in the Beavers’™ 10-9 win against Fresno . . . Also riding a hot streak in the Pacific Coast League is Tucson infielder Jamie D’™Antona. Though the 24-year-old played at catcher, first and third base last season, D’™Antona has played exclusively on the hot corner so far this season. The 2003 third-rounder had another two hits in the Sidewinders’™ 6-5 loss to Colorado Springs and is now hitting .625/.630/1.042 with six extra-base hits in just 24 at-bats . . . Braves outfielder Gregor Blanco parlayed a strong effort in winter ball in Venezuela into this season at Richmond. Blanco went 2-for-3 Friday in the R-Braves’™ 6-2 loss to Indianapolis and is now hitting .421/.500/.474.

LOWS: Padres righthander Cesar Carrillo allowed all nine runs in Portland’™s loss to Fresno’"in just three innings of work. A 2005 first-round pick out of Miami, Carrillo was unimpressive in his 2007 debut last week, but was abysmal on Friday. The 22-year-old gave up nine hits over that span, including two home runs. He walked three, struck out one and has now allowed 12 earned runs over just eight innings this season . . . It stung when the Dodgers sent James Loney back to Las Vegas before camp broke this spring, and it appears to be still stinging. Despite racking up his third extra-base hit of the year’"a triple in Las Vegas’™ 5-1 win against Salt Lake–the 2006 minor league batting leader is hitting just .189 (7-for-37) . . . And then there is the enigma that is Gavin Floyd. Floyd pitched well for Charlotte in his debut, allowing a run on four hits and striking out five. But Friday showed just how tough it’™s been for Floyd to keep it together. The 24-year-old allowed three runs’"on 11 hits’"over six innings. He struck out six an walked three. Not too bad, but just another sign that Floyd hasn’™t yet reached the potential the Phillies originally saw when they took him fourth overall in 2001.


HIGHS: Pirates’™ first-rounders Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker combined to go 6-for-8 with four runs scored and a pair of RBIs in Altoona’™s 8-3 win over Reading . . . Harrisburg racked up 23 hits in a 16-3 rout against Erie. First baseman Josh Whitesell went 5-for-5 with five RBIs and 25-year-old outfielder Tony Blanco went 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Both homered . . . Tennessee’™s offense was also red-hot. Seven Smokies hitters had a pair of hits each in a 7-5 win against Huntsville . . . Braves outfielder Brandon Jones hit a walk-off home run earlier this week, and refused to slow down. Jones went 3-for-4 in Mississippi’™s 1-0 win against Carolina and is now hitting .405/.410/.676 . . . Not sure if anyone other than front-office employees in San Antonio would view this as a ‘˜high’™ or not, but under new rules implemented by Minor League Baseball, they don’™t have to sit through seven innings of deja-vu today. The Missions and Drillers’™ game Friday was suspended because of rain in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied 3-3. The two clubs will pick up where they left off tonight before the regular nine-inning affair. Under the old rules, the game would have been ruled a tie and replayed from the beginning.

LOWS: Twins righthander Anthony Swarzak hasn’™t been welcomed kindly in Double-A this season. A 2004 second-round pick, Swarzak allowed three runs on four hits’"including two homers’"in his 2 2/3 inning debut last week, and last night wasn’™t fun either. The 21-year-old gave up four runs on five hits, walked three and struck out five over three innings in New Britain’™s 6-4 loss to the Fisher Cats . . . Phillies third baseman Mike Costanzo homered in his first two games at Reading, including in his very first Double-A at-bat, but since then the new level has been causing Costanzo some troubles. The 2005 second-rounder went 0-for-4 in the R-Phils’™ 8-3 loss to Altoona, and has whiffed 13 times in 32 total at-bats.


HIGHS: Modesto really took it to Bakersfield in the Nuts’™ 16-7 win on Friday, despite Blaze third baseman Chris Davis doing virtually everything he could. And we mean everything. Davis, a fifth-round pick last year out of Navarro (Texas) Junior College, went 2-for-4 with two home runs and drove in all seven of Bakersfield’™s runs. On the other side, Modesto shortstop Chris Nelson also homered twice. Nelson wound up going 3-for-6 with three RBIs, upping his average to .212 . . . Indians righthander Kevin Dixon put up a gutsy performance in Kinston’™s 3-2 win against Winston-Salem. In the wake of his grandfather’™s death, the 22-year-old allowed a run on six hits and struck out four over six innings of work.

LOWS: Phillies righthander Carlos Carrasco might have wanted to go straight to Double-A after dominating the field at low Class A Lakewood last season, but after Friday, Carrasco showed he really is where he needs to be for now. The Phillies’™ No. 1 prospect allowed seven earned run over 3 1/3 innings in Clearwater’™s 7-3 loss to Lakeland . . . The pitcher in high Class A who absolutely wore it on Friday was Bakersfield lefthander Patrick Donovan. The 22-year-old allowed six runs on five hits–four of which were homers’"over just two innings. A 50th-round pick last season out of Gonzaga, Donovan has now given up 11 earned runs in just 5 2/3 innings this season.


HIGHS: Greensboro has a few outstanding pure hitters in its lineup, and outfielder John Raynor and catcher Chris Hatcher played a role in the Grasshoppers’™ 6-5 win at Hagerstown. Raynor walked three times and scored a run while Hatcher’"who gave up switch-hitting to bat exclusively from the right side this season’"went 2-for-4 with a double. Both players were 2006 picks from UNC Wilmington . . . Greenville designated hitter Lars Anderson went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in the Drive’™s 3-2 win against Rome . . . Columbus catcher Nevin Ashley went 4-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs in the Catfish’™s 8-3 win against Asheville . . . Lansing right fielder Travis Snider also went 4-for-5 in the Lugnuts’™ 6-2 win against Great Lakes . . . Keep an eye on: Burlington righthander Angelo Morales won his second straight start in low Class A, tossing seven shutout innings in the Bees’™ 2-0 win against Peoria. Signed out of Panama in 2002, Morales spent the last three seasons in the Rookie-level Arizona League, but the 20-year-old is 2-0, 0.00 with a 14-0 strikeout-walk ratio in 11 innings this season.

LOWS: Mets righthander Todd Privett got hammered in Savannah’™s 10-4 loss to Kannapolis. The 2006 14th-round pick allowed all 10 runs on 14 hits over just three innings . . . Rockies righthander Aneury Rodriguez allowed seven runs on 13 hits over five innings in Asheville’™s loss to Columbus.