Low A Dish: Antonini’s Day To Shine

Corey Brown had a big night, Mike Antonini was perfect for five, and Todd Frazier was back at his old home on the diamond in Wednesday’s low Class A action.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

It was a tough choice for Wednesday night, but the nod goes to Savannah (Mets) lefthander Mike Antonini (6.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO). Going against Hickory (Pirates), Antonini was perfect through five and retired the first 17 hitters he faced before giving up a double to Crawdads DH Tom Hagan. Antonini was pulled with two outs in the seventh after handing out his first walk of the game, and the reliever that followed him promptly gave up a home run to the next hitter, accounting for the only run Antonini was charged with on the night.

Antonini, an 18th-round pick last year from Georgia College & State, compiled a 1.96 ERA in 36 innings in 2007 for rookie-level Kingsport (Appalachian) and short-season Brooklyn (New York-Penn), and held hitters to a .216 average. This year, he’s 2-1, 3.26, and has been tougher on righties, who are hitting only .190 against him, than leftys (.257).

Honorable mention to Asheville (Rockies) righthander Jhoulys Chacin (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO), who improved his record to 4-1 after beating Columbus (Rays).

Prospect Nuggets

One day after high Class A Potomac won despite being no-hit, Greensboro (Marlins) nearly repeated the feat on Wednesday night against Lake County (Indians) by winning despite getting only one hit. The Grasshoppers scored three runs in the third thanks to an error, a hit by pitch, and a couple of walks, and their only hit of the game was a double by first baseman Ryan Anetsberger in the top of the fifth, yet they won 3-2. Three Lake County pitchers (Christopher Archer, Dallas Cawiezell, and Mike Pontius) combined on the one-hitter … Greenville (Red Sox) righthander Daniel Bard continued his dominance of Sally League hitters, pitching two scoreless innings against Rome (Braves) with five strikeouts, extending his season-long scoreless streak to 20 innings … The showdown between Charleston’s (Yankees) Dellin Betances and Augusta’s (Giants) Madison Bumgarner never really materialized. Bumgarner was lifted after only four innings, and although he didn’t allow any runs, all four innings were stressful as he allowed runners to get in scoring position in each of them. Betances went five, allowed two runs on three hits, with three walks, and six strikeouts. He also committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and suffered his first loss of the season.

What To Look For Today

Lake County’s Ryan Miller, the SAL’s ERA leader with a 0.82 mark, will get the ball against Greensboro.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Kane County (Athletics) center fielder Corey Brown gets the prize on the MWL side of things. Brown went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and two runs scored against Fort Wayne (Padres), although it was in a losing effort as the Cougars fell 11-5. Brown raised his season line to .326/.407/.598. Taken in the supplemental first round in last year’s draft, Brown hit .268/.379/.545 with 11 home runs in 59 games for short-season Vancouver.

Brown was recruited as a wide receiver out of high school, and his power and athleticism have remained his primary assets. One of the few knocks on Brown are his strikeouts. He whiffed 77 times last year with Vancouver, and has already racked up 32 in 24 games for Kane County.

Prospect Nuggets

Dayton (Reds) shortstop Todd Frazier went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double in game two of the Dragons’ doubleheader with Peoria (Cubs), raising his season line to .304/.396/.630. The Reds have begun moving Frazier around the diamond in the hopes he can learn a new position, namely first base or third base. He had played only one game at shortstop (his original position) since April 19, but he was back there again last night. He went 0-for-3 as the Dragons’ DH in the first game … Beloit (Twins) center fielder Ben Revere went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs against South Bend (Diamondbacks). Revere is 4-for-11 over three games for Beloit since being called up from extended spring training.

What To Look For Today

There are only two games on the MWL slate tonight. Lansing’s (Blue Jays) Kyle Ginley will be on the hill against Wisconsin (Mariners). Ginley is 4-0 and sports the MWL’s second best ERA at 0.89 … Great Lakes (Dodgers) hosts Beloit in the other matchup.