Low A Dish: Parmelee Making Most Of His Encore

Chris Parmelee keeps on slugging for Beloit, Todd Frazier has had no problems switching positions and Zach Braddock is back.


Prospect Of The Day

It’s never a good sign when a prospect is asked to repeat a level, but if you’re going to ride the same bus trips you took the year before, the best thing you can do is to dominate in your repeat trip.

If you look at Beloit outfielder Chris Parmelee’s batting average you would think that he’s struggled in his return to the Midwest League. But in reality, the 20-year-old is more than holding his own. Parmelee hit his fifth home run of the season on Sunday, raising his slugging percentage to .587 to go with a solid .372 on-base percentage. The home run also helped stop a serious slump for Parmelee–he was 1-for-his-last-22 coming into the game.’

Prospect Nuggets

Few believed that Reds prospect Todd Frazier’s long-term future was at shortstop. Now that Zach Cozart is healthy, the future appears to be now. Frazier has played third base and first base almost exclusively since Cozart joined Dayton on April 21. He’s still hitting though, as he added his eighth double on Sunday. Cozart hit a grand slam in the ninth for his first home run of the season . . . In that same game, Kane County’s Craig Italiano (Athletics) struck out eight in five scoreless innings, but he was bettered by Dayton starter Luis Montano. Montano was supposed to be a reliever for the Dragons, but he was thrust into the starting rotation because of injuries. The 23-year-old has responded by going 4-0, 1.27 in five starts. He allowed only one hit for a second consecutive start and retired 18 of the 19 batters he faced . . . Peter Kozma, the Cardinals first-round pick in 2007, had two hits to raise his averages to .341/.421/.500. Kozma has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games . . . Cedar Rapids’ Jordan Walden (Angels) dropped to a hard-luck 1-3 with a loss to West Michigan. Sunday was Walden’s worst start of the year (5 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks), but he has a 2.83 ERA overall.

What To Watch For Today

Clinton’s Ian Gac will try to add to his minor league leading home run total against Great Lakes.


Prospect Of The Day

Zach Braddock was the hottest pitcher in the minor leagues last April, and he earned a spot in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game last year. At the time, the 2005 18th-round pick seemed to be on the fast track for a promotion to high Class A Brevard County, but that was before a shoulder injury forced him to miss the second-half of the season.

Braddock was left behind in spring training when camp broke to continue his recovery, and he was sent back to West Virginia last week for his return to the mound. He threw a brief two-inning start in his season debut, but he showed on Sunday that he’s bouncing back pretty well.

Braddock struck out 10 and walked one in four innings before leaving because of a pitch-count limit. Only four of the 16 batters he faced managed to put the ball in play.

Prospect Nuggets

A day after he hit two home runs, Rome’s Jason Heyward (Braves) was at it again. Heyward added three more hits on Sunday, raising his average to .337/.385/.489. Not bad for a high school outfielder making the jump from the Gulf Coast League . . . Adjusting to the South Atlantic League has been a struggle for 18-year-old Angel Villalona (Giants), but the Augusta first baseman did hit his fifth double of the season on Sunday . . . Lexington’s Sergio Severino (Astros) threw six hitless innings against Lakewood . . . Daniel Bard still hasn’t given up a run. The righthander struck out four in two innings on Sunday and has now throw 18 scoreless innings overall, with 27 strikeouts and only three walks. Opponents are hitting only .105. The only thing standing in the way of a promotion for Bard is the location of Boston’s high Class A affiliate–Lancaster, the place where pop ups become home runs and ERA’s go to die . . . Miguel Montero (Yankees) hit his 10th double of the young season.

What To Watch For Today

It’s a very light schedule around the South Atlantic League with only two games. Nick Noonan, Angel Villalona and Augusta host Asheville, while Greenville’s Michael Jones and Anthony Rizzo, two of the hottest hitters in the South Atlantic League, face Hickory.