Low A Dish: Walden Dominates

Jordan Walden dominated Kane County, Jonathan Lucroy continued his May power surge, and Mike Moustakas’ average keeps climbing.

Midwest League

Prospect Of The Day

Cedar Rapids (Angels) righthander Jordan Walden has been pretty solid thus far in his first full pro season, although it’s not reflected in his 2-3 record. Last night was Walden’s best start of the young season. Walden tossed six one-hit, shutout innings against Kane County (Athletics) to lead his team to a 2-0 win. He struck out six, walked one, and took a no-hitter into the fifth before giving up a two-out double to Cougars third baseman Carlos Arrieche. Walden lowered his ERA to 2.56 and he’s permitted more than three earned runs in only one of his seven starts.

Prospect Nuggets

Dayton (Reds) third baseman Brandon Waring went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles against Lansing (Blue Jays) … Waring’s counterpart, Lansing third baseman Keven Ahrens, also went 2-for-4 … Burlington (Royals) shortstop Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs, both of which came on a game-tying single off Wisconsin’s (Mariners) Phillippe Aumont in the top of the eighth inning. Moustakas has raised his average almost 60 points in less than two weeks, after it sat at .182 on May 2 and is now up to .240 … Beloit (Twins) left fielder Ben Revere didn’t stay down long. After going hitless on Monday, Revere went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two stolen bases in Beloit’s 7-5 win over Clinton (Rangers) yesterday … Righthander Neftali Feliz pitched well for Clinton, allowing only two hits over five shutout innings. He left with a 3-0 lead, but Beloit erupted for seven runs against the Clinton bullpen.

What To Watch For Today

Righthander Brandon Hamilton, Detroit’s 2007 supplemental first round pick, is scheduled to make his season debut for West Michigan (Tigers) as they visit Fort Wayne (Padres). Game time is 6:00 EDT … Quad Cities (Cardinals) and Peoria (Cubs) will play a doubleheader.

South Atlantic League

Prospect Of The Day

West Virginia (Brewers) catcher Jonathan Lucroy has experienced a sudden power surge in the month of May. He hit only one home run in April, but has hit four already in May. Last night against Lake County (Indians) Lucroy went 3-for-5 with a double and his fifth home run of the year, his second game in a row with a dinger. The 21-year-old Lucroy was drafted as an offensive catcher last year out of Louisiana-Lafayette, and he hasn’t disappointed in that regard so far. He hit .342/.383/.487 in his pro debut in the Pioneer League last year, and is off to a .318/.387/.515 start in the Sally League this year.

Propsect Nuggets

Three Greenville (Red Sox) pitchers (Eammon Portice, Daniel Bard, and Chad Povich) combined to strikeout 16 Charleston (Yankees) hitters in the Drive’s 3-2, 11-inning victory … Charleston catcher Jesus Montero went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI … Columbus (Rays) lefty Glenn Gibson (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO) fell to 1-5 on the year as the Catfish lost 7-5 to Hickory (Pirates) … Rome (Braves) left fielder Cody Johnson went 1-for-3 with a double last night against Augusta (Giants). The bad news is he struck out in the third inning, his minor league-leading 62nd strikeout on the season, and making this his 28th consecutive game with at least one K … Kannapolis (White Sox) pitchers Anthony Carter and Hector Santiago combined to throw a two-hit shutout against Delmarva (Orioles).

What To Watch For Today

Red-hot Augusta, winners of 11 of their last 13, goes for their third straight win against Rome in a 10:30 am EDT game.