Rookie Dish: Kelly Heating Up In GCL

 Prospect of the Day

Red Sox first-round pick Casey Kelly exploded on Wednesday with a 3-for-5 day that included his first professional home run. Kelly has played at shortstop in most games for the Red Sox since making his debut on July 20th. Yesterday Kelly served as the GCL Red Sox DH and came through with the biggest offensive game of his short professional career. Kelly is now on a modest four-game hit streak after going hitless in the first four games of his career.

Prospect Nuggets

Johnson City (Cardinals) shortstop Niko Vasquez led the Cardinals to a 14-11 victory over Princeton (Rays) with a 2-for-4 night, raising his average to .331 on the year. . .GCL Marlins center fielder Issac Galloway continued his hot streak with a 2-for-5 day in a 13-6 victory over the GCL Mets. Galloway’s two hits were a home run and a triple. The two-run shot in the third inning was Galloway’s first of his professional career. . .GCL Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks picked up his fifth double of the year in a 5-3 win over the GCL Orioles. . .GCL Orioles center fielder Xavier Avery picked up three hits in the defeat, bringing his average to .303 on the year. Avery has caught fire over the past few weeks after scuffling through his first few games in pro ball. After 11 games, on July 5, Avery was batting a meager .182. . .GCL Indians third baseman Abner Abreu added to his impressive extra-base hit total on Wednesday with a 1-for-5 day that included his fourth triple of the year. Abreu’s 24 extra-base hits outpace the next closer hitter in the GCL by seven. . .2006 Phillies first-round pick Kyle Drabek returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. Drabek’s debut was a positive one, as he threw scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. . .GCL Reds righthander Evan Hilenbrandt threw five innings against the GCL Red Sox Wendesday, allowing just one run and striking out seven. Hilenbrandt scattered four hits and two walks. . .Orem (Angels) first baseman Roberto Lopez maintained his lead for the Pioneer League batting crown with a 2-for-6 . Lopez also belted his fifth home run of the year in a 6-4 loss to Ogden. . .Casper (Rockies) catcher Wilin Rosario continues to streak through the Pioneer league. Rosario went 2-for-4 and caught ten innings in an extra-inning loss to Idaho Falls.

What to Watch for Today

Lefthander Andrew Bowman (Reds) will get his first start in the Pioneer League this year for Billings as he takes on Missoula. Bowman began the year in Low class A for Dayton, before missing two months due to injury. Bowman is no stranger to Billings, as he started 14 games for them last year.