Rookie Dish: Lanigan, Harrington Slow Down Streaking Kingsport

Prospect of the Day

His pro career may be just two games old, but GCL Nationals leftfielder Destin Hood has made quite the impression in his first few days in the Gulf Coast League. Hood, the Nationals second round pick out of an Alabama high school, turned down an opportunity to play both football and baseball at the University of Alabama when he signed for $1.1 million, spread over five years. Hood was 2-for-2 on Saturday as a late-game substitution in his pro debut, before drawing his first start on Monday. Hood was 2-for-5 on the day, including a double. The 18-year-old also picked up three RBIs and a run scored.

Prospect Nuggets

Kingsport (Mets) teammates Dock Doyle and Seth Williams battled just over a month ago for a trip to the College World Series when Coastal Carolina and North Carolina faced off in a Super Regional, but now they are the catalysts of a Kingsport offense that is running on all cylinders. Doyle, the Mets’ catcher, had his seventh double of the year in a 2-for-5 night. Williams, serving as the DH, continued his tear through the Appalachian League with a 2-for-4 night that included an RBI and run scored.  The Mets are winners of 9 of their last 11 with Doyle, Wilmer Flores and Williams occupying the two, three and four spots, respectively, in the lineup. . .Elizabethton (Twins) was able to slow down the streaking Mets thanks to a pair of their own college draftees. College of Charleston product Michael Harrington, the Twins’ rightfielder, was 2-for-5 with a  pair of RBI and runs scored in the 9-8 victory. Harrington also belted his seventh home run of the year in the fourth inning. Righthander Bobby Lanigan did just enough to hold the Twins lead, scattering seven hits over 6 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs. It wasn’t the most impressive outing for the former Adelphi College standout as he struck out just three and allowed a pair of walks. . .GCL Orioles center fielder Xavier Avery provided the bulk of his team’s offense in a 5-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Avery had two hits in the game, both doubles, and scored a pair of runs in the loss. . .GCL Marlins catcher Kyle Skipworth was 1-for-5  in Monday’s game, but his lone hit was his second home run of the year. . .The Angels first pick of the 2008 draft righthander Tyler Chatwood made his fifth pro start on Monday in the Arizona League. Chatwood allowed just one earned run, but struggled with his control as he walked six batters in four innings. Chatwood was able to scatter four hits and strike out four. . .AZL Royals lefthander Mike Montgomery had his worst professional outing on Monday, allowing seven hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings. The lanky lefthander struck out three and allowed just one walk in the outing.

What to Watch for Today

It will be quiet day in the Appalachian League as all teams have the day off. The break in the schedule will mean at least three straight days off for Princeton (Rays) shortstop Tim Beckham who hasn’t played since Saturday.