Rookie-Leagues Dish: Groth Is Orem’s Angel

Prospect of the Day

Players picked in the 22nd round don’t draw the most attention heading into rookie ball play, but Ryan Groth (Angels) has gotten off to the kind of start that will make people notice. Groth is 6-for-11 in his first three games and had an enormous night in Orem’s 11-6 win over Ogden. The Orem left fielder went 4-for-6 in the game with four RBIs. The Oral Roberts product had two doubles in the game.

Prospect Nuggets

Cesar Puello (Mets) got his Gulf Coast League season off to a quick start on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a double. The 17-year-old from the Dominican Republic was seeing his first stateside action…Tyler Ladendorf (Twins), the second-round pick for Minnesota, made his debut  for the GCL Twins on Thursday. Ladendorf went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout…Former Tennessee Vol Chadwick Maddox (Braves) opened up GCL play with a bang. Maddox went 3-for-3 with three doubles and four RBI…On the day his brother signed a record contract with Tampa Bay, Jeremy Beckham made his debut for the organization in Pulaski. The second baseman went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts…Michael Harrington (Twins) had his first career double in Elizabethton’s 7-1 win over Bluefield. The College of Charleston product drove in two in the victory …23-year-old Shayne Moody (Braves) went 4-for-5 for Danville in their 11-3 win over Burlington. The Braves shortstop ripped a double and had four RBI in the rout…Greeneville cruised to an 8-0 win over Kingsport to take their opening series and center fielder Jay Austin (Astros) played a big role in the win. Batting from the leadoff spot, Austin went 2-for-3 with a  double and scored twice…Dock Doyle (Mets) made his first appearance behind the plate in a Kingsport uniform on Thursday. Doyle went 1-for-4 on the day, but grounded into a double play and struck out… After a huge day Wednesday, Neftali Soto (Reds) was in the lineup as Billings’ DH on Thursday. Soto added another home run, his third of the year in the 6-3 Billings win, while going 1-for-4…Cutter Dykstra (Brewers) finally had a productive night at the plate Thursday in Helena’s loss. Dykstra went 2-for-5 at the plate, but was caught stealing.

What To Watch For Today

The Appalachian League has completed its first round of series and the Pulaski Mariners will return home to open their home opener. Their hasn’t been baseball in Pulaski since 2006 because they were unable to secure an affiliation in 2007.