Rookie-Leagues Dish: Hildenbrandt Handcuffs Pirates


Don’t be fooled into thinking Brett Lawrie is the only prospect to come from Canada lately, Reds 2007 sixth rounder Evan Hildenbrandt (Reds) had quite an outing on Monday in the Gulf Coast League. Hidenbrandt who waited until the deadline to sign with the Reds last year, had a sparkling debut on Monday going six innings and allowing just one hit against the GCL Pirates. Hildenbrandt hails from British Columbia and has played with the Canadian National team, struck out four and walked one in his debut. The 6-foot-3 righthander can touch 93 with his fastball and is now 1-0 in professional baseball.


Angelo Paulino (Braves) delivered four strong innings in relief for Danville last night in their win over Princeton. Paulino allowed just two hits over the four innings while striking out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.42…Guillermo Toribio (Cardinals) has gotten off to a torrid start for the Johnson City Cardinals. Toribio is batting .417 through six games and put together a 4 hit night on Monday. Toribio has stolen six bases on the year and was unsuccessful for the first time in stealing a base last night…Michael Blazek (Cardinals), in his second year of pro ball out of high school, was dominant in relief for Johnson City last night. Blazek struck out five over four innings while allowing just one hit in the 13-1 Cardinal rout…In a battle of the Appalachian League’s two highly touted shortstop prospects, Wilmer Flores (Mets) came out on top against Juan Silverio (White Sox). Flores’ Mets won 1-0 with Flores going 1-for-4, while Silverio scuffled through an 0-for-4 night that included a pair of strikeouts…Burlington’s 6-1 win over Pulaski was led by Fernando Cruz and Allen Caldwell (Royals). Cruz, the Royals third baseman went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored raising his average to .227. Burlington’s other top hitting prospect, Caldwell drove in a run and had a pair of doubles in his 2-for-4 night

Richard Zumaya (Tigers) didn’t show quite the fortitude for closing down games as his big brother, Joel, in Monday’s loss to the GCL Yankees. The younger Zumaya took the loss despite a solid outing, allowing just two hits in four innings of work. The only run Zumaya allowed was unearned…Zuamaya could claim the deck was stacked against him, as the last six innings he was opposed by pitchers with Major League experience. Ian Kennedy (Yankees), in Tampa on rehab allowed a run, but picked up the win for the GCL Yankees. Kennedy threw three innings for the Yankees, giving up three hits while striking out seven. Chase Wright (Yankees) picked up a save as he threw three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit while striking out five…Xavier Avery (Orioles) picked up his first professional hit in a lightning shortened GCL game on Monday. Avery went 1-for-2 with a walk in a 5-0 loss to the GCL Red Sox…Thad Weber (Tigers) was nothing short of dominant in his start on Monday for the GCL Tigers. Weber threw just three innings, but struck out eight of the nine batters he faced and didn’t surrender a hit. Evan Frederickson (Brewers) caught everyone’s attention after striking out seven in four innings in his debut last week for Helena. His second outing was not quite as dominant, despite again striking out seven.  Frederickson also allowed three runs on nine hits, but did not walk anyone in 5 2/3 innings…Logan Schafer and Erik Komatsu (Brewers) each launched their first home run for Helena. Schafer was a third round pick and Komatsu was drafted in the eighth round… Lyndon Estill (White Sox) is trying to get his bat going for Great Falls  He hit a walkoff grand slam in the 10th inning, his first home run of the season. Beyond that his, the 30th best prospect in the White Sox organization has struck out seven times in his first 20 at-bats… Luis Guerrero (Brewers) just turned 18 last week. He pitched five solid innings, allowing one run Monday. He tied for the Arizona League lead in walks last year, but issued just two free passes last night… Manuarys Correa (Angels) went 8-1 last year in the Arizona League and he was solid in his 2008 debut. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings… Jose Bonilla (Royals) showed off his bat, hitting a home run and a double in four at-bats. The catcher also threw out two of three runners trying to steal… Edward Martinez (Rangers) ripped two doubles for five RBI in his second game of the season.  Martinez had just three extra-base hits in 143 at-bats last year in the Arizona League… Leonel De Los Santos (Rangers) put his power on display, hitting his first home run of the year after hitting 10 in 128 at-bats in 2007.

What to Watch for Today

The Appalachian League’s two top shortstops will meet again tonight as Kingsport and Bristol do battle. Juan Silverio will look to avenge his 0-for-4 night and his team’s loss on Monday to Wilmer Flores’ Mets.