Rookie Leagues Dish: Latos Perfect Through Five

Prospect Of The Day

Matt Latos (Padres) continues to carve up the Arizona League after being sidelined with an oblique injury since mid May. Last night against the AZL Rangers, Latos threw five perfect innings, racking up nine strikeouts in the process. The 6-foot-5 20-year-old has been a little banged up this season, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at his AZL statistics. Over 14 innings, Latos has given up 12 hits, five runs, walked two and struck out 23.

Prospect Nuggets

Danville third baseman Jon Gilmore (Braves) went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. . . Danville righthander David Francis (Braves) struck out six over as many innings, but also gave up three runs. He still got the win, however, and is now 5-3, 2.40 on the season. . . Elizabethton left fielder Evan Bigley (Twins) is a little old for the Appalachian League, but the 10th-round pick out of Dallas Baptist has been tearing it up. Last night he went 2-for-5 with two home runs and he’s hitting .314/.374/.638 on the season. . . Elizabethton righthander Bobby Lanigan (Twins) threw six scoreless innings and struck out seven for his sixth win of the season. The Twins’ third-round pick this year is now 6-4, 2.97 with 57 strikeouts and just nine walks over 66 2/3 innings. . . This year’s first overall pick, shortstop Tim Beckham (Rays), went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run for Princeton last night. . . Johnson City shortstop Nico Vasquez (Cardinals) went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases. The third-round pick out of Durango High School in Las Vegas is hitting .314/.412/.461 on the season. . . Pulaski third baseman Mario Martinez has been showing why the Mariners signed him for $600,000 in 2006. Last night he went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, raising his season line to .330/.356/.484. . . Designated hitter Vincent Watkins continues to knock singles for the AZL Cubs, going 3-for-4 last night, raising his season average to .327. . . Catcher Matthew Cerda went 2-for-4 with a home run as the AZL Cubs out slugged the AZL Athletics, 10-8. . . GCL Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks went 1-for-3 with his fourth home run of the season . . . GCL Blue Jays third baseman Balbino Fuenmayor has one of the best names in the game, but he can play too. The 18-year-old Venezuelan went 3-for-4 last night with a double and a home run and is hitting .317/.374/.484 on the season. . . Ogden right fielder Kyle Russell (Dodgers) went 2-for-5 and his season line of .304/.398/.554 looks good but, as expected, the strikeouts could become a problem. The lefty slugger already has 60 strikeouts in 48 games. . . Helena center fielder Cutter Dykstra (Brewers) went 2-for4 last night with two singles. . . Dykstra’s teammate, right fielder Erik Komatsu (Brewers) went 4-for-6 with a home run and 4 RBIs, helping the team put 16 runs on the board.

What To Watch For Today

Australian righty Bradley Tippett (Twins) toes the rubber as Elizabethton takes on Princeton (Rays). The 20-year-old Tippett is 10-3, 2.71 on the season between the low Class A Midwest League and the Appalachian League. Over 86 1/3 innings, he’s walked only12 batters and struck out 74.