Short-Season Dish: Boscan Wins Again

Prospect Of The Day

Righthander Wilfredo Boscan (Rangers) moved to 5-0 in the Northwest League as Spokane beat Eugene. Boscan has won each of his five appearances (four stars), easily enough for the league lead in wins. Boscan allowed five hits and two unearned runs, but did not walk a batter and struck out eight in six innings, his longest outing this season. He is 6-foot-2, but weights just 160, so he has plenty of growing to do. Not to worry, at just 18 years old, the Venezuelan has plenty of time. Boscan was 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA while pitching 56 2/3 innings in the Dominican Summer League in 2007.

Prospect Nuggets

Vancouver shortstop Jason Christian (Athletics) racked up four hits in five at-bats. The fifth-rounder from Michigan had one double in moving his season average to .350. . . Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte (Yankees) notched his fifth save in the New York-Penn League and has pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innings this season. . . David Cooper (Blue Jays) continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-3 with his tenth double. The Auburn first baseman is hitting .358. . . Righthander Michael Schwimer (Phillies) is dominating for Williamsport. With eight strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings yesterday, Schwimer has 24 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings on the season. . . Catcher Travis D’Arnaud (Phillies) went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season to help Schwimer’s cause. . . Jamestown third baseman Paul Gran (Marlins) went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI, his second home run of the season. . . Brad Holt (Mets) pitched five solid innings for Brooklyn. He allowed two runs on three hits, walked two and struck out seven. The right-handed supplemental first-rounder did not figure in the decision. . . Reese Havens (Mets) continues to come out of his shell for Brooklyn. He went 2-for-4 and has his season average up to .276. . . Shortstop Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) raked for Mahoning Valley, going 3-for-4 with two doubles.

What To Watch For Today

A couple of pitchers off to solid starts will get the ball tonight in the Northwest League. Tri-City’s Brad McAtee (Rockies) was drafted in the 45th round, but he is 2-1 with a 0.69 ERA and he goes against Salem-Kaiser. Meanwhile, Brett Lorin (Padres) gets the nod for Everett.