Short-Season Dish: Dean Lowers Microscopic ERA

Prospect Of The Day

Vermont righthander P.J. Dean (Nationals) has pitched very well in the New York-Penn League at just 19 years old. The Nationals’ seventh-round pick in 2007 had his best outing yet on Monday, pitching six shutout innings. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out a season high 10 batters. Dean has coughed up just two earned runs in 37 innings pitched this season, but falls a few innings short of qualifying for the league lead in ERA.

Prospect Nuggets

Brooklyn shortstop Reese Havens (Mets) returned on Saturday after missing three weeks and is 3-for-11 with a double and a triple in three games. After being the designated hitter on Saturday, Havens has started at shortstop in each of the last two games. . . While one NYP shortstop prospect returned, another hit the shelf. Mahoning Valley shortstop Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) was hit by a pitch in his hand in the first inning and left the game. . . Several Spokane pitchers have continued to dominate Northwest League hitters. Righthander Neil Ramirez (Rangers) left early for the second straight game, but allowed just one run on one hit in three innings and struck out four. Then, 18-year old righthander Carlos Pimentel (Rangers) relieved and pitched 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball to get the win. He struck out six and moved to 4-2 on the season.

What To Watch For Today

Spokane takes its strong pitching to a hitters’ park, Memorial Stadium, to face Boise (Cubs).