Short-Season Dish: Flaherty Keeps Hitting

Prospect of the Day

Boise is again home to our Prospect of the Day. Since his debut on June 21, Boise shortstop Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) has been quietly adjusting to the Northwest league. The Cubs’ supplemental first-round pick out of Vanderbilt was 3-for-4 with a RBI in Monday’s loss to Tri-City. Flaherty has moved into the cleanup spot for Boise and has slugged two home runs in his first eight professional games.

Prospect Nuggets

Just two weeks into the New York-Penn League season and already two no-hitters have been thrown. After Oneonta was no-hit on June 21, the Tigers earned a combined no-no of their own, though the game lasted only seven innings since Oneonta and Lowell had to complete a suspended game prior to the start of this one. David Stokes, Anthony Shawler and Tyler Stohr (Tigers) combined on the no-hitter, though Lowell scored an unearned run when 2B Mike Gosse (Tigers) made an errant throw while trying to complete a double play. Oneonta nearly lost the game (as the big league Angels did on Saturday), but rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh. Stokes went five innings allowing the unearned run while walking three and striking out seven. He has an ERA of 0.53 on the season. A bit of irony here; Lowell had 15 hits in the completed game. . . . Auburn RHP Joel Carreno (Blue Jays) pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing an unearned run on one hit and one walk. He struck out six, and got the win to move to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.53. Carreno ranked as the Blue Jays’ No. 28 prospect entering the year. . . .Spokane LF Joey Butler (Rangers) was a solid 3-for-3 on Monday night in the Indians’ 6-1 victory against Yakima. . . . Carlos Pimentel (Rangers) picked up his second win of the year for Spokane in the win. The righthander worked five innings, allowing just one run on three hits. . . . Eugene RF Sawyer Carroll (Padres) continued to be one of the Northwest League’s most consistent hitters with a 2-for-4 performance on Monday. The Padres’ supplemental third-rounder had two of the team’s three hits in a 1-0 loss to Salem-Keizer. . . . Boise 3B Josh Vitters (Cubs), Chicago’s first-round pick in 2007, was 2-for-4 in the Hawks’ loss to Tri-City on Monday. The third-baseman is batting .357 on the year.

What To Watch For

Spokane is the hottest team in the Northwest League, winners of eight of their last ten games. The Indians look to pad their record against last-place Yakima tonight.