Short-Season Dish: Loree Perfect Again

Prospect Of The Day

Righthander Mike Loree (Giants) did not scream for attention when he was drafted in the 50th round of the 2007 draft. Now Loree, pitching for short season Salem-Keizer is producing one of the most ridiculous runs you will see this year at any level of baseball. He had our attention after pitching six perfect innings on June 30. He grabbed our attention again after pitching 6 2/3 perfect on July 5 before allowing a solo home run. He retired the next batter and left the game. Now Loree finally gets his due as Prospect Of The Day. Though it seems impossible for anyone to top those performances, Loree pitched seven perfect innings on Friday and struck out seven. The Giants’ 50th-round selection in 2007 was solid in the Arizona League last year, compiling a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings over nine games. In his first two starts of the season, Loree allowed two runs in four innings and tossed five shutout innings, respectfully. He has now pitched 29 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Loree has not walked a batter and has struck out 27.

Prospect Nuggets

Dennis Raben (Mariners) is looking more human after going 3-for-13 for Everett on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But all three hits were doubles and he still has at least one hit in every game in which he has played, a 10-game hitting streak to start the season. . . Righthander Kenn Kasparek (Mariners), promoted from Pulaski of the Appalachian League, debuted for Everett on Sunday. Kasparek scattered four hits, walked three and struck out five in five shutout innings. . . Brad Holt (Mets) threw seven dominant innings for Brooklyn on Sunday. The righthander allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings. . . Wilfredo Boscan (Rangers) won his sixth game for Spokane, allowing a run on five hits on Saturday. He struck out seven. . . Believe it or not, Salem-Keizer did not win the game in which Loree pitched on Friday. The Volcanoes had a 1-0 lead when Loree departed and Shane Kaufman (Giants) retired the first five Yakima batters, meaning the two were one out away from a combined perfect game. But Kaufman walked a batter, then allowed an RBI triple to shortstop David Cooper (Diamondbacks). Cooper then scored the winning run on a walk-off single. Yakima was in the game thanks to a strong pitching effort of its own from lefthander Pat McAnaney (Diamondbacks), an eighth-round pick out of Virginia. McAnaney allowed just two hits in six innings and struck out seven.

What To Watch For

An abundance of recent rain means there will be three doubleheaders in the New York-Penn League today. Aberdeen visits Williamsport, Auburn hosts Lowell and Oneonta hits the road to play Williamsport. Meanwhile, Luke Greinke (Yankees) takes the mound for Staten Island when the Yankees visit Tri-Valley.