Short-Season Dish: Overbeck blasts two home runs

Prospect Of The Day

Third baseman Cody Overbeck (Phillies) has been thumping his way through the New York-Penn League this season for Williamsport. Last night the power was on display against Lowell when he went 4-for-4 with two home runs, driving in all four of the Crosscutters’ runs. It wasn’t quite enough, however, as Williamsport fell, 5-4. The night marked Overbeck’s first four-hit and multi-homer game as a professional and raised his season line to .276/.309/.486. The power is certainly there, as Overbeck is third in the league in home runs, but his ratio of 49 strikeouts and only seven walks over his first 54 games is a bit of a concern. Overbeck was the Phillies’ ninth-round selection this year out of Ole Miss and led the Rebels in batting average (.356), on-base percentage (.428), slugging percentage (.621), hits (90), doubles (16) and home runs (17).

Prospect Nuggets

Mahoning Valley lit up Oneonta 10-3 and the majority of the offense came from the Scrappers’ top four hitters, who went a combined 11-for-19. Mahoning Valley shortstop Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians) went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He’s really turned it on in August, hitting .359/.419/.615 for the month. . . Brooklyn Cyclones starter Brad Holt (Mets) shut down Auburn with seven three-hit innings. Holt gave up one run, walked two and struck out eight for the win. The supplemental first-rounder out of  UNC-Wilmington is now 4-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.98. . . Brooklyn’s offense was powered by right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets) who hit his seventh double and drove in two as part of his 4-for-6 night. . . Lowell catcher Tim Federowicz (Red Sox) went 2-for-4 with his first professional home run and three RBIs. . . 6-foot-8 Aberdeen starter Pat Egan (Orioles) struck out seven over as seven shutout innings, making him 3-5 with a 3.77 ERA on the season. . . In the Northwest League, Eugene center fielder Blake Tekotte (Padres) went 2-for-5 with his 13th double.

What To Watch For Today

Mets closer Billy Wagner will make a rehab appearance with Brooklyn tomorrow (Aug. 16) against Tri-City. Wagner is on the DL with a strained forearm and is expected to be activated on Monday.