Short-Season Dish: Ridling Keys Hawks

Prospect of the Day

Boise first baseman Rebel Ridling (Cubs), a 25th-round pick from Oklahoma State, has established himself as one of the best hitters in the Northwest League so far. Now batting in the cleanup spot for the Hawks, Ridling is batting .415/.458/.756 on the year. He had another great game on Sunday, going 2-for-4 in Boise’s 5-4 walk-off win over Yakima. Ridling’s three-run home run in the fourth opened up the scoring.

Prospect Nuggets

Spokane 3B Matt West (Rangers) helped the Indians to a marathon victory over Tri-City with his 2-for-5 performance, which included a double. His teammate, RF Joey Butler (Rangers), a 15th-round pick out of New Orleans, was the hero of the day. His RBI hit in the 13th inning broke a scoreless tie. Butler’s game-winning hit capped a 3-for-6 day that included a double. . . . Jamestown RHP Geury Ramirez (Marlins) had failed to pitch at least four innings in his first two appearances of the season, allowing three runs his first time out, then six runs (four earned) his next time out. Ramirez’s start Friday was quite different—he no-hit Williamsport for five innings, walking three and striking out seven. LHP Drew Clothier (Marlins) had not done much better than Ramirez early in the season. He relieved Ramirez, and while he lost the no-hit bid, Clothier allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings and struck out eight. . . . Auburn 1B David Cooper (Blue Jays first-round pick) went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple on Saturday. He is hitting .333/.424/.588. . . . Mahoning Valley SS Lonnie Chisenhall (Indians first-round pick) had not done anything to write home about in the New York-Penn League until Saturday, when he went 3-for-5 with a triple and his first professional home run. . . . Staten Island RHP Luke Greinke (Yankees) had his best start as a pro, shutting out Hudson Valley for five innings, allowing just one hit, walking one and striking out three. . . . Vermont 3B Steven Souza (Nationals) leads the New York-Penn League in home runs after hitting his fourth of the season on Sunday. . . . Williamsport C Travis D’Arnaud (Phillies) had three of the Crosscutters’ nine doubles on the day. He also had four RBIs.

What To Watch For Today

Two New York-Penn League games were suspended Sunday and will continue Monday as doubleheaders. Oneonta and Lowell made it through the top of the first before the rain held things up, while Aberdeen leads Staten Island 1-0 after an inning and a half.