The last day in may was a rough one at the upper levels of the system. Columbus managed just two hits in a 4-1 loss while Akron could scratch across just 2 runs in a 4-2 loss. The lower levels performed much better though, as Kinston came out victorious in a 1-0 nailbiter and Lake County powered their way to a 9-4 win by smashing 4 HR.
Alex Lavisky, C-LCC: 2-4, 2 HR (6), 5 RBI, 2 R, K
Huge night for Lavisky, who has been struggling overall for the Captains. His season line is still just .210/.257/.392, but a game like that has to feel good for the young catcher out of St. Eds. Things are picking up for him a little, as he's now hit in 7 of his last 10 games and has a .250/.270/.528 line over that span with 3 HR and 7 RBI. But the patience and plate discipline is still sorely lacking. He has an ugly 50/8 K/BB rate this season, and has just one walk in his last 10. Lavisky needs to improve his pitch recognition/selection if he wants to move up the organizational ladder. I fully expected him to spend all of 2011 in Lake County, as a full season assignment for a catcher right out of high school is aggressive. So the poor peformance hasn't really dampened his prospect standing for me.
Gio Soto, SP-KIN: W (4-3), 6 IP, 2 H, 10 K, 2 BB
Dominant outing for Soto, who's 2.44 ERA is good for 5th in the Carolina League. He's also tied with teammate Drew Pomeranz for 6th in the league in strikeouts with 54, although Soto has done that in 51 2/3 IP to Pomz' 38 2/3. Regardless, Soto is a guy who was seen as a big of a sleeper prospect going into this season, and he's taken a big step forward. He's a projectable lefty that sits mostly between 88-90 MPH with his fastball, but commands it well to both sides of the plate. He's polished for a kid his age (turned 20 on 5/18) and for his level. It remains to be seen if his stuff can generate swings and misses at the upper levels of the minors, but there's a good chance that he will still fill out and pick up a couple MPH on his fastball.
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