Scott Barnes, SP-COL: W (7-2), 7 1/3 IP, 2 R, (1 ER), 3 H, 5 K, BB.
Barnes’ standing as a prospect has taken a big leap forward this year, probably more so than any other pitcher in the organization. He struggled at AA Akron last year, going 6-11 with a 5.22 ERA. After the 2010 season, he went out to the elite Arizona Fall League and had a lot of success against top-flight competition in what is traditionally a hitter’s league. He has managed to keep that momentum going all the way through the 2011 season so far. He’s 7-2 with a 3.40 ERA for the Clippers, and has 82 K against 31 BB. His walk rate is actually a little lower than it was last year, but it’s a number that still has to come down. He’s firmly established himself as the 2nd best lefthanded starter in the system, behind only 2010 1st round pick Drew Pomeranz in the pecking order.
- Nick Hagadone, RP-COL: 1 2/3 IP, 2 K. Two perfect innings for Hagadone, who has now allowed 1 ER in his last 5 2/3 IP.
- Jason Kipnis, 2B, COL: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K. An off-night for Kipnis, who had 2 or more hits in his previous 4 games going into last night. Still 10-20 overall in the Clippers last 5 games. Free Jason Kipnis.
- Luis Valbuena, SS-COL: 2-4, R. Valbuena has hit in 8 of his last 9 games, and is an impressive 14-33 in that timeframe.
- Kelvin De La Cruz, SP-AKR: L (4-6), 5 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 8 K, 0 BB. Good news/bad news for DLC last night, as he was able to keep his K rate sky high and didn’t walk a batter for the 1st time this season.
- Jordan Henry, CF-AKR: 3-4, RBI, SB, R. Henry is hitting a blistering .429/.489/.452 over his last 10 games, and has stepped in to fill the void left when Tim Fedroff was promoted to AAA Columbus.
- Nick Weglarz, LF-AKR: 2-4, 2B, R, CS. Somehow, Weglarz managed to go through an entire game without drawing a walk. Going into last night’s game, he had reached base in 9 consecutive plate appearances, including 6 BB.
- Brett Brach, SP-KIN: W (5-5), 8 IP, 5 H, 3 K. Brach didn’t allow a run or walk a batter last night in his 8 strong innings of work. Despite several solid outings, it was his 1st win since May 26.
- Adam Abraham, 3B-KIN: 2-3, 2B, BB, SB, K. On a night where hits were hard to come by, Abraham had a pair and his double put the winning run on base in a 1-0 victory.
- Chase Burnette, DH-KIN: 1-4, RBI, 3 K. Burnette was having a lousy day going into the 9th inning yesterday, but his single scored pinch runner Delvi Cid to give the K-Tribe the win.
- Anthony Gallas, LF-KIN: 0-4. Gallas is finding the Carolina League much more of a challenge than the Midwest League. He’s hitting just .196 in 15 games since being promoted to Kinston.
- Mike Rayl, SP-LCC: 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 7 K. A dominant start by Rayl was squandered by the bullpen. He’s now gone a combined 16 1/3 innings in his last 3 starts without allowing an earned run.
- Jesus Aguilar, 1B, LCC: 2-4, HR (15), 2 RBI, R, K. Big, Bad Jesus Aguilar has hit .381/.460/.833 with 5 HR and 11 RBI in his last 10 games for the Captains. His 2-run HR last night provided the only runs the Lake County offense could muster.
- Rob Nixon, SP-MVS: 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 K. Quality start for the 46th round pick out of Adelphi University. Really settled down after a rough 1st outing, and has given up 3 ER in his last 11 IP with 9 K and 0 BB.
- Cody Elliott, CF-MVS: 3-4, RBI, R, SB, CS, K. Elliott is hitting .245/.286/.283 overall for the Scrappers.