Durham (26-24, 9.0 gb).
- Rocco Baldelli is off to a great start on in the first week of his minor league rehab assignment. In 6 games, he is 8-19 (.421), with 3 doubles and 3 RBI.
- James “Don’t Call Me Jamie now that I am in the bigs” Shields, made his scheduled start Saturday night unaware that he would be called up to the show after the game. He was pulled from the game after pitching 2 perfect innings and striking out 4. You can imagine his surprise by being yanked. Shields, a 6’4″ righty will make his major league debut on Wednesday in Camden Yards against the Orioles. Shields is not an overpowering pitcher, but what he lacks in heat he more than makes up for with pinpoint accuracy and command of his pitches. In 61.1 innings at Durham, he has struck out 64 and walked only 6 with an ERA of 2.64.
- Kevin Witt continues to pound the ball for the Bulls. He currently leads the league with 13 home runs (3 ahead of 2nd place), is second in RBI (34) and is 7th in batting average (.313).
- Elijah Dukes continues to try and get his name mentioned among the outfield prospects for the Rays. He is currently hitting .305, with 6 home runs, but is 3rd in the league in slugging (.552) as he leads in triples with 5. He is also 5th with 31 RBI.
- B. J. Upton continues to lead the IL in stolen bases with 21 (caught 8 times). His average has consistently hovered around .300 all season and is currently .293 with 4 home runs and 21 RBI. He still strikes out a lot, but makes up for it with a solid OBP of .397. Of course we are all well aware of his fielding woes. He has committed 18 so far this season.
- Darnell McDonald numbers have fallen off a bit recently but they are still strong. He is now hitting .300 with 6 home runs, 29 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
- The rest of the starting pitchers, outside of Shields, has struggled of late. Chris Seddon did pitch well in his last outing going 7 and giving up 6 hits, 0 walks and 3 runs. He is now 5-3 and his ERA now sits at 4.66. Against Richmond, Brian Stokes gave up 7 hits and 2 walks and 5 runs in 5 innings. He is now 2-2 with a 3.59 ERA. Edwin Jackson is probably the biggest disappointment so far. After his last start, he is now 2-4 with a 6.10 ERA.
Montgomery (29-22, 3.5 gb).
- 2B Elliot Johnson, continues to big the biggest surprise for the Biscuits. Johnson, who has never shown much promise with the bat is 8th in the Southern League in hitting (.301). He also leads the league in triples (6) and is 5th in home runs (8). His .536 SLG is good for 5th in the league.
- C Ryan Christiansen leads the league in home runs with 12, with a .263 batting average.
- OF Jason Pridie is only hitting .210 but is 12-12 in stolen bases.
- SP Tony Peguero leads a strong starting rotation, although he got knocked around pretty good his last time out. In 6.2 innings he gave up 7 runs (6 earned). He is now 5-5 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
- Andrew Sonnanstine was also without his best stuff in his last start, giving up 9 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. He is now 3-4, with a 3.56 ERA.
- Jason Cromer, made his first start since being demoted from Durham. He went 4 innings and didn’t allow any runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.
- Jim Magrane appears to finally be making a breakthough in pro ball. In his last start he pitched 7 shutout innings. He is now 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA. Considering his age and experience, we would not be surprised to see Magrane working out of the Devil Ray bullpen some time after the All-Star break.
- Juan Salas is yet to give up an earned run in 24.2 innings out of the bullpen. He also has only given up 5 hits and 10 walks, while striking out 37. He has 12 saves on the season.
- Brian Henderson has also been strong out of the bullpen, allowing only 1 earned run in 20.1 innings.
Visalia (23-28, 8.5 gb).
- In the hitter friendly California League, C John Jaso is 5th in batting average at .338.
- SS Reid Brignac is 7th in hitting at .325 with 8 homer runs and 38 RBI and a lot of errors.
- Shaun Cumberland is 2nd in the CL with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. He is hitting .241.
- Patrick Breen is 4th in home runs with 9 and is hitting .311.
Southwest Michigan (25-25, 6.5 gb).
- Starting pitching continues to impress for the Devil Rays. One of the Rays’ biggest pitching prospects is Wade Davis and he is not disappointing this season. In 10 starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.00 ERA. In 54 innings, he has given up only 32 hits and 25 walks. He is 2nd in the league with 71 strikeouts. In his last outing, he went 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, no walks and 1 run. He struck out 8.
- Jacob McGee leads the league with 72 strikeouts. He is 4-5 with a 2.96 ERA.