One overlooked prospect pitcher is Mobile's Bradin Hagens who is quietly having a nice season for Mobile. Hagens has been steadily making his way up the organizational ladder after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. The 24-year-old has been doing so without doing anything spectacular but also without doing anything to keep him back. His peripherals don't generate a lot of excitement either that make you think he's sitting on some kind of breakout season. But he's steadily getting the job done for Mobile with a 2.91 ERA in 9 starts, a solid .245 BAA and an enviable GO/AO of 1.70. The K/BB of 1.38 isn't going to generate a lot of notice and being in a rotation with Archie Bradley, David Holmberg and Andrew Chafin doesn't help either. Hagens may always have a hard time getting out of the shadow of that group but for now he's more than holding his own.
In league action the Reno offense remained in hibernation as they got shut out again, this time collecting just 5 hits. Bradin Hagens tossed 5 shutout innings in Mobile's 4-2 win that gets them a game over .500. Visalia lost to Modesto 7-2 as Kyle Winkler had another difficult start. And South Bend had a travel day.
3 Stars: Bradin Hagens, Mobile 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 ER, W (5-3)
2 Stars: Bryan Woodall, Mobile 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 ER
1 Star: Ender Inciarte, Mobile 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 DBL
0 Stars: Kyle Winkler, Visalia 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 6 ER, L (1-4)
Triple A: Reno 0 Round Rock 6. Charles Brewer ended his streak of solid starts with a not=so-solid one as he allowed 6 runs on 10 hits and a walk in 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. The offense is in a major funk as they outdid Monday's 3-hit effort with a 5-hit effort last night.
Double A: Mobile 4 @ Pensacola 2. Our featured player today Bradin Hagens threw 5 shutout innings and the bullpen added 3 more zeros until Kevin Munson surrendered 2 runs in the 9th to make it close. The Bay Bears offense had 12 hits and the game never should have been close. Ender Inciarte went 2 for 5 with a double. Nick Evans and Raywilly Gomez each added a pair of singles.
High A: Visalia 2 @ Modesto 7. Kyle Winkler is having a tough season and can't seem to string together consecutive good starts. Last night he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks and the offense couldn't overcome it. David Nick had a pair of hits to tweak his average above the Mendoza line for the first time this year. And hot-hitting Ryan Court went 2 for 4.