Heyward a star in waiting
News and notes from Tuesday in the minor leagues
Updated: August 5, 2009, 12:09 PM ETBy Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
The true sign of a superstarJason Heyward, OF, Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-3, HBP
There an old scouting adage that it's not what players do when the entire team is hitting, it's what they do in losses when the rest of the team isn't hitting, The M-Braves managed just one run on seven hits Tuesday night, but that didn't stop Heyward from reaching base three more times, upping his averages to .422/.505/.722 (batting/on-base/slugging) in 27 Southern League games. What else can one say? The guy is just a monster.
Is there a pitching version of the Josh Vitters rule?Daniel Hudson, RHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham)
Tuesday's stats: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K
Basically, as long as Hudson keeps putting goose eggs up on the scoreboard, he's going to keep earning a mention. Now 7-0 in nine starts since his promotion to Double-A, Hudson has fired 26 scoreless innings in his past four outings while giving up just 12 hits, walking four and striking out 30. With above-average command of above-average stuff, he's now the best pitching prospect in the system after the Sox sent four arms to the Padres for Jake Peavy.
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