Commentary

Erbe impresses

Updated: August 7, 2009, 11:30 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Finding his way?

Brandon Erbe, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Thursday's stats: 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
Erbe has had an up-and-down career, and can even be up and down from start to start and inning to inning. When he's good, he's very good, and that was certainly the case Thursday night as he lowered his Eastern League ERA to 2.08 while getting his fastball up to 94 mph. While a bout with shoulder soreness has limited him to 61 1/3 innings this year, Double-A batters are batting only .173 against him, and he's really just a notch below the much more publicized Baltimore pitching prospects.

And the hits just keep on coming

Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Double-A Midland)
Thursday's stats: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, CS
After detailing how hot Carter was yesterday, he decided to get a little hotter, as in his past ten games, he's now 23 for 37 (.622) with a 1.000 slugging percentage. Now at .333/.428/.560 (average/on-base/slugging) for the year, the A's better hope newly acquired Brett Wallace can stay at third base, or they're going to have some tough decisions down the road.

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