Down at Double-A

Been spending too much time at the highest level. Here’s what’s going on in Double-A thus far tonight:

Texas League

Aaron Crow (Royals) went 4.2 IP for NW Arkansas, giving up four hits and one unearned run. He walked three and struck out two. Not a bad pro debut, huh?

Blake Beavan (Rangers) has pitched extremely well for Frisco. The big right-hander has gone five innings, allowing just one run on two hits, walking none and whiffing three.

Christian Friedrich (Rockies) looks good in his Double-A debut. He’s gone four innings, allowed one run on four hits, walking two and striking out three. He’s thrown just 58 pitches.

Eastern League

Kyle Drabek got the win in his Blue Jays organization debut. He did give up four runs (three earned) over five innings, yielding four hits and two walks. He did strike out eight.

He’s not a “prospect” per se, but props to Altoona’s Michael Crotta, who’s repeating the level. If he keeps pitching like this — 6 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K — he won’t stay there long.

The first four batters in Portland’s lineup — Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, Nate Spears and Luis Exposito have homered in Reading. Jose Iglesias is 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Southern League

Dodgers prospect Chris Withrow threw well for Chattanooga. He went six innings against Brett Lawrie and Huntsville (Lawrie went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI), allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four. He didn’t figure into the decision.

I guess Mike Stanton’s power is legit. He hit one out in his first at-bat of the season, off of Dan Cortes. He’s 2-for-3 so far with one RBI from the solo shot and two runs scored.

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