Ramon Ramirez has been good this season. He's 25, so his success (especially in Double-A) shouldn't be terribly surprising. But he has 104 strikeouts in 100 innings and a nice little 1.23 WHIP. He's third in line behind Thompson and Maloney, but he might have a tiny sippa coffee with the big team this year.
Triple-A: The Bats had their 7-game winning streak when Todd Coffey blew a tie game in the 8th inning. Louisville fell 5-3. Shaun Cumberland had 2 hits, and Ramon Ramirez struck out 7 in his 6 innings.
Double-A: Sean Watson walked 3 and allowed a walk-off single in the 10th as the Lookouts lost 7-6. Danny Dorn hit his 3rd homer in 3 games (and 13th this season), Drew Stubbs doubled and Sean Henry tripled.
High A: Todd Frazier collected 2 more hits in Sarasota's 6-2 win. Ramon Geronimo allowed a run, but he also struck out 2 in his inning. The 24-year-old is dying for a promotion. He has to be on the next Chattanooga choo-choo.
Low A: Dayton played 2 and won 4-3 and 8-1. Brandon Waring returned as the DH and went 2 for 7 with 4 strikeouts on the day, Neftali Soto collected a hit in each game and Keltavious Jones, Justin Reed and Zach Cozart all homered. The real stud of the day was Denis Phipps, who went 5 for 7 with 2 doubles and a triple. Zach Stewart pitched 2 scoreless innings in Game 1 for his 3rd save.
Rookies: Alex Buchholz smacked a 3-run homer, his 3rd, and Byron Wiley doubled and tripled for 5 RBIs as Billings cruised by a touchdown. ... Evan Hildenbrandt struck out 6 in 4 innings, but the GCL Reds lost 5-2. ... Juan Duran was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs in the D-Reds' 8-5 win.