South Atlantic League
Lexington Legends vs. Asheville Tourists
What: Four-game series
When: Wednesday through Saturday (7:05 each night)
Where: McCormick Field (Asheville, N.C.)
Major-League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), Colorado Rockies
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Wednesday, RH Robby Donovan (1-3, 4.50) vs. LH Jonathan Vargas (0-3, 5.64); Thursday, RH Juan Minaya (0-5, 5.72) vs. LH Wes Musick (3-3, 5.81); Friday, RH Jose Cisnero (2-1, 5.22) vs. RH Chris Balcom-Miller (0-0, 0.00); Saturday, RH Zach Grimmett (0-0, 0.93) vs. RH Nick Schnaitmann (3-3, 5.79).
Tourist to watch: 1B Jared Clark (6-foot-4, 215 pounds, from Van Nuys, Calif.) is the “slumping giant” whom the Legends hope will stay in a funk for at least four more games. The slugger nicknamed “Diesel” is batting .255 with seven homers, 26 RBI and 18 runs over 29 games. However, in eight games this month, Clark is hitting .067 with no homers, one RBI and four runs over eight games. A 21st round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2007 and a 45th round choice of the Angels in 2008, Clark passed on both chances to play for Cal State Fullerton. The Rockies drafted him in the 12th round last June and soon assigned him to Casper of the Pioneer League. There, Clark hit .348 with 11 homers, 44 RBI and 33 runs over 58 games. He had 29 walks to 34 strikeouts and a gaudy 1.015 OPS.
Legend to watch: RHP Arcenio Leon (6-1, 162, from Maracaibo, Venezuela) is 1-1 with two saves, a hold and a 1.17 ERA over nine relief appearances. Over 23 innings, Leon has struck out 23 and walked nine, while holding opposing batters to a .130 average. In his two appearances in May, Leon has tossed seven innings of no-run, one-hit ball, holding the opposition to a .048 batting average. According to Baseball America’s pre-season rankings, Leon is the 19th-best prospect in the Astros system. Signed at 18, in 2005, Leon played two seasons with the Venezuelan Summer League Astros and two seasons with the Greeneville (Tenn.) Astros of the Appalachian League before joining the Legends in 2009. Including his 4-2, 5.86 results with Lexington, Leon came into this season with career marks of 10-16, 13 saves, 4.42 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 49 walks over 228 innings. Baseball America wrote, in part: “When he finally made it to low Class A in 2009, he showed perhaps the best pure stuff among Astros farmhands. He sits at 93-95 mph with his fastball, topping out at 96. He mixes in a slider thant can be an electric pitch at 86-88 mph, a swing-and-miss offering with sharp, late break and depth. As good as Leon’s stuff is, his control prevents him from having success. … If he ever can harness his control, Leon has the potential to be an excellent reliever.”
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