South Atlantic League baseball
Lexington Legends at Savannah Sand Gnats
What: Four-game series
Where: Grayson Stadium (Savannah, Ga.)
When: Wednesday through Saturday (7:05 each night through Friday, 6:05 Saturday)
Major League affiliates: Houston Astros (Legends), New York Mets (Sand Gnats)
Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Wednesday, RH Tanner Bushue (1-0, 3.20) vs. RH Armando Rodriguez (0-3, 5.03); Thursday, RH Zach Grimmett (0-0, 0.00) vs. LH Jimmy Fuller (3-1, 1.26); Friday, RH Robby Donovan (1-2, 2.70) vs. LH Mark Cohoon (3-0, 1.90); Saturday, RH Juan Minaya (0-3, 6.75) vs. RH Brandon Moore (0-1, 2.87).
Sand Gnat to watch: SS Wilmer Flores (6-foot-3, 175 pounds, from Valencia, Venezuela) is tied for third in the league in RBI (17) and tied for fourth in hits (26), doubles (9) and total bases (41) through Monday’s games. He also ranks ninth in slugging (.532) and 10th in batting (.338). Flores has a pair of homers, 12 runs and a .378 on-base percentage. Signed by the Mets as a non-drafted free agent Aug. 6, 2007, Flores progressed from the rookie-league Kingsport Mets to the short-season Brooklyn Cyclones and a one-game showing with low-A Savannah in the 2008 season, earning rookie all-star honors from Baseball America. Last year, playing 125 games for the Sand Gnats, he hit .264 with three homers and 36 RBI, and was named to the Futures Game.
Legend to watch: 1B/DH Kody Hinze (6-0, 225, from Houston) ranks second in the SAL in RBI (19), third in homers (5), fifth in slugging (.557), seventh in OPS (.938) and is tied for 13th in total bases (34) through Monday. He is batting .295 and has scored nine times. Hinze signed with the Astros as a non-drafted free agent Oct. 5, 2007, out of Angelina (Texas) College. He hit .269 with eight homers and 32 RBI over 55 games with the Greeneville Astros in 2008. Last year, Hinze played 27 games for the Legends (.175-4-14) and 32 games with the Gulf Coast League Astros (.262-1-14). This month, he’s hitting .441 with runners on base, .455 with runners in scoring position.
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