On the good news front, CF Matt den Dekker (pictured) stayed red-hot going 3-5 with a pair of doubles. The 23-year old Den Dekker now owns a 10-game hitting streak over which time he's hitting .465/.477/.744 with eight doubles and two triples. A strong defensive CF, den Dekker is now hitting a batting average fueled .351/.383/.532 with three walks against 16 strikeouts in 18 games for St. Lucie. Surely, he'll see AA this summer, but before he did so, it would be a nice idea to learn to walk more than once a week.
SS Wilmer Flores was 2-4 with a home run, his first of the year, lifting the 19-year old's season line to .308/.352/.385. He's hit safely in seven of his last eight games. I got a bunch of Flores questions yesterday. There were variations on the theme, but the short answer is: he's going to hit. I'm not sure how many home runs he'll hit annually, but he will hit for average and will be a threat for 35 doubles annually.
Four different Gnats had two-hit games led by little 2B Wilfredo Tovar (airborne at right) who was 2-5 with a walk and two runs scored. The 18-year old is 10-for-17 (.588) in his last five games to lift his season line to .288/.354/.373 with six walks and five strikeouts in 18 games. He doesn't have any power, but when he's right, he puts his bat on everything he sees. If you're looking around the system for a player to compare Tovar to, he's smaller than Ruben Tejada, but for my money, a better pure athlete.
DH Blake Forsythe was 2-5 with a homer, his second of the year. Last year's third round pick out of Tennessee, Forsythe is the anti-Tovar: as his offensive game has plenty of strikeouts, but lots of power. Five of his eight hits have gone for extra bases as part of a .178/.245/.378 line with 14 whiffs in 12 games.
RF Cory Vaughn (.302/.400/.429) was 2-5 with an RBI. Vaughn is second on the Gnats with eight walks, but tied for the team lead with 16 strikeouts.