Welcome back Reese Havens. In his first game outside of extended spring training of 2012, with his first swing in AA, Havens connected on a two-run home run. He finished Sunday 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk.
Havens' homer was more than enough run support for Zack Wheeler who finished off his fourth straight in which he allowed one run or fewer. If you're into that kind of thing, Wheeler picked up his first double-A win while lowering his ERA to 1.75. The 21-year old has succeeded on the strength of his pure stuff: Eastern League hitters have not homered off him and have just 17 hits off him in 25.67 innings for a .198 batting average against while he has fanned 30. However, his peripherals suggest strongly that he is not ready for AAA yet. He has walked 11 batters in his last 16.2 innings and for the year has walked 14 in 25.2 IP for a 4.9 BB/9 or 13% walk rate. Once the walk rate drops, then he will be ready for the minors' final challenge and its most patient hitters. However, he still must refine his command, and for now, the place to do that is in AA.
At the top of the order, CF Matt den Dekker (.292/.356/.528) was 2-for-5 with a double, a triple and two more strikeouts to give him 24 whiffs in 22 games.
Jefry Marte was 1-3 with a double (his sixth) and a walk, (his sixth). The 20-year old is bopping along at .365/.431/.492 with just nine strikeouts in 18 games.
Dylan Owen made a really nice start in front of plenty of offense from the veterans in this one. Owen: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. He threw an excellent 72% of his pitches (56-of-78) for strikes.
Brad Emaus' Buffalo Bisons' debut came at third base while going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Also, Bobby Scales continued his torrid April by going 3-for-5 with two doubles to lift his season line to .413/.522/.600 in 21 games. The 34-year old is leading the International League in batting average and on-base percentage and is tied for fourth in walks (17) while being the third-toughest hitter to strikeout in the League (11.75 PA/K).