J. J. Davis, sent to AAA New Orleans on May 8, is making a strong case to return to the big leagues. He went four for four on Sunday to spark the Zephyrs to a 12-7 win over the Sacramento River Cats. Included in his performance was a two-run homer in the first inning that gave the Zephyrs a 2-0 lead and an RBI double in the fifth to tie the game at five. That sparked a run of six unanswered runs for the Zephyrs to give them the win.
In five games since joining New Orleans, Davis is batting .381 with an OPS of a shade over 1.000, with half of his eight hits going for extra bases.
Sunny Kim (as Sun-Woo Kim is now being called) had a hard-luck start on Friday when he allowed just one earned run in a start against the Fresno Grizzlies but still took the loss. Three errors led to six Fresno runs in the third inning. Not only did Kim’s defense let him down, but the Zephyrs stranded 12 runners in the 6-1 loss.
Brandon Watson received a promotion by necessity in the wake of the Endy Chavez trade. The outfielder, batting .247 with just one extra base hit, a double, in 146 at bats, was sent up from AA Harrisburg to New Orleans to take Chavez’ spot on the roster. The move was made because New Orleans was already short on outfielders when Chavez went to Philadelphia and Watson was the one to receive the call.
Josh Whitesell of Potomac is rated at the 29th best prospect in the Nats system by some, but he’s emerging as the best player for the A Nationals. He’s batting .331 with an OPS of .932. In 36 games Whitesell, the Expo’s sixth-round pick in the 2003 amateur draft, has hit four home runs and has 20 RBI’s.
Edgardo Baez hit a double and drove in two runs for the A Savannah Sand Gnats on Sunday in an 8-6 loss to Charleston. That lifted his average for the season to .316, tops among the Savannah regulars.