Entering play Tuesday, Sam Fuld had two streaks going for him. One was a 17-game hitting streak (the longest in the Florida State League so far this season), which came to a close with a 0-for-4 performance at the plate. The other was a consecutive on-base streak, which he extended to 26 games with his 23rd walk of the season.
Both helped propel the former Stanford standout to the top of our weekly Prospect Power Rankings this week, but the latter streak dates back to May 1. That's right – Fuld has reached base in all of his 26 games this month.
Justin Berg went five innings and allowed three runs and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two for his third win in his last four starts. The former Yankees prospect has a 4.34 ERA in 11 starts.
Daytona is 26-25, three and a half games behind St. Lucie for first place in the Florida State League East.
Class Mid A: Peoria beat Kane County, 4-2
In his first full season with a Cubs farm team, Mitch Atkins is now 4-0 – a steady improvement from his past two years in the rookie/short-season leagues. He went six innings Tuesday and allowed one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking two.
Always good for a joke, which is usually one at his own expense, the 20-year-old right-hander told us earlier this month that a fast start to the season changes everything.
"The biggest difference is that I'm more comfortable and more confident," Atkins said. "Last year, I was throwing the ball a lot, as in too many pitches. I was a little disappointed in my record and my stats weren't great by any means. It didn't really get me down too much, but with the way I've been pitching so far, I have a lot more confidence on the mound."
The confidence has resulted in a 1.95 ERA and .199 average against in 10 starts for Atkins this season. He ranks seventh in the Midwest League in ERA and is the only starter without a loss (minimum .8 IP per team game).
Davy Gregg and Mark Reed each drove in a run for the offense. Gregg has seen more playing time in the no. 9 slot recently after struggling in the leadoff spot. Reed, meanwhile, has hit above .300 all year with double the at-bats this month as opposed to April. He is batting .435 (10-for-23) against left-handers this season.
The Chiefs improved to 16-10 this month, the best mark in the league for May and are 29-21 overall, a game and a half behind the first-place Cougars in the Midwest League West.
AA: West Tenn postponed
From Diamond Jaxx broadcaster Ron Potesta:
Tonight's Southern League game between the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and the Huntsville Stars has been postponed due to a flooded first base dugout.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. CDT a severe thunderstorm hit Joe Davis Stadium. Nearly two inches of rain fell in a 30-45 minute period, flooding the field as well as both dugouts. When the rain stopped, the field became playable by gametime and the Huntsville dugout on the third base side was drained. Unfortunately, the Diamond Jaxx dugout on the first base side had at least a foot of water and was unable to be drained.
The Diamond Jaxx and Stars will play a doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game beginning at 6:05 p.m. CDT. Both games will be seven innings in length.
TOP ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMERS THROUGH 5/30
*Minimum 25 IP/100 ABs