Working his way back
Matt LaPorta, OF, Indians (Triple-A Columbus)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-5, K
When big-time prospects hit the big leagues, struggle (LaPorta hit .190) and get returned to the minors, it often leads to a slump due mostly to frustration. LaPorta went 0-for-9 in his first two games back at Columbus, but since then, he has gone 15-for-40 (.375) in 10 games. If Cleveland has a housecleaning come July, he'll earn a second chance.
Figuring things out?
Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County)
Tuesday's stats: 7 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 8 K
The 2006 first-round pick has one of the most tantalizing fastballs around, but he was sent down a level after walking 33 in 27 1/3 innings in eight Double-A starts. The Brewers are trying to curb his tendency to overthrow, and things finally seem to be clicking a bit for Jeffress, who has allowed just four hits in 14 innings in his past two starts while, more importantly, walking just three.
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