Davidson named Futures Game MVP, wins Triple-A HR Derby

Matt Davidson in this year's All-Star Futures Game. (Photo by Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Davidson in this year’s All-Star Futures Game. (Photo by Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

To say the past two days have been memorable ones for Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Matt Davidson probably would be an understatement.

Davidson, a member of the 2010 South Bend Silver Hawks, was named MVP of the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday after hitting a two-run homer to give the USA Team a 4-2 win over the World Team. He hit the home run off losing pitcher Michael Ynoa, an Oakland A’s prospect who went 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 54.2 IP (15 starts) for the Beloit Snappers this year.

As an encore, Davidson won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday. He bested Memphis Redbirds 1B Brock Peterson, who played for the 2004 Quad City River Bandits (.253, 7 HR, 65 RBI in 124 games).

Brock Peterson congratulates Matt Davidson on his Triple-A Home Run Derby win. (Photo by David Calvert/Reno Aces)

Brock Peterson congratulates Matt Davidson on his Triple-A Home Run Derby win. (Photo by David Calvert/Reno Aces)

Davidson, currently a third baseman for the Reno Aces, batted .289 with 16 HR and 79 RBI in 113 games with the 2010 South Bend Silver Hawks. Among his teammates that year was Bobby Borchering, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI for the River Bandits on Sunday. (You can read my account of that game, which featured highly-touted Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel’s Midwest League debut, and see photos of Borchering and others in this post.)

Matt Davidson playing third base for the 2010 South Bend Silver Hawks

Matt Davidson playing third base for the 2010 South Bend Silver Hawks

Guerrieri exits game with sore elbow

Bowling Green Hot Rods SP Taylor Guerrieri left Monday’s game early after experiencing elbow soreness in the 3rd inning. He had skipped his previous start and didn’t pitch in the All-Star Futures Game because of shoulder fatigue. The two conditions appear unrelated.

Guerrieri is scheduled to be examined by doctors today to determine the extent of his latest injury. He is 6-2 with a 2.01 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 67 IP this season.

Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Taylor Guerrieri (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Taylor Guerrieri (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Stephenson promoted to Bakersfield

An official announcement hasn’t been made as of when I’m writing this, but Cincinnati Reds prospect Robert Stephenson tweeted Monday night that he has been promoted from the Dayton Dragons to the High-A Bakersfield Blaze. The fastballer is 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 77 IP this season.

In other baseball promotion news broken on Twitter last night, the Miami Marlins apparently have promoted LHP Justin Nicolino from High-A to Double-A. Nicolino was part of a highly-touted Lansing Lugnuts pitching rotation last year, going 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 21 walks in 124.1 IP. He briefly pitched for the Lugnuts at the end of the 2011 season, too.

The Toronto Blue Jays sent Nicolino to Miami as part of a blockbuster, 12-player trade last November.

Justin Nicolino pitches for the Lansing Lugnuts in Game 2 of the 2011 Midwest League Championship Series. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Justin Nicolino pitching for the Lansing Lugnuts in Game 2 of the 2011 Midwest League Championship Series. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Other notable former Midwest Leaguers who were recently promoted include Cleveland Indians SS prospect Francisco Lindor and Kansas City Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, both of whom move from High-A to Double-A.

Lindor batted .257 with 6 HR, 42 RBI and 27 SB in 122 games with the 2012 Lake County Captains.

Zimmer, a right-handed starting pitcher, went 2-3 with a 2.43 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 29.2 IP (six starts) for the 2012 Kane County Cougars.

Kyle Zimmer pitching for the Kane County Cougars in 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Kyle Zimmer pitching for the Kane County Cougars in 2012. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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