Pro Prospect Watch

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With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, each week throughout the summer Wednesday Journal will be keeping readers informed of their progress. Stats are through Sunday.

Justin Olson allowed one earned run in six innings for Double A New Britain last week to lower his ERA to 4.48. He evened his record at 7-7 on July 11 by winning a spot start at Bowie, then threw a scoreless ninth inning against New Hampshire on Saturday. With seven strikeouts last week, he's now averaging 7.79 strikeouts per nine innings.

Giants farmhand Mike Santoro went 1-for-8 and scored a run last week as he played in three of Class A Salem-Keizer's six games. Santoro is hitting .160 (4-for-25) in nine games.

Vasili Spanos' average plummeted 55 points, from .273 to .218, after he went 2-for-23 in seven games last week. He knocked in two runs to give him 17 RBIs in 22 games with Midland of the Texas League.

Blake Whealy went hitless in nine at-bats for St. Lucie last week, walking twice and striking out four times. His average dropped to .222. Whealy has seven homers and 23 RBIs in 63 games.

Compiled by Daniel Heim

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