Pro Prospect Watch

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

Justin Olson's ERA held steady at 4.48 last week after he allowed three earned runs Thursday in a six-inning start at Binghamton. Olson improved to 8-7 as he gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five in New Britain's 11-5 win. He faced Lastings Milledge, the Mets' No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, and retired him all three times.

With playing time hard to come by at short-season Class A Salem-Keizer, Mike Santoro, was moved down last week to San Francisco's rookie team in the Arizona League. He doubled twice and drove in three runs Sunday in the Giants' 11-1 win over the Brewers. Santoro hit .148 (4-for-27) in 10 games with Salem-Keizer.

Though his average is hovering in the low .200s, Vasili Spanos continues to drive in runs for Double A Midland. He had five RBIs in six games last week to give him 22 in 28 games with the RockHounds. Spanos hit his third homer Thursday and is hitting .219.

Blake Whealy went 1-for-7 in St. Lucie's four-game series with Vero Beach, lowering his average to .219. He DH'd for Steve Trachsel on July 20 when the former Cubs pitcher joined St. Lucie for a rehab start.

Compiled by Daniel Heim

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