Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Jeremy Sowers Tops Hayden Penn in Prospect Tilt

In a matchup between two potential superstars, Cleveland prospect Jeremy Sowers, 23, topped Baltimore prospect Hayden Penn, 22, Tuesday as Buffalo beat Ottawa 3-1. Sowers, something of a corner painter in the mold of a young Greg Maddux, was still bringing his 88-92 mph fastball with no sign of fatigue but came out in the eighth after giving up a homer. The victory raised Sowers record to 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA. Former Chicago Cub Jason Dubois provided all the offense Sowers would need as Dubois took Penn deep for a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth. Penn came into the third with a startling 11-inning hitless streak before giving up an infield single that bounced off his back as he fell off the mound. The Orioles, experiencing pitching problems, may call Penn to Baltimore in coming weeks, but Sowers, a former No. 6 overall draft pick, is expected to languish in Buffalo unless an injury or trade creates an opening in Cleveland.