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Brown a top hitter in Carolina League

By DAVID MURPHY
Published May 9, 2007


Each week during the 2007 baseball season, we'll take a look at how some former Hernando County stars are performing at the professional level.

Dee Brown isn't hitting .400, but he is still one of the Carolina League's top performers a month into the season.

Though he is just 1-for-12 in his past three games, the former Hernando star is the league's second-leading hitter, batting .336 for the Washington Nationals' high-Class A affiliate in Potomac, Va.

In a game against Wilmington on May 4, Brown went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. The 24-year-old also has nine doubles, 21 runs scored, five stolen bases, 13 RBIs and a .413 on-base percentage.

The Nationals are tied for second place in the Carolina League with a 14-14 record.

RYAN SOLID: Former Central star Patrick Ryan, 23, continues to be solid in middle relief for the Brewers' low-Class A affiliate in West Virginia. Ryan pitched three scoreless innings on May 4, allowing one hit and striking out four in a 3-2 loss to Lexington. He is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 innings of work.

SNOW DAY: Former Hernando star Bert Snow, who served as an assistant coach with the Leopards this season, will begin his third season as an independent league pitcher Thursday when the Shreveport Sports open up against the Fort Worth Cats. The 30-year-old Snow was 9-3 with a 3.13 ERA last season as the Sports No. 1 starter.

ARROYO UPDATE: Former Hernando star Bronson Arroyo, 30, has won two straight after going winless in his first five starts of the year for Cincinnati. He continues to be the Reds' workhorse, averaging 103 pitches per start. He is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA, 35 strikeouts and 15 walks.