Tice off to nice start in Indians' organization

Despite a recent mini-slump, third baseman Jeremie Tice is off to an impressive start in the Cleveland Indians organization.

The sixth-round draft choice went into the weekend hitting .291 with nine extra-base hits for Mahoning Valley in the Class A New York-Penn League.

The Dacula graduate was hitting well over .300 until a four-game hitless streak in which he was 0-for-15. He has six doubles, a triple, two homers and 11 RBIs in 28 games. Thanks to 18 walks, the former College of Charleston standout has a .402 on-base average.

Tice, who turns 22 in September, was player of the year this spring in the Southern Conference. He hit .393 with 25 homers and a NCAA-best 83 RBIs.

The Mahoning Valley team is based in Niles, Ohio.

Green still cold at plate

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are the hottest team in the Class AAA International League, winning 10 straight games before being stopped. But Nick Green's struggles at the plate continue.

The former Atlanta Brave from Duluth went into the weekend hitting just .219 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. He was batting .175 in July.

Green, 29, hit .313 with 21 homers in AAA last year, splitting time between Indianapolis and Tacoma.

Carter having solid season

Parkview graduate Anthony Carter is 8-4 with a 4.14 ERA in two Class A stops in the Chicago White Sox organization. The 22-year-old was 5-2 with a 2.77 ERA at Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League before being promoted in early June to Winston-Salem of the Carolina League, where he is 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA.

The right-hander has 80 strikeouts to 25 walks in 1041/3 innings in his first year of full-season action. A 26th-round pick of the White Sox in 2005 out of Georgia Perimeter College , he was 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA last season in the rookie Pioneer League.

Blackmon's streak ends

Former North Gwinnett and Georgia Tech standout Charlie Blackmon had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games, but the outfielder was hitting .313 for Tri-City in the Class A Northwest League.

The second-round draft choice of Colorado was named NWL player of the week on July 14 after hitting .565 over five games. He had four doubles and five RBIs during the stretch.

Wood roughed up

Since pitching a shutout in his second Class AA start, right-hander Blake Wood has struggled with Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League. He is 3-5 and has a 6.58 ERA.

The 22-year-old former North Georgia and Georgia Tech pitcher was 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA at Wilmington of the Class A Carolina League before being promoted. The 2006 third-round pick of Kansas City has 108 strikeouts in 1091/3 innings.

Plenty of Ks for Moreau

Left-hander Nathan Moreau, an 11th-round draft choice by Baltimore, had 11 strikeouts in his first six innings with Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League.

The former Parkview and Georgia Bulldogs pitcher allowed six hits and three earned runs in his three relief appearance. The 21-year-old issued just one walk.

Cal Ripken Jr. owns the Maryland-based team.

Side's average drops

Outfielder Joey Side entered the weekend in a 3-for-31 slump, dropping his average to .281 with Visalia of the Class A California League. The slump followed a hot streak in which the former South Gwinnett and Georgia standout lifted his average well over .300.

Side, 24, got a late start on the season because of an abdominal injury. The 2006 sixth-round draft choice by Arizona hit .291 last season in the Class A Midwest League.

McHugh pitching well

Collin McHugh pitched five innings in each of his past two starts for Kingsport, not allowing an earned run in either no-decision. The right-hander has a 2.31 ERA in seven games for the rookie Appalachian League team.

McHugh, an 18th-round pick by New York Mets, played at Providence Christian and Berry College. The 21-year-old has 20 strikeouts and 11 walks with Kingsport.

Kang team's RBI leader

Tampa Bay outfield prospect K.D. Kang had a three-hit that included a triple and led Hudson Valley of the New York-Penn League with 18 RBIs going into the weekend.

The Parkview grad had five doubles, three triples and three homers to go with a .252 average. The 20-year-old played in the rookie Appalachian League last season.

Flanigan begins in Arizona

First baseman Rob Flanigan hit .250 in his first 16 games with the San Francisco Giants' team in the rookie Arizona League. He had three extra-base hits and three RBIs.

The South Gwinnett graduate was a NCAA Division II All-America this spring, hitting .403 with 20 homers and 74 RBIs.