MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Lockhart distinguishes himself at Boise

Danny Lockhart's father, Keith, had a 10-year major league career, but that hardly makes the Lockhart name stand out on Boise's roster in the Class A Northwest League this summer.

Also on the Hawks are the sons of hockey great Wayne Gretzky and former major league all-star Shawon Dunston.

The younger Lockart does distinguish himself in one way for the Idaho team, though. The second baseman is Boise's leading hitter and his .321 average ranked fourth in the Northwest League going into the weekend.

The Hebron Christian graduate had a .410 average for his first 10 games of July and had struck out just 11 times in 84 at-bats on the year in the short-season league.

Lockhart, 20, was a 10th-round draft choice of the Chicago Cubs in 2011 and spent the past two seasons in the rookie-level Arizona League. The left-handed hitter batted .219 and .221, but has turned it up at the plate this season despite the move up in competition.

Lockhart is a candidate for the Northwest League All-Star Game, which will be played Aug. 6 in Everett, Wash.

Center fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. and left fielder Trevor Gretzky are also doing well for Boise. Dunston, 20, was hitting .303 and Gretzky, 20, had a .257 average. Gretzky was a seventh-round pick by the Cubs in 2011 and Dunston was taken in the 11th round that year, a spot behind Lockhart.

Meadows, Hart get started

Grayson graduate Austin Meadows, the No. 9 overall pick in the June draft by Pittsburgh, had one hit in his first nine at-bats for the Pirates' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.

The outfielder struck out twice in each of his first two games after a long layoff following the high school season. He received a bonus of just over $3 million to sign with the Pirates on June 28.

Parkview graduate Josh Hart is also getting his start in the Gulf Coast League. The 37th pick by Baltimore hit .240 with five RBIs and four steals in his first seven games for the Orioles' rookie team.

Hart, just 18 like Meadows, received a bonus of $1.45 million when he signed June 19.

Carter AAA all-star

Parkview graudate Anthony Carter, in his first season in the Boston organization, was selected for the AAA All-Star Game, which will be played in Reno on Wednesday.

The right-hander had 13 save for Pawtucket of the International League, striking out 53 in 40 innings. He was 1-0 record with a 4.43 ERA over 34 games.

Carter, 27, spent seven years in the Chicago White Sox organization, pitching for Charlotte in the IL last season.

Garvin back on mound

Wesleyan graduate and former Vanderbilt standout Grayson Garvin is pitching again after undergoing elbow surgery last season.

The left-hander made his first rehab appearance for Tampa Bay's team in the rookie Gulf Coast League team on Tuesday, facing four batters. He struck out two while giving up a homer and a single.

Garvin, 23, was the 59th overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Rays and pitched in 11 games for Charlotte of the Class A Advanced Florida State League last season before being sidelined.Blunder costs HawkinsA teammate's base running gaffe cost North Gwinnett graduate Chris Hawkins a game-winning RBI in a Class A Midwest League game.

With the bases loaded and two-out in the bottom of the ninth at Lansing, Hawkins hit a clean single that appeared to end the game. But the Lansing runner at first base celebrated rather than running to second base and was eventually forced out.

That sent the game to extra innings, where Lansing lost.

Hawkins, a third-round draft pick by Toronto in 2010, could have used the hit and RBI. He was batting .217 and had driven in only 18 runs over 70 games.


Nearly three dozen players from Gwinnett high schools are on minor league active rosters or disabled lists.

Player^ Position^ High School^ Team^ Affiliate^ Class

Nick Blount^ RHP^ S. Gwinnett^ White Sox^ Great Falls^ Rookie*Jake Burnette^ RHP^ Buford^ West Virginia^ Pirates^ Low A

Josh Carr^ RHP^ Shiloh^ Lakeland^ Tigers^ High A

Anthony Carter^ RHP^ Parkview^ Pawtucket^ Red Sox^ AAA

*Zach Cone^ OF^ Parkview^ Myrtle Beach^ Rangers^ High A

*Mason Felt^ LHP^ Hebron^ Ariz. Reds^ Reds^ Rookie

Ronnie Freeman^ C^ Brookwood^ Visalia^ D'Backs^ High A

*Jarrett Freeland^ C^ Parkview^ Ariz. Reds^ Reds^ Rookie

Grayson Garvin^ LHP^ Wesleyan^ GCL Rays^ Rays^ Rookie

Nick Green^ SS^ Duluth^ New Orleans^ Marlins^ AAA

Tim Gustafson^ RHP^ Parkview^ Tulsa^ Rockies^ AA

Josh Hart^ OF^ Parkview^ GCL Orioles^ Orioles^ Rookie

Chris Hawkins^ OF^ N.Gwinnett^ Lansing^ Blue Jays^ Low A

Ross Heffley^ 2B^ Brookwood^ Rome^ Braves^ Low A

*Brian Holmes^ LHP^ Mill Creek^ Quad Cities^ Astros^ Low A

Bryan Hudson^ OF ^Mill Creek ^ GCL Red Sox^ Red Sox^ Rookie

Brandon Jacobs^ OF^ Parkview^ Birmingham^ White Sox^ AA

Nick Jones^ LHP^ N. Gwinnett^ Ariz. Giants^ Giants^ Rookie

K.D. Kang^ OF^ Parkview^ Montgomery^ Rays^ AA

Daniel Lockhart^ 3B^ Hebron^ Boise^ Cubs^ Short A

*Trey Martin^ OF^ Brookwood^ Kane County^ Cubs^ Low A

Stephen McCray^RHP^ Parkview^ Birmingham^ White Sox^ AA

Collin McHugh^ RHP^ Providence^ Colo. Springs^ Rockies^ AAA

Austin Meadows^ OF^ Grayson^ GCL Pirates^ Pirates^ Rookie

Nick Moore^ 3B^ Brookwood^ Lowell^ Red Sox^ Short A

Matt Olson^ 1F^ Parkview^ Beloit^ Athletics^ Low A

*Tony Plagman^ 1B^ Wesleyan^ Erie^ Tigers^ AA

James Ramsey^ OF^ Wesleyan^ Palm Beach^ Cardinals^ High A

Lucas Sims^ RHP^ Brookwood^ Rome^ Low A

*Drew Steckenrider^ RHP^ GAC^ Greensboro^ Marlins^ Low A

Brett Teschner^ C^ S. Gwinnett^ Hickory^ Rangers^ Low A

Shannon Wilkerson^ OF^ Dacula^ Portland^ Red Sox^ AA

Blake Wood^ RHP^ N.Gwinnett^ Columbus^ Indians^ AAA

*Disabled list; Rehab assignment.