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May 27, 2010

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Minor League Update: Games of May 26

by Kevin Goldstein

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Let today's Krol/Arnett feature serve as the big write-ups today – sorry folks, today is going to be a busy one.

Others Of Note:

  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, K.  10-for-22 in six games; Sally League getting nice talent influx with the warmer weather.
  • Blake Beavan, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.  Scout: "People only talk about what he can't do, or how he isn't doing what they think he should; I don't care, he's going to throw 200 innings a year in the big leagues."
  • Zach Britton, LHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.  Also had 12 groundball outs and season long ratio of nearly 3-to-1.  Really just a tick behind Tillman and Arrieta, and I know one scout who thinks he's better than both.
  • Wilmer Font, RHP, Rangers (High-A Bakersfield): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.  Big on stuff, but low on consistency; this is what happens when he's on.  An impressive performance for a pitcher who just turned 20.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K, SB (20).  Showing some signs of life with .286/.353/.429 line in May, but successful on just three of last eight stolen bases.
  • Nick Hagadone, LHP, Indians (High-A Kinston): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K.  45 whiffs in 37 2/3. Innings, but also 29 walks.  Stuff is nasty as nearly anyone in the league, but not efficient enough to get into late innings.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K.  Power might be coming around; even without it he's at .301/.423/.442.
  • Casey Kelly, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K.  It's not like he's been bad by any stretch, but there has been far less dominance than expected with more than a hit per innings allowed and a surprisingly elevated walk rate.
  • Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians (High-A Kinston): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K. By all accounts, he's playing a pretty solid second base, and his .302/.375/.451 line is giving scouts even more cause for optimism.
  • Bryan Morris, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K.  No bump in road with promotion; if he keeps rolling, he'll get a long look next spring.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (7), 2 R, RBI, K.  Capitan Kirk has three home runs in last five games and overall line of .302/.337/.500.
  • Dennis Raben, OF, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 2-for-2, 2 HR (2), 4 R, 5 RBI, 4 BB.  High Desert with a 20-30 mph wind blowing out sure is a fun place to make your California League debut, huh?
  • Wilkin Ramirez, OF, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 3-for-4, 3 HR (13), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB.  Seemingly buried by the Tigers due to inability to figure out an approach; at 25 he's still some kind of prospect.
  • Tony Sanchez, C, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 3-for-3, 2 R, RBI.  Shoulder is healthy, he's hitting well, no reason he shouldn't be in Double-A by the second half…if not earlier.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, K.  Hits in 13 of 14 games since joining BlueClaws; .429/.508/.755 overall.
  • Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.  ERA is now 1.03 in nine starts across Low/High-A; 19-year-old could reach big leagues as early as late 2011.
  • Mark Trumbo, 1B, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 2-for-5, HR (11), 2 R, RBI, K.  Four home runs in last seven games; needs more batting average and walks to project as an everyday big leaguer.

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elm
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I was hoping to see a mention of Brandon Laird hitting for the cycle yesterday with Trenton. I don't know much about him, but he's 22 and hitting pretty well in AA (though this seems to be a career outlier.) Does he have any sort of upside or is this a flash in the pan?

May 27, 2010 10:44 AM
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Schere

How is Britton's hitting? :)

May 27, 2010 11:22 AM
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MatternK

If Kipnis keeps up with his performance, how long until he is up in the bigs?

May 27, 2010 12:22 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I wouldn't rush it. 2012?

May 27, 2010 12:39 PM
 
Clooch14

Font seems to elicit some strong opinions depending on whether you want to focus on his age and physicality or his raw numbers. What are the reports on his stuff and repertoire this year. He must have been doing something right. His numbers weren't outstanding yet he gets moved up anyway.

May 27, 2010 12:40 PM
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Brian Cartwright

Any comments on Brock Holt of Bradenton? He just keeps on hitting, and has shown a plus glove at SS. I expect him to follow Tony Sanchez to Altoona later this year.

May 27, 2010 16:13 PM
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schmub

Does Ranaudo's performance in the opening round of the SEC Tournament solidify him as a first-round pick?

May 28, 2010 07:26 AM
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