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June 23, 2010

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Minor League Update: Games of June 22

by Kevin Goldstein

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Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K

Since his return from elbow surgery last summer, Betances has allowed six hits in 18 innings, while striking out 21 and walking just two. Just as scary, one of baseball's most notable high-risk/high-ceiling pitchers is impressing with his stuff as well, sitting comfortably at 93-95 mph with his fastball, throwing his plus curve for strikes, and showcasing a surprisingly solid changeup.

Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-4, 2 HR (15), 3 R, 3 RBI, K

It's the most exciting kind of performance when a player who is already an outstanding prospect is having a breakout season. In his last seven games, Brown has slugged five home runs, and his .325/.395/.614 batting line is without fault, as he's walking, has a reasonable strikeout rate, runs well, and has zero platoon issues. If you are a big Jason Werth fan in Philly, get ready to say your goodbyes, as one way or another the Phillies are not going to block Brown in 2011.

Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Short-Season Eugene): 2-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 4 RBI, K

For now, he's a third baseman. The fact that I have to use 'for now' is why Gyorko slid to the 59th overall pick earlier in the month. The bat was late first-round worthy, but nobody knew where he'd fit defensively, other than something other than shortstop, his position at West Virginia. Nobody is even sure third base is going to work, but it's pretty clear that the bat is as good as advertised.

Dan Moskos, LHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): SV, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

You have to give it to this guy, as after years of struggles, he's back in the bullpen, back in good physical condition, and back to showing the impressive stuff he had back in his Clemson days. With a 1.45 ERA and 18 saves, he's ready for a bigger challenge, and might just be ready to join the cavalry come September.

Others Of Note:

  • J.P. Arencibia, C, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB. 25-for-58 (.431) in last 14 games with 54 total bases; .293/.345/.582 overall.
  • Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, SV. I don't know, maybe it's progress. Sure is better than him getting lit up again.
  • Cory Brown, OF, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 2-for-4, 2B, RBI. Demoted after doing nothing (.156/.207/.275) at Triple-A but hitting .352/.423/.565 in 28 Texas League games.
  • Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-5, HR (15), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Well, if you are a big fan of isolated power, Flowers certainly provides that with a line of .230/.326/.505.
  • David Holmberg, LHP, White Sox (Rookie-level Great Falls): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K. '09 second-rounder has crazy polish for a teenage lefty; scouts would like to see more velocity.
  • Brett Lawrie, 2B, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB. On base 16 times in last five games; up to .301/.362/.500 although defensive reviews remain poor.
  • Chris Marrero, 1B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-4, HR (10), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Shades of 2007 breakout? 2006 first-round pick is hitting .408/.451/.579 in last 20 games; up to .294/.341/.460.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (18), R, 3 RBI, BB. It just never stops; 15-for-30 in last six games with five doubles and three bombs for season line of a ridiculous .361/.427/.721.
  • Telvin Nash, OF, Astros (Rookie-level Greenville): 2-for-3, 2 2B, R, BB, K. '09 third-round is big and toolsy, extremely raw.
  • Rudy Owens, LHP, Pirates (Double-A Atloona): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Average stuff/outstanding command lefty's ERA by month: 3.57, 2.75, 2.16.
  • Gregorio Petit, SS, Rangers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 3-for-5, 2 HR (5), 2 R, 8 RBI. Slick fielder has utility-man potential at best, but you have to give it up for two grand slams in a game.
  • Sean Ratliff, OF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-for-5, 2 HR (3), 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 K. Big, athletic, free-swinger outfielder has three home runs in seven game since promotion; some scouts see too much of an all-or-nothing hitter.
  • Trayvon Robinson, OF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI. Continuing to improve and adjust as the season goes on; batting .365/.429/.432 in June.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (Rookie-level Kingsport): 3-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI. Signed for $600K in '08; can hit, and hit for power, but other tools aren't so great.
  • Adrian Salcedo, RHP, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. The two walks are a shock as he walked three in 62 innings last year; lanky righty is loaded with projection.
  • Jerry Sands, OF/1B, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 1-for-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K. Midwest League home run leader hits the only bomb in the circuit's All-Star game.
  • Scott Schnieder, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K.  Nice High-A debut for interesting sleeper; not much stuff-wise, but throws strikes, gets tons of groundballs and just knows how to pitch.
  • Donavan Tate, OF, Padres (Rookie-level AZL Padres): 2-for-4, SB, 2 K. First two pro hits.
  • Juan Urbina, LHP, Mets (Rookie-level GCL Mets): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. $1.2 million dollar 17-year-old (and son of Ugueth) with sparkling stateside debut; sat at 89-91 mph with developing changeup.
  • Brett Wallace, 1B, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-5, R, K. 10-for-21 in last five game to put slugging over .500, average creeping closer to .300 (.293/.353/.502).
  • Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Auburn): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Supplemental first round pick three weeks ago had one of the better arms in the draft; secondary stuff needs work.

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faithdies

Dom Brown: MiLB Player of the Year if they season ended today?

Jun 23, 2010 10:05 AM
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faithdies

"they" = "the".

Jun 23, 2010 10:06 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Does it matter? Seriously, does an award change anything about the player or his future in any way? Different discussion, I know, but I've never understood why people get worked up over them.

Jun 23, 2010 10:23 AM
 
faithdies

Ha. Good point. I guess the real question was, Do you think he's the best hitting prospect left in the minors?

Jun 23, 2010 10:29 AM
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stepsinsc

Jeez, relax. It was simple water-cooler fodder. What's the harm in that? I sure didn't get the impression the asker took it "super serially." While we're on the subject, does any of this matter in the grand scheme of things? We're all going to die alone anyways.



Jun 23, 2010 11:48 AM
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CRP13

Argument of relevance aside, I'd throw Moustakas into that discussion.

Jun 23, 2010 11:54 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Absolutely.

Jun 23, 2010 13:33 PM
 
sgrcuts

With both Betances and Brackman showing some great signs- who do you like more?

Jun 23, 2010 10:12 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I'm honestly not sure yet. Need to talk to more people about what they are seeing in Betances.

Jun 23, 2010 10:24 AM
 
ryankelly12

Brad Hand, one of my favorite arms in the minors had another great outing last night. For some reason, he as well as fellow Marlins young gun, Alejandro Sanabia never get covered despite great seasons (although Sanabia is now with in the Fish's bullpen).

Last night: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO

Making his June numbers --

27.1 IP, 0.66 ERA, 15 H (1 XBH, a double), 6 BB, 22 SO.

Jun 23, 2010 10:24 AM
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dwinning

Kevin, what's your instinct on where Lawrie ends up in the field? any chance at all he sticks at second? have the arm for RF or the athleticism for CF?

Jun 23, 2010 10:30 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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As far as the OF goes, he's best suited for left.

Jun 23, 2010 10:50 AM
 
dwinning

Yeah, the Brewers have a pretty solid LF these days. So it goes.

Jun 23, 2010 11:00 AM
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cordially
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Thoughts on Alejandro Sanabia? Having a very good year, just got called up, scouting reports from what I can tell are underwhelming.

Jun 23, 2010 10:49 AM
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leites

I'd also be very interested in any thoughts on possible upside for Sanabia, if the Marlins decide to use him as a starter at some point.

Jun 23, 2010 11:08 AM
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ryankelly12

Amen and amen.

Jun 23, 2010 11:15 AM
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cooper7d7

Christina had this, hopefully in consultation with KG, to say, "Sanabia? He's just 21, extremely young, a soft-tossing stringbean and a strike-thrower...but he was never considered a top prospect. "

Jun 23, 2010 11:24 AM
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ryankelly12

I saw a report somewhere this year of sitting 89-91. Not sure if that is accurate or not. If it is, that's not necessarily soft-tossing. But he's definitely a string bean.

Jun 23, 2010 11:37 AM
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leites

"But he was never considered a top prospect" Well, yes, I don't even think he was in John Sickels' top 1,000 this winter. And there's no doubt his potential is less than, for example, Strasburg. Still, would love to hear from KG: is he doing anything differently this year, to make one think his stint with the Marlins will be more than a cup of coffee?

Jun 23, 2010 12:14 PM
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ryankelly12

Yes. That's what I'd love to hear. Being a "top prospect" requires a lot of talent, but also a lot of media attention. Sanabia has never had that from the prospect world. Even, when he got off to a blistering start last year in High A as a 19 year old, I don't recall seeing anything published about his ability. While I think the community of prospecting defines most players pretty accurately, there a few that go unnoticed, that shouldn't have. I'm wondering if Sanabia is one of those guys. Or if he's turned himself into one of those guys.

Jun 23, 2010 12:20 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's a finesse guy who throws strikes, mixes 4, maybe 5 pitches up and keeps hitters off balance. He's exceptionally good at it, but it limits his upside, and reduces his margin for error.

Jun 23, 2010 13:36 PM
 
ryankelly12

Thanks Kevin. Appreciate the feedback.

Jun 23, 2010 13:55 PM
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gluckschmerz

I hope Asher Wojciechowski becomes a superstar just so his name has to be pronounced by so many announcers. Would love to hear Harry Carry say that name. Would love to see the look on Steve Stone's face when Harry said that name...

Jun 23, 2010 11:48 AM
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awayish

if the guy gets to that level, he probably has a nickname already.

Jun 23, 2010 13:18 PM
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smitty25039

Junior Arias is off to a nice start with AZL Reds. How would you rate his tools, Kevin?

Jun 23, 2010 11:58 AM
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SaberTJ

Wouldn't the Phillies be better off signing Werth, and play Brown, Victorino, and Werth together?

Or is Ibanez signed through 2011?

Jun 23, 2010 12:27 PM
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lionstar1964

Yes to both questions. The problem with substituting Brown for Werth is that Werth is the only non-lefty in the middle of the Phils order, and thus provides some protection for Utley, Howard and Ibanez seeing a diet of all lefties in late and close situations.

The countervailing problem is that they already have commitments to roughly the same payroll for 2011 as they have in 2010, even with Werth (and Moyer and some lesser-paid folks) leaving by free agency. And the signs are out there that they are near their limits, as they might have been able to substitute lesser prospects in the Halliday deal if Toronto wasn't picking up $6 million of his 2010 salary, plus the Lee trade, plus the bargain hunting for the bench and relief spots this past winter.

Jun 23, 2010 13:31 PM
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