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August 25, 2010

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Minor League Update: Games of August 24

by Kevin Goldstein

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Dellin Betances, RHP, Yakees (Double-A Tenton): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K

On a limited pitch count in his Double-A debut, the 22-year-old righty continued his explosive return from numerous arm problems, striking out eight of the 17 batters he faced while sitting at 95 and touching 97 mph. The Yankees aren't really going to unleash him until next spring, but he could be a only a brief time away from the big leagues when that happens.

Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

With a 1.32 ERA in six Eastern League starts, an opponents batting average of .200 and a groundball ratio of more than 3-to-1, it's fair to say that Mejia is back on track after his poorly thought out stint in the big league bullpen. His stuff remains the best in the system, and hopefully his future finally resides solely in the realm of starting.

Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 8 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K

Almost quietly, Odorizzi has had an outstanding full-season debut, capped off by getting the first 24 outs of a combined no-hitter last night. With plus velocity, plus command and a much improved breaking ball, Odorizzi has 130 strikeouts over 116 innings while allowing 92 hits and walking just 37. He's a fantastic athlete with stamina and silky-smooth arm action, and belongs in the discussion for the top pitchers in the Midwest League this year.

Others Of Note:

  • Wladimir Balentien, OF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-4, 2 HR (24), 2 R, 4 RBI, SB. Not necessarily a prospect anymore, but a remarkable .468/.522/.785 run in his last 20 games is worth noting.
  • Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB. Still bashing away; three straight multi-hit games and .331/.409/.616 in 45 Eastern Legue games.
  • Matt Carpenter, 3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-3, R, RBI. Up to .337/.439/.520 in 94 Texas League games; deserves a real look next spring, and shouldn't have much competition.
  • Matt Den Dekker, OF, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 5-for-6, 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, K, SB. Fifth-round pick as cost-effective senior sign is 26-for-61 (.426) in 15 Sally League games; has line drive bat and center field ability, but few secondary skills.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 9 K. Little lefty with good stuff and crazy great command has 115 strikeouts against just 16 walks in 106.1 innings.
  • Matt Gamel, 3B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-4, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Four home runs in last six games; .322/.396/.536 in 76 PCL games.
  • Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins (Triple-A Rochester): 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K. Full-season debut has exceeded all expectations; 2.96 ERA in 26 starts across three levels shows he's been both good and healthy.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, K. 11-game hitting streak has Double-A numbers up to .310/.359/.632; it's coming Royals fan, it's coming.
  • Justin Jackson, SS, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3-for-5, R, K. Almost an ex-prospect at this point, but has adjusted swing and approach to hit .312 in last 20 games.
  • Chris Marrero, 1B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-3, HR (17), R, 2 RBI, BB. Nine hits and 16 total bases in last four games, but .291/.350/.453 line in only so-so for a first base only prospect.
  • Jake McGee, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. No reason he can't succeed in big league bullpen right now; 10.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 19 K since promotion.
  • Steven Parker, 3B, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-for-4, 3B, HR (19), 2 R, 2 RBI. Excellent sleeper prospect with hitting ability, power and patience; up to .292/.389/.506.
  • Andy Oliver, LHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 10 K. Fifth straight quality start for Mud Hens; observers note that he's cranked the velocity down a bit to 93-95 but the end result is a much sharper offering.
  • Josh Reddick, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 5-for-5, HR (14), 2 R, 2 RBI, CS. Up to .370/.398/.638 since the break; at this point even his season numbers aren't horrible anymore (.260/.300/.445).
  • Will Smith, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 K. Career-best start for finesse southpaw received from Angels; Fringy stuff but absolutely outstanding command and control.
  • Matt Thomson, RHP, Athletics (Short-season Vancouver): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 11 K. 12th-round pick has shown surprising velocity (93-94 mph) and to nobody's surprise, outstanding control; 58 strikeouts and eight walks in 40 innings.  

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deadwings112

KG- any word on Oliver's secondary pitches? I saw him a few weeks back, and he was using his secondary stuff more at least. Think he can break camp with Detroit next year?

Aug 25, 2010 10:38 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I think he can. Does the secondary stuff need work still? Absolutely. Is it better than it was entering the year? Absolutely. Is asking myself questions in this way and answering them kind of lame? Absolutely.

Aug 25, 2010 10:48 AM
 
deadwings112

Hey, at least you're responding, right? ;)

Thanks a ton.

Aug 25, 2010 10:59 AM
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Matthew Avery

He looked very good against the Braves way back when I saw him in Interleague play.

Aug 25, 2010 11:39 AM
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SGreenwell

Maybe you got possessed by Mel Kiper Jr. at some point.

Aug 25, 2010 18:43 PM
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DGBL

The Yankees rotation can be hard to crack. You see that as a major obstacle for Betances?

Aug 25, 2010 10:41 AM
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Brian Kopec

I presume a 'brief time away from the majors' means either a bullpen role or being the designated emergency call up starter...not a rotation fixture. I'm hoping he doesn't get Chamberlain-ized.

Aug 25, 2010 10:45 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I hope he doesn't either, but man o man do you Yankees have a lot of starting pitching prospects to figure out. It's certainly a very nice problem to have.

Aug 25, 2010 10:47 AM
 
elm
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How are Betances secondary pitches? His fastball and his injury history suggests to me that he might be a good candidate for the bullpen regardless of the competition from other prospects/established starters.

Aug 25, 2010 11:03 AM
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DGBL

Piliere graded his change as a 5 on the 2-8 scale and called his curve "impressive to say the least." First-hand reports via Twitter last night indicated the curve was filthy.

Aug 25, 2010 11:10 AM
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DGBL

Well, you figure CC, Burnett, and Hughes will be there. Pettitte's probably back next year. Vazquez is probably gone. I'm probably forgetting somebody.

Aug 25, 2010 10:58 AM
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HeavyHitter

Cliff Lee.

Aug 25, 2010 11:52 AM
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Dave Holgado

Piliere hung a Josh Beckett comp on Betances. Though it's hard to watch him pitch and not see a younger, taller Ubaldo.

Aug 25, 2010 10:52 AM
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DGBL

that report: http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/08/20/full-scouting-report-dellin-betances/

Aug 25, 2010 11:16 AM
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sgrcuts

With a few more AA starts like this, Betances cracks my top 25. Probably my favorite prospect right now.

Aug 25, 2010 10:58 AM
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dianagram

"Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, K. 11-game hitting streak has Double-A numbers up to .310/.359/.632; it's coming Royals fan, it's coming."

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I'm assuming the singular designation "fan" is a typo, and not meant as a swipe against the Royals fanbase? :-)

Aug 25, 2010 10:58 AM
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choms57

KG, Phils picked up Mike McGuire from independents a bit ago and reports have him at 95-96 showing good command thus far with great results all around. I know he's super old for the SAL league but at his size and velocity, does he have a shot as a middle reliever?

Aug 25, 2010 11:00 AM
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carp1626

Making the trip to see Springfield-NW Ark game, Montgomery and Broderick are starting, how would you rank the top prospects on the field tonight? Hosmer, Montgomery, Carpenter, Kozma, D. Robinson?

Aug 25, 2010 11:28 AM
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rittdogg
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Earlier this year I heard conflicting reports on whether McGee's velocity was all the way back. What's he been sitting at since his promotion to Durham?

Aug 25, 2010 12:26 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Sitting mid, touching upper 90s.

Aug 25, 2010 12:42 PM
 
cordially
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What's the difference between Hosmer and Belt?

Aug 25, 2010 12:47 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Significant advantage in raw power for Hosmer.

Aug 25, 2010 12:53 PM
 
kcellis224

Belt promoted to AAA Fresno, per Andrew Baggarly.

Aug 25, 2010 16:31 PM
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R.A.Wagman

Kevin - heard anything about Shane Opitz, 201 draftee of the Jays - he's off to quite the start - even better if you remove his first two games

Aug 25, 2010 17:24 PM
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