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September 15, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of September 14

by Kevin Goldstein

Many leagues are done, most full-season leagues are in the championship round, but there's still plenty of games to cover.

  • Chris Archer, RHP, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Named Cubs minor league pitcher of the year ealier; could be poised for a big league debut during second half of 2011.
  • Andrew Brackman, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Pitched innings six through ten in Eastern League championship opener. What's a daily without a Yankee pitching prospect?
  • Robinson Chirinos, C, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, 3 RBI. One of the better minor league sleepers around; converted infielder projects as a big league catcher for many scouts and is 7-for-11 with 14 total bases in the post-season.
  • Chase D'Arnaud, SS, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2-for-3, HR (1), R, RBI, BB, K. Third home run of the post-season, and this one come off a rehabbing Andy Pettitte.
  • Jiwan James, OF, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, K. He's clearly going to require patience, but to tools are just nuts.
  • Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, K. Moves up for the International League finals; just a small part of team's 18-run barrage.
  • Matt Lollis, RHP, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. 2009 draftee had explosive second half and moves up to High-A for playoffs; 6-8, 280 beast has pure power stuff.
  • Derek Norris, C, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K. Has reached base 14 times in six playoff games; 2011 could be big year once hand is fully healthy.
  • Julio Rodriguez, RHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K. Second-half breakout arm has much improved velocity and plenty of projection still in him.
  • Justin Smoak, 1B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, K. 8-for-18 with eight walks in playoffs; scouts still have faith that he'll hit in the big leagues.
  • Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Brewers (Rookie-level Helena): 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K. Third-round pick in June is small righty with big stuff; 38 Ks in 23.1 IP during regular season.

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Peter7899

Say the Cubs decide to go do something crazy like trade Soto for a big hitting 1B or 3B prospect or pitcher. How much of a drop off would there be from Soto to Chorinos?

Sep 15, 2010 09:41 AM
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Scott44

Kipnis or Ackley for you?

Sep 15, 2010 10:03 AM
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PhillyFriar

Thanks for these, as always, Kevin.

You mentioned before that you had Julio Rodriguez touching 93 and even 94, but others who have seen him in person said he's barely touched 90. Is it just inconsistent velocity for him? Overeager scouting reports? As you've said plenty of times before, those 3-4 mph can be a huge difference.

Sep 15, 2010 11:35 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Those numbers I have are late-season as reported to me by a scout with a gun. He has gained velo this year, so it's possible that the 'barely touching 90' numbers are from earlier games.

Sep 15, 2010 12:18 PM
 
mmontice

You listed Archer as 3rd or 4th starter in your perfect world projection this past offseason? Has that changed with this year's effort? Although his control still needs to improve, it seems like he is getting better as he moves through the system.

Sep 15, 2010 12:33 PM
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Infrancoeurgible

Thornburg went 5.2 IP. Still damn impressive.

Sep 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Infrancoeurgible

Never mind, I'm a moron (refered to 8/31 game mistakenly). I'm just curious why they would yank him that early.

Sep 15, 2010 12:55 PM
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pobothecat

Any rumblings that Norris will be moved to another position? If he plays catcher in Arizona (assuming he goes), is that a reliable indicator that the answer is no, y'think?

Sep 15, 2010 15:33 PM
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