October 14, 2010
Future Shock Blog
Minor League Update: Games of October 13
A supplemental first-round pick in 2007, Culberson was all but off the map entering the 2010 season after spending two years at Low-A Augusta with identical 609 OPS each year. So don't be alarmed if the industry is still skeptical of Culberson after a .290/.340/.457 showing in the California League this year in a season that included 16 home runs after his previous career high was three. Has has a lot to prove, and with 10 total bases in his first two Arizona Fall League games, and he's doing it so far.
Others Of Note
Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (AFL: Peoria J): 1-for-1, 2B, 2 R, RBI. Off to a great start in Arizona, but the bad news is that he jammed a finger on a fielding play. Good news? It's not considered serious.
A.J. Pollack, OF, Diamondbacks (AFL: Scottsdale): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB. Like yesterday's featured player, Jared Mitchell of the White Sox, Pollack is a 2009 first-round pick who missed the entire year (elbow surgery).
Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (AFL: Phoenix): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. After two days, this is your league MVP with 12 total bases in two games while making just three outs in nine plate appearances.
Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP, Brewers (AFL: Peoria J): 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K. At almost 27, he's one of the older players in the league, but hadn't pitched organized ball for over six years and has the velocity to be a real sleeper.
Brandon Wood, 3B, Angels (AFL: Mesa) 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Still respect him for playing here. Says a lot about the kid. He played in the big leagues nearly all year and took the assignment, while Brett Lawrie of the Brewers, on the verge of the big leagues after a year at Double-A, chose not to play this year. Talent trumps makeup, but that's not to say it doesn't matter at all.