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October 21, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of October 20

by Kevin Goldstein

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Bryce Harper, RF, Nationals (AFL: Scorpions): 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI.

The Arizona Fall League has had it's fair share of debuts, but none as anticipated as Harper's. Just five days after celebrating his 18th birthday, Harper looked like he belonged in a league filled with nearly big-league ready prospects. His one hit was a two-run double that just missed being a home run, he had a pair of hard hit balls for outs, and at no time did he seem over-matched. He's a tremendous talent made even more so by his age, and while his limited availability (he'll play just two games a week) won't give us much statistically, just one game gave many scouts enough to believe.

Others Of Note:

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (AFL: Javelinas): 3-for-6, 2B, 3 R, 2 K. First game back after missing a week with a finger injury; has reached base six times in 12 plate appearances.
  • Hank Conger, C, Angels (VEN: Navegantes): 0-for-4, 2 K. Just 3-for-20 in six games, but here more to work on defense.
  • Dan Cortes, RHP, Mariners (VEN: Cardenales): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Venezuela league is 1-for-13 against him; Mariners system is rich in power bullpen arms.
  • Brandon Guyer, OF, Cubs (VEN: Tigres): 3-for-5, R, K. 13-for-34 (.382) in eight games; athleticism to go with the bat makes him a very real prospect.
  • Jeremy Moore, OF, Angels (AFL: Solar Sox): 3-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI, 2 K, SB. Power, speed, and hack-tastic approach that might not every allow the tools to truly shine.
  • Cord Phelps, 3B, Indians (AFL: Javelinas): 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB. More important than the 5-for-13 mark in Arizona is the position; moving over to accommodate Jason Kipnis?
  • Kyle Skipworth, C, Marlins (AFL: Desert Dogs): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Aggressive assignment for 20-year-old who has yet to conquer Low-A pitching; power still impresses.
  • Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (AFL: Solar Sox): 2-for-3, 2B, R, BB. 8-for-26 with 13 total bases and just two strikeouts; would be good to see him finish year on high note.

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buffum
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Has anyone seen Phelps play defense at 3B? It would be really really really really really encouraging if he can actually do that WELL instead of being "a guy playing defense sort of in the vicinity of the third base bag" (cf. Peralta, Jh.; Nix, J.).

Oct 21, 2010 09:03 AM
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Scott44

KG - What's the status of this week's Podcast? Wed's are not the same without you and the professor.

Oct 21, 2010 09:47 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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We said on last weeks that it would be delayed until Friday. We're recording tonight.

Oct 21, 2010 09:50 AM
 
Bill N

I needed some time to get caught up anyway, take your time!

Oct 21, 2010 11:30 AM
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Scott44

Right, you are in NY! Sorry 'bout that.

Would love to hear some expansion on some standouts (good or bad) from what you are hearing on guys in the AFL so far.

Oct 21, 2010 09:57 AM
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brokeslowly

Why is Harper playing only 2 games a week?

Oct 21, 2010 11:03 AM
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jmoultz
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Harper is only on the taxi squad for his team...presumably to limit his exposure

Oct 21, 2010 13:13 PM
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jdtk99

Kevin, any comments on Carlos Gutierrez's stuff in the AFL. Can he contribute to the Twins bullpen in 2011?

Oct 21, 2010 14:21 PM
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Infrancoeurgible

Hagerstown Suns tickets are looking mighty appealing now.

Oct 21, 2010 21:06 PM
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