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October 27, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of October 26

by Kevin Goldstein

Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (AFL: Saguaros): 2-for-3, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI.

Shortstop prospects who really are shortstops are a rarity, and it's surprising the Escobar doesn't warrant more attention. The 21 year-old Venezuelan has above-average range and a plus-plus arm, and his bat started to show some signs of life in 2010, as Escobar showed a surprising ability to drive balls into the gap. In a system desperate for prospects, as a good defender with some offensive value, Escobar is the real deal.

Others Of Note:

  • Michael Burgess, OF, Nationals (AFL: Scorpions): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Compact, powerful outfielder saved prospect status with late-season surge; seven-game hitting streak in AFL brings him up to .310/.364/.448.
  • Maikel Cleto, RHP, Mariners (AFL: Javelinas): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K. Big power righty has plus-plus velocity; profiles better as reliever if he can find a consistent second pitch.
  • Danny Duffy, LHP, Royals (AFL: Rafters): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K. Being used sparingly, but opponents are just 2-for-18 against him.
  • Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals (PR: Senadores): 2-for-5, 2B, R, K, SB. Plus-plus speed created plenty of exciting in big league stint; but can he hit?
  • Dee Gordon, SS, Dodgers (PR: Gigantes): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, SB. 9-for-17 in four games.
  • Josh Harrison, 2B, Pirates (AFL: Solar Sox): 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR (1), 5 R, 3 RBI, BB. Former Cubs (acquired in Gorzelany trade) is way undersized while lacking big tools; .300/.345/.398 line at Double-A at least proves he can hit.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers (AFL: Rafters): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K. 0.00 ERA in 6.1 IP, but six walks; memo to Brewers: please don't turn him back into a starter.
  • Chase Lambo, OF, Pirates (AFL: Solar Sox): 3-for-6, R, 4 RBI, BB. Newer Pirate has hitting skills, but the bat is the only tools and scouts wonder if it's enough.
  • Alex Liddi, 3B, Mariners (VEN: Cardenales): 3-for-3, 2 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Did enough at Double-A to prove that 2009 year wasn't complete High Desert fabrication; Age, inexperience, and athleticism are still on his side.
  • Jeremy Moore, OF, Angels (AFL: Solar Sox): 4-for-6, HR (2), 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Intriguing outfielder has made slow and steady improvement at every level with plus speed, and potentially average power down the road.
  • Yamaico Navarro, 3B, Red Sox (DOM: Tigres): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Nine total bases in first four games; playing third base every day should increase his versatility.
  • Ben Revere, OF, Twins (AFL: Saguaros): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB. Hitting .413 while 7-for-7 in the stolen base department; could be due for longer big league look next year.
  • Jerry Sands, 1B/OF, Dodgers (AFL: Desert Dogs): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, K. .484 OBP in seven games, but no home runs. Small sample size that shouldn't concern, but does need to keep raking as the bat is his ticket to the majors.
  • Josh Vitters, 3B/1B, Cubs (AFL: Solar Sox): 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. He needs to stop looking like he'll really be good and start producing results; especially now that he's playing first base as well, which just might turn into a permanent move.

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