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April 19, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of April 18

by Kevin Goldstein

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Jonathan Schoop, 3B, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, RBI, K

In a system very low on prospects, Schoop entered the year as the No. 6 prospect following an impressive showing in the Appy League, but he was slid from shortstop to third base (where his tools profile better) to accommodate 2010 first-round pick Manny Machado, and suddenly the Orioles have one of the more impressive left sides of an infield in Low-A. A 19-year-old native a Curacao, Schoop has good defensive fundamentals, a plus arm and burgeoning power, and is now hitting .326/.396/.605 in 11 games while become one of my better non-Top 101 sleepers of the early season.

Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. It's no secret that the Tigers aggressively develop their pitchers, and there was some concern about Turner's readiness as a 19-year-old (he's turns 20 in May) pitching in Double-A. After three starts, you can put those concerns aside, as Turner has limited the Eastern League to a .181 batting average while striking out more than a batter per inning. A classic Tiger pitcher in the sense that he's big and he throws hard, Turner's low-to-mid 90s fastball has everything scouts look for in a pitch: velocity, command and movement, while his curveball and changeup continue to develop, with the breaking ball much more consistently average-to-plus, giving him a second strikeout pitch at times. He has star-level potential, and could be in the big leagues as early as 2012.

Others Of Note:

  • Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI. The Tim Collins of position players has seven multi-hit efforts in 12 games and is hitting .413.
  • Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket) 3-for-3, 2B, BB, R. Strange start to the year; batting .289/.451/.395 with 11 walks in 38 at-bats but just four doubles in the extra-base hit department.
  • Jay Austin, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 4-for-6, 3 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Repeating the level after a so-so 2010; .392/.475/.588 line is certainly helped by the environment, but he also has the kind of tools with explosive potential.
  • Alex Colome, RHP, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Improving with each start, and this is the first genuinely good one in three tries.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI. Back-to-back multi-hit games after beginning the season 2-for-26; no system can match Toronto when it comes to catching prospects; which means a bad season for anyone could make them the odd man out.
  • Andy Dirks, OF, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB. First big game for scrappy outfielder who gets the most out of his tools; will get big league call should need arise after almost making the club out of spring training.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R RBI, BB, K, SB. Started the year 0-for-12 but is 13-for-27 since; profiles better as a second baseman, but bat will surely play.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K. Up to .326 in first taste of Triple-A, but 14 of 15 hits have been singles.
  • Yasmani Grandal, C, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 2-for-3, HR (3), 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB. Now 7-for-12 with two doubles and three home runs in his last four games after beginning the year 3-for-20.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-3, 2 2B, R, BB. He can flat out hit and is up to .364/.472/.523 in 12 games, but it's the solid defense at third base that is especially encouraging.
  • Nick Hagadone, LHP, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K. Back to relieving and back to dominating; 10 strikeouts in 8 2/3 scoreless innings and getting in the mid-90s.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K. Scuffling at times with the bat and hitting a solid but unspectacular .271/.340/.333, but 14 stolen bases in 12 games is eye-popping.
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (3), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. He has plenty of power and speed, but will he hit enough? 13 Ks in 25 at-bats is huge concern.
  • Ryan Jackson, SS, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB. Continuing to impress with the bat as he now has eight multi-hit games in 11 starts for a .447/.471/.596 line and he's the rare plus defender at shortstop. Few prospects have helped there stock more since spring training.
  • Zach Lee, RHP, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K. Three straight good starts to begin the season; 21 strikeouts in 14 innings while touching the mid-90s.
  • Jordan Lyles, RHP, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Triple-A struggles continue; PCL is hitting .375 against him this year and he needs to learn how to pitch at this level with more command than stuff.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. 2010 first-round pick will likely finish the year in Double-A.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 3-for-4, R. Fifth three-hit game in just nine contests; batting .452 (19-for-42) but has thrown out 2 of 14 base stealers with teams running wild on him.
  • Gustavo Nunez, SS, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 3-for-4, 2 2B, K. Plus defender who is showing signs of life with the bat while repeating High-A; .370/.442/.630 in 11 games.
  • Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (4), 4 R, 4 RBI, BB. Second two home run game in three days; all-or-nothing hitting with huge power and huge holes in his swing.
  • Jake Peavy, RHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K. Left the game with shoulder discomfort after 15 pitches; good news for Phil Humber fans?
  • Mark Prior, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. How can you not root for him?
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 3-for-5, RBI, SB. Has been nothing short of oustanding; 11-for-22 in last five games and .400/.444/.680 overall.
  • Henry Rodriguez, 2B, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 2-for-5, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI. Unheralded second baseman who had 14 home runs and 33 stolen bases last year; has a hit in all 12 games this year and hitting a cool .400.
  • Mark Rogers, RHP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 0 K. Entered the year as the top prospect in the Milwaukee system by default, but 12 walks and eight strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings isn't doing wonders for his cause.
  • Wilin Rosario, C, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Also gunned down a pair of potential base stealers; could be in Triple-A soon, should compete for big league catching job next year.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI, K. Not much to say here as you know by now that I adore him; .412/.474/.569 in 12 games.
  • Eric Thames, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 4-for-6, 2B, 3 R, 3RBI, K. Surprised to see him not hitting for a ton of power at Las Vegas, even more so to see him hitting .449 (22-for-49)
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 3-for-6, 2B, HR (4), 2 R, RBI, K
  • It took him 30 games to reach the four home run mark last year, and he's a 19-year-old in Double-A. Phenomenal talent.
  • Kolbrin Vitek, 3B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, SB. First-round pick finally hitting after starting year in 3-for-23 slump.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 1-for-4, HR (1), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB, K. First professional home run for 2010 first-round pick who is off to a slow start (.195/.327/.293).

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Ian Miller

Pulling for Schoop. I have an inexplicable love for guys from Curacao. Plus how can you not root for the Orioles?

Apr 19, 2011 10:42 AM
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Toronto with better catching system than Cincy?

Apr 19, 2011 10:43 AM
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Certainly deeper. With Arencibia in the big leagues, star-level goes to Cincy.

Apr 19, 2011 12:20 PM

Knowing the Tigers, Turner will be in Detroit by July.

Apr 19, 2011 11:03 AM
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Phil Humber has fans?

Apr 19, 2011 11:08 AM
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That line for Ryan Jackson looks downright scary, Kevin. What are the scouts saying about him? Obviously, he's not going to stay on that pace, but has he really figured something out, or is this purely a SSS fluke? I'd love to see a more in-depth look at this guy.

Apr 19, 2011 11:22 AM
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Read KG's chat yesterday...it gives you at least a little more insight into the enigma that is Ryan Jackson...

Apr 19, 2011 11:53 AM
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Would it be fair to say that Deck was dealing yesterday?

Apr 19, 2011 11:33 AM
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Any news on Billy Hamilton's defense at SS this year?

Apr 19, 2011 12:32 PM
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Prefer Schoop or Olt so far?

Apr 19, 2011 13:22 PM
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Kevin (or anybody else who follows the Padres closely and knows their MO better than me observing from NYC),

Do you think San Diego would call up Rizzo this season? At 21, there's no rush, and I would guess that hawpe and Cantu will eventually hit a little. But if the kid keeps ripping, even in friendly confines, do they simply determine he's the best they got so might as well get'em up here?

Or are they committed to patience?

Apr 19, 2011 18:51 PM
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Lifelong Padres fan here, they've been preaching patience in waiting for the lineup to turn around. I suspect we won't see a move until mid-May at earliest. I think you'll only see that move if Rizzo is still hitting 360+ with power and Hawpe/Cantu continue to struggle this badly. The other thing that may play in here is Kyle Blanks. He just started his re-hab in AA.

Apr 20, 2011 09:42 AM
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Thanks for the insight. I have Rizzo on reserve on my Roto team and with Belt getting shipped out (love those NL West 1b prospects) I wondered if Rizzo could eventually slid into the vacated spot.
Figured Blanks would be in mix at some point, too. But the way Venable and Ludwick are going, the big fella might need to dust off the outfield glove.


Apr 20, 2011 19:41 PM
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One game sample, saw Jedd Gyorko on Monday night and his d was far from impressive. Was a sloppy game in general though. SS Valdez has a gun for an arm.

What are your thoughts on C Gorman Erikson on Rancho? He is hitting well, and also has a good arm.

Apr 20, 2011 08:56 AM
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Can we assume that Neil Ramirez is staying in AAA? Another good-to-great start last evening.

Apr 20, 2011 10:05 AM
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Carlos Perez also had a nice game for the Rome Braves on April 11. 19K versus 5BB for the year now.

Apr 20, 2011 13:56 PM
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Sorry, meant April 17

Apr 21, 2011 11:06 AM
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No mention of Zach Stewart? His April 18 start for AA New Hampshire: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. More potential competition for the Toronto rotation this year and next.

Apr 20, 2011 20:39 PM
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