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April 21, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of April 20

by Kevin Goldstein

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Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greenboro): 1-for-4, HR (5), R, 2 RBI.

After flopping in the Sally League last year, Ozuna showed up again in the New York-Penn League and went on a power tear with 21 home runs in 68 games. The holes in his swing have always been a concern for scouts, and he looked like he might be in for another tough time in the full-season leagues, going 3-for-30 with 13 strikeouts in his first nine games for the Grasshoppers. Since then, he's been on a tear, going 11-for-20 with a double and five home runs to lift his OPS 613 points in the span of five games to .280/.362/.640. So in just two week, we've seen the good, we've seen the bad, and we're left wondering which one we'll see more of for the remainder of the season.

Others Of Note:

  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, CS. Hitting .333 and running wild with 12 stolen bases, but wild is the key word as he's also been caught five times.
  • Mark Cahoon, LHP, Mets (Double-A Birmingham): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 11 K. Doesn't have the stuff to project as more than a back-end starter, but he throws strikes, gets ground balls and really understands his craft.
  • Khris Davis, OF, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 3-for-3, HR (4), 2 R, RBI. One of those older, bat-only college players, but has true plus power and is slugging .596 in the Florida State League. Belongs in Double-A.
  • Wilmer Flores, SS, Mets (High-A St. Luicie): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI. Eight hits in last five games; questions about power and position remain.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-3, RBI. 14-for-29 during eight-game hitting streak and .385/.486/.558 overall with more walks than strikeouts.
  • Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI. Multi-hit effort actually drops his batting average to .414; still zero walks in 58 at-bats.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, K. First multi-hit game in ten days; hitting .250/.340/.364 in 13 games and his stock isn't down a bit because of it, as the tools are still insane.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-3, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB. Has reached base 12 times in his last four games and hitting .415/.492/.547 overall; if Kila doesn't get hot, the pressure will be on very soon.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Lining himself up for a move to Triple-A at some point in the season and maybe even Wrigley by September; .417/.544/.721 in 13 games.
  • A.J. Jimenez, C, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, K. Yet another impressive catcher in the Toronto system; .366/.395/.634 in 11 games and shuts down the running game.
  • Jose Martinez, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB. Once a highly-rated prospect whose career has been sidetracked by numerous injuries; .417/.481/.583 in 12 games.
  • Andrew Miller, LHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K. First start with fewer walks than innings pitched.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 3-for-5, 2B, K. Hitting .423 in 11 games, but over-aggressive approach from the spring has carried over, as he's yet to draw a walk in 52 at-bats.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 1-for-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 BB. Eight-game hitting streak, but just one hit each time.
  • Wynn Pelzer, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 6 K. Moved back into a starting role, Pelzer has given up just three hits over 14 innings, and has big league stuff, but ability to locate his pitches remains an issue.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 3-for-4, 2 R, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB. Up to .436/.483/.764 in 13 games, including 13-for-22 with 23 total bases in his last six.
  • Clint Robinson, DH, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Older guy who many see has a 4A-type, but hitting .404/.500/.766 after last year's Texas League MVP campaign. No room at the inn for him in Kansas City.
  • Trayvon Robinson, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 1-for-1, R, 2 BB; 1-for-3, HR (3), R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Up to .300/.404/.575 in 11 games after an ugly, strikeout-filled start. Still needs to make some adjustments, but could get September look to set up a much longer one next spring.
  • Austin Romine, C, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 3-for-4, 2 HR (2), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB. Slugging percentage goes from .316 to .500 in one night; still has defensive issues as he's thrown out only 22% of opposing base stealing in Double-A career.
  • Joe Savery, 1B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-for-5, K. Starting to slip a bit, and nearly under .500 (25-for-49) after 13 games.
  • Daniel Tillman, RHP, Angels (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. 2010 second-round pick is an interesting sleeper; fantastic closer in college getting a chance to start due to three-pitch mix, including plus fastball/slider combination.
  • Kolbrin Vitek, 3B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-4, R, RBI. 2010 first-round pick is heating up; 8-for-13 in his last three games and .300/.404/.450 overall.
  • Alex White, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Very efficient outing with 66 of 88 pitches going for strikes; is 3-for-3 with good starts, showing improved secondary stuff and looking like the Indians prospect closest to the big leagues.
  • Dontrelle Willis, LHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. There might still be something here in the end, as left-handed hitters or 2-for-21 against him so far this season.

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