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May 18, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of May 17

by Kevin Goldstein

This was planned as a quick one due to some other priorities today, but I ended up listing 33 players, anyway. What can I say? It's a disease.

Others Of Note:

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-for-5, HR (6), 3 R, RBI, K. Mariners are indicating he will be in the big leagues soon; 16-for-33 in last eight games and .280/.399/.445 on the year.
  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Pro debut for over slot fifth-round pick with huge upside.
  • Brandon Allen, 1B, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 1-for-3, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Doing his best to earn another look with the big boys; hitting .368/.493/.667 in 18 May games.
  • Yonder Alonso, OF/1B, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 13-for-25 in last six games and .341/.396/.563 in 35 games; would certainly big an upgrade in left field for the Reds.
  • Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. Best start of the year as he's recovered from early-season blister issues.
  • Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 1-for-2, HR (3), R, 5 RBI, 2 BB. Despite big leagues struggles, he's proving 2010 was not a fluke; .387/.529/.600 in 24 games since demotion.
  • Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (8), 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Fourth straight multi-hit game and .327/.392/.582 overall; scouts have upgraded him to good every day player over the last 12 months.
  • Jake Brigham, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Sleeper arm in a system full of pitching has power frame and good velocity; 44 Ks in 45.2 IP.
  • Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 1-for-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. On-base 20 times in ten games at Triple-A; .361/.444/.583.
  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, K. Hitting .433 in May and .374/.446/.521 overall; needs to be tested at Double-A.
  • Sean Burroughs, 3B, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 5-for-5, 3 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI. How cool is it that this guy is hitting .386/.434/.571?
  • Zack Cox, 3B, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 2-for-5, HR (3), R, RBI, K. From no home runs in first 30 games to three in last six; .331/.353/.434 in 36 games.
  • James Darnell, 3B, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 2-for-4, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 6 RBI, K. Hitting .371/.469/.667 in 35 games, and that's with a bit of a down May.
  • Kelvin DeLeon, OF, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 1-for-4, HR (8), R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Five home runs in last seven games and up to .233/.301/.451; huge power but massive holes in swing.
  • Derek Dietrich, SS, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, K. .299/.351/.556 in 33 games; advanced for the level but the bat has impressed.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI, K. 6-for-11 in last three games and up to .268/.350/.345.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. 14-game hitting streak has lifted averages to .376/.451/.662; like Brown, he doesn't belong here.
  • Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Showing some signs of life with a .273/.397/.455 mark in May.
  • Brett Lawrie, 3B, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 3-for-3, 3B, HR (9), 3 R, 2 RBI, K. Hitting .337/.395/.615 over 39 games, but more importantly to his chances at a call up, just one error in his last 27 games after committing six in his first 12.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 11 K. Beginning to miss a ton of bats; 36 strikeouts over 23 innings in last four starts.
  • Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 5-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI. Yup, 2010's breakout was the real deal; .319/.406/.538 in 33 games.
  • Juan Nicasio, RHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K. 60 strikeouts against just 10 walks in 49.2 innings; could be lining self up for big league look at some point in the season.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Best start of brief pro career; 2.32 ERA in eight games and should be in Double-A for second half.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (8), R, RBI, BB, K. Starting to go off with .339/.424/.661 line in 14 May games; get ready for another much-hyped arrival in Kansas City.
  • D'Vontrey Richardson, OF, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 6-for-6, 2B, 3 R, RBI, CS. As far as those who you would not expect to go 6-for-6, this is one of the top picks; batting average up 47 points to .260/.324/.360.
  • Manny Soliman, RHP, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K. Converted infielder has plus fastball/slider combination; 47 strikeouts in 31.2 innings.
  • Rubi Silva, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, RBI. Second High-A game for Cuban signee who showed intriguing tools in the Midwest League.
  • J.C. Sulbaran, RHP, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 13 K. Talented, but inconsistent and oft-injured.
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, SB. .315/.400/.569 in 34 games and 1075 OPS in May.
  • Cory Vaughn, OF, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 1-for-3, HR (3), R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Home runs in back-to-back games; up to .349/.482/.504.
  • Jemile Weeks, 2B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI, SB. .325/.418/.467 line should lead to second base job in Oakland next year.
  • Robert Whitenack, RHP, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Best Double-A start since moving up in late April. Just 17 Ks in 30 innings but 2.5 groundball ratio.
  • Brandon Workman, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. His struggles at Low-A have been surprising; 4.68 ERA with league hitting .282 against him.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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dianagram

Hardest working man in (Getting to the) Show Business.

May 18, 2011 09:24 AM
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Ian Miller

Re. Brown & Gyorko: Is there a "typical" timetable for when the first wave of promotions happens? I assume there's a bunch of moves around midseason, but is it typical to move guys before that?

May 18, 2011 09:26 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It's not. Expect to see stuff like that from the All-Star break on.

May 18, 2011 10:21 AM
 
Ian Miller

thanks, Kevin.

May 18, 2011 12:11 PM
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fandamage

Both Darnell and Gyorko are showing some good pop so far, but what kind of power do they project to have in the big leagues? Are either capable of hitting 20hr?

May 18, 2011 09:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Darnell has far more raw power, and could be a 20-25 guy. I'm not sure Gyorko will get out of the teens, but he has better on-base skills.

May 18, 2011 10:22 AM
 
marjinwalker

Love these, Kevin. Keeps me coming back to BP every day....

EY Jr.'s been ripping the cover off the ball, no? Is he really a CF in the bigs, though? Any idea what the Rockies will do with him? (Man, that team's been getting frustrating for prospects-- Stewart and Nelson in particular....)

May 18, 2011 09:30 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's also playing in Colorado Springs, and he's also had plenty of chances. I'm not especially optimistic.

May 18, 2011 10:23 AM
 
yadenr

Hate to start a thread about a non-listed player, but any thoughts on Duffy pitching for KC tonight? Seems aggressive, but he's been solid so far. Are the scouting reports matching up with the numbers?

May 18, 2011 09:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's been good, but not always great. I still think he'll need to improve his secondary pitches to reach his potential, and I expect some up and down performances.

May 18, 2011 10:23 AM
 
dianagram

Given Brown's hamate and now thumb issues, any worries he might turn into one of those guys who just can't stay healthy? (thinking of Rondell White/Moises Alou-types)

May 18, 2011 09:35 AM
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eighteen

I think Brown would happily take either of those careers.

May 18, 2011 12:35 PM
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Jim Humdingding

Nicasio was #13 on your pre-season Rockies list. Numbers look great. From a scouting perspective, is there reason to believe he's now pitching at a much higher level than #13 in the Rockies system? In other words, is this a true breakout, or just a very good start for a guy with limited upside?

May 18, 2011 09:45 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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13 was too low.

May 18, 2011 10:24 AM
 
aareinsch

Is Soliman a "Manny"? He came out of nowhere last year and while I'm happy to refer to him by whatever he wants, the Manny-and-not-Manuel memo hasn't filtered all the way down to the fan level yet, it seems.

May 18, 2011 10:09 AM
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Scott44

Yazy Arbelo, hit one last night and another 2 dingers so far today. Is it age-relative to the league, or think he's legit?

May 18, 2011 10:34 AM
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Benjamin Harris

Wait. You're telling me Reno has Sean Burroughs AND Wily Mo Pena? Who's their closer? Matt Anderson? Next you're going to tell me Dewon Brazelton is 6-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

May 18, 2011 10:49 AM
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dwalters

Brandon Allen: "Hahaha... ... ... ... Wait, what?!"

:)

May 18, 2011 13:28 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Sean Burroughs just got the call. I kid you not.

May 18, 2011 13:46 PM
 
gilgamesh

Sean Burroughs has a chance to be special.

May 18, 2011 15:52 PM
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ramtax

I think they have Brien Taylor, too.

May 18, 2011 15:29 PM
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ofMontreal

Must Seattle rush Ackley!? I'm not invoking the super 2 argument, I just wish they'd let him have a solid half season before raising the bar again. He can't be behind the development curve yet, he's in AAA.

May 18, 2011 12:28 PM
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