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May 19, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of May 18

by Kevin Goldstein

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Jordan Henry, OF, Indians (Double-A Akron): 3-for-6, 3B, 3 R, K.

I'm featuring this player simply because it seems like he's not on many radars out there. What he can do is hit line drives, draw a fair share of walks, and bring plus-plus speed to the stable. All that is evidenced by a .305/.397/.356 line with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts. What that line also shows you is that he has no power, as he's yet to go deep in 213 games as a pro with 87% of his hits going for singles. Still, there's big league value to this combination of tools and abilities.

Others Of Note:

  • Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (High-A Lancaster); 4-for-4, R, RBI. See what being on the podcast can do for a guy? .383/.428/.556 in 40 games.
  • Lars Anderson, 1B, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-3, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K; 1-for-3, HR (2), R, RBI. Home runs in both ends of a double-header after failing to go deep in first 36 games; .273/.405/.379 overall.
  • Tim Beckham, SS, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .404 in his last 12 games and .306/.380/.415 overall; rumors of his demise were premature.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 8 K. Best start of the year for last year's first-round pick who has not shown the velocity he did at the end of last year.
  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 2-for-5, 2 R, K. 27-for-56 (.482) during 12-game hitting streak; .375/.445/.518 in 39 games.
  • Michael Choice, OF, Athletics (High-A Stockton); 2-for-2, HR (7), R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, SB. On base 16 times in last six games and up to .257/.370/.493 overall; secondary skills could make up for low average all the way up the ladder.
  • Chase D'Arnaud, SS, Pirates (Double-A Indianapolis): 3-for-4, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Finally an answer at shortstop in Pittsburgh? 16-for-30 during eight-game hitting streak and .285/.358/.444 on the year; solid but unspectacular.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. 12-for-26 in May and .284/.361/.459 overall; just needs to stay healthy to be one of the better catching prospects in the game.
  • Jordan Danks, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI. .258/.343/.558 line is a big surprise, and White Sox need help offensively.
  • Chris Dwyer, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K. Best start of the year; ERA still at 5.82 in eight outings.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K. ERA goes up to 2.22 but K/BB ratio increases to a remarkable 56/5 in 48.2 innings.
  • Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. .338/.465/.706 in 38 games; greatly reduced strikeout rate has him looking like the real deal.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 1-for-2, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Nine of his 16 RBI on the season have come in his last four games; .271/.360/.368 has been bolstered by an 882 OPS in May.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (10), 3 R, 5 RBI. Starting to move into crazy-hot mode; 27-for-64 (.422) during 15-game hitting streak that includes eight doubles and five home runs; .389/.460/.691 in 40 games overall.
  • Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI, K, CS. 5-for-14 (.357) in first three Double-A games; combines hitting skills with solid speed and good defense.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-for-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB, 2 SB; 1-for-3, R, 3 SB, CS. Hopefully snapping out of slump despite a .281 OBP he steal leads the minors with 29 stolen bases.
  • Josh Hamilton, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI. Needless to say, he looked fine.
  • Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Has reached base 20 times in last 10 games; .244/.352/.370 overall and surging.
  • A.J. Jimenez, C, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI. 17-for-43 (.395) during 11-game hitting streak and .367/.402/.517 overall; has thrown out 43 percent of opposing base stealers.
  • Mike Leake, RHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Minor league debut, which seems weird.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB. Has cooled off a bit (how could he not?), but still at .383/.454/.539 in 28 games.
  • Brad Lincoln, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. 1.80 ERA in last four starts after poor start; should get another big league audition at some point.
  • Matt Lipka, SS/2B, Braves (Low-A Rome): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI. Zero extra base hits in first 36 games but then four doubles in a day; .252/.308/.277 overall.
  • Jermaine Mitchell, OF, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR (6), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 26-year-old old and past his prospect window, but hitting .363/.486/.678 in 38 games with 11 triples.
  • Matt Rizzotti, 1B, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 4 RBI. Sure he's a bat-only guy, but he leads the Eastern League in hits, doubles, slugging, extra-base hits, and total bases while ranking among the top five in batting, home runs, RBIs, on-base percentage and runs.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 2-for-4, 2 HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB. Huge power, but big questions about hitting ability and can't play third base; .208/.255/.429 in 38 games.
  • Adrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, SB. .326/.380/.388 line in 34 games is massive surprise; scout says, “He has an 'S' on his chest defensively.”
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 4 K. Stuff has been good as expected, command has not.
  • LeVon Washington, OF, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. First mutli-hit game of since arriving from extended; .258/.343/.323 in eight games.

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buffum
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Henry's skill set looks a lot like Mike Brantley's. Is that a fair assessment? Is Henry at a similar point as Brantley was at the same age/level?

May 19, 2011 10:21 AM
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Ian Miller

Looking forward to seeing Brown and Weeks on Monday at Stockton. Should be a Wheeler start as well.

May 19, 2011 10:21 AM
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Ian Miller

I said Weeks but meant Choice. Duh.

May 19, 2011 10:22 AM
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Scott44

KG - From who you've spoken to on Hicks of late, the walks are still there but is he starting to make improvements on recognizing which pitches to be aggressive and go after?

May 19, 2011 10:27 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Sure, but we thought we saw this during the second half of 2010. I think it's more a consistency thing than a questioning of skills.

May 19, 2011 11:54 AM
 
jpjazzman

Considering you didn't think of Erlin as a big strikeout guy pre-season when you said his ceiling was essentially as a #3, has this season started making you think that ceiling could be even higher?

May 19, 2011 10:33 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I'll stick with good No. 3, but this is exactly the kind of guy who can exceed expectations.

May 19, 2011 11:54 AM
 
escapingNihilism

best blog on the site: to be expected from the last remaining Old Bolshevik.

May 19, 2011 10:44 AM
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APV2600

Happy to see the mention of Jordan Henry, Kevin. The Indians seem to have a bunch of these kind of players if you include Ezequiel Carrera, Tyler Holt, and now to a lesser extent, Michael Brantley. Do have any sense on how these players are viewed defensively relative to each other?

May 19, 2011 11:09 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Henry is good in CF and has an AVG arm, so that's a plus. He and Brantley are the two best overall defenders in the group.

May 19, 2011 11:55 AM
 
timber

No mention of Ray Marimon? I know it was a two-pitcher no-hitter, but gee, he went 7 2/3 and struck out 7.

May 19, 2011 11:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Yeah, I stared at that line for about three minutes before choosing not to throw it it. He's not really a big prospect.

May 19, 2011 11:56 AM
 
DGBL

The comment about Rodriguez' hitting ability is a surprise, considering you wrote this in the Mets top 11:

"Beyond the power, he's also a sound hitter who makes more contact than most young sluggers."

May 19, 2011 11:50 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I gotta say, I've had two scouts see him in the Sally League, and their comments have not been kind, other than the huge power.

May 19, 2011 11:57 AM
 
Sharky

KG, any word on Reymond Fuentes? Carlos Beltran's cousin didn't make your Top 101 this year, but seems to be a good fit for the spacious Petco outfield. Unless he has that degenerative knee condition, will we see him in a Padres uni at some point?

May 19, 2011 11:51 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's made the list a few times. Been hovering around .300 most of the year with little power and patience, but plus speed and good CF defense. He could still go in a lot of directions.

May 19, 2011 11:58 AM
 
bloodface

Any word on Adam Eaton, OF for the Diamondbacks? He has done nothing but hit and run since being drafted. I appreciate you writing about Henry, as I nabbed him in our draft and have been very pleased with his production, but Eaton has been absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, has a great bb/k rate and runs fairly well. Thoughts?

May 19, 2011 14:19 PM
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bloodface

Above, I neglected to throw up some stats on Eaton, who has a slash line of .376/.489/.532, and that OBP is in line with what he did in rookie ball last year. That he's improved his BB/K ratio (20/22) this year while maintaining his contactand speed, which is impressive, even if he is slightly old for the league. I suppose 2 HR is not technically "tearing the cover off the ball," and he's undersized, but he seems all out.

I guess on the same token, what about Josh Fellhauer, OF in the Reds system. His slash line is a little less impressive at .344/.393/.475, but he has improved his bb/k rate, though his hit rate is a bit extreme and off his career averages. Any thoughts if he becomes anything more than a 4th OF?

May 19, 2011 14:26 PM
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amazin_mess

It seems that almost every Mets infield prospect "can't play" the position they play. What's the deal?

May 19, 2011 18:51 PM
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poolboybob

Long term keeper - Jedd Gyorko or Oswaldo Arcia?

Does Goldschmidt have any holes in his swing/approach that more mature pitchers could exploit? Because his numbers are pretty crazy for what is supposed to be a pitcher's league.

May 19, 2011 22:16 PM
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BP staff member Jason Collette
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What reports are you hearing on Beckham's work in the field? Is he still someone that is going to have to move off SS or can he stick until Lee shoves him aside?

May 20, 2011 06:48 AM
 
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