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June 3, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of June 2

by Kevin Goldstein

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Just a quick one (well, kind of) . . .

  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K. 1.85 ERA in four starts with opponent's batting average of .174.
  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Double-A): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. 17-for-27 in last six games and up to .348/.387/.668 overall.
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI. Batting average is up 40 points in last 11 games to .276/.322/.423; needs to hit for a high average as power and patience is below average for the position.
  • Andrew Brackman, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K. Pulled after 39 pitch inning as the wheels have completely fallen off; 36 walks in 46.1 innings.
  • Edwar Cabrera, LHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 11 K. The minor league strikeout leader with 96 in 71 innings; 23-year-old lefty in Low-A with average velocity but plus command and killer changeup.
  • Brett Cecil, LHP, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 9 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Best start since demotion, but ERA still at 5.06 in eight outings.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B/1B, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (8), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB.
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (3), 3 R, 5 RBI, BB. Raises OPS more than 250 points in 22-6 blowout; .255/.356/.510 in 14 games.
  • Mat Gamel, 1B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-4, HR (9), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Hitting .317/.390/.538; limited trade value because of position, so being stored away as Prince insurance?
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI, SB. Seven hits and 14 total bases in last three games; up to .296/.365/.403.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 K, SB. That's 43 stolen bases in 51 games; 8-for-20 run has him above the Mendoza Line at .216/.292/.314.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 4-for-5, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, BB, CS. The home run was a 10th inning walkoff while down by a run; .346/.432/.623 in 52 games and does not belong at this level, period.
  • Matt Harvey, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K. Gave up four runs on April 28 and eight on May 10; in his other nine starts, he has a 0.71 ERA.
  • Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-4, R, RBI. 10-for-25 (.400) in last six games but still at just .241/.278/.248 overall.
  • Adam Lind, DH, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 3-for-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB. Nine plate appearances and just one out, so let's assume he looks pretty good.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 8 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 12 K. This is how good he can be when he throws strikes; 80 Ks in 61 innings with easy plus fastball and two secondary pitches that are at least average.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 6 K. Scuffling of late; 15.2 IP, 21 H, 11 BB, 13 K in last three starts.
  • Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 2-for-4, HR (8), R, RBI, K. Has snapped out of slump with a four-game run of 7-for-13 with two home runs; .295/.339/.506 line in 47 games.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-5, HR (10), R, RBI, K. Hit .225 in first 20 games but .336 since; 10-for-20 in last four games and .292/.356/.510 overall.
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB. Hit .359 in first 16 games but .245 since; .287/.403/.511 overall.
  • Josh Phegley, C, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 4-for-4, 2B, HR (4), 2 R, 7 RBI. Up to .271/.312/.427 in 48 games; tough guy to scout as he has a plus arm, but well below-average receiving skills.
  • Kyle Seager, 2B, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB. 13-for-26 in last six games to lift line to .308/.382/.463 in 50 games; barring a move by Dustin Ackley to the outfield, he's blocked.
  • Scott Sizemore, 3B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, SB. 7-for-19 with 10 walks for a .368/.567/.474 line since the trade.
  • Ian Stewart, 3B, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (6), R, 3 RBI, BB. Slugging .705 in 18 games since being sent down, but with 20 strikeouts in 61 at-bats, it's a bit fluky.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (Low-A Peoria): 4-for-6, HR (3), 3 R, RBI, SB. After going homerless in his first 31 games he has three in his last five; up to .340/.400/.464 and could move up to High-A soon.
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI. 15-for-27 during six-game hitting streak and up to .357/.371/.521 in 35 games.
  • Kyle Weiland, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. 3.10 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 58 innings; fastball earns praise for both movement and velocity, while secondary stuff is improving.

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McNulty

Who is this Brian Harper character? Please tell me the Nats didn't clone Bryce.

Jun 03, 2011 10:20 AM
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Yarky1

I've seen him, I think. Wears a red wristband, plays a barely passable catcher, and hits screaming line drives all over the place.

Jun 03, 2011 10:25 AM
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lemppi

KG....what is your assessment of the job Dave Dombrowski has done? The Sizemore/Purcey Trade was irksome to me. But certainly Dombrowski has a good plus-side to his ledger in Detroit as well to counter some of the mistakes. I'm torn on him overall at this point. Do you think he gets a new contract after this year? Would you give him one if you were the new Mike Ilitch?

Jun 03, 2011 10:32 AM
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beefshower

I also have a question about Sizemore's tenure in Detroit. Was there ever any concern with the team about Sizemore's makeup or attitude. It sure seems like he wasn't a favorite with management with the way they kept him in Triple A for the beginning of the year and then sent him out of town with a speed usually reserved for trading Ugueth Urbina after he drunkenly fights the whole team plane. Also thanks for these updates, they really are the best part of my workday.

Jun 03, 2011 11:17 AM
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MJ

Any word about Cecil's velocity of late? I'd be more concerned with his lost velo (and whether or not it has come back) than the actual results (especially considering how much Vegas hurts pitcher's ERA).

Jun 03, 2011 10:34 AM
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iorg34

I saw Cecil pitch in Des Moines 10 days ago. He was 88-91. He got hit around a bit - I think his command was not good as they teed off on him early. He settled down - it seemed like he went to more secondary stuff in the latter innings with good results.

Jun 03, 2011 11:31 AM
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ttt

Is Hamilton doing anything different, is he a streaky hitter, or is this just a regression to the norm (as hitting 200/200/200 can't be his norm)?

Jun 03, 2011 10:37 AM
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bkirkman

KG: Any indication as to how long beyond the required 10 days from his recent option date that Sizemore will have to stay in Sacramento before being given a shot to challenge for a starting spot in Oakland at 3B?

Jun 03, 2011 10:41 AM
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pobothecat

"... easy plus fastball and two secondary pitches that are at least average."

In this context, Kevin, do "plus" and "average" mean as-compared-to-where-he-should-be-developmentally or do they mean
as-compared-to-the-major-leagues?

(I'm sure this has been covered before, probably many times, but it just now occurs to me to ask.)

Thx.

Jun 03, 2011 10:41 AM
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bisanders
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Not Kevin, but I'm pretty sure that he always uses them in terms of the major league average.

Jun 03, 2011 11:35 AM
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pobothecat

thx

Jun 03, 2011 20:25 PM
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timber

I understand you saw one of Adam's starts for Kane County; will we hear your impressions soon? (I know you're busy with the draft...)

Jun 03, 2011 10:42 AM
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SidsGraphs

I feel bad for Szczur not even a Cubs prospect should be homeless for 31 games.
"After going homeless in his first 31"

Jun 03, 2011 11:15 AM
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Wade

Hi Kevin -- do you think that the Bosox still plan on Iglesias being their starting SS next year?

Jun 03, 2011 11:42 AM
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grandslam28

Hi Kevin,

What I am really interested in is if you would create a top 25 prospect list as of now with all the graduations to the majors and changes given the performances so far this season. I know Keith Law just did it on ESPN and I would like to know what your thoughts were since I value your judgement of minor leaguers the most. Even if you didn't write a full article could you make a short list. Thanks

Jun 03, 2011 12:05 PM
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BillJohnson

Some reports have Matt Adams moving up to AAA as the cascade of Cardinals injury-related moves continues. Mark Hamilton's return to the big club certainly creates space for him. If he mashes there the way he did in Springfield ...

Jun 03, 2011 12:42 PM
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Schere

I was at Hagerstown last night....Harper also got picked off twice and didn't get much of a jump on a couple of plays in the OF (in my not-as-humble-as-it-oughtta-be opinion).

But, yeah, the bat is miles beyond the Sally League.

Jun 03, 2011 13:44 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He's definitely rough defensively, but getting better. The base running has been a big issue. He's been picked off a ton.

Jun 03, 2011 15:58 PM
 
bloodface

Kevin, what is your take on the following under-the-radar guys and the subsequent seasons they are having?

Adam Eaton
Mike Kvasnicka
Josh Fellhauer
Zachary Walters

It's hard to find much of anyone talking about these gentlemen, and considering the great depth you go in covering players, I was very curious about what you thought about how they were doing at their levels, and has their future outcomes changed at all? Especially Eaton, as he is still looking like a Mike Trout-lite in High-A. He has done nothing but hit and run since he went pro.

Jun 04, 2011 08:20 AM
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