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June 22, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of June 21

by Kevin Goldstein

Darin Gorski, LHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. A seventh-round pick in 2009, Gorski had a 4.58 ERA as a 22-year-old in the Sally League last year, so to say he entered the year as a marginal prospect might be putting it kindly. A strike-thrower who sat in the upper-80s in the past, some mechanical refinements have turned his fastball into a plus pitch for a lefty, as his heater has been sitting in the 90-93 mph range in the Florida State League, and the pitch, as well as a solid breaking ball/changeup combination play up due to his ability to locate. With a 1.57 ERA over 68.2 innings with 82 strikeouts in 15 walks, he's too good for this league, but we can also say he's too old for the league as well. Stock is certainly up, but he'll need to prove it at Double-A to generate more believers.

Others Of Note:

Brandon Allen, 1B, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 2-for-4, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Home runs in back-to-back games and .294/.424/.529 overall; just seems eternally blocked in Arizona.

Henderson Alvarez, RHP, Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Power righty has thrived since promotion to Eastern League; 2.30 ERA in seven starts, but scouts still want to see more progress with the secondary pitches.

Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 2.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R (6 ER), 4 BB, 1 K. Worst start of the year with only 42 of 82 pitches going for strikes; ERA up nearly a run to 2.61.

Adonys Cardona, RHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Pro debut for 17-year-old Venezuelan who signed for $2.8 million last year; tons of projection.

Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI. Hitting .333/.425/.727 in nine games since returning from disabled list.

Adron Chambers, OF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis) 2-for-4, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Future fourth outfielder, but should be a good one; .257/.356/.403 in 59 games.

Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Rookie-level Orem): 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI, SB. 2010 first-rounder is 5-for-9 in two games.

Niko Goodrum, SS, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, K. First pro home run for second-round 2010 pick who hit .161 in the Gulf Coast League last year without a home run in 118 at-bats.

Grant Green, SS, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 2-for-5, R, RBI, K, CS. 9-for-19 in last four games and .287/.335/.391 overall and power aspect of game seems to have been left behind in the California League.

Jed Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-4,R, 2 RBI. No surprise that he had the only multi-hit effort in the California/Carolina League All-Star game.

Luis Heredia, RHP, Pirates (Rookie-level GCL Pirates): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 0 K. Pro debut for 16-year-old high-profile sign last year out of Mexico; was born 8/10/94.

L.J. Hoes, OF, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 5-for-5, R. Was pushed to Double-A in late May and was struggling; batting average goes from .238 to .281 in one day.

Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (Rookie-level Orem): 4-for-5, 3 2B, HR (1), 6 R, 4 RBI, BB. Certainly your line of the day from 2010 supplemental first-round pick who profiles as offense-first second baseman.

Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2-for-4, SB, CS. Hitting .373 in June and .338/.371/.475 overall. Overly aggressive approach is only real knock against him.

Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB. Batting line continues to creep up towards expectations; .296/.365/.423 in 38 games.

Trayvon Robinson, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 BB. On base 15 times in last three games to raise averages to .323/.393/.586 in 68 games; deserves a look.

Josh Sale, OF, Rays (Rookie-level Princeton): 1-for-3, HR (1), R, RBI, BB, K. Pro debut for 2010 first-round pick; bat will have to carry him, but he sure can hit.

James Simmons, RHP, Athletics (Rookie-level AZL Athletics): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. 2007 first-round pick had not pitched since 2009 due to shoulder surgery.

Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-for-4, 2B, HR , R, 6 RBI, K. Snaps out of 4-for-34 slump; .254/.373/.355 line is one of the minors' biggest disappointments.

Drew Smyly, LHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 8 K. Not a classic Tigers prospect, as he's more about command and changes speeds than power stuff; 2.92 ERA in eight starts.

Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 2-for-6, 3B, 2 R, 2 K. Five triples in June, nine on the season and overall line of .318/.418/.548.

Barry Zito, LHP, Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Threw 118 pitches, so he sure seems healthy to me.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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mmontice

The Cubs must have one of the most stale minor league systems. I don't think they have had a notable performance on this blog since early June. And to think, the major league team is most likely the worse team in baseball.

Who has the worst combined overall system (majors and minors), the Cubs or the Astros?

Jun 22, 2011 11:03 AM
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pobothecat

A question for Padres-watchers. This sudden bounty of third-sackers --- Headley finally looking strong, Darnell ripping at AA, Gyorko ready for a promotion --- what's the thinking there? Is Darnell considered a real contender for the job next year? If so, does Headley move back to the outfield? Longer term, is Gyorko considered the best of the three? Or is it still too early to wonder aloud about any of this?

Jun 22, 2011 11:07 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Yeah, you can wonder in your head, but not aloud yet. Darnell and Gyorko have yet to prove themselves at the position, and I think a Darnell in LF scenario would be more likely.

Jun 22, 2011 11:23 AM
 
LynchMob

There's hopes amongst the amatuer fandome (ex. me) that Darnell could sneak out to RF so that Blanks can play LF.

The other thought which keeps getting bandied about is one of them moving to 2B ...

Jun 23, 2011 08:00 AM
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pobothecat

thanks guys.

Jun 23, 2011 10:07 AM
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ttt

What do you look for in a guy's first professional start (Heredia/Cardona)? It seems like the pitching lines are all over the place - is it just how he reacts to batters and situations?

Jun 22, 2011 11:09 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I don't look for ANYTHING. I'm just noting that he pitched.

Jun 22, 2011 11:24 AM
 
ttt

What would a scout look for when watching the game?

Jun 22, 2011 15:59 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Just get a feel for him really, what the delivery looks like, what kind of feel. You don't make a judgement.

Jun 22, 2011 19:02 PM
 
pobothecat

And, while I'm at it --- A's fans: With Barton going down, has the clock on Chris Carter officially begun?

Jun 22, 2011 11:10 AM
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Drew Miller

The clock on Chris Carter probably began before Barton went down.

Jun 22, 2011 13:53 PM
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marjinwalker

So, is Brandon Allen now blocked by someone one level behind him? Someone please give this guy a break!

Jun 22, 2011 11:33 AM
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marjinwalker

was 2 for 3 with a triple, homer, and a walk today, too....

Jun 22, 2011 18:28 PM
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pobothecat

Check out Jason Parks' 1B-review from a couple of days ago.

Jun 23, 2011 10:10 AM
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rmorris1

What have been the reviews of Grant Green's defense this year?

Jun 22, 2011 11:57 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Still looks like a future 2B.

Jun 22, 2011 12:43 PM
 
mattseward

What's the projection on this Zito dude?

Jun 22, 2011 12:46 PM
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Yarky1

I wouldn't be surprised if he has more future MLB value than Betances starting from now. Might even be better than 50/50 on that. Obviously, he doesn't have the same upside..

Jun 22, 2011 13:03 PM
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gilgamesh

He sure plays a mean guitar.

Jun 22, 2011 13:23 PM
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escapingNihilism

KG: any word on 2009 Mets top pick Steven Matz? he doesn't appear to be on any of the short season rosters.

Jun 22, 2011 12:55 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Had Tommy John surgery last May, and the rehab has been a slow one due to some scar tissue problems.

Jun 22, 2011 15:23 PM
 
lemppi

What guy (if any) made you take extra notice at the Midwest League All-Star Game yesterday?

Jun 22, 2011 15:14 PM
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