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July 27, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of July 26

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-4, HR (24), R, 2 RBI, K. Three home runs in last four games as he's showing no sign of slowing down; .337/.383/.641 in 77 games.
  • Noel Arguelles, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Took no-hitter into seventh to lower ERA to 2.89; success remains based far more on location than stuff.
  • Dante Bichette, 3B, Yankees (Rookie-level GCL): 4-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. Hottest hitter in the Gulf Coast League; 19-for-27 (.704) over the last week and up to .333/.470/.510 overall.
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (7), 3 R, 3 RBI, K. Bat had collapsed after quick start; snaps out of 1-for-27 slump to get averages up to .221/.302/.450.
  • Chris Dwyer, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Best start of season in what has been otherwise ugly year; 6.34 ERA in 20 starts.
  • Scooter Gennett, 2B, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, CS. Tiny infielder is starting to show the bat we saw last year in the Midwest League; .346 in 29 games since the All-Star game and .292/.328/.386 overall.
  • Justin Germano, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Sure it's just Justin Germano, but perfect games are cool.
  • Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 1-for-2, HR (30), 3 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB. First minor leaguer to 30 home runs; .306/.430/.635 in 99 games.
  • Yasmani Grandal, C, Reds (Double-A Carolina): 2-for-3, 2 2B, R, RBI. Just one home run in 21 games since leaving Bakersfield; .280/.337/.440 in 21 Southern League games.
  • Chris Hawkins, OF, Blue Jays (Rookie-level Bluefield): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR (5), 2 R, 5 RBI; 0-for-2, K, SB, CS. 2010 third-rounder is highly-athletic outfielder with power and speed; .305/.333/.547 in 35 games.
  • L.J. Hoes, 2B, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 2-for-3, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI. Went 54 Eastern League games without a home run and then he hits two; .310/.359/.389 overall as slugging jumps 34 points.
  • Manny Machado, SS, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI. Hitting .333 in July and up to .278/.353/.456 overall; could be in Double-A next year as a 19-year-old.
  • Brett Marshall, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. 0.90 ERA in last four starts while striking out 25 over 20 innings; has allowed one or fewer earned runs in 11 of last 15 starts.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-for-5, HR (7), R, 2 RBI, K, CS. Home runs in back-to-back games.
  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Bounces back from last start of the year; still needs to refine command to really take off.
  • Francisco Martinez, 3B, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, K. Has cooled off a bit; .286/.324/.413 in 89 games.
  • J.D. Martinez, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (12), 3 R, 2 RBI. Last year's Sally League MVP is hitting like that at Double-A now; .361/.450/.685 in 30 games since All-Star break.
  • Tyler Matzek, RHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Clearly progress here in terms of both velocity and command.
  • Tommy Mendonca, 3B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, HR (21), 2 R, RBI. Power, good defense and tons of strikeouts (108 in 88 games); .306/.367/.557 overall.
  • Brett Mitchell, RHP, Mets (Rookie-level Kingsport): 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 10 K. 2010 draftee with plus breaking ball; 3.41 ERA in six starts with 35 Ks in 31.2 IP.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (10), R, 4 RBI, K. Done pouting? 7-for-12 with 16 total bases in last three games to raise line to .291/.350/.444 overall.
  • Derek Norris, C, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 1-for-3, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, BB. Overall line of .217/.375/.443 is among the hardest to evaluate in the minors.
  • Kyle Parker, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 1-for-1, HR (17), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB; 0-for-3. Hit five home runs in four games before game two; .285/.361/.495 overall in 87 games.
  • Wily Peralta, RHP, Huntsville (Double-A Huntsville): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Has allowed just thrrr earned runs over 34 innings in last five starts to lower ERA to 3.45.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 5 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Pacific Coast League is hitting .431 against him after three starts.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (18), R, 4 RBI. Tucson sure is a fun place to hit.
  • Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-5, 3B, R, RBI, K. Three straight multi-hit games have OPS into the four digit world at .312/.375/.638.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 1-for-3, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, BB. Home run of Jameson Taillon was first in 11 games; .240/.322/.415 overall.
  • Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 4-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB. First home run in 39 Carolina League games; .238/.307/.298 overall.
  • Kyle Seager, 3B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-3, 2 BB. Triple-A line is a silly .432/.500/.635 in 17 games.
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K. Best of three Double-A starts and 18 strikeouts over 15.2 innings overall.
  • Henry Sosa, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 9 K. ERA of 0.00 in 14 innings since trades from Giants; also turns 26 tomorrow.
  • Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (Rookie-level Casper): 3-for-5, HR (2), R, 4 RBI, K. Supplemental first-round pick has true shortstop tools, plus speed and a quick bat; .267/.377/.400 in first 13 games.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. OPS up 165 points in two games; .270/.303/.460 in 14 games since promotion.
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Most impressive part of season is 67 strikeouts and just ten walks in 65.2 innings; but has been surprisingly hittable.
  • Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Stuff has been outstanding of late; allowed four earned runs over 31 innings in last six outings; 1.67 ERA in 107.2 innings.
  • Donavan Tate, OF, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 2-for-3, R, BB, K, SB, CS. Has been back from suspension for three days; still just 20 years old and plenty toolsy.
  • Christian Villanueva, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 1-for-2, HR (13), R, RBI, BB. Power starting to go from raw to in-game; .274/.337/.467 in 92 games.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-4, 2B, R, K; 1-for-3, 2B, BB, K. Hitting .361/.440/.569 in July and .299/.375/.461 overall; bat earns rave reviews, but athleticism has been a surprise with 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

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arrosenthal

Asheville PBP guy said Matzek hit 97 and sat in the 95 range. I'm assuming the stadium gun is/was juiced a bit, but is there legitimacy to his velocity gain? Is it anywhere near what it was in high school?

Jul 27, 2011 11:42 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's legitimately going low-to-mid 90s. It's surprising and exciting.

Jul 27, 2011 14:38 PM
 
jhardman

Jurickson Profar and Bryce Harper must have been 0-4 last night. I can't remember your last report that was minus both of those players. But I love the Trevor Story update!

Jul 27, 2011 12:08 PM
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tommybones

Did someone whisper in Montero's ear that he could be dealt if he starts to show some effort? Maybe he goes to a team willing to play him right away?

Jul 27, 2011 12:32 PM
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Amol

I think the whole boredom/lack of effort narrative is kind of overblown. He was hitting great in April until taking a foul ball off the cup, and then had to deal with an eye infection and some back issues. It may just be that he's just getting back into his groove after shaking off the injuries.

Jul 27, 2011 22:13 PM
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cchatham

RE: Taillon, I've heard that the Pirates have their pitchers focus mostly on fastball command at the lower levels of the minors. Could this be part of the reason Taillon seems hittable right now?

Jul 27, 2011 12:33 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Absolutely.

Jul 27, 2011 14:39 PM
 
Ben Solow

One followup question -- when you say hittable, are you referring more towards the quality of contact that hitters are making or to the quantity of hits Taillon's allowing? Just wondering because if it's the latter, would the relatively poor minor league defense play a part in that? I suspect, but haven't checked, that BABIPs in the minors are higher than in the majors.

Jul 28, 2011 11:44 AM
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Drew Miller

Is there any evidence that this approach messes up pitchers in any way? Thinking about Rick Porcello...

Jul 28, 2011 10:41 AM
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timber

Gary Sanchez but not Salvador Perez?

Jul 27, 2011 12:34 PM
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boards

I thought Tate received a 50 game suspension. I saw him play on June 26 in Everett. Just wondering.

Jul 27, 2011 14:35 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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25 games credit for undergoing substance abuse counselling.

Jul 27, 2011 14:42 PM
 
rookie319s

Yelich has been playing centerfield in Greensboro. Will he be able to stay there? He cant be worse than Rasmus in the field here in Saint Louis...

Jul 27, 2011 14:42 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's going to be a corner guy in the end most likely.

Jul 27, 2011 14:42 PM
 
BillJohnson

Given the regularity with which Matt Adams is appearing in these reports, is a consensus beginning to build on just what he is? Or does that weird body and lack of walks still baffle scouts? I promise, I'm not going to say the G-word...

Jul 27, 2011 15:44 PM
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delatopia

Do you really think anything's changed that much in two weeks?

Jul 27, 2011 20:49 PM
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John Carter

It just amazes me how you can keep track of all these guys and more, Kevin.

Jul 28, 2011 08:42 AM
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brucegilsen
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Hoes gave the ball a nice ride to left on his last AB and didn't miss a 3rd HR by that much.

Jul 31, 2011 18:20 PM
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