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August 3, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of August 2

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Arguably best start of the year in otherwise disappointing season with 4.68 ERA.
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 2-for-4, 2 HR (14), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB. Hitting .324/.374/.595 since the All-Star break as power is beginning to show up in games more.
  • Aaron Altherr, OF, Phillies (Short-season Williamsport): 3-for-5, HR (3), 3 R, 2 RBI. 20-year-old with drool-worthy tools crashed out at Low-A but is making progress; .282/.313/.410 in 42 games.
  • Aaron Baker, 1B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI. Orioles system debut for return on Lee; bulky bat-only first baseman.
  • Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Missed bats, showed excellent stuff; they only ding is that the five innings took 100 pitches.
  • Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-3, 2 HR (13), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. 24 home runs in 82 games overall with .607 slugging percentage and classic corner outfield profile.
  • Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-3, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Another second-half surge incoming? 29 total bases in last ten games and up to .250/.344/.506.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (Low-A West Michigan): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB. One of the best pure hitters in the Midwest League; .333/.382/.479 in 36 games since All-Star break.
  • Jarred Cosart, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Astros system and Double-A debut.
  • C.J Cron, 1B, Angels (Short-season Orem): 4-for-5, 2B, 3 HR (11), 3 R, 4 RBI. 11 home runs in first 124 at-bats is no big surprise.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (15), 2 R, RBI, SB. 11-for-22 with three home runs in last six games and .326/.395/.562 overall.
  • Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-5, HR (10), R, RBI, K. First three-hit game since June; .211/.332/.441 overall.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Went up against Cosart in his Padres debut and the prospect pitching matchup of the night.
  • Mat Gamel, 1B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-3, 2 HR (23), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. Up to .322/.387/.579 and as exciting as that is, he's 26 and yet to do squat in nearly 200 big league plate appearances.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, 2B, R, BB, CS. It's almost annoying that he's still at Triple-A; .342/.394/.485 overall.
  • L.J. Hoes, OF, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 1-for-3, HR (6), R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Zero home runs in first 54 Double-A games and now six in his last nine; .322/.381/.448 overall.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, K. Three home runs in last five days but concerns about swing-and-miss grow with 27 strikeouts in 68 at-bats since promotion.
  • David Lough, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-3, HR (7), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB. Up to .315/.363/.492 in 91 games; hard to understand how aggressive Royals have been with some prospects while so conservative with others.
  • Nick Maronde, LHP, Angels (Short-season Orem): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Third-round pick has great velocity for a lefty but other pitches lag behind; 1.04 ERA in first 17.1 pro innings.
  • Wade Miley, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 10 K. Big lefty with above-average stuff; 41 K in 39.1 Triple-A innings.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 3-for-4, HR (11), R, RBI. Hitting .284/.342/.537 since the All-Star break among rumors that he'll be up soon.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 0.50 ERA in 18 Triple-A innings with 29 strikeouts. Hard to say how long Tampa wastes him in the minors at this point.
  • Tyler Moore, 1B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 3-for-4, HR (25), R, RBI. Tremendous raw power and overly aggressive approach have scouts mixed as to his future; .278/.317/.547 overall.
  • Justin Nicolino, LHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Vancouver): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. 2010 draftee has been best pitcher in Northwest League with plus fastball/curve combination; 1.07 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 42 innings.
  • Rafael Ortega, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-for-5, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 4 RBI, CS. More of a real prospect than a sleeper; .322/.344/.562 in 34 games since the break.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 1-for-3, HR (22), R, 4 RBI, K. Six home runs in 12 games since returning to minors; Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Salt Lake sure are better places to hit than San Diego.
  • Mason Williams, OF, Yankees (Short-season Staten Island): 3-for-5, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, CS. Showing no signs of slowing down; .353/.388/.488 in 42 games.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-5, 2B, RBI. Up to .311/.380/.470 in first 32 pro games; defensive fundamentals have also impressed.

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