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August 9, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of August 8

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Brandon Allen, 1B/OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B. Went 2-for-19 in first five games after trade, 5-for-8 since.
  • Phillippe Aumont, RHP, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Has seemingly returned to dominant ways; 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K since return to Triple-A.
  • Xander Bogearts, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 4-for-5, HR (11), 2 R, RBI, K. Heating up again; 18-year-old has eight hits, 16 total bases in last five games to lift line to .246/.316/.509.
  • Matt Carpenter, 3B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB. Remains a consistent on-base machine; .400+ OBP in every month of the year and .306/.429/.464 overall.
  • Michael Choice, OF, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-for-3, HR (28), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, K. First home run since return from DL; .294/.389/.579 overall in 97 games.
  • Zack Cox, 3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Hitting .399 in 35 games since the calendar flipped to June; .306/.377/.430 overall.
  • Cito Culver, SS, Yankees (Short-season Staten Island): 3-for-4, 2 R, K, SB. Snaps 0-for-15 slump; .276/.350/.375 in 48 games.
  • Alex Dickerson, 1B, Pirates (Short-season State College): 2-for-6, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 4 RBI. 2010 third-round pick has quick bat but varying opinions on power ceiling; .280/.355/.463 in 22 games.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K. Two straight outstanding starts since trade; is 2012 debut suddenly a realistic possibility?
  • Taylor Green, 3B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-5, HR (20), R, 2 RBI. Hitting .394/.492/.707 since the All-Star break and .332/.414/.586 overall.
  • Drew Hutchinson, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Fifth straight quality start while allowing five runs over 30 innings; Low-90s fastball up to 95 and slider that is at least a plus pitch.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K. 14 of 27 Triple-A hits have gone for extra bases; .297/.393/.615 overall.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, SB, CS. Has slowed down by hitting just .281 since the All-Star break; still at .316/.389/.443 overall.
  • Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (Short-season Orem): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (8), 3 R, 2 RBI. Last year's supplemental first-round pick projects as offense-first second baseman and is showing why; 26 total bases in last four games and .366/.402/.646 overall.
  • Tyler Lyons, LHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Not a big prospect (4.20 ERA), but you have to love the no-hitter; 2010 9th-rounder gets by on command and changeup.
  • Manny Machado, SS, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 1-for-4, HR (3), R, RBI, BB, K. First home run in a month as Sally League power surge has not carried over; .267/.342/.415 in 37 games.
  • Jake Marisnick, OF, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 2-for-5, 3B, HR (11), R, 4 RBI, K. If anything, he's getting better; 8-for-13 in last three games and .317/.389/.495 overall.
  • Chris Marrero, 1B, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (14), R, 2 RBI, BB. Former first-round pick might turn into a prospect after all;. Four home runs in last six games and .308/.380/.467 overall.
  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 1 K. Could be tiring in first full-season; 6.75 ERA in last four starts.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Arguably the streakiest prospect around; 16-for-32 during eight game hitting streak, yet just .263/.326/.471 overall.
  • Carlos Peguero, OF, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 1-for-5, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, K. Three home runs in last four games and .330/.377/.555 overall; big league stint showed the weaknesses.
  • Cord Phelps, 2B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 4-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Doomed to a utility role with Kipnis and Chisenhall in big leagues but might deserve better fate; .307/.396/.494 in 82 games.
  • Todd Redmond, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K. Overshadowed by several other arms in the system, and with good reason; plus-plus command of sub-standard stuff and 2.91 ERA in 23 starts.
  • Jake Skole, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 R, RBI, BB, K. 2010 first-round pick has impressed with tools as well as in-season improvements; home runs in back-to-back games and .272/.377/.380 overall.
  • Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 3B, R, 7 RBI, SB. Continues to be huge offensive surprise despite empty average; 14-for-35 (.400) in last eight games and .300/.336/.387 overall.
  • Corey Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, BB, K, SB. Hit .145 in first 20 Midwest League games but has three straight multi-hit games.

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aso5018

What do you think Dickerson's power ceiling is?

Aug 09, 2011 09:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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15-20.

Aug 09, 2011 12:14 PM
 
pobothecat

Cards followers, help me out here ... what's the thinking at 3B? Is there a clear preference within the organization for Carpenter or for Cox? Can either play another position? Is it assumed that they'll try to move Freese? And what's the general time-frame on this, y'think? Thanks.

Aug 09, 2011 09:42 AM
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Cardinals645

To my knowledge the organization hasn't hinted at any preference.

My guess has always been that Carpenter will be the odd man out, since seems to have the least power of the three. Plus, Freese has established success in the majors when healthy, and Cox was a 1st rounder with a major league deal. I'm guessing Carpenter will be trade bait this offseason and Cox will play at AAA at some point early 2012 (possibly starting there).

Aug 09, 2011 11:38 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I agree with everything he said, and some time will be thrilled they got Carpenter.

Aug 09, 2011 12:15 PM
 
pobothecat

thanks guys

Aug 11, 2011 19:31 PM
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basejaw

Thanks Kevin. Its been great seeing Profar, Skole, and Villanueva show big developmental steps at Hickory this season. Do you see mid 400 SLG for Skole as a fair projection on the power?

Aug 09, 2011 09:45 AM
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Lopecci

Don't you think empty averages can be taken with a grain of salt? Martin Prado had a pretty empty batting average in the Minors. Just looking for your thoughts, and if that is something that can hold a prospect back?

Aug 09, 2011 10:01 AM
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gtgator

By all accounts Simmons is excellent defensively. He also shows pretty good bat control (only 37 K in 413 AB) and some speed (18 SB). Even if he hits an "empty" .280, if he plays excellent defense and can steal a base or two, that can still be a starting SS.

Heck, Alex Gonzalez and his .614 OPS are in no danger of being replaced since Fredi likes his defense.

Aug 09, 2011 11:12 AM
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lionstar1964

Among Aumont, DeFratus and Schwimer, which Phillies AAA reliever looks like the best bet in the long run? Should we make anything of the Phils unwillingness to go to Schwimer even with all the bullpen injuries they had this year?

Aug 09, 2011 10:14 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Aumont has the best stuff for sure.

Aug 09, 2011 12:15 PM
 
Scott44

What do you see as Lindsey ceiling for his hit/power tools?

Aug 09, 2011 10:35 AM
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mcdogerry

Marisnick is already 3-4 with a walk this afternoon (in the eighth)

Aug 09, 2011 11:16 AM
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thatfnmb

Was there an NL West Draft Wrap?

Aug 09, 2011 11:46 AM
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Benjamin Harris

There hasn't been, but I'd sure like to see one.

Aug 09, 2011 12:42 PM
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greenfrog

Kevin, what is Marisnick's likely timetable to the majors? Dunedin in 2012, New Hampshire/Vegas in 2013, Blue Jays in 2014?

Aug 09, 2011 12:29 PM
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R.A.Wagman

I'm not Kevin, but it seems that the Jays generally leave their serious hitting prospects in one level for their first full season, and then let their talent dictate their progression afterwards.
Also, I know this guy is not a prospect by any means, and the following line is from the DSL, yet I think it is an awesome enough line to merit a shout-out: Cesar Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (DSL Jays): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 K. Sanchez entered the game in the 2nd and finished it up. He's about to turn 20 and is in his 3rd season at the level, but he will always have memories....

Aug 09, 2011 18:02 PM
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