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August 10, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of August 9

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (5), R, 3 RBI, K. 15 total bases in last four games have raised slugging 59 points; .268/.290/.464 in 37 games.
  • Trevor Bauer, RHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K. With 17 strikeouts in his first nine innings, he'll likely move to the upper levels with a shot at reaching the big leagues in September.
  • Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Rookie-level Burlington): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, 3 RBI. 18-year-old Dominican has big offensive ceiling if he can temper approach; .293/.324/.483 in 44 games.
  • Tony Cingrani, LHP, Reds (Rookie-level Billings): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Third-round pick has well above-average velocity and command; 36 strikeouts and just two walks in 25.1 innings.
  • Alexander Colome, RHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. 2.25 ERA in four Southern League starts, but 14 walks and 13 strikeouts in 24 innings points to future regression.
  • Casey Crosby, LHP, Tigers (Double-A Erie): First scoreless outing since late June; 3.84 ERA in 20 starts.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (16), 2 R, RBI, K. Numbers are crossing into crazy-great land with 1018 OPS since All-Star break; .329/.397/.564 overall in 93 games.
  • Tim Federowicz, C, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI. BB, K. First three-hit game for Dodgers after going deep in three straight games.
  • Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; 2-for-4, CS. 20-year-old Korean was hitting .241 entering August, but 16-for-32 run in last nine games have him up to .300/.336/.457 in 37 games.
  • Destin Hood, OF, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 3-for-4, 2 HR (11), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Corner outfielder has solid tools across the board with double-digit home run and stolen base potential; .279/.366/.463 in 105 games.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-5, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Up to .313/.407/.615 in 26 Triple-A games; hard to see him not spending most of 2012 in the big leagues.
  • Duanel Jones, 3B, Padres (Rookie-level AZL): 1-for-5, HR (8), 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 K. 18-year-old Dominican has real power and huge defensive issues; .270/.352/.496 in 34 games.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 2-for-5, R, K. Three straight multi-hit games for the first time in over a month; .317/.389/.442 overall.
  • Jake Marisnick, OF, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3-for-4, R, K, SB. 11-for-17 in last four games with 19 total bases; .322/.394/.497 in 95 games with 29 stolen bases as he's rocketing up prospect lists.
  • Kevin Matthews, LHP, Rangers (Short-season Spokane): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Northwest League debut for first round pick who had 1.50 ERA in seven AZL games.
  • Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 1-for-3; 3-for-3, SB; Hitting .412/.446/.471 in 21 Triple-A games.
  • Jerry Sands, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 2-for-6, 2B, HR (21), 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K. Eight home runs in 105 at-bats since All-Star break, but hitting just .200 during that time; .272/.343/.575 overall.
  • Ravel Santana, OF, Yankees (Rookie-level GCL): 3-for-4, 2B, R, K, SB. 19-year-old Dominican is a high-ceiling tools machine with above-average power and speed; .281/.345/.548 in 36 games.
  • Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 2-for-5, 2 2B, R, K. Finally finding his swing in High-A; six-game hitting streak has slash line up to .243/.308/.332 in 52 games.
  • Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 4-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 SB. Your guess on him is as good as mine at this point.
  • Josh Vitters, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Mississippi): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, CS; 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .406 in August in .287/.322/.463 overall; there is progress here, but is it enough?
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, K; 3-for-4, 2B, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI. 10-for-17 in last four games and up to .327/.385/.497; quick start to career could get him to Double-A by the end of 2012.

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