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August 11, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of August 10

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Greg Billo, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Minor League ERA leader (1.40) has excellent command of solid fastball/breaking ball combo; scouts see him as more of a reliever.
  • Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (15), R, 2 RBI, BB. The walk was intentional, and understandable considering the 15 home runs in 193 at-bats.
  • Alex Castellanos, OF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI. Outfielder from Rafael Furcal deal is hitting .333/.444/.467 in first nine games as a Dodger.
  • Paul Clemens, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. 12.2 innings and a 0.00 ERA as an Astro.
  • Scooter Gennett, 2B, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 4-for-5, R, RBI. Over .300 for first time since early May; .358/.372/.506 in second half of season.
  • Grant Green, CF, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-for-5, HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI. Is hitting .311/.351/.456 since move to center field, so pull out your jump to conclusions mat.
  • Taylor Green, 3B/2B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, K. 16-for-35 during eight-game hitting streak and up to .334/.417/.583 overall.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 4-for-5, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Suffering from usual Cal League drop off; just .267/.355/.397 since promotion.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 0-for-3, 2 K. Got tossed for going bananas after second strikeout. Remember when I was a horrible person for pointing out that he might not be the most likeable kid on the planet?
  • Reese Havens, 2B, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .290/.370/.434 in 39 games; who knows where he'd be at this point if consistently healthy.
  • Marco Hernandez, SS, Cubs (Rookie-level AZL) 2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB. 18-year-old Dominican has ultra-quick bat; 16-game hitting streak have averages up to .358/.397/.509.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. 9-for-17 in last four games and .320/.410/.620 since promotion; should see Wrigley in September.
  • Steve Lombardozzi, 2B, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 3-for-5, R, 3 RBI. Subject of much trade chatter is a grinder with outstanding defensive fundamentals; .320/.359/.432 in 47 Triple-A games.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-for-4, 2 R, K; 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI. Up to .320/.353/.474 overall; 14 walks and 82 strikeouts over 428 at-bats is the red flag in the stat line.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Second in the minors with 178 strikeouts in 131.1 innings; fastball and curve are both easy plus pitches and has a pro body.
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 K. Worst start as pro and seemed to be having a problem with his hand before leaving.
  • Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-for-4, CS. Contractually obligated to get two hits a night? 14 multi-hit efforts in 22 games and .416/.448/.472 overall.
  • Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-2, HR (11), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. Hitting .329/.436/.544 since the All-Star break; plus shortstops with 20/20 potential don't exactly grow on trees.
  • Enny Romero, LHP, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. He's capable of these outings every time out; but command troubles leave his ERA at 4.67.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston) 2-for-3, 2 HR (17), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB. 13-for-29 with seven home runs in his last eight games and .257/.336/.487 overall; early-season rumors of his demise were quite exaggerated.
  • Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 3-for-5, RBI, 2 K. 12-for-32 during seven game hitting streak to lift batting average 22 points to .251/.314/.338.
  • Eric Surkamp, LHP, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Maybe the ultimate finesse/deception prospect; fastball rarely gets over 90 but has 156 strikeouts in 128.1 innings.
  • Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Midwest League is hitting .202 against him as ERA has dropped to 2.89 by allowing one run over last 15 innings.
  • Mason Williams, OF, Yankees (Short-season Staten Island): 3-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI, SB. 19-for-39 (.487) in last ten games and .365/.408/.505 overall.

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aso5018

Unless Marte forgets how to hit, he is going to be a ML player and a good one, correct? He doesn't just hack thou, thats the encouraging thing, he actually works counts.

Aug 11, 2011 10:04 AM
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mattseward

Hi Kevin, from the outside Gary Sanchez seems to have a mixed year, on the one hand he's an 18 year old with a .240 ISO and his walk rate has ticked up. On the other hand he's striking out more, hitting for a low average and has had really awful reports on his defence and attitude.

Has this season put his stock up or down in your estimation?

PS I don't suppose Verducci was ever in the running to be the co-host?

Aug 11, 2011 10:20 AM
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Cloochmere

Loek Van Mil; emergency start last night or are the Angels trying him in the rotation?

Aug 11, 2011 10:20 AM
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asstarr1

The Brewers called up Frankie De La Cruz to replace Chris Narveson. Anything nice you can say about him?

Aug 11, 2011 11:37 AM
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timber

Wondering why scouts see Billo as a reliever? He's a guy nobody talks about at all that I can see, but I have heard his velo is up this year.

Aug 11, 2011 11:59 AM
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saberfury

Is Trevor May currently the Phillies best prospect?

Aug 11, 2011 12:49 PM
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bp

No

Aug 13, 2011 15:29 PM
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Drew Miller

Still love Harper, though I haven't seen him yet. I hope to rectify that when he comes to Portland in a couple weeks. Thus far, he hasn't pulled anything that'd I'd consider a red flag.

Aug 11, 2011 12:51 PM
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AadikShekar

Kevin, heard anything to the reports that the Giants have tweaked Surkamp's motion and he's now in the low 90's instead of high 80's? A couple of Giants farm watchers have noted it over at McCovey Chronicles

http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2011/8/10/2356861/minor-lines-8-10-11#storyjump

Aug 11, 2011 13:05 PM
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hyprvypr

Excluding Harper and Profar, does T-Walker have the most upside on any player on this list?

Aug 11, 2011 13:09 PM
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BP staff member Chase Gharrity
BP staff

You think the pet rock was a really great idea?

Aug 11, 2011 13:57 PM
 
ttt

The guy made a million dollars.

Aug 11, 2011 20:33 PM
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John Carter

just wondering . . . have there been any big stars or top prospects with similar behavior patterns as Bryce Harper - how well did their careers go and how did his teams do? You would think temper tantrums over striking out wears thin on teammates, but that's just speculation.

Aug 11, 2011 14:09 PM
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Drew Miller

My first thought was Albert Belle, but he was four years older than Harper when he hit AA.

Aug 11, 2011 14:13 PM
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Drew Miller

Also, on strikeout temper-tantrums, there's Kevin Youkilis, who got into a shoving match with Manny Ramirez over Youk's bitching and moaning. (Youk was subsequently told to tone it down)

If Harper's not a bad teammate, just an on-field complainer about umps and the other team, it'll be fine for him.

Aug 11, 2011 14:15 PM
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rweiler

Madison Bumgarner lost his head in a minor league game and got suspended. It seems to have been an isolated incident for him and maybe even prepared him to deal with the lack of offensive support he has gotten this year.

Aug 11, 2011 15:39 PM
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Bodhizefa

Nobody remembers the Delmon Young blow-ups? That's the first thing I thought of when reading about Harper.

Aug 12, 2011 09:30 AM
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