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August 18, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of August 17

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 3-for-3, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, RBI. .275/.298/.490 shows all of the good with all of the bat, as he can really hit, but is swinging the bat a little too much.
  • Chris Archer, RHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K. Control continues to be the only issue, as the stuff to be a good big league starter is there.
  • Joe Benson, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 2-for-5, 2 HR (13), 2 R, 6 RBI, K. .283/.379/.489 in 92 games; how close a look does he get next spring?
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, K. Seemingly every young Royal getting a look except him; .306/.376/.506 in 111 games.
  • Christopher Hawkins, OF, Blue Jays (Rookie-level Bluefield): 3-for-4, 2 RBI, K, SB. 2010 third-rounder is big time athlete who is figuring out how to hit; .309/.355/.495 in 55 games.
  • Adeiny Hechevarria, SS, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-4, R, BB. Six straight multi-hit games (14-for-25) to begin his Triple-A career.
  • Tommy Joseph, C, Giants (High-A San Jose): 1-for-5, HR (19), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Seven home runs in last seven games have lifted slugging 59 points; .270/.312/.469 in 111 games.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 11 K. Second in the minors with 189 strikeouts in 137.1 innings including seven double-digit efforts.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Rays): 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Slowing down as he's pitched 137 innings this year; 57 strikeouts in 34.2 Triple-A innings.
  • Logan Morrison, OF, Marlins (Triple-A New Orleans): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (1), R, 3 RBI. Give him credit for not pouting, or maybe he's playing with anger. Either way, he's hitting.
  • Chih-Fang Pan, 2B, Athletics (Short-season Vermont): 2-for-3, K. 20-year-old Taiwan native has exceptionally quick bat but little power; 20-for-49 (.408) during 13-game hitting streak and .343/.378/.394 overall.
  • Jarrod Parker, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Season is strange combination of dominant lines and occasional clunkers; 3.89 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 115.2 innings.
  • Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI. Hitting .436 in his last ten games and .303/.317/.448 overall; how long can he keep it up while drawing one walk per 50 at-bats?
  • Wily Peralta, RHP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. Second-half surge continues; candidate to make big league debut in Monday double-header.
  • Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Mariners (Rookie-level Pulaski): 3-for-5, HR (9), R, 3 RBI. First home run since July 7; .272/.319/.446 in 52 games.
  • Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Took perfect game into the seventh innings in Colorado system debut.
  • Jacob Realmuto, C, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 3-for-4, R, K, SB. 2010 draftee converted to catcher has shown gap power and improving defense; .282/.346/.432 overall.
  • Enny Romero, LHP, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 10 K. With 127 strikeouts in just 99.1 innings, he's more than proven that he can miss bats and could take off with more strikes.
  • Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-3, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. First home run this month but still at .306/.356/.566 overall.
  • Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level Bluefield): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Had 7.84 ERA in first six games but has allowed just one run in four of last five starts.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B/SS, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 1-for-4, HR (15), R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Leads Appy League with 15 home runs in 210 at-bats; will he still be an infielder in full-season debut next year?
  • Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 3B, HR (1), 2 R, RBI, CS. First home run in game number 115 gets his slugging above .400; .306/.344/.401 overall.
  • Ronald Torreyes, 2B, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R. Has slowed down significantly with first multi-hit game in two weeks; .361/.410/.463 overall.
  • Juan Urbina, LHP, Mets (Rookie-level Kingsport): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Best start of season for 18-year-old high-profile signing; 5.83 ERA overall.
  • Kolbrin Vitek, 3B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (3), R, 4 RBI. Has hit .317/.376/.425 since the break, but overall his season has been underwhelming.
  • Josh Vitters, 3B/1B, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-for-5, 2 R. Third straight multi-hit game and hitting .361 in August; .288/.322/.452 overall.

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whitakk

Pan is in Vermont, not Vancouver - A's changed affiliates over the winter. Sometimes has some slap/jailbreak action on his swing, which certainly doesn't help what little power he has.

Aug 18, 2011 11:09 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Brain farts happen. Looking at Vermont, typing Vancouver. Agree with you on the swing. Very slappy.

Aug 18, 2011 11:29 AM
 
Wade

where's the love for Tim Beckham, who is hitting .333 since his promo to AAA?

Aug 18, 2011 11:16 AM
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vtadave

Probably no love because he's yet to draw a walk...

Aug 19, 2011 21:36 PM
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leites

Thanks, this is great! What's your sense of Wily Peralta's upside these days - a solid #3, or more than that?

Aug 18, 2011 11:21 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

A solid No. 3 is a fantastic pitcher.

Aug 18, 2011 11:30 AM
 
bflaff1

Yes, LoMo may be hitting, but more importantly: is he tweeting, rolling his eyes when the bosses mention his batting average, or showing up late to the lobster-fest with last week's fan raffle winners? He's down there to learn how to be a more complete ballplayer.

Aug 18, 2011 11:31 AM
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sandriola

From LoMo's comments, it sure didn't sound like he was going down for anything other than his low batting average. Yes, we all know that the bosses weren't happy with his off-the-field antics, but if he's hitting, he's doing what he needs to do to get back to the majors. His extracurricular issues won't matter nearly as much when he's producing in games.

Of course, this is the Marlins we're talking about, so anything abnormal is possible.

Aug 18, 2011 12:52 PM
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mschroeder14

Re: "A solid No. 3 is a fantastic pitcher"... So what's the answer to leites' question??

Aug 18, 2011 11:35 AM
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MatternK

He said a solid No. 3.

Aug 18, 2011 14:20 PM
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iorg34

Aren't Joe Benson and Brett Jackson similar players? Toolsy walkers with power and too much swing and miss? Why does Jackson get so much more national attention?

Aug 18, 2011 11:43 AM
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Aramgh

I've noticed Noah Perio is doing pretty well for himself at Greensboro, but haven't heard anything about him. I know this word causes some confusion, but is he a "legit" prospect or just another guy putting up decent #'s in lo-a?

Aug 18, 2011 13:53 PM
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nschaef

How many of these in a row is this without a White Sox prospect? Yeesh, Kenny Williams...

Aug 18, 2011 16:35 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

There won't be one tomorrow either, as I'm flying to NYC in the morning, so no MLU.

Aug 18, 2011 18:03 PM
 
Benjamin Harris

I'm getting pretty tired of asking, so can you just give a simple yes or no to the NL West draft recap?

Aug 18, 2011 20:32 PM
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jedjethro

It's no.

Aug 19, 2011 07:24 AM
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Peter Benedict

Four Twins in one day; A first this year. I'm giddy! Thanks for the work, it's great as usual.

Aug 19, 2011 06:02 AM
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Agent007

Cursed, as I am, with an affection for the Orioles (damn baseball cards when I was eight!) I have been impressed with their GCL pitching, especially Jaime Esquivel, an overslot signing last year. Is that level too low to assess performance?

Aug 19, 2011 12:03 PM
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