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October 13, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of October 12

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (AFL Rafters): 3-for-4, R, 5 RBIs. 5 RBIs without an extra-base hit is a unique line; continues to impress with both bat and glove.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (VEN Navegantes): 2-for-3, HR (1), 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Is he blocked in Kansas City? He certainly deserves a shot.
  • Alex Castellanos, OF, Dodgers (AFL Rafters): 3-for-3, 2B, 4 R, 2 BB, SB, CS. Second straight three-hit game and 21 total bases in eight; came out of nowhere this year, but gaining in believers.
  • Adam Eaton, OF, Diamondbacks (AFL Rafters): 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, SB. Little outfielder with line drive bat and a bit of speed; more of a extra outfielder skill set, despite strong numbers.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (AFL Javelinas): 1-for-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, BB. Just 2-for-14 in small sample; scouts want more looks after Jekyll and Hyde regular season.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Royals (AFL Saguaros): 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K. Seemingly going backwards.
  • Bryan LaHair, 1B, Cubs (VEN Navegantes): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI. I generally abhor 'Free Player X' movements; but I'm on board with this one. The guy can hit.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (VEN Bravos): 2-for-3, BB, K. We know he can hit, but with defense a question mark, do the Red Sox find him big league at bats next year?
  • Juan Legares, OF, Mets (AFL Javelinas): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. 22-year-old Dominican has plus bat, but poor approach and doesn't have speed for center, or offensive profile for corner.
  • Francisco Martinez, 3B, Mariners (VEN Navegantes): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, K. Very advanced hitter for age, but questions about secondary skills are fair.
  • Yusmiero Petit, RHP (VEN Bravos): 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Just thought you'd want to know he's still out there.
  • Neil Ramirez, RHP, Rangers (AFL Saguaros): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Breakout pitcher in the system continues to impress with plus stuff and control; AFL hitters 4-for-24 against him.
  • Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers (VEN Navegantes): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K. Has seen stock fall of late due to inability to throw strikes.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Angels (AFL Scorpions): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB. Healthy, hitting and looking good on the left side; should be ready for Double-A next spring despite being limited to just 44 games in the regular season.
  • Joe Terdoslavich, 1B, Braves (AFL Saguaros): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, 4 RBI, K. 9-for-17 with 15 total bases in four games; scouts still see a 23-year-old who hasn't reached upper levels and has below-average power for the position.
  • Casey Weathers, RHP, Rockies (AFL Rafters): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K. Control has just never returned post-surgery.
  • Dmitri Young, 1B (VEN Caribes): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, 2 K. Awesome.

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ttt

Is that really meathook? Yessss

Oct 13, 2011 09:54 AM
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Drew Miller

Last I'd heard he was having serious health problems. Good to see him back.

Oct 18, 2011 12:22 PM
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ndcohn

Can you give some perspective on Francisco Martinez - he gets very good bat reviews, and he's young, but he doesn't show up on top 100 lists.

Am I correctly understanding that he projects to have the bat to be a league average starting 3B, but he can't be better unless he improves his defense or plate discipline, and neither seem likely, so therefore he's not a top prospect?

Oct 13, 2011 09:56 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's young and he can hit. Power and patience need to come, but I think he's a good prospect.

Oct 13, 2011 10:12 AM
 
Ian Miller

steak grows on Dimitri!!!

No mention of Downtown Gary Brown's 3.96 time to first???

Oct 13, 2011 09:56 AM
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richardkr34

No mention of Bryce Harper hitting .058?

Oct 13, 2011 10:00 AM
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JoshT

What can you tell me about this Dmitri Young kid? Any relation to Delmon Young? Any chance he can play the field, or is he strictly a DH at the major league level?

Oct 13, 2011 10:07 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He wants a chance next spring. Don't be shocked if he at least gets an invite.

Oct 13, 2011 10:13 AM
 
SaberTJ

I be he could outhit his brother atm.

Oct 13, 2011 11:51 AM
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John Carter

That was a short moment.

Oct 14, 2011 09:02 AM
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jhardman

Thank you for the Meathook sighting. My Strat team longs for his return.

Oct 13, 2011 12:28 PM
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John Carter

Dmitri Young had his best year with Detroit - but it was the year they lost 119 games!

Oct 14, 2011 09:04 AM
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comish4lif

Batted .320 for a bad Nats team was was an All Star rep here.

Oct 18, 2011 07:54 AM
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asstarr1

Dmitri Young seems like a favorite for the Doug Melvin reclamation project. It already sports Gabe Kapler, Jim Edmonds and Frank Catalanato. Based on the fact that Mark Kotsay was on the roster all year, offense and defense aren't necessarily a requirement for admission.

Oct 18, 2011 11:16 AM
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