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April 18, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of April 17

by Kevin Goldstein

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Alex Castellanos, 2B, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR (2), 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB.

Castellanos was barely on the prospect radar heading into the 2011 season, but he was in the midst of a breakout year at Double-A Springfield, batting .319/.379/.562 in 93 games, which made him a key component in the deal to acquire Rafael Furcal from the Dodgers. He kept on hitting after the trade, and while Albuquerque certainly helps his numbers, a .364/.462/.745 line after 13 games is impressive anywhere, and more importantly, his return to second base from the outfield has been a surprising success with scouts seeing him as potentially average there.

Others Of Note:

  • Jordan Akins, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, K. All sorts of tools and all sorts of holes in his game; .243/.282/.432 in 12 games.
  • Tyler Austin, OF, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-for-4, R, BB. Seventh straight multi-hit game; .450/.500/.975 in 10 games overall.
  • Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; 1-for-3, R, 2 K; Now at .422/.519/.578 in 12 games with as many walks (8) as strikeouts (8); doesn't turn 19 until June.
  • Jackie Bradley, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, K. 2-for-16 in first five games but 8-for-18 since; .294/.426/.353 overall.
  • Jed Bradley, LHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. First-round pick still has an ERA of 0.00 after 19 innings.
  • Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K. Has allowed six hits over 15 innings while striking out 21; will likely finish year in Double-A.
  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Nine hitless innings and 15 strikeouts in three starts; three innings at a time makes it hard for scouts to evaluate.
  • Edwar Cabrera, LHP, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K. Changeup specialist took perfect game and is rapidly proving that his stuff works at the upper levels.
  • Simon Castro, RHP, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. First good start for former Padre acquired in Carlos Quentin deal.
  • Brody Colvin, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Encouraging showing from athletic righty who is repeating the level after falling apart mechanically last year.
  • Zach Cone, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 1-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, SB. One of the bigger surprises in the system; .304/.373/.652 in 12 games but worries about ability to hit the breaking ball.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB. First multi-hit game of the year; .194/.318/.250 in 10 games.
  • Garrett Gould, RHP, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K. 21 strikeouts in 13.1 innings overall; No. 3 or 4 starter profile.
  • Jose Fernandez, RHP, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K. First-round pick has been a revalation so far; 17 IP, 9 H, 6 BB, 25 K in three strarts.
  • Wilmer Flores, 3B, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Has moved to third base so there's more pressure on the bat; .286/.341/.343 in 11 games.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 2-for-5, 3 R, K, SB. 7-for-13 in last three games and .386/.481/.636 in 12 overall with 11 stolen bases.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, CS. 19-year-old Dominican is hitting .400/.450/.800 in 13 games, but defensive reviews have not been especially kind.
  • Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 5-for-6, 5 R, RBI, K. Has plus hit tool, and needs to as second-base only prospect; .333/.362/.467 in 11 games.
  • Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Nice recovery from opening day disaster.
  • Ian Krol, LHP, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Breakout player in 2010 is trying to rebound from lost 2011 season.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, RBI. Home runs in back-to-back games; .231/.388/.410 overall in 11.
  • Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 1-for-2, HR (1), R, RBI, BB. Starting to turn it around after brutal start; .225/.340/.400 in 11 games.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K. 17 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 19 K in three starts for top prospect in the system.
  • Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Downright strange season; has given up more runs than innings pitched (11.81 ERA) in all three starts, yet has struck out 22 over 10.2 innings.
  • Adys Portillo, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K. Season high last year at Fort Wayne was eight Ks; left game early with leg cramps.
  • Neil Ramirez, RHP, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Maybe more important that the numbers, it's his longest start since early June of last year.
  • Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 10 K. Nice sleeper with control and arm strength; 23 strikeouts and four walks in 16.1 innings.
  • Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Second straight dominant outing; more to come in tomorrow's scouting notebook.
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Hitting .333/.372/.462 in 10 games, but 13 strikeouts in 39 at-bats is concern.
  • Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. 19 year-old has 15 strikeouts in 11 Double-A innings while limiting Southern League hitters to a .158 batting average.

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Ian Miller

Looking forward to reading more about Teheran. I find him fascinating for a number of reasons, not all of which can be explained.

Apr 18, 2012 10:40 AM
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MattWinks

Opinions on Leandro Castro: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 R, 6 RBI. Is he not as much a prospect as the others or was it just impractical to list the entire Reading team who collectively mashed yesterday?

Apr 18, 2012 10:41 AM
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Chomsky
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Neil Ramirez is in the Rangers' system, no?

Apr 18, 2012 10:45 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Indeed he is.

Apr 18, 2012 11:31 AM
 
spundin

Does Taijuan Walker have any chance of making it up this year and passing up Hultzen and Paxton to the bigs first? His boscores have looked pretty dominant compared to Hultzen and Paxton so far. Millwood is ripe for losing the spot from the looks of the rotation for now.

Apr 18, 2012 11:06 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I highly doubt it. He's just a teenager, the Mariners are going nowhere this year, and Hultzen is more polished and already on the 40 man.

Apr 18, 2012 11:33 AM
 
Mtn Jam

Can you make any sense of the Owens lines so far?

Apr 18, 2012 11:15 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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.565 BABIP? Alex Speier noted that he's been great the first time through the order and then struggles, which is good to note before getting too excited about Bundy's three-inning stints.

Apr 18, 2012 11:32 AM
 
Mtn Jam

Good point RE: Bundy

Apr 18, 2012 12:09 PM
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acmcdowell

I didn't see any of the games, but I was very curious too, so I looked at the box scores. The summary is below, but from those it looks like he's tiring at the end of his outings, is homer prone, and was the victim of some bad luck, as hitters are 13-23 on balls in play.

1st innings- 9 outs, 7ks, 2bb, 3 hits allowed (2 singles 1 HR)
2nd innings- 9 outs, 7ks, 1bb, 2 hits allowed (2 singles)
3rd innings- 9 outs, 6ks 1bb, 1 hit allowed (1HR)
4th innings- 5 outs, 3ks, 6 hits (one HR, two doubles, three groundball singles to the shortstop!)
5th inning- 0 outs, one appearnce, BB, 2B, 1B.

Apr 18, 2012 11:50 AM
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ccseverson

Any early reviews on Hamilton's defense this year?

Apr 18, 2012 12:16 PM
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SenatorsGuy

What in the world is going on with Jacob Turner?

Apr 18, 2012 12:19 PM
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Dan

What's Straily's FB velocity?

Apr 18, 2012 13:31 PM
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