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April 25, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of April 24

by Kevin Goldstein

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Jose Fernandez, RHP, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K.

What's more impressive, Dylan Bundy killing it for three innings at a time, or a guy who while hardly perfect, does it for six? It's a fair question, as there are additional challenges to facing 20 batters a game as opposed to 10 that should not be discounted. Excellent every time out, Fernandez has 33 strikeouts in 23 innings while holding the Sally League to a .120 batting average, and while nobody is saying Fernandez is as good a prospect as Bundy, his 2012 season is arguably just as impressive.

Others Of Note:

  • Nick Ahmed, SS, Braves (Low-A Lynchburg): 4-for-5, 4 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. Second-round pick is batting .338/.434/.477 in 16 games and has impressed scouts with his offensive game.
  • Xavier Avery, OF, Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk): 1-for-3, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, K, 3 SB. Tools are starting to play thanks to improved approach; .288/.405/.470 in 17 games.
  • Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K. And that's arguably his worst start in four; 21 scoreless innings, 34 Ks, 4 BB.
  • Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, K. Continues to be one of the best pure hitters in the league despite being one of the youngest; .365/.453/.527.
  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. That's now 13 hitless innings with 21 strikeouts. Nothing to say really, other than he's remarkable.
  • Nick Castellanos, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 3-for-5, 3 RBI, BB. Has had multi-hit games in half of his starts; .403/.443/.548 in 16 games.
  • Jose Cisnero, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 12 K. Dominican righty has big velocity but relief profile due to shallow arsenal; 28 Ks in 19.2 IP.
  • Pat Corbin, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. While Bauer and Skaggs are better prospects, don't be surprised if Corbin is first to the big leagues.
  • Chelsor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 2-for-4, K. Eight hits in three games raise batting average 94 points; .276/.368/.345 overall.
  • Brad Eldred, 1B, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 3-for-5, 3 HR (12), 3 R, 7 RBI, 2 K. 31-year-old hit his 13th today already before this went up.
  • Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 3-for-5, 3B, HR (3), R, 2 RBI. 19-year-old Dominican with promising bat; .290/.353/.532 in 16 games.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-for-6, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. Nine hits in last three games lift averages to .320/.370/.480 in 18 games.
  • Evan Gattis, C/OF, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 5 RBI, BB, K. For one day, what's more important that another awesome game is the fact that he played left field; moving up soon.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB. Finally starting to hit with five multi-hit games in last seven; .224/.313/.306 overall.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. Defensive issues continue with eighth and ninth errors, but 14-game hitting streak has averages up to .410/.446/.756.
  • Danny Hultzen, LHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. After giving up five runs in his debut, he has a 0.00 ERA in three starts while allowing just five hits in 17.2 innings; on pace to reach the big leagues this year.
  • Jeff Kobernus, 2B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-4, 2 R, 4 SB. Second baseman with line drive bat, speed, and little power or patience; .372/.395/.436 in 18 games.
  • Matt LaPorta, 1B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR (5), 2 R, 3 RBI. Hitting .344/.394/.656 in 16 games and will likely get another chance at some point.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 3-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI, K, CS. First three-hit game of the year as Double-A struggles have continued; .198/.278/.247 in 20 games.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 2-for-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB, SB. Doubles season walk total in one night; .286/.342/.457 in 18 games.
  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Looking much better in second Florida State League go-around; 17 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 20 K.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB. Strikeouts have been a concern but otherwise performing well; .308/.366/.569 in 16 games.
  • Derek Norris, C, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-4, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. 10-for-21 in last five games and up to .357/.364/.614 in 17 games.
  • Mike Olt, 3B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 1-for-3, HR (5), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Three home runs in last six games and up to .266/.356/.563 in 17 games with the 24 Ks in 64 ABs keeping the batting average down.
  • Brian Pointer, OF, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, SB. Sleeper is undersized outfielder with approach, solid hit tool and impressive power for size; .316/.397/.632 in 16 games.
  • Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. Fourth straight outing of three shutout innings with one hit allowed; 12 IP, 4 H, 8 BB, 17 K.
  • Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Third straight multi-hit game and up to .295/.348/.377 while defensive reviews remain jaw-dropping.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 4-for-4, 3B, 2 HR (3), 2 R, 4 RBI. Yesterday I asked where the power was. There's your answer.
  • George Springer, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 4-for-4, 2 3B, R, 3 RBI. Best pro game for 2011 first-round pick who had been struggling; .257/.296/.446 in 18 games.
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. 24-to-3 K/BB ratio in 18.2 innings as he's started to break out the full arsenal.
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Really shouldn't be here any more; .419/.483/.649 in 19 games.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Starting to miss bats with not only upper 90s heat but secondary pitches as well; 26 Ks in 16.1 IP.
  • Drew Vettleson, OF, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 4-for-4, 2 2B, HR (2), 2 R, RBI. Bat needs to carry him a bit but so far, so good; .333/.397/.500 in 19 games.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-5, HR (2), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. Just keeps hitting and could be ready for full time work in 2013; .339/.431/.597 in 17 games.

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Ian Miller

Wow, Kolten Wong has to be exceeding everyone's expectations at this point.

Mike Trout: this is just stupid. Make room for him.

RIP Hak-Ju Lee :(

Apr 25, 2012 10:50 AM
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RIP after 20 games? Wow. Remind me never to ask you for a diagnosis when I sneeze.

Meanwhile - Wong-sanity! (TM pending) continues.

Apr 25, 2012 11:21 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

I can see scenarios where the Cardinals' 2B situation looks so poor that Wong gets called up this year.

Apr 25, 2012 19:30 PM
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Thoughts on Matt Szczur's year so far at Daytona? Walk rate is up through 80 PA's. Good to see an improved approach, but the .206/.316/.221 line isn't very pretty. Anything new to report?

Apr 25, 2012 11:10 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Well, as you know, I wasn't nearly as high as many others on him to begin the season . . .

Apr 25, 2012 12:06 PM

Myers K rate isn't excessive at all. Are you just concerned because it's high for him? I'd be more concerned that his walks are down - although again, his walk rate is still above average, it's just low for him.

Apr 25, 2012 11:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Ks in more than 1/3 of at-bats isn't excessive?

Apr 25, 2012 12:07 PM

I'll look again - I didn't look at the raw count, but the K rate listed that I saw was 21%.

Apr 25, 2012 12:11 PM
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Bradley Ankrom

That wouldn't have happened if you'd been using the Prospect Tracker!

Apr 25, 2012 13:12 PM
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You're right - my bad. I was looking at last year.

(Can't figure out why "reply" no longer words for me.)

Apr 25, 2012 12:13 PM
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When are we going to hear those promised tidbits on Lansing's rotation?

Apr 25, 2012 12:42 PM
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Eddie Bajek

Tigers have 40 man room and a revolving DH spot. Why not catch lightning in a bottle with Eldred on a short term basis?

Apr 25, 2012 14:02 PM
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John Carter

I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps, the answer is that they really ought to be playing Delmon there and they know it.

Apr 25, 2012 20:23 PM
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Eddie Bajek

They know it. Delmon is reluctant though. While it's easy for us on the outside to say "tough shit, DH," if a player bitches and moans and it affects not only his hitting but the play of others, it may be worth it to let him stink in left field.

Apr 26, 2012 06:46 AM
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