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May 23, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of May 22

by Kevin Goldstein

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Jose Vinicio, SS, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI.

Vinicio was an exciting prospect when he wasn't putting up numbers, but a nine-game hitting streak (15-for-33, .455) has lifted his season averages to .288/.347/.423, and he's one of the best young shortstop prospects around. Just 18 years old,
Vinicio is an easy plus defender with above-average speed, and if he hits, he's a potential star and arguably the best prospect on an impressive Greenville roster.

Others Of Note:

  • Jordan Akins, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-3, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI; 2-for-2, BB. Crazy upside, but crazy raw with 51 strikeouts and four walks in 131 at-bats; .214/.241/.382 in 39 games.
  • Corey Brown, OF, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 2-for-5, HR (11), R, 5 RBI, 2 K. Home runs in three straight games and six of his last 11; .286/.394/.531 in 46 games.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 4-for-4, R. So much for staying below .400; .411/.474/.554 in 43 games.
  • Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-2, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB; Best pure bat in system is hitting .354 in last 20 games; .308/.393/.442 overall in 40 games.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K. Horrible start in April is firmly in the rear-view mirror; .325/.402/.538 in 20 May games and .264/.345/.396 overall.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 2B/3B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 2-for-5, HR (2), 2B, HR, 3 RBI. 17 total bases in six games since promotion; next promotion could come soon.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 SB (42). Back to the pace of one stolen base per game after mini slump; .320/.395/.477 in 42 games.
  • Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Best start of the month and a career-high in Ks; 2.90 ERA with 44 Ks in 62 innings.
  • Junior Lake, SS/3B, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 3-for-5, HR (2), R, RBI, K. .310/.412/.517 in 15 games but also seven errors.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 3-for-4, R, K, 3 SB. Five hits in last two games to lift batting average 21 points; .260/.325/.418 line is still below expectations.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Worst start of the year ups ERA from 2.91 to 4.10; 49 Ks in 48.1 innings.
  • Brad Miller, SS, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 3-for-5, HR (9), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Yes it's High Desert, but Miller can really hit despite awkward set-up and mechanics; .318/.415/.570 in 44 games.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, K. 8-for-20 with 14 total bases and four walks in six PCL games; like Rizzo, it's complicated to get him to the big leagues.
  • Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI; 2-for-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB, CS. How to raise your OPS 62 points in an evening; .279/.339/.474 in 40 games.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 3-for-5, HR (15), 5 R, 3 RBI. Up to .352/.418/.697 with 15 home runs in 165 at-bats; service time counting would call for a late July call-up.
  • Domingo Santana, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 2-for-5, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Contact issues are real, but so is power; .256/.320/.511 in 34 games.
  • Max Stassi, C, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-for-4, 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Outstanding defensive catcher who just needs to hit a bit (and stay healthy) to be a very real prospect; .274/.313/.493 in 20 games.
  • Trevor Story, SS/3B, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (7), R, RBI. Home runs in back-to-back games and .290/.385/.559 in 39 games; scouts see a legitimate shortstop as well.
  • Will Swanner, C, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-for-3, 2B, HR (5), R, 5 RBI, BB. Hitting an impressive .330/.394/.649 in 27 games, but no progress defensively as he's thrown out just five of 47 attempted base stealers.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB. Fourth two-hit contest in five games and up to .270/.364/.396; as a nearly 23-year-old in High-A some scouts expect more.
  • Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Jekyll and Hyde season continues; 2.98 ERA in nine starts with 32 Ks in 42.1 innings.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K. Continues to show improvement is secondary and location; 2.84 ERA with 58 Ks in 44.1 innings.

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Kris Ericson

I look forward to seeing Castellanos in Erie, hopefully in the near future, to give our Seawolves some offensive help. Looks like the kid can bring it...

May 23, 2012 10:46 AM
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Peter7899

Szczur has been hitting .313/.384/.484 in May. Yeah he had a slow start, but the May numbers have to rank pretty high on the leader board for the FSL right?

May 23, 2012 10:50 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

That's being selective isn't it? Can't talk about the good without talking about the bad. He's definitely picked it up, but I still don't see a star.

May 23, 2012 12:12 PM
 
mmontice

Many are willing to cut him some age slack due to his "late" start in baseball.

May 23, 2012 12:30 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

As Eric B and Rakim once said, "It's not where your from it's where you're at."

May 23, 2012 17:14 PM
 
gdragon1977

Would you go so far as to say that Matt may be standing on shaky grounds too close to the edge?

May 23, 2012 18:22 PM
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John Carter

Is that 100% so? Two players (no one specifically mentioned above) are the same age. Player A has moved up the minors one league at a time since high school. Player B is a college kid who struggled somewhat his first month as a pro. Yet, in his second month he has been on a tear and now has identical stats on the identical team as player A, who has been more consistent. Assuming scouts liked their tools and make-up equally, would you like these two players equally?

May 24, 2012 04:30 AM
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timber

Not so complicated to get Myers to the majors: Send Jarrod Dyson down to AAA where he belongs. Worry about Lorenzo Cain if/when he ever gets healthy.

I know; I can hear your response already: "Myers isn't a CFer." Can he handle it for a year or two without killing you while he's still young?

May 23, 2012 10:57 AM
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Eddie Bajek

This. And Francoeur isn't really much of an impediment in his own right. Try to shop Frenchy, and play Myers in CF in the meantime.

They may wait until late June or July to avoid Super 2 eligibility in the meantime though. There's no rush.

May 23, 2012 11:13 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Just repeat those last three words over and over....

May 23, 2012 12:13 PM
 
timber

Oh, I wasn't advocating for bringing him up; just saying that I don't see how it's complicated beyond the usual avoiding-Super-2 thing. I agree there's absolutely no hurry.

May 23, 2012 12:25 PM
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dduncan

Anything from scouts about whether Teheran is working on FB command, pitching to contact?

May 23, 2012 11:04 AM
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NYYanks826

Unrelated to TODAY'S Minor League update, but Dylan Bundy has been moved up to High-A Frederick. I guess it was just a matter of time.

May 23, 2012 11:19 AM
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nschneider

Wait, I have an idea! Yan Gomes and Aaron Sanchez to the Cubs for Rizzo and, poof, he's in the major leagues. Problem solved. (And that's not meant to be a serious trade suggestion; I just picked a couple of names that sort of made sense.)

May 23, 2012 11:20 AM
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okteds

I think Epstein would be more inclined to trade LaHair, given his past with Rizzo, his desire to rebuild a younger club, etc...

May 23, 2012 12:14 PM
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SGreenwell

This, plus, teams always seem reluctant to trade their own prospects for other prospects, since they figure they have better intel on their guys vs. the other teams. (I think KG or Keith Law mentioned this in a chat at one point.) Elite / very good prospect for prospect trades seldom seem to happen, even when the guy is blocked - you're normally trading the hot prospect in a package for an established major league guy instead.

May 23, 2012 15:12 PM
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CalledStrike3

Trade high on LeHair now ...
I think LoCain is a 4th OF type anyway - Dyson is scuffling after an impressive start...Super 2 day may come sooner this year - has been alot of inconsequential call-ups because of all the MLB injuries

KC's front office is under a little pressure with their "all-in" marketing blitz that its "our Time" this year... the majority of their marginal ticket sales come from summer regional travelers planning vacations .... not much to get excited about this year despite the "Our Time" slogan....just sayin'

May 24, 2012 00:51 AM
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