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June 6, 2012

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of June 5

by Kevin Goldstein

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Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Blackburn was a great find in the 2011 draft for the Giants as a 16th-round pick who feel due to what proved to be unfounded signability concerns. Blackburn has just average velocity, maybe a tick above, but what he can do is
manipulate that ball by locating the pitch flawlessly and adding heavy sink that has produced one of the better ground ball ratios in the league. Just 19 years old, Blackburn has allowed 11 hits and just one run over 22 1/3 innings in his last three starts while walking two and striking out 21. He's not a high ceiling guy, but he's looking like a fast mover.

Others Of Note:

  • Tyler Austin, OF, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-for-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, K. Early May slump is clearly a thing of the past; 19-for-35 in last nine games and .335/.409/.670 overall.
  • Jed Bradley, LHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 2 K. 2011 first-round seems to be battling mechanics according to one scout; 4.42 ERA in 11 starts.
  • Drake Britton, LHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 2 K. Strangely effective Double-A debut for big lefty with big velocity.
  • Corey Brown, OF, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 3-for-4, HR (14), 4 R, RBI, BB. Time in the big leagues was too brief; .302/.399/.603 overall.
  • Domonic Brown, OF, Phillies (Triple-A Syracuse): 4-for-5, 2B, 2 HR (4), 4 R, 3 RBI. Starting to get it back? 17-for-41 (.415) in last ten games and .282/.323/.450 overall.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (12), R, RBI, K. Hitting just .234 in last 30 games after huge start; .270/.374/.517 overall.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 2-for-3, 2B, RBI. Double-A debut after hitting .405/461/.553 in the Florida State League.
  • Patrick Corbin, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Made all the more impressive by it being against a loaded Las Vegas lineup at Las Vegas.
  • Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Doesn't have overwhelming stuff or dominating numbers, but consistently good; 3.16 ERA in 12 games.
  • Jared Goedert, 1B/OF, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (6), 9 RBIs, BB. 27 year-old minor league slugger, but a helluva day.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 R 4 RBI, BB. 9-for-16 in last four games and up to .364/.406/.636 in 20 Triple-A games; coming soon?
  • David Holmberg, LHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K. Making a case for Double-A before his 21st birthday; 30 IP, 17 H, 2 BB, 35 K in last four starts.
  • Ryan Kalish, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-2, HR (1), 3 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB. Has looked good in return, and Boston could use him.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C. Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (4), 4 R, 3 RBI, K. Nine hits and 15 total bases have raised OPS 80 points in three days; .301/.389/.436 overall.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 2-for-5, HR (2), R, RBI. No home runs in first 56 games and then two in last two; still a disappointment on the season at .242/.311/.321.
  • Tyler Moore, 1B, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (9), R, 2 RBI. 9-for-21 with 20 total bases since return to the minors; .316/.378/.673 overall.
  • Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 1-for-3, HR (7), R, 2 RBI, K. Four home runs in last six games and up to .324/.375/.703 in 20 Triple-A games.
  • Mark Prior, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. If you're not rooting for him, there is something wrong with you.
  • Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Missing bats is certainly some progress.
  • Julio Rodriguez, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K. Longest start of season as he continues to confound scouts with his level of success; 2.67 ERA in 11 starts.
  • J.C. Sulbaran, RHP, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 10 K. Weird combination of being hittable but also missing bats; 4.40 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.

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Hello KG....can Rob Brantly be a starting catcher on a contending team? He was promoted to Toledo today. Is he mostly a good deadline trade chip given Alex Avila's presence/youth?

Jun 06, 2012 11:50 AM
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9 rbi's in one game? Wow. Anybody know the MiLB record?

Jun 06, 2012 11:56 AM
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Here: http://bit.ly/LB8zIN

Jun 06, 2012 12:26 PM
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Oops, tried to copy the answer link on my phone and accidentally flagged this question. Please disregard.

Jun 06, 2012 21:00 PM
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It feels like the Diamondbacks have more young, high-end pitching prospects than other whole divisions put together.

Jun 06, 2012 12:32 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

As a Cubs fan, I'd find it ironic if Rich Hill and Mark Prior end up in the Red Sox bullpen.

Jun 06, 2012 13:33 PM
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Ironic? Why? Or did you just mean a crazy coincidence?

Jun 06, 2012 14:10 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

I'd find it ironic because the Red Sox were able to rehab Hill and Prior while the Cubs couldn't.

Jun 06, 2012 14:34 PM
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With Headley being the Padres best player and Forsythe just back from the DL where do you see Gyorko fitting in? A few games next week at DH? Pushing Forsythe into a utility role? A Headley, Forsythe, Gyorko rotation of some sort? A Headley trade?

Jun 06, 2012 15:03 PM
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What kind of stuff does Prior bring to the table nowadays, anyway? I have no idea.

Jun 06, 2012 15:18 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

From 2010-2012, he's struck out 45 in 26 innings with a sub zero WHIP and he's only 31 so he does bring a fair amount to the table. Kerry Wood carved out a good career as a setup man, closer. Prior's just got to remain healthy.

Jun 06, 2012 17:39 PM
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Wait, wait, I've got an answer for the Tigers 2B dilemma : convert Castellanos to 2B, and promote him by the 4th of July. Or shortstop. At 6-4 he'd be Ripken-esque. Seriously I hope they just let the kid develop at his own pace and don't tinker too much.

Jun 07, 2012 07:25 AM
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Matt Davidson started the year looking like he had made a dramatic improvement in his BB/K ratio, but he has fallen back toward his career norms in May & June.

Jun 07, 2012 18:50 PM
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With multi-hits in 5 out the last 9 games, is Hak-Ju Lee showing true signs of life?

Jun 08, 2012 19:44 PM
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Hak-Ju Lee update: 8 hits in last 5 games; 10 hits in last 7 games

Jun 09, 2012 19:39 PM
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