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July 5, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of July 4

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Barrett Barnes, OF, Pirates (Short-season State College): 4-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Supplemental first-round pick has plenty of tools; .278/.365/.352 in 15 games.
  • Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. 11-for-23 during six-game hitting streak and up to .315/.373/.468 overall; Just turned 19 and one of the best pure hitters in the league.
  • Jackie Bradley, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 4-for-6, 2B, K, SB. Hasn't missed a beat since move to upper levels; .377/.443/.492 in 15 games.

  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, K. 10-for-20 in last four games and hitting .318 in last 30; up to .273/.346/.368 overall.
  • Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. First big Double-A start after dominating Carolina League; timetable certainly upgraded, ceiling of middle to back-end starter, depending on source.
  • David Dahl, OF, Rockies (Rookie-level Grand Junction): 3-for-4, R, 2 RBI. SB. First-round pick has impressed with hitting ability and defense; .375/.438/.625 in 14 games.
  • Kenny Diekroeger, 2B, Royals (Rookie-level Burlington): 3-for-6, R, 5 RBI, Fourth-round pick is steady player who looks like big leaguer but lacks upside; .275/.302/.471 in first 11 games.
  • Grant Green, UT, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): Has played 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF in last two weeks; .290/.333/.448 in 75 games.
  • Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI, SB. 15-game hitting streak has lifted season line only mildly to .267/.326/.348.
  • Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level Bluefield): 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 7 K. A bit wild, but also has 18 Ks in 15.1 innings while allowing just eight hits, and at this level, it's all about missing bats.
  • Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 2-for-5, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. First pro home run for supplemental first-round pick; .333/.429/.667 in seven games, but probably not a 3B in the end.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 2-for-3, HR (14), R, RBI. Has made significant progress offensively in second shot at league; .275/.339/.492 overall.
  • Ronny Rodriguez, SS, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-for-4. Toolsy shortstop hitting .349 in last 30 games and .283/.316/.448 overall; could be nice trade chip this month.
  • Bubba Starling, OF, Royals (Rookie-level Burlington): 2-for-4, 3B, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB. 7-for-14 with 15 total bases in last three games; .360/.484/.680 in six games.
  • Will Swanner, C, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-for-4, HR (10), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. Fantastic bat, but well below-average defensively; 9-for-20 with three home runs in last five games and .339/.425/.603 overall.

 

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jarjets89

Dahl has had the best start one could have in his draft year debut. How much do you read into this? How exciting of a prospect is he?

Jul 05, 2012 12:27 PM
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Mtn Jam

It's a tough task for kids to play their HS/college season, then deal with the build-up to the draft/signing process while continuing to work out. For them to step out on the field in pro ball and perform out of the gate is fantastic. If they don't perform, oh well, maybe the player needs a deep breath and re-focus in the offseason. I don't think either are terribly indicative.

Jul 05, 2012 12:43 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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This. Tough to read. He's a very talented kid and he's playing in a VERY friendly environment.

Jul 05, 2012 21:19 PM
 
Sacramento

Kevin, do you think Grant Green can find a defensive home, or would the A's be better suited to using him in a super utility role like a vintage Chone Figgins?

Jul 05, 2012 18:29 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I like the concept of using him all over the field quite a bit.

Jul 05, 2012 21:19 PM
 
mschroeder14

How does Grant Green grade out defensively at the infield positions?

Jul 06, 2012 07:33 AM
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