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August 2, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of August 1

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (17), R, RBI. Should at least be September call-up as extra bench bat; .342/.373/.649 in 60 games.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K. 2010 first-round pick has gotten up to 94 mph with solid secondaries; 3.23 ERA with 116 Ks in 111.1 innings.
  • Victor Black, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. 2009 supplemental first-round pick has found new life in the bullpen; 1.17 ERA with 63 Ks in 46 innings while sitting at 94-97 mph.

  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 8 K. Season-high in innings while matching season-high in strikeouts; 2.57 ERA with 56 Ks in 49 innings since promotion.
  • Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. Has not allowed an earned run in seven of last nine starts; 2.47 ERA with 97 Ks in 87.1 innings.
  • Khris Davis, OF, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 3-for-6, 2B, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, 3 K. Featured in Monday's Ten Pack and just keeps hitting; 6-for-13 with 13 total bases since promotion.
  • Avisail Garcia, OF, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 SB. Extreme tools player is starting to translate and succeeding in Double-A; 13-for-26 in last six games and .308/.357/.471 in 28 games since promotion.
  • Randall Grichuk, OF, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR (14), 3 R, 5 RBI. All-but-forgotten former first-round pick has been very good since June; .281/.319/.457 overall.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI. Mediocre July slowed his numbers down; still .316/.380/.551 overall.
  • Slade Heathcott, OF, Yankees (High-A Tampa); 3-for-4, 2B, HR (4), R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Raises OPS 59 points with one game; .273/.360/.488 in 35 overall.
  • John Hellweg, RHP, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 5 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K. Outstanding system debut that required just 73 pitches.
  • Tommy Joseph, C, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, R, RBI. Phillies system debut; a mixed bag of tools and skills with a wide range of future possibilities.
  • Marc Krauss, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 1-for-3, HR (2), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB. Two home runs in two games as an Astro.
  • Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K, SB. Second straight three-hit game; .269/.362/.377 overall.
  • Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 4-for-4, 3B, HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB. Surprisingly started at High-A and results have been mixed; 20-for-35 in last eight games and .299/.339/.425 overall.
  • Brad Miller, SS, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-for-3, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB. Stock changes significantly if he can hit away from High Desert; .400/.486/.633 in first eight Southern League games.
  • Mark Montgomery, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Right-hander has among best sliders in the minors, but 90-93 mph fastball might be light for late-inning work; eight scoreless innings with one hit allowed and 13 strikeouts since promotion.
  • Mike Olt, 1B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-6, HR (28), R, RBI, 2 K. Could be his final minor league game.
  • James Paxton, LHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Best start since return from DL; 3.09 ERA with 84 Ks in 78.2 innings.
  • Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 4-for-5, 2B, R 2 RBI, K. 2012 draftee will see big bump in stock if he can somehow stay at third base; .309/.387/.457 in 25 games.
  • Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 3-for-6, R, RBI, 2 SB. Has slumped a bit of late, but we're still talking about a 19-year-old with a chance at a 20/20 season in Double-A and a .286/.358/.475 batting line.
  • Yasel Puig, OF, Dodgers (Rookie-level AZL Dodgers): 0-for-4, K. Pro debut.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (21), R, 5 RBI, 2 K. First home run since 7/19; .248/.372/.496 overall and up to 36 errors.
  • Jean Segura, SS, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 2-for-3, 2B, R. 7-for-16 (.438) in first four games as a Brewer.
  • Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Second straight dominating Low-A start; would have much more hype if he started the season here.

 

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