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August 29, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of August 28

by Kevin Goldstein

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  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 3-for-5, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI. Never really surged after entering the year with big expectations; .277/.331/.421 in 129 games.
  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 6 K. And that's 5 1/3 more innings he can't pitch in the big leagues; still could take on a '08 David Price role come September.
  • Byron Buxton, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. No. 2 overall pick enjoying first extended hot streak of career; 15-for-38 (.395) in last ten games and .286/.368/.429 overall.

  • David Dahl, OF, Rockies (Rookie-level Grand Junction): 2-for-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Has somehow gotten hotter by going 16-for-33 in his last eight games; .377/.424/.607 overall.
  • Khris Davis, OF, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 3-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB. Bat-only type has hit at every level and may have earned a September look; .290/.405/.490 in 28 games since promotion.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Trying to end on a strong suit after missing nearly three months with elbow issues; 2.66 ERA with 63 Ks and 13 BB in 47.1 innings.
  • Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 4-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB. A tale of two halved for just-turned-20 Dominican; .207/.268/.338 before the All-Star break, .333/.387/.523 since.
  • Wilmer Flores, INF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, K. 19-for-35 (.548) during nine-game hitting streak that has seen OPS go up 137 points; .328/.376/.515 in 60 Double-A games.
  • Tyson Gillies, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, HR (4), 2 R, 3 RBI, K. Becoming a prospect again if he can stay healthy; .357 since the All-Star break and .306/.371/.452 overall.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, SB. Looked overmatched in big league stint; .290/.372/.430 at Triple-A.
  • Courtney Hawkins, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 1-for-4, HR (4), R, 3 RBI. First-round pick has homered in three of last five games; .308/.352/.631 in 16 full-season games.
  • Miles Head, 3B, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 4-for-5, R, K. On first-extended hot streak (.333 in August) since moving away from California League; .281/.349/.427 in 51 games.
  • Travis Jankowski, OF, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 4-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K, CS. Supplemental first-round pick is hitting just .269/.301/.361, but batting average is up 48 points during 11-game hitting streak (20-for-44, .455).
  • Max Kepler, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 2-for-5, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, SB. .298/.387/.539 line in 59 games as 19-year-old has begun to translate athleticism into skills.
  • Leonys Martin, OF, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (12), 2 R, RBI; 1-for-4, R. Has yet to get going in the big leagues, but has been a monster at Triple-A; .365/.425/.622 in 53 games.
  • Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Best start in what has been up-and-down Double-A stint; 3.91 ERA in 46 innings with 34 H, 42 K, but 37 BB.
  • Rafael Ortega, OF, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 3-for-5, 3 R, RBI. Small but athletic CF with plus defense, speed and gap power; 10-for-23 in last five games and .285/.345/.418 overall.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-for-4, HR (23), 2 R, 2 RBI, K; 0-for-2, R, BB, K. Has saved season with 1066 OPS in August; .264/.327/.470 overall.
  • Joe Panik, SS, Giants (High-A San Jose): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB. Has been the player expected during second half with .333/.402/.444 line since the break; still profiles better at second base.
  • Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, K. First Cal League home run in 12 games; .386/.471/.500 overall.
  • Kyle Parker, OF, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 2-for-5, 3B, R, 4 RBI, 2 K. Among best hitters during second half with 1057 OPS since the All-Star break; .308/.415/.558 overall in season that has helped stock, but left others wanting to see him prove it at Double-A.
  • Joe Ross, RHP, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. 2011 first-round pick trying to save season that had him mostly on the sidelines.
  • Darin Ruf, OF/1B, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 1-for-4, HR (37), R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K. 19 home runs in 26 games is as remarkable a power run as we've seen in recent memory; .317/.408/.625 in 133 games.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics (Low-A Burlington): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K, SB. 18-year-old first round pick seems to be just fine at every level he plays; .286/.366/.429 in 10 games.
  • Luis Sardinas, SS, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB. Outstanding defense and speed puts fewer expectations on the bat; .296/.352/.355 in 91 games.
  • Logan Watkins, UT, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): Sleeper in system with versatility, lefty bat, and lots of patience; .280/.381/.410 in 128 games.
  • Allen Webster, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Mostly successful system debut; 80 pitches, 46 strikes.
  • Jesse Winker, OF, Reds (Rookie-level Billings): 3-for-4, 2 HR (4), 3 R, 3 RBI, K. Supplemental first-round pick has good approach and impressive bat from the left side; .335/.448/.482 in 54 games.


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Calling Flores an "INF" - is that because he's currently a 3B but probably won't stay there?

Aug 29, 2012 09:42 AM
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He's played 1b/2b/3b in Binghamton, so INF is probably the most accurate description of his position

Aug 29, 2012 09:50 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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And he's played those three positions in the last three days. That's pretty much the only thing to call him.

Aug 29, 2012 10:55 AM

I was at Bundy's start last night. I'm no scout, but it was very impressive. He sat at 94-96 and touched 98. As I recall, two of his walks were on curveballs that seemed to fool the umpire. They looked like strikes to me, but they broke so much, who knows? He made Nick Castellanos look foolish: three strikeouts and he couldn't even foul anything off until the third AB.

Aug 29, 2012 10:09 AM
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Kevin, I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on Kepler. Has his progress been on schedule? How does he project?

Aug 29, 2012 10:18 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's a crazy great athlete. Projecting him at this point is nearly impossible. He could end up a great minor leaguer, and he could hit .210 in Beloit next year.

Aug 29, 2012 10:55 AM

Eleven cents a day, eleven or so pieces to read today. What does that work out to per article? Make sure it goes directly on your electric bill Kevin.

Aug 29, 2012 10:55 AM
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I was at Joe Ross' start last night ... and it felt opposite to how cjhgarmon describe's Bundy's start (comment above) ... sure the results were very good ... but the most common strike was a foul ball ... so I just didn't get a feeling of "overpowering" ... which is what I was hoping for when I heard he was starting the game ... the scoreboard radar readings were consistently 91-93 and I saw 94/95 a couple of times, and none of the other pitchers in the game had readings that high ...

Aug 29, 2012 12:57 PM
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If Dan Uggla can play second, I think the Mets can get by with Flores at the keystone. Its not like they have a gold glover playing there now and Flores can certainly hit for more power than Daniel Murphy.

Aug 29, 2012 15:48 PM
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You grossly underestimate how poor Flores would be at 2b. The notion that you can stick any bat at an up the middle position because their offense will outweigh the defense is misguided.

Aug 29, 2012 21:02 PM
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The guy has a bat. It has to play somewhere. I contend his defensive limitations are overstated, that's all.

Aug 30, 2012 03:18 AM
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Assuming Hamilton doesn't re-sign, think the Rangers will give Martin the first chance to grab the CF job?

Aug 30, 2012 10:06 AM
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Gentry would probably get it if you ask me. Martin maybe takes his spot as 4th outfielder

Aug 30, 2012 21:34 PM
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Ross going to drop in your top 100 next year?

Aug 30, 2012 21:07 PM
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Scott Gilroy

Who knew this would would be the last one :(

Sep 01, 2012 08:15 AM
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