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September 10, 2012

Minor League Update

Games of September 9

by Bradley Ankrom

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Quick programming note: I’ll be chatting right over here at 1:00 PM Eastern. Let’s talk about how awesome Matt Dominguez is (or whatever).

Anthony Gose, CF, Blue Jays (22): 2-for-4, R, SB (14).
Gose is a menace when he’s able to reach base, something he wasn’t doing enough of during his first call up to Toronto earlier this summer: in 92 plate appearances, the 21-year-old posted a .256 on-base percentage while striking out in nearly 40 percent of his trips to the plate. When he did reach base, however, his speed and advanced technique enabled him to go 10-for-12 in stolen base attempts. The Blue Jays shipped him back to Triple-A Las Vegas when Brandon Morrow was activated from the disabled list on August 25, but he returned to Toronto after Last Vegas’ season wrapped up. Since returning, Gose has reached base at a .500 clip while also swiping four bags in four tries. Most encouragingly, he’s racked up only two strikeouts in 12 plate appearances since his recall.

Around The Majors

Around The Minors

  • Cody Asche, 3B, Phillies (22) (Double-A Reading): 2-for-4, R, RBI. A fourth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2011, Asche has turned into the Phillies’ best hope at the hot corner with a .324/.369/.481 debut; hit .349 with little power in the Florida State League, but has cranked 10 home runs in just under 300 PA since being promoted to the Eastern League at the end of June.
  • Chun-Hsiu Chen, 1B, Indians (23) (Double-A Akron): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI. Dreadful defense behind the plate prompted Cleveland to play him at first base and designated hitter more often than not in 2012; still possesses an intriguing bat with, though there are questions about how well he’ll handle plus velocity.
  • David Dahl, CF, Rockies (18) (Short-season Grand Junction): 1-for-3, 3 R, RBI, 2B (1), BB. Pioneer League MVP has hit .429 in the playoffs after a .379/.423/.625 regular season. Read more about his stellar debut in today's Ten Pack.
  • D.J. Davis, CF, Blue Jays (18) (Short-season Vancouver): 3-for-5, R, 2 K. Toronto’s first-round pick in last June’s draft was considered one of the fastest players in this year’s class; stole 25 bases in 35 attempts across three levels while hitting a combined .250/.355/.386 with a 70-27 BB-K in 266 PA.
  • Jose Fernandez, RHP, Marlins (20) (Advanced Class-A Jupiter). ND, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Now owns an 0.90 ERA in the Florida State League playoffs after a 14-1, 1.75 ERA full-season debut.
  • Austin Hedges, C, Padres (20) (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B (1). Widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers at any level, Hedges hit a solid .279/.334/.451 in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League this summer, most of which was played as a 19-year old.
  • Francisco Martinez, 3B/CF, Mariners (22) (Double-A Jackson) Considered the key piece returned from Detroit in last summer’s Doug Fister trade, Martinez struggled to get his bat going, especially against left-handed pitching, this year; hit .227/.315/.295 in 402 regular season PA.
  • Trevor Miller, RHP, Mariners (21) (Advanced Class-A High Desert): W (1-0), 6.0 IP, 7 H, R, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR. Shut down a Lancaster lineup that featured top Astros prospects Delino Deshields Jr. and Domingo Santana as well as a rehabbing Jed Lowrie; Seattle’s 40th-round pick out of a California junior college; gets by with outstanding control (career 1.8 BB/9).
  • J.R. Murphy, C, Yankees (21) (Double-A Trenton): 1-for-2, 2 R, RBI, HR (1), BB, K. A solid receiver with good-not-great tools across the board, Murphy has also seen time at third base; hit .248/.316/.386 between Advanced Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton during the regular season.
  • Wil Myers, CF, Royals (21) (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, HR (2), BB. Up to 39 total home runs after slugging 37 during the regular season.
  • Nick Ramirez, 1B, Brewers (23) (Low-A Wisconsin): 2-for-4, HR (2), K. Slugged .611 with 8 home runs in July but only .351 with three long balls the rest of the way; Cal State Fullerton product was old for the Midwest League and likely doesn’t possess the requisite approach (144-26 K-BB) to handle a jump to Double-A in 2013.
  • Jacob Realmuto, C, Marlins (21) (Advanced Class-A Jupiter): 1-for-4, HR (1). Rob Brantly may be producing in the big leagues right now, but Realmuto is the Marlins’ future behind the plate; a former high-school quarterback who possesses an above-average throwing arm that has led to a 38 percent caught-stealing rate in the minor leagues; scouts and Marlins officials rave about his makeup and leadership skills.
  • Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (19) (Short-season-A Boise): 2-for-4, HR (2), 4 RBI. Thick-bodied first baseman possesses some of the best raw power in the Cubs organization and will have to hit his way to the big leagues; .322/.410/.641 with 17 home runs in 283 PA during the regular season.
  • Keenyn Walker, CF, White Sox (22) (Advanced Class-A Winson-Salem): 3-for-4, R, 2B, CS. Chicago’s top pick in last year’s draft, Walker improved upon his 8.3 percent walk rate of 2011 while also showing modest improvement in cutting down on strikeouts; a raw player whose best tool is speed, Walker’s 6-3, 195-pound frame may also produce average power down the line.
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