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October 31, 2012

Minor League Update

Games of October 30

by Bradley Ankrom

The Arizona and Caribbean leagues were in action yesterday, so let’s see what kind of prospecty goodness they had to offer:

  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (21) (Aragua-VWL): 1-for-2, HR (2), 2 R, 2 BB. Four of his five tools are above average or better; Twins’ future in right field.
  • Brandon Barnes, LF, Astros (26) (Caracas-VWL): 1-for-4, HR (3), 2 K. Batting .375 (6-for-16) over his last four games with two home runs; .263/.343/.421 overall.
  • Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP, Phillies (22) (Escogido-DWL): 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 K. Has allowed two runs to score in three of his four appearances; skinny lefty with a plus changeup who has bounced between the rotation and the bullpen, but is likely a late-inning reliever in the big leagues.
  • Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (20) (Scottsdale-AFL): 1-for-3, 2 R, BB. Right-handed pitchers have given him trouble this fall (2-for-22 with 7-1 K-BB); .176/.250/.206 overall.
  • Didi Gregorius, SS, Reds (22) (Peoria-AFL): 0-for-4, Didn’t strike out in any of his first 11 games, but has now whiffed in each of his last two; plus defender without a home in Cincinnati, though his future looks a little brighter with Billy Hamilton’s move to center field.
  • Slade Heathcott, CF, Yankees (22) (Scottsdale-AFL): 4-for-5, 2 3B (2), 2B (1), 2 R, 5 RBI, K. It’s games like this that remind us of why Heathcott was the recipient of a $2.2 million bonus as the 29th pick of the 2009 draft; hasn’t been able to stay healthy during the regular season, playing in just 197 games over three-plus seasons. He’s a potential five-tool star if he can manage to keep himself on the field.
  • Johnny Hellweg, RHP, Brewers (24) (Phoenix-AFL): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, K. Long, loose righty with three pitches, including a mid-90s fastball that has reached triple digits out of the bullpen.
  • Gift Ngoepe, SS, Pirates (22) (Scottsdale-AFL): 3-for-4, 2B (1), 4 R, RBI, BB. More than doubled his season hit total in this game; defensive specialist could carve out a major-league role as a utility infielder capable of playing plus defense at shortstop; batting .179/.343/.286 overall.
  • Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins (22) (Cibao-DWL): 2-for-6, 2B (6), R, RBI. No home runs, but Ozuna notches his 11th extra-base hit in 10 games; hitting .343/.395/.914 with an 8-2 K-BB overall.
  • Josh Prince, OF, Brewers (24) (Phoenix-AFL): 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, BB, K. Prince is a fringy prospect whose upside is that of a super utility player, but what he’s doing in Arizona is impressive. He’ll be 25 in January, so he’s going to have to keep this up if he wants a shot at a major-league job; .414/.485/.586 overall.
  • Enny Romero, LHP, Rays (21) (Escogido-DWL): 1.0 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 2 K. First run (and walk) allowed in three appearances in the Dominican Republic; offers plus-plus velocity from the left side, but struggles with control (5.4 BB/9 in 126.0 IP during the regular season).
  • Bruce Rondon, RHP, Tigers (21) (Magallanes-VWL): 1.0 IP, BB, K. Picks up his third save in three tries. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski referred to him as a “rare talent” who could be in the mix for saves in Detroit next year.
  • Carlos Sanchez, 2B, White Sox (20) (Salt River-AFL): 3-for-4, RBI, 2 SB. Heating up a bit, batting .462 (6-for-13) with a double, a triple, and three stolen bases over his last four games; showing more patience than he has in the past, with eight walks in 13 games.
  • Adalberto Santos, LF, Pirates (25) (Scottsdale-AFL): 3-for-5, 2B (3), R, K. Seven hits in his last three games, including a pair of doubles and a triple; a 22nd round pick out of Oregon State in 2010, Santos is a slap hitter with a little bit of speed and excellent plate discipline who profiles as a nice bench bat who can handle both lefties and righties.
  • Jonathan Schoop, 2B/3B, Orioles (21) (Mesa-AFL): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Busting out of a mini-slump in which he was 1-for-10 over his previous three games; batting .316/.469/.553 with a 9-9 K-BB while playing three infield positions in Arizona.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (20) (Cibaenas-VWL): 2-for-5, 2 R. He’s aggressive, and sometimes it isn’t pretty, but it works. #OSCAR.
  • Scott Van Slyke, OF/1B, Dodgers (26) (La Guaira-VWL): 4-for-5, 3 HR (7), 4 RBI. Wasn’t able to make much contact in a two-month big-league cameo, but has a history of getting on base and showing doubles power in the minors; batting .308/.379/.750 with a 10-6 K-BB.
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