CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Prospects Will Break Y... (12/18)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Minor League Update: C... (12/17)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (12/20)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Sobsequy: The Strange ... (12/19)

December 19, 2012

Minor League Update

Games of December 18

by Jason Martinez

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

It was an interesting night in the Dominican Winter League. This kid named Miguel Sano went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He must be terrible, right? Wait a minute. I'll search the internet and find some info on him. Oh, never mind. He hit 28 homers in Lo-A ball as a 19 year-old and those prospect geeks here at Baseball Prospectus are supposedly ranking him in the Top 25 of their upcoming Top 101 Prospects List. Must’ve been an off night. I also noticed that this guy named Manny had four hits in his game. Figured he must be in this top 101, too. He wasn’t. It turns out he's an older guy that debuted in the majors way before the invention of prospect ranking.

More notable performances from La Liga de Beisbol Dominicano 

  • Juan Lagares, OF, New York Mets: 2-for-4, 2B, SB. Has hit in all nine of his starts (12-for-30) since returning from a three-week break. 
  • Marcell Ozuna, OF, Miami Marlins: 1-for-3, HR (9), 3 RBI. Could be the forgotten man in a projected Double-A outfield with top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick in 2013, but he blasted his 9th homer on Tuesday and has 11 hits in his last 31 at-bats.
  • Jose De Paula, LHP, San Diego Padres: 5.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 7 K. Gearing up for a return after missing 2012 because of visa problems, the 22 year-old has allowed just 2 earned runs (pair of solo homers) in his last 14 innings with 3 walks and 17 strikeouts.
  • Johan Yan, RHP, Texas Rangers: 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, K. Recently re-signed to a minor league deal after struggling in his first stint in Triple-A in 2012; had been very good otherwise as he moved up the ladder.

Notable performances from La Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente 

  • Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros: 0-for-3, K. The #1 overall pick in this year's draft is struggling at the plate in Puerto Rico (10-for-46, 2 2B, 0 HR, 2 BB, 13 K) but he did make one heck of a catch recently. Click HERE to see it.
  • Angelo Gumbs, 2B, New York Yankees: 2-for-4, RBI, K. The top second base prospect in the Yankees' system, Gumbs is off to a 7-for-18 start in Puerto Rico after posting a .752 OPS with 26 stolen bases for Lo-A Charleston in the regular season.
  • Matt Langwell, RHP, Cleveland Indians: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K. One of several good relief prospects for the Indians, the 26 year-old has allowed just 2 earned runs in 16 innings for Carolina; nice follow-up to a season in which he posted a 2.74 ERA with 27 walks and 81 strikeouts in 69 innings between Triple-A and Double-A.

Notable performances from La Liga Venezuela Beisbol Profesional 

  • Henry Blanco, C, Free Agent: 2-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI. 'Hank White' is still plugging away, hoping to land another big league job at age 41. He still can't hit for any batting average whatsoever (.196 BA in 39 games) but he has 921 games of big league experience under his belt and can probably still throw out 40% of attempted base stealers.
  • Javier Herrera, OF, San Francisco Giants: 2-for-3, HR (8), 2B, RBI, BB. It wasn't that long ago when Herrera was a highly-touted prospect for the A's. In fact, he checked in at #8 on their top prospect list five years ago. His prospect status was already on the decline, although Kevin Goldstein still had some good things to say about him at the time, "Herrera's tools still rank with anyone's in the system when he's 100 percent. He has bat speed, power, speed, good fielding skills, and a strong arm. He's equally effective against both lefties and righties and still shows the occasional ability to take over a game offensively or with his glove." Aside from the Winter Leagues and a few Independent League stints, he's been out of professional baseball since 2009 but the Giants have taken note of his impressive numbers in Venezuela (.415 BA, 8 HR, 19 RBI in 20 games) and signed the 27 year-old to a minor league deal. Have I mentioned I'm a sucker for great comeback story? I'll be keeping an eye on this one.
  • Luis Avilan, LHP, Atlanta Braves: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, K. If the Braves choose to go with three lefties in their bullpen to go along with Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty, Avilan has proven that he's up to the task. The 23 year-old posted a 2.00 ERA in 36 big league innings after making the jump from Double-A last season and now has a 1.48 ERA in Venezuela while holding opponents to a measly .107 BA in 19 relief appearances. 

10 comments have been left for this article. (Click to hide comments)

BP Comment Quick Links

ofMontreal

'Hank White'

I would love it if all foreign names were translated as such.

Snappy work you're doing with this column, keep it up!

Dec 19, 2012 12:05 PM
rating: 2
 
frampton
(870)

I always liked "Pete Happy".

Dec 20, 2012 20:31 PM
rating: 1
 
LynchMob

My favorite was Joe Table ... just simple ...

Dec 21, 2012 09:23 AM
rating: 0
 
brucegilsen
(999)

I remember when Willie Greene was having trouble getting a job because of a supposed bad attitude, and someone suggested he resurface as power hitting third baseman Guillermo Verde.

Dec 25, 2012 09:19 AM
rating: 0
 
BP staff member Jason Martinez
BP staff

Love it. English to Spanish name translations can be just as awesome!

Dec 25, 2012 22:00 PM
 
BP staff member Jason Martinez
BP staff

I agree. It's a very fun exercise. Especially when it translates to 'Hank White'.

Thanks!

Dec 19, 2012 15:24 PM
 
Sharky

Jose Mesa, anyone? I miss the days of "Joe Table" for many reasons.

BTW Jason, you continue to do great work. Your analyses are interesting, differentiated, and useful. And more important -- fun.

Dec 19, 2012 21:38 PM
rating: 1
 
BP staff member Jason Martinez
BP staff

Joe Table is definitely one of the better spanish-to-english name translations. I'll have to do a story on the best translations.

Glad your enjoying this column, Sharky. Thanks for the feedback!

Dec 19, 2012 23:14 PM
 
LynchMob

THANKS for the De Paula sighting ... any idea where he's likely to be for 2013? At 22, he's easily still got time to get to the bigs ...

Dec 21, 2012 09:25 AM
rating: 0
 
BP staff member Jason Martinez
BP staff

No problem. Good to see him dealing down in the Dominican. Haven't heard anything yet. Tom Krasovic (former Padres beat writer) tweeted that he was going to write about him soon so I imagine he'll have an update. I'm guessing he'll be in Double-A.

Dec 21, 2012 22:41 PM
 
You must be a Premium subscriber to post a comment.
Not a subscriber? Sign up today!
<< Previous Article
Premium Article Prospects Will Break Y... (12/18)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Minor League Update: C... (12/17)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Minor League Update: G... (12/20)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Sobsequy: The Strange ... (12/19)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article League Preview Series
Every Team's Moneyball: Minnesota Twins: Reb...
Premium Article Skewed Left: History Repeats Itself
Premium Article League Preview Series
Premium Article Pitching Backward: Why Relievers Get A Free ...
Premium Article Spring Training Notebook: Cactus League
Prospectus Feature: How the Astros do Spring...

MORE FROM DECEMBER 19, 2012
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Wednesday, December 19
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Relief Roundup
The Lineup Card: 8 Gifts for a Baseball Fan
Premium Article Punk Hits: A Modest Proposal for the MLB Net...
Premium Article Sobsequy: The Strange Sights of the Winter M...
Fantasy Article The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 12/19/12

MORE BY JASON MARTINEZ
2012-12-28 - Premium Article Minor League Update: 25-Man Roster of Prospe...
2012-12-21 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 20
2012-12-20 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 19
2012-12-19 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 18
2012-12-17 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Checking in on Some Har...
2012-12-14 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Former Big Leaguers Aud...
2012-12-13 - Premium Article Minor League Update: The 2005-12 Arizona Fal...
More...

MORE MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE
2012-12-28 - Premium Article Minor League Update: 25-Man Roster of Prospe...
2012-12-21 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 20
2012-12-20 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 19
2012-12-19 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of December 18
2012-12-17 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Checking in on Some Har...
2012-12-14 - Premium Article Minor League Update: Former Big Leaguers Aud...
2012-12-13 - Premium Article Minor League Update: The 2005-12 Arizona Fal...
More...