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April 22, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of April 19-April 21

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, April 19

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Andrew Oliver, LHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; this left-hander has a big fastball that can touch 96, but he’s still developing consistency with his curveball and changeup; 21.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 12 BB, 29 K.

Position Prospect of the Day: Maxwell Muncy, 1B, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; advanced pitch recognition; able to consistently get barrel to ball; power potential; limited to first-base defensively; 22-for-65, 2 2B, 8 HR, 19 R, 16 RBI, 16 BB, 12 K in 18 games thus far.

Other notable prospect performances from April 19:

“The Good”

  • Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI, K; A first-base only prospect with good raw power, Aguilar will struggle versus quality pitching and profiles best as a platoon option.
  • Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; fastball working up to 94 with good command; average curveball at 76-78; solid-average changeup at 83-85 with good fade.
  • Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; A positive start for Bauer, who was able to go seven innings with only one walk.
  • Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 4-6, 2B, 3 R, RBI, K, SB; Bethancourt is making strides offensively, and showing an improved ability to make contact; .341/.356/.500 in 44 at-bats.
  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K; hit and power tools could both be better than plus; overall defensive position in question; monster fantasy potential; 9-for-16 in his last four games.
  • Ryan Carpenter, LHP, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K; Carpenter uses a four-pitch mix (fastball/slider/curveball/changeup), and the slider has plus potential; 19.0 IP, 14 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 24 K.
  • Kurt Heyer, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Peoria): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; A 2012 College World Series ace, Heyer offers a four-pitch mix (fastball/slider/curveball/changeup) with enough polish to have his way in Low-A.
  • Jared Hoying, CF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI, 2 K; pull-side power; ability to play all three defensive positions in the outfield; good bat speed; hit tool will be tested at the highest level; .323/.373/.613 in 62 at-bats this season.
  • Matt Loosen, RHP, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K: fastball can touch plus velocity; curveball has potential to miss bats; fringy changeup; sleeper-prospect type.
  • Barret Loux, RHP, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; solid fastball command; ordinary secondary stuff; shoulder injury cost him over $1 million in the draft; traded from Rangers to Cubs for Geovany Soto.
  • Cody Martin, RHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; solid-average fastball; plus slider; usable curveball and changeup; good pitchability; profiles best as a back-end starter, but could also be a meaningful two-pitch reliever.
  • Brandon Nimmo, CF, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 4-4, 3B, 2 R, BB; good body; good bat speed; solid-average power potential; average defensive profile; still raw.
  • Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-4, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB; advanced approach; strong wrists; pull-side power potential; overall defensive package is still a work in progress.
  • Colin Rodgers, LHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; small frame; three-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/changeup); good feel for secondary offerings.
  • Yorman Rodriguez, CF, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 4-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Rodriguez has plus raw power, but his shaky hit tool may not allow him to tap into all of it.
  • Bruce Rondon, RHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; The flame-throwing relief prospect was deemed unready for the closer role on Opening Day, but has started the season well in Triple-A; 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K so far.
  • Eddie Rosario, 2B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 4-5, HR, R, 4 RBI; potential plus hit tool; plus running ability; potential solid-average game power; still gaining baseball instincts; .352/.385/.507 in 71 at-bats.
  • Mark Sappington, RHP, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; fastball has plus-plus potential; slider could be solid-average; delivery has some effort, so he may be better suited for the bullpen long term.
  • Jerrud Sabourin, 1B, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-3, R, BB; Sabourin, the all-time hits leader at Indiana, has an outstanding hit tool, but his limited power doesn’t profile well at first base; 22-for-53, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 R, 4 RBI in 15 games.
  • Ryan Wheeler, 3B, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI; improving at third base after playing first base only as an amateur; power potential; average contact; if he shows the ability to play the outfield defensively, he’ll have a solid utility-man profile; .357/.408/.595 in 42 at-bats.

 “The Bad”

  • Stetson Allie, 1B, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 0-4, 3 K; Allie has easy plus-plus raw power, but plenty of contact question marks.
  • Courtney Hawkins, CF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 0-3, BB, 3 K; Hawkins continues to pile up the strikeouts, and he now has 34 of them in 51 at-bats.

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