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May 6, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of May 2-May 5

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Thursday, May 2

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Danny Salazar, RHP, Indians (Double-A Akron): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K; plus-plus fastball; plus curveball; changeup is developing and shows signs of being at least average; one of the least-talked-about pitching prospects; high-third-starter ceiling; 28.2 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 9 BB, 43 K in six starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 4-4, 2B, HR, 5 RBI; pure shortstop; plus-plus runner; potential average hit tool; can provide gap power; overall first-division ceiling; .314/.357/.495 with 7 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, and 8 SB in 105 at-bats this year.

Other notable prospect performances from May 2:

“The Good”

  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K; after struggling in spring training and early in the season, Bogaerts has found his swing; middle-of-the-lineup offensive potential; hit and power tools both have easy plus potential; plus arm; long-term defensive position still a question mark; .333/.417/.643 with 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR in last 10 games.
  • Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; first Double-A start; top-shelf stuff; easy plus-plus fastball; potential plus =-plus curveball; changeup with at least solid-average potential; big frame; ultra athletic; one of the top pitching prospects in the game.  
  • Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; check out the Monday Ten Pack for a complete breakdown of Butler by Jason Cole; 35.0 IP, 17 H, 8 ER, 17 BB, 33 K in six starts this season.
  • Jabari Henry, OF, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; solid-average raw power; solid-average runner; solid-average arm; hit tool will be put to the test as he advances throughthe minors; .397/.511/.616 with 7 2B, 3 HR, 18 BB, 7 K in 73 at-bats this season.
  • K.C. Hobson, 1B, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; good bat speed; can make loud contact; swing will get lengthy; fringy prospect at best.
  • Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 4-6, HR, R, 4 RBI; plus raw power; plus arm; making strides on shortening swing; good baseball instincts; one to keep an eye on; .391/.500/.732 with 5 2B and 3 HR in 41 at-bats.
  • Jake Marisnick, CF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K; centerpiece of the package the Marlins received from Blue Jays; five-tool potential; some scouts believe both hit and power will be plus; plus runner; plus arm; will be able to stay in center; I am a believer.
  • Daniel Robertson, SS, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 3-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI, K; potential plus hit tool; average runner; average arm; good feel for the game at a young age; one to follow; 10-for-24 with 3 2B, and 2 HR thus far;
  • Chris Stratton, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; handling Low-A batters; plus fastball; plus slider; curveball and changeup both have big-league potential; 28.2 IP, 18 H, 9 ER, 11 BB, 36 K in five starts this year.
  • Blake Swihart, C, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-5, 2B, 3B, R, RBI; tracks ball well; potential solid-average hit tool; average power potential; good work ethic; needs to add mass to lower half.
  • Oscar Taveras, CF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 2-3, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB; tools are all still there; monster just waiting for a chance; .294/.341/.447 with 4 2B and 3 HR in 85 at-bats.
  • Nik Turley, LHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; solid-average fastball; solid-average curveball; developing changeup; endured a tough start to Double-A season.
  • Kelvin Vasquez, RHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; able to handle Low-A hitting with a fastball up to 96; still working to develop secondary offerings; 20.0 IP, 18 H, 11 ER, 15 BB, 16 K in six outings this year.
  • Gabriel Ynoa, RHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; low 90s fastball with sink; potential average changeup; currently fringy slider with average potential; 28.1 IP, 23 H, 11 ER, 6 BB, 27 K in five starts this year.  

“The Bad”

  • Cito Culver, SS, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 0-4, 2 K: Well, Yankees fans, I’m done with him. Officially a non-prospect for me.
  • Odubel Herrera, 2B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 0-4, 3 K; has some swing and miss in his bat; can speed up the game.
  • Clay Holmes, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; large frame; command has lagged behind in 2013; 27.0 IP, 27 H, 18 ER, 22 BB, 15 K in six starts.
  • Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 0-4, 3 K; has tools, but has yet to harness them; tons of swing and miss; stock in decline; .239/.314/.435 with 29 K and 7 BB in 92 at-bats.  
  • Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 1-5, 3 K; has not started the year well; plate discipline has been questioned; .146/.234/.240 with 41 K and 9 BB in 96 at-bats.

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