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May 8, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, May 7

by Zach Mortimer

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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Alec Asher, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K; big frame; fastball can reach plus velocity; will need to locate because it can straighten out on him; slider with plus potential; curveball and changeup both developing into major-league-quality pitches; thanks to my good friend Jason Cole for the info.

Position Prospect of the Day: Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 5-6, 2 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; sweetest swing in the minors; plus-plus potential hit tool; excellent plate discipline; solid-average power potential; solid average runner; will profile better in left field; not far from big-league ready; .281/.339/.481 with 5 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR in 58 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances from April 7:

“The Good”

  • Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; five-tool catcher if that is even possible; arm has elite strength but plays down because of footwork; plus-plus raw power; plus runner; potential plus glove behind the plate; hit tool has a chance to be solid average. “The Legend” has the potential to be a top-shelf prospect, but he still needs to mature and polish his tools in Low-A.
  • Miguel Almonte, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; can run fastball up to 95; slider has a chance to be a usable major-league pitch; some see the changeup as a plus-plus offering; 30.2 IP, 29 H, 12 ER, 10 BB, 29 K in six starts.
  • Lewis Brinson, CF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K; shows all five tools; easy plus raw power; plus arm; plus run; plus ability with the glove in center; hit tool still needs development; potential to be a 7 overall player.
  • Tyler Chatwood, RHP, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; plus curveball; average changeup; shoving in Triple-A to start the season; 23.2 IP, 21 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 25 K in four starts.
  • Jarred Cosart, RHP, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; plus-plus fastball; plus curveball; inconsistent changeup; mechanics better suited to relief role; 33.0 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 14 BB, 39 K in seven appearances.  
  • David Dahl, CF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-2, 2B, R, 3 RBI; he’s back! Potential for a plus-plus hit tool; mixed reviews on power potential from below average to solid average; solid-average defensive ability in center; plus runner.
  • Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia); 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K; fastball can touch plus velocity; curveball is an easy plus pitch; changeup is development; command still developing; in process of smoothing out mechanics; 25.0 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 17 BB, 33 K in six starts.
  • Nathan Karns, RHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 5.0, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; easy plus curveball; developing changeup; stock on the rise; will be a valuable piece for the Nationals whether it’s with them or as a trade chip; 32.2 IP, 22 H, 11 ER, 14 BB, 40 K in six starts.  
  • Tommy La Stella, 2B, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 3-6, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, 4 RBI; solid-average potential for hit tool; gap power; excellent plate discipline; solid second-base profile defensively; injury history; getting his first taste of Double-A at age 24.
  • Rafael Montero, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; slider and changeup will both be usable major-league pitches; plus command; not far from being major-league ready; 40.2 IP, 32 H, 16 ER, 6 BB, 48 K in seven starts. 
  • Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; fastball up to 95; starting to throw a slider which works at 88-89; good life; changeup has plus potential; liked what I saw from the curveball this spring; easy plus potential; 34.2 IP, 20 H, 10 ER, 10 BB, 34 K in seven starts this season.
  • Joey Terdoslavich, 1B/3B/OF, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, K; solid-average power potential; average major-league hit tool; diversifying himself defensively; below-average runner; a lot of pressure will be put on the bat; currently blocked in Atlanta; .341/.353/.605 with 14 2B, 1 3B, and 6 HR in 129 at-bats this season.
  • Alex Torres, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; low-90s fastball with good life; slider and changeup both have bat missing ability; deceptive delivery; small frame; jury still out on whether he is a back-end starter or reliever; 32.0 IP, 19 H, 6 ER, 11 BB, 41 K in six starts.
  • Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-4; hit tool will grade around average, but can be exploited by quality pitching; should provide average power; still developing ability to receive; got into an awful slump; expect to see him in the big leagues at some point this summer.

“The Bad”

  • Alex Liddi, 3B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 0-4, 3 K; significant swing and miss in his offensive game; good power source; blocked in Seattle.
  • Hudson Randall, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; the former weekend starter for the University of Florida has had a tough transition to High-A; will receive fringy prospect grades at best, but as we approach college baseball playoff time, it speaks to how different the pro game is.
  • Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; best curveball in the minor leagues; plus fastball; still developing the changeup. Starts like this show that Taillon still has to improve his command before he is ready to show off his stuff in the big leagues.

 “The Hamilton”

Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 1-5, R; by request. How about we all request that Billy start getting on base more often so he can run more; his OBP currently stands at .256.

Zach Mortimer is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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kbethel

Almonte is with the Royals

May 08, 2013 00:46 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Fixed.

May 08, 2013 02:41 AM
 
Pat Folz

Is Taillon on a strict pitch count? That start isn't good, obviously, but it doesn't strike me as such a disaster that the performance alone would demand removal after 3 IP (esp. compared to poor Randall's, yeesh).

May 08, 2013 00:59 AM
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gandriole

He got taken out after taking a line drive off the shin. Dahl tweaked a hamstring and was removed from his game too.

May 08, 2013 06:16 AM
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Behemoth

I think the Pirates also have a rule that pitchers get pulled pretty much automatically if they go over 30 pitches in an inning.

May 08, 2013 07:15 AM
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jfranco77

Correct.

May 09, 2013 04:46 AM
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OonBoon

The Hamilton. Thank you

May 08, 2013 05:02 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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very welcome figured you would enjoy it.

May 08, 2013 11:15 AM
 
aso5018

Where could Glasnow end up at years end, top 100 prospect?

May 08, 2013 05:43 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I would say he has a chance to be in the conversation. The curveball is serious; fastball sits in the low 90s with life. As long as the changeup and the command continue to take steps forward top 100 is not out of the question.

May 08, 2013 11:16 AM
 
aso5018

I've heard reports of Glasnow in the mid to upper 90's.

May 08, 2013 13:30 PM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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very believable; worked 90-94 with life in spring; fast arm; mechanics needed a little cleaning up. Overall, I liked Glasnow the most of the young arms I saw for the Pirates this spring (did not see Heredia).

May 08, 2013 13:41 PM
 
jabloom

I heard Dahl injured himself last night beating out a grounder and grabbed his knee.

Do you have any updates???? Hoping he's okay

May 08, 2013 06:39 AM
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jackweiland

Terdoslavich sounds like the world's worst sandwich, only found in remote parts of eastern Europe.

May 08, 2013 08:27 AM
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wjmcknight37

I understand it's a small sample with Chatwood, but have you heard about any approach, mechanical or any other obvious developmental changes? Has command of the FB or curve specifically improved? Is he throwing more changes or sliders? This is a pretty radical improvement statistically speaking, so do we think there's sustainability here?

May 08, 2013 09:31 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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The numbers seem to lean toward the fact that his command has improved. I have not talked with anyone that has seen him, but if I was forced to point the improvement toward something specific it would be the command.

May 08, 2013 11:21 AM
 
This guy

Nothing on Danny Salazar? Fastball at 96-98 with average secondaries, 51K in 31.2IP at AA, promoted to AAA after yesterday's start.

May 08, 2013 10:14 AM
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wjmcknight37

Sad that Salazar's only 2-3 with those numbers...

May 08, 2013 10:27 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I mean I mentioned him 3-4 starts in a row? The stock is on the rise big time. The Fastball/curveball combo has easy plus potential. Also, the change continues to improve. Only a low-2 high 3? That is a pretty lofty ceiling and is nothing to be disappointed about.

May 08, 2013 11:20 AM
 
awaggoner

Garin Cecchini mention deserved

May 08, 2013 12:29 PM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I hate Chris Mellen. Therefore I hate all Red Sox prospects, ask Sean Coyle.

May 08, 2013 12:42 PM
 
cnote66

Stop the presses, Trevor Story went 2-3, with NO K's -- WOO HOO!

May 08, 2013 13:52 PM
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tommybones

Another HR w/2 hits today for Yelich. He's destroying AA at the moment. Call-up has to be imminent.

May 08, 2013 18:28 PM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I love him.

May 08, 2013 22:47 PM
 
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