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May 15, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, May 14

by Zach Mortimer

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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Neil Ramirez, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; plus fastball; potential plus slider; inconsistent changeup; get-me-over curveball; stuff will tick up in bursts; back-end starter or possible setup man; 43.0 IP, 21 H, 14 ER, 18 BB, 55 K in eight starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Jesse Winker, LF, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI, K; plus potential hit tool; plus power potential; fringy runner; limited to left field; tough profile; bat will have to reach ceiling to fit major-league profile.

Other notable prospect performances on May 14:

“The Good”

  • Chris Bostick, 2B, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 2-3, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, K; gap power; developing hit tool; solid-average runner; utility-man profile.
  • Matt Bowman, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; Princeton alum; plus command; back-end starter ceiling.
  • Kelly Dugan, OF, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K; bat speed; power potential; major injury history; needs to stay on the field for a full season of at-bats to even be in consideration for the prospect radar; .328/.386/.531 with 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR in 64 at-bats.
  • Grant Green, 2B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-4, 2 2B, R; solid-average hit tool; fringy runner; gap power; forced to play on right side of the infield; good, but not great prospect; .303/.363/.461 with 10 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR in 152 at-bats.
  • Justin Nicolino, LHP, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; solid fastball; changeup is an easy plus-plus offering; average curveball; plus-plus pitchability; mid-rotation starter ceiling; 40.2 IP, 45 H, 15 ER, 8 BB, 20 K in eight starts.
  • Josh Phegley, C, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; mistake hitter; average bat speed; solid-average power potential; fringy runner; plus arm strength; average receiver; backup catcher profile; .330/.395/.670 with 9 2B and 9 HR in 106 at-bats.
  • Yasiel Puig, RF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 3-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB; plus-plus power potential; plus runner; plus defensive profile; developing hit tool that has the average upside; .293/.337/.516 with 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR in 95 at-bats.
  • Victor Roache, OF, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 3-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB; plus-plus raw power; developing hit tool; solid-average arm; corner-outfield profile.
  • Joe Ross, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; fastball can touch mid 90s with good life; solid-average slider; developing changeup; gaining experience; mid-rotation ceiling; 37.2 IP, 29 H, 13 ER, 12 BB, 31 K in seven starts.  
  • Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 3-5, 2B, R, RBI, K; college bat; solid-average hit tool; plus power potential; plus arm; will need to show consistent power to fit corner-infield profile.
  • Henry Urrutia, UT, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 2-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; lean frame; loose hands; easy swing; fringy power potential; unable to play center field; good approach; may get time at first base; difficult profile; .360/.415/.613 with 10 2B and 3 HR in 75 at-bats.
  • Christian Villanueva, 3B, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-3, 2B, HR, R, RBI, BB, K; potential plus-plus defender; solid-average power potential; will expand zone against soft stuff; high-maintenance body; fringy runner; excellent makeup.

 “The Bad”

  • Orlando Calixte, SS, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-3, 3 K; flashes ability; good bat speed; flashy fielder; inconsistent on both sides of the ball; will expand the zone; struggling against breaking balls.
  • Sherman Johnson, 3B, Angels (Low-A Burlington): 1-5, 4 K; college pedigree; hit tool will struggle against quality pitching.
  • Luigi Rodriguez, OF, Indians (High-A Carolina): 0-3, BB, 3 K; free swinger; will expand the zone. The combination of these two flaws will lead to nights like this.

“The Ugly”

Deven Marrero, SS, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 0-4, 3 K; solid-average defensive profile; average hit tool; limited tools; overall well-rounded skillset should enable him to stay in the majors for a long time.

 

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jfranco77

Any concern over Nicolino's very low K rate at High A? Shouldn't his change carve those guys up?

May 15, 2013 04:57 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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All pitchers in the low minors that do not produce high strikeout rates give me an uneasy feeling. The reports on Nicolino have been steady though, he has a plan on the mound.

May 15, 2013 08:28 AM
 
Schere

Thanks for the bit on Urrutia.

Does "may get time at 1B" mean that he's a terrible defensive OF, and he'll have to shift to 1B?

May 15, 2013 05:58 AM
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Jim Humdingding

I found that a little confusing, too. Can't play center is one thing, but is he also saying he can't play corner OF? Seems pretty desperate given that Baltimore has Chris Davis at 1B, and the older and erratic McLouth in LF.

May 15, 2013 08:22 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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That was not the way I interpreted it. I think they are just shifting him around, and seeing how he adapts to different positions.

May 15, 2013 08:29 AM
 
BP staff member Mark Anderson
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For a guy that doesn't profile as an everyday player, I don't think it is uncommon for teams to start moving them around to increase their vesatility and potential value to the big league club. I have seen this quite frequently.

May 15, 2013 08:37 AM
 
Schere

didn't realize he doesn't profile as an every day player, though it makes sense.

May 16, 2013 05:41 AM
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BelongstotheReds

Really appreciate the consistency of these reports each morning.

May 15, 2013 07:22 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Thank you. You may be upset I will not have one this Friday. I will be back in the glorious area of Delmarva with shaky internet connection. I will come back with a current update on the current Hickory bunch though.

May 15, 2013 08:30 AM
 
Scott44

Great news on Villanueva. If the bat can not play at 3b, does he have enough range to handle 2B?

May 15, 2013 07:58 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I think he is just a third-baseman. I don't think the range would fit up the middle.

May 15, 2013 08:31 AM
 
harmonialvalue

How has Puig been adjusting to breaking balls?

May 15, 2013 08:13 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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I have not heard a specific report on Puig since he was on an absolute tear this spring. You are on to the main point when it comes to Puig, the maturation of the hit tool will define his future role.

May 15, 2013 08:36 AM
 
Jim Humdingding

In case anyone else notices, those Puig slash numbers through 95 ABs in his blurb don't appear to include yesterday's numbers. After yesterday's game, he's .293/.364/.556/.919 through 99 ABs. That HR yesterday was a laser shot - clip appears at milb.com. No clips of his driving there though.

May 15, 2013 08:30 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Thanks Jim, when I completed the update milb must not have updated his numbers.

May 15, 2013 08:32 AM
 
bheikoop

Has there been a bigger disappointment then DeSheilds this year? At least for the MiLB Fantasy Leagues.

May 15, 2013 09:24 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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Wow Milb Fantasy leagues #want. I would say those with Billy Hamilton and Mike Olt have not been the happiest.

May 15, 2013 09:29 AM
 
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