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May 20, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of May 16-19

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Thursday, May 16

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Rafael De Paula, RHP, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. De Paula is smoothing out all of his mechanical issues while dominating Low-A with superior stuff; 39.1 IP, 24 H, 12 ER, 17 BB, 69 K in eight starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; potential solid-average hit tool; easy plus power potential; easy plus arm; .292/.346/.538 with 16 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, 13 BB, and 28 K in 171 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on May 16:

“The Good”

  • Greg Bird, 1B, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-3, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K; plus power potential; hit tool will be tested at higher levels; 1B-only defensive profile; .286/.424/.443 with 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR in 140 at-bats.
  • Byron Buxton, CF, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 2-5, HR, R, 4 RBI, SB; setting the world on fire thus far, Buxton hit a walk off grand slam in this one; .321/.426/.551 with 10 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, and 18 SB in 156 at-bats.
  • Odubel Herrera, 2B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI; quick bat; high-energy type; profiles best as a future utility player.
  • Angelo Gumbs, 2B, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, K, SB; plus bat speed; potential solid-average hit tool; plus power potential; plus runner; improving defensive ability; just returning from the disabled list.
  • Taylor Rogers, LHP, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; average fastball; average curveball; average changeup; advanced command; back-end ceiling; 29.0 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 17 K in five High-A outings.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB; potential plus hit too; plus power potential; plus arm; soft hands; glove has plus-plus potential; average runner; righting the ship after a tough start to the season; .279/.326/.721 with 3 2B, 2 3B, and 4 HR in 43 at-bats.
  • Luis Sardinas, SS, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 4-5, 2B, 3B, R, 5 RBI, SB; hit tool has easy plus potential; defensive profile could be plus plus; working to add mass to hopefully improve the power part of his game; .302/.358/.377 with 6 2B, 3 3B, and 12 SB in 162 at-bats.   
  • Ross Stripling, RHP, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; fastball sitting 92-93; curveball/changeup will both be major-league-level pitches; stock on the rise; back-end profile; 45.2 IP, 37 H, 14 ER, 12 BB, 49 K in eight starts.
  • Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; check out the Monday Morning Ten Pack for Jason Cole’s insight on Syndergaard; 44.2 IP, 42 H, 13 ER, 13 BB, 48 K in eight starts.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; lightning fast arm; changeup has taken strides in 2013; curveball is a hammer; stock on the rise; 40.1 IP, 24 H, 8 ER, 14 BB, 56 K in eight starts.
  • Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; proving he is ready to be the next man up if the opportunity arises in St. Louis; stock on the rise; 47.2 IP, 29 H, 10 ER, 14 BB, 32 K in eight starts.
  • Mike Wright, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; solid-average fastball with good sink; solid-average slider; average changeup; fills up bottom of the strike zone; back-end starter profile; 41.1 IP, 43 H, 17 ER, 13 BB, and 38 K in eight starts.
  • Christian Yelich, LF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB; only a matter of time until he finds a home in the Miami outfield; .306/.374/.648 with 9 2B, 5 3B, and 6 HR in 108 Double-A at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Delino Deshields Jr., 2B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 0-5, 4 K; not an ideal start to the season for DeShields.
  • Gregory Lorenzo, CF, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 0-5, 3 K; not putting up a lot of production, but has tools; 54 K in 154 at-bats.
  • Domingo Santana, RF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 0-5, R, 3 K; quite a bit of swing and miss in his game.
  • Andy Wilkins, 1B, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 0-4, 3 K;  with a 1B-only profile, Wilkins will have to prove he can really hit.

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