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May 22, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Tuesday, May 21

by Zach Mortimer


Pitching Prospect of the Day: Ty Blach, LHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K; fringy fastball; slurvy breaking ball; solid-average changeup; back-end profile  39.2 IP, 46 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 33 K in seven starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Dilson Herrera, 2B, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 3-5, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K; plus potential power; ability to make loud contact; will be tested by higher-level pitching; right-side-of-the-infield defender; .415/.455/.683 with 2 2B and 3 HR in 41 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on May 21:

“The Good”

  • Andrew Aplin, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-6, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K; fringy runner; solid-average defensive profile; below-average power; fringy prospect.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K; solid-average fastball; potential plus curveball; potential plus changeup. A scout told me “he could have pitched on a league higher than the big leagues, if that is even possible” when talking about his start 16-strikeout start earlier this year; 50.1 IP, 24 H, 14 ER, 24 BB, 60 K in nine starts.
  • Christian Binford, RHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; solid-average fastball with life; fringy curveball; developing changeup; looked a bit stiff in the start I saw him; 45.2 IP, 41 H, 14 ER, 11 BB, 46 K in eight starts.
  • Matthew Hobgood, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Well, everyone, I’ll start this off by saying that Matt Hobgood is a prospect. He started off his last outing spotting the fastball down in the zone at 88-91 mph. Fast-forward about two innings, and Hobgood was sitting 95-97 with some angle and spinning an 80-82 mph curveball with some bite. Once looked at as a surefire bust, Hobgood has a chance to be an impact reliever.
  • Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K; fastball can touch plus-plus velocity; developing both curveball and changeup; good prospect sneaking under the radar for most; 34.2 IP, 36 H, 11 ER, 11 BB, 39 K
  • Francellis Montas, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; potential plus-plus fastball; solid-average slider; developing changeup; 39.0 IP, 36 H, 22 ER, 10 BB, 49 K in nine starts.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; the stuff is progressing back to the level where it was before his injury; will continue to develop in Triple-A before he gets his shot in the show.
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI; good bat speed; plus pull-side power; plus arm; fringy everyday type who will profile better as a bench player; .289/.355/.447 with 9 2B and 5 HR in 152 at-bats.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, K; elite power; big-league bat speed; received a very positive report about his defensive ability recently; shouldn't be long before I am able to see him in the Eastern League; .359/.453/.712 with 11 2B, 2 3B, and 13 HR in 153 at-bats.
  • Christian Walker, 1B, Orioles (High-A Frederick Keys): 4-4, 2 RBI, BB; potential plus hit tool; will have to show that he has enough punch in the bat to profile at first base; polished player.

 “The Bad”

  • Parker Bridwell, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; the former bonus baby has had a tough go recently after starting off with a couple of solid performances.
  • Aaron Westlake, 1B, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 0-4, 3 K; tough day at the office for this Tigers prospect.

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