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May 24, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, May 23

by Zach Mortimer


Pitching Prospect of the Day: Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Well, well, well, this is the Daniel Norris we all expected to see after he received a $2 million bonus after the 2011 draft. I saw him for a three-inning miniature stint this spring, the smallest of sample sizes. The fastball can touch plus velocities; curveball flashes plus; changeup can flash plus. The problem was that everything could just leave him in one pitch. He would go from “oh man” (in a good way) to “oh man” (in an awful way) in a spam of three pitches. I am still a believer. The stuff is still there, and I believe he can put it together; 34.1 IP, 41 H, 26 ER, 21 BB, 38 K in 10 outings.

Position Prospect of the Day: Eugenio Suarez, SS, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K; potential solid-average hit tool; potential plus glove; solid-average runner; minimal power; wait-and-see type of prospect.

Other notable prospect performances on May 23:

“The Good”

  • Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (Low-A Kane County): 4-7, 2 2B, R, RBI; plus hit tool; plus potential power; just returning from injury.
  • Charlie Culberson, 2B/SS, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; average power potential; average hit tool; average runner; what does that sound like? You guessed it—utility-man ceiling; .278/.309/.475 with 11 2B, 1 3B, and 6 HR in 158 at-bats.
  • Kelly Dugan, OF, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 4-6, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; I’ve always liked him. Potential solid-average power; solid-average runner; upper-cut swing; has potential; needs to stay healthy; .333/.394/.535 with 7 2B, 2 3B, and 3 HR in 99 at-bats.
  • Zach Eflin, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; solid-average changeup; developing curveball; projectable; 32.1 IP, 30 H, 17 ER, 13 BB, 23 K in seven starts.
  • Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia):5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K; plus fastball; easy plus curveball; developing changeup; jump on board before it’s too late; 34.0 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 21 BB, 50 K in eight starts.
  • John Lamb, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; fastball sitting 84-89; lost command at higher velocity; curveball at 66-69 is messy; changeup at 71-72 has parachute action and lacks necessary arm speed.
  • Jake Marisnick, CF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-3, HR, R, 2 RBI; flashes all the tools; good bat speed; can make loud contact; I believe in the dream; plenty of risk involved; .300/.378/.525 in last 40 at-bats.
  • Carlos Pimentel, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; heavy fastball can touch 94; slider flashes plus and he has improved his command of it; having a very good season at Double-A thus far; 46.0 IP, 34 H, 15 ER, 12 BB, 57 K in nine outings.
  • Victor Roache, OF, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K; plus-plus raw power; hit tool needs development; solid-average arm; a lot of question marks. I’ve never seen him in person, but all the write-ups I’ve read make me just a bit nervous about Roache.

“The Bad”

  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-5, 4 K; Oh, Joey, how you love to swing and miss. Of course, you showed me all I needed to see when you sent that ball sailing out of the ballpark in the final game I attended.
  • Brett Marshall, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; sinkerballer will have to keep the ball down in the zone or else things could get a bit dicey.
  • Christian Walker, 1B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 0-5, 4 K; he must have had the South Carolina loss to Vanderbilt, to knock them out of the SEC tournament, on his mind when he stepped in the box tonight.

 “The Ugly”

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