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May 28, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of May 24-27

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, May 24

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jake Cose, RHP, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 13 K; converted infielder; delivery has considerable effort; loose command; future reliever profile; 50.2 IP, 40 H, 11 ER, 19 BB, 59 K in nine starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-3, 2B, HR, RBI, BB. Well, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley have been sent back to Triple-A, and now it is time for Zunino to get it all together and make his presence felt at the major-league level.  

Other notable prospect performances on May 24:

“The Good”

  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; fastball can touch plus velocity; curveball flashes solid average; fringy changeup; excellent work ethic; performance much better in May as opposed to April; 25.0 IP, 21 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 19 K in May.
  • Stetson Allie, 1B, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 4-4, 2B, R, 4 RBI, BB; plus-plus raw power; swing has plenty of length; stuck to first-base defensively. He’s going to have to perform at the next level before I become a believer; .346/.425/.643 with 14 2B, 3B, and 13 HR in 185 at-bats.
  • Dante Bichette Jr., 3B, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 3-4, HR, R, RBI; trouble making consistent contact; plus raw power; developing ability at third base; fringy prospect for me; .348/.447/.526 with 2 2B, 3B, and HR in last 38 at-bats.
  • Jabari Blash, OF, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; easy plus raw power; plus arm; average runner; overall future will be determined by how much consistent contact he is able to make; .325/.396/.735 with 6 2B, 3 3B, and 12 HR in 117 at-bats.
  • Zach Collier, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; struggled out of the gate; has some bat speed; most likely stuck in left field; fringy prospect; .371/.436/.657 with 2 2B, 1 3B, and 2 HR in last 35 at-bats.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K; elite raw power; upper-cut swing; plus-plus arm; improving ability at third; major swing-and-miss in his game; displayed excellent energy during the series I saw; .224/.335/.518 with 9 2B, 1 3B, and 13 HR in 170 at-bats.
  • Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 4-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB; easy plus runner; below-average defender at second; well-below-average arm; gap power; will need to see hit tool versus quality pitching; .320/.412/.457 with 8 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, and 45 stolen bases.
  • Pierce Johnson, RHP, Cubs (Low-A Kane County): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; potential plus curveball; developing changeup; 47.1 IP, 48 H, 16 ER, 14 BB, 53 K in nine starts.
  • Lucas Sims, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; plus fastball; potential plus curveball; potential solid-average changeup. The Braves are developing him slowly, they have kept him on the full-season roster from the beginning of the season, but until this point he was used in short stints out of the bullpen ;26.1 IP, 15 H, 9 ER, 15 BB, 28 K in 11 outings.

“The Bad”

  • Harold Riggins, 1B, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 0-8, 4 K; not exactly the biggest prospect, but man, that’s a tough night at the office.
  • Domingo Tapia, RHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K; tough start for the developing Mets’ farmhand.
  • Christian Yelich, LF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 0-4, 3 K; Christian, how could you?
  • Austin Wright, LHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3.1 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. After taking leaps forward in 2012, Wright has not fared well in 2013; 11.2 IP, 16 H, 20 ER, 16 BB, 8 K in four starts.

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