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June 10, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 6-June 9

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Thursday, June 6

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Raul Alcantara, RHP, Athletics (Low-A Beloits): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; potential solid-average slider; average changeup; improving command. It is good to see a prospect like Alcantara take steps forward this year.

Position Prospect of the Day: Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB. Correa is sort of the forgotten man. Byron Buxton has stolen the spotlight from Correa, but believe me, Correa has plenty of ability, and is getting very good reviews from scouts; .302/.318/.488 with 5 2B, and 1 HR in last 43 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 6:

“The Good”

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K. Ackley has gone down to Triple-A and hit very well; .408/.508/.592 with 3 2B and 2 HR in 49 at-bats.
  • Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; plus fastball; potential plus changeup; potential solid-average curveball; big frame; high level of polish; 58.2 IP, 50 H, 28 ER, 18 BB, 69 K in 11 starts.
  • Bryce Brentz, RF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI; plus potential power; plus arm; fringy runner; struggles versus breaking balls; should be ready for an everyday job in 2014.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI. Chisenhall really struggled at the MLB level, but he has gone down to Triple-A and is doing what is asked of him. I would assume he will be back in The Show at some point in the next month.
  • Brian Fletcher, 1B/LF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI. Fletcher is a bat-only prospect for me. He struggled to show enough ability on the defensive end to make me feel that he would ever be relevant. Fletcher shows power potential and the ability to make loud contact against quality pitching, but I don’t think he does enough to ever be major-league relevant.
  • Grant Green, 2B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI; solid-average hit tool; fringy runner; gap power; will have to play on the right side of the infield defensively; solid second-division profile; .340/.365/.580 with 3 2B and 3 HR in last 50 at-bats.
  • Rosell Herrera, SS, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-5, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI; plus power potential; solid-average hit tool; will most likely have to move to third base; under-the-radar type; .390/.432/.659 with 2 2B and 3 HR in last 41 at-bats.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. This is a very interesting line to me. Every time I’ve seen McGuire, he has not been good. From what I’ve heard from others, the slider flashes potential.
  • Cesar Puello, RF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K. I was told from a scout that was at this game, “Puello’s second home run has yet to land. He made some adjustments, and the Mets really have something there”; .474/.512/1.026 with 3 2B, 6 HR, and 5 stolen-bases.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R; Take a look at what Chris Rodriguez thought about Russell.
  • Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 2-4, HR, R, RBI. The younger brother of Kyle, Corey has a potential plus hit tool; plus power potential; plus arm; improving ability at shortstop; plus makeup.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-5, 2B, RBI; potential solid-average hit tool; plus runner; will get into slap-and-run mode. Some scouts question Spangenberg’s ability to make consistent hard contact, and feel that his batting average may be empty. The Padres promoted Spangenberg to Double-A after the game.
  • Mac Williamson, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI; Again our California League guy and great friend Chris Rodriguez had a great report on Williamson.

“The Bad”

  • Tyler Naquin, OF, Indians (High-A Carolina): 0-4, BB, 2 K. I recently saw Naquin. He made some adjustments to his swing mechanics, but I’m still not sold it will work.
  • Shane Watson, RHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 1.1 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The high draft pick in 2012 has not dominated in Low-A.

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