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July 1, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 28-30

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, June 28

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Cory Mazzoni, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. I hate to say that I may have given a false sense of confidence to Mets fans, but I previously talked to a bunch of scouts that thought Mazzoni was going to stay as a starter moving forward. Recently, I’ve talked to more scouts who think that Mazzoni will be better utilized in the bullpen.

Position Prospect of the Day: Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 3-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI. Jason Parks was able to take in this game, and I’m sure at some point in the near future he will be able to explain to you how incredible it was to watch a talent like Sano firsthand.

Other notable prospect performances on June 28:

“The Good”

  • Mauricio Cabrera, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Cabrera struggled out of the gates in 2013, but after being shut down for two weeks, he has come back looking much sharper. He shows the potential for a plus-plus fastball, plus changeup, and solid-average curveball. As long as things stay on track, Cabrera has the ability to become a mid-rotation starter; 11.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 14 K in last two starts.
  • Collin Cowgill, OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 4-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI. I remember back when I would write the MLU in spring training, Cowgill would be in the article daily, and now he is no longer a member of the Mets franchise. That is why spring training numbers are spring training numbers.
  • Tyson Gillies, OF, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 4-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Gillies has the tools to steal the show on any given night, but lacks any semblance of consistency. And that is why he is unlikely to ever be a consistent contributor in the majors.
  • Travis Harrison, 3B, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K. Another Twins prospect taking a step forward in 2013. Harrison has plus power potential and shows the ability to hit. The hit tool may only be average, but he will provide enough power to stay in the lineup. The reports on the defense have been mixed; some believe that he can stay at third while others think he will have to try right field; .343/.489/.714 with 7 2B and 2 HR in last 35 at-bats.
  • Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, K. A prospect on whom I am very lukewarm, Johnson deserves a shot to show what he can do in High-A. I know he has deficiencies on the defensive end, but I’m unsure of what else he has to prove offensively; .373/.439/.608 with 6 2B, 6 3B, 2 HR, and 14 SB in 102 June at-bats.
  • Tom Murphy, C, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, K. Murphy shows the ability to hit and hit for power, but still has questions to answer defensively. The Rockies will give Murphy every opportunity to prove himself behind the plate, because if he has to move to first base, his prospect status will take a major hit; .375/.419/.850 with 4 2B and 5 HR in last 40 at-bats.
  • Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. This is exactly what Nationals fans wanted to see. Purke has returned to the mound and missed bats with his plus fastball/slider combination. The Nationals may allow him to dominate at Low-A all season, but I suspect that in the near future, he will get the opportunity to test his abilities in the higher levels of the minors; 29.0 IP, 25 H, 8 ER, 7 BB, 41 K in six starts.
  • Luis Sardinas, SS, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Sardinas has always shown natural hitting ability, but the power potential is very limited. He can really pick it, and could be used as trade bait at some point due to the Rangers middle-infield depth.
  • Julio Urias, LHP, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K. Urias has put himself squarely on the prospect map; potential plus-plus fastball; plus curveball; feel for a changeup. It is real, people, jump on board. Some would like to accuse us of “shiny new toy syndrome,” but I’ve spoken to a few scouts in the Midwest League who would who have switched their coverage in order to match up with Urias’ starts. It is that special; 26.1 IP, 26 H, 10 ER, 13 BB, 30 K in seven starts.
  • Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 K. Villar’s defensive ability has always been his calling card, but in 2013 he has shown the ability to hit. The Astros have selling on their mind this trade season, and I expect Villar to end up in the majors after a job opens up for him; .333/.351/.611 with 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, and 2 stolen-bases in last 36 at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Gregory Bird, 1B, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 0-5, 3 K. Bird has plenty of power potential, but after moving to first base, he will have to really hit.
  • Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-3 , R, 3 K. It has been a bit of a struggle for Cuthbert, a player I’ve seen frequently, since he was promoted to Double-A.
  • Slade Heathcott, CF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 0-3, 3 K. Do not tell Slade, but I’m not sure he will make enough contact to be relevant.
  • James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 0-5, 3 K. The former first-round selection has struggled at the plate since being promoted to Double-A.

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