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August 12, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of August 9-11

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, August 9

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Tanner Peters, RHP, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 8.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 14 K. Peters has a fastball that works in the upper 80s/low 90s with good command, a potential plus changeup, and a developing curveball. He may not be the brightest prospect, but a start like this is impressive.

Position Prospect of the Day: High Desert Mavericks, Entire Roster, Mariners (High-A High Desert): Seriously, just go take a look at how many runs they put on the board.

Other notable prospect performances on August 9:

“The Good”

  • Archie Bradley, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. Bradley has emerged as the top pitching prospect in 2013. Bradley offers a fastball that can work in the upper 90s, a plus-plus curveball, and a changeup that will be fine as his third offering. Bradley profiles a number-two starting pitcher; 103.0 IP, 81 H, 24 ER, 44 BB, 100 K in 17 Double-A starts.
  • Sean Coyle, 2B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 4 R, 4 RBI, BB, K. Coyle is rehabbing an injury in Low-A (he’s currently on the High-A roster) and he is crushing inferior pitching. Coyle offers plus power and solid-average speed, but needs to make more consistent hard contact.
  • Phillip Ervin, OF, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI. I wrote about Ervin as well as many other first-rounders in the special editions of the MLU last week.
  • Justin Haley, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. Haley has a fastball that works in the low-to-mid 90s with good downhill plane and is still developing his secondary offerings (curveball/changeup); 48.0 IP, 32 H, 13 ER, 27 BB, 45 K in last nine starts.
  • Zach Lee, RHP, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Lee is quietly putting up very good numbers in the Southern League. Lee offers a solid-average fastball, a plus slider, a solid-average changeup, and a usable curveball. Lee profiles best as a middle-of-the-rotation starter; 124.2 IP, 111 H, 43 ER, 29 BB, 117 K in 25 appearances this season.
  • Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. Matz has a fastball that can work in the mid 90s with life, and he complements that with an average curveball and changeup. Matz has had injury questions in the past, but he has put himself squarely on the map during 2013; 91.1 IP, 76 H, 25 ER, 29 BB, 100 K in 18 starts.
  • Matt Purke, LHP, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Purke has been very up and down since being promoted to High-A. The stuff and command fluctuates from start to start. Purke is going to need to be more consistent in 2014 if he wants to take steps forward as a prospect.
  • Bubba Starling, CF, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 2-3, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI, K. The bat-to-ball ability may not be there, but Starling has all of the other tools. The power has easy plus potential, he’s plus-plus runner, and he has an easy plus defensive profile. If the hit tool can even be below-average he will be valuable; .367/.472/.567 with 3 2B, 1 HR, and 3 SB in last 30 at-bats.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. Well, if you don’t know Ventura’s stuff by this point, then obviously you don’t pay a lot of attention. The kid has major-league stuff, and if the Royals stay hot and need a bullpen arm, look for Ventura to get a shot.

“The Bad”

  • Larry Greene, LF, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 0-5, 3 K. Oh, Larry Greene. It’s just not going to work, is it?
  • Brandon Jacobs, LF, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 0-4, 3 K. I wasn’t the biggest Jacobs fan and thought that the Red Sox got a steal in the Thornton trade.
  • Trevor Story, SS, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 0-3, 3 K. Someone told me Story got hot when the update wavered. I come back and you give me this, Trevor?
  • Nick Williams, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-4, 3 K. Some feel that Williams doesn’t do anything natural other than hit, but most enjoy the way he hits.

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