CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

Baseball Prospectus home
  
  
Click here to log in Click here for forgotten password Click here to subscribe

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Replacement-Level Kill... (04/28)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: (04/28)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: New... (04/30)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Under The Knife: Same ... (04/29)

April 29, 2009

Future Shock Blog

by Kevin Goldstein

the archives are now free.

All Baseball Prospectus Premium and Fantasy articles more than a year old are now free as a thank you to the entire Internet for making our work possible.

Not a subscriber? Get exclusive content like this delivered hot to your inbox every weekday. Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Subscribe for $4.95 per month
Recurring subscription - cancel anytime.


a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Purchase a $39.95 gift subscription
a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Already a subscriber? Click here and use the blue login bar to log in.

Nunca, nada, nilch, Anundsen

Evan Anundsen, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County)
Tuesday's stats: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K
Anundsen is not a great prospect by any means. A fourth-round pick in 2006 out of a Colorado high school, he went 12-8 with a 4.27 ERA last year in his full-season debut while allowing more than a hit per inning. What he's good at is throwing strikes and keeping the ball on the ground, and he's never been better at it than he was on Tuesday. An 10:30 am start may have helped him, but give credit where credit is due, as with a 88-91 mph fastball with heavy sink and run combined with a solid-but-unspectacular breaking ball/changeup combination, Anundsen now has a 1.44 ERA in four starts for the Manatees, and many are projecting him as at least a big league reliever, and maybe even a solid innings eater as a starter. Whatever the assessments, they're up dramatically from a year ago..

In the Netherlands, they call it Honkball!

Greg Halman, OF, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-5, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 2 RBI
Six days ago, the Dutch native and top prospect in the Mariners system was batting .138 with 25 strikeouts in 58 at-bats. Now he's leading the Southern League in home runs and slugging .545. Yesterday's two home run game was just the continuation of a hot streak that has seen the Dutch native go 8-for-19 with five home runs and 13 RBI in his last five contests, but even more notable than the two bombs - it was the first time in 19 games this year than Halman did not strike out.

Getting the party started

Tim Fedroff, OF, Indians (High-A Kinston)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
As a sophomore eligible in last year's draft, the Indians paid a hefty $725,000 bonus for the North Carolina star in order to get him into the system. His reputation was as patient hitter with gap power and a little bit of speed, so the Indians are trying him out as a leadoff man in the Carolina League. He's certainly doing his part for the K-Tribe, batting .339/.466/.518 and scoring 11 runs in his last six games, and while it's surely a product of small sample sizes, he certainly knows how to start off a game, as Fedroff has led off the game by reaching base 12 times in 15 games, including three doubles and a home run.

The bat will play anywhere

Jesus Montero, C/DH, Yankees (High-A Tampa)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI
It's rare for a 19-year-old to be able to dominate a High-A league (and a pitcher's circuit at that), but Montero is doing just that, as last night's onslaught brought his averages up to .371/.421/.614, which puts him in the league's top ten in all three categories. The other good news is that reports on his defense are better, which unfortunately upgrades him from complete unacceptable to well below average, and as a 6-foot-4, 230 pound teenager, he's not going to get any small. First base is his likely destination in the end, but it's not going to matter, because his bat is downright special.

Well, at least we know he's mortal now

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants (High-A San Jose)
Tuesday's Stats3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 5 K
We may need to get some couples counseling for Bumgarner and San Jose third baseman Conor Gillaspie, as the latter committed three errors in the first four innings of the game to pretty much ruin Bumgarner's night, leading to a career-high in runs allowed. The good news: after leading the minor leagues with a 1.46 ERA last year, this outing brought up his ERA in four starts this year to an even lower 1.40.

Sleeper alert!

Mike Carp, 1B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-5, 1 R
One of the oodles of players that were part of the J.J. Putz/Aaron Heilman/ten others blockbuster at the winter meetings, Carp was always a bit young for his level during his days with the Mets, which led to some inconsistent performances, but he's a unique prospect in that it's hard to find big, beefy first basemen with swings this pretty. Now 10-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak, Carp is batting .333/.410/.639 in his first 19 games as property of the Mariners, to go along with five home runs in 72 at-bats, which could help address the main concern about his prospect status, which revolved around his ability to hit for power.


Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Kevin's other articles. You can contact Kevin by clicking here

15 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article Replacement-Level Kill... (04/28)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: (04/28)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: New... (04/30)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Under The Knife: Same ... (04/29)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article Rumor Roundup: Kenta Maeda Will Not Be Appea...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Live That Fantasy
Premium Article Pitching Backward: Brandon McCarthy and the ...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Bringing the Band Back...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Padres Wish Upton a St...
Premium Article Raising Aces: Best and Worst Mechanics: NL W...
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Catchin' Relief

MORE FROM APRIL 29, 2009
Prospectus Today: Let's Get Real
Premium Article On the Beat: North Country Thunder
Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: Catching the Next Wa...
Premium Article Under The Knife: Same Old Stories

MORE BY KEVIN GOLDSTEIN
2009-05-01 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: May ...
2009-04-30 - Premium Article Future Shock: AL Central Notebook
2009-04-30 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: News on Jeff Allison, Jam...
2009-04-29 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
2009-04-28 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
2009-04-27 - Premium Article Future Shock: Monday Ten Pack
2009-04-27 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
More...

MORE FUTURE SHOCK BLOG
2009-05-04 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: May ...
2009-05-01 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: May ...
2009-04-30 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: News on Jeff Allison, Jam...
2009-04-29 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
2009-04-28 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
2009-04-27 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog:
2009-04-22 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: April 22, 2009
More...