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June 3, 2009

Future Shock Blog

June 3

by Kevin Goldstein

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As confusing as ever

Homer Bailey, RHP, Reds (Triple-A Louisville)
Tuesday's stats: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K
Five days ago, Bailey faced Pawtucket and allowed 11 hits over six innings while striking out only one. Five days later, against the same team, and you get this. It really is Bailey's season, or maybe the last three years of his career in a nutshell, and that's why he remains one of the more puzzling young talents around.

The best catching prospect still in the minors?

Carlos Santana, C, Indians (Double-A Akron)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2 HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, K
Most would tell you Buster Posey, some would take Jesus Montero of the Yankees on a technicality, as he's most likely not a catcher in the end, but there are a few who might take this guy. Half of his hits have gone for extra bases, he's a walk machine, his overall battng line now sits at .294/.424/.566 and his defense is getting better quickly.

Like father, like son

Eric Young, 2B, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, RBI
Young's father of the same name was a 43rd-round pick in 1989 who had to prove himself at every level. Only a 30th-round pick himself, the younger EY is a very similar player to his father - a smallish guy with a quick bat, on-base skills and lots of speed. Now 16-for-31 in his last seven games and .311/.379/.446 overall for the Sky Sox, Young could be close to proving himself at every level as well. .

Back on the radar

Jeff Bianchi, SS, Royals (High-A Wilmington)
Tuesday's stats: 3-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB
A second-round pick in 2005 out of a Pennsylvania high school, The early part of Bianchi's career was marked by injuries and a whole lot of buzz surrounded his bat, as in two seasons of complex league play, he hit .414. He's remained injury prone since, playing only 203 games over the last two years, but he also stopped hitting a the A-level. Repeating the Carolina League this year and batting cleanup for the Blue Rocks, people are suddenly noticing the guy with the .320/.388/.459 batting line as a prospect again. He's probably not a shortstop in the end, and he needs to maintain this surge for it to be trusted, but it's a huge upgrade from where he was entering the year.

Making up for lost time

Grant Desme, OF, Athletics (Low-A Kane County)
Tuesday's stats: 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR (8), R, 4 RBI
One of the more athletic outfielders in the 2007 draft, Desme was a second-round selection by Oakland that year, but severe wrist and shoulder issues limited him to just 14 professional games entering the year. Finally healthy, Desme has turned a corner of late, going deep in back-to-back games and batting .375 since May 15th to lift his averages on the year to .283/.335/.503. As a 23-year-old in Low-A, he needs to move quickly, but at least he's finally giving the A's something to evaluate other than x-rays.

Sleeper Alert!

Chris Dennis, OF, Mariners (Low-A Wisconsin)
Tuesday's stats: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K
A 13th-round pick in 2007 out of Canada, Dennis is compactly built power hitter than comes with the rawness generally associated with those north of the border who simply don't get as much experience as repetition as those from warmer weather climates. He missed the first six weeks of the year recovering from a nasty ankle sprain, but has been generating a lot of interest since showing up in the Midwest League, batting .407/.471/.763 in 17 games. With 16 strikeouts in 59 at-bats, a batting average like that is totally unsustainable, but scouts think the power, with includes four home runs and now nine doubles, is pretty darn real.


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Ozdoltorps

I can't express in words how much I love the addition of these daily prospect updates to the site.

Thanks,
Eron

Jun 03, 2009 09:51 AM
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SirVLCIV

FYI - Jesus Montero appears to be on his way to AA today or tomorrow. I believe he'll be the youngest player in AA, with Bumgarner at #2.

Jun 03, 2009 09:59 AM
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ddrezner

Kevin, I know he's old for AA, but no love for Aaron Bates?

Jun 03, 2009 10:47 AM
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Fresh Hops

Eric Young: does he have the fielding skills for 2B? I actually saw him in spring training this season and let's just say that I wasn't impressed. I realize that there's a lot of pressure and that, for I could see, those were unplayable balls that he almost played (two errors.) Do scouts like his defense at 2B, and if not, does he have stuff for CF? I take it his bat doesn't play in the corner outfield.)

Jun 03, 2009 12:28 PM
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chrisbarncard

Chris Dennis is a Brewers farmhand.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers shifted their affiliation to Milwaukee over the winter.

Jun 03, 2009 16:06 PM
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Cardinals645

Seems like McCutchen is now to be called up. Care to take credit for your prediction of his pre-Flag Day arrival?

Jun 03, 2009 18:28 PM
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Lopecci

FINALLY....Tommy Hanson will make his season debut this Saturday. Can't wait to hear Kevin's comments on the promotion. On a side note, it sucks the way Glavine was let go, but I'm all for it, if it makes the Braves better. And from everything I have read, Hanson is definitely the way to go, struggles or not.

Jun 03, 2009 18:49 PM
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BMoreGreen

Add my name to the list of MLU fanatics, thanks for the new Kevin. Do you foresee a promotion for Carlos Santana this year? ETA in the bigs? Do you anticipate Cleveland moving either of their current duo before the deadline this year?

Jun 03, 2009 19:09 PM
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G. Guest

The Indians recently promoted Chris Gimenez to the big league club, but he hasn't played much (0 AB, 1 Defensive Insert). Unless Kelly Shoppach turns things around in a hurry, the trade market probably won't give the tribe much in return.

That said, it makes sense to me to try and move one of them this year depending on what they can get in return.

FWIW, the depth charts here expect to see at least a glimpse of Santana this year.

Jun 04, 2009 07:44 AM
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G. Guest

Homer Bailey: AAAA All-Star ?

Jun 04, 2009 07:36 AM
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