CSS Button No Image Css3Menu.com

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

Premium and Super Premium Subscribers Get a 20% Discount at MLB.tv!

<< Previous Article
Premium Article On the Beat: Run-hunti... (07/01)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Jul... (07/01)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Jul... (07/03)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Future Shock: Represen... (07/02)

July 2, 2009

Future Shock Blog

July 2

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.

A mystery wrapped around an enigma

Howie Kendrick>, 2B, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Wednesday's stats: 4-for-5, R, RBI
I don't think you can find anyone who projected for Kendrick to be at Triple-A at midseason. He entered the year with a .306 career batting average in the big leagues, and after last night's four-hit effort, his career minor league average now stands at .360. The .231/.281/.355 average he put up in 51 games for the Angels this year just stands out like a sore thumb and, frankly, looks more than a bit fluky. If the Angels are now committed to Maicer Izturis at second base, teams receiving calls from Anaheim this month will surely be inquiring about Kendrick, hoping to snare him when his value is at its lowest.

Making sure he gets in this time

Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Double-A Trenton)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2B, HR (4), R, RBI, BB
Montero arguably deserved a mention in yesterday's update with a two-homer effort, so he upped the ante on Wednesday. After going homerless in his first 17 Double-A contests, he has now smacked four in his last three games, and is now batting .319/.395/.542. Have we mentioned that he's only 19? He still needs to make some massive improvements in his defense to have a chance to stay at catcher, so it's hard to figure out where he fits into the Yankees future, other than the middle of the lineup.

Out of sight, out of mind?

Yamaico Navarro, SS, Red Sox (High-A Salem)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI
Navarro had a break out campaign in 2008, batting .304/.359/.447 across two levels, but he seems to have been quickly forgotten about when a wrist injury kept him out for most of the first half of the season. Healthy and hitting again, the 21-year-old Dominican has gone deep in back-to-back games and is now 14-for-38 with 25 total bases in eight Carolina League games.

Giving credit where credit is due

James McOwen, OF, Mariners (High-A High Desert)
Wednesday's stats: 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI
A sixth-round pick two years ago out of Florida International, McOwen is what is commonly referred to in scouting parlance a "tweener" in the outfield, indicating that he lacks the speed to play center or the power to profile in a corner. Nonetheless, last night's effort extended his California League record hitting streak to a whopping 38 games, a streak during which he's been especially hot of late, going 20-for-45 in his last 10 contests.

All he does is hit

Angelo Songco, OF, Dodgers (Rookie-level Ogden)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (3), R, 2 RBI, 2 K
One of college baseball's best hitters, Songco had a fantastic career at Loyola Marymount, but a lack of overall tools and athleticism allowed him to fall to the fourth round. Signed for $225,000, Songco's pro career is off to a flying start. In his first nine games, he's batting a healthy .367/.457/.733.

Sleeper Alert!

Tyler Ladendorf, SS, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 R, 4 RBI
Seen as the best junior college player in the country last year, Ladendorf was a second-round pick last year, but had a miserable pro debut that included a paltry line of .204/.308/.293 in the Gulf Coast League. Beginning the season in extended spring training this year, Ladendorf started the year with a 4-for-4 game and has never looked back, now batting .438 (14-for-32) with 10 runs and 11 RBI in just nine games.

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

8 comments have been left for this article.

<< Previous Article
Premium Article On the Beat: Run-hunti... (07/01)
<< Previous Column
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Jul... (07/01)
Next Column >>
Premium Article Future Shock Blog: Jul... (07/03)
Next Article >>
Premium Article Future Shock: Represen... (07/02)

RECENTLY AT BASEBALL PROSPECTUS
Premium Article Minor League Update: Games of July 25-27
Premium Article The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, July 28
Fantasy Article The Buyer's Guide: Francisco Liriano
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: Bochy and Peavy, Back ...
This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip...
Premium Article The HOF Rule Change
Premium Article Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 28, 2014

MORE FROM JULY 2, 2009
Premium Article The Latin Talent Market
Premium Article Prospectus Today: Whining
Premium Article Prospectus Hit and Run: Look Over, But Don't...
Under The Knife: Tweaks and Updates
Premium Article Transaction Analysis: NL West Roundup
Premium Article Future Shock: Represent!

MORE BY KEVIN GOLDSTEIN
2009-07-06 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 6
2009-07-03 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 3
2009-07-02 - Premium Article Future Shock: Represent!
2009-07-02 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 2
2009-07-01 - Future Shock: Dream Crushing
2009-07-01 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 1
2009-06-30 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: June 30
More...

MORE FUTURE SHOCK BLOG
2009-07-07 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 7
2009-07-06 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 6
2009-07-03 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 3
2009-07-02 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 2
2009-07-01 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: July 1
2009-06-30 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: June 30
2009-06-29 - Premium Article Future Shock Blog: June 29
More...