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September 10, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of September 9

by Kevin Goldstein

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A quick cruise through last night's playoff action . . .

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 R, 5 RBI. Best Triple-A showing of the year in game two of the playoffs.
  • Engel Beltre, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI. .254/.301/.337 line in 47 Double-A games put damper on explosive first half; still doesn't turn 21 until November.
  • Darrell Ceciliani, OF, Mets (Short-season Brooklyn): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB. Speedster has swiped four bags in three playoff games; on my list of prospects that don't get the attention their talent deserves.
  • Connor Crumbliss, 2B, Athletics (Low-A Kane County): 2-for-2, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, CS. I'm not sure how much of a prospect he is, but I love watching him play.
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Defense alone gives him a Pedro Feliz floor, but actually put up decent numbers for a 20-year-old in Double-A.
  • Danny Duffy, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 10 K. Very impressive after short-lived retirement; up to 94-95 mph with fastball and curve is second plus pitch.
  • Grant Green, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R. Slugged .577 after the All-Star break, could move quickly if throwing issue are addressed.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-3, 2B, BB, K. Supplemental first-round pick sure can hit; also got surprisingly positive scouting reports for his defense at third base.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 1-for-5, HR (1), R, RBI, BB, K. Had 13 home runs in 195 Double-A at-bats; now that the power has arrived, is arguably top 1B prospect in the game.
  • Peter Kozma, SS, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-6, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. First-round pick showed good power for position with 13 regular season home runs, but overall line of .243/.318/.384 did little for prospect status.
  • Jake McGee, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Seems about right, as International League batters went 9-for-61 (.148) with 27 strikeouts against him in the regular season.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Sat in low 90s and touched 94; disappointed statistically this year but scouting reports remained strong.
  • Andy Pettitte, RHP, Yakees (Double-A Trenton): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Nice game two starter in the Eastern League playoffs, huh?
  • Justin Smoak, 1B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-3, R, 2 BB, K. Has reached base in nine of ten playoff plate appearances.
  • Zach Stewart, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Best start of year for righty acquired from Cincinnati in the Scott Rolen trade; sinker/slider specialist profiles as No. 3 or 4 starter in big leagues.
  • Adam Warren, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K. Yet another Yankee pitching prospect who took a huge step forward in 2010; last year's fourth-round pick has plus velocity and command.

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Jivas
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KG: did they play a doubleheader in the Eastern League playoffs, or did that game go to extra innings? (Pettitte 4 IP, Warren 6 IP).

Also - just wondering - are we to believe that Ackley's game was his best at Triple-A because of the runs and the RBI, or was it his best game considering things most of us tend to value?

Sep 10, 2010 09:42 AM
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CRP13

R and RBI ARE valuable, they're just not good measuring sticks.

Sep 10, 2010 09:56 AM
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wonkothesane1

I've heard them best described as "accounting tools". And just like in accounting its very good thing to show that you made money on your balance sheet, but its not necessarily an indication that you'll make money on a future balance sheet.

Sep 10, 2010 10:12 AM
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Jivas
(649)

Yeah, they certainly measure something that has some value, but what they measure is highly team- and context-dependent.

Wonk - for future reference:

profits and losses (i.e. making money) = income statement
assets and liabilities = balance sheet

Yes, I'm a dork. :)

Sep 10, 2010 10:26 AM
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txyesboy

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/scoreboard/league.jsp?sid=milb&lid=113&ymd=20100909

went twelve innings

Sep 10, 2010 09:57 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He had one game with eight total bases, but yes, I did count the runs and the RBI for these purposes. And I do it without shame. I understand what R and RBI are and what they mean, but a game with the grand slam is better than the game with a solo shot, no?

Sep 10, 2010 10:19 AM
 
Jivas
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KG - I don't disagree with your position (well, maybe a teeny weeny bit). Mostly, I was just *wondering* so I could better process your remark on Ackley, so thank you for the response.

Sep 10, 2010 10:22 AM
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Al Skorupa

I think the real issue is how much credit to give Ackley because his teammates got on base before he came to the plate... conversely, how much do we "blame" a guy who hits a solo shot for his teammates not being on base?

Sep 10, 2010 20:00 PM
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evo34
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1) Go to milb.com. This isn't a box score site.

2) Do you not "value" home runs?

Get a clue.

Sep 10, 2010 10:47 AM
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jlefty

Get a grip.

Sep 10, 2010 11:14 AM
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evo34

Why waste time/space asking BP authors if a particular game went extra innings (vs. the oh-so-common post-season doubleheader), when the info. is two mouse clicks away?

Sheer laziness. And the Ackley comment was a weak attempt to snidely imply that Ackley's line was somehow overvalued by Goldstein bc it contained runs and RBI. Poor.

Sep 11, 2010 11:34 AM
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Fishbone

Does Kozma project as anything more than a utility guy at this point? Or is even that wishful thinking?

Sep 10, 2010 10:31 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Nah, I could see that happening.

Sep 10, 2010 11:35 AM
 
Drew Miller

Still love this stuff.

Sep 10, 2010 20:40 PM
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