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September 11, 2010

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of September 10

by Kevin Goldstein

Sure it's Saturday, but I'm looking the box scores, so might as well share . . .

  • Engel Beltre, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI, K. Tends to adjust slowly at new levels, 2011 will be a big year for his prospects status as he gets second shot at Double-A.
  • Brody Colvin, RHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K. Athletic, projectable righty made big adjustments in second-half, deserves more hype than he gets.
  • Alex Cobb, RHP, Durham (Triple-A Durham): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Curveball specialist was dominant at Double-A down the stretch; 51 Ks over 38.1 innings in last seven starts.
  • Rashun Dixon, OF, Athletics (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Hit .348 in last 35 games of regular season; enters 2011 with big expectations based on upside and adjustments.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Undersized lefty has plus stuff and command; could be moved more aggressively after conservative 2010.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn): 2-for-4, SB. 19-year-old is 3-for-8 in two Double-A playoff games after leading Midwest League with 23 home runs.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 2-for-4, 3B, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Does any organization in baseball have a better 1-2 offensive prospect punch than Hosmer and Moustakas?
  • Jason Knapp, RHP, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Whiffed 29 over 16 regular season innings; excellent 2011 breakout candidate if he stays healthy.
  • Lance Lynn, RHP, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 16 K. Was much improved during the second half, but 16 strikeouts is still a glaring total for a pitcher without classically big stuff.
  • Trey Moore, 1B, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Hit .346/.404/.714 in the second half; scouts want to see him do it at the upper levels before they'll truly believe.
  • Zach Putnam, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 2008 fifth-round pick finished year with 10 scoreless bullpen appearances; could be have big league relief role next year.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-for-5, 2 R. 18-year-old hit .312/.352/.556 in Appy League; needs to keep hitting as bat is only impressive tool.
  • Jean Segura, 2B, Angels (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 2-for-4, 3B, R. Last time to mention outstanding second baseman; hit .313/.365/.464 on the season and it's hard to find any weaknesses in his game.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 1-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, 2 K. The hope was that he'd be ready for the big leagues by now . . . he's not.

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jpjazzman

Banuelos looked pretty solid last night too eh? His last three starts in AA have to be pretty encouraging following that terrible first one? 16.2IP, 13H, 0ER, 16K, 8BB. Just needs to work on the control it seems.

Sep 11, 2010 12:01 PM
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mrenick

what a nice surprise, weekend MLU!

Sep 12, 2010 07:32 AM
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FlemSnopes

I think you meant Tyler Moore of the Potomac Nationals, not Trey Moore. Thanks for all the great updates this year.

Sep 13, 2010 07:44 AM
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