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May 17, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of May 16

by Kevin Goldstein

Adam Miller, RHP, Indians (High-A Kinston): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Once the top prospect in the system, Miller's career was derailed by a bizarre finger ailment that made it painful for him to even grip a baseball at times, but he's back, he's in the bullpen, and he's pitching very well of late, whiffing seven over four shutout innings. Now 26 years old, Miller has been showing 90-93 mph heat while occasionally touching 95, but his once-sharp slider is a bit flat and his command has been wavering. He hasn't been healthy and good since 2006, and didn't even pitch the last two years, so the fact that he's simply here is a testament to his desire and makeup, and it's impossible not to root for him.

Others Of Note:

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB. Coming on strong with a .359/.475/.594 line in May.
  • Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 2-for-4, 2 2B. 7-for-13 in last three games leading up to tonight's podcast interview; .379/.426/.562 overall.
  • Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Right-hander has above-average fastball and curve; 2.80 ERA in seven starts while limiting Southern League hitters to .190 batting average.
  • Daniel Fields, OF, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, K. Not great, but certainly better and still toolsy; .246/.333/.393 in 33 games.
  • Jae-Hoon Ha, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennesee): 2-for-4, 2B, R. Double-A debut for 20-year-old Korean outfielder who hit .311/.344/.523 in 35 High-A games.
  • Jason Hagerty, C, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 3-for-3, 3B, HR (3), 4 R, 2 RBI, BB. Offense-first catcher with power and patience; hitting .278/.355/.474 but need to improve behind the plate.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 0-for-5, R, BB, K. First back-to-back zero hit games since the second and third games of the season; still at .366/.447/.656.
  • Brett Lawrie, 3B, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Up to .325/.381/.578 at 38 games; Jays could probably live with the bad defense considering their third base situation.
  • Alex Liddi, 3B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. 18 total bases in last five games and up to .257/.329/.493 after horrific start.
  • Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Struggled with command a bit in first rehab start, but good news is he felt fine afterward.
  • Tyler Matzek, LHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 BB, 5 K. Has lasted just ten innings in his last three starts while allowing 12 runs and walking 16.
  • Tommy Mendonca, 3B, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (10), R, 2 RBI. Hitting .317/.338/.579 in 35 games, but can it last with four walks and 44 strikeouts in 145 at-bats?
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Has shaken off bad April with a .327/.410/.596 line in May.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, BB, 2 K. A better option than Fernando Martinez, but not on the 40-man; .312/.416/.567 in 39 games.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Career high in both innings and strikeouts; can he finally shake the inconsistency label?
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 2-for-4, 2 HR (12), 2 R, 5 RBI, BB, K. Even playing in the friendly confines of Tucson can't explain away a .376/.448/.723 line; as there significant growth here as well.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 1-for-3, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. K. Here comes the hot streak? Three home runs in last four games and up to .231/.292/.417.
  • Blake Smith, OF, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 3-for-5, 2 HR (9), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Some preferred him as a power reliever out of college; plenty of power, but also big holes in swing and a .270/.321/.507 line in 36 games.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-4, RBI. Back from a wrist injury and 6-for-16 in his first four games.
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R. Snaps out of 2-for-15 slump; .307/.386/.559 in 33 games and doesn't turn 20 until August.
  • Cory Vaughn, OF, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. First home run in 29 games, but he's hardly been slumping; 10-for-19 in last five games and .349/.481/.484 overall.
  • Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Pirates (Low-A Pirates): 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Has been nothing short of awful since excellent season debut; 9.00 ERA in last six starts while allowing 39 hits in 28 innings.
  • Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 2-for-4, 3B, HR (12), R, RBI, K. Hitting .414 in May with six home runs in 15 games and overall line of .326/.411/.695 in 36 games; average-to-plus tools across the board lend to possibility of this being real.
  • Joe Wieland, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K. In his last five starts, he's struck out 34 over 32.1 innings while walking zero.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Clooch14

Kevin, what is your take on Cory Vaughn? That slash line is very impressive.

May 17, 2011 09:23 AM
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Jmast7

Wanted to ask this as well. What's his ceiling?

May 17, 2011 11:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Tough guy to wrap one's head around. Love the tools, love the approach, and he's hitting, so let's just say the power will come? That's really the only disappointment so far, and I think overall that his stock is up.

May 17, 2011 11:43 AM
 
tdees40

No Zeke Spruill? He had a heck of a game.

May 17, 2011 09:23 AM
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JeffBiddle
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I believe Trayvon Robinson homered again. Is he ready to be successful in the majors if the Dodgers somehow found a place for him to play? (Sands to 1B, Loney anywhere else)

May 17, 2011 09:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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What about Sands makes you want him to play every day? That said, I'm a big Trayvon fan, but that is well known.

May 17, 2011 10:09 AM
 
vtadave

I'd say a .981 OPS, 35 homers, and the fact that he's not James Loney are your reasons there.

May 18, 2011 00:42 AM
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Mtn Jam

Gary Sanchez's homer was off of Ranaudo, which is impressive.

What are the scouts saying about ZVR? Has the velocity ticket up or is it poor command to go along with 87-89 MPH?

May 17, 2011 09:33 AM
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btsully

Kevin, do you have any info on what happened to Grant Green?

He was pulled from Sunday's game after grounding out in the 5th inning, and then he was out of the lineup on Monday.

Thanks!

May 17, 2011 09:53 AM
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SimplyFalco

Jose Altuve. Podcast interview.
Jose Altuve... Podcast interview?
Jose Altuve! Podcast interview!

May 17, 2011 10:28 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

And he's not even the surprise special guest for the one-year anniversary show.

May 17, 2011 10:30 AM
 
monkey

Over/under on how many times Kevin uses the word "adore" during the Altuve interview? I'll set the line at 39

May 17, 2011 10:39 AM
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CRP13

Taking the over. Looking forward to this podcast a lot.

May 17, 2011 12:15 PM
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Shawn Doyle

Was the Jae-Hoon Ha promotion too agressive?

May 17, 2011 10:50 AM
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MJA3488

No love for Mike Carp or Adrian Cardenas?

May 17, 2011 13:44 PM
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vtadave

Imagine that.

May 18, 2011 00:43 AM
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viconquest

Ackley deserves to get called up to the bigs in a couple weeks. He definitely looks like at least a .280 hitter in the majors. Agree?

May 17, 2011 22:25 PM
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faithdies

Is the special guest Scott Boras?

May 18, 2011 08:09 AM
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