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June 1, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of May 31

by Kevin Goldstein

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Kyle McPherson, RHP, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 9 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

A 14th-round pick in 2007 out of the University of Mobile, McPherson has made slow a steady progress through the Pirates system, but he's in the midst of a bit of a breakout with a 2.93 ERA in 11 starts and a fantastic 55-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He's had a velocity spike, now consistently sitting in the low-90s while touching 94-95 mph at times, and it plays up from there due to his precision. His secondary offerings are solid, but he's going from a guy barely on the radar to a potential No. 4 starter.

Others Of Note:

  • Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (5), R, 5 RBIs. A .408/.451/.606 line in 52 games has earned him a promotion to Double-A.
  • Josh Bell, 3B, Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk): 1-for-5, HR (9), R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Four home runs in last eight games; still at just .260/.290/.453.
  • Joe Benson, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 3-for-4, 2 2B, R, K. 15-for-30 in last nine games and up to .296/.382/.492.
  • Mike Carp, OF, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (15), 3 R, 2 RBI, K. Don't be surprised if he gets another look; 10 home runs in his last 18 games and .325/.385/.624 overall.
  • Colin Cowgill, OF, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (9), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB. 18-for-39 during nine game hitting streak and .340/.412/.563 overall.
  • Tyler Flowers, C, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 1-for-2, HR (7), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB. Having a nice bounce back you with the bat at .272/.385/.472 in 36 games, but defense still lags.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 3-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB, CS. Snapping out of a season-long slump?
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, 3 SB. “Hey, I'm kind of bored. Maybe I'll run a lot today.”
  • Slade Heathcott, OF, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 0-for-4, 4 K. Falling into some bad habits that we saw last year; 4-for-29 with 13 strikeouts in his last seven games and down to .287/.363/.444.
  • Joe Kelly, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 7.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 9 K. Second straight start where he's had a no-hitter after seven; plus-plus sinker but doesn't always control it well.
  • Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI. Ten hits in last six games and .306/.388/.494 overall; do Reds fine room for him in Cincinnati in July or is he a great trade chip for a playoff run?
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 2-for-5, 3B, HR (4), 2 R, 3 RBI. In the midst of an 11-game hitting streak and it's good to see some power finally; .309/.344/.438 in 43 games.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (9), R, 3 RBI, 2 K. Finished up May with a .321/.382/.560 line for the month; up this month or July?
  • Jarrod Parker, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Best start of the year by a wide margin; 5.25 ERA in 10 starts.
  • Brad Peacock, RHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K. 40 strikeouts over 26.2 innings in his last four games while allowing only 11 hits. Arguably has best pitching line at the upper levels with 62 IP, 36 H, 13 BB, 82 K.
  • Robbie Ray, LHP, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Has allowed one earned run over 24 innings since joining the team three weeks ago; deep arsenal and advanced command for a teenager.
  • Trayvon Robinson, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 1-for-4, HR (11), R, 3 RBI, K. Home runs in three of last four games and .278/.340/.528 overall in 48 games; deserves a look.
  • Robbie Ross, LHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Yet another young Rangers arm with excellent command and control.
  • Hayden Simpson, RHP, Cubs (Low-A Peoria): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 1 K. More and more convinced that something is wrong health-wise.
  • Giovanni Soto, LHP, Indians (High-A Kinston): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K. There's a whole lot of smoke and mirrors in his game, as his fastball is 85-88 mph, but somehow he has a 2.44 ERA in ten starts with 54 Ks in 51.2 IP.

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dwinning

Kevin, what kind of ceiling does Brad Peacock have?

Jun 01, 2011 11:15 AM
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OuagadougouGM

Someone twittered KG that question a while back and he said Peacock's ceiling is "#3", but I'm interested to see if that has changed. Those are some pretty gaudy numbers, and the scouting reports pretty much back them up.

Jun 01, 2011 13:16 PM
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DGBL

Taijuan Walker a surprising snub. Threw 7 2/3 shutout innings with 3 hits, a walk, and 6 strikeouts. One report had him hitting 97 on the gun. Hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts.

Jun 01, 2011 11:17 AM
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ttt

Mike Carp... you must be off after the email password snafu

Jun 01, 2011 11:23 AM
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guernsey
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No way do the Reds trade Mesaraco. But the way he is playing he might make Hernandez expendable ...

Jun 01, 2011 11:32 AM
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Amos

Don't forget they have Grandal, too.

Jun 02, 2011 14:28 PM
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gilgamesh

Sorry for the WATG... but what do you hear about Lawrie/hand/callup? Danke.

Jun 01, 2011 12:01 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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WATGs are welcome, nothing to apologize for. Still could be up weekend, no serious injury.

Jun 01, 2011 12:31 PM
 
G. Guest

That's a 2nd recent mention of Bell in recent memory. Is he big league material?

Jun 01, 2011 13:03 PM
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Wade

I wonder how long the Yanks keep using Posada as DH? I gotta believe that Montero would be a big improvement

Jun 01, 2011 14:37 PM
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Cdub2k

When are they going to give up on Tylers as a catcher? He's 25 going on 26. Isnt it time to try him in the field somewhere. He has a lively bat that needs to be in the field somewhere but where?

Jun 01, 2011 17:33 PM
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gdragon1977

Trayvon at least gets a September look (being on the 40 man and all), right?

Jun 01, 2011 19:11 PM
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kdringg

How about June 9th for his callup so I can watch his MLB debut in Denver? It's not like the Dodgers can't use some offensive help and what better place to make your debut than Coors Field?

Jun 02, 2011 08:06 AM
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escapingNihilism

KG: is there any practical chance Carp can handle the outfield over any serious period of time? or is this another Lucas Duda?

Jun 02, 2011 06:08 AM
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CRP13

I heard on the radio that along with Altuve's promotion to AA, he also gained 2 inches and 20 pounds in the team's promo guides. Not a bad day.

Jun 02, 2011 06:41 AM
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escapingNihilism

also I see Harper has played 13G at CF this year... any prayer of him pulling that off down the road?

Jun 02, 2011 08:44 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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No.

Jun 02, 2011 09:18 AM
 
DavidK44

So why are they playing him at CF now? Give him marginal experience there so he can play CF in a pinch at the major league level? Is there another guy in Hagerstown they want to give some time at RF?

If Harper is going to be the RF of the future, every game "wasted" at CF when that's not the long term plan is one less game he could have played in RF.

Jun 02, 2011 09:43 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Not true. If you have the athleticism (and Harper does, for now), CF can be an easier transition to the outfield because you don't have to read the hooks and slices as much.

Jun 02, 2011 10:18 AM
 
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