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June 2, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of June 1

by Kevin Goldstein

Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-for-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI. You having fun yet? I know I am. After torching the California League to the tune of .408/.451/.606 in 52 games, the podcast's favorite second baseman showed no signs of slowing down in his Double-A debut, but the best part is how he suddenly grew. Listed at 5-5, 148 with Lancaster, Altuve told us he was 5-foot-6 when interviewed a couple of weeks ago, but the Hooks are now listing him as 5-7, 170. At that rate, he'll be 5-11, 210 by the time he gets to the big leagues and the size won't be a concern anymore.

Others Of Note:

  • Matt Adams, 1B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield) 4-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI. 15-for-23 with 26 total bases in last five games and .344/.382/.667 overall; at some point the production is going to outweigh the other issues (pun intended).
  • Yonder Alonso, OF/1B, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-4, 3B, R, RBI. Making another run to prove he's a better big league option than Johnny Gomes; 10-for-17 in last four games and .321/.375/.497 overall.
  • Matt Antonelli, 2B/3B, Nationals (Triple-A Syracuse): 4-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI, SB. Former big prospect with the Padres is trying to resurrect career; .389/.450/.583 in ten games since moving up to Triple-A.
  • Chris Archer, RHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K. One of the biggest disappointments in the system; one quality start in 11 attempts and a 5.98 ERA.
  • Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Low-A Rome): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Three home runs in last six games and up to .277/.294/.416 overall; not bad for a 19-year-old catcher with plus defense.
  • Adron Chambers, OF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-4, 2 HR (5), 4 R, 3 RBI, BB, SB. Still a nice sleeper in the system as a plus defender with plenty of athleticism and a leadoff man's approach; .247/.366/.390 in 44 games.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-5, HR (5), 2 R, RBI. Snapped out of four-game hitless slump; .316/.414/.544 in 34 games.
  • Jordan Danks, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 R, RBI, K. Having impressive bounce back year with .265/.349/.524 line that features never before seen power.
  • Kentrail Davis, OF, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (3), 3 R, 2 RBI, SB. Played well during injury-plagued full season debut last year, but hitting just .257/.358/.385 in 49 games.
  • Lucas Duda, OF/1B, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo): 3-for-3, 2B, 2 HR (7), 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 BB. Well, we certainly know he can hit Triple-A pitching; .280/.402/.540 in 30 games.
  • Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 3-for-5, HR (18), 2 R, 4 RBI, SB. Tied for the minor league home run lead and .337/.454/.684 overall; believers growing by the day.
  • Darin Gorski, LHP, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 0.61 ERA in last five starts; huge numbers, but scouts still project a relief role.
  • Grant Green, SS, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-for-5, 2 R. Hasn't been able to repeat power surge from the California League and still struggling defensively; .291/.348/.391 in 43 games.
  • Deolis Guerra, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 4.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 5 K. In case you were wondering if there was any progress here, the answer is no.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, SB. 25 multi-hit games in 53 starts; .370/.433/.658 in 53 games and doesn't belong at this level.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 2-for-5, HR (12), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, SB. With four stolen bases in his last two games, he's suddenly on pace for 30/30 possibilities.
  • Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Brewers (High-A Brevard County): 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Had best start of the season (seven shutout innings) last time out, and then this; 4.66 ERA in 11 starts.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 0-for-5, 1 K. Hype has cooled down significantly, 4-for-28 with 10 Ks in last ten games and down to .266/.391/.468 overall.
  • Austin Kirk, LHP, Cubs (Low-A Peoria): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K. Left-hander makes up for average velocity with command and movement; 2.04 ERA in 57.1 innings with the Midwest League hitting just .171 against him.
  • Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Hasn't maintained hot start, but .291/.335/.488 is still a big step forward.
  • D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Undersized, but athletic right-hander has plus sinker, throws strikes and has 2.78 ERA; is it possible for a Yankees prospect to be a sleeper?
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, K. 14-for-28 during six game hitting streak and up to .289/.355/.497 overall.
  • Derek Norris, C, Natoinals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-4, R, RBI. Hitting .299 in last 20 games and .238/.378/.465; continues to look like a Mickey Tettleton-like producer.
  • Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Fantastic 74-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52.2 innings with 2.05 ERA and just one home run allowed.
  • Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 1.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 1 K. Has struggled mightily at Double-A; 22 runs allowed over 12 innings in last four games and 8.62 ERA on the season.
  • Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Indians (High-A Kinston): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Pitched vs. Odorizzi in what was clearly the game of the day; 1.85 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 43.2 innings.
  • Matt Rizzotti, 1B, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-for-5, HR (10), 2 R, RBI, K. Another Matt Adams type (bat-only player, but wow what a bat); .331/.408/.591 in 51 games.
  • Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-6, R, K, CS. Sure, it's a somewhat empty .316 average at .316/.361/.374; but that's still well beyond expectations and the well above-average defense has been as good as advertised.
  • Angelo Songco, OF/1B, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 2-for-4, 2 HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. Not especially toolsy and a bit old for the league, but he can hit; .324/.382/.542 in 52 games.
  • Peter Tago, RHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 R), 4 BB, 3 K. 2010 Supplemental first-round pick was sparkling in his season debut, but has walked 10 over 6.1 innings in two starts since.
  • Trayce Thompson, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, 2 K. Among the streakiest prospects around, but when it's good, it's very good; still just .234/.300/.447 in 50 games.
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-for-4. 11-for-20 in last five games and .338/.353/.485 overall; approach is an issue, but can hit and is showing improved receiving skills.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K. The line says it all, as he's been a combination of sloppiness and killer stuff; 7.04 ERA in four starts but 23 strikeouts in 15.1 innings.
  • Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, RBI, K. Promoted along with Altuve to give Corpus Christi a brand new double-play combination, 20-year-old Dominican hit just .259/.353/.414 at Lancaster but showed gap power, plus speed and a good approach.
  • Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Best start of much-anticipated full-season debut; ERA still at 6.80 after ten outings.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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