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June 23, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of June 22

by Kevin Goldstein

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Trevor May, RHP, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 14 K

The star-studded rotation at the Phillies' High-A affiliate has failed to live up to expectations on a performance level, with May being the exception. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, May certainly looks like a stud starter, and he backs up the first impression with 92-96 mph heat to go with a curveball and changeup that both flash as plus. When he throws strikes he's capable of dominating, and with last night's outing, he now has 102 strikeouts in 78 innings to go with a 3.23 ERA in 14 starts.

Others Of Note:

  • Brandon Allen, 1B, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 2-for-3, 3B, HR (13), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Home runs in three straight days and up to .299/.427/.552 overall.
  • Ryan Brett, 2B, Rays (Rookie-level Princeton): 2-for-3, 2 3B, 3 R, RBI, BB, K. 2010 third-round pick is another short second base with a good hit tool; 6-for-7 in first two games.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 4-for-6, 3B, HR (6), 2 R, 6 RBI, K. First game back from concussion; .261/.349/.420 overall.
  • Caleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Rookie-level Orem): 2-for-4, R, K. 2010 first-rounder is 7-for-12 with three straight multi-hit games to start the year.
  • Chris Dominguez, 3B, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3B, R, RBI, K. Just 5-for-22 since moving up to Double-A, but all five hits are for extra bases.
  • Granden Goetzman, OF, Rays (Rookie-level GCL Rays): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K, 2 SB. Pro debut for 2011 second-round pick; big and toolsy.
  • Grant Green, SS, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 2-for-2, HR (4), R, 2 BB, CS. 11-for-21 with two home runs in last five games to raise OPS 57 points; .293/.344/.407 overall.
  • Gorkys Hernandez, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 2-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 K. Hitting .338 in June and up to .292/.342/.391 overall; with plus-plus defense in center field, he's definitely a prospect.
  • Aaron Hicks, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, K. Coming on strong with a .478 OBP in 15 June games; .274/.384/.409 overall.
  • Corban Joseph, 2B, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB. Hitting .357 in June and .294/.373/.457 overall; scouts that like him think he can hit something like that in the big leagues one day.
  • Wagner Mateo, OF, Diamondbacks (Rookie-level AZL Diamondbacks): 2-for-5, HR (1), R, RBI, 2 K. First state-side home run for former Cardinals $3M+ bonus baby who had dail voided due to madican checks (eyes); also five Ks in eight ABs.
  • Griffin Murphy, LHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Pro debut for 2010 second-round pick; lefty with pro body and three average-to-plus pitches.
  • Jerry Sands, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque): 2-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI, 2 K. Hit five home runs in 10 games before promotion to big leagues, but just two in 14 games since getting sent back down.
  • Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Dominating in first outing after back injuries three days ago, but just 12 of 28 pitches went for strikes last night.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 0-for-1, 3 BB, R, K, 2 SB, CS. Highest pick to be signed and playing has been a walking machine; .607 OBP by going 5-for-15 with 10 walks.
  • Eric Thames, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 4-for-6, R, 2 RBI, K. Has a 1000+ OPS in all three months and overall line of .352/.423/.610 in 53 games; deserves another big league look.
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 R, K. Yes, runs don't matter, but he's scored 19 in his last 12 games while hitting .408 to up his season line to .324/.424/.557.
  • Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 1-for-3, HR (18), R, 2 RBI, K. Has slowed significantly with .247/.337/.459 June that includes a bounty of strikeouts; still .310/.392/.587 overall.

Kevin Goldstein is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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evo34

Beg to differ regarding Gorkys Hernandez. The guy is almost 24, and hitting a DT-translated .226 EQA this season. That doesn't bode well for his future, regardless of his CF defense.

Davenport projects him with a peak OPS of .630.; Oliver projects a peak OPS of .597. Both of these factor in his current-season performance.

Jun 23, 2011 01:16 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I'll stick with what I said.

Jun 23, 2011 09:01 AM
 
philly

evo

Where are you getting those minor league Davenport stats? The link to minor league EQAs disappeared from the stat section and I haven't been able to find them.

Been a definite change for the worse, btw.

Jun 23, 2011 04:16 AM
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evo34

http://claydavenport.com/stats/pagePITyearALL.shtml

Jun 23, 2011 04:27 AM
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Tim Carvin

Does Mike Trout ever have a bad game?

Jun 23, 2011 04:40 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

0-for-4 with 3 Ks last Saturday.

Jun 23, 2011 09:02 AM
 
Brian Kopec

Who cares? Kevin doesn't have a Sunday column. Saturdays never happen in the minors.

Jun 23, 2011 12:58 PM
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philly

Thanks. If that's on his own .com, then does that mean that he's no longer part of BP? How did I miss that?

Jun 23, 2011 05:32 AM
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CRP13

I saw BP Podcast in the article heading on the main page and got excited. Such a tease.

Jun 23, 2011 06:23 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Fixed. Podcast is coming today, though.

Jun 23, 2011 09:02 AM
 
timber

I saw Podcast and got disappointed. Please don't ever put everything into a podcast; I can't get them at work and for now my home computer isn't up to that.

Jun 23, 2011 09:09 AM
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ColonelTom

Speaking of the Phils' young arms, how has Brody Colvin looked since coming back from injury? Obviously the numbers are disappointing. Is his long-term outlook downgraded from his Top 100 earlier this year?

Jun 23, 2011 06:48 AM
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jasemilw4

Love the updates. Thanks Kevin. Keep 'em coming. Sidenote: it's probably just me, but it seems like there's more updates for AL players than NL players. Like I said, probably just me.

Jun 23, 2011 07:14 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

It's just you. I go through the box scores by minor league, so no way that can enter into it.

Jun 23, 2011 09:03 AM
 
Peter7899

Do you think the Gorkys could push McCutchen to a corner? That'd make the Pirates outfield a place where flyballs go to die. Now only if they could hit like real ML outfielders...

Jun 23, 2011 07:26 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I think Gorkys' future is as a fourth outfielder, as opposed to somebody pushing someone aside.

Jun 23, 2011 09:03 AM
 
marjinwalker

Is Marte's defense enough to play center in the bigs?

In other Pirate prospect news, Presley and d'Arnaud get callups. Cup of coffee or something more?

Jun 23, 2011 09:20 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Future Shock Blog
Minor League Update: Games of June 22
by Kevin Goldstein and Kevin Goldstein

Two Kevin Goldstein's for the price of one!

Jun 23, 2011 09:21 AM
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pobothecat

Of the two, I prefer Kevin Goldstein.

Jun 23, 2011 10:03 AM
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NP_14

They work so well together.

Jun 23, 2011 10:36 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I got rid of that Goldstein, he's a jerk.

Jun 23, 2011 11:02 AM
 
greenfrog

No love for Noah Syndergaard? His minor-league debut for the Bluefield Blue Jays: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K.

Jun 23, 2011 09:43 AM
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