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June 24, 2011

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Minor League Update: Games of June 23

by Kevin Goldstein

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Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 3-for-6, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, K.

It's almost shocking to see Gyorko still in the California League, but moving him up would require other corresponding moves, as there is no room for him at Double-A unless James Darnell moves up, and the hot corner at Triple-A is manned by Jesus Guzman, who is one of the better insurance bats in the minors. The two doubles last night were his 33rd and 34th of the year, which leads the minor leagues by six, and with his .383/.445/.653 line, he now leads the California League in hits, doubles (of course), runs, RBIs, extra-base hits and total bases.

Others Of Note:

  • Raul Alcantara, RHP, Red Sox (Rookie-level GCL): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Keep an eye on this one. $500,000 18-year-old is projectable as all get out, already at 91-95 mph and has feel for both a breaking ball and a changeup.
  • Blake Beavan, RHP, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Starting to look like a big league back-end starter again; 1.85 ERA in five June starts while figuring out how to miss more bats with 29 strikeouts in 34 innings.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K. Tough to wrap your head around as the stuff hasn't been as good as expected but he's pitching well.
  • Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 2-for-3, 3B, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. .390/.429/.780 in 15 games; playing more left field of late, which could lead to big league return.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI, K. Has a 993 OPS in June and hitting .308/.370/.520 overall; should get a look once Royals make July moves.
  • Zack Cox, 3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): Nothing go well at the upper levels; .217/.300/.311 in 29 games with 10 errors.
  • Jeff Decker, OF, Padres (Double- A San Antonio): 3-for-4, RBI, BB. Still showing progress after ugly early-season slump; 11-for-26 with 10 walks in last eight games and up to .248/.398/.457 overall.
  • Wilmer Flores, SS, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI. Batting average by month: .323, .214, .317; just .276/.321/.384 overall.
  • Jio Mier, SS, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 2-for-4, R, RBI, K, SB. High-A debut for 2009 first-round pick; .245/.354/.380 line in Sally League just proved he has a good approach.
  • J.R. Murphy, C, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI. High-A debut; was showing much improved bat at Low-A but defense still needs work.
  • Guillermo Pimentel, OF, Mariners (Rookie-level Pulaski): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (1), 3 R, 4 RBI, K. First big game of year for high-ceiling Dominican with crazy raw power.
  • Drew Robinson, 3B, Rangers (Rookie-level AZL): 2-for-2, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB. 2010 fourth-round pick has definite hitting ability; ultimate defensive home still up in the air.
  • Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Orioles (Rookie-level GCL) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K. 18-year-old Venezuelan has average velo now, projects for more, with good sink and run.
  • Kyle Seager, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-4, R. Triple-A debut after .312/.381/.459 line at Double-A; seems stuck here with Ackley in the bigs.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-for-3, 2B, 2 HR (6), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. 8-for-11 with 19 total bases in last three games has lifted OPS 100 points in three days; .270/.388/.402 overall.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB. On-base percentage now .636 in first seven pro games thanks to 12 walks against just 18 at-bats.
  • Donavan Tate, OF, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 2-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI, K. 8-for-19 in last four games with two doubles and two triples; feels like he's been around forever but still just 20 years old.
  • Alex Torres, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 12 K. Best start of the year for lefty that slumped in May; 3.69 ERA in 14 starts with 84 strikeouts in 75.2 innings.
  • Cory Vaughn, OF, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 3-for-3, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. High-A debut after .286/.405/.408 line in Sally League and home run in All-Star game.
  • Tony Wolters, SS, Indians (Short-season Mahoning Valley): 2-for-4, 2 3B, R, K. 2010 third-round pick who got first-round money; Can hit, and has up-the-middle tools.

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xanthan

Does Lorenzo Cain still profile best as a 4th OF? Or has his season in Omaha changed your opinion?

Jun 24, 2011 10:19 AM
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Charles Kurz

No mention of Nick Franklin's AA debut?

Jun 24, 2011 10:26 AM
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jeffreyarkin

Jesus Guzman is up with the Padres following Jorge Cantu's release. Any reason now for keeping Darnell in AA other than to shift him to the outfield?

Jun 24, 2011 11:02 AM
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dandycharger

Jesus Guzman is currently with the major league club, leaving Logan Forsythe as Tucson's regular 3rd baseman. And its spelled Jaff Decker

Jun 24, 2011 11:02 AM
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pobothecat

Guzman just up for inter-league DH-ing, no?

Jun 24, 2011 11:54 AM
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LynchMob

Lots o' Padres today ... yea!

I was hoping the Guzman callup would trickle down to a Gyroko promotion ... it's overdue! ... for Darnell also, it seems.

How do teams decide when to be patient? It always seems a tough call with pro's & con's ... for a recent "con" example, see Anthony Rizzo (and, yes, I understand it's too early to draw any conclusions ... I'm just saying that he's struggling more than I/we had hoped based on his AAA success).

Jun 24, 2011 12:08 PM
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kcheaden

Rizzo was foolishly rushed to the bigs. There was no reason not to leave in in AAA until September to further consolidate his skills. I don't think it'll do any long term damage but I do think that it cost them an extra year of cost control.

Jun 26, 2011 16:01 PM
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CalledStrike3

LoCain ..... having seen him play a few times...is nothing special and certainly not addictive.

4th OF spelling Melky, Francouer and Gordon
I think the Omaha numbers could be a tad inflated... they have a cozy new ballpark this year built away from the city and exposed to the wind.

Jun 24, 2011 12:02 PM
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BillJohnson

I might have thought the Potentate of Pickoffs, aka John Gast, might have been mentioned here. He had three more POs yesterday to go with two caught-stealings (and no successful steals), for five guys retired on the bases against him (for high-A Palm Beach). Fun observation: the Cardinals kept this guy in their spring training camp a little longer this year than planned, so that a high-A pitcher could teach some of their left-handed major leaguers his pickoff move. Even if he never sniffs the Show, that's entertaining.

Jun 24, 2011 12:26 PM
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pobothecat

Be fun to see some video of this guy.

Jun 26, 2011 10:34 AM
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BillJohnson

Reports have him moving up to AA Springfield, so his visibility may be increasing.

Jun 27, 2011 12:46 PM
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Bodhizefa

Mariners' Director of Minor League Operations said Seager would see time at 2B, 3B, and SS in Triple-A. It sure does seem like they're gearing him up to be a super-sub infielder. I don't think he's as blocked as you seem to, KG. Seems like the M's could use his bat at third base plenty right about now.

Jun 24, 2011 12:49 PM
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ColonelTom

Do you see Seager as the next Adam Kennedy, or does he have a higher ceiling?

Jun 24, 2011 13:57 PM
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Bodhizefa

I think Dave Cameron tweeted that one scout saw him as a "Maicer Izturis type." Certainly nothing wrong with that comp. I think Seager might walk a bit more than Izturis or Kennedy, though. He definitely doesn't have Kennedy's speed (especially from his younger years).

Jun 24, 2011 15:50 PM
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ttt

Do you think Donovan Tate will get moved back up soon?

Jun 24, 2011 13:03 PM
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Vriez10
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What the fuck am I suppose to think of Singleton and Tate?

Jun 24, 2011 13:08 PM
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amazin_mess
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LOL

Jun 24, 2011 15:32 PM
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bp

So I guess all Singleton needed was a return to first base.

Jun 24, 2011 15:32 PM
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kcheaden

Three quick questions:

Who's a better prospect, Seager or Liddi? Does Liddi have the athleticism to move to LF?
What's Spangenberg's speed on the scale? How do scout's think it will translate to the basepaths? Does he have SB awareness?
Love to see Vaughn's approach at the plate being so sound but what's going on with the power?

Jun 26, 2011 16:05 PM
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Ryno23

In the chance you may be reading this, Kevin, I just wanted to give my appreciation in your including fresh, interesting names like Raul Alcantara and Eduardo Rodriguez in your FSB.

I know it's informative to hear about the same big-name guys once or twice a week, but a big thumbs up here for more info on the lesser-known guys.

Jun 26, 2011 16:34 PM
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