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June 29, 2011

Future Shock Blog

Minor League Update: Games of June 28

by Kevin Goldstein

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David Holmberg, LHP, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K.

While White Sox fans are already upset to see former top prospect Daniel Hudson succeeding in Arizona, Holmberg, who was including in the Edwin Jackson deal, has the potential to rub salt in the wound. Entering the year as a plus command-and-control lefty with mediocre stuff, Holmberg has learned how to use his 6-4, 220 frame to generate more power in his arsenal, and what was once a 88-90 mph fastball is now 90-94; and when combined with a good breaking ball and outstanding location, his stock is soaring. He's the hottest pitching prospect in the minors right now, firing 34 scoreless innings in his last five starts while allowing 10 hits and one walk.

Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 1-for-3, HR (3), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K.

A fourth-round pick last year out of Puerto Rico, Rosario has been on fire in his first week of official games, going deep in three straight to give him an early-season line of .371/.450/.743. A compactly built six-foot outfielder, Rosario generates big leverage from the left-side, has a good approach and solid wheels. While he's playing center now, he profiles more as a corner outfielder has he matures, but he's quickly proving that the bat will play.

Others Of Note:

  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, K. 3-for-13 in three games since moving up to High-A.
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. 23 strikeouts over 15.2 innings in last three starts with season ERA down to 3.55.
  • Kyle Blanks, 1B/OF, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 3-for-5, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI. Up to .397/.470/.822 in 19 games; there are many ways to read into the fact that the last four games he's played have been at first base.
  • Bobby Borchering, 3B/1B, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 2-for-4, HR (15), R, 2 RBI, K, CS. Six home runs in last ten games have lifted slugging 70 points; .275/.322/.492 season-line showcases approaches issues (19 BB, 93 K in 295 ABs).
  • Caleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Short-season Orem): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI. Now 18-for-33 in nine games and hitting over .500 against both lefties and righties.
  • Cito Culver, SS, Yankees (Short-season Staten Island): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, K. Best game as a pro; .234/.321/.277 in 11 games overall.
  • Chris Davis, OF/3B, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 3-for-5, 2 HR (19), 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K. 19 home runs in 131 at-bats to raise Triple-A line to a crazy ridiculous .374/.421/.878.
  • Ryan Flaherty, 1B/2B/3B/SS/OF, Cubs (Double-A Cubs): 3-for-4, HR (14), 2 R, 5 RBI. Has to be confused as to why he didn't get the call when LeMahieu did; .315/.389/.567 on the season with more positional flexibility.
  • Yasmani Grandal, C, Reds (Double-A Carolina): 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI. 8-for-22 (.364) with four doubles in six Double-A games.
  • Rosell Herrera, SS, Rockies (Short-season Casper): 3-for-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI. First home run in the United States for 18-year-old Dominican shortstop loaded with potential.
  • Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 2-for-4, 2 HR (11), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Now hitting .309/.404/.608 in 26 June games and well-deserving of a big league look.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB. Hitting .357 in June and .337/.368/.483 overall; with hitting skills, plus speed, gap power and center field skills, could he be in for a long look next spring?
  • Griffin Murphy, LHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level GCL): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K. 2010 second-rounder has 14 strikeouts over nine innings.
  • Rafael Ortega, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R. Ten hits in last four games to raise batting average 20 points to .289/.326/.398.
  • Miguel Sano, SS/3B, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI, K. Home runs in back-to-back games and .324/.351/.559 overall.
  • Kyle Seager, 3B/2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Hitting machine is now 14-for-27 in six games; with more time at third, is he in Seattle soon?
  • Drew Smyly, LHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Projects as back-end starter and has dominated in three of last four starts.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (Short-season Eugene): 2-for-2, 2B, R, RBI, 3 BB. Highest signed pick from this year's draft is 17-for-39 (.436) with 16 walks for a silly .603 on-base percentage.
  • Ronald Torreyes, 2B, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-for-5, R, K, CS. 7-for-13 in last three games and .414 in seven games total; there is no debate over hitting ability, but questions about secondary skills.
  • LeVon Washington, OF, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 2-for-4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. Has just not hit like expected, but three straight multi-hit games has him up to .230/.352/.327.

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toanstrom

With Hosmer and Moose in the bigs is there any combination with the offensive upside of Arcia and Sano?

Jun 29, 2011 09:56 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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That's getting a little too excited, a little too early for me, but both have excellent upside.

Jun 29, 2011 10:55 AM
 
bp

Any word on Biddle's fastball velocity? Curious if he's added any MPH.

Jun 29, 2011 09:59 AM
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timber

Curious about that too; I had heard a week or so ago that he was working high 80s. Certainly not what was expected.

Jun 29, 2011 10:03 AM
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ndcohn

Big league projection for Seager? 270/340/400?

Jun 29, 2011 10:01 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Higher average . . .

Jun 29, 2011 11:00 AM
 
aso5018

Is Marte just a guy who people will continue to doubt based on low walk totals? All the while he will just keep on hitting.

Jun 29, 2011 10:03 AM
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Jim Humdingding

Any insights on the relative defensive merits of McCutchen and Marte? Who is the CF if Marte makes the majors and sticks?

Jun 29, 2011 10:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I think you'd live Cutch in center, if only because he's the star.

Jun 29, 2011 11:00 AM
 
makewayhomer

Re: Blanks - is there a real chance he replaces Rizzo in SD?

Jun 29, 2011 10:12 AM
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lemppi

I hate being a "typo cop" and wouldn't comment if there were a whole bunch...you might want to clean up the blurb on Holmberg.

Jun 29, 2011 10:27 AM
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lemppi

And I have a typo! LOL... "weren't" in the comment above!

Jun 29, 2011 10:28 AM
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mrdannyg

I really like the phrase "I have a typo! LOL" Cracks me up. +1 for you.

Jun 29, 2011 11:16 AM
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jhardman

I guess Baltimore won't give anything up for Davis. He seems like such a great fit there.

Jun 29, 2011 10:30 AM
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Mike H

Nothing on Banuelos's nice start last night?

Jun 29, 2011 10:32 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

It was nice. I have 16 leagues to go through, and nice doesn't always make the list. Good to see him throwing more strikes.

Jun 29, 2011 11:01 AM
 
randolph3030

Thoughts on Donovan Tate?

Jun 29, 2011 10:33 AM
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Jim Humdingding

I'm not as high on him, or as him.

Jun 29, 2011 10:34 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

He did something very very stupid.

Jun 29, 2011 11:01 AM
 
brokeslowly

It may be a dumb question, but what's the difference between "short season" and "rookie" ball?

Jun 29, 2011 10:35 AM
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ttt

Short season started about a week ago and is low A, rookie is the level below. The NY Penn League is SSA

Jun 29, 2011 10:52 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Beyond just the names, the short-season leagues (NY-Penn and Northwest) tend to be older leagues, with mostly college-based draftees and guys in their second pro year. Nobody told the Rangers that, but that's how most of the league works.

Jun 29, 2011 11:03 AM
 
SimplyFalco

Hi Kevin,

In the event that Marte forces himself into the picture in Pittsburgh, does he or McCutchen move to a corner?

Jun 29, 2011 10:38 AM
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SimplyFalco

Apologies for the double post, but I accidentally flagged my post for moderation. Please disregard!

Jun 29, 2011 10:42 AM
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Playwright22

Ouch! Your beginning is unreadable.

While White Sox fans are already upset to see (A) former top prospect succeeding in Arizona, Holmberg, who was includ(ing)(ed) in the Edwin Jackson deal, has the potential to rub salt in the wound. Entering the year as a plus command-and-control lefty with mediocre stuff, Holmberg has learned how to use his 6-4, 220 frame to generate more pow(re)(er) to his arsenal, and what was once a 88-90 mph fastball is no(t)(w) 90-94(,) and when combined with a good breaking ball and outstanding location, his stock is (storing)(soaring). He's the hottest pitching (prospect) in the minors right now, firing 34 scoreless innings in his last five starts while allowing 10 hits and one walk.

Jun 29, 2011 10:55 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

Yeah, that's was bad, and I apologize. Goal is to get all of this info to you folks as quickly as possible, and with a podcast to get up and a article to write for us and ESPN, it's a bit of a day.

Jun 29, 2011 11:04 AM
 
dtothew

Attention typo/grammar geeks - who cares? Give me lots of baseball info and I'll sift through the spelling and conjugation problems.

Kevin - keep up the AWESOME work!!!

Jun 29, 2011 11:05 AM
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Scott44

Rosario or Arcia for you in terms of upside/ceiling?

Jun 29, 2011 11:13 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Arcia.

Jun 29, 2011 11:32 AM
 
Luke in MN

Care to reconsider? Rosario must of thought you were dissing him, cuz he just jacked 2 more tonight.

Jun 29, 2011 18:40 PM
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jpjazzman

Re: Blanks and "there are many ways to read into the fact that the last four games he's played have been at first base"... care to provide one or two?

Jun 29, 2011 11:16 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Two assumptions can be made from that.
1. He's coming up to play 1B soon, as Rizzo has not been good.
2. He's not working out in the OF, so he's stuck at 1B.

Jun 29, 2011 11:33 AM
 
tommybones

My take is that the Pads are going to send Rizzo back and bring up Blanks, both to cut down on Rizzo's service time (now that they can safely do so, without having to deal with fan backlash) while also showcasing Blanks for a possible deal. Who knows....

Jun 29, 2011 11:34 AM
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escapingNihilism

Nick Evans deserves some love from the blog. .489/.566/.733 over last 18 games.

Jun 29, 2011 11:16 AM
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ttt

Sadly enough I'm not sure he's a prospect anymore though he's somehow still only 25

Jun 29, 2011 11:21 AM
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escapingNihilism

of course he isn't, unless you want to consider him an NPB top prospect. non-prospects still get mentions here if they play at an inhuman level: see Wily Mo and Burroughs.

Jun 29, 2011 11:44 AM
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mschroeder14

Any chance SD is looking to trade Blanks because they aren't comfortable with him in LF? I assume most teams would prefer to play him at 1B?

Jun 29, 2011 12:09 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

A fine third assumption.

Jun 29, 2011 12:38 PM
 
Luke in MN

Sano had 4 errors to go with the 4 hits last night. Is there any concern he'll have a glove that only plays at DH, let alone SS?

Jun 29, 2011 18:41 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
BP staff

I think he's a RF in the end.

Jun 29, 2011 19:17 PM
 
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