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April 19, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of August 18

by Kevin Goldstein

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D.J. Mitchell, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Empire State): 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Mitchell is not the best prospect on the Yankees Triple-A staff, but don't be surprised if he's the first to the majors. Scouts think he could be effective as either a back-end starter or middle reliever, as while he's on the small side, he's ultra-athletic and features a fastball that has slightly above-average velocity and plenty of movement. He's not going to be a star, but he should have big league value, even on a championship-level roster.


Others Of Note:

  • Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 5 K. Anticipated breakout player from last year still hasn't found velocity from high school days but is becoming much better pitcher; has allowed just one earned run in first three starts.
  • Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. 2011 first-round pick simply doesn't belong at this level; 0.00 ERA in 16 innings with 25 strikeouts.
  • Jackie Bradley, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, SB. Looking very much like the on-base machine the Red Sox hoped for when drafting him last June; 11 walks in 11 games and .316/.453/.368 overall.
  • Andrew Chafin, LHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K. Supplemental first-rounder from last June has whiffed nine in each of his three starts which total just 15.1 innings.
  • Glynn Davis, OF, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3-for-5, R, RBI, K. Orioles might be on to something with 20-year-old raw burner; six-game hitting streak (11-for-25) lifts averages to .362/.429/.362.
  • Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI. Trying to prove last year's showing was more than just a product of Asheville; .415/.411/.642 in 13 games and that OBP is not a typo.
  • Evan Gattis, C, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 2-for-5, HR (4), 2 R, 3 RBI, K. Up to .429/.509/.810 in 12 games; don't be surprised if he's in Double-A soon and no longer catching.
  • Scooter Gennett, 2B, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; 1-for-3, 2B, K, SB. 18-for-42 (.429) during 10-game hitting streak and up to .350/.371/.517 overall; more and more scouts see him as a future every day second baseman.
  • Didi Gregorius, SS, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 4-for-5, 3 R. Plus defender is 16-for-30 during seven game hitting streak; hitting .368, but also slugging .368 with 21 hits, all singles.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Sudden extra-base ability is limiting his opportunity to steal bases; fourth straight multi-hit game and .388/.474/.673.
  • Miles Head, 1B/3B, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 1-for-3, HR (4), 2 R, RBI, BB, K. Acquired from Boston in Bailey deal; 13-game hitting streak to open year and .404/.446/.788 overall.
  • Tim Hudson, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 4 K. Successful rehab outing; 76 pitches, 48 strikes.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 3-for-6, RBI. Batting average up 73 points in three days; .267/.400/.422 overall.
  • Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 3-for-5, 2 R, CS. Assignment doesn't seem so aggressive now that he's raised his batting average nearly 100 points in five days; .267/.365/.422 in 12 games overall.
  • Brandon Loy, 2B, Tigers (Low-A West Michigan): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Fifth-round pick is plus defender that Tigers hope will hit; .327/.315/.442 in 13 games with zero walks in 52 at-bats.
  • Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 6.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K. Has calmed down after giving up five home runs in first starts of the season; could be on pace for late-season look.
  • Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 3-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, BB. Three home runs in last five games and .365/.389/.654 overall; Future in Boston or elsewhere?
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 9 K. Coming back from rough spring and rough start to the season that included slight velocity dip.
  • Julio Morban, OF. Mariners (High-A High Desert); 4-for-5, 2B, HR (3), R, 2 RBI. Mariners have always believed in the bat and Cal League is helping it show up; .400/.449/.711 in 12 games.
  • Andrew Oliver, LHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 BB, 2 K. Ugly since not winning the No. 5 starter job: 16 walks in 14.1 innings and 6.28 ERA.
  • Brad Peacock, RHP, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K. 1.42 ERA in three starts; 19 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 17 K.
  • Yadiel Rivera, SS, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 2-for-5, 3B, R, RBI, K. Defensive wizard finally showing signs of life with the bat; .308/.341/.487 in 11 games.
  • Luigi Rodriguez, OF, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-for-4, 2B, R, BB. 19-year-old Dominican speedster doing much better in second shot at Midwest League pitching; .367/.429/.531 in 12 games.
  • Daniel Rosenbaum, LHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 9 K. Doesn't have much stuff, but all he does is throw strikes and get people out. 1.25 ERA and zero walks in first 21.2 innings.
  • Edward Salcedo, 3B, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, K. The tools are there for a breakout season; 8-for-18 in last four games and .348/.388/.565 overall.
  • Forrest Snow, RHP, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. First good start for last year's AFL breakout pitcher; has been plagued by control issues this year.
  • Neftali Soto, 1B, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (2), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. Not exactly building on huge second half last year, but home runs in back-to-back games life his averages to .234/.321/.426.
  • Zack Wheeler, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. 21 strikeouts in first 15 Double-A innings; scouts say both fastball and breaking ball are missing bats.

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dwalters

Thanks for the update, Kevin! Do you think there's any chance Miles Head will work out at 3B, or is that more just wishful thinking on the A's part?

Apr 19, 2012 10:23 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I think that's very wishful thinking. Very thick, very slow.

Apr 19, 2012 14:30 PM
 
acmcdowell

What's Jackie Bradley's ceiling? Do you think he can stick in CF, and what sort of power growth (if any) do you expect?

Apr 19, 2012 10:29 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He definitely can stay in center, and he's plus there. I don't expect much power at all, and he's not a speed guy, so he has to keep getting on base, as that's where his value will come from.

Apr 19, 2012 14:31 PM
 
Bradley Ankrom

Kevin doesn't want you to know this, but Matt Dominguez hit his third home run of the season last night (after going 3-for-4 with three doubles on Monday). BUY NOW.

Apr 19, 2012 10:33 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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For information on the Matt Dominguez fan club, contact our good friend Bradley, one of our finer additions this year.

Apr 19, 2012 14:32 PM
 
Brian Kopec

Wait...Billy Hamilton is slugging .673? I think this is my favorite small sample size fluke of the season so far.

Apr 19, 2012 10:36 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It's fluky as all get out. But nine of his 19 hits going for extra bases is encouraging in that he's not getting the bat knocked out of his hands.

Apr 19, 2012 14:33 PM
 
Brian Kopec

I'm imagining a bunch of seeing eye singles followed by Hamilton pulling the Little League move "run until they tag you out".

Apr 19, 2012 19:30 PM
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Ian Miller

"Sudden extra-base ability is limiting his opportunity to steal bases..."

Ha!

Apr 20, 2012 10:29 AM
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doog7642

Hope you're willing to take a question with fantasy implications -- what's the difference in offensive upside between Brandon Belt and Matt Adams?

Apr 19, 2012 10:55 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Way more power from Adams, but significantly less OBP.

Apr 19, 2012 14:33 PM
 
doog7642

Thanks, Kevin.

Apr 19, 2012 14:52 PM
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Clooch14

Corey Dickerson: I know there are a lot of ways (age, league, etc.) to explain away or justify his production. I know there is a long list of similar Rockies prospects that have flamed out in the upper minors. Is there any reason to think Dickerson will be any different?

Apr 19, 2012 11:17 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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I'm not convinced that he'll be any different yet, no.

Apr 19, 2012 14:33 PM
 
Dan W.

Any way of knowing whether Hamilton's "doubles" are a result of added power or of him using his speed to turn tweeners into XBHs? I'd imagine major-league level defenders would cut down on some of those, whereas actual power would be harder to defend.

Apr 19, 2012 11:20 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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It's both, but he's definitely hitting balls harder.

Apr 19, 2012 14:34 PM
 
Andrew G.

Thanks for the update! Have you heard any reports on Rafael Montero? He's had a great start so far in Savannah. Thanks!

Apr 19, 2012 15:21 PM
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wilymo

evan gattis. the tom wilhelmsen of bat-first catchers

Apr 19, 2012 16:10 PM
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