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May 8, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of May 7

by Kevin Goldstein

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Wil Myers, OF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 2-for-5, HR (10), R, RBI. 2 K.

Myers made yesterday's Ten Pack, but look it's another home run. That's three in three days and four in five and now he's hitting a whopping .339/.390/.705 in 28 games. This note isn't necessarily about Myers, it's about call-ups. Myers' hot start has led to plenty of questions on Twitter about the possibility of seeing him in Kansas City this year. On first glance, it makes sense. Hot hitter, upper levels, bad team, worth a look, and all that stuff. But before you start thinking about a call-up, always refer to a team's 40 man roster, as often that's the deciding factor. It's hardly universal, but 40-man moves require far more machinations than call-up from players on the 40-man. Just something to keep in mind when you are wondering if/when a player is hitting the big leagues. Always check the 40-man roster first for additional guidance.

Others Of Note:

  • Dylan Bundy, RHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva):
    3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 8 K. If you are keeping score at home, the season tally is now 20 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 33 K.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2-for-3, 3B, R, RBI, BB. 17-for-35 during nine-game hitting streak and up to .421/.469/.596 in 29 games.
  • Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K. Among the best pure hitters in the system and showing why of late; hitting .339 in last 15 games and .290/.350/.402 overall.
  • Michael Choice, OF, Athletics (Double-A Midland): 3-for-4, 2 R. He's been hitting of late but the power outage is a bit of a mystery; .267/.356/.336 in 30 games.
  • Caleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 2-for-3, HR (5), R, RBI, CS. Four home runs in last seven games but swinging at everything; .263/.300/.456 in 29 games.
  • Corey Dickerson, OF, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 4-for-5, 3B, R, 4 RBI, CS. Was expected to put up huge power numbers in the Cal League, but is instead just flat-out raking; .362/.415/.606 in 32 games.
  • Nick Franklin, SS, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K. Healthy and hitting again; 6-for-12 in last three games and .314/.371/.467 overall.
  • Evan Gattis, OF/C, Braves (Double-A Mississippi) 1-for-3, HR (4), R, RBI, 2 BB. Four home runs and 23 total bases in his first seven Southern League games; the clock is ticking and another move up could be in short order.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-5, HR (2), R, 3 RBI. Modest eight-game hitting streak (11-for-33) and home runs in back-to-back games have numbers up to still ugly .238/.329/.338.
  • Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 10 K. Seems to get better every time out; 1.96 ERA in five games with 23 Ks in 23 IP.
  • Jake Lemmerman, SS, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-for-2, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Proving to be more than a California League fluke and starting to profile as an offensive second baseman; 9-for-15 with three home runs and five walks in last six games to lift averages to .333/.418/.551.
  • Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Most encouraging aspect is number of strikes he's been throwing; 2.17 ERA in six games with 30 Ks, 9 BB in 29 IP.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K. Encouraging . . .
  • Telvin Nash, 1B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, K. Tons of power but tons of strikeouts with 42 in 101 at-bats; .238/.322/.574 in 26 games.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 1-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI, 2 K. Four home runs in last six games, but that's the only positive on his season;. .231/.272/.436 in 30 games overall.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Triple-A Round Rock): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Oh, who knows anymore? Let me know when he reels off three of these in a row.
  • Donn Roach, RHP, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Padres system debut; groundball machine with outstanding low 90s sinker.
  • Josh Sale, OF, Rays (Low-A Bowling Green): 2-for-3, 2B, R, K, SB. 2010 first-round pick was drafted for bat, but has yet to hit; 3-for-7 in three games since joining team.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K. Eight-game hitting streak has averages up to .354/.407/.465 in 25 games; he's ready for Tampa.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (Low-A Beloit): 2-for-4, HR (9), 2 R, RBI, K. Leads the Midwest League in both on-base percentage and slugging as an 18-year-old (he turns 19 in three days); .306/.426/.658 in 31 games.
  • Moises Sierra, OF, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 3-for-4, HR (6), R, RBI, SB. Sturdy outfielder with real plus power; .302/.382/.509 in 30 games.
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. 43 strikeouts against just seven walks in 32.1 innings; dominating Double-A and still two months short of his 21st birthday.
  • Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, 3 RBI. Bat coming alive after slow start; 17-for-41 (.414) in last ten games and up to .273/.315/.364 overall.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI. 7-for-13 in last three games; .256/.353/.355 in 30 games overall.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (3), R, RBI, 2 K. 7-for-11 in last three games; .313/.402/.538 in 22 on the season.

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timber

Aaaaand....just about the time you posted this Myers homered again. That's 11 now, four games in a row, and five in the last six.

May 08, 2012 11:16 AM
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crile2

Isnt Garin cecchini is in the red sox system not the mets'?

May 08, 2012 11:18 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Like it never happened . . .

May 08, 2012 11:20 AM
 
AJ

Is there a reason Bundy was pulled after 3 IP? Thought the goal was 4 IP yesterday and then 5 IP next time out; pitch count wasn't a factor was it (61 pitches thrown, 40 for strikes)?

May 08, 2012 11:24 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's on a pitch count, not an inning count.

May 08, 2012 11:39 AM
 
gilgamesh

What's the count? 27?

May 08, 2012 12:13 PM
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Cloochmere

What number would scouts put on Gattis' power? The Braves must think they've got something here since they didn't move him to 1B where he would have been blocked.

May 08, 2012 11:25 AM
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jahoffmn

Kevin, does Lemmerman have the tools to stick at short, or is a move to 2B a solid bet?


May 08, 2012 11:27 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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He's one of those guys who makes the plays he gets to, but at short, you wonder if he's going to get to enough of them.

May 08, 2012 11:40 AM
 
Peter7899

Heckuva line put up by Eric Jokisch for Daytona last night. 7 IP, 4H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K. You talk to anybody who happened to see it?

May 08, 2012 11:31 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Great game by fringy prospect. Lefty with strikes and a changeup.

May 08, 2012 11:42 AM
 
CRP13

That may be the worst last name in baseball right now.

May 08, 2012 11:43 AM
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philtheez

Is there a site that tracks minor leaguers pitches thrown/game? Martinez putting up good numbers but the 2 games I saw were horribly inefficient. Down here he is out talenting the hitters. If that is even a word. While his numbers may speak differently, my amateur eye thinks he is nowhere near ready for the upper minors.

May 08, 2012 11:40 AM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Some leagues track them, and some don't. All Double and Triple-A do.

May 08, 2012 11:42 AM
 
Mooser

Kevin, does Myers have to do a stint in Triple A before a call up anyway? Or is Double A Arkansas a more challenging hitting environment. Not familiar with KC's affiliates.

May 08, 2012 12:02 PM
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timber

The Royals AAA affiliate is in the Pacific Coast League, which is a mighty fun place to hit.

I think that Kevin makes an excellent point when he brings up the 40-man roster in regards to Myers. He's not on it, and as a 2009 draftee from high school, he doesn't have to go on it until after 2013. I doubt the Royals are going to hurry to add him to it, and I think that might even go for all of 2012. It's not like, say, Bryce Harper, who was already on the Nats 40-man when they recalled him.

May 08, 2012 12:28 PM
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falklands1

If they were to call up Myers, could they add him to the 40-man roster simultaneously, or would there be a lag between adding him to it and calling him up? Pardon my ignorance.

May 09, 2012 06:25 AM
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SaberTJ

This can be done instantaneously.

May 09, 2012 07:09 AM
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Shaun P.
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Bundy is something else. That line last night, for those who don't know, was against the Charleston Yankees' prospected-loaded lineup (one of Sanchez's 3 hits was the only hit off Bundy, a double.) Of course, not all of those guys are crushing the ball, but still - wow.

The unearned run was a fluky play, too. Bundy threw a wild pitch on a third strike to Williams, so Williams was on first. Then the catcher threw the ball past Bundy into center field, and Williams went to third. The centerfielder overthrew the 3rd baseman, and Williams scored.

May 08, 2012 12:11 PM
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ryankelly12

Hey Kevin,

Anything on Brett Keys or Austin Barnes? Both have been ripping it up in Greensboro this year. Not much power for either, but great approaches and a lot of balls in play.

May 08, 2012 12:44 PM
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comeonletsgo

I'd love to read a "What Scouts Are Saying" paragraph on Miguel Sano.

May 08, 2012 13:44 PM
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richardkr34

Ditto

May 08, 2012 21:06 PM
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Drakos

Does Roach look like he has enough pitches to make it as a starter or is he more likely to end up in the pen?

May 08, 2012 13:54 PM
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rudyrosen

Myers has been playing a whole lot of CF this season and was even listed in the Kansas City Star today as a center fielder.
How has he looked in center? Does he actually have a chance to stick in center in the big leagues? What's the story behind this move?

May 08, 2012 14:48 PM
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Dawsonb

thanks kevin, just a quick question for anyone equipped to answer it; who would you rather have five years down the line, Thames, or Sierra?

May 08, 2012 14:52 PM
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BP staff member Kevin Goldstein
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Slight edge to Thames, as he's done it in the big leagues.

May 08, 2012 18:03 PM
 
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