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July 12, 2012

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Minor League Update: Games of July 11

by Kevin Goldstein

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Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 3-for-4, 2 HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K.

There have been a lot of young breakouts in the minors this year, and it's almost like Cowart has gotten lost in the shuffle. Promoted to High-A in June just weeks after his 20th birthday, Cowart is hitting .290/.432/.551in his first 20 California League games, and the scouting reports nearly match the numbers.
He has an good approach, and currently has more walks than strikeouts, and he's a big, athletic switch-hitter who projects as a solid third baseman as well. He's the best prospect in the Angels system, and won't be a relative unknown for long.

Others Of Note:

  • Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, SB. Hitting .312/.390/.448 overall, but all of the damage is against right-handed pitching, which is a concern.
  • Chelsor Cuthbert, 3B, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI. Some mild signs of life as he's hit .326 in nine July games; still just .236/.299/.320 overall.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Rookie-level AZL Rangers): 2-for-3, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBI, BB, K. Eight home runs and 20 walks in 17 games leads to .315/.500/.870 line.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Double-A Pensacola): 1-for-4, 3B, RBI, 2 K, SB. Double-A debut, so of course he steals a base on a pickoff attempt.
  • Matt Harvey, RHP, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Dominating performance in Triple-A All-Star game; The Mets say he's not coming, even with Dillon Gee's blood clot, but they shouldn't wait for long.
  • Austin Hedges, C, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 SB. His .261/.319/.445 batting line has exceeded expectations and his defense has been has good as advertised.
  • Mike McDade, 1B, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI. Best performance in Eastern League All-Star game; hitting .292/.369/.459 on the season and some believe in him as potential second-division starter.
  • Will Myers, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI. Your Star of Stars (that's what they call it) in the Triple-A All-Star game; really no need to still be in the minors.
  • James Ramsey, OF, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 K. 4-for-20 in first five games but 7-for-15 since; first-round pick has solid tools across the board.
  • Yadiel Rivera, SS, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 4-for-4, 2B, HR (10), RBI. Remains interesting because he can play the position, and he has raw power; .235/.269/.417 in 81 games.
  • Jordan Shipers, LHP, Mariners (Low-A Clinton): 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. Short lefty with good fastball, but not much in the way of secondary pitches.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB. Snaps out of 3-for-30 slump; .274/.379/.395 overall and many scouts just see a fourth outfielder projection.
  • Tyrone Taylor, OF, Brewers (Rookie-level Helena): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, CS. Second-round pick is big time athlete who has not looked nearly as raw expected.
  • Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs (Rookie-level AZL Cubs): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (4), R, 3 RBI, K, SB. Man, I'd love to see him steal a base; .348/.397/.682 in first 15 pro games.
  • Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (Rookie-level GCL Cardinals): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Pro debut for first-round pick.
  • Kennyn Walker, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 3-for-5, K. Top pick for club in 2011 has shown plus-plus speed, outstanding approach and tons of swing-and-miss; .279/.394/.371 overall.
  • Asher Wojciechowski, RHP, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Fastball specialist has a 1.94 ERA in last seven starts; could earn Double-A look, but some see a future reliever.

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Scott44

KG - Is Cowart getting close to being in the conversation with Castellanos and Arenado as best minor league third base prospect?

Jul 12, 2012 11:07 AM
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sitdancer

Interesting that Arenado did not even crack Keith Law's midseason top 50. I am curious as to how Kevin sees this, as I am sure he has a list for us coming in the not too distant future.

Jul 12, 2012 15:59 PM
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AJ

Have scouts been saying good things on Keenyn Walker, or is there still a lot of skepticism there? What about the ChiSox other 1st round toolsy OF, Jared Mitchell?

Jul 12, 2012 13:01 PM
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AJ

Sorry for the double post. My browser froze up.

Jul 12, 2012 13:03 PM
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AJ

Have scouts been saying good things on Keenyn Walker, or is there still a lot of skepticism there? What about the ChiSox other 1st round toolsy OF, Jared Mitchell?

Jul 12, 2012 13:02 PM
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amazin_mess

So glad the Mets passed on Gallo. (shaking head)

Jul 12, 2012 13:04 PM
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eliyahu

Just curious: Billy Hamilton has been caught stealing over 20 times this year, at A ball. How does a guy who can steal a base on a pickoff attempt, a guy whom all the scouts say has more speed than anyone, how does a guy like that get caught 20+ times with A ball pitchers and catchers?

Jul 12, 2012 13:49 PM
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yadenr

Because EVERYBODY knows he is going to be stealing nearly every time? And he still is safe 80% of the time. It would be like a pitcher telling you his pitch and still striking you out.

Jul 12, 2012 14:44 PM
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eliyahu

Come on. Everyone describes him as having the speed to be successful on pitchouts, pickoffs, etc. With all due respect, A ball pitchers and catchers -- while infinitely superior than 99.99 of us -- should not be able to catch someone like that 20+ times. Even when they know he's running. Just seems odd.

Jul 12, 2012 16:18 PM
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amazin_mess

split the sample in half and he has 51 steals and 10 caught stealings...it just looks high because of the sheer volume of stolen bases.

Jul 12, 2012 16:29 PM
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jonathanaustin

Is it really that much easier to steal in the minors? I would expect that pitchers time to home isn't something that is much different in A ball that the majors. Big league pitchers may throw a few MPH harder than minor leaguers, but that is a very minimal difference in time to the plate.

Same for catchers arms, the throw the second is pretty basic as is the mechanics of the release. I would think any difference is going to be minimal.

As a quick comp, look at Vince Coleman's numbers in A. He stole 145 bases and was caught 31 times, so in that respect Hamilton looks good.

Jul 13, 2012 10:30 AM
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BillJohnson

Ramsey was widely perceived as an overdraft, while Wacha was thought to have fallen a few slots below where his talent might have placed him. Interesting that with them now in the same organization, their levels are reversed, although my understanding is that Wacha is expected to move up to the FSL soon.

Jul 12, 2012 14:14 PM
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azynkewl

KG- (aside from Vogelbach stealing home) would you rather see him hit a triple or steal a base?

Jul 12, 2012 21:00 PM
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wilymo

vogelbach actually got in 6 AZL games last season. so these aren't technically his first 15 pro games. just sayin

Jul 12, 2012 22:06 PM
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onegameref

Vogelbach did get a SB the other day too. Could have the back end of a double but you never know. Maybe he is light on his feet despite the size.

Jul 12, 2012 22:23 PM
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MaineSkin

Texas farm is absolutely ridiculous and now with $ being spent by Tex, this could be a nice long run for the Rangers. Anyone have a word on Schoop? I'm trying to see if anyone thinks SD would send Headley to BMore for Schoop?

Jul 14, 2012 19:46 PM
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