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September 5, 2012

Minor League Update

Games of September 4

by Bradley Ankrom

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We had a lighter slate of games last night as postseason play began in many of the minor leagues.

Around The Majors

  • Adam Eaton, CF, Diamondbacks: 2-for-6, R, 2B, K. Major league debut for Adam “not the pitcher” Eaton, who hit .375/.456/.523 in 613 Double-A and Triple-A PA this year.
  • Eduardo Escobar, SS, Twins: 2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB. Versatile glove-first Venezuelan came to the Twins in the Francisco Liriano deal.
  • Yasmani Grandal, C, Padres: 2-for-5, HR (7), R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Has a hit in eight of his last nine games after an 0-for-12 (with seven walks) stretch.
  • Matt Harvey, RHP, Mets: L (3-4), 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR. Only his second major-league start in which he has given up more than a hit per inning; fails to record more than 15 outs for only the second time this season.
  • Adeiny Hechavarria, SS/3B, Blue Jays: 1-fo-3, K. Extends hitting streak to four games; has collected exactly one hit in each of those four games.
  • Jose Iglesias, SS, Red Sox: 1-for-3, 2B. Finally earned his first hit of the season, a two-out double in the top of the fifth inning.
  • Brett Jackson, CF, Cubs: 0-for-2, K. Hitless in September with seven strikeouts in four games.
  • Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox: 1-for-4, HR (1). Had two home runs in 39 major-league AB in 2011; took 71 AB before he hit his first one this year.
  • Manny Machado, SS/3B, Orioles: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI. Four of his last five games have been multi-hit affairs; raised his batting average 14 points to .266 last night (hooray for small samples).
  • Jordan Pacheco, 3B/1B, Rockies: 2-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI. Has quietly put together a solid rookie season (.313/.344/.428) while bouncing between third and first base for Colorado.
  • Jarrod Parker, RHP, Athletics: L (9-8), 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 5 K, 0 HR. One of his strongest starts of the second half, left the game trailing 2-1.
  • Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Rockies: ND, 3.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K. Nice bounce-back from four-inning, six-run outing on August 29.

Around The Minors

  • Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (Short-Season A Boise): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI. Sixth-overall pick of last June’s draft; second triple of the year.
  • Gregory Bird, 1B, Yankees (Short-Season A Staten Island): 2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB. Six-for-eight over his last two games; tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning.
  • Tyler Collins, RF, Tigers (Advanced Class-A Lakeland): 2-for-3, HR (8). Collins’ solo homer in the bottom of the first inning proved to be the only run in Lakeland’s 1-0 win over Dunedin.
  • Phillip Evans, SS, Mets (Short-Season A Brooklyn): 2-for-4, RBI. Drove in the Cyclones’ only run in 9-1 loss to Lowell; interesting bat-first middle infielder who will likely have to slide across the bag to second base.
  • Jose Fernandez, RHP, Marlins (Advanced Class-A Jupiter): ND, 5.0 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, K, 0 HR. Marlins’ top pick in 2011 may have had the quietest 14-1, 1.75 ERA regular season in baseball history. Future number-two starter who  could arrive in Miami next year.
  • Deven Marrero, SS, Red Sox (Short-Season A Lowell): 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI. Fourteenth double of the season for Red Sox first-rounder.
  • Raul Mondesi Jr., CF, Brewers (Short-Season Helena): 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K. Nice excuse to remind you that this exists.
  • Tony Renda, 2B, Nationals (Short-Season A Auburn): 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K. Second-round pick out of California has shown plenty of patience (31 walks in 71 games) but little pop (.295 SLG).
  • Joe Sclafani, SS, Astros (Short-Season A Tri-Cities): 5-for-5, 2 2B. Astros’ 14th-round pick out of Dartmouth.
  • Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (Short-Season A Hudson Valley): 2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI, K. Back-to-back two-hit games in which he hit a triple; Rays 2012 first-round pick hitting .298/.400/.474 overall.
  • Christian Yelich, CF, Marlins (Advanced Class-A Jupiter): 3-for-5, 2 R. Collected three of Jupiter’s seven hits in the Hammerheads’ game one playoff loss to St. Lucie. 

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darts1

Excellent job! I'm glad you separated the major league players from the minor league players.

Sep 05, 2012 05:19 AM
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harderj

Echo this, and count me as one who really likes the inclusion of those majors guys.

Sep 05, 2012 05:23 AM
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Mike Schieve

What they said.

Sep 05, 2012 06:19 AM
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apaterson

Love this format, great work B.A.

Sep 05, 2012 12:31 PM
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Andrew G.

Also really like the inclusion of the major league guys!

Sep 05, 2012 05:52 AM
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doog7642

Beautifully done, and bright and early, too. Nice job to Bradley and to BP for finding the right guy for the job.

Sep 05, 2012 06:42 AM
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canada

Great work. But one question: What's your opinion on people sending you comps on twitter??

Sep 05, 2012 07:11 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

I like and welcome physical comps... statistical comps are a little sketchy.

Sep 05, 2012 07:50 AM
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robbtodd

I really like the way you break them into majors and minors. But even more than that, I love that you have this in so early.

One quibble: I would appreciate more slash lines in each update, like you did with Shaffer - either for the season, the level or some other time frame you think is important.

Great work!

Sep 05, 2012 07:42 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

Thanks for the tip, I'll try to include more of that in future updates.

Sep 05, 2012 07:48 AM
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delatopia

The effort to keep these going is appreciated. Thanks.

One thing I noticed, and it is not meant as a slight or a criticism as much as something I'm missing from Kevin's articles, is that he threw quite a few scouting notes into these pieces, things like noting that Tyler Cloyd in one of his early season outings was a bit short on stuff, and noting a few months later that he had excellent pitchability.

I don't necessarily expect everyone at BP to have those kinds of contacts. Everyone will do these things differently and Bradley may grow into the role, someone else may pick them up, or something else may happen. I may be missing or underrating the scouting notes that are here. But I thought it was worth mentioning from a personal standpoint.

Sep 05, 2012 08:22 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

I appreciate the feedback. There will certainly be scouting bits in these notes, but I'll probably do more with trends/stats than Kevin did. Not to say that those notes will come at the expense of scouting notes, however; expect to see a healthy blend of both.

Sep 05, 2012 08:26 AM
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bixology

Great work. Only comment is that I would love to see more "triple slash" lines worked in for the minor leaguers... It's a useful quick and dirty way to for me to have a larger snapshot of some of these players beyond just noteworthy day, streak etc.

Thanks!

Sep 05, 2012 08:41 AM
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R.A.Wagman

TAv might be a decent alternative shorthand as well.

Sep 05, 2012 12:20 PM
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Deech

You should write a line about their future projection like kevin did, not just "so and so hit a triple". Maybe "so and so hit a triple, he has enough glove to stay at short but scouts doubt he has enough pop to stay at the position despite elite bat speed" etc just something like that, good work!

Sep 05, 2012 11:58 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

Scouting notes will be interspersed regularly, just as Kevin did them.

Sep 05, 2012 12:39 PM
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