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March 1, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of February 28

by Jason Martinez

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NL EAST

New York Mets

  • Travis d’Arnaud, C: 2-for-3. Four hits in nine at-bats for the top catching prospect in baseball, although Denard Span stole second and third against he and Brandon Lyon.
  • Rafael Montero, SP: 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K. The 10th best prospect in the organization, according to BP, Montero is in big league camp after posting a 2.36 ERA with 19 walks and 110 strikeouts between Hi-A and Lo-A last season.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Darin Ruf, OF: 2-for-3, 2B, E (2). Breaks an 0-for-10 start to the spring with a single and double in his last two at-bats on Thursday. Also made his second error as he continues to learn on the job with very little experience in the outfield.

Washington Nationals

  • Anthony Rendon, 3B: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI. An RBI double in his first at-bat extended his spring hit streak to four games.


NL CENTRAL

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Josh Prince, IF/OF: 1-for-3, HR (1), 2 RBI: Super-utility candidate homered off White Sox closer Addison Reed.
  • Johnny Hellweg, SP: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, K. Vying for a bullpen spot, Hellweg now has four scoreless innings this spring.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Jameson Taillon, SP: 2 IP, 0 ER, H, BB, 3 K. The 2nd best prospect in the Pirates’ organization and the 11th best in baseball, Taillon could be a factor in Pittsburgh as soon as 2014.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Oscar Taveras, OF: 1-for-4, HR (1), 4 RBI. Hit a first inning grand slam against Marlins starter Jacob Turner, who only recorded two outs in his first start of the spring.
  • Trevor Rosenthal, SP: 3 IP, ER, 2 H, BB, K. Although he may ultimately end up in an integral late-inning bullpen role, Rosenthal has a legitimate shot to win a rotation spot this spring.


NL WEST

  • Charles Brewer, SP: 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, BB, K. Only one unearned run allowed in five spring innings for the 24 year-old right-hander, who had a 5.99 ERA in 24 Triple-A starts in 2012.


AL EAST

Baltimore Orioles

  • Kevin Gausman, SP: 2 IP, ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K. A long shot for a rotation spot, but not many other candidates are blowing 96 MPH fastballs by hitters this spring.

Boston Red Sox

  • Brock Holt, 2B: 2-for-4, BB. Acquired in the deal that also brought Joel Hanrahan to Boston from the Pirates, Holt is now 5-for-13 in his quest to win a bench job.
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF: 3-for-5, 3 R, SB (1). It’s starting to look more and more like Bradley has a real shot to win a big league job platooning with Jonny Gomes in left field.

New York Yankees

  • Zoilo Almonte, OF: 2-for-3, RBI. Twenty-three year-old switch-hitter keeping himself on the radar for the starting left field job to start the year until Curtis Granderson returns.
  • Melky Mesa, OF: 2-for-3, HR (1), 3 RBI. Reminds everyone that he’s also in the mix for the temporary left field job with a three-run homer off Astros reliever Sam Demel.
  • Brett Marshall, SP: 3 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 3 K. Yankees are lacking in starting pitching depth so three shutout innings from Marshall is an encouraging sign.


AL CENTRAL

Cleveland Indians

  • Trevor Bauer, SP: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, K.  Four shutout innings with no walks and three strikeouts to start the spring.

Detroit Tigers

  • Dixon Machado, SS: 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI. The 21 year-old, an elite defender with a woeful career OPS of .570, is off to a 3-for-5 start with two doubles this spring.
  • Nick Castellanos, OF: 3-for-3, RBI. Hey, the scouts were right. This guy can flat out hit.


AL WEST

Houston Astros

  • Brad Peacock, SP: 2 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 0 K. Bounced back after a rough outing on Saturday (IP, 3 ER, 2 H, BB).

Seattle Mariners

  • Nick Franklin, 2B: 1-for-4, HR (1). Only 2-for-14 this spring but has a homer and double.

Texas Rangers

  • Jurickson Profar, SS: 1-for-2, 3B, RBI, BB. The top prospect in baseball is 2-for-11 but also has six walks (.471 OBP). 

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delatopia

I'd like to say this feature is saving me time by my not having to check spring boxscores, but I find myself doing that anyway. :(

Feb 28, 2013 22:42 PM
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boatman44

Knowing how aggressive Detroit are with their prospects,could you see Nick Castellanos on the opening day roster ? Or will it depend on the health of Andy Dicks no matter how good Castellanos looks ?

Mar 01, 2013 04:04 AM
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rrvwmr

Appreciate the update. Can anyone confirm if all three of Castellanos hits were 1st pitch fastballs?

Mar 01, 2013 10:31 AM
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rrvwmr

Gameday shows that all 6 of his hits this spring have been of the first pitch variety. I know that his homer the other day was a first pitch fastball, but I can't tell if they were all fastballs. In Spring Training, it is probably a decent assumption they were.

Mar 01, 2013 10:50 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Gameday doesn't track all pitches for ST games. Only pitches that resulted in balls in play, or the three strikes needed for a K or the four balls needed for a BB. I suppose HBPs as well.

Mar 01, 2013 12:42 PM
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doog7642

I appreciate that daily updates not only continue, but start early in Spring Training and are posted early in the day. Thanks, Jason and BP.

Mar 01, 2013 07:19 AM
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Ironhorse

Echoing -topia and Doog: What a great new feature! I have two rounds of minor league drafting coming up on March 9th. ShazZAM! Keep it up, Jason: love the skinnies.

Mar 01, 2013 08:19 AM
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