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March 8, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of March 7, 2013

by Jason Martinez

Notable prospect performances from March 7, 2013


Atlanta Braves

  • Julio Teheran, SP: 4 IP, ER, 3 H, BB, 5 K. Continues to surge back onto the prospect radar and close in on solidifying rotation spot to start 2013.

Miami Marlins

  • Jacob Realmuto, C: 1-for-2, HR (1). His homer against Mets reliever Greg Burke broke up a shutout with two outs in the 9th inning during a 4-1 loss.

New York Mets

  • Matthew den Dekker, CF: 2-for-3, HR (1). Making an impression defensively this spring, although the 25 year-old is just 5-for-19 with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Darin Ruf, DH: 2-for-4 2B, 3 RBI. Big day at the plate but his defensive struggles in the outfield early on pretty much rule him out for a starting job to begin the season.



Chicago Cubs

  • Christian Villanueva, 3B: 1-for-2, HR (2), 2 RBI, E. Good position to play in an organization without a good current option at third base but the 21 year-old is likely to start the season in Hi-A.
  • Javier Baez, SS: 2-for-2, 2B. Huge offensive potential for the 20 year-old, who could help form a talented left side of the Cubs infield with Starlin Castro as early as the second half of 2014.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Khris Davis, OF: 2-for-3, HR (3), RBI, BB. Another big day for the 25 year-old left fielder, who had a nearly identical line on Wednesday (minus the walk).
  • Michael Olmsted, RP: IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, Sv (2).  Already making a strong push to secure a spot in the major league bullpen to start the season. The 25 year-old has allowed a run and two hits over six innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts.

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Kolten Wong, 2B: 1-for-1, HR (1), 2 RBI. Only 3-for-15 coming in to Thursday's game but his pinch-hit homer should remind us that he probably shouldn’t be overlooked for the starting second base job.
  • Seth Maness, SP: 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, K. Just because it’s fun to do, I’ll figure out Maness’ ERA and tally up his walks and strikeouts since the 2012 season. OK, so that’s a 2.90 ERA with 10 walks and 116 strikeouts between Hi-A, Double-A, and his first two games of the spring. Not a big-time prospect, but appears to know what he’s doing out there.



Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Yasiel Puig, OF: 2-for-3. Not showing much patience at the plate (0 BB, 7 K) but the 22 year-old is 11-for-26 this spring with three doubles and a homer.



Boston Red Sox

  • Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF: 2-for-2, RBI. Manager John Farrell has acknowledged that Bradley is very likely to start the season in the minors but Bradley is doing his best to change his mind. The 22 year-old is now 10-for-20 with three walks and four strikeouts.
  • Allen Webster, SP: 3 IP, ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 K. His stock is rising quickly with three impressive outings this spring. The Sox saved a ton of money in the blockbuster trade with the Dodgers but they also received two very good young pitchers in Webster and Rubby De La Rosa.

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Chris Archer, SP: 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K.  Alex Cobb and Jeff Niemann, the leading candidates for the last two rotation spots, are both pitching well but Archer is making a case with one-hit ball over seven shutout innings to start the spring. The 24 year-old was ranked the 29th best prospect in baseball in the recently-released Top 101 at Baseball Prospectus.  



Chicago White Sox

  • Jared Mitchell, OF: 2-for-3. Seven hits in 16 at-bats with a double, triple, homer, and more importantly, only four strikeouts thus far for the athletically-gifted 24 year-old.

Cleveland Indians

  • Francisco Lindor, SS: 1-for-2, SB (1), E. The 19 year-old “Shortstop of the Future” for the Indians has three hits and a walk in his last two games.

Detroit Tigers

  • Jeff Kobernus, 2B: 2-for-4. Rule 5 pick trying to make the team as a utilityman is 9-for-31 with a pair of triples this spring.
  • Nick Castellanos, OF: 1-for-1, 2B, 2 RBI. Hitless in his last seven at-bats after starting the spring on a tear (6-for-9, HR, 3 BB), the 21 year-old hit a two-run double off Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro in his lone at-bat on Thursday.
  • Tyler Collins, OF: 2-for-2, RBI. Slowed down after a 6-for-11 start to the spring but he now has three consecutive hits to raise his spring average to .409. The 22 year-old will likely start the year with Double-A Erie.

Minnesota Twins

  • Aaron Hicks, OF: 4-for-5, 3 HR (4), 6 RBI, SB (1). The talk of Spring Training, he’s still far from a lock to make the jump from Double-A to starting center fielder in Minnesota. I’m guessing it’s more likely than it was a week ago, though.
  • Ryan Pressly, RP: 1.2 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 0 K. Hasn’t recorded a strikeout but this Rule 5 pick is making a strong case for a bullpen spot with three-hit ball over seven shutout innings in his first five spring appearances.



Houston Astros

  • Paul Clemens, RP: IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 3 K, Sv (1). Disappointing 2012 season for Clemens (6.73 ERA in 20 Triple-A starts) but striking out the side (prospects Matt Skole, Anthony Rendon, and Sandy Leon) to close out the win on Thursday could get him consideration for a bullpen spot in 2013.

Oakland Athletics

  • Hiroyuki Nakajima, SS: 2-for-3, RBI, SB (2). Technically a rookie so just checking in on the 30 year-old, who is 6-for-20 with a walk and nine strikeouts this spring.

Seattle Mariners

  • Stefen Romero, 2B: 4-for-5, 2 HR (2), 2B, 7 RBI. Former 12th Round draft pick continues to make a strong impression as he looks to build on a breakout 2012 season in which he combined to post a .991 OPS between Hi-A and Double-A.
  • Brandon Maurer, SP: 3 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K. I’m sure you’ve heard of the big three starting pitching prospects -- Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker -- in the M’s farm system, right? Well, Maurer isn’t very far behind, at least not from Paxton, and might even beat the others to the majors. 

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Said it in response to yesterday's post, but I'll say it again just to make sure you see it, Jason, this is THE March feature I've been waiting for. And you really do it well. Crisp, definitive opinions, quick to take on the "how close is he" or "what's in his way" questions good performances inevitably spark. THe most useful three minutes of my daily baseball meanderings.

Mar 08, 2013 00:16 AM
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I can remember Kevin Goldstein saying at one point last year that Corbin could end up beating all three of Bauer, Skaggs, and Bradley to the big leagues in Arizona. Are we seeing a similar thing with Maurer? Is it a matter of efficiency and feel right now?

Mar 08, 2013 09:14 AM
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