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April 12, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Thursday, April 11

by Zach Mortimer

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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 6.0, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K; 96-99 (T100); Gausman’s fastball has crazy life, and he’s willing to pound the pitch in on hitters’ hands. His 83-87 mph slider has sharp break and depth, giving it plus potential. Gausman’s changeup, which comes in at 82-85 mph, has fade, and he is able to throw it to both sides of the plate. This is a very impressive arm.

Position Prospect of the Day: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; Franco uses his extremely fast hands to make loud contact and has easy plus power potential; 8-for-30 with two home runs and 10 RBI.

Other notable prospect performances from April 11:

 “The Good”

  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (Triple-A Twins): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, K; Arcia brings a plus hit tool with plus power potential in a package that is close to major-league ready; 11-for-24 with two doubles and three home runs.
  • Ji-Man Choi, 1B, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 4-5, 3 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, K; Choi brings a solid-average hit tool, but he has little over-the-fence power, making him more of a gap-power hitter with below-average speed.
  • Alex Colome, RHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; Colome features a plus-plus fastball and plus curveball, which he combines with a short breaking slider that creates a lot of weak contact. Colome is currently still working as a starter, but his long-term role with the Rays is likely to be in the bullpen.
  • Jarek Cunningham, 2B, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Cunningham is one of the few middle infield prospects that offers plus power; 8-for-27 with two doubles and two home runs.
  • Slade Heathcott, CF, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; Heathcott employs an unorthodox hitting stroke, but is a legitimate 70-grade runner with elite #want and will stretch any hit he can.
  • Luke Jackson, RHP, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; Jackson offers a fastball that can touch the upper 90s and a curveball that has easy plus potential. He will need to smooth out his mechanics and work on the consistency of his changeup.
  • Dane Phillips, C, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-3, 2B, 2 R, K; Phillips offers a solid stroke with plus power potential, but struggles defensively and must smooth things out in order to move up the chain.
  • Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-3, HR, R, RBI, BB; Rendon has always had a short stroke with power, but he has not stayed healthy enough to use all of his tools. Rendon has the ability to get to the big leagues in 2013 if he can stay on the field and continue to gain upper-minors experience.
  • Joseph Ross, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; Ross offers an easy plus fastball, a slider that can miss bats, and a changeup that is improving with polish.
  • Trayce Thompson, RF, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, K; Thompson is a premium athlete and continues to make adjustments as he grows accustomed to the Double-A circuit.
  • Austin Wates, LF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-4, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; Wates is an easy plus hitter, but some scouts question the other tools that he is able to bring to the table.
  • Matt Wisler, RHP, Padres (Hi-A Lake Elsinore): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; Wisler has a three-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/changeup). The fastball is plus and has plenty of velocity and sink, the curveball could be a 6, and the changeup is improving.
  • Brandon Workman, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; Workman grinds out innings on the mound with his plus fastball, potential plus slider, and workable curveball and changeup.

“The Bad”

  • Gary Brown, CF, Giants (Triple-A Fresno): 0-4, 3 K; I have never been high on this former first-round pick, because of his inconsistent hitting as a professional.
  • Cody Buckel, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 1.2, 0 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 3 K; Buckel had some #sparkle coming into the 2013 season, but it has not been at all fun thus far; 4.1 IP, 9 ER, and 11 BB.
  • Kaleb Cowart, 3B, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 0-4, BB, 3 K; The big-power Angels prospect still has plenty of swing-and-miss in his game.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-4, 3 K; Will he be Adam Dunn or something more?
  • Garrett Gould, RHP, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 2.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Gould is stuck in the California League where any given pitcher can have a night like this.
  • Angelo Gumbs, 2B, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 0-5, 2 K; The bat speed and pregame ability have always been there, but it is time for Gumbs to transfer the ability to game action.
  • Courtney Hawkins, CF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 0-4, 4 K; It has been feast or famine for Hawkins thus far in the Carolina League.
  • George Springer, CF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 0-5, 4 K; The toolsy outfielder will need to figure out how to make more contact in order to have a successful major-league career.
  • Domingo Tapia, RHP, Mets (Hi-A St. Lucie): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, K; Tapia has plenty of stuff, but he will need to harness and command it to have success at the highest level.

 “The Angry”

Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): Soler was ejected from the game on Wednesday evening for taking a bat near the other team’s dugout during an altercation. Soler did not swing or hit anyone with the bat. Daytona’s manager said that it was just an accident caused by a lapse in judgment.

 

Zach Mortimer is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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Craig Goldstein

Just a heads up that it says "Yankees" next to Luke Jackson, and one reference to Gausman reads "Grasuman" in the top paragraph.

Love the stuff Zach, I read this every day. It's invaluable.

Apr 12, 2013 07:00 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Fixed — thanks!

Apr 12, 2013 07:35 AM
 
BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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My fault, I was so juiced up from the Gausman start my typing ability suffered.

Apr 12, 2013 07:28 AM
 
ttt

Love the "The Angry" section.

Apr 12, 2013 07:57 AM
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Dave Holgado

Jorge Soler told Cubs management that the players on the opposing team had insulted his family in some way. Not sure if he was referring to the magic word about one's mother, or something more specific. But in any case, it sounds like they said more than Zack Greinke did (i.e., "stop").

The regrettable "latin temper" comments that have been made in various circles aside (and I'm not sure that labeling him "The Angry" is helping that, funny though it was), I think it's worth remembering that this is a player who signed a $30 million dollar contract and yet is playing in A-ball amongst folks who will never sniff even 1/30 of that. So the standard bonus baby resentment and treatment appears to be happening. Of course he needs to handle that better. And reminding himself of his account balance might help him do that. But not everyone is equally skilled at turning the other cheek. And we shouldn't necessarily take from this incident that Soler is going to be a provocateur at the major league level (like Carlos Quentin apparently is).

Yes, I'm still seething about the Greinke thing. CQ just single-handedly destroyed both of my NL-only fantasy teams.

Apr 12, 2013 09:42 AM
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Dave Holgado

And to be clear, there is a certain degree of specificity to the magic word about one's mother. But you know what I mean.

Apr 12, 2013 09:44 AM
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Gotribe31

Great stuff as always, Zach.

Apr 12, 2013 10:52 AM
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canada

Great work compiling all this guys.

On Gallo, would the Rangers be all that unhappy if he did turn in to Adam Dunn. I realize the comment was tongue-in-cheek but I still think that would be a pretty darn good ceiling to have.

Also, to bone-pick as a Jays fan, you missed Aaron Sanchez's 5 IP, 0H, 0ER, 2BB, 3K in your good section lol.

Apr 12, 2013 11:57 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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3ks.... Come on now, you kno I can't put a guy with a 3k outing in the list. Sanchez will have a start that gets him on here shortly.

Apr 12, 2013 22:18 PM
 
canada

ha, fair enough. I would have thought the 0H over 5IP was enough, but apparently you guys have really high standards!

Apr 15, 2013 06:38 AM
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BP staff member Zach Mortimer
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And one of my buddies has assured me Adam Dunn is a hall of famer......

Apr 12, 2013 22:19 PM
 
faithdies

7 of Franco's 8 hits are for extra bases. Nuts.

Apr 12, 2013 12:14 PM
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jtpapka

Great Article, I saw Gumbs playing against Dunedin, he did not do anything with the bat, and he made an error on a high chopper to his right, but he only had to take a step or two, but it popped right out of his glove! I read a lot about him, but didnt see anything too impressive in 2 out of 3 games I saw.

Apr 13, 2013 20:43 PM
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drawbb

Can BP's prospect people please knock it off with that pretentious "#want" garbage?

Apr 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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