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May 13, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of May 10-12

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, May 10

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Rafael De Paula, RHP, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K; easy plus fastball with good life; plus potential curveball; developing changeup, which has plus potential; dominating Low-A while smoothing out mechanics; 33.1 IP, 21 H, 10 ER, 16 BB, 58 K in seven starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Domingo Santana, RF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-4, 3 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI; plus-plus raw power; good bat speed; plus arm in right; will always have swing and miss involved with his game; .256/.362/.578 with 8 2B, 7 HR, and 35 K in 90 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on May 10:

“The Good”

  • Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 4-5, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, K; compact swing; gap power; high motor; solid-average speed; fringy prospect.
  • Noel Cuevas, OF, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 3-5, 2 3B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 K; big-time raw power; will be forced to play left field; hit tool will need play up at the highest level; .278/.284/.391 with 4 2B, 2 3B, and 2 HR in 110 at-bats.
  • Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Marlins (High-A Jupiter): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; plus-plus fastball; plus potential slider; 31.0 IP, 24 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 29 K in seven starts.
  • Ryan Jackson, IF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, K; compact swing; ability to make consistent contact; gap power; fringy runner; enough defensive ability to play shortstop; future looks to be in a utility role; .347/.421/.455 with 8 2B, HR, and 23 K in 101 at-bats this season.
  • Christian Lopes, 2B, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; good bat-to-ball ability; developing power; below-average runner; will have to hit and hit a lot to fit the profile; .333/.344/.429 with 6 2B and 2 HR in 126 at-bats.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britian): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K; potential plus-plus fastball; plus curveball; developing changeup; below-average command; will get a shot to start, but may end up in the bullpen long term; 39.1 IP, 30 H, 14 ER, 19 BB, 37 K in seven starts.
  • Mason Melotakis, LHP, Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; easy plus fastball; plus slider; changeup is a work in progress; 29.0 IP, 28 H, 10 ER, 15 BB, 30 K in six starts.
  • Telvin Nash, 1B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 7 RBI, 3 K; plus-plus raw power; lot of swing and miss in his offensive game, and that’s putting it mildly; might have a DH-only profile; hard to project a big-league future; .310/.437/.500 with 2 2B, 3 HR, and 19 K in 58 at-bats this season.
  • Michael O'Neill, OF, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-3, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB; compact swing built for making consistent contact; below-average power; average speed; will be able to play all three outfield positions in a pinch; fringy prospect.
  • Brett Oberholtzer, LHP, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; four-pitch mix (fastball/cutter/curveball/changeup); fastball can touch plus velocity; cutter and curveball are usable pitches; changeup has solid-average projection; projects best as back-end starter.
  • Matt Olson, 1B, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 3-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; solid-average hit tool; plus power potential; fringy runner; first-base defensive profile; .297/.395/.514 with 12 2B and 4 HR in 111 at-bats.
  • Stephen Piscotty, RF, Cardinals (High-A Palm Beach): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI; plus potential hit tool; gap power; good baseball instincts; .317/.377/.567 with 5 2B, 7 HR, 8 BB, 12 K in 104 at-bats.
  • Roman Quinn, SS, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-4, HR, R, RBI, BB, K; has struggled in Low-A thus far; switch hitter smoothing out hitting mechanics; sneaky power potential; top-of-the-scale runner; will have to move off of shortstop at some point.
  • Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 3-4, 2 2B, RBI; back to basics in Double-A; pressed a bit during promotion to majors; hit tool has plus-plus potential; solid-average power potential; plus defensive profile at third base; .338/.485/.595 with 10 2B, 3 HR, 20 BB, and 16 K in 74 at-bats.
  • Cameron Rupp, C, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 3-4, HR, R, RBI, K; thick frame; muscles balls with long swing; solid-average catching ability; backup profile.
  • Addison Russell, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; see, the ability is still there; potential plus hit tool; plus power; plus arm; plus-plus glove; average runner; range has been questioned; only 19; still developing skills.
  • Gary Sanchez, C, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, K; potential plus hit tool; easy plus power potential; plus-plus arm; currently a below-average defender; only viable move would be to first base; firsthand accounts give me a positive vibe; .268/.347/.472 with 8 2B and 6 HR in 127 at-bats.
  • Oscar Taveras, CF, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis: 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; plus-plus hit tool; plus-plus power; solid-average arm; solid glove; may have to move away from center field; bat will play anywhere on the diamond; .314/.349/.483 with 8 2B and 4 HR in 118 at-bats this season.
  • Andy Wilkins, 1B, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; solid bat speed; plus raw power; fringy runner; only home defensively will be at first; fringy prospect whose bat will have to reach its ceiling in order for him to contribute at highest level; .349/.396/.744 with 2 2B and 5 HR in his last 43 at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Low-A Hickory0; 0-4, BB, 3 K; The Legend sometimes struggles, just like the rest of us.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-4, 3 K; plenty of power and plenty of swing and miss; .220/.326/.542 with 6 2B, 10 HR, and 50 K in 118 at-bats.
  • Brian Goodwin, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 0-3, 3 K; mediocre start to the season for Goodwin, but reports from scouts have stayed positive; .255/.338/.416 with 6 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 44 K in 137 at-bats. 
  • Mitch Walding, 3B, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 0-5, 2 K; can get off balance at the plate; shows ability, but is far from a finished product.

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