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May 23, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of Wednesday, May 22

by Zach Mortimer

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Pitching Prospect of the Day: Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K; potential solid-average fastball; easy plus curveball; average changeup; early-season struggles in the PCL; profiles as a very good number-three starter.

Position Prospect of the Day: Christian Vazquez, C, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB; changed swing mechanics to shorten up; making consistent loud contact; line-drive stroke; plus defensive profile; most scouts I talk to believe he has the ability to play every day; .375/.444/.625 with 3 2B, 3B, and HR in last 32 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances from May 22:

“The Good”

  • Andrew Burns, 3B, Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB; ability to barrel premium velocity; still developing defensively; average power potential; solid-average runner; destroying High-A pitching; the test will come at Double-A; .333/.413/.558 with 9 2B, 4 3B, and 6 HR in 156 at-bats.
  • Angelo Gumbs 2B, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 3-4, 2 2B, R, BB; major-league bat speed; aggressive player; plus power potential; potential solid-average hit tool; plus runner; I really like this guy, and my gut says he is going to be something special; .400/.471/.633 with 5 2B, 1 3B, and 2 SB in 30 May at-bats.
  • Alen Hanson, SS, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, 2 3B, 3 R, RBI, K; plus runner; plus bat speed; plays the game with a bit of swagger; will eventually have to move to the right side of the infield; I want to see him against Double-A pitching; .400/.429/.700 and 5 2B, 2 3B, and HR in last 40 at-bats.
  • Dorssys Paulino, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI; potential plus hit tool; at least average power; plus runner; will move off of shortstop at some point; hopefully this big night will get him out of an early-season funk.
  • Gregory Polanco, CF, Pirtaes (High-A Bradenton): 4-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, K; easy plus runner; loud contact; solid-average power; plus defensive profile; .333/.395/.590 with 4 2B, 2 HR, and 6 SB in last 39 at-bats.
  • Roman Quinn, SS, Phillies (Low-A Lakewood): 2-5, R, K, 2 SB; elite speed; good bat speed from both sides of the plate; more power than frame would suggest; ceiling on power could be a 5; plus arm; plus first-step quickness; iffy glove at short leads me to believe he will move to the outfield; tearing it up after struggling in the cold month of April; .350/.458/.500 with 2B, 3B, HR, and 8 SB in last 40 at-bats.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 4-5, 2 2B, 3B, 4 R, RBI, BB; plus hit tool; solid-average runner; fringy power potential; plus defender at second; high baseball IQ; just waiting patiently for his call to the big leagues; .463/.511/.854 with 6 2B, 2 3B,  and 2 HR in 41 at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Brett Eibner, CF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 0-4, 3 K; thought I saw someone mention that Eibner was back on prospect radars, and then I checked his stat line and saw a lot of the same struggles; .216/.313/.371 with 3 2B, 4 HR and 32 K in 97 at-bats.
  • Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 0-4; No hit Miguel?  
  • Richie Shaffer, 3B, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 1-4, 3 K; college bat; struggling a little bit in his first full professional season; 41 K in 154 at-bats.
  • Jose Ramirez, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, K; the command can get away from him at any point in any outing.
  • Yordano Ventura, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; a clunker unlike any of his previous starts this season.

“He’s Back!”

Albert Almora, CF, Cubs (Low-A Kane County): 3-4, 2B; returning from broken hamate bone; potential plus hit tool; potential plus power projections; average runner; developing defensive ability in center field; special potential. 

Zach Mortimer is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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