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June 3, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 1-2

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Saturday, June 1

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 6.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 K; easy plus fastball; plus slider; below-average changeup; some believe he fits best as a closer; 61.0 IP, 53 H, 25 ER, 27 BB, 73 K in 11 starts.

Position Prospect of the DayJavier Baez, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 5-6, 3 2B, HR, 3 R, 6 RBI; potential plus-plus hit tool; easy plus power potential; plus-plus arm. It took Baez a little while to get started this year, but it looks like he has made the necessary adjustments and is ready to show off his ability; .277/.319/.519 with 15 2B, 4 3B, and 9 HR in 206 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 1:

“The Good”

  • Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 3-5, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K. The former first-round selection was demoted to Triple-A to work on his hitting, and he has gotten into a groove in his last 10 games; .463/.532/.805 with 3 2B, 1 3B, and 3 HR in last 41 at-bats.
  • Bobby Crocker, OF, Athletics (High-A Stockton):  2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; potential solid-average power; potential average hit tool; average runner; below-average arm. Crocker has done well in the early going in the hitter friendly California League; .262/.307/.444 with 10 2B, 3 3B, and 6 HR in 187 at-bats.
  • Casey Crosby, LHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; easy plus fastball; average curveball; below-average changeup; below-average command profile; may fit better pitching late innings in the bullpen.
  • Brandon Drury, 3B, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; plus power potential; developing hit tool; making himself ready for promotion; .366/.409/.780 with 5 2B and 4 HR in last 41 at-bats.
  • Josh Elander, OF, Braves (Low-A Rome): 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB; potential solid-average hit tool; solid-average power potential; average runner; tough profile; .353/.412/.637 with 9 2B, 2 3B, and 2 HR in 102 May at-bats.
  • Daniel Robertson, SS, Athletics (Low-A Beloit): 4-4, 2 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB; good feel for hitting; plus potential hit tool; average runner; average arm; average glove; showing a little more power than most originally thought he’d have; I have gotten very good reports from scouts; stock on the rise; .292/.357/.451 with 7 2B, 1 3B, and 3 HR in 113 at-bats.
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B, Astros (Low-A Quad Cities): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 3 RBI; plus potential hitter; plus power potential; plus arm. Ruiz is a good example of how the CBA changed the draft. He slipped deeper than was originally expected, but the Astros moved around the money and had plenty left in their bonus allotment to sign Ruiz.
  • Preston Tucker, OF, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K; plus raw power; bat will be challenged by quality pitching; bottom-of-the-scale runner; most likely a California League mirage; .447/.542/.921 with 3 2B and 5 HR in last 38 at-bats.
  • Cory Vaughn, OF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 2 RBI; potential average hit tool; average power; fringy runner; son of Greg Vaughn; .288/.370/.447 with 7 2B, 1 3B, and 6 HR in 170 at-bats.
  • Nick Williams, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3-5, 3B, R, 3 RBI, K; bat is very interesting; good athlete; one of the more polished hitters on the prospect -heavy Hickory Crawdads.
  • Brandon Workman, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; plus fastball; potential solid-average curveball; potential plus cutter; below-average changeup; short arm action; may be better used in a late-inning relief role; 65.2 IP,  51 H, 25 ER, 17 BB, 74 K in 11 outings.

“The Bad”

  • Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 0-4, 3 K; Brentz has plenty of ability, but has always had trouble against breaking balls.
  • Brett Oberholtzer, LHP, Astros (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; Oberholtzer, acquired in the Michael Bourn trade, has struggled since his brief stint in the bigs.  
  • Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. This Brewers prospect has had a rough go of it recently.
  • Mason Williams, CF, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 0-4, BB, 3 K. Williams has struggled to make hard contact in High-A; .216/.278/.278 in 94 May at-bats.

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