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June 14, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 12-13

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Wednesday, June 12

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Matthew Koch, RHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 11 K; potential plus fastball; potential plus changeup; average slider; may be better utilized in a relief role.

Position Prospect of the Day: Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K. Franco impressed me this spring. He has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order bat. Some question his defensive ability, but scouts I have spoken with think that he will be able to stick at third without question; .342/.390/.711 with 2 2B and 4 HR in last 38 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 12:

“The Good

  • Cito Culver, SS, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K; a glimmer of hope out of this former first-round selection.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K; A good quote I got recently from a scout, “If he (Gallo) gets it… watch the (expletive) out"; .245/.337/.585 with 15 2B, 2 3B, 21 HR, and 7 SB.
  • Austin Hedges, C, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, K. Hedges is regarded as the best prep catcher in recent memory; some scouts believed he was good enough to catch in the majors from day one. He is not a zero offensively, and is showing that he will provide more than enough on that side of the ball, too; .400/.472/.700 with 6 2B and 1 HR in last 30 at-bats.
  • Trevor May, RHP, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. May was the main prospect in the Ben Revere trade made this offseason; plus-plus fastball; potential plus curveball; average changeup. The issue with May is that his command is below average at best.
  • Peter O'Brien, C, Yankees (Low-A Charleston): 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K. O’Brien shows raw power and the ability to square up mistakes, but most feel he will never be good enough behind the plate to play there everyday; .331/.401/.641 with 21 2B and 11 HR in 181 at-bats.
  • Lex Rutledge, LHP, Orioles (Low-A Delmarva): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; potential plus fastball; plus curveball; power relief profile.
  • Joseph Wendle, 2B, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI. When I talk about a player who has natural hitting ability, I think of a player like Joe Wendle. He has natural bat-to-ball abilities. He lacks high end tools, but I do believe the hit tool will be enough to get him to the major leagues in a bench role; .302/.392/.535 with 11 2B, 2 3B, and 5 HR in 129 at-bats.

“The Bad”

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