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June 17, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 14-16

by Zach Mortimer


Pitching Prospect of the Day: C.J. Edwards, RHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K. Edwards, one of my favorite prospects, has an easy plus fastball that can touch 95 with life. In addition to the fastball, Edwards has a curveball with plus potential and a changeup that is still developing; 10.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 20 K in two April starts.

Position Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Garcia, OF, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, K. Garcia has good bat speed with solid-average power potential. However, this is his second go-around in the California League so I would proceed with caution; .488/.500/1.000 with 3 2B, 2 3B, and 5 HR in last 43 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 14:

“The Good”

  • Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-5, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Bogaerts was called up to Triple-A and some in the industry feel that if the opportunity arises he will given a chance to produce at the major-league level this season.
  • Adam Conley, LHP, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; Conley is a left-handed pitcher with a deceptive delivery and a plus fastball. Conley uses a slider and a changeup as his go-to secondary offerings, and both will be at least usable at the major-league level; 66.1 IP, 63 H, 28 ER, 15 BB, 64 K in 13 starts.
  • Robby Hefflinger, OF, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 4-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. If I were to say Hefflinger was physically mature it would be somewhat of an understatement. Hefflinger has easy plus raw power, and is also a good athlete that will have no problem finding a home defensively in the outfield. He is a touch behind the age curve, but the Braves have to be pleased with the strides he has made thus far in 2013; .298/.351/.593 with 17 2B and 18 HR in 248 at-bats.
  • Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, BB, K, SB. Johnson is an aggressive player that knows what his role is offensively: a top-of-the-lineup catalyst. The problem is that Johnson struggles defensively, and his well-below-average arm would force him to left field if he can’t stick at the keystone; .332/.418/.522 with 15 2B, 9 3B, 5 HR, and 53 SB in 253 at-bats this season.
  • Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Matz’s fastball can touch plus velocities, and he also mixes in an average curveball and changeup.
  • Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers (High-A Myrtle Beach): 2-4, 2 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI. Rougned is keeping the sweet aroma around. He is showing the ability to hit, hit for enough power, and run; .278/.354/.440 with 19 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, and 16 SB.
  • Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-4, 2B, HR, R, RBI. Pederson is thought of as the ultimate grinder. He is going to provide enough power, and he will hit enough to keep him in the lineup at the big-league level at some point next season; .302/.382/.502 with 16 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, and 19 stolen-bases in 245 at-bats.
  • Chris Stratton, RHP, Giants (Low-A Augusta): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Stratton features a plus fastball/slider combination, and will mix in a usable curveball and changeup. Stratton was a college arm (Mississippi State) and should be looking for a higher-level test in the near future; 65.2 IP, 58 H, 26 ER, 23 BB, 72 K in 11 starts.
  • Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Take a look at Jason Cole’s video of Walker and let me know what you think; 77.1 IP, 52 H, 22 ER, 30 BB, 84 K in 13 starts.
  • Tony Wolters, C, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-6, HR, R, 3 RBI, K. Wolters is an intriguing prospect—a very scrappy player with average tools. However, Wolters profiles much better as a catcher than a middle infielder.

“The Bad”

  • Dorssys Paulino, SS, Indians (Low-A Lake County): 0-5, 3 K. Paulino received a lot of praise entering the 2013 season, and he has been underwhelming thus far.
  • Rangel Ravelo, 1B, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 0-4, 3 K. I’ve seen him enough now to know that he has a little something in his bat. Ravelo will always have a good amount of swing and miss, but when he squares it up it has a different sound.

“The Ugly”

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