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June 24, 2013

Minor League Update

Games of June 21-23

by Zach Mortimer


Games of Friday, June 21

Pitching Prospect of the Day: Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. Crick entered the year as the Giants’ top prospect. He excelled in his return from the disabled list. Crick uses a potentially plus-plus fastball, an easy plus curveball, and a solid-average cutter. He has an athletic delivery and a front-of-the-rotation ceiling.

Position Prospect of the Day: Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI. The former first-round selection is quietly doing his job in the Midwest League. Seager has an potential easy plus offensive profile with plus hit/power potential, and he has shown enough feel to make scouts think he has a chance to stay at short; .421/.463/.895 with 4 2B, 1 3B, and 4 HR in last 38 at-bats.

Other notable prospect performances on June 21:

“The Good”

  • Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 2-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB. The first of the 2013 draft picks to be included in the update, Anderson is a plus-plus runner with the potential to hit for power. He will have to prove that he will be able to hit consistently and throw well enough to stay at shortstop.
  • Barrett Barnes, CF, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 3-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI. Barnes offers an interesting power/speed combination of tools, but he leaves some wondering whether he will be able to stick in center. If he has to move to a corner, the hit tool will have to reach its solid-average or he may not tap into enough power to profile as an everyday player.
  • Andrew Burns, 3B, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI, K. All he does is hit. Burns is now on to his second level of the season. He has taken steps back onto the prospect radar in 2013.
  • Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Butler was included in a very nice article that Baseball Prospectus put out.
  • Andrew Chafin, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Chafin uses his plus fastball/slider combination to attack hitters. Scouts believe Chafin may be most successfully utilized as a late-innings reliever because of his high-effort delivery; 59.2 IP, 55 H, 17 ER, 24 BB, 40 K in nine starts.
  • Tony Renda, 2B, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 2-6, 2B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 K. Renda has limited tools, highlighted by his potentially solid-average hit tool, and is a bit old for the level. He will need to move to High-A if he wants to stay at a league-appropriate age moving forward.
  • Tomas Telis, C, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 3-3, 2 2B, BB. Telis is a prospect I love to root for, a dirtball that really plays the game the right way. He is a little rough behind the plate, but shows some feel at the plate. He is a sleeper-type prospect that may eventually be able to carve out a spot on a big-league roster; .359/.405/.564 with 2 2B and 2 HR in last 39 at-bats.

“The Bad”

  • Socrates Brito, OF, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 0-5, 3 K. I guess this philosopher did not have his A-game.
  • Juan Duran, OF, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 0-5, 4 K. Well, we are slowly approaching July 2, and Duran received $2 million from the Reds in 2007; sometimes it is not money well spent.
  • Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 0-4, 3 K. Settle down, Joey, I believe.
  • Max White, CF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 0-4, R, 3 K. The former second-round selection has plenty of speed, but he is still developing the hit tool.

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