Zach drops in on a nice pitching matchup in the Eastern League, but only one hurler holds up his end of the bargain.
The Update for last night will be a bit different than the typical article. I attended the Binghamton at Bowie game (Double-A Eastern League), and I heard of an excellent story. I felt like it was necessary to dedicate the article to those very specific points.
The skinny on all the minor-league action that took place over the weekend.
Games of Friday, August 23
Pitching Prospect of the Day:Kyle Hansen, RHP, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K. Hansen offers a fastball with sink that works in the low 90s and can touch higher. He offers a potential solid-average slider and a changeup that is in the early developmental stages. Hansen has a relief profile and is taking positive steps in 2013.
Notes on 12 prospects, including Rockies lefty Jayson Aquino and Cubs infielder Javier Baez.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jayson Aquino, LHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. Aquino flies a little bit under the radar in the Rockies system. He offers a fastball that works in the low 90s, and has the potential to add velocity as his body matures. The secondary offerings show signs of life, led by a changeup that flashes plus. The curveball has its moments, but is highly inconsistent.
Position Prospect of the Day: Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 4-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI. Baez has the tools to be a no-doubt top-tier prospect. The bat speed is off the charts and Baez also shows a feel for hitting. I understand that Baez will need to slow the game down consistently, but when and if he really gets it, watch out—he could be a franchise-type player.
Notes on 18 prospects, including Rockies righty Jonathan Gray and Red Sox second baseman Mookie Betts.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. Some thought Gray deserved to be the top pick in the 2013 draft. He offers a fastball that can touch elite velocity, a potential plus-plus slider, and a developing changeup. Gray’s professional career has been a positive one so far.
Position Prospect of the Day: Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3-5, 3B, HR, R, 3 RBI. Betts has bat speed, plus running ability, and a lot of things that he has yet to figure out. Betts has an everyday-player ceiling, but he will have to work on his plate discipline and improve his hit tool if he is going to reach it. It is much more likely that he ends up a very good utility player.
Notes on 14 prospects, including first-overall pick Mark Appel, plus a minor-league veteran who notched double-digit strikeouts in relief.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Brad Allen, RHP, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K. In tonight’s edition of the non-prospect who shoved, I feature Brad Allen. Allen is a right-handed pitcher out of Arkansas State, and is pitching in Low-A at the age of 24. He had it all working tonight, racking up 10 strikeouts in relief.
Position Prospect of the Day: Joc Pederson, CF, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI. Joc makes it back on the list, and the story won’t change on my end. I believe in Pederson as an everyday player, and the makeup may give him a chance to overachieve.
Notes on 14 prospects, including Pirates lefty Thomas Harlan and Marlins third baseman Colin Moran.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Thomas Harlan, LHP, Pirates (Low-A West Virginia): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. A big-bodied left-handed pitcher from Fresno State, Harlan is not really a heralded prospect, but hey, on this night he had it all working.
Position Prospect of the Day: Colin Moran, 3B, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, K. Moran was drafted so highly because he was at the top of the list of polished college bats. He has a great feel for the strike zone and the power should be enough to play. I've heard whispers that some wonder about the level of power he will develop; he also may have some issues defensively. These are only small warning flags and Moran developed a pedigree at the University of North Carolina that makes him an instant prospect; .306/.325/.500 with 1 2B and 2 HR in last 36 at-bats.
Notes on 17 prospects, including Braves lefty Lucas Sims and Mariners outfielder Jabari Blash.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Lucas Sims, RHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Sims offers a mature arsenal for a 19-year-old: a potential plus fastball, a plus curveball, and a solid-average changeup. Sims has a feel for pitching and still has a solid mid-rotation; 47.2 IP, 29 H, 17 ER, 22 BB, 52 K in last nine starts.
Position Prospect of the Day: Jabari Blash, RF, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, K. The book on Blash has not changed much; he still has easy plus power, a plus arm, and average running ability. And, yes, the ultimate future still hinges on whether Blash can make the necessary adjustments to sustain an adequate contact rate.