Games of April 19-April 21
A's prospect Maxwell Muncy is a first-base only prospect, but his bat could carry him a long way.
Games of Friday, April 19
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Andrew Oliver, LHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K; this left-hander has a big fastball that can touch 96, but he’s still developing consistency with his curveball and changeup; 21.1 IP, 12 H, 5 ER, 12 BB, 29 K.
Position Prospect of the Day: Maxwell Muncy, 1B, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K; advanced pitch recognition; able to consistently get barrel to ball; power potential; limited to first-base defensively; 22-for-65, 2 2B, 8 HR, 19 R, 16 RBI, 16 BB, 12 K in 18 games thus far.
Other notable prospect performances from April 19:
- Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Double-A Akron): 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI, K; A first-base only prospect with good raw power, Aguilar will struggle versus quality pitching and profiles best as a platoon option.
- Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; fastball working up to 94 with good command; average curveball at 76-78; solid-average changeup at 83-85 with good fade.
- Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; A positive start for Bauer, who was able to go seven innings with only one walk.
- Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 4-6, 2B, 3 R, RBI, K, SB; Bethancourt is making strides offensively, and showing an improved ability to make contact; .341/.356/.500 in 44 at-bats.
- Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K; hit and power tools could both be better than plus; overall defensive position in question; monster fantasy potential; 9-for-16 in his last four games.
- Ryan Carpenter, LHP, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K; Carpenter uses a four-pitch mix (fastball/slider/curveball/changeup), and the slider has plus potential; 19.0 IP, 14 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 24 K.
- Kurt Heyer, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Peoria): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K; A 2012 College World Series ace, Heyer offers a four-pitch mix (fastball/slider/curveball/changeup) with enough polish to have his way in Low-A.
- Jared Hoying, CF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI, 2 K; pull-side power; ability to play all three defensive positions in the outfield; good bat speed; hit tool will be tested at the highest level; .323/.373/.613 in 62 at-bats this season.
- Matt Loosen, RHP, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K: fastball can touch plus velocity; curveball has potential to miss bats; fringy changeup; sleeper-prospect type.
- Barret Loux, RHP, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; solid fastball command; ordinary secondary stuff; shoulder injury cost him over $1 million in the draft; traded from Rangers to Cubs for Geovany Soto.
- Cody Martin, RHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K; solid-average fastball; plus slider; usable curveball and changeup; good pitchability; profiles best as a back-end starter, but could also be a meaningful two-pitch reliever.
- Brandon Nimmo, CF, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 4-4, 3B, 2 R, BB; good body; good bat speed; solid-average power potential; average defensive profile; still raw.
- Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-4, HR, R, 4 RBI, BB; advanced approach; strong wrists; pull-side power potential; overall defensive package is still a work in progress.
- Colin Rodgers, LHP, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; small frame; three-pitch mix (fastball/curveball/changeup); good feel for secondary offerings.
- Yorman Rodriguez, CF, Reds (High-A Bakersfield): 4-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Rodriguez has plus raw power, but his shaky hit tool may not allow him to tap into all of it.
- Bruce Rondon, RHP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; The flame-throwing relief prospect was deemed unready for the closer role on Opening Day, but has started the season well in Triple-A; 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K so far.
- Eddie Rosario, 2B, Twins (High-A Fort Myers): 4-5, HR, R, 4 RBI; potential plus hit tool; plus running ability; potential solid-average game power; still gaining baseball instincts; .352/.385/.507 in 71 at-bats.
- Mark Sappington, RHP, Angels (High-A Inland Empire): 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; fastball has plus-plus potential; slider could be solid-average; delivery has some effort, so he may be better suited for the bullpen long term.
- Jerrud Sabourin, 1B, Indians (High-A Carolina): 3-3, R, BB; Sabourin, the all-time hits leader at Indiana, has an outstanding hit tool, but his limited power doesn’t profile well at first base; 22-for-53, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 R, 4 RBI in 15 games.
- Ryan Wheeler, 3B, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 2-4, HR, R, 3 RBI; improving at third base after playing first base only as an amateur; power potential; average contact; if he shows the ability to play the outfield defensively, he’ll have a solid utility-man profile; .357/.408/.595 in 42 at-bats.
April 22, 2013 2:09 AM
There have been a lot of zeroes put up on the board so far in 2013.
Earlier today, the Mets shut out the Nationals 2-0 marking the 49th time in the young 2013 season that a baseball team has failed to score in a game. If that seems like a high number, it is. Since the league last expanded in 1998, the most amount of shutouts in a season's first full month is 52 which happened in the 2011 season. The fewest amount of shutouts happened in 2000 when there were just 29 shutouts in the first full month of that season.
April 21, 2013 4:50 PM
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Trot Times for April 20
The tater trots for April 20, capped off by Daniel Nava's emotional home run at Fenway Park.
It was an emotional day in Boston that was capped in a near-storybook fashion. Let's get right to the trots.
April 21, 2013 10:02 AM
Desmond Jennings Doesn't Need Your Assistance
About the rare 8-unassisted double play.
It's been a weekend of weird plays. On Friday night, Jean Segura did something so strange we literally didn't have a way to score it. And on Saturday, Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings caught a Coco Crisp fly ball, then doubled Eric Sogard off first. All by himself.
April 21, 2013 1:25 AM
Who's on First, Jean Segura Edition
The better question is why.
Stop me if you've heard this before.
April 20, 2013 11:15 PM
The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt
Has Yuniesky Betancourt left his free-swinging ways behind?
When the Phillies offered Yuniesky Betancourt an invitation to spring training, we wondered why a team would give even a non-guaranteed contract to a player whose career stats suggested he was without any upside. When Betancourt hit .446/.450/.625 in spring training and landed a major-league contract with Milwaukee, we wondered A) why teams allow themselves to be seduced by spring statistics and B) what it is about Betancourt that makes teams who’ve already seen him firsthand for full seasons decide to bring him back for more. When we last saw Betancourt in the big leagues, he was getting released by the Royals. It was fair to wonder why he’d be any better at age 31 than he was during his replacement-level prime.
April 19, 2013 7:42 PM
Trot Times for April 18
The tater trots for April 18: Todd Frazier does good, Yovani Gallardo goes yard, Francisco Cervelli speeds home.
Home Run of the Day: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds - 22.18 seconds [video]
A home run in the later innings of an 11-1 rout are rarely worth talking about as the Home Run of the Day. In Cincinnati on Thursday, however, Todd Frazier's blast is very much worth celebrating. As C. Trent Rosecrans wrote for cincinnati.com, this home run was hit by special request for Reds batboy Teddy Kremer.
Serving as the Reds batboy on Thursday, Kremer asked for two things — 11 strikeouts for free pizza and a Todd Frazier home run. He got both.
“It was great how excited — that look,” Frazier said. “I started smiling even before I hit home plate because I knew it. They said he forgot to pick the bat up, so the umpire was yelling at him. It was such a great a great guy. You can’t get mad — even if you have a terrible day. How can you be mad when you’ve got a guy like that around?”
April 19, 2013 2:01 PM