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Adieny Hechavarria, SS, Blue Jays(Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI

The big-budget Cuban import has struggled with the bat during his first year in the United States, but one scout that recently saw him felt that the bat would come around, as his swing worked mechanically and his fast hands would ultimately serve him well.  Since going 2-for-15 in his first four Double-A contests, the 21-year-old has gone 11-for-34 with four doubles, and as for the defense (which got him all that money in the first place), the scout said, "he could excel in the big leagues right now, glove-wise."

Dallas Keuchel, LHP, Astros(High-A Lancaster): 9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K

Keucel is hardly a monster prospect, but he'll likely be a big leaguer, as there are two thnk he does extremely well – throw strikes and get ground balls.  The reason he caught my eye was the headline on the Lancaster press release for last night's game, which said "Dallas Keuchel Makes JetHawks History In 3-2 Win."  The history?  It was Keuchel's third complete game of the year, tying a team record.  That's right, three, and his only true nine-inning version, as he went the distance in a seven-inning game, and also took the loss during one that just required eight innings of work.  Because of his efficiency, he leads the Cal League with 114 2/3 innings, and teams need guys like this as well – just look at what many teams are throwing out the as their No. 4 or 5 starters for evidence of that.

Others of Note:

  • Juan Arias, SS, Reds (Rookie-level AZL Reds): 2-for-4, HR (3), R, 4 RBI, K.  Projectable, athletic shortstop is generating a lot of buzz in Arizona with .329/.363/.579 batting line, but also has 12 errors in 16 games, including two more last night.
  • Joe Benson, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 2-for-4, 2B, K, 2 CS.  Three multi-hit games in last four and overall line of .256/.347/.539; tools are highly underrated as he's a rare prospect with above-average power, speed and arm strength.
  • Dellin Betances, RHP, Yankees (High-A Tampa): 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 3 K.  You had to expect a bump in the road at some point, no?
  • Christian Colon, SS, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 1-for-2, HR (1), R, RBI, BB.  First pro home run for highest signed pick (fourth overall) from the 2010 draft.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 2-for-5, HR (11), R, 2 RBI, K.  Ten-game hitting streak and .291/.374/.493 overall for South Bend team filled will high 2009 picks that have mostly disappointed.
  • Khris Davis, OF, Brewers (Low-A Wisconsin): 4-for-4, 2B, HR (16), 5 R, 2 RBI, BB.  Cal State Fullerton product is a bit too advanced for Midwest League; 12-for-18 with four home runs in last six games and .313/.412/.566 overall.
  • Derek Dietrich, SS, Rays (Short-season Hudson Valley): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, K.  First pro home run for second-round pick out of Georgia Tech; .268/.333/.378 line disappoints.
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI.  Supplied all the offense for the South in the Southern League All-Star game;  power and outstanding defense keeps him an intriguing prospect, but will he ever really hit?
  • Chris Dwyer, RHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K.  Just add him to the list of Royals prospects who have taken a big step forward this year; has the stuff to be a good big league starter.
  • Daniel Fields, OF, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, K.  Struggling overall in High-A as a 19-year-old at .246/.360/.379; impressive athlete with big upside and starting to come around with the bat, including 1059 OPS in ten July games.
  • Harold Garcia, 2B, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 2-for-4, 2B.  Promoted once Florida State League record hitting streak ended; back-to-back two-hit games after 2-for-14 start.
  • Charlie Jones, OF, Giants (Rookie-level AZL Giants): 3-for-4, HR (4), 3 R, RBI, SB.  Seventh-round pick last month has home runs in four of last five games and overall line of .326/.348/.721; 6-3, 235 beast with oodles of raw power.
  • Leon Landry, OF, Dodgers (Rookie-level Ogden): 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, CS.  Third-round pick and LSU product could likely play at full-season league right now; weird fact: has yet to have one hit in a game with nine multi-hit efforts and four 0-fors making up .373/.393/.542 line.
  • Kirk Niewenhuis, OF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 2-for-5, 2B, R.  An insane 24-for-47 (.511) during current 10-game hitting streak, with a just as crazy 12 doubles over that stretch; up to .306/.348/.541 and teams should be asking about him in trade talks.
  • Luis Noel, RHP, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Mild sleeper who had career delayed by visa issues; Plus command of average stuff; could profile as back-end starter in the end.
  • Eric Surkamp, LHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K.  24 strikeouts in last two starts and 106 on the season in 99 innings; does it with command and secondary pitches, as fastball is fringy.
  • Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Blue Jays (Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K.  Pro debut for 38th overall pick who signed for below-slot bonus of $600,000.
  • Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K.  First good start at High-A; looks kind of fluky from a distance.
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jeffr92
7/13
People seem way too down on Dominguez. Yes, it looks like his hit tool isn't particularly good, but he does control the zone fairly well in spite of that fact. Given his defense and power, I just don't see how he can possibly be ranked behind someone like Vitters.
PhillyFriar
7/13
More than anything, I think the Marlins have rushed him. Not every 20-year old is Mike Stanton -- i.e. capable of handling Double-A -- and that's without even considering the head scratching midseason promotion last year. Taking ARL into consideration, I still like Dominguez a lot.
lemppi
7/13
Kevin.....are scouts unimpressed thus far with Jacob Turner? (what were the impressions of his time at West Michigan?) Or will it just take some starts to settle in at High-A? Thanks.
kgoldstein
7/13
I think he'll be fine in the end, I thought he was rushed to High-A, that's all.
ctt8410
7/13
I never thought much of Niewenhuis before this year, but are we looking at a legit top 100 prospect here? Of course he doesn't take walks so that automatically makes him worthless...
kgoldstein
7/13
Somebody's been listening to the podcast . . . I'm a big Capt. Kirk fan. One of the Mets top prospects at this point. I don't know if he's Top 100 yet, but if I was making a list, he'd be on the spreadsheet of consideration.
gilgamesh
7/13
I like "the spreadsheet of consideration". I think, in the end, that's what we all hope for.
pbconnection
7/13
KG, would you leave Betances in A+ all season to build confidence/command or would you aggressively promote him if he resumes his success at that level? I would guess that the organization has set an innings cap for him this year - any guess at what that number is?
kgoldstein
7/13
I would leave him there all year. As far as an innings cap, he's only at 36, so I'm sure he's good for six more weeks.
fantasy
7/13
What's the quick word on Syndergaard? Seemed to be a late riser this spring and not a whole out there on him.
kgoldstein
7/13
A lot more projection than reality, but long, loose and already in the lower 90s velocity-wise.
crperry13
7/13
Any way to know how Keuchel's performance translate to a less hitter-friendly environment? Nice way of saying, has he been lucky?
kgoldstein
7/13
Well, being a groundball guy helps in that league immensely, as does having good command. Again, not a ceiling guy, but might get there as a back-end starter.
hawknbrush
7/14
KG could you attach ages to these guys someday for those of us who don't keep our own "spreadsheets of consideration", please? Thanx.