When you thought about the players who would potentially lead the minors in strikeouts this year, chances are good that Furbush didn't make the list. A fourth-round pick in 2007, Furbush missed the entire 2008 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and was merely average as a 23-year-old in the Florida State League last year, but in 2010 he's now reached Triple-A while striking out 153 in just 116 1/3 innings. It's far more deception and command than stuff, as the tall southpaw sits at 90-92 mph with his fastball while feature a good curveball and average-at-best change, but as he keeps proving himself at every level, at some point he'll get a chance to see if it works in the big leagues.
When talk turns to the best catching prospects in the minors, Rosario now has to be in the discussion. The 21-year-old Dominican has slugged six home run in his last seven games while batting .283/.336/.558 overall to go with one of the better catcher arms in the minors.
Others Of Note:
- Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (Rookie-level Elizabethton): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Few short-season players making more noise; 19-year-old Venezuelan up to .388/.436/.777 in 30 games with 25 of 47 hits going for extra bases.
- Blake Beavan, RHP, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Second start for Mariners org; going to eat up innings in the big leagues.
- Peter Bourjos, OF, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 3-for-6, 2B, R, CS. 15-for-34 in last seven games and .301/.355/.455 overall; just fourth caught stealing in 31 attempts.
- Louis Coleman, RHP, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Nice sleeper in Royals system as future bullpen piece.
- Christian Colon, SS, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 3-for-5, RBI. Clearly adjusting to pro life; 10-for-26 (.385) in last six games.
- Danny Duffy, LHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. With Montgomery, Lamb and Dyson, the Royals group of top-tier lefties grows to four now that Duffy as un-retired.
- Todd Glaesmann, OF, Rays (Rookie-level Princeton): 4-for-4, 3B, 2 HR (3), 4 R, 3 RBI, SB. Monster game for 2009 third-round pick that has otherwise struggled; Big and ultra-athletic with overall line of .196/.281/.363.
- Dee Gordon, SS, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 3-for-3, BB, SB, CS. 11-for-18 in last four games; still little power or patience.
- Grant Green, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, SB. Batting .415/.437/.662 in July and clearly needs a new challenge, at least offensively.
- Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, K. First two Midwest League hits for last month's draftee who crushed the Northwest League.
- Junior Lake, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI. Still a prospect; highly athletic, just 20 and hitting .299/.347/.582 in July.
- Ryan Lavarnway, C, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. 12-for-27 in first seven Double-A games; he can hit, but can he catch?
- Alex Liddi, 3B, Mariners (Double-A West Tenn): 2-for-4, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, K. Home runs in four straight games has lifted slugging by nearly 50 points; .275/.344/.471 overall.
- Matt Lipka, SS, Braves (Rookie-level GCL Braves): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB. First pro home run for top Braves pick; up to .347/.407/.459 and has stolen six bases in his last three games.
- Devin Mesoraco, C, Reds (Double-A Carolina): 4-for-6, 2 R; Double-A line stands at .315/.370/.646; with only five weeks left in the season it's not like we can call this just a fluke.
- Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (High-A Charlotte): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Last year's minor league strikeout leader only trails Furbush this year; 143 whiffs in just 104 innings.
- Will Myers, C, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 3-for-4, 2 2B, R. Like Trout, another top Midwest League hitter showing no signs of slowing down in High-A; .357/.446/.471 in 20 Carolina League games.
- Chris Nelson, INF, Rockies (Triple-A Colorado Springs): 3-for-5, HR (11), 3 R, RBI. Batting .408/.438/.724 in 18 July games; deserves a better shot at the big leagues, like at second base.
- Joseph Ortiz, LHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. It's hard to get too worked about a 5-foot-7 lefty, but Ortiz has crazy great command and a good slider, thus 38 strikeouts and four walks in 25.1 innings.
- Stephen Parker, 3B, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-for-5, HR (13), R, 2 RBI, K. Bit of a sleeper as a third baseman with power and patience; up to .296/.394/.468.
- Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-for-5, 3B, HR (6), R, RBI, K. Ten hits in last three games and 40-for-92 (.435) in last 22 contests; .312/.345/.475 overall.
- Garrett Richards, RHP, Angels (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K. Still bafflingly inconsistent; has the stuff to do this every night, but also gets hammered once over three or four starts.
- Mel Rojas, OF, Pirates (Short-season State College): 4-for-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB. Third-round pick has plenty of tools; only position player Pirates took in first ten rounds.
- Yorman Rodriguez, OF, Reds (Rookie-level Billings): 17-year-old Venezuelan starting to show signs of life with .375/.378/.500 line; one walk in 17 games.
- Miguel Sano, 3B/SS, Twins (Rookie-level GCL Twins): 2-for-4, HR (2), R, RBI, K. 17-year-old is up to .300/.345/.520 in 13 state-side games; the sky is the limit.
- Travis Snider, OF, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, 6 RBI, 2 K. Can I come back to the big leagues now?
- Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, K, SB. Batting .373 (25-for-67) during 17-game hitting streak; even season numbers don't look so bad at this point (.275/.350/.411)
- Julio Teheran, RHP, Braves (High-A Myrtle Beach): 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 9 K. 2.98 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 63.1 High-A innings; 19-year-olds next start might be at Double-A.
- Mike Trout, OF, Angels (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 2-for-5, R, RBI, K. .314/.400/.514 in nine High-A games.
- Chris Valaika, 2B/SS, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K. 9-for-18 in last four games and .299/.328/.393 overall; future utilityman.
- Brett Wallace, 1B, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas): 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI. Three straight multi-hit games and .296/.359/.497 overall; where did his reputation as an on-base machine come from? 93 career walks in 1230 plate appearances.
- Adam Warren, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Second Double-A start; many scouts project as solid-but-unspectacular big league starter.
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