Jake McGee, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

While it would be wrong to say McGee could potentially be this year's version of David Price circa '08, the Rays certainly seem to be lining him up for a late-season bullpen role that could spread into the playoffs. The Tommy John surgery survivor finally found his command again this year, and his mid-90s velocity is rare for a lefty. Many scouts have always believed he'd be better of in short stints, and by striking out seven of the 12 batters he's faced in Triple-A, they're looking prophetic.

Others Of Note:

  • Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 2-for-6, HR (7), R, 3 RBI. Home run was 14th-inning walk-off; .341/.403/.652 in 34 Double-A games and it's time to stop calling him a fluke.
  • Andrew Brackman, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Double-A showing has been marked by inconsistency; No earned runs in three of ten starts, ERA of 5.94 otherwise.
  • Johermyn Chavez, OF, Mariners (High-A High Desert): 3-for-4, 3B, HR (28), 3 R, 2 RBI. 20 of 28 home runs have come at High Desert, but also has 20 home runs in last 53 games and overall line of .317/.384/.586.
  • Michael Choice, OF, Athletics (Short-season Vancouver): 2-for-3, RBI, BB, K. Tenth overall pick with back-to-back multi-hit games; already has five walks in four contests.
  • James Darnell, 3B, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 3-for-4, R, RBI, K. Showing first signs of life with the bat all year; batting .405/.488/.784 in ten August games.
  • Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks (Low-A Diamondbacks): 2-for-3, 2B, HR (16), R, 2 RBI. Has out-hit Borchering all year; slugging .721 in 11 August games and .293/.373/.508 overall.
  • Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros (Rookie-level Greenville): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Best pro outing for 19th overall pick in June has had more struggles than anything else (5.52 ERA).
  • Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-for-5, RBI, BB, K. A lot of talk about him coming up now that Chipper is out for the year, but that doesn't fill the third-base hole (and don't suggest Troy Glaus).
  • Mat Gamel, 3B/1B/OF, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, SB. Three straight three-hit games moves OPS up 44 points to .319/.392/.502; Brewers will find him at-bats in '11.
  • Dee Gordon, SS, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 2-for-5, R, K. Fourth straight multi-hit game; batting .316/.350/.421 since All-Star break.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4-for-5, 2 R. It sounds weird, but this is the hottest hitter in the Royals system; 36-for-78 (.462) in last 21 games and .316/.394/.436 overall.
  • Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 1-for-3, HR (32), R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K. Takes over minor league home run lead; overall line of .303/.367/.599.
  • Jeremy Jeffress, RHP, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Now eight scoreless innings at Double-A without a walk; possible surprise September look?
  • Mychal Jones, SS, Braves (High-A Myrtle Beach): 2-for-3, HR (6), 3 R, RBI, BB. Of six home runs in 53 games, three have come in last two to raise averages to .284/.350/.437.
  • J.D. Martinez, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 4-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI. You want hot? How about 18-for-31 in eight games to raise Double-A averages to .351/.422/.515.
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K. For a guy with 110 strikeouts in 84.1 innings and upper-90s heat, he gives up a surprising amount of hits (84) and runs (3.84 ERA).
  • Adys Portillo, RHP, Padres (Short-Season Eugene): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 8 K.
  • Henry Ramos, OF, Red Sox (Rookie-level GCL Red Sox): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SB. Long, toolsy fifth-round pick is batting .313/.364/.444; offers plenty to dream on but still very raw.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 1-for-3, HR (15), R, 3 RBI, BB. Four home runs in last seven games and .272/.324/.489 overall; Big second-half is boosting prospect stock.
  • Blake Smith, OF, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 HR (16), 2 R, 3 RBI. Went ten games without a home run; up to .295/.380/.518 overall.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R, RBI, SB. Was in ugly 5-for-34 slump before this; still just .269/.345/.394 overall.
  • Shane Victorino, OF, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): 3-for-4, 3B, HR (1), R, 3 RBI. It was fun watching Domonic Brown in the big leagues for a while . . .
  • Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, K, SB. 19-year-old acquired in Oswalt deal; .286/.357/.408 in 11 games.
  • Kolbrin Vitek, 3B, Red Sox (Short-Season Lowell): 2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 K. First-round pick was in ugly 5-for-44 (.114) slump; just .246/.335/.374 overall.
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Belt sure strikes out a lot for a line drive hitter. And his BABIP rates have been high, even given his line drive tendencies. Are his slash rates sustainable?
Is there any way to go back and find out when the last time three Astros' prospects showed up in one of these articles? My guess - NEVER. I refuse to allow hope for the future to surface, quit teasing me.
thoughts on Rubby de la Rosa's outing last night?
I know you don't like to slot guys in the top-x during the season, but is Brandon Belt up for top-50 consideration?
Darnell has been good all year on the road, 313/393/489 Bad at home 201/287/349 where San Antonio can be a tough hitter's park. He really struggled in April, then missed almost 25 games in May/June due to injury. Just hiting his stride I hope. Some of his August success, 4 games, is at home.
Where's Rubby de la Rosa???
I wonder whether Gamel will finish well enough that Fielder could be traded for pitching over the winter without the fans rebelling.
An Adys Portillo were pumping him up two years ago just below Ynoa. Whats the story because every time I see his stats they are a bit ugly?
Was curious what you thought of Drew Hutchison's first start in Low A last night and about him in general? He went 5 perfect.
Considering Shelby Miller has only given up 5 HRs and has a better than 4:1 K/BB ratio with 12 K/9 in those 84 innings, it must be that the hits/runs given up are just terrible luck or he's pitching in front of a Quad Cities defense that is one of the worst in recorded history. Any further insight here, KG?
Jake McGee - future Rays closer?