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  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-for-4, 2B, 3 R, BB, K. Hitting .377 in last 30 games and .304/.335/.524 overall; home/road splits are jarring (.997 OPS vs. .702)
  • Jesse Biddle, LHP, Phillies (Short-season Willamsport): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (2 ER), 6 BB, 0 K. Control has been an issue all along, but the stuff is outstanding and first two starts for Crosscutters were impressive.
  • Drake Britton, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K. Best start of year for Tommy John survivor; plus-plus velocity for lefty and more than a strikeout per inning.
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 3-for-4, 2 R, RBI. 8-for-16 over last five games; .255/.333/.416 line isn't great, but just turned 20.
  • Danny Duffy, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. 41 strikeouts in 39.2 Double-A innings with nine walks; stuff has been better than ever with increased velocity and no loss of command.
  • Eduardo Escobar, SS, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 2-for-4, HR (3), 3 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Slick fielder is batting .263/.296/.376 in 47 Double-A games; just needs to hit a little bit because the defense is so good.
  • Johnny Giavotello, 2B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 3-for-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI; 2-for-3, HR (9), R, RBI. 27 total bases in last six games and .327/.398/.465 overall.
  • Rick Hague, SS, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB. Third-round pick out of Rice is 16-for-38 in last nine games and .326/.392/.504 overall; high-energy scrapper who probably can't stay at short.
  • Craig Kimbrell, RHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. 16 strikeouts over 7.2 innings in last seven appearances; won't be trusted in the big leagues until the walks come down.
  • Brandon Laird, 3B, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/WB): 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R. Still hitting just .183 in last 24 games and hasn't hit a home run in a month.
  • Brett Lawrie, 2B, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 2-for-5, 3B, RBI, 2 K. Second in the minors with 16 triples; .287/.348/.457 on the season.
  • Jake Lemmerman, SS, Dodgers (Rookie-level Ogden): 3-for-4, 2 HR (11), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB. Fifth-round pick out of Duke is putting on a show of late; four home runs in last three games and overall line of .364/.434/.603.
  • Kyle Lotzkar, RHP, Reds (Rookie-level Billings): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Still just 20 years old and always had one of the better pure arms in the system; after tons of injuries, including a Tommy John surgery, he's whiffed 53 in 39.1 innings during return.
  • Shelby Miller, RHP, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. First-round pick has 140 strikeouts in 104.1 innings; arguably the best stuff in the Midwest League, but maddeningly inconsistent from inning to inning.
  • Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 1-for-4, HR (15), R, 2 RBI, BB. Takes over minor league lead with 36 home runs; 14-for-34 in last eight games with eight home runs and 24 RBIs.
  • Derek Norris, C, Nationals (High-A Potomac): 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB. Hand issues sapped his power; combined with strange .242/.424/.435 line and he's a tough one to evaluate.
  • Marcel Ozuna, OF, Marlins (Short-season Jamestown): 1-for-4, HR (20), R, RBI K. 20 home runs in just 256 at-bats, but also up to 92 strikeouts.
  • Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-for-4, HR (10), R, 4 RBI, K. Hitting .375 during 16-game hitting streak and .322/.352/.476 overall.
  • Josh Reddick, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 2-for-4, HR (17), R, RBI. Batting .440 and slugging .880 during 11-game hitting streak; up to .363/.385/.643 since the All-Star break.
  • Jean Segura, 2B, Angels (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 3-for-4, 2B, HR (10), 2 R, RBI, SB. Seriously people, I love this kid. Hits, gap power with projection, plus-plus runner and good approach. Highly underrated prospect.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacremento): 2-for-5, HR (6), R, 2 RBI. Trying to end year on a high note with seven-game hitting streak; .266/.347/.389 showing is one of the organization's bigger letdowns.
  • Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K. One earned run over last five starts while allowing 13 hits over 25.1 innings.
  • Christian Yellich, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro) 2-for-4, R, K. 17th overall pick is 13-for-31 (.419) as a pro.

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What are scouts saying about Turner"s stuff. Does he have more than one plus pitch..thx
Kevin....have the impressions of any observers you've spoken with matched Jacob Turner's recent numbers? Certainly he turned it on down the stretch at Lakeland.

I'm assuming there is no "Porcello Timetable" on his horizon. Do you see him starting at Lakeland next year or going right up to Erie in AA? Thank you.
If you asked a bunch of people who they preferred between Lamb, Dwyer, Montgomery, Duffy... would there be a clear winner? It seems like one could fairly argue any of those to be KC's top pitching prospect.
I'm not sure there would be a clear winner, but I bet you'd have some separation with Lamb/Montgomery in group 1 and Dwyer/Duffy in group 1a.
Speaking of which... good luck with that Royals top 11!
He's got another option, do two top 11's for the Royals and save his energy looking for 2* prospects in the Astros system.
Derek Norris puts up a .197 ISO in a season in which his power is sapped? Great Scott, what is his power NORMALLY?
Can you rank Derek Norris, Devan Mesoraco and Wilin Rosario. who is better defensible? and who has the better future as a major league catcher?
Not ready to do full rankings yet, but Mesaraco and Rosario are both plus defenders, while Norris is below average.
I hate to add to your workload (or do I?) but I miss the positional rankings you used to do. Any chance of resurrecting that series?
I don't know if this is the place for random questions like the following, but here goes anyway: where are the Gwinnett Braves' Barbaro Canizares, Wes Timmons and Matt Young in five years?

They're all too old to be prospects, but do any of them have futures on a big league bench TBNL?