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A quick cruise through last night's playoff action . . .

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 R, 5 RBI. Best Triple-A showing of the year in game two of the playoffs.
  • Engel Beltre, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI. .254/.301/.337 line in 47 Double-A games put damper on explosive first half; still doesn't turn 21 until November.
  • Darrell Ceciliani, OF, Mets (Short-season Brooklyn): 2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB. Speedster has swiped four bags in three playoff games; on my list of prospects that don't get the attention their talent deserves.
  • Connor Crumbliss, 2B, Athletics (Low-A Kane County): 2-for-2, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, CS. I'm not sure how much of a prospect he is, but I love watching him play.
  • Matt Dominguez, 3B, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 2-for-4, HR (1), R, RBI. Defense alone gives him a Pedro Feliz floor, but actually put up decent numbers for a 20-year-old in Double-A.
  • Danny Duffy, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 10 K. Very impressive after short-lived retirement; up to 94-95 mph with fastball and curve is second plus pitch.
  • Grant Green, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R. Slugged .577 after the All-Star break, could move quickly if throwing issue are addressed.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 2-for-3, 2B, BB, K. Supplemental first-round pick sure can hit; also got surprisingly positive scouting reports for his defense at third base.
  • Eric Hosmer, 1B, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 1-for-5, HR (1), R, RBI, BB, K. Had 13 home runs in 195 Double-A at-bats; now that the power has arrived, is arguably top 1B prospect in the game.
  • Peter Kozma, SS, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 2-for-6, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K. First-round pick showed good power for position with 13 regular season home runs, but overall line of .243/.318/.384 did little for prospect status.
  • Jake McGee, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Seems about right, as International League batters went 9-for-61 (.148) with 27 strikeouts against him in the regular season.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Sat in low 90s and touched 94; disappointed statistically this year but scouting reports remained strong.
  • Andy Pettitte, RHP, Yakees (Double-A Trenton): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Nice game two starter in the Eastern League playoffs, huh?
  • Justin Smoak, 1B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-3, R, 2 BB, K. Has reached base in nine of ten playoff plate appearances.
  • Zach Stewart, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K. Best start of year for righty acquired from Cincinnati in the Scott Rolen trade; sinker/slider specialist profiles as No. 3 or 4 starter in big leagues.
  • Adam Warren, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K. Yet another Yankee pitching prospect who took a huge step forward in 2010; last year's fourth-round pick has plus velocity and command.
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jivas21
9/10
KG: did they play a doubleheader in the Eastern League playoffs, or did that game go to extra innings? (Pettitte 4 IP, Warren 6 IP). Also - just wondering - are we to believe that Ackley's game was his best at Triple-A because of the runs and the RBI, or was it his best game considering things most of us tend to value?
crperry13
9/10
R and RBI ARE valuable, they're just not good measuring sticks.
wonkothesane1
9/10
I've heard them best described as "accounting tools". And just like in accounting its very good thing to show that you made money on your balance sheet, but its not necessarily an indication that you'll make money on a future balance sheet.
jivas21
9/10
Yeah, they certainly measure something that has some value, but what they measure is highly team- and context-dependent. Wonk - for future reference: profits and losses (i.e. making money) = income statement assets and liabilities = balance sheet Yes, I'm a dork. :)
txyesboy
9/10
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/scoreboard/league.jsp?sid=milb&lid=113&ymd=20100909 went twelve innings
kgoldstein
9/10
He had one game with eight total bases, but yes, I did count the runs and the RBI for these purposes. And I do it without shame. I understand what R and RBI are and what they mean, but a game with the grand slam is better than the game with a solo shot, no?
jivas21
9/10
KG - I don't disagree with your position (well, maybe a teeny weeny bit). Mostly, I was just *wondering* so I could better process your remark on Ackley, so thank you for the response.
alskor
9/11
I think the real issue is how much credit to give Ackley because his teammates got on base before he came to the plate... conversely, how much do we "blame" a guy who hits a solo shot for his teammates not being on base?
markpadden
9/10
1) Go to milb.com. This isn't a box score site. 2) Do you not "value" home runs? Get a clue.
joelefkowitz
9/10
Get a grip.
markpadden
9/11
Why waste time/space asking BP authors if a particular game went extra innings (vs. the oh-so-common post-season doubleheader), when the info. is two mouse clicks away? Sheer laziness. And the Ackley comment was a weak attempt to snidely imply that Ackley's line was somehow overvalued by Goldstein bc it contained runs and RBI. Poor.
Fishbone
9/10
Does Kozma project as anything more than a utility guy at this point? Or is even that wishful thinking?
kgoldstein
9/10
Nah, I could see that happening.
drewsylvania
9/11
Still love this stuff.