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Jeurys Familia, RHP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K

The Mets do have some good news in the farm at least, especially when it comes to power-armed righties Matt Harvey (who struggled last night) and Familia, who delivered an excellent Double-A debut last night. The stuff was always there for the 21-year-old Dominican, but the fact that he's suddenly harnessing it, and without a single blip in seven starts, should be a cause for plenty of optimism, as he's coming to the table every night with plus to plus-plus velocity and a good slider.

Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Royals (High-A Wilmington): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K

Quickly becoming a constant feature at the top of this report every time he throws, Odorizzi has whiffed 41 over 25 innings in his last four starts while giving up just 14 hits and five walks. I've received plenty of questions about his stuff taking a step forward, and it hasn't. He's still in the low-90s while touching 94-95 on occasion, and he's still throwing a good curveball and solid change. This isn't about a jump in stuff, it's more about a jump in pitchability, and those can be just as important for a pitcher's future.

Allen Webster, RHP, Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K

I recently mentioned my regret about not putting Robbie Erlin in this year's Top 101 prospects, and Webster is another one of those guys. With a low-to-mid 90s fastball, plus changeup and solid breaking ball, he's not only pitching well, but doing it in the Southern Division of the California League. In his last four starts, the 21-year-old has allowed two runs over 25 innings, and the scouting reports are as impressive as the stats.

Others Of Note:

  • Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, K. Five game hitting streak with two doubles and two home runs ups averages to .237/.362/.393.
  • Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees (Double-A Trenton): 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K. Earned his first credit victory since, believe it or not, August of 2009.
  • Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 3-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI, K. Featured yesterday; 22-game hitting streak has him up to .364/.427/.643.
  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 SB. 12-for-19 in his last four games and .366/.444/.496 overall in 31; could be in Double-A soon and in San Francisco at some point in 2012.
  • Matt Carpenter, 3B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis): 3-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB, K. Has reached base 28 times in his last ten games to lift season averages to .307/.454/.416; is lack of power that big a deal when you are making so few outs?
  • Dusty Coleman, SS, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, 5 RBI, K. Combination of health, hitting skills and ability to play shortstop are doing wonders for his stock; .278/.370/.492 in 31 games.
  • Rubby De La Rosa, RHP, Dodgers (Double-A Chattanooga): 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 8 K. Has struck out 25 over 19 innings in his last three starts while throwing in the upper 90s; Dodgers' bullpen woes have to create some temptation.
  • Todd Frazier, 3B, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-for-4, 2 2B, K. Eight hits and 18 total bases in last three games up averages to .277/.351/.555; deserves a look in Cincy at the hot corner.
  • Jedd Gyorko, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-for-5, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K. Has reached base in 29 of 32 games as part of .367/.442/.625 line.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Low-A Hagerstown): 2-for-5, RBI, 2 K. Fifth straight two-hit game; .377/.459/.679 overall.
  • Fernando Martinez, OF, Mets (Triple-A Buffalo): 2-for-5, HR (3), R, RBI. Home runs in back-to-back games and .292/.361/.477 overall; as usual, when he's healthy, he's good.
  • Mike Minor, LHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Six-for-six in good starts and a 1.82 ERA with 43 strikeouts in 39.2 innings.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 7 K. 24 strikeouts over 17 innings in last three starts while allowing just seven hits; could play a big role in 2012 big league rotation.
  • Rafael Ortega, OF, Rockies (Low-A Ashville): 4-for-5, 2 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 5 RBI. Starting to look like the player that impressed Pioneer League scouts last year; 13-for-23 in last five games and .310/.357/.397 overall.
  • Jarrod Parker, RHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K. Best start since return from Tommy John surgery, but still struggling with command.
  • Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 2-for-4, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, K, SB. Three home runs in last six games and up to .310/.362/.457. Deserves more attention than he gets, as he's a true shortstop with plus speed.
  • Martin Perez, LHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K. Even his good outings seem to create more questions than answers, as he's walked 14 over 20 innings in his last four starts.
  • Addison Reed, RHP, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. 2010 third-round pick has whiffed 24 in 19 innings while allowing just 12 hits and three walks; scouts think he could reach the big leagues very quickly with mid-90s heat and plus slider.
  • Edinson Rincon, 3B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 3-for-5, HR (3), 2 R, RBI, K. 20-year-old Dominican seems to be taking much anticipated step forward with the bat; .350/.388/.528 in 31 games.
  • Hayden Simpson, RHP, Cubs (Low-A Peoria): 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K. Left game w/ tightness in his shoulder.
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (High-A Visalia): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K. 32 strikeouts over 23.2 innings in last four starts and the new minor league leader with 53.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-3, 2 R. Now 18-for-38 since returning from a hamstring injury and hitting a cool .500 (26-for-52) overall.
  • Trayce Thompson, OF, White Sox (Low-A Kannapolis) 2-for-4, 2B, HR (7), 2 R, 4 RBI; 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, K. Not much progress in the approach department, but tools still leave scouts intrigued; .238/.304/.437 in 31 games.
  • Mike Trout, OF, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 3-for-5, 2 2B, R. Batting .467 (14-for-30) in May and .327/.415/.614 overall; running out of clever things to say about him (or maybe I just did).
  • Dayan Viciedo, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 4-for-5, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, 5 RBI, BB. The White Sox don't have much of a youth movement to start, but Viciedo's .303/.343/.496 line could help him begin it.
  • Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Low-A Greensboro): 4-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, SB. 14-for-25 (.560) in last seven games and .321/.415/.481 overall; one of the better pure hitters in the 2010 draft, and certainly looking like it.
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sephrath
5/11
Trout is an Angel, not an Astro, but im sure the Astros minor league director got very excited!
mendozalines
5/11
Kevin, before Astros fans go into a state of euphoria, you should correct Mike Trout's entry to reflect the fact that he plays for the LA Angels
crperry13
5/11
Such a tease.
delorean
5/11
Pretty aggressive on Brown, but appropriate. Dude is destroying the Cal League.
ctt8410
5/11
I'd like to see Trout stick in Arkansas all year if only to see how his final numbers would compare to the full-season .275/.381/.551 (29 HRs, 18 SBs) that Colby Rasmus put on the Texas League as a 20-year old.
timber
5/11
So if you put Erlin and Webster into the Top 101, who gets bumped out?
timber
5/11
I should have said that I intuitively figured it would be #100 and #101 bumped, but what I really meant is are there any guys you "regret" including?
Aramgh
5/11
Is there any update on Yelich's arm or if he's playing center? I know those and not his bat were the big questions going into the draft.
kgoldstein
5/11
He's playing left, which is where he belongs.
fandamage
5/11
Seems like the Padres have tons of hitting prospects who are having great starts to the season (Rizzo, Decker, Gyorko, Darnell, Rincon) but they all seem to be playing in offense-inflated environments (Lake Elsinore, San Antonio, Tucson)... To what extent do think these guys are for real, and to what extent are they products of their park/league?
boards
5/11
San Antonio is not a high-run environment. I've been to many games over the years and the wind is typically blowing in. The park factors I've found indicate that The Wolff has a run park factor of .89 for 2010 and a 3-year average of .92. I haven't found any factors for 2011 but the Missions as a team are batting .301. I know they've had two games where they scored more than 20 runs (one in Midland which IS a high-run environment and another, I think, in Tulsa?). All of that is to say that San Antonio has always been labelled as a high offense park when it really hasn't been since they moved into the new park in 1994.
kgoldstein
5/11
It has been this year.
boards
5/12
Wow. Sure enough, they are averaging 6.89 runs at home and 7.16 overall. That's two runs above league average. They have also outscored their opponents 229-131 so I think some of the offensive atmosphere is due to the team the Padres have assembled at AA. But, I stand corrected.
gwguest
5/11
Taveras also holds some wicked home/road splits in everything I can see other than GB% and a .558 BABIP. This data had kept me from posting a WATG for about a week.
holgado
5/11
Is it me or does anybody else feel a string of oh-fers coming on for Ackley, now that he's once again raised our hopes a bit? Prospects will break your heart, indeed.
lukejazz
5/11
Kevin, Any thoughts on Justin Bour? He went into today at a .305/.385/.619 clip, with 9 homers and a 17/16 K/BB ratio in 118 ABs. After an ok showing in Peoria last season he really seems to be putting in all together at Daytona. Thanks-
kgoldstein
5/11
Huge non-athlete, can't hit lefties. Fringy guy.
Jrob0423
5/11
Can Tyler P. be the shortshop for the Braves in 2012 or do they need to find a stopgap over the winter ?
kgoldstein
5/11
I think they'll need a one year solution, and I could see them just bringing back Gonzalez for one year.
holgado
5/11
KG, at first I thought it had something to do with recovery from a minor injury, but I now suspect that the Yankees are limiting the innings/pitches(?) of Banuelos the way they are in the hope that they can avoid shutting him down this fall (upon hitting some magic IP number) so that he can pitch some meaningful stretch run and playoff innings. (He only threw 90 innings between the minors and the AFL last season, so they'll probably only let him throw 140-150 this year.) Anything to this, or is there more to this story? E.g., have any of his short starts been due to inefficiency with his pitches? (I'm at an information disadvantage there, since the milb.com box scores for Eastern League games don't include pitch counts.) Many thanks for all your great work.
kgoldstein
5/11
He's actually been working through a blister thing, so it's actually not a thing to read too much into.
randolph3030
5/11
Interesting...so you don't think that the Yankees are limiting innings to make sure that he has some available for the Majors in Aug or Sept? The Manny Rules?
kgoldstein
5/11
He has a blister, no mystery or conspiracy theory needed. He's got a boo-boo and that's about it.
ofMontreal
5/11
I guess that's a bit of a told-ya-so with Hayden Simpson. This guy has star-crossed written all over him.
gwguest
5/11
Do Odorizzi, Familia and Webster all look like different types of solid third starters?
kgoldstein
5/11
There's some 2 ceilings in there, but I'd bet you get a 2, 3 and 4 out of the trio.
mattymatty2000
5/11
Brentz is destroying low A, which is great, but he's 22 years old. If he's any kind of prospect he should be, right?
GregLowder
5/11
Yea. I think it's the type of situation where crushing it doesn't prove much but if he struggled then it would lead to some concern.
kgoldstein
5/11
Yeah, the good news here is that he's recovered from last year's unreal bad debut.
mattymatty2000
5/11
I'd assume based on his age and performance to date he is in line for a promotion to High A sometime soon with the goal of getting him a cup of coffee in AA. There aren't a lot of great 23 year old prospects starting the season in High A.
kgoldstein
5/11
I doubt he'll get to Double-A, it's his first full-season. It's not out of the realm of possibilities.
dkarpis
5/11
Kevin, Would you consider adding the prospects' ages to the little info blurb (age, position, team, league) after their names? It would make evaluation-at-a-glance easier. Thank you.
kgoldstein
5/12
Not saying it's a bad idea, just saying it's more work for something that already stretches my week considerably.
BillJohnson
5/11
Alas, Oscar Taveras re-injured a hamstring while getting his average up to .500, according to reports from Iowa, and will be out again for a while.
luftmich
5/12
KG, do you think the shoulder tightness is related to Hayden Simpson's inability to throw over 90 MPH?
brucegilsen
5/15
Kevin, every time I see a writeup of Matt Carpenter I wonder, is David Freese a good comp?