Sorry about the lateness, I had some commitments this morning…

  • Jordan Akins, OF, Rangers (Rookie-level AZL): 3-for-4, 3B, R, 4 RBI, BB, K, 3 SB. Outfielder loaded with tools yet very raw; .294/.318/.431 in 26 games.
  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 2-for-5, R, RBI. Hit just .202 in June but .318 or higher in every other month; .317/.386/.466 overall.
  • Sean Buckley, 3B, Reds (Rookie-level Billings): 3-for-6, 2 HR (8), 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 K. Sixth-round pick is hitting .327/.395/.615 in first 27 pro games; plus power is best tool.
  • Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, R, BB. Hitting .384/.458/.548 in July and .321/.391/.521 overall; a Melky Cabrera trade gives him the shot he deserves.
  • Simon Castro, RHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 8 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K. Seems to be some progress of late; 99 pitches, 69 strikes.
  • Chih-Hsien Chiang, OF, Red Sox (Double-A Portland): 2-for-4, HR (18), R, RBI, K. Now hitting a crazy .463 (37-for-80) in his last 20 games and up to .338/.396/.656 overall; deserves to finish year in Pawtucket.
  • Hank Conger, C, Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake): 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI. Two home runs in last three days and hitting .360/385/.680 overall.
  • C.J. Cron, 1B, Angels (Rookie-level Orem): 2-for-5, HR (6), R, 3 RBI, K. Hitting .284/.349/.505 in first 23 games; 27 Ks in 95 at-bats is a concern.
  • Freddy Galvis, SS, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, SB. Continues to move forward with the bat while maintaining plus-plus glove work; 16-for-43 (.372) in last ten games and .267/.323/.393 overall.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-4, BB, 2 K. Hitting .402 (84-for-209) in his last 50 games; Royals quickly running out of excuses.
  • Anthony Gose, OF, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-6, HR (10), R, 2RBI, BB, 4 K, SB. Reaches double-digits in home runs, sets a new team record for stolen bases, but also crosses the triple-digit mark in strikeouts with 102 in 97 games; .255/.345/.401 overall.
  • Taylor Green, 3B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): If Brewers can't make a move, does Green get a look at third base? Hitting .375 in his last 50 games and .321/.402/.552 overall.
  • Robbie Grossman, OF, Pirates (High-A Bradenton): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, K. Very confused as to why he hasn't become a stat-head favorite; .493 OBP in 32 games since the All-Star break and .292/.430/.423 overall.
  • Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI. Three doubles in last two games as he's finding his way as an 18-year-old in Double-A: .228/.274/.281 in 17 games.
  • Manny Machado, SS, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K, 2 SB. Best game since moving up to Carolina League; hitting .322/.397/.492 in July after a 4-for-27 start.
  • Jake Marisnick, OF, Blue Jays (Low-A Lansing): 2-for-2, R, 2 RBI, BB. Hitting .342 in July and .312/.382/.489 overall as support from scouts continues to grow.
  • Lastings Milledge, OF, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-4, R. There has been lots of Viciedo talke, but Milledge is stating his case as well by hitting .341 in his last 50 games and .301/.361/.472 overall.
  • Jared Mitchell, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 3-for-5, 3B, R, 2 RBI, 2 K, SB. Finally showing signs of life with a .295/.394/.534 mark in 23 July games; still just .235/.309/.416 overall with 136 strikeouts in 361 at-bats.
  • Devin Mosoraco, C, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB. Back up to .307/.380/.503 after brief slump; what the Reds do over the next five days will determine his short-term future, as he's ready.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 2-for-4, HR (9), 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Needs to help his own cause at this point by performing; .913 OPS in July and .285/.346/.427 overall.
  • Tyler Moore, 1B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-5, HR (24), R, RBI, 2 K. Hitting .345 in 24 July games with 10 home runs; swing-at-everything approach shows in .274/.310/.549 line.
  • Derek Norris, C, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-for-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K, CS. Batting average up 26 points in the last ten games to get him safely over the Mendoza line; .216/.373/.432 line remains among the strangest around.
  • Salvador Perez, C, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 4-for-4, R, 2 RBI. Massive catcher with plus defensive skills has been much better at the plate of late; 9-for-12 in last three games and up to .284/.330/.418 on the year.
  • Kendrick Perkins, OF, Red Sox (Rookie-level GCL): 2-for-3, 2 HR (2), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB. First two pro home runs for 2010 draftee; project with big upside.
  • Garrett Richards, RHP, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Third complete game of the year but first of the nine-inning variety; 3.23 ERA in 19 games.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 4-for-5, HR (17), R, 2 RBI, K. First home run since being sent down; no bigger AAA/MLB gap in offensive environments than Tucson and San Diego.
  • Eddie Rosario, OF, Twins (Short-season Elizabethton): 2-for-5, HR (10), R, RBI. Four home runs in last seven games and .308/.374/.632 overall; friendly home park helps, but six of ten home runs have been in road games.
  • Jake Skole, OF, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 2-for-2, BB. First-round pick is actualizing before our eyes; .362 in July and .286/.392/.389 overall in 90 games.
  • Drew Smyly, RHP, Tigers (High-A Lakeland): 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K. 22 IP, 14 H, 9 BB, 27 K in last four starts; is ready for the Double-A test.
  • Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics (High-A Stockton): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 11 K. Solid stuff combines with excellent command and control; 3.58 ERA in 21 games with 119/26 K/BB in 120.2 innings.
  • Matt Szczur, OF, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, BB. Florida State League showing is best described as streaky; .250/.286/.417 in 13 games.
  • Michael Taylor, OF, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 3-for-3, 2B, HR (11), R, 5 RBI, BB. Averages continue to creep towards pre-2010 collapse territory; .287/.366/.484 in 59 games.
  • Jacob Turner, RHP, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 8 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Matches season-high in both innings and strikeouts; 3.48 ERA in 17 starts with better peripherals.
  • Jordany Valdespin, SS/2B, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR (15), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB. Has been outstanding offensively with .308/.354/.513 line that includes 30 stolen bases, but he's been just as troubling with the glove thanks to 28 errors and equally ugly scouting reports.
  • Sebastian Valle, C, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 3-for-4, HR (4), 2 R, RBI. Having a strange year with little power and precious few walks; still at .326/.349/.450 overall.
  • Jonathan Villar, SS, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-for-5, 3B, HR (7), 3 R, 3 RBI, K. With seven home runs and seven stolen bases in 43 games, he's showing power, speed and good defense at short; still hitting just .234/.303/.433 in 43 games.
  • Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Pirates (Low-A Charleston): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Is he figuring something out here? ERA on the season is still 6.65, but 11 shutout innings in last two starts.
  • Tim Wheeler, OF, Rockies (Double-A Tulsa): 2-for-4, 2B, HR (29), R, RBI. First home run in six days, which seems like a big stretch for him; back to being tied for the minor league lead and overall line of .307/.392/.611.
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Great stuff as always, KG. Thanks. Any sense of the adjustments Bryce Harper is making? I know the jump to AA is generally seen as the toughest due to the pitching these guys see; is he figuring out the breaking stuff for instance, or is it just "getting comfortable" in general, or just random fluctuation? Also, any sense to when the Giants will promote Brown? I'm not sure what else he needs to prove in A-ball...
The thing about Harper is that he's handsome.
You got committed this morning? Thanks for the post.
No, he means that he committed a few posters on here who have insinuated recently that he has East Coast Bias...
Seems like Marisnick is answering his critics with the bat. If he keeps this up the rest of the year and hits over .300 in the MWL, will he be a top 50 prospect. Is his ceiling an AS player.
How close is Galvis to being ready for The Show? If Rollins isn't resigned at the end of the year, can Galvis credibly replace him in 2012, or will they need to bridge the gap for a year or two until he is?
The glove is ready according to comments Chuck LaMar has made in the Philly papers. He also said the arm strength is average. The bat doesn't look like it is ready to start in the majors next year to me.
Grossman is one of this stat-heads favorites. He's one of the reasons I really wouldn't mind the Pirates trading Starling Marte at the deadline. I'm hoping he makes an appearance in Altoona sometime in August. I'll have to drive out to watch him play.
Just heard Buster Olney say that the Braves could get Beltran right now if they would give up "one of four" young pitchers. Presumably it's Teheran, Vizcaino and ... who? Delgado? C. Perez? Oberholtzer? Minor? Beachy?
Delgado and Minor. No chance in hell the Braves move Beachy for Beltran. Although (like in fantasy), his sell high moment may be now. thoughts
Minor is the guy they want.