Between writing, or writing part of eleven pieces over the weekend and doing 13 radio hits, there just wasn't the time for a Ten Pack today. I hope a standard Minor League Update and the usual prospect talk in the comment will suffice for today, and we'll return to the long form next Monday.

Drew Vettleson, OF, Rays (Rookie-level Princeton): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, K.

Short-season performances are always a bit tricky to deal with, but Vettleson, a 2010 supplemental first-round pick, has more than impressed scouts outstanding hitting fundamentals, an advanced approach and real power potential. He's also a solid outfielder with a good arm and average speed. All of the tools for a classic right field profile are there, and as for the performance side of things, he's the hottest hitter in the Appy League, going14-for-20 in last five games and raising his averages to .343/.406/.571 overall. The Princeton team is loaded with intriguing offensive prospects, but none more than Vettleson.

Others Of Note:

  • Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers (Short-season Spokane): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R. 18-year-old catcher is hitting .327/.377/.490 in college-heavy league; as good as the bat has been, receiving skills are rough and teams are running wild on him.
  • Joe Benson, OF, Twins (Double-A New Britain): 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R RBI, K. 15-for-26 in last eight games and up to .299/.396/.485 overall; on pace for 2012 big league debut, and could get long look in spring.
  • Gary Brown, OF, Giants (High-A San Jose): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. Four straight multi-hit games and a 12-game hitting streak to raise numbers to .323/.393/.475; Not sure why he's not at Double-A yet.
  • Simon Castro, RHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 10 K. Starting to show previous form with 24 strikeouts and one walk in last three starts.
  • Sean Coyle, 2B, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 1-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Has impressed scouts with his approach and shocking power for his size; finishes July at .284/.420/.523 in 25 games and .244/.362/.480 overall with 37 of his 67 hits going for extra bases.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI. Finishes July at .392 and up to .321/.392/.545 overall; in the discussion for best catching prospect around.
  • Roberto De La Cruz, 3B, Cardinals (Rookie-level Johnson City): 2-for-6, 2 HR (10), 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 K. 19-year-old Dominican has very real power, but also has non-existent approach and very poor defense.
  • Randall Delgado, RHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K. Has had some bumps in the road this year but overall numbers are good; 3.84 ERA with 110 Ks in 117.1 innings.
  • Chris Dwyer, LHP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K. Is trying to recover from miserable first half; two straight outstanding starts is step in the right direction but ERA still sits at 6.01.
  • Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 1-for-3, HR (9), R, RBI, BB, 2 K. Make up for lack of average with power and patience; on-base 12 times in last six games and .203/.326/.425 overall.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 5-for-6, 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI. Hit .383 in July, which is down from his .398 mark in June. I can't explain why he's still here either.
  • Billy Hamilton, SS, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2-for-4, 2B, R. Finishes up July at .333/.406/.421; significantly higher walk rate and significantly lower strikeouts rate gives room for optimism.
  • L.J. Hoes, OF, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 2-for-4, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB. Stock starting to rise after July mark of .349/.412/.519; still questions about it being enough of a bat for a corner outfield slot.
  • Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 3-for-4, R, SB. Hitting .369 in last 50 games and .325/.389/.518 overall; tools match the numbers in what is undoubtedly a breakout season.
  • Starling Marte, OF, Pirates (Double-A Altoona): 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R. The Pirates hoped that a healthy hand would lead to him drives balls better and it his; .315/.351/.464 overall.
  • Tyler Matzek, RHP, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 5 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 8 BB, 6 K. The good news remains the return of his velocity, but clearly, there is still much work to be done.
  • Cory Mazzoni, RHP, Mets (Short-season Brooklyn): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K. Second-round pick has been used in one-inning stints only; but zero runs so far with ten strikeouts over six frames.
  • Ramon Mendez, RHP, Rangers (Low-A Hickory): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K. Plus-plus velocity and making progress in transitioning from thrower to pitcher; 1.32 ERA in six July starts.
  • Tyler Pastornicky, SS, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett): 2-for-6, 2 R, K. Multi-hit efforts in nine of 12 Triple-A games and .423/.455/.442 overall; is it possible to hit an empty .400+?
  • James Paxton, RHP, Mariners (Double-A Jackson): 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K. 31 strikeouts over 25.1 innings in first five Double-A starts; big frame, two plus pitches and being a lefty put a lot on the positive side of his scouting ledger.
  • Francisco Peguero, OF, Giants (Double-A Richmond): 2-for-5, 2 3B, R, RBI. Everything has looked good at Double-A other than the fact that he's doesn't seem to be aware of the rule concerning walks; .281/.291/.432 in 37 games.
  • Wily Peralta, RHP, Brewers (Double-A Huntsville): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 9 K. Hottest pitcher in the Southern League and seen by many as now the best prospect in the system; 0.66 ERA in six July starts while allowing just 23 hits in 41 innings.
  • Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R (7 ER), 1 BB, 3 K. Scouts are concerned about stuff and habit of tipping pitches; 5.12 ERA in 11 starts since promotion.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 2-for-3, 2B, HR (21), R, 2 RBI. Five home runs in last seven games and up to .371/.445/.750 overall; will get plenty of big league at-bats in the future to turn things around, likely starting in September.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Mets (Low-A Savannah): 3-for-4, HR (13), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB. Back-to-back three hit games can't save season line; .223/.278/.373 in 101 games.
  • Keyvius Sampson, RHP, Padres (Low-A Fort Wayne): 4.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 7 K. Combines plus stuff with inconsistency; 25.1 IP, 14 H, 11 BB, 31 K in last five starts and 2.81 ERA on the season with 10.5 K/9.
  • Dave Sappelt, OF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 4-for-5, R, RBI. 11-for-16 in last four games and .323/.385/.472 overall; fourth outfielder profile and stuck in the minors for now.
  • Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Diamondbacks (Double-A Mobile): 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K. 27 strikeouts over 21.2 innings and 3.32 ERA in first four Southern League starts.
  • Andrelton Simmons, SS, Braves (High-A Lynchburg): 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI. Even an empty high average is far above expectations for outstanding defensive player; .295/.322/.373 in 99 games.
  • Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (High-A Lancaster): 1-for-1, 2B. Astros system debut; don't be surprised if he puts up some huge numbers in Lancaster.
  • Zach Stewart, RHP, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K. White Sox system debut; many still see a future reliever.
  • Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 2-for-3, BB. 17-for-40 during eight-game hitting streak and .392/.435/.582 overall; now with 49 games in the bank, this is no longer a fluke.
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I missed a lot of the trade deadline news, unfortunately--why didn't the White Sox just trade directly with St. Louis for Rasmus? I heard they were pursuing him prior to the deadline weekend. Were they just going to flip him? At a quick glance, it seems like the White Sox did the worst of the three teams in those related deals (Cards, Jays), though I admit to knowing next-to-nothing about Stewart. Any insight as to what their goals were?
One likely reason was that the first time Ozzie Guillen had to field a complaint from Colby's father, he would have "gone nuclear" and yielded four kilotons, one from each ear and one from each nostril. That's kinda hard on a recently refurbished ballpark. :-) Seriously, I wonder if even Toronto is going to regret signing up to deal with what seems to be an absolutely world-class helicopter parent.
I find the concept that Colby Rasmus is suddenly going to be awesome now that he's out of St. Louis a strange one.
Well, he was awesome in 2010, so not exactly a huge stretch.
Carlos Rivero at Reading is having a quietly excellent first season in the Phillies org, and went 3/3 with 3 doubles yesterday. Do scouts see any ML potential in him?
Don't you think 'excellent' is a little strong? .285/.340/.449 is good certainly, but he has a bad approach, does most of his damage vs. LHP, and struggles defensively. Marginal guy.
Re d'Arnaud: who are the other Cs in the discussion for top catching prospect?
Devin Mesoraco
In a perfect world, Giavotella's triple slash line in his prime is ___/___/___ with __ HR's.
289/355/431; 11.
This one goes to 11.
How is Giovatella's defense? The suggested slash line reminds me of Mike Aviles in his prime.
I'm kind of surprised you haven't profiled Jose Campos yet. I've only seen him once (via but the fastball looks pretty huge and he's controlling it well.
Is there any scouty info about why Simon Castro was struggling so badly?
do you know why Mazzoni is working out of the bullpen? workload concerns?
He's actually starting, and just going one inning. Just taking it easy with him.
How would Marte perform if the Pirates called him up today? I'm not necessarily advocating that move, and he still has to learn how to take a walk, but is there any chance that he would perform better than Ludwick/G.Jones/Presley down the stretch? Would it hurt his development all that much? Thanks
What kind of upside are we looking at with Taveras? High-average, ok power corner OF?
Something around there.
Don't forget your 1.8 million tweets over the weekend. Thanks for all the work; it was, as always, really fun to read.
Was that the final count?