• Jason Adam, RHP, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. Arguably best start of the year in otherwise disappointing season with 4.68 ERA.
  • Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (High-A Modesto): 2-for-4, 2 HR (14), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB. Hitting .324/.374/.595 since the All-Star break as power is beginning to show up in games more.
  • Aaron Altherr, OF, Phillies (Short-season Williamsport): 3-for-5, HR (3), 3 R, 2 RBI. 20-year-old with drool-worthy tools crashed out at Low-A but is making progress; .282/.313/.410 in 42 games.
  • Aaron Baker, 1B, Orioles (High-A Frederick): 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI. Orioles system debut for return on Lee; bulky bat-only first baseman.
  • Manny Banuelos, LHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K. Missed bats, showed excellent stuff; they only ding is that the five innings took 100 pitches.
  • Bryce Brentz, OF, Red Sox (High-A Salem): 2-for-3, 2 HR (13), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. 24 home runs in 82 games overall with .607 slugging percentage and classic corner outfield profile.
  • Chris Carter, 1B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-for-3, HR (10), R, 2 RBI, BB, K. Another second-half surge incoming? 29 total bases in last ten games and up to .250/.344/.506.
  • Nick Castellanos, 3B, Tigers (Low-A West Michigan): 3-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB. One of the best pure hitters in the Midwest League; .333/.382/.479 in 36 games since All-Star break.
  • Jarred Cosart, RHP, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. Astros system and Double-A debut.
  • C.J Cron, 1B, Angels (Short-season Orem): 4-for-5, 2B, 3 HR (11), 3 R, 4 RBI. 11 home runs in first 124 at-bats is no big surprise.
  • Travis D'Arnaud, C, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (15), 2 R, RBI, SB. 11-for-22 with three home runs in last six games and .326/.395/.562 overall.
  • Brett Eibner, OF, Royals (Low-A Kane County): 3-for-5, HR (10), R, RBI, K. First three-hit game since June; .211/.332/.441 overall.
  • Robbie Erlin, LHP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio): 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Went up against Cosart in his Padres debut and the prospect pitching matchup of the night.
  • Mat Gamel, 1B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 2-for-3, 2 HR (23), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB. Up to .322/.387/.579 and as exciting as that is, he's 26 and yet to do squat in nearly 200 big league plate appearances.
  • Johnny Giavotella, 2B, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 3-for-5, 2B, R, BB, CS. It's almost annoying that he's still at Triple-A; .342/.394/.485 overall.
  • L.J. Hoes, OF, Orioles (Double-A Bowie): 1-for-3, HR (6), R, 3 RBI, BB, K. Zero home runs in first 54 Double-A games and now six in his last nine; .322/.381/.448 overall.
  • Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 2-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, K. Three home runs in last five days but concerns about swing-and-miss grow with 27 strikeouts in 68 at-bats since promotion.
  • David Lough, OF, Royals (Triple-A Omaha): 2-for-3, HR (7), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB. Up to .315/.363/.492 in 91 games; hard to understand how aggressive Royals have been with some prospects while so conservative with others.
  • Nick Maronde, LHP, Angels (Short-season Orem): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K. Third-round pick has great velocity for a lefty but other pitches lag behind; 1.04 ERA in first 17.1 pro innings.
  • Wade Miley, LHP, Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 10 K. Big lefty with above-average stuff; 41 K in 39.1 Triple-A innings.
  • Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton): 3-for-4, HR (11), R, RBI. Hitting .284/.342/.537 since the All-Star break among rumors that he'll be up soon.
  • Matt Moore, LHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 0.50 ERA in 18 Triple-A innings with 29 strikeouts. Hard to say how long Tampa wastes him in the minors at this point.
  • Tyler Moore, 1B, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 3-for-4, HR (25), R, RBI. Tremendous raw power and overly aggressive approach have scouts mixed as to his future; .278/.317/.547 overall.
  • Justin Nicolino, LHP, Blue Jays (Short-season Vancouver): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K. 2010 draftee has been best pitcher in Northwest League with plus fastball/curve combination; 1.07 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 42 innings.
  • Rafael Ortega, OF, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-for-5, 2 HR (7), 2 R, 4 RBI, CS. More of a real prospect than a sleeper; .322/.344/.562 in 34 games since the break.
  • Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Padres (Triple-A Tucson): 1-for-3, HR (22), R, 4 RBI, K. Six home runs in 12 games since returning to minors; Las Vegas, Colorado Springs and Salt Lake sure are better places to hit than San Diego.
  • Mason Williams, OF, Yankees (Short-season Staten Island): 3-for-5, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB, CS. Showing no signs of slowing down; .353/.388/.488 in 42 games.
  • Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-for-5, 2B, RBI. Up to .311/.380/.470 in first 32 pro games; defensive fundamentals have also impressed.
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How much can we read into GCL stats (re: Dante Bichette, Jr.), given that above slot draftees haven't signed yet?
Either way we shouldn't go nuts about them good or bad.
KG: I know you like Erlin, but how will his stuff play at the big-league level? Are you confident he can get MLB hitters out? Also, I know the A's front office is filled with people far smarter than me, but I wish they'd give Chris Carter a shot at 1B/DH for the big club. I know there's value in having him play every day in AAA, but they need to fish or cut bait with this guy.
I totally agree with you on Carter, and I think Erlin's stuff is No. 3 worthy based on just how good he is with that stuff..
Went to the Missions-Hooks game last night to see the Erlin-Cosart matchup. Cosart definitely had better stuff, sitting at 95-96 and hitting 98 while Erlin topped out at 91-92 (all according to the stadium gun for what that's worth). Both seemed to have good breaking pitches although they were a bit inconsistent. Without looking at the pitching lines, my impression was that Erlin was missing more bats while Cosart got a lot of groundball outs. Only a couple of hard hit balls all night against Cosart. Erlin's BB was to the leadoff hitter followed by two base hits to load the bases. He got out of the bases loaded-no outs without a run and settled down after that. However, there were some balls hit pretty well. All this with the wind blowing in about 10-15 MPH and 102 degrees.
Stupid random question of the day: how close do you need to be to the action to produce a reliable reading on a gun? Is my reading less reliable if I'm standing 100 feet away as opposed to 50 feet?
Depends on the gun, but good ones can be (and often are) pretty deep back.
In the same vein as the above poster, I saw Dellin Betances last night, and he's as advertised: Phenomenal stuff, command comes and goes (4 BB, 1 WP in 4 innings of work). Plenty to dream on, but he needs better command to make sure it becomes reality. As a side note, I really do adore the minor leagues, and these daily columns just fan the flames. I now check religiously just to see if an intriguing prospect is coming through my area. Thank you.
I realize that you said it's hard to say if/when Tampa will call up Matt Moore since he's blocked by several SP. Though perhaps he's brought up in a relief role at some point. However do you foresee (since Tom Milone is hurt) the Nationals calling up Brad Peacock to pitch in September?
I'd be surprised, since it would required a 40-man move.
Been curious all season about Manny B's low IP/start. At this point do we have some more clarity (and I should say "do you" because I have none) whether it has been about: (1) low pitch count limits b/c "I got blisters on my fingers!" (could not resist that reference since I know how much you love the Beatles); (2) low pitch count limits b/c of excessive caution mandated by Yankees brass; (3) inefficient outings due to Manny not yet possessing a true putaway pitch, or due to his lack of a complete understanding of how to utilize one that he does possess; or (4) inefficient outings because of command/control issues? Or some combo of all of the above?
Mostly 1, 2 and 4.